Advising has started!!! Registration Windows start opening on March 27th for Fall 2017!!!

Have you registered for Fall and Summer classes yet? The available seats will be filling up fast! Get registered early to avoid having to stay an extra semester just because you held off registering for a week. Go to the link here and get started!

When registering for classes your Degree Audit Report (DARS) will be very helpful. This is available through the eServices site by selecting “Grades and Transcripts” then the “Interactive Degree Audit Report” tab. This report is tailored to each student and provides a list of all necessary and completed coursework. Make sure you’re on track to have all your LASC (pronounced la-sk). Don’t push them all until the end, or you could be in trouble.

Once you are ready to begin the class search, click on “Courses and Registration,” then “Search for a Course.” Here you can search through various course offerings in a variety of subjects and pick the classes you want to sign up for. There is also the option to search for courses by tittle or specific class ID. This method is most helpful when you know which classes you are in need of to fulfill graduation requirements.  After you’ve found the class for you, click on the plus sign to the left of the class tittle. Completing this action will add the course to your wishlist for later registration . After clicking the add button, you can go to “Review My Plan” under “Courses and Registration” to see the items that have been added to your wishlist. From here, select the courses you want to take and click “Proceed to Register”.

When thinking about registering, do you want to take Summer courses? They are a great way to get ahead or catch up in a short amount of time, but register early. They are only offered based on interest. So just because you held off on signing up by a week or two, that class could be dropped and you’ll have to take it in the Fall or Spring.

After this step, you will need to input your access code. To get this code you must contact your advisor to discuss you options and graduation requirements. The last step is to put in your star ID password and click the button to complete registration. If any course conflicts exist you will be notified during this process. If you are unable to solve this problem or have any questions please contact your advisor directly or the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership at nursing@mnstate.edu.

To begin searching for courses visit this link: https://webproc.mnscu.edu/registration/search/basic.html?campusid=072&_ga=1.105872963.177862644.1355849320

To review general program requirements visit this link: https://www.mnstate.edu/academics/collegesdepartments.aspx

Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs by Michael Osterholm

Join us this Thursday night (23rd) for a presentation featuring the internationally recognized figure Michael Osterholm. Osterholm was a co-author for the book Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs. During the presentation he will be talking about several threats and topics concerning the public such as:

  • the reality and emergence of antibiotic resistant bacteria
  • bio terrorism as a certainty
  • the increasing risk of a devastating influenza pandemic

After the event he will be having a book signing event. The presentation will be in Langseth Hall 104 at 7 pm on campus.

 

World Down Syndrome Awareness Day March 21st 2017

Today was chosen as a symbolic day to represent the Down Syndrome. Taking place on the 21st day of the 3rd month, it represents the triplication of the 21st chromosome. Today was meant as a day for people all around the world to learn about this connecting disorder. Down syndrome has been present in all cultures and societies around the world for millennia.

The goal of having this awareness day every year is to bring about a change be fully and equally included in society for everyone that is affected by Down Syndrome. Not all governmental bodies recognize the needs or help that those affected may need. Several key areas that people around the world are trying to change through advocacy are “health, education, work and employment, standard and choice of living accommodation, participation in political, public and cultural life and access to justice and recognition before the law.”

It is estimation of incidence is about 1 in every 700 births world wide. Approximately 6,000 babies are born that are affected by this chromosome disorder in the United States. About a quarter of a million families in the US that are affected by Down Syndrome.

The CDC and WHO have recognized that are several illnesses or health problems that are more likely to occur in someone that has Down Syndrome.

  • Hearing loss (up to 75% of people with Down syndrome may be affected)
  • Obstructive sleep apnea, which is a condition where the person’s breathing temporarily stops while asleep (between 50 -75%)
  • Ear infections (between 50 -70%)
  • Eye diseases (up to 60%), like cataracts and eye issues requiring glasses
  • Heart defects present at birth (50%)

There are several tests that are available to detect if a child has Down syndrome before birth and directly after birth. While there is no treatment available, there are certain therapies and groups that work towards helping affected people move to their full intellectual and physical capabilities.

https://worlddownsyndromeday.org/united-nations-resolution-world-down-syndrome-day

http://www.un.org/en/events/downsyndromeday/background.shtml

https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/birthdefects/downsyndrome.html

http://www.downsyndrome.org.za/images/wdsd-logo-large (2).jpg

https://worlddownsyndromeday.org/sites/default/files/WDSD%202017%20Campaign%20Toolkit.pdf

https://worlddownsyndromeday.org/wdsd-2017

 

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March 2017 is Self-Injury Awareness Month

Self injury month

This month long observation is recognized in the United States, Canada, and Western Europe. In the U.S. alone there are 2 million cases of self-injury reported annually, mostly among youth. It’s time to end the stigma of self-harm.

