Aaniiih Nakoda College Newsletter
Winter 2017

Fall Semester 2016 completed this past December with all students in this first cohort/class successfully completing their first semester of nursing! Current nursing students include: Kaye Brown, Penny Hawley, Aryn Longknife-Jake, and Jeremy Richey. Faculty for the program includes Billie Jo Brown, RN, Raeanne Wall, RN, and Jennifer Show, DNP, who also works as the Director of Ft. Belknap Tribal Health Diabetes Program. Cheryll Alt, Interim Program Director, has worked from distance at Great Falls throughout Fall Semester 2016. Ms. Brigit Hemmer, MSN-RN has continued with the program as Nursing Education Consultant since the planning phases of the program. Dr. Liz McLain has also continued to support the program through planning and beginning implementation of the program. Recently the program has hired Marcie (Angie) Brockie as Program Assistant as well as Ms. LaVerne Parker, MSN-RN as the new full-time Director of Nursing. As a program, we are extremely excited to have the program fully staffed and continue to provide this amazing Registered Nurse Education Program from here at Aaniiih Nakoda College.

During this past fall semester, students were very busy with their coursework as well as community-based clinical experiences. Students are very excited to incorporate the local culture and community-based knowledge and practices into their nursing education, allowing them to become excellent nurses to serve our local population. In addition to their 9 credits of extremely rigorous lecture credits, students completed 2 lab credits, spending 90 hours in ANC's state-of-the-art Medical Simulation lab on campus learning basic assessment and other nursing skills plus 1 credit of nursing clinical time, where students spent 45-plus hours between Sweet Nursing Home in Chinook and in our local community with Ft. Belknap Tribal Health Public Health Nursing.

ANC's nursing students took time during their last week of courses on December 7th, 2016 to volunteer as mock patients for the local Indian Health Services Emergency Disaster drill. This was a very positive experience for our students, providing them with a glimpse of the local emergency medicine as well as experience as a patient having experienced a traumatic injury. Students reported to the local EMS at 7am on a very cold windy morning to be made-up as victims for their participation as mock patients for this community emergency drill.

The ANC Nursing Program is looking forward to another great semester, spending time over break training in the lab and finalizing curriculum for lecture and clinical experiences for the semester. During Spring 2017 students will participate in clinicals at the Ft. Belknap IHS Service Unit, Phillips County Health Care in Malta, as well as other community-based clinicals in and around the Ft. Belknap reservation, Blaine County, and Phillips County. The program would like to extend our appreciation to the community and local health-care facilities for their willingness to participate in our students' nursing education. We are very pleased to really GROW OUR OWN nurses!

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