CCNE Re-accreditation

As a key stakeholder in the Minnesota State University Moorhead RN to BSN nursing program, we are writing to inform you that the RN to BSN program is scheduled for programmatic re-accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) this year. The on-site review team will be at MSUM on October 14-16, 2015.

In this process, you are invited to provide feedback about our RN to BSN program through confidential written and signed comments.

As desired, please submit related comments to:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530

Washington DC, 20036-1120

All written comments are accepted by the CCNE no later than September 22nd and are treated confidentially by the on-site visiting team.

Note: This call for comment is limited to the RN to BSN.

National Health Center Week!

August 9th – 15th is this years National Health Center Week!  This week has been celebrated for more than 30 years and recognizes the services and contributions of Community, Migrant, Homeless and Public Housing Health Centers.  The theme for 2015 is “America’s Health Centers — Celebrating Our Legacy, Shaping Our Futures.”

America’s Health Centers are local community owned and operated businesses that serve American citizens in all of the states across the U.S. Many citizens depend on their services.  Help celebrate how America’s Health Centers and their success in providing access to affordable, high quality, and cost effective health care to people throughout the United States.


You can learn more about this week and the events that take place by visiting:

Apply to the RN-BSN Program for Spring 2016 by October 15th!


The deadline to apply for the RN to BSN program is approaching, and will be here sooner than you think!

Come join our awesome School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership Students and get started on your Bachelor’s in Nursing!


To view admission criteria, application procedures and more visit our website:


If you have more questions about our program check out our FAQ video featuring the chair of our department, Barbara Matthees.


You can also contact us at or at 218-477-2693.

World Breastfeeding Week!


August 1st through 7th is World Breastfeeding Week 2015 (WBW)!  The theme for this year is “Breastfeeding and Work, Let’s Make it Work!”  and is coordinated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA).  The campaign is to focus on a mother-friendly workplace.

Since the start of the global action much change and success has occurred.  WBW raises awareness for the rights for mothers to have a mother-friendly workplace.  WABA wants to empower and support women.  The congratulate women who are able to combine work and child-rearing.

This year WBW places a focus on 5 aspects according to the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action:

  • Galvanize multi-dimensional support from all sectors to enable women everywhere to work and breastfeed.
  • Promote actions by employers to become Family/Parent/Baby friendly, and to actively facilitate and support employed women to continue breastfeeding.
  • Inform people about the latest in Global Maternity Protection entitlements, and raise awareness of the need to strengthen related national legislation and implementation.
  • Strengthen, facilitate, and showcase supportive practices that enable women working in the informal sector to breastfeed.
  • Engage with target groups to protect the breastfeeding rights of women in the workplace.

To read and learn more about WBW visit:

MSUM SNHL Welcomes New Faculty


The School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership at Minnesota State University Moorhead is excited to announce and welcome a new member to our faculty!

Carol Roth will be joining us and teaching in the Nursing program, and will be starting this Fall 2015 semester.

Below is Carol’s message introducing herself to the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership:


Hello, my name is Carol Roth. I received my BS in Nursing from the University of North Dakota and my Master of Science Degree with a Major in Nursing Education from MSUM. I have been employed in various nursing practice areas full time for 33 years, the last 27 years in public health. During the past ten years at public health, I served as the agency preceptor/practicum coordinator for nursing student clinical experiences. I am a member of the Fargo-Moorhead chapter of Sigma Theta Tau. I am very excited to be affiliated with MSUM and teach in the nursing program.

On a personal note, I am married with three adult children, and we have an English springer spaniel named Morgan. Our son and one daughter are married, and we have one “grand dog”! My hobbies include reading novels, watching movies, running, going for walks, and spending time at the lake with our family.

Please join the MSUM School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership in welcoming Carol Roth to our faculty and program!

World Hepatitis Day 2015!


July 28th is World Hepatitis Day for 2015.  The holiday is on July 28th to recognize the birthday of the Professor Baruch Samuel Blumberg who discovered hepatitis. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) aims to raise awareness about hepatitis and the understanding of the disease.  Hepatitis is considered to be a global health threat.

Hepatitis is a disease that causes inflammation of the liver.  There are three different types of hepatitis, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C.  Hepatitis B and C result in a lifelong chronic infection.  The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that there are 400 million people worldwide that have hepatitis and most do not even know that they have it.  More than 1 million people die each year from the disease.

There are vaccines for hepatitis A and B, but not for C.  In the United States it is common for people to be vaccinated for Hepatitis A and B when they are young.  We are fortunate enough to have the opportunity for the vaccine, but many people do not.

For more information about hepatitis and World Hepatitis Day 2015 visit:

MSUM SNHL Faculty and Alumnae Get Published!


The School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership is excited to announce that one of our faculty members and one of our alumni have had their article published in a major publication.


Tracy Wright, PhD, RN-BC, CNE and Therese M. Jacobson, DNP, APRN, CNS, CWOCN have had their article published in MEDSURG Nursing, the official journal of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN).

Their article, under the section “Continuous Quality Improvement” and titled “Improving Quality by Taking Aim At Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis In Hospitalized Adults” covers how “A practice-improvement project was launched to implement an evidence- based intervention bundle for incontinence-associated dermatitis (IAD) and evaluate its impact on the identification, prevention, and management of IAD in hospitalized adults.”


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About the authors:
Dr. Wright is a certified nurse educator who has worked in nursing education since 1998. The last several years of her career in nursing education have included extensive web-enhanced training, as well as delivery of an online nursing curriculum. She is currently a full professor and graduate faculty member teaching in the masters program at Minnesota State University Moorhead, where she is involved in numerous graduate-level evidence-based practice projects and research studies. Dr. Wright’s nursing practice experience includes medical-surgical nursing, pediatrics, neonatal intensive care, women’s health, and postpartum care. Her research focuses on women’s health, urological conditions, vulnerable populations, psychometric analysis, and nursing education. Additionally, Dr. Wright has served as a Clinical Research Coordinator for a regional health care setting overseeing clinical drug and nutritional trials and has strong interests in nursing informatics.

Therese Jacobson is a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) alumnus of Minnesota State University Moorhead, and a certified clinical nurse specialist on a multi-specialty surgical nursing unit at St. Marys Hospital, Mayo Clinic and on Gonda 12 Outpatient ENT.  She has served as co-chair of the Rochester Nursing Clinical Practice Committee, the Mayo Clinic Nursing Clinical Practice Committee, and the Pressure Ulcer Prevention work team.  Her nursing practice experience includes medical-surgical nursing, float staff, discharge planning coordinator, and wound ostomy continence (WOC) nurse. She has mentored nursing staff on evidence-based practice, continuous improvement projects, poster design, and manuscript development.  Her research has focused on cervical collars, support surface of a lateral transfer chair, and the impact of preoperative education on anxiety following radical prostatectomy surgery. Therese is also a certified WOC nurse and has served on regional and national committees of the WOCN Society.


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