Self injury is any deliberate, non-suicidal behavior that inflicts injury on one’s body. Although self injury is not a suicidal behavior if the emotional trauma that causes one to self-harm continues it can lead to suicidal thoughts or actions. People often self harm as a way to confront emotional pain. When most people think of self-harm they often think of cutting, but there are many other forms. Actions such as burning, scratching, consuming harmful products such as bleach, pulling out clumps of hair, bruising, and breaking bones are all forms of self-injury. Self-injury is a coping mechanism and is seen as another way to deal with the emotional pain that many experience, but have difficulty handling or processing. Self-injury occurs across all ages, genders, races, and beliefs. If you know someone who self injures reach out to them and follow the tips below to do so successfully.

DON’T

  1. Get angry or show disgust. Negativity alienates and ultimatums only drive the person away from you.
  2. Deny the problem. It’s not the person’s problem or just one of his/her ‘things’. It’s not a fad, social statement or a phase he/she will grow out of.
  3. Hide sharp objects. If the person wants to self-injure, he/she will find a way.
  4. Judge the severity of the injury as an indicator of the level of emotional pain. A severely depressed person might only have scratches instead of cuts.
  5. Assume the person is okay once in treatment. Recovery from self-injury can take months, maybe even years.

DO

  1. Stay calm. Freaking out won’t solve anything. It will just close all lines of communication.
  2. Talk. Be non-judgmentally supportive. Ask “Why are you doing this to yourself?”
  3. Take the problem seriously. It’s not about attention-seeking or a growing pain.
  4. Seek treatment. Accompany the person to the doctor or counselor but don’t be pushy about privacy.
  5. Find the triggers. Focus on the underlying problems rather than just the injury.
  6. Trust the person. Self-injury is just a small part of the person.

It’s time to end the stigma of self-injury and help those who self-injure. Visit the links below for more resources on helping individuals and how to end the stigma.

http://selfinjury.com/

Sources: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/terezia-farkas/self-injury-awareness-month_b_6810634.html  http://selfinjury.com/

Applications for RN-to-BSN Fall 2017 are due tomorrow (March 15th)

Applications for the Fall 2017 RN to BSN Program are due tomorrow, March 15th.

To begin, students need to apply to Minnesota State University Moorhead, and then apply to the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership. You can apply to the nursing program while your application to MSUM is being processed.

Applicants to this program must be a licensed RN or eligible for licensure by the time the program starts. In order to be considered for the RN to BSN program, a 2.75 or higher  overall GPA is required.

The following link gives more information about the RN to BSN application and admission process: https://www.mnstate.edu/snhl/bsnadmission.aspx

Another great resource for more information is provided by Dr. Barbara Matthees, Chair of the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership. In this video, she will provide answers to frequently asked questions.

http://coursecast.mnstate.edu/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=008f09bc-62fb-4eea-bedf-f376efcd18f0&_ga=1.165124735.177862644.1355849320

Feel free to contact the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership for any additional questions by calling (218)-477-2693, or email nursing@mnstate.edu or snhlsa@mnstate.edu. Our office is located at Lommen 213 for those that wish to visit.

Protect yourself. National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2017

Every year 40,000 people are formally diagnosed with HIV. Currently there is an estimated 1.2 million people living with HIV. The number that should be getting diagnosed is actually much higher, as 13-20% of the 1.2 million are unaware that they are infected.

What most people don’t know about HIV is that there are three stages, AIDS being one of them.

  • Acute infection. About 2-4 weeks after being infected, the individual will suffer many flu symptoms in addition to severally swollen glands and a borderline headache/migraine. Many people describe this stage as the worst flu of their life. The individual can transmit the virus to others as soon as 2 weeks after being infected.
  • Latency. After this the virus goes into hiding. It will continue to multiple at low levels in your blood. There will be no visible symptoms, and this stage can last anywhere from a few months to decades. The individual can still transmit the virus to others at this stage.
  • AIDS. The individual’s immune system crashes. It allows them to be easily infected by another infection. The life expectancy once you get to this stage is under 3 years. The individual is still contagious until the very end.

