August 2013
Montana Center to Advance Health through Nursing

Better Health.  Best Practice.  Exceptional Leaders.

The Montana Center to Advance Health through Nursing (MT CAHN) would like to introduce you to our e-listserv.  In order to keep you informed about the MT CAHN efforts, we will be sending periodic announcements about our work in Montana, upcoming educational opportunities, and future events.  Please stay tuned for more exciting e-news from the MT CAHN.
Have you heard about Montana APIN?
Montana Academic Progression in Nursing
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Academic Progression in Nursing grant is a 2 year, $300,000 project to advance state strategies to create a highly educated, diverse nursing workforce. The grant was created in response to the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) report The Future of Nursing: Advancing Health, Leading Change. Click here to learn about Montana APIN. 
MT APIN Launches Nursing Education Webinars
In Spring 2013, MT CAHN & MT APIN produced three webinars specific to nursing education in Montana:
  • "Pathways to Nursing"
  • "RN to BSN Nursing Programs"
  • "Bachelor Degree Programs"

Click here to view the webinars. 

MT APIN Preceptorship Program

The purpose of the Preceptor Continuing Education Program is to prepare preceptors to effectively support the development of students in their academic progression. Nurses who participate in the asynchronous webinars will earn free contact hours through the Montana Nurses Association. Click here to learn more. 

Become a Mentor for RN to BSN Students in Montana
MT APIN introduces the planned Mentoring Program to connect RN students enrolled in a bachelor's
degree program with a mentor who is an experienced
registered nurse and has a bachelor's degree in nursing.  This voluntary program will begin at MT Tech of UM Fall 2013.  The purpose of this program is to provide encouragement and support to RNs who are pursuing a baccalaureate degree in nursing so that they will successfully finish their program of study and feel confident in their new skills.  Click here to learn more.

MT CAHN Steering Committee Meeting Recap  
Three Forks, MT 
July 1 & 2, 2013

The following MT CAHN members were in attendance at the July 2013 Planning Meeting:

  • Co-Leads: Casey Blumenthal and Cynthia Gustafson
  • Education Council: Mary Nielsen
  • Transition to Practice Council: Karla Lund
  • MT CAHN Steering Committee Member: Kristin Juliar
  • APIN Staff: Kailyn Dorhauer, Erin Bills, Rita Cheek, Sandra Kuntz


Click here to read the MT CAHN ACTION STEPS for July 2013 - July 2014.


Upcoming Events
The Montana APIN team will be meeting with Dr. Joanne Spetz from the University of California- San Francisco and Ms. Katherine Locke from the National Program Office's consulting group on August 8 & 9, 2013.  Dr. Spetz will be assisting with Montana's nursing workforce data analytics and Ms. Locke will be evaluating the Montana APIN team's grant progress to date.
For more information please contact:


Kailyn Dorhauer, MHA

Montana Office of Rural Health | Montana AHEC Program Office

Montana State University

309 Culbertson Hall | PO Box 170520 | Bozeman, MT 59717

406-994-7709 | 


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