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Jurovich nurses students through 41 years of service
BILLINGS, September 8, 2014 – For 41 years, Audrey Jurovich has cared graciously, professionally, and personally for Rocky Mountain College students.
Co-located with the College’s physician assistant studies program office and thus surrounded by physicians and PA faculty, “I like the stimulation of the medical education,” she said.
RMC employs a nurse with oversight from medical director Dr. Larry Campodonico, who has championed the College’s physician assistant program and for five years chaired the RMC Board of Trustees. The doctor is on-call but attends students only on Thursdays.
“I’m here mornings till 12 during the school year,” Jurovich notes. Although she says she treats “nothing very serious as far as crises,” she sees a lot of upper respiratory infections and gives lots of immunizations. She once diagnosed juvenile-onset diabetes and has treated students’ epilepsy, kidney disease, and injuries.
“They might run down to the ER and get a $100 bill,” she said, but “all over-the-counter care is free to students,” except for immunizations and purchased medications. She dispenses ibuprofen; cold, pain, and anti-nausea medicines; and first aid. Prescriptions must be filled elsewhere.
Jurovich grew up with 10 siblings in the Big Dry country, 17 miles miles north of Mosby, Mont. She came to RMC in 1973 after instructing future nurses in Billings at the MSU School of Nursing. In 1976, she received a Utah certification as a college health nurse practitioner, but the state of Montana does not recognize licensure limited to college health.
“Students in the ’70s, ’80s were pretty scruffy, but otherwise the same as they are now,” she said. “They come with their own little stash of home remedies, then come over here when they run out or it isn’t working.”
Two of her sons are now pharmacists in the family business, Juro’s Pharmacy Health and Wellness. “All four of our kids went to school here – all four stayed in the dorms,” although family lived close by, she said. She has a grandson beginning as an RMC freshman this fall.