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					                                                  NURSING NOTES
                                                     Making Montana healthier through excellence in Nursing Education.
SUMMER 2002                              A PUBLICATION OF THE COLLEGE OF NURSING                                       VOLUME 2 / NO. 2

                                        Bridging Differences
                                                     By Susan Trossman, RN
Kay Chafey has an explorer’s nature: It
led her to sign up with the Peace Corps
one year out of nursing school; to
conduct research on the ethical questions
of autonomy, care and justice; and, more
recently, to create a program in Montana
to recruit Native Americans into nursing
school and help them through the
Chafey, PhD, RN, began her nursing
career in 1962. That year, she left her
home state of Arizona to take a position
as a med-surg staff nurse at the
University of California-San Francisco
Medical Center. But her ultimate plan was
to travel beyond the borders of the          From left to right: Lanell Rides At The Door (Blackfeet from Browning, MT), Nicole Merchant
United States. Within a year, she netted     (Crow/Blackfeet from Pryor, MT), Amber Means (Crow/Northern Cheyenne from Kirby, MT), Dollie
                                             Luna (Navajo from Kayenta, AZ), Neva Tall Bear (Crow/Southern Cheyenne from Lodge Grass, MT ).
an assignment with the Peace Corps that
took her to Colombia for two years.          "Public health was a strong component in         Minnesota, and then back to Arizona,
"Kennedy was president at the time. He       my baccalaureate program at Arizona              where she took a faculty position
was selling the idea of service, and I was   State University," Chafey said. "I had           teaching public health nursing.
taken with him," said the Montana            wonderful teachers in my undergraduate           Eventually she came to Montana, where
Nurses Association (MNA) member. "I also     program who helped lay the foundation            she now serves as a full professor at
liked the idea of traveling to another       for my interest in and knowledge of              Montana State University-Bozeman’s
country. And putting my nursing skills to    public health. But it was my experience          (MSU) College of Nursing.
work with people other than my own had       in the Peace Corps that made me a true
                                             believer in the efficacy and economy of          Over the years, Chafey has had many
an appeal."                                                                                   roles at MSU, including professor,
                                             prevention and the contribution it can
Her official Peace Corps job was to teach                                                     researcher, assistant and associate dean
                                             make to the world’s health in the long
at the Colombian-equivalent of a licensed                                                     of nursing and acting provost. She tem-
                                             term. My experience also helped me
practical nurse program. What she found                                                       porarily has put her research on the back
                                             internalize the essential links between
herself doing as well, however, was "a                                                        burner in favor of teaching and working
                                             health and basic education.
little bit of everything else" in her                                                         with Native Americans in a program
off-hours. For example, she took part in     "In Colombia, I saw how very little in           called the Caring for Our Own Project (CO-
immunization programs, worked with a         resources could make a big difference,"          OP), which she created in the late ’90s.
project to introduce a high-protein flour    she said. "Kids who should have been
                                             walking were not. But after receiving            In her role as teacher, she enjoys the
into the local diet as a nutrition                                                            opportunity to participate in the intellec-
supplement, taught lay midwives, and         nutrition supplements — such as flour
                                             that cost pennies — they were walking            tual and professional growth of students.
even helped the health department to
persuade people to buy and install           within weeks. Yet, most people refused to        "It’s the adventure one shares with
inexpensive latrines.                        change their dietary habits to incorpo-          students that’s exciting — and like any
                                             rate the supplements into their cooking."        adventure even the difficulties are memo-
The experience galvanized her commit-                                                         rable," Chafey said.
ment to public health and prevention         So when Chafey returned to the States,
activities.                                  she headed first for graduate school in          In her other major role, Chafey strives to
                                                                                                                           (Cont. on page 9)
                                               three years of federal funding. Thanks       in the program and three more faculty
      From the Dean                            Kay - and congratulations.                   will begin classes this fall. The College of
      Lea G. Acord, PhD, RN                                                                 Nursing will have eight faculty enrolled in
                                               The College has been effective in our
I think there must be no better place          funding efforts, and many of our alums       doctoral programs (one on leave of
than Montana in the summer. For those          and friends donate to the College. Please    absence) beginning September, 2002. This
of you who are receiving this newsletter       consider contributing to our success.        is a remarkable feat and something we
in a non-Montana place, we                                 There is a concern about the     are very proud to announce. As the short-
invite you to visit again - or                             lack of state funding and the    age continues for nursing faculty who are
come back to live. It is defi-                             heavy reliance on private        doctorally prepared, the College of
nitely the place to be - and the                           donations; every state and       Nursing is committed to assisting current
College of Nursing is the place                            every state school is facing     faculty in their efforts to obtain their
where things are definitely                                the same kind of dilemma.        doctorates.
"happening."                                               There is no answer except        Finally, let me just say a few words about
This issue newsletter reminds                              increasing tuition and/or        how extraordinarily pleased we are that
us of the value of diversity, dis-                         seeking more funding from        Mary Delaney Munger is a 2002 recipient
cusses opportunities for becom-                            our faithful alums and           of an Honorary Doctorate from Montana
ing part of the development                                friends.                         State University - Bozeman. Mary is only
efforts of the College, brags about the        Zeta Upsilon, the local chapter of Sigma     the fifth nurse in our 65 year history to
success of Zeta Upsilon, explains the          Theta Tau International, is a very active    be so honored. At commencement, with-
innovative partnership between MSU’s           chapter, and has charter members still       out a note, Mary spoke clearly and
College of Nursing and OHSU, and tells         here, actively contributing at the state     thoughtfully to each of the graduates -
you about a great honor that was recent-       and/or international levels. If you’re in    and I watched from the platform as the
ly bestowed to "one of our own.”               Montana, let this be an open invitation      room became very quiet and thousands of
                                               to reactivate your membership. If you’re     people listened closely to her words. She
We are so proud of all of the accomplish-
                                               not a member, let us know if you are         has always been an inspiration to me -
ments of Dr. Kay Chafey who, over the
                                               interested.                                  this graduation day, she became an inspi-
years has made many contributions to
                                                                                            ration to so many more. Congratulations
the College and to MSU - but we are espe-      We are thrilled Oregon Health and            (once again) to Mary.
cially proud of her work now as the            Sciences University (OHSU)brought their
Director of the CO-OP (Caring For Our Own      doctoral program in nursing to Montana.
Project). CO-OP recently received another      Two of our faculty are currently enrolled

