Each year International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8. In some countries like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday. In other countries the day is simply reserved for celebrating women. This year the United Nations declared Inspiring Change as the theme.
The mission of the day is to encourage advocacy for women’s advancement everywhere in every way. Although women’s equality has made positive gains, the world is still unequal. Thousands of events occur to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present, and future. Currently, there are 182 events set to take place in the United States on March 8th in honor of International Women’s Day. Participants celebrating the day include organizations, government, charities, educational institutions, women’s groups, corporations and the media.
The first International Women’s Day event took place in 1911. The first celebrations were dedicated to the women who worked towards the right to vote. Later, International Women’s Day was broadened to celebrate all aspects of women’s achievements and to encourage equality.
For more information on International Women’s Day, please visit http://www.internationalwomensday.com/default.asp
The American Red Cross is a human Services Organization. They are commonly known for gathering blood donations, however they do so much more. The American Red Cross website shares how they help with diaster relief, supporting America’s military familes, provide health and safety services, gather lifesaving blood from donors, and provide other international services.
This month is devoted to the American Red Cross and all of the hard work their organization does. The hope is to get others involved.
Ways To Help The American Red Cross
-Taking, Teaching, or Hosting a Class
-Become an Advocate
Summer and Fall semester advising is approaching. Remember to sign up for a time with your advisor in advance to schedule your next semester. To check which classes are offered in the Summer of 2014 and the Fall of 2014, login to eservices and “Search Courses”. A list of advisors for the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership is provided below. Make sure to contact your advisor directly to schedule an appointment.
Barb Matthees: email@example.com
Vicki Teske: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pam Kirk: email@example.com
Tracy Wright: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jane Bergland: email@example.com
Becky Rudel: firstname.lastname@example.org
Terry Dobmeier: email@example.com
Mary Rousslang: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nandita Bezbaruah: email@example.com
Melanie (Lonni) Schicker: firstname.lastname@example.org
Health Services Administration (HSAD) students Megan McDowell, Megan Strese and Bailey Beauclair were chosen by the American College of Healthcare Executives to serve as student assistants at the annual conference in Chicago. The conference is being held March 24-28. The American College of Healthcare Executives is the premier organization for healthcare administrators.
Minnesota State University Moorhead RN-BSN student in Nursing 420: Gerontological Nursing to Promote Successful Aging will doing a project where they analyze the transitional care process this spring.
When illness occurs, many individuals find themselves transitioning from one healthcare environment to another. Because of the increasing number of chronic diseases in the elderly, that process can become very complicated. Medication, functional, and physiological changes occur during hospitalization and often the impact of those changes isn’t fully recognized. As a result the transition to another setting often results, unintentionally of course, in exacerbations, treatment failures and eventually hospital readmission.
Beginning October 1, 2012, the Affordable Care act added a provision which established the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program. Payments are now reduced to hospitals with excess readmissions. http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Medicare-Fee-for-Service-Payment/AcuteInpatientPPS/Readmissions-Reduction-Program.html Money talks and an emphasis on improving the transitional care process is becoming the norm. The “Affordable Care Act includes $500 million to fund pilot projects on transitional care services for “high-risk” Medicare beneficiaries (such as those with multiple chronic conditions and hospital readmissions) at certain hospitals and community organizations over a 5-year period.” It’s a pilot project, but if cost savings are demonstrated after five years it will continue. http://thefutureofnursing.org/resource/detail/transitional-care-model This seems like a win, win for all. The patients and families experience a smooth transition, improved safety and wellbeing and the cost and risk of recurrent hospital admissions are reduced. Once again, nurses can play a pivotal role in this process!
Victoria Teske RN, MS, GNP-BC
School of Nursing and Health Care Leadership
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Care About Your Care Video Continuing Education Opportunity
A component of the transitional care project that students in the RN to BSN program in Minnesota State University Moorhead will be doing this semester is in the following video. The goal of this video is to “inform nurses and physicians about the drivers of avoidable hospital readmissions and how improved care transitions may reduce avoidable readmissions.” It includes a panel of national experts which is moderated by Dr. Nancy Snyderman, the chief medical editor for NBC news. The panel also gives examples of successful transitional care projects. The panel and particularly Dr. Snyderman, are very cognizant of the potential impact of nursing’s role in the success of safe, quality, cost saving transitional care.
More information can be found at http://www.rwjf.org/en/about-rwjf/newsroom/features-and-articles/care-about-your-care.html.
Victoria Teske RN, MS, GNP-BC
School of Nursing and Health Care Leadership
Nandita Bezaruah, a professor in the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership at MSUM briefly summarizes the Community Health courses currently being offered.
Health Aspects of Aging:
This course is designed to provide an understanding about adult development and aging. The purpose of the course is both to provide a general introduction to the field of gerontology and specific focus on some aspects of aging behavior and aging process. This course is applicable to students with a background in Gerontology, Social Work, Health Services Administration (with a concentration in Long-Term Care) and the like.
Design and Evaluation of Community Health Program:
Design and Evaluation of Community Health Programs is designed to provide an overview of practical and theoretical skills needed to plan, implement and evaluate health promotion programs, especially community and public health programs. Students get a hands-on-experience in evaluating a health related project.
Women’s and Children’s Health:
The course will address the dynamic health status of women and children within the family, community and health care system. Emphasis will be placed on theories and principles which result in a foundation for critical thinking, application of research, and use of knowledge as it relates to caring for children and families from diverse cultures and environments. Students will develop an understanding of the status of women’s and children’s health with emphasis on nutrition, common diseases, and health indicators.