Collins, Magdalene

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Associate Professor - Nursing

Dr. Magdalene Collins, DNP, APRN, AGPC-BC

Dr. Maddie Collins, Associate Professor, is an immigrant from Liberia, West Africa who came to Montana at the age of 16 as a foreign exchange student from 1983-1984. She graduated from Helena High and returned to Liberia in 1984. She attended the University of Liberia, where she earned a degree in biology/chemistry with the intent of completing medical school. Due to a civil unrest/war in Liberia, she was forced to flee to neighboring Ghana with her husband, Wilmot Collins in 1990, arresting her childhood’s dream of becoming a medical doctor.

Maddie returned to Helena, Montana in 1991 on a nursing scholarship awarded her from Carroll College through collaboration with her host family. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Nursing from Carroll in 1995 and has been actively practicing as a registered nurse for 27+ years in a variety of healthcare settings, with majority spent in medical-surgical. She served as a clinical resource nurse for Carroll College’s junior and senior nursing students at VA, Montana.

Maddie joined the United States Army in 2011 and served approximately 11 years as an Army Nurse. She completed her military career after serving a full year during the Army’s Covid-19 Pandemic Mission at Fort Bliss, TX 2020-2021. Their medical team worked tirelessly to mitigate the spread of the virus and prevent disruptions of mobilization and demobilization of United States and foreign military forces.

She is a board-certified Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, who earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Gonzaga University in 2019. Her compassion lies in caring for vulnerable patient populations, and as such, she dedicated her research project to implementing a quality Improvement project focused on improving continuity for homeless patients at a local homeless shelter clinic in Helena, Montana.

Maddie is married to Wilmot Collins, and they have two young adult children. Their daughter, Jaymie is serving in the U.S. Navy currently stationed in England, and their son, Bliss (Wilmot II), lives in Washington State with his wife Elizabeth.

When she is not providing nursing care, Maddie enjoys hiking, walking, cooking, reading, watching football, spending quality time with family and friends, and volunteering.

Maddie believes that teaching nursing students for tomorrow is both an honor and a blessing. She is very excited to be joining the nursing faculty, and the entire Carroll community to help shape the future generation of Carroll College’s nurses.

Course: Psychosocial Health for third year nursing students.