                          Zeta Upsilon’s 20th Anniversary
                                                            by Rita Cheek
Nurses celebrated the first 20 years of        ly with Native American students; Dr.        of their Community Health Representative
Zeta Upsilon, the Montana chapter of           Patricia Butterfield, PhD, RN, Bozeman,      Program. She works with the South Piegan
Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor           for her focus on environmental and occu-     Diabetes Project, the Blackfeet Hospital, and
Society of Nursing, at the 2002 Awards         pational health; and to Mr. Wade King,       also on education of nursing students about
Luncheon in Bozeman April 5th. The             RN, BSN, OCN for his role in establishing    the Native American culture.
highlight was honoring the 219 Charter         Horizon Hospice House in Billings. The       This year’s $1300 Research Award was shared
Members and 11 Past Presidents. Twenty         Beginning Leader Award went to Ms.           by 4 individuals: Patricia Holkup to
charter members and 8 Presidents               Susan Raph, RN, MN, who completed a          supplement her doctoral research study,
attended. Zeta Upsilon is co-sponsored         Master’s degree in 2001. She has a lead-     "Caring for Native American Elders"; Connie
by nursing programs at Carroll College         ership role in North Central Montana and     Johnson for her Master’s research study,
and Montana State University - Bozeman.        is currently Campus Director on the Great    "Sleep Habits of Night Shift workers"; Judy
Annually Zeta Upsilon chapter gives            Falls Campus of Montana State                Neal for her professional project on "Rural
special tribute to individuals who have        University - Bozeman College of Nursing.     Family Nurse Practitioner Levels of
contributed significantly to health care       Ms. Mary Ellen LaFromboise received the      Confidence"; and Shelley Otoupalik to extend
in Montana. This year Recognition              Friend of Nursing Award (given to some-      her Master’s thesis study of "Horse-related
Awards were presented to Dr. Jan               one who is not a nurse) for her active       Injuries and Deaths in Western Montana.
Buehler, PhD, RN, Billings, for her work       support of nursing. She is a member of
in rural, transcultural nursing, particular-   the Blackfeet tribe and currently Director   Reprinted from the MNA Pulse.

                                          Development Update
Caring For Our Own                             and donors would be listed within          undergraduate student and are currently
The Caring For Our Own project (CO-OP)         this fund. This account generates          working on projects focused on rural
continues to grow in its enrollment and        funds for scholarships for the College     nursing research or rural health research,
success at MSU – Bozeman College of            of Nursing.                                you may be eligible for funding through
Nursing. This program’s purpose is to        • Permanent Named Scholarship: A             the Helen Jacobsen Lee Endowment for
recruit, retain and graduate increased         permanent named scholarship is gen-        Rural Nursing Research.
numbers of Native Americans who will           erally restricted to a student enrolled
enter and graduate from the College of         in the College of Nursing who is           Pioneer Nurses
Nursing with Bachelor of Science degrees       selected by the college scholarship        The College of Nursing has established the
in nursing. Currently the program has 26       committee and requires a minimum of        "Montana Pioneer Nurses Memorial
American Indian students (all from             $15,000 endowment. If specific crite-      Scholarships" to honor pioneer nurses in
Montana at this time), 10 of whom are          ria are desired (such as class status or   the state. This scholarship fund grew out
juniors and seniors. The first four gradu-     minimum GPA), a $25,000 minimum            of discussions with the family of Mildred
ates of the program graduated in May           endowment is required. The mini-           A. Hill. Mildred's family wanted to start a
2002. There are five students currently in     mums can be pledged over a period of       scholarship fund to honor her and her
the program who are planning to contin-        years. The scholarship would not be        nursing friends and colleagues who were
ue on for a master's or one of the new         awarded until the minimum was              strongly supportive of Montana nursing
BSN to PhD programs that prepare nurses        achieved. During the pledge period,        education programs.
for research careers. Although the project     all of the income would be reinvested.     Mildred Hill became a registered nurse in
just received grant funding totaling           Then, the scholarships would be            1931, which was six years before the
$857,493 for three more years, student         awarded. For example, if the objective     College of Nursing program began at MSU-
scholarships and funds are needed to           is a $15,000 endowment, donors can         Bozeman. Her nursing work was in Havre
maintain the project. A CO-OP fund was         give $10,000 outright now and pledge       and in the Dillon area. Mildred was an
recently established for this purpose and      the balance over a three-year period.      active member of the Kennedy Deaconess
two pledges have already been received.        Donations from others and reinvested       Hospital Alumni Association and attended
To learn more about the project, please        income would be applied toward the         its annual meetings for many years. She
visit the website at: http://www.mon-          minimum.                                   was also an active member of the                            • General Support Endowment: A               Montana Nurses Association and served
                                               minimum of $10,000 will create an          two years as President and two years as
Endowed Scholarships                           endowment. The income will be used         Secretary of the MNA District 7 in Havre.
Due to the high cost of nursing educa-         by the College of Nursing to support       For more information concerning these
tion, the MSU – Bozeman College of             its greatest needs.                        development opportunities and other
Nursing is working to make more endowed                                                   giving options, please contact Colleen
                                             Funding Available                            Schwanke ( or
scholarships available for our students.
There are several avenues donors can con-    If you are an MSU – Bozeman College of       406-994-2710).
sider to assist students and support the     Nursing alum, faculty, graduate or
College of Nursing. Some examples are:
• An alternative to the endowment is a
  Term Limited Named Scholarship:
  Donors give $10,000 designated to a
  scholarship in memory of someone or           Straight from the Dean
  under the donor’s name and according          Approximately every 6-8 weeks, Dean Lea Acord
  to criteria determined by the donor. The      sends College of Nursing update emails to our alums.
  scholarship will continue as long as the      If you would like to receive these emails, please contact
  funds are available.                          Christy Huddleston ( or 406-
• College of Nursing Memorial and               994-3784) and she will add you to the Dean’s email list.
  Scholarship Fund: Donations would be
  pooled with this current endowment

