Qualifications

Registered Nurse 

Caring for our community isn't just a job, it's a way of life. Leesha has cared for some of the smallest and youngest members of our community, but has also cared for our oldest citizens in their hours of need. 

Experiences in Nursing
Leesha began her journey by volunteering at a nursing home while attending Great Falls High (she won the award for Cascade County Teen Volunteer of the Year). She would later work at that same nursing home as a young nurse, specializing in Alzheimer's and dementia care. 

Leesha then worked in obstetrics as an LPN while earning her associate degree in nursing. Fifteen years, and thousands of happy parents later, she has provided critical care at the start of life, encouraging and teaching new mothers and fathers about the joys of caring for their newborn. 

Now as a nursing educator at Montana State University, Leesha teaches the fundamentals of nursing, in addition to obstetric and pediatric courses, and helps train the next generation of caregivers. 

Fun Fact: Leesha was born in the hospital she now works.

Education

MASTER'S OF NURSING EDUCATION, 2017

Purdue University

BACHELOR'S OF NURSING, 2012

Kaplan University

ASSOCIATE DEGREE OF NURSING, 2003

Montana State University-Northern

ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE(LPN)-2001

Montana State University-College of Nursing

 

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Caring for 

Great Falls.

Starting with its smallest citizens.


Community Volunteer 

Believing the only way to make a difference is to BE THE DIFFERENCE, Leesha actively volunteers in our Great Falls community.

Toby's House, Board Chair-working to create a crisis nursery to prevent child abuse and reduce infant and toddler fatalities.

Kiwanis Club, Past President-one of our many amazing service groups making our community better, one child at a time.

4H-Leesha is a former club member, club leader, and judge. 

Boys & Girls Club of Cascade County-Leesha started a program for nursing students to teach health-based learning activities.

P-CAN-Prevention of child abuse and neglect, committee member.

Holy Spirit Catholic Church-If you see a bus picking up elderly parishioners on Sunday, honk and wave, Leesha might be driving that day.

 

Global Volunteer 

Leesha has served two mission trips in the bush village of Pommern in Tanzania. There she saw multiple cases of tuberculosis, treated many cases of "enterici fever" which is yes, typhoid, helped treat several hundred HIV cases, and diagnosed multiple cases of malaria. She also delivered a set of twins, without the aid of running water or electricity.

 

Nurse Educator

Leesha began teaching in 2015 at MSU's College of Nursing. GO CATS!  

Supporting future needs:
Contributing to a healthy workforce of nurses will be crucial in the coming years as our population ages and requires increased medical care. 

National qualifications benefit locally:

Leesha regularly attends and presents at national and regional nursing conferences, where she exchanges ideas with fellow nurses and educators nationwide.

Leading by example:

Leesha's daughter recently graduated from Carroll College, with a degree in...you guessed it: nursing. The newest nurse in the Ford family will be volunteering for a year in an orphanage in Colon, Mexico.

 

Professional Memberships

International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect

American Nurse's Association (ANA)

Montana Nurse's Association (MNA)

National League of Nursing (NLN)

Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI)