Monthly Archives: December 2012

Reflections of a Nursing Faculty Member on Becoming a Nurse

A nursing professor talks about why she became a nurse and how she learned to care.

Watch the video.

Thoughts of Martha

Thick white hair

Beautiful wrinkles

Full of so much character

To match the twinkly eyes

We sang “Jeg ar so glad” this Christmas

She and I

She said that this summer we’d have a picnic

She’d make lutefisk, lefse & spicachot (spekekjøtt)

Wisdom gained from 94 years of experience

Still maintaining a childlike faith in God.

A patient of mine died last week

…..just an old lady named Martha

Why did I cry then?

Because I loved her very much

–Vicki, 1975

Courtesy of Vicki Teske, MS, RN, GNP-BC, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing & Healthcare Leadership, Minnesota State University Moorhead

Fall 2012 Commencement

Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Fall 2012 Commencement Ceremony will be held Thursday, December 20 at 1 p.m. in MSUM’s Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse. Lineup for students that are participating is at 12 p.m. and the ceremony will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Please see the following link for commencement frequently asked questions.

Attend Power in Diversity Leadership Conference at St. Cloud State University

The 4th annual Power in Diversity Leadership Conference “We are the Change: Where do we go from here?”

Jan. 24-27, Sponsored by St. Cloud State University

Turn your application in now, space is limited (6 remaining seats available). Don’t miss out on this opportunity to gain leadership skills, attend a career fair, and connect with students in the region.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is currently seeking applicants to travel to St. Cloud State University and attend the 4th annual Power in Diversity Leadership Conference. The conference will offer opportunities for personal growth and leadership development to college students through a variety of workshops, keynote addresses, and programs. The conference theme will set the stage for keynote speakers and workshop presenters to identify ways that participants can lead the way in promoting positive change in our society and our world.

For more information and application process please contact:

Karim Ahmath
Coordinator of Multicultural Affairs
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Office: 218.477.2476
Cell: 701.566.4727

Power in Diversity website

Featured Department

The School of Nursing & Healthcare Leadership – College of Education & Human Services’ Featured Department – Fall 2012


The Nursing program offers two degrees, including the RN to BSN degree, and the Master’s in Nursing Education. Both programs are fully online with clinical/practicum experiences arranged in the student’s home community, as appropriate. The Nursing programs at MSUM assist nurses in moving forward in their careers and advance in ways that are increasingly expected as a minimum requirement for management, leadership, public health, and education. All students are currently registered nurses and most work at least part time – many full time. Additionally, students (and faculty!) are geographically dispersed throughout Minnesota and beyond, bringing a lively and rich environment to the online classes.Nursing students with book

Currently, there are over 200 students enrolled in the online RN to BSN program and 50 students in the Nursing Education MS program. Students in the RN to BSN have completed their Associates degree and hold the Registered Nurse license but wish to complete the junior and senior level courses toward the BSN. Many hospitals now require the BSN to move into leadership positions. Additionally, public health, school nursing, and the military all seek BSN prepared staff. Coursework includes Nursing Research, Public Health, Transcultural Nursing, Gerentological Nursing, Family nursing, and more. Students progress as their own pace – taking from one to three courses a semester.

The Nurse Educator MS program builds upon the students’ BSN experience and currently includes many faculty members (as students) from community colleges as part of the move toward national accreditation of their programs. The MSUM nursing MS curriculum has recently been revised to assure alignment with the AACN Master’s Essentials. Practica are arranged in the student’s home community (as possible) to incorporate experiential learning with the online didactic material. All courses include readings, discussion, presentations (by faculty and students), monthly class meetings (via webinar), and one-on-one meetings with faculty as appropriate. Students progress at their own pace through coursework, culminating in a thesis in an area of their own interest. A Nurse Administration MS is currently in development as well. The Nursing faculty members at MSUM all hold the doctorate or are credentialed with clinical expertise. The nursing program has been working with and education professional adults for over 30 years. Faculty members are experienced with online education, and dedicated to online adult education.

Health Services Administration

The Health Services Administration Degree within the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership provides students with the education to seek job opportunities in healthcare management. People with this type of degree include CEOs of hospitals, department managers, supervisors and directions, as well as nurse administrators, and nursing home administrators. This degree allows the opportunity to work for any health care provider, with the potential to advance to any level within a healthcare organization; for further advancement potential, students may choose to invest in a Master’s program and beyond. Students in this degree participate in a 12 credit internship as a health-care provider, and MSUM has made great strides in this area finding the right fit for students, as well as matching them up to an organization’s particular needs.


Undergraduates have the option to emphasize long-term care, or minor in community health or business. Within the program itself, students participate in classes that teach health care policy and payment, healthcare law, and financial law, among others. Healthcare, including Health Services Administration, is the fastest growing industry in the country, with the most stable jobs, and the most intensely growing job field. And with the continually improving internship and market growth, MSUM’s program is growing as well.

Community Health

The Community Health program within the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership allows for both a major and minor for undergraduates. It is a popular minor for Nursing students, as it allows them experience and knowledge regarding the community side of health, in addition to their clinicals. MSUM’s Community Health program provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to enhance the health of communities and individuals within them. Assessment of a community’s health, program planning and evaluation, coordination development, and implementation of programs to support and promote health are all included. Students complete a hands-on internship to solidify the academic studies in areas of public health, for-profit, and not-for-profit healthcare organizations. Barb with student

The Community Health major prepares students to pass the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination, which is a nationally recognized certification process based on well-established educational competencies. Certification by CHES broadens job opportunities available for graduates. Classes taught within the program include Global Health Courses, Health Aspects of Aging, and Epidemiology. An 8 credit internship is required as part of the program, in which students work at public health departments, assisted living institutions, and non-profit organizations. Community health fields are expected to grow faster than average for all non-health occupations through 2018. Community health professionals work with mass media, plan and conduct workshops, develop educational programs, and act as a health information resource. A majority of all community health professionals work in healthcare and social assistance agencies, and many work in government organizations. Community health majors may also be employed by colleges, public and private schools, nonprofit organizations, private business, or in medical care settings.

More detailed information about career opportunities and their requirements can be found here.

Original Featured Department post.

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Potential Summer or Fall Internship for current HSAD students

If you are not Long Term Care emphasis HSAD major and you are due either summer or fall for your internship, you may do this as your internship. Please contact Dr. Schicker as well as the organizer of this program if you are interested.

The South Dakota division of the federal program MCHC/RISE-UP. RISE-UP has a new summer program designed for junior, senior or recently graduated baccalaureate degree university students from underrepresented populations to increase exposure to the field of public health. As part of the program, up to 50 undergraduate students will have the opportunity to participate in a 10-week full time summer curriculum for one or more of three externships: Clinical, Community Engagement and Advocacy, or Research. The program provides free housing, a $3,500 stipend for the summer, a visit to Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, a trip to Atlanta, GA to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the externship experience.


Our site is located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. If you know of any students who might be interested in the program, please encourage them to visit Kennedy Krieger Institute’s website:


For more information contact:


Tyler Hemmingson, B.S.

RISE-UP Coordinator and Recruitment Specialist

Center for Disabilities

Dept. of Pediatrics

Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota

1400 W. 22nd Street

Sioux Falls, SD   57105

605-357-1439 or 1-800-658-3080


MSUM School of Nursing & Healthcare Leadership & the American College of Healthcare Executives

The School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership is pleased to announce that Healthcare Leadership has been accepted as a participant of the American College of Healthcare Executives Higher Education Network. This designation affords our students many professional resources and opportunities. The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) is an organization comprised of over 40,000 international healthcare executives. We are honored to have achieved this designation.

Check out ACHE:

MDH Flu Twitter Chat

Join three Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) experts for a live Twitter chat about flu and flu vaccine on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, from noon–1 p.m. (CST). Use the hashtag #askMDH to participate in the chat and submit your questions about flu and flu vaccine for our flu experts.

Featured MDH experts:

Kris Ehresmann, RN, MPH
Director of Infectious Disease, Epidemiology, Prevention & Control Division

Denise Dunn, RN, MPH
Immunization Outreach Unit Supervisor

Jennifer Heath, RN, MPH
Immunization Outreach Nurse Specialist and FluSafe Program Coordinator

Follow MDH on Twitter: @mnhealth. Attention: Non-MDH link.

Flu Resources:
Ban the Bug!
Dec. 2 – 8, 2012 is Ban the Bug week, also known as National Influenza Vaccination Week, and time to encourage all Minnesotans to get their flu vaccine.

Prevent the Flu: Videos
Video series featuring the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Ed Ehlinger, interviewing Minnesotans about influenza and flu shots.

Ban the Bug week in MN

MDH to hold Twitter chat on flu, flu vaccine Dec. 6

Effort supports ‘Ban the Bug’ week in Minnesota

Can you get the flu from a flu shot? When should a pregnant women get their flu shot? Can young children get flu vaccine? Is there a way to get vaccinated without a needle? Is stomach flu the same as influenza?

These are just a few of the questions that health officials from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) are prepared to answer when they hold a live Twitter chat from noon to 1 p.m. (CST) Thursday, Dec. 6. Three experts on influenza and influenza vaccines will take questions from Twitter followers using the hashtag #askMDH. Infectious Disease Division Director Kristen Ehresmann, who has served on CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunizations Practices (ACIP), will be joined by MDH colleagues Denise Dunn and Jennifer Heath from the Immunization Program.

The department’s first Twitter chat is being held during Minnesota’s “Ban the Bug” week Dec. 2-8, also known as National Influenza Vaccination Week. “Ban the Bug” is a partnership among MDH, local public health agencies and the Minnesota Coalition for Adult Immunizations to provide Minnesotans with opportunities to get their annual influenza vaccine and to remind them that it’s not too late to protect themselves from a potentially serious disease.

Go to and click on “Flu Twitter Chat” at the top of the page for more information.


Scholarships for 2013-2014 Academic Year Available

Attention BSN and Grad Nursing students: Scholarships for the 2013-14 academic year are available through the funding of the MSUM Alumni Foundation and are facilitated through the Nursing Scholarship Committee. The application is available on the School of Nursing & Healthcare Leadership webpage or at this link: ( and is due by January 31, 2013. Many of the available scholarships require you to have a FAFSA on file with the Financial Aid Office. You may direct questions to Terry Dobmeier (

Healthcare Rationing at the End of Life Debate

As a gerontological nurse practitioner I often see dollars spent that actually conflict with some of the ethical principles that we strive to uphold when caring for the elderly (like nonmaleficence). When I was driving back from the Twin Cities a couple of weeks ago I listened to this debate which kept my attention from St. Cloud to Alexandria. I really felt like nursing should have been represented on the panel.

Victoria Teske RN, MS, GNP-BC
Assistant Professor
School of Nursing and Health Care Leadership
1104 7th Avenue South
Moorhead, MN 56563