              Nurses Challenged to Change Nursing Practice
                         and Nursing Education
                                                           by Rita Cheek

For two days nurses discussed the work-       been in the past. He clearly demonstrat-      The program concluded with a panel dis-
force crisis in healthcare with two advo-     ed compelling reasons for creating new        cussion led by Jo Ann Walsh Dotson, Chief
cates who challenged nurses to change         models for both nursing practice and          of the Family and Community Health
nursing practice and nursing education        nursing education and provided evidence       Bureau at the Montana Department of
through leadership and mentorship. To         that simply changing existing models          Public Health and Human Services. Three
conquer the significant, traditional barri-   cannot effectively address patients’ needs    nurse leaders described the nursing short-
ers in the delivery of nursing care to an     in the future. He moderated a discussion      age in Montana from their perspectives.
increasing number of patients, nurses         of these issues among nurses, health care     Panelists were Sami Butler, Montana
need to take individual and group action.     administrators, students, and selected        Nurses’ Association; Rita Harding, Indian
The group discussed strategies to meet        members of the Governor’s Blue Ribbon         Health Service; and Dr. Barbara Landrum,
short and long term healthcare workforce      Task Force on the Health Care Workforce       Barrett Memorial Hospital. Each one con-
needs in Montana.                             Shortage from across the state. Dr. O’Neil,   firmed local problems and empowered
In a series of presentations Dr. Ed O’Neil    MPA, PhD, is Associate Professor of           nurses to take action.
described the complexities of multiple        Family and Community Medicine at the          This educational program, "Facing the
forces contributing to the nationwide         University of California, San Francisco.      Future: Addressing the Nursing Workforce
shortage of nurses, comparing Montana         The second day Dr. Harriet Feldman            Crisis in Montana through Leadership and
with other states. Major components are       focused on the Hallmarks of the               Mentorship" was sponsored by Zeta
the aging population (including nurses),      Professional Nursing Practice Environment     Upsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau
increasing diversity of the population,       recently released from the American           International, Honor Society of Nursing
expectations of women in the workplace,       Association of Colleges of Nursing            in cooperation with the Robert Wood
desires of generation "next", changing        (AACN). She reviewed strategies for lead-     Johnson Executive Fellowship Program,
health care environment, biotechnology,       ing and mentoring in nursing to confront      Montana State University - Bozeman
and technical information. He proposed        the frequent changes in nursing and           College of Nursing, and the Montana
that nurses change nursing by first           health care. Dr. Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN,      Nurses’ Association. The program was
Scrambling, then Improving, Reinventing,      is Dean and Professor of Nursing at Pace      April 4th and 5th at Montana State
and finally Starting Over. Recruiting and     University Lienhard School of Nursing in      University - Bozeman.
retaining nurses are not sufficient to        New York City.                                Reprinted from the MNA Pulse.
address this shortage of workers as it has

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              Oregon Health & Science University Offers PhD
                     Nursing Education in Montana
Oregon Health & Science University
School of Nursing is bringing its PhD
program in nursing to multiple regional
campuses in Montana and Oregon over the
next several years. The OHSU School of
Nursing PhD program has been offered
since 1985 at OHSU’s Portland, Oregon,
campus. Now, in collaboration with the
Montana State University-Bozeman
College of Nursing and with the assistance
of a three-year federal training grant,
OHSU delivers its PhD program to students
in Billings and Helena, Montana, and will
begin delivery of the program this fall to
students in Missoula, Montana, and
Ashland, Oregon. Beginning in fall of
2003, the program will admit students in
Bozeman, Montana and La Grande,
When asked why Montana nurses might
pursue a PhD through OHSU’s distance
PhD program, Beverly Hoeffer, DNSc, RN,
FAAN, professor and associate dean of                                              Colin McInness, RN, BS
academic affairs at OHSU and director of
the PhD program, describes the opportu-
                                                Current students enjoy the program’s flex-         connected to the university and still live
nity as entirely unique. "It literally brings
                                                ibility, which provides them access to             several hundred miles away. The quality of
the program to students at local Montana
                                                doctoral study while enabling them to              the technology and the significant tech-
campuses through videoconferencing and
                                                remain in their own communities. Jean              nological support has made distance-
online methods, connecting them with
                                                Ballantyne, fourth-year PhD student who            learning easy."
the OHSU School of Nursing Portland
                                                serves as the campus director for the              Why should master’s-prepared nurses con-
campus. It brings together students and
                                                Billings campus of the MSU-Bozeman                 sider getting a PhD in nursing? Findholt
faculty from rural and urban settings and
                                                College of Nursing, comments on her                strongly believes in the role of the PhD -
immerses them in one program,
                                                experience: "Not only have I had the ben-          prepared nurse. "Our profession – and the
giving new meaning to a community of
                                                efit of study in one of the top ranked             world – needs individuals who can design
                                                schools in the country, I have lived in my         and conduct nursing research. Nursing
Kathleen Chafey, PhD, RN, professor at          home town of Billings, without an inter-           research is essential to ensure that the
the Montana State University College of         ruption in my employment." Students                health care provided to clients, and the
Nursing in Bozeman, is the co-director of       find that the program requires minimal             health care system itself, is maximally
the regional program in Montana. "A             travel and makes it very feasible for per-         effective."
major reason we sought funding for this         sons who are "placebound." The program
program was the increasing need for doc-                                                           For more information regarding the pro-
                                                of study allows students at the regional
torally-prepared nurses in rural western                                                           gram, please contact Dr. Beverly Hoeffer
                                                campuses to complete the program in a
states who can conduct research and                                                                at (503) 494-3894, or via email hoef-
                                                minimum of five years.
assume leadership positions in academic                                                   or Dr. Kathleen Chafey at
                                                Nancy Findholt, another fourth-year can-           (406) 994-4493, or via email
and health care settings. As nurse educa-
                                                didate who serves as faculty on the La    Additional infor-
tors retire, we face the reality nationally,
                                                Grande campus of the OHSU School of                mation regarding program specifics can
but especially in rural areas like Montana,
                                                Nursing believes, "the distance education          also be found on OHSU’s Web site:
of a critical shortage of PhD-prepared fac-
                                                program developed by OHSU has been       
ulty needed to prepare the nursing work-
                                                well-planned. It is possible to feel closely
force of the future."

