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Q2 Rewind: Touring the St. Vincent Hospital School of Nursing in Billings

Posted: Updated: Jan 22, 2018 07:45 PM

BILLINGS - In 1964, the St. Vincent Hospital School of Nursing saw its biggest bump in enrollment in years, thanks in part to a new program that let students take their pre-nursing courses at Eastern Montana College (now Montana State University-Billings) or Carroll College.

During this time, there was also a nationwide effort to promote nursing education in the country, as evidenced by the passing of the Nurse Training Act of 1964, a federal bill pushing money into the training of the nation's nurses.

It was around this time that KTVQ, which at that time went by the call letters KOOK, took a tour of the St. Vincent Hospital School of Nursing, giving viewers a chance to see a day in the life of a student nurse. Watch the video to see nursing student Pat Shuster give KOOK-TV's Jack Dunhaver a tour around the facilities.

The School of Nursing at St. V's began in 1913 with a total of three students, according to the hospital's historical records. By the time the last class of nurses received their diplomas in 1973, more than a thousand nurses had passed through the program.


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