December 3rd is International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Over one billion people, or approximately 15 per cent of the world’s population, live with some form of disability! The International Day of Persons with Disabilities provides an opportunity to bring attention to the situation of persons with disabilities, to create a strategic vision, and to plan for disability-inclusive development.
Disabilities can be classified as a condition or function that is significantly impaired relative to the majority of people. It can be a physical impairment, intellectual impairment, mental illness, and various types of chronic diseases.
Everywhere in the world, persons with disabilities face physical, social, economic, and attitudinal walls that stop them from participating completely as other members of society. They are not fairly represented among the world’s poorest, and do not get equal access to resources such as education, employment, healthcare, social and legal support systems, and have a higher rate of mortality. People with disabilities have a much higher risk of violence. These are a few statistics relating to this:
- Children with disabilities are almost four times as likely to experience violence then children without disabilities.
- Adults with some form of disability are 1.5 times more likely to be a victim of violence.
- Adults with mental health conditions are at nearly four times the risk of experiencing violence.
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities provides an opportunity to bring attention to the situation of persons with disabilities, to create a strategic vision, and to plan for disability-inclusive development.
December 1st is World AIDS Day!
December 1st was World AIDS Day. This year will be the 25th year that World AIDS day has been celebrated. The purpose of the celebration is to promote HIV awareness and “Act Aware.” Acting aware means finding out the facts about HIV and using that knowledge to protect yourself and others against an HIV infection. This year’s theme is “Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS-Free Generation.”
There are 34 million people around the world that have HIV. From the years 1981-2007, more than 25 million people have died from the HIV virus. Many people do not know the important facts about how to protect themselves and others from HIV. There are also many stereotypes and discrimination for people living with HIV. World AIDS Day is important to remind the public and government that HIV exists and there is still a need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice, and improve education.
You can find an interactive website that provides information that everyone should know about HIV at http://www.hivaware.org.uk/act-aware/support-campaign.php
Deadline: February 1, 2014
Apply for BSN scholarships! Every year the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership awards a number of scholarships to both RNB and Graduate Nursing Students. Many of the available scholarships are based to some extent on financial need as established by your FAFSA application; other criteria include academic standing and professional activity. One single application is used for all awards offered by the Nursing Department.
Some of the scholarships that Undergraduate students could receive include the following:
-Antoinette Eliason Memorial Scholarship
-Arty Heald Memorial Scholarship
-Dakota Medical Foundation Scholarship
-Leroy Justesen Family Scholarship
-MSUM Nursing Program Scholarships
Graduate MSUM Nursing Scholarships available as well!
More scholarships are available to receive as well through the University and outside organizations.
For more scholarships and information, visit:
For the MSUM nursing scholarship application visit:
If there are any additional questions please forward to Terry Dobmeier, MS, at email@example.com
National Rural Health Day is celebrated on the third Thursday of every November, this year the date is November 21st. Today is the third annual celebration. The purpose of the celebration is to bring awareness to the perks and challenges that residents and healthcare workers face while trying to provide health care in a rural setting. It is also a time to thank rural health care providers for their continued effort to improve the health of rural residents.
Approximately 59.5 million Americans live in rural areas. While there are many perks of living and working in a close knit community, it is important to remember that rural communities have unique healthcare needs. Accessibility is a major issue; there were only 55 primary care physicians per 100,000 residents in rural areas in 2005, compared with 72 per 100,000 in urban areas. This statistic drops even further, to 36 per 100,000, when looking at isolated rural areas. Residents in rural areas are more likely to be uninsured and spend more money out of pocket on healthcare than people residing in urban areas. While there are definitely challenges to providing health care in a rural setting, there is still much to celebrate!
The National Rural Health Day website provides some great ideas on how to get involved:
- Answer your phone by saying “Hello … Happy National Rural Health Day”
- Visit one of those morning news shows and hold up a sign that says “Happy National Rural Health Day!”
- Wear a National Rural Health Day T-shirt to school or work
- Plan a group run or some other kind of fitness activity
- Do something “healthy” today – eat more vegetables, bike instead of drive to work, get your blood pressure or cholesterol checked, etc.
- Write a letter to the editor or contact a local legislator to stress the importance of addressing the health needs of rural communities
- Thank a rural health provider for all they do!
Jane Bergland, a faculty member at MSUM, introduces herself and shares how she became a nurse.
November 14th is Operating Room Nurse Day! This holiday takes place every year on November 14th. It is celebrated worldwide to show support and to honor our operating room nurses.
Perioperative nursing is a nursing specialty that works with patients who are having operative or other invasive procedures. Operating room nurses provide care to patients before, during, and after surgery. These nurses are responsible for keeping a clean environment in the operating room. They are normally the last person the patients see before being put sleep and the first ones they see when they wake up. They also have to make sure that the operating room team provides the best care possible to the patient. It is a high-stress job that requires emotional and physical stamina.
You can show your thanks and appreciation to an operating nurse that you know by saying a simple thank you.
On November 2, 2013 Undergraduate and Graduate students from Moorhead State University Moorhead, North Dakota State University, Concordia College and University of Jamestown gathered to be inducted into Sigma Theta Tau Xi-Kappa-At-Large Chapter (XK). Xi-Kappa is an International Society for Nurses that is very prestigious. To belong to the chapter, you must receive an offer that is based on student ranking in the class and GPA stipulations. Membership can be offered to Undergraduates and Graduate students. MSUM students that were inducted included:
-Rebecca Love Gullickson
-Karen Rae Gozel
-Janell Faye Hrdlicka
Bonnie Vangerud, a graduate from MSUM’s Undergraduate program, also attended as a Community Nurse Leader. Alena Deutschlander was a Graduate recipient of the Xi Kappa Scholarship.
The Society Vision is, “to create a global community of nurses who lead in using knowledge, scholarship, service and learning to improve the health of the world’s peace.” Congratulations to all of our students that exhibited these outstanding qualities.