            Honor Society Welcomes 35 New Members
                                                             by Rita Cheek

Zeta Upsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau      Davis, Kristi Engebretson, Kimberly                  Leaders included Jack Burke, Missoula;
International, Honor Society of Nursing      Hawks, Tiffany Koch, Cara Law, and Tandi Joline Hartze, Missoula; Carol Moore,
enrolled 27 undergraduate nursing stu-       Wickens; and 6 students from the                     Billings; June Sargent, Billings; and
dents, 4 graduate nursing students,                                                                     Elizabeth Witt, Great Falls.
and 5 registered nurses as new mem-                                                                     Each fall Zeta Upsilon seeks new
bers of the chapter on Saturday,                                                                        members. Those selected are induct-
April 5th. The evening ceremony                                                                         ed into the chapter in the spring.
took place at Montana State                                                                             Enrollment into the honor society is
University - Bozeman with friends                                                                       a lifetime membership. Active mem-
and family gathered together with                                                                       bers receive a subscription to the
Zeta Upsilon members to honor these                                                                     Journal of Nursing Scholarship,
nurses and prospective nurses. Zeta                                                                     access to the Sigma Theta Tau
Upsilon is co-sponsored by nursing                                                                      International Library, grant opportu-
programs at Carroll College and                                                                         nities, and resources to enhance
Montana State University - Bozeman. Left to right: Carolyn Wenger, Dorothy Sowa, Ruth Tombre, their nursing careers among other
                                        Dr. Helen Lee, Lillian LaCroix, Milly Gutkoski, Karen Tkach,
The undergraduate nursing students      Maxine Ferguson (hidden), Pat Oriet, Sharon Dieziger,           benefits. Locally members have an
from Carroll College were Kellie        Bobbi Derwinski-Robinson, Patsy Bryan, Susan Raph, and          opportunity to participate in chapter
Kovacich, Donna Millan, Christine       Ardella Fraley. Seated: Dr. Therese Sullivan, Mary Munger, activities and receive the chapter
Tester, and Joanna Wareham.             and Dr. Kay Chafey.                                             newsletter as well as grant opportu-
Undergraduates from Montana State                                                                       nities. For details about membership
University - Bozeman were 10 students        Missoula campus: Jimee Sue Boltz, Jenna              in Sigma Theta Tau International go to
from the Billings Campus: Sadie Adair,       Luck, Karen Jones, Holly Jordt, Jennifer             their web site at
Hillary Corson, Breana Dyk, Kathleen         Sheldon, and Jamie Solberg. The graduate If you are interested in joining or trans-
Pehan, Larisa Rolando, Stacy Schott,         students were Rhonda Bales, Billings;                ferring to Zeta Upsilon Chapter, contact
Jamie Selvey, Kindra Vincent , Johnny        Ernest Cadenhead, Bozeman; Laurie                    Ardella Fraley at 406-251-3429 or amfra-
Willcut, and Joyce Young; 6 students         Glover, Great Falls; and Cynthia Walton,   
from the Great Falls campus: Angela          Great Falls. Nurses enrolled as Community Reprinted from the MNA Pulse.

                          You’re Invited – 65 Year Anniversary!
                  The MSU – Bozeman             of master’s education and 25th                 able to take part in the many
                  College of Nursing is         anniversary of Sherrick Hall. We are           Homecoming activities on campus and
                   celebrating its 65th         planning an observance of the past,            within the community. This year’s
                     anniversary in 2002.       present, and future of nursing educa-          Homecoming honors special reunion
                     Come visit Bozeman,        tion. Please join us on Friday, October        groups such as the classes of ’62 and
                     MSU and the College        4, 2002 at Sherrick Hall from                  ’77. We hope to see you in October!
                    of Nursing (CON)            9:30 am – 10:30 am for a College of            Come enjoy yourself, receive College of
                     during MSU’s               Nursing update presented by Dean Lea           Nursing goodies, wear your nursing
                     Homecoming the             Acord. Later on Friday afternoon, we           pins, and witness the unveiling of our
                     weekend of October         will have a College of Nursing open            Sherrick Hall Honor Wall which will
                   4th-5th. In addition to      house at Sherrick Hall from 4:30 pm –          recognize individuals who give schol-
                  commemorating 65              6:30 pm with food, fun, and high-              arships and endowments to the
                 years of excellence in         lights from our 65th, 45th, and 25th           College of Nursing. Please RSVP to
               baccalaureate nursing            anniversaries. In addition to partici-         Christy Huddleston
                education, the CON recog-       pating in the College of Nursing               ( or
               nizes its 45th anniversary       anniversary events, you will also be           406-994-3784).

                                                  Congratulations to our Great Falls Campus MSNA member students who participated in the
                                                  Charity Challenge, a fund raiser for Great Falls community agencies. Students rode their
                                                  bikes from the Canadian border to Great Falls, Montana and raised over $4,200 for local
                                                  charities. Special recognition to Kim Hawks ‘02 who planned and facilitated the event.
                                                  GREAT WORK!! (From left to right: Sarah LaMotte and Kim Hawks at the Charity Challenge.)

Lianna Myers (left), a first semester junior at
the College of Nursing’s Great Falls campus, is
one of this year’s selected students for the
Septemviri Honor Society. She is pictured
with Christian Madson,a previous Septemviri           Award for Excellence recipients, with Associate Dean Gretchen McNeely (middle), Kindra
recipient.                                            Vincent ’02, Carolyn Collis, Liz Witt, and Tracy Richman ’02.