There are medications that can be taken to slow the rate or chances of one’s latency from progressing to AIDS, like ART (Antiretroviral Therapy). Two other drugs have recently come onto the market. PrEP and PEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis and post-exposure prophylaxis) work as precautionary measures to decrease the likelihood of infection. PrEP can be taken daily for as long as you are at risk and PEP can be taken after an encounter where you believe you were exposed. They work to lower the likelihood of infection by as much as 97%.

There are several things that one can do to lower their chances of infection.

  • Where a male/female condom during every sexual encounter. This includes oral and anal as well as vaginal. HIV is transmitted through blood, semen, pre-seminal fluids, rectal fluids and vaginal fluids. A condom decreases the chances that one will come in contact with one of these mediums. Women are even more likely to be infected during vaginal sex then their male counterparts. The infected semen has a large surface area to come in contact with and can remain in the vagina for several days, increasing the risk.
  • Be treated for other STDs. More so then men, women increase their chances of HIV by having by having another STD. The other STD lowers any barriers the body may have making it easier for the virus to get in.
  • Avoid injectable drugs. By sharing needles or using needles of unknown history, you may be contaminating yourself with infected blood.
  • Avoid the misuse of alcohol and drugs. These cause impairments in your decision making abilities. Doing so may decrease the chance of using a condom or increase the chance of using a needle.
  • Be monogamous. If that is not an option, talk to your sexual partners about their history. If someone is unsure of their status, have them get tested. For now, under Obamacare you can get tested for free.
  • Take PrEP. It may be expensive, but this preemptive move may save you more than what you would spend if you did contract HIV.
  • Take PEP. If something happens and you think you might have been exposed, begin taking the necessary doses of PEP within 72 hours of the contact.

There are also several threats that only effect women. This awareness day works to bring attention to both the above facts and these. Women are more likely to be the victims of sexual abuse.People that have histories of abuse are more likely to not go in for testing. They are also less likely to receive treatment for HIV if they are already positive. The abuse itself might give frequent exposure to the virus.

Women are also able to transmit the virus to their children through breastfeeding. Mothers are warned to not breastfeed their babies and to find a local breast milk bank or to use a formula. If the mother does, the chances of the baby becoming infected decreases to less than 1%.

For more information visit www.womenshealth.gov.

Sources:

https://www.womenshealth.gov/nwghaad/about-national-women-and-girls-hivaids-awareness-day

https://www.womenshealth.gov/nwghaad/what-every-girl-needs-know-about-hiv-and-aids

https://www.womenshealth.gov/hiv-and-aids/hiv-prevention

https://www.aids.gov/hiv-aids-basics/hiv-aids-101/statistics/

https://www.aids.gov/hiv-aids-basics/just-diagnosed-with-hiv-aids/hiv-in-your-body/stages-of-hiv/

https://www.womenshealth.gov/nwghaad/what-every-woman-needs-know-about-hiv-and-aids

Ground Water Awareness Week 2017

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What do you use water for? Do you use it for washing your hands, bathing, or cooking? These are just a few examples! Whatever the case, that water may have come from the ground!  It is found in cracks between soil and rock. Much of the water in the ground makes its way to rivers, lakes, and other bodies of water.

It is so important to protect our water! Performing tasks such as applying too many chemicals, dumping oil, or rinsing paint into the ground or down drains can contaminate our water source. Contaminated water can cause gastrointestinal illnesses, reproductive problems, and neurological disorders. Water treatment systems do a great job in providing clean water to us, although not all ground water may be treated. Sometimes treatment systems do not work properly! That is why we need to be careful and watch what we expose to the ground and its water. Also note that not everyone uses water from these treatment plants. Some people get their water from wells, so it is ideal for them to get the water from the wells tested yearly to make sure it is safe. Septic tanks should also be checked regularly.

Pouring out hazardous materials, even just a small amount, may not seem like a big deal. We cannot look at it that way because it is a big deal! There are recommended amounts and guidelines for fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals as well as disposal guidelines for a reason! Let’s work together to keep all water sources clean and safe!

 

Sources:

http://www.ngwa.org/Documents/Awareness/awareness-week-poster.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/features/groundwaterawareness/index.html