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Updates from NEMT AHEC

HealthCARE Montana Update

November 5, 2015

Please copy and paste the following link into your browser to access the Summary of Rapid Response questions for the statewideWorkforce Advisory Council meeting next week:

HealthCARE Montana Summary of Rapid Response Questions

November 3, 2015

Please copy and paste the following link into your browser to access the New Professions Summary: https://files.acrobat.com/a/preview/774e955d-ad5c-4949-8807-6bf3f322266a 

Please copy and paste the following link into your browser to access the Rural Setting Summary:

HealthCARE Montana Steering Committe Report and 2-page Brief

October 28, 2015

Please copy and paste the following link into your browser to access the Bi-Monthly Steering Committee Progress Report 10_2015:
https://files.acrobat.com/a/preview/56946375-a701-4f54-9da3-5d9d96431b04

Please copy and paste the following link into your browser to access the HealthCARE Montana Grant Goals_Update 102315:
https://files.acrobat.com/a/preview/065cf99e-d840-469e-a4ba-8e8acdc902cd

Miles City REACH Camp, October 23, 2015

October 26, 2015

Twelve students attended the Miles City Research and Explore Awesome Careers in Healthcare (REACH) Camp on Friday, October 23rd at Holy Rosary Healthcare in Miles City.

The students participated in many different stations including a Session on Anesthesia, Allergic Reactions and appropriate care with the NE MT AHEC Simulator, Nursing, Dietary, Respiratory Care, Radiology Tour and a Dental Presentation.

We had more Freshman students attend than have attended at previous camps. This is great as it shows that students are getting interested in their future earlier.

Thank you to Jessica Kuipers of Holy Rosary Healthcare for coordinating this fun event.

Glendive REACH Camp, October 15, 2015

October 26, 2015

Thirteen students from Dawson County High School and Dawson Community College attended the Research and Explore Awesome Careers in Healthcare (REACH) Camp on Thursday, October 15th at Glendive Medical Center.

Students participated in Blood Profiling and a Lab Tour, Hand Hygiene, IV Placement on the Simulator, Dental Career Presentation, IO Needle Placement using eggs, and a Facility Tour and Ambulance Demonstration.

What a great bunch of students; engaged, friendly and happy to attend. Thank you to Kimberley Powell at Glendive Medical Center for coordinating this event.

HealthCARE Montana Voted upon Curriculum Proposals

October 26, 2015

Please copy and paste the following links in your browser to access the latest curriculum proposal information:

Voted 10/22/2015 BSN Completion Program Curriculum: https://files.acrobat.com/a/preview/be51ef8f-b225-41ce-8ca8-eeb17fbe1071

Voted October 22/2015 ASN Draft:
https://files.acrobat.com/a/preview/992b4e8f-9dbc-4251-827d-159597b6f6eb

Voted 10/22/15 PN Curriculum with ASN Articulation Proposal:
https://files.acrobat.com/a/preview/4bad5678-2379-4435-bdb6-c490361b3e81

Program Student Learning Outcomes Draft:
https://files.acrobat.com/a/preview/534e9766-687c-440d-90f9-2cd08f5893e2

Summary Rapid Response 10/2015:
https://files.acrobat.com/a/preview/b8c40d7c-a46a-47c6-9724-75aef469eefd

BLS Classes offered at Montana Health Network

October 22, 2015

Montana Health Network and North Eastern Montana AHEC will be offering a BLS for the Healthcare Provider class the third Tuesday of every month, starting November 17th. The classes will run from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. The classes will be limited to six students. Classes will be held at 11 South 7th St., Ste. 155 in Miles City. $40 per student. Please contact Beth Brunk at (406) 234-1424 or bbrunk@montanahealthnetwork.com to enroll.

Montana HealthCARE September 17, 2015 Full Curriculum Meeting Minutes

September 23, 2015

Please copy and paste the following link into your browser to view the September 17 Curriculum Meeting Minutes: https://files.acrobat.com/a/preview/3d4c8ebd-f085-4b99-a5d7-d26f981487b1

HealthCARE Montana Nursing Program Revision

September 23, 2015

HealthCARE Montana Nursing Program Revision

• Terminology:
o PN - Practical Nursing Certificate for LPN
o ASN – Associate of Science in Nursing degree for RN
o BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree for RN
• PN Program changing from a 1+1 PN to ASN program to a separate three (3) semester 43 credit certificate program
o Goal of change:
 Provide students who desire to be an LPN a separate education route that teaches to the scope of practice for the LPN and not the first 2 semesters of an ASN program. The present design of PN programs is to prepare students to advance to an ASN program, not exit as an LPN. This has been difficult for both students and employers. Students who want to be an RN must do the PN education first. It also does not provide LPNs to the workforce, as they all continue on for the RN
 It will provide LPNs to the workforce sooner
 It will increase number of LPNs in Montana, as the program is designed for students who desire to be an LPN and who will not be applying directly to an ASN program
o LPNs who desire to advance their degree to ASN RN, will have 12 credits of general education courses to complete before they are eligible to apply to an ASN program.
o There will be an entrance for the LPN into the ASN program. This is presently being discussed to be at semester 3 of the ASN program, but not fully decided yet. All nursing courses completed in the PN program will be applied to the ASN program
o We are looking at having regional PN hybrid programs (part online, part on campus) to allow more rural areas of MT nursing education opportunities
• ASN Program changing from a 1+1 PN to ASN program to a separate five (5) semester 71 credit ASN program
o Goal of change:
 Provide students with an ASN education in five semesters based on the scope of practice for the RN and not a 1+1 PN scope of practice for the first 2 semesters, then RN scope of practice for the 2 semesters of ASN program.
 Provide an increased number of RNs in Montana. Not all colleges will have LPN programs. Those who choose not to have the LPN program will have more availability for ASN students
o There will be a seamless pathway for student to enter an RN-BSN completion program
• RN-BSN Program will be a three (3) semester 49 credit Bachelor Degree completion program. ASN plus RN-BSN program credits (71 + 49), will equal the MUS required 120 credits for a bachelor degree.
o It will be a seamless pathway for students completing the ASN program
o It will be an online classroom program with 2 credits (90 hours) of scheduled clinical time in Community Nursing and Leadership & Management courses. Program consists of many projects and field experiences students will complete to meet student learning outcomes.

Project Coordinator Position Open

September 14, 2015

Montana Health Network is seeking a full time Project Coordinator. Regional travel required. Must have experience with insurance or healthcare. Requirements: Bachelors degree or equivalent experience. Send resume to Montana Health Network, Attn: NE MT AHEC, 11 South 7th Street, Suite 241, Miles City, MT 59301. Fax 406-234-1423. For Questions or to request a job description call Chris at 406-951-2612