                                                     Congratulations to Billings                              Commerce Awards for
                                                     campus faculty member                                     Excellence ceremony in
                                                     Carolyn Collis, Great Falls                               February 2002.
                                                     campus faculty member                                     The awards are designed to
                                                     Liz Witt, Billings campus                                recognize students who
                                                     student Kindra Vincent ’02,                              have outstanding academic,
                                                     and Great Falls campus stu-                             extracurricular and communi-
                                                     dent Tracy Richman ’02 who                             ty service achievements. In
                                                     received faculty and student recog-                  turn, honored students choose a
                                                     nition at the MSU Alumni Association            mentoring faculty or staff person to
Great Falls faculty member Sharon Howard             and the Bozeman area Chamber of                 also receive an Award for Excellence.
presents at the April 2002 WIN Conference.

                                                                 Becoming Nurses Together
                                                     Married with three children, having just lived through the many challenges of
                                                     being nursing students, Holly and Caleb Jordt graduated in May 2002 and have
                                                     already launched their nursing careers in Missoula, Montana. The couple said going
                                                     through their nursing program together was probably better for them than most
                                                     couples since they understood the demands of the program and each other’s rigor-
                                                     ous schedules. They learned from each other’s expertise and clinical experiences
                                                     and therefore believe they received helpful insights into the profession. Both
                                                     agreed the College’s faculty is amazing stating if they had a lifetime top ten list of
                                                     instructors, six of them would be from the MSU – Bozeman College of Nursing.
                                                     Caleb summarized their nursing education experience in one word, "Flexibility."
                                                     The Jordt family: Caleb, Holly, Cody, Kylee and Caden.

  Sue Barkley Scholarship Endowment
In honor of the contributions of Margaret "Sue" Barkley, RN, MS (1920-2000), Diane Savage '69 of
Sidney, Montana and Tommy Shelby '68 of Missoula, Montana plan to establish an endowment in
her memory.
Sue represented the qualities of professional nursing in all that she did. She respected the value of
education, especially the one she earned at the MSU - Bozeman College of Nursing. She encouraged             Interested in earning your
her nursing students to know all that she could offer and demanded that they continue to always              masters degree in nursing? To
know more. She taught the principle of "Those who receive our nursing care must receive the best             learn more about the MSU –
care we know how to give and that standard rises to a new level each day as nursing knowledge
                                                                                                             Bozeman College of Nursing’s
expands." She was always on the edge of expanding knowledge and moved students with her. She
was a mentor to the practice of nursing and led by example. The endowment in her name will                   current and upcoming gradu-
allow for the extension of her commitment to nursing students of the future.                                 ate options, please contact our
Below is a biographical sketch of Sue's life that was printed in the Winter 2001 Nursing Notes. If           graduate admissions at 406-
you are interested in contributing to this special scholarship, please contact Diane Savage at:              994-3500 or visit our web site
P. O. Box 533, Sidney, MT 59270, 406-433-9770 or 406-488-7152; Tommy Shelby at: 628 So.                      at
Avenue West, Missoula, MT 59801; or Colleen Schwanke at:
or 406-994-2710.

Remembering Margaret Antoinette                     Springs State Hospital and Extended
"Sue" (Mundt) Barkley                               Campus from 1957 to 1972. During those                      Mentorship
Margaret Antoinette "Sue" (Mundt)
Barkley was born June 5, 1920 to Walter
                                                    years, Sue taught every nursing student
                                                    psychiatric nursing, including students                      Program
William and Emma C.A. (Ehlers) Mundt.               who were at Warm Springs from other                      Our students have indicated to
She was one of seven children they raised           nursing programs in Montana and other                    us that they would like to talk
on their dry land farm outside of Carter,           states in the West.                                      with our alums about their
Montana. The family moved to Great                  From 1972-1974, Sue served as the                        careers. If you are interested
Falls during the 1930s and Sue graduated            Assistant Director of the School of                      in participating in our
from high school there in 1937. She                 Nursing on the Bozeman Campus. In                        Mentorship Program, please
immediately began the nursing program               1974, upon the resignation of the                        contact Colleen Schwanke
at Montana Deaconess Hospital School of             Director, Dr. Laura O. (Copple) Walker, Sue              ( or
Nursing, earning her diploma in 1941.               became the Acting Director of the nursing                406-994-2710).
She completed the additional require-               program at Montana State College until
ments to earn the baccalaureate degree at           Dr. Anna M. Shannon accepted the posi-
Montana State College (MSC) in 1951. In             tion in 1975. Sue then continued to work
1959, she completed the requirements for            with Dr. Shannon as the Assistant Dean              Zeta Upsilon chapter of Sigma Theta Tau
the master’s degree in nursing from                 in the School of Nursing until Kathleen             and was appointed to the Montana State
Indiana University where she specialized            Chafey assumed that position in 1977.               Board of Nursing for two terms (1980-84;
in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing at             Sue played an important role in the                 1984-88). In 1993, Sue was selected as
the urging of Dr. Anna Pearl Sherrick.              "Roving RN" program which took bac-                 one of Montana State University’s most
In the early years of her nursing career,           calaureate nursing education to the nurs-           distinguished alumni as a representative
Sue worked in obstetrical (OB) nursing at           es of the rural areas of the state                  from the College of Nursing for the
both Montana Deaconess Hospital in                  (Lewistown, Havre, Kalispell, Miles City            University’s Centennial celebration.
Great Falls (1941-43; 1947-52) and                  and Sidney) from 1980-1983. She contin-             Dr. Anna Shannon has commented that
Bozeman Deaconess Hospital (1943-47),               ued to work in the College of Nursing on            "she gave her all to the College." Though
filling the dual roles of instructor and            a part-time basis after her "official"              the College of Nursing was a most impor-
head nurse or supervisor. After 10 years            retirement in 1984 and she was honored              tant part of Sue’s life and she continued
in OB, Sue took on the same dual roles,             by the Montana Board of Regents with                to come to the office every day after her
but this time in the outpatient                     the title of "Professor Emeritus" in 1988.          retirement for many years, her family and
department of the Great Falls Clinic from           Sue was always active in the professional           a number of hobbies occupied a signifi-
1952-1957. After these 15 years, Sue                nursing organizations of the state and              cant part of her life outside the college.
pursued a new endeavor; she enjoyed                 was particularly interested in nursing his-         Sue died on August 18, 2000 in Ashland,
working as the MSC School of Nursing                tory, serving on the History Committee of           Oregon, where she had lived near Susan,
Education Director and psychiatric                  the Montana Nurses’ Association for many            Tom, Tim and Christopher Daley, her
nursing faculty member at the Warm                  years. She was a charter member of the              daughter’s family, since 1996.

