September 30, 2004


The new location at 400 15th Avenue South, Suite 106
The Montana State University Bozeman College of Nursing Great Falls campus invites everyone to attend an open house on Wednesday, October 6, 2004, from 4-6 p.m. to welcome the new dean, Elizabeth Nichols, DNS, RN, FAAN, and to celebrate its new location.

Nichols began her position on August 1, 2004. Prior to coming to MSU she was dean of the University of North Dakota College of Nursing. Her nursing graduate degree work was completed at the University of California at San Francisco, with a master's of science and a doctoral degree in nursing. She also received a master's of arts in political science from Idaho State University.

The new home for the Great Falls campus is not far from its former home at the MSU-Great Falls College of Technology and is just across the street the West campus of Benefis Healthcare. Increased space requirements, new technology and growth at COT prompted the Great Falls campus to move from there, having resided at COT from 1999-2004.

The relocation project took place between spring and summer sessions of 2004. The new site at 400 15th Avenue South, Suite 106 offers a total 5700 square feet dedicated to the College of Nursing.

"It's a great facility," said Susan Wallace Raph, MN, RN, CNAA, BC, MSU-Bozeman College of Nursing Great Falls campus director. "We are pleased with the new features this space enables us to provide for our students." The new location boasts a skills lab which follows a patient care room model, allowing students an opportunity to realistically perform the psychomotor tasks associated with the many nursing skills taught prior to performance on the clinical nursing units; a Polycom videoconferencing classroom for undergraduate classes taught distance between Bozeman and Great Falls, as well as for graduate Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) classes; and a student computer suite which offers one large computer lab and two small group computer rooms. In addition, the campus administrative and faculty offices are now at the new location.

The Great Falls campus is one of the campuses of the statewide MSU-Bozeman College of Nursing which has been educating students for careers in nursing since 1937. MSU-Bozeman College of Nursing is the oldest state-supported institution offering nursing education in Montana and the only institution offering master's degrees in nursing.

For more information about the open house, contact the Great Falls campus at (406) 771-4450.