(Bridging, cont. from page 1)
ensure the continued success — and           The project’s success is due, in part, to    Former colleague Kathleen Long, PhD,
funding — of CO-OP. The purpose of the       strong partnerships with Montana reser-      RNCS, FAAN, now dean of University of
program is three-fold: increase the num-     vations, Native American nurse mentors,      Florida’s College of Nursing, describes
ber of Native Americans enrolled in MSU’s    public and tribal community college lead-    Chafey as innovative and creative.
nursing program; provide them with a         ers, the Indian Health Service and other     She cites the CO-OP program as a good
strong support network throughout their      key community leaders. The components        example of those abilities.
university experience; and, increase the     of the program include providing             Said Long, "She’s devoted to excellence
overall number of Native American            students with financial support, both in     in nursing education and practice and
registered nurses.                           dollars and money management advice, a       has a special commitment to students
Chafey said she saw the need for this        strong social support network and vari-      and patients who are vulnerable and
type of program since she began with the     ous formal and informal academic oppor-      under-served."
College of Nursing as assistant dean 25      tunities throughout their college careers.
                                                                                          Chafey is successful in working with
years ago.                                   The CO-OP team also recently began a         other populations, because she’s very
"As assistant dean, I took on advising       program called "Bridge to Success," where    open to other people and non-judgmental
Native American students, and I saw so       students come to MSU prior to the start      in her approach, Long added. And one of
many needs that we were not sensitive        of their first semester to take seminars     her strongest assets, is her sense of
to. I saw a lot of potentially good          aimed at sharpening skills in basic sci-     humor.
students who went by the wayside             ence, computing, writing and studying,
                                             as well as learn how to successfully navi-   "She really has the best sense of humor
because of cultural, economic and social                                                  of any nurse I know, and she uses it in a
factors. Very seldom was I convinced that    gate life at the university.
                                                                                          skillful way to help students and col-
the students were not intellectually up      As for future goals, Chafey wants to         leagues — and even maybe herself — get
for nursing. Actually the opposite was       boost CO-OP’s efforts to reach out to        through stressful and challenging times."
true. I felt like we let these students      middle and high school students and
down when they came here."                   counselors to promote health care careers    Chafey plans to retire in a few years from
                                             among Native Americans. She also wants       nursing — a career she believes has been
Chafey found an opportunity to make the                                                   a good choice.
CO-OP project a reality after attending a    to bring a Native American nurse on to
conference sponsored by the Division of      MSU’s nursing faculty.                       "I am curious about a lot of things, and
Nursing (Bureau of Health Professions,       "I grew up as a minority person — a          you can’t be interested in public health
HRSA) in 1997. The Nurse Leadership ’97      non-Hispanic white in a mostly Hispanic      without a broad focus," Chafey said.
Invitational Congress was entitled "Caring   mining town," she said. "I’ve always felt    "Nursing — by virtue of what it is — has
for the Emerging Majority: A Blueprint in    comfortable with people of different         allowed me the latitude to explore and be
Action," and it strengthened her resolve     ethnicities. I greatly admire the Indian     involved in a wide and diverse range of
to make a difference for Native American     people for their ability to survive and      issues and pursuits."
students.                                    thrive. And, I have a sense that I have      It’s unlikely she’s going to give up
"Everything I heard resonated with my        the trust of the students and the people I   exploring any time soon.
experience. So I formed a team and           work with."
mapped out a project. I wanted CO-OP to      She certainly has the admiration of her      Susan Trossman is the senior reporter for
be a program for Indian people by Indian     nurse colleagues.                            The American Nurse.
people. I felt without a grassroots          "Kay is one of the brightest and most tal-
approach, the program would be gone          ented people I have ever met," said MSU
when funding was gone."                      College of Nursing Dean Lea Acord, PhD,               Help Wanted
Chafey eventually won a three-year grant     RN, an MNA member. "The depth and
from the Division of Nursing, and the        breadth of her experience is unparalleled.    Naturopathic Physician of 10 years
program officially began in 1999. So far,    She’s so well-regarded in this university     experience looking for FNP with
the CO-OP team has been successful in        that she’s being always asked to repre-       interest in gynecology and family
more than doubling Native American           sent nursing on university committees         practice to work in an integrated
enrollment in the nursing program. There     and with special projects.                    setting of
are now 26 Native Americans among 500        "Her experience and knowledge is not          Dr. Michael Lang
nursing undergraduates and the enroll-       only in nursing. She has a vast               Bozeman, MT
ment is expected to reach 40 by fall         understanding of all aspects of higher
2002. This will represent 8 percent of the   education. She’s incredibly valuable to       406-586-1100
college’s undergraduate enrollment.          the college and the university."
(The percent of Native Americans in the                                          
Montana population is 6.2 percent.)
   Alumni Updates                              • Congratulations to Chelsie Stehman ’01

• Marianne Beene, BSN 96, after gradua-
                                               on her marriage to Aaron Stewart.              Faculty Highlights
                                               • Sara Boutilier-Wakefield, BSN, '99, has
tion worked as a Clinical Nurse Educator       been working in her home town of
for a Medicare Fiscal Intermediary on the      Helena, Montana as a public health nurse      • Bozeman faculty member Janice
East Coast, as an independent Medicare         for the Lewis and Clark City-County           Hausauer received the 2002 Leader of
consultant, and now as the RN Case             Health Department and really enjoys it.       Leaders Award given by the National
Manager at a 240 bed skilled nursing           This past September, she married a great      Student Nurses’ Association, sponsored by
facility. She lives in Louisville, CO.         guy. Her son, Ben, is now in kindergarten     Mosby Publishing. This annual award was
                                               and he loves it.                              presented at the NSNA (National Student
• Karen (Ohls) Eads, BSN '86, has not yet
                                                                                             Nurses Association) convention in April
retired from the Air Force. Although her       • In June 2002, Shirley Oscarson Wood ’62     2002 and is given to an "outstanding
papers were in, they offered her an            celebrated 40 years in practice and teach-    dean, faculty member, advisor, or state
assignment as a Family Nurse Practitioner.     ing in the area of maternal/newborn. She      consultant who demonstrates distin-
After receiving her Master's 2 years ago       retired from Kent State University in         guished support and service to nursing
from South Dakota State, she is employed       June, having also taught and practiced at     students." Out of 562 nursing schools in
full-time as an FNP. As of the end of          Case Western Reserve University,              the country, there were fourteen nomi-
November, 2001, she is stationed at            University of Rochester and University of     nees and only one faculty member is
Sheppard AFB, TX.                              Pittsburgh. Shirley says, "I have had a       chosen to receive the award.
• Dan Ellis ‘80 has retired from nursing       wonderful career and wonder if others
                                               from the early 60's are getting ready to      • Retired Great Falls campus director and
and has followed his passion for cars. He
                                               move on from active practice. If so, I        faculty member Sharon Hovey received a
is a client advisor at BMW of Murray in
                                               would love to hear from them."                certificate of appreciation from the
Salt Lake city, Utah (1-800-272-2691
                                               (                     Department of the Army for her dedicat-
ext.104 or
                                                                                             ed service to the Army Reserve Officers’
• Jennifer Fritz ‘97 married Mark Millard      • Mark Zygmond ’77 has been practicing        Training Corps Nurse Program as the
after graduation and moved to Seattle,         as an anesthetist since 1985. He has been     Great Falls Campus Director
Washington. She worked as a floor RN,          residing in Wolf Point, Montana for the
                                               last seven years. He is the proud father of   • Great Falls campus faculty member
floor supervisor and then as Assistant
                                               Beau, Chance, and Alex(andra).                Susan Luparell was nominated for the
Director of Nursing at Greenwood Park
                                                                                             Presidential Award for Teaching
Care Center in Seattle until the birth of
                                                                                             Excellence. Faculty are nominated for this
her first daughter Samantha in November
                                                                                             award by students or faculty colleagues.
1999. She then began working as a nurs-
ing consultant and working towards her
                                                  Student Updates                            Susan was nominated by two students
                                                                                             from the Great Falls campus.
masters degree as a Family Nurse
Practitioner at Seattle University. In April   • Congratulations to Great Falls campus       • Missoula faculty member Teresa Snyder,
2001, Jennifer gave birth to twin girls        students Katrina Hoey and Patrick Smith       who has been a faculty member for the
Gabrielle and Rachel.                          on their marriage.                            College of Nursing for 23 years, retired in
                                                                                             May 2002.
• Congratulations to Sydne Mortensen ’01       • Congratulations to Great Falls campus
on her marriage to Steven Skaer.               student Lianna Myers who was selected         • Faculty members Jean Ballantyne
                                               for Septemviri Honor Society, which is        (Billings Campus) and Yoshiko Colclough
• Congratulations to Patricia O’Neill ’84
                                               bestowed to only seven of Montana State       (Bozeman Campus) are enrolled in
who has written her second textbook:
                                               University’s highest achieving students,      Oregon Health Sciences University’s
Caring for the Older Adult: A Health
                                               recognizing their exceptional academics,      Nursing Doctoral program. Susan Luparell
Promotion Perspective.
                                               contributions and services to and for         (Great Falls Campus) is currently enrolled
• Geneva Slaughter ‘00 has been working                                                      in University of Nebraska - Lincoln’s doc-
                                               others and their skills in working with
at Southeast Alaska Health Consortium in                                                     toral program for Administration,
Sitka, Alaska since graduation. In October                                                   Curriculum and Instruction. Maria
of 2001, she started working in the            • FNP graduate students publish article:      Humphry (Missoula Campus) was recently
Emergency department and I.C.U. and            Bischoff, J., Timmer, K., Walton, C.,         accepted to Loyola University’s Nursing
loves it. In March of 2002 she qualified       White, C., Zulkowski, K. (2002)               Doctoral program, and Chad Ellis
for I.H.S. loan repayment program and          “Perspectives of the Ideal Assisted Living    (Missoula Campus), Dale Mayer (Missoula
will be working at S.E.A.R.C.H. for at         Facilities from Depression Era Nurses,”       Campus), and Linda Torma (Missoula
least 2 more years. She lives in Sitka         Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health    Campus) were recently accepted into
with her husband, two children, and            Care, 2 (2)       Oregon Health Sciences University’s
yellow lab.                                                                                  Nursing Doctoral program.
                                      Congratulations Mary!
                                                     by Lea G. Acord, PhD, RN
Mary Delaney Munger received an               honor of Mary, was passed and vetoed in          Distinguished Centennial Alumni; and in
Honorary Doctorate degree from Montana        1965; passed and signed in 1967; and             1996, she received the MSU Blue and Gold
State University – Bozeman. As a preemi-      made permanent in 1969. As a result of           Award.
nent nursing leader in                                     this legislation, the Montana       Because of her national contributions to
Montana and a nationwide                                   Nurses’ Association negotiat-       the protection of nursing practice, in
advocate for the protection                                ed its first contract for nurs-     1996, Mary received the prestigious
of the rights of registered                                es in Glendive and Missoula.        Shirley Titus Award from the American
nurses to have an influence                                As part of the contract,            Nurses’ Association. This award is present-
over the conditions which                                  minimum employment stan-            ed to an individual nurse who has made a
affect their employment, it                                dards for general duty nurses       significant national contribution to the
was an honor for the College                               were developed with a basic         economic and general welfare of nurses
of Nursing to nominate her.                                salary set at $250.00 a             leading to the improvement of the quality
On May 9, 2002, the College                                month for a 40-hour, five-          of patient care. Less than twenty nurses
of Nursing held a dinner in                                day week. Additional local          out of a total of 2.2 million registered
Mary’s honor. On Saturday, May 11, 2002,      units of nurses were organized in order to       nurses in the United States have received
Mary received her honorary doctorate and      implement the minimum standards. As a            this honor.
was also asked by President Gamble to         result of Mary’s work and this legislation,
give the "charge" to the graduates. It was    since 1969, MNA has represented thou-            In addition to serving the nursing profes-
truly a week of celebration.                  sands of nurses for the purpose of collec-       sion, Mary has provided significant serv-
                                              tive bargaining.                                 ice to the state through her work on the
Mary was born in Butte, Montana;                                                               Governor’s Commission on Aging, the
attended the St. James School of Nursing,     Mary did not limit her advocacy work to          Governor’s Commission on the Status of
a hospital based diploma program; and         the state of Montana, she was also active        Women, the Montana Equal Rights
graduated in 1944. She served as both a       at the national level. From 1962 to 1966,        Council, the Montana Board of Personnel
school nurse and public health nurse          Mary was a member of the American                Appeals and the Montana Health Facility
before joining the Montana Nurses’            Nurses’ Association (ANA) Committee on           Authority. She has also been very active
Association (MNA) where she served as         Economic and General Welfare; and from           in the Montana Historical Society and
Executive Director from 1955 to 1971.         1970 to 1979, she was a member of the            continues to serve the nursing profession
Because of her belief in the nursing pro-     ANA Commission on Economic and                   through her support of the Montana
fession and the need for nurses to further    General Welfare, serving as Chairperson          Nurses’ Association and Montana State
their education, she continued to attend      from 1974 to 1978. During her tenure on          University - Bozeman. At MNA, she was a
school while working, receiving her           the Commission, the program was recog-           writer and editor for the published histo-
Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at      nized for a number of accomplishments,           ry of MNA entitled Nursing in Montana:
Montana State University - Bozeman in         including advocating a national salary           The Recent Past, and currently serves as a
1962 and her Master of Science in             goal in 1965; convincing ANA to support          preeminent historian. In addition to her
Community Health Nursing from the             the Equal Rights Amendment; publishing           significant financial contributions to the
University of California, San Francisco, in   guidelines for the development of                MSU - Bozeman College of Nursing, Mary
1972. Mary went on to serve as a nursing      Economic and General Welfare programs            was also team captain for the Nurse
consultant, an assistant professor at         by state nurses associations; and serving        Practitioner Project for the Second
Carroll College and a project coordinator     as advisor to ANA and the state nurses           Century Campaign and currently serves
and lobbyist.                                 associations about issues affecting the          on the Dean’s Advisory Committee. In
What makes Mary one of the finest nurse       economics of nursing.                            addition, Mary serves on the Board of
leaders and role models for nurses is her     Mary has received a number of distin-            Directors for the MSU Foundation, a posi-
work in the area of collective bargaining.    guished honors for her outstanding work          tion she has held since 1999.
In that role, she was instrumental in         on behalf of nurses in Montana. In 1977,         The College of Nursing was pleased with
writing and lobbying for legislation in       the Montana Nurses’ Association estab-           the overwhelming support and enthusi-
Montana that would protect the right of       lished the Mary Munger Award for leader-         asm from nurses from all over the coun-
registered nurses and licensed practical      ship in the interest of legislative, social or   try who were thrilled to hear Mary was
nurses to bargain collectively. Mary’s        economic needs of the nurses in Montana.         bestowed this honor. From all of us at the
determination was evident as she lobbied      In 1978, MNA also named Mary Montana’s           College of Nursing and in Montana, con-
for legislation in 1961, 1963, 1965, 1967     Nurse of the Year. In 1993, Mary was             gratulations Mary!
and 1969. The bill, which legislators nick-   selected as one of MSU’s 100
named the "Blue-Eyed Nurse Bill" in                                                            Also printed in the MNA Pulse.

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If you have any information on the following alums, please contact
Colleen Schwanke ( or 406-994-2710).
a. Class of 1965: Janie Cromwell, Sondra Davis, Peggy Suzanne Evans, Marvelu R.
Fischer, Myrna Marie House, Joan Lee Lea, Ardys Eva Lorentzen, Doris Pearl Muller,
Jana Bertha Murray, Carol Rose Queener, Florence L. Queener, and Donna Florence Ross.
b. Class of 1970: Janice Marie Kelly, Carole Marie Koski, Barbara Jean McCumber, Penny
Jean Palensky, Sandra Rae Pueppke, Bartley Ann Rodgers, Mary Ellen Saxton, and Mildred
Ann Sprague.
c. Class of 1975: Barbara Ann Currie, Sheila B. Davies, Violett Mae Davies, Kim E. Davis, Ruth Diane Davis,
Sharon W. Davis, Maria R. DeMontigny, Barbara Joan Dunn, Linda Dusenbury, Mary L. Dyk, Vicki Renee Edwards,
Sally Jo Ann Guske, Carol S. Hackney, Carol Ann Haug, Margaret Ann Hinch, and Debra Louise Jacobson.
d. Class of 1980: Carla Cae Corbett, Peggy Mae Currie, Jamie Lynn Dayhuff, Martyn Lynn Edwards, Robin Marie Emge,
Patricia Louise Febach, Mary Ann Gillespey, Nancy Lee Hall, Luanna Rae Houghton, Erika Ann Johanson, and Ruth
Burnett Jones.
e. Class of 1985: Noreen Ann Driscoll, Shawna Li Drugge, Priscilla Lee Fisher, Elizabeth Mary Forman, Katherine Serena
Grieshop, Helen Ann Grych, Jane Katherine Hannifan, Shelley Lynette Hotes, and Marie Ann Huether.


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