Monthly Archives: February 2013

Exploring Holistic Care – Part I

Check out an interview with Dr. John Schellenberg and explore holistic care. Part of MSUM’s School of Nursing & Healthcare Leadership highlight reel this spring on Holistic Nursing and our Holistic Nursing course.

The New Look of our RN to BSN Program – Curriculum Changes Fall 2013

Faculty members of the RN-BSN program at Minnesota State University Moorhead are pleased to announce that a revised curriculum has been approved and will begin this coming fall semester, 2013.  We are very excited about the changes that have been made.  During the process of curriculum revision, many aspects were considered including the perspectives of those who will employ our graduates along with the current and future health care climate.  The entire faculty was involved in the process.

The first course in the program, Nursing 301 Transitions, will allow students to explore advanced concepts related to professional practice and industry expectations for baccalaureate-prepared nurses.  Opportunities to become familiar with the tools needed for success in the RN-BSN program will also be included.  Students examine their professional goals and begin planning their educational transition plan which will provide the underpinnings for course direction and progression throughout the curriculum.

The most obvious change will occur in the final capstone course, previously Nursing 475 Preceptorship.  The number of direct clinical hours has been reduced from 120 to 60 and the focus has been changed from direct patient care to implementation of the leadership role in the clinical setting.  This will give students more flexibility in both the setting and assignments for the course.  The new course is Nursing 473 Professional Pathways.

Other notable changes include an increase in credits for nursing research due to the increasing contributions of the baccalaureate nurses to evidence based practice.  The focus of the previous transcultural nursing course has been expanded to include concepts of care for all diverse populations including cultural and ethnic differences, sexual preferences, disabilities, age, and chronic disease.

If this sounds like the challenge you have been looking for and you are interested in joining us, go to  for admission requirements and online application.  The application deadline for fall semester admission is March 15 and for spring semester admission October 15.  If you would like additional information or clarification, please call 218.477.2693 or e-mail .  We are proud of our new and improved curriculum and feel confident that it will provide the highest quality foundation for your nursing career!


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Highlighting Holistic Nursing – Part 2

Invitation to Learn About and Experience Energetic Healing

Live Webcast dates with Tara Argall of Quantum Wonderworks

Please read Tara’s profile at her site above.

The dates and tentative topics for the webcasts are:

Wednesday, February 27th @ 7pm

  • Distance Healing and Ethical Practice
  • Focus: Experiencing Energy at a Distance
  • Intention and Energy work
  • Group Matrix Session: Stress

Wednesday, March 6th @ 7pm

  • Intuition
  • Focus: Experiencing Energy at a Distance
  • Myofacial Unwinding
  • Group Matrix Session: Anxiety

If you are not enrolled in the Holistic Nursing course for Spring 2013 and are interested in attending one or more of the above live webcasts, please contact Alicia Swanson for further information at


Holistic Nursing Links

American Holistic Nurses Association: What is Holistic Nursing?

Minnesota Holistic Nurses Association

Becoming a Certified Holistic Nurse

Homeopathic Nurses Association!links/c1wln

National Institutes for Health: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

University of Minnesota: Center for Healing and Spirituality


Alicia Swanson RN, MSN, PHN
Nursing Faculty
Minnesota State University Moorhead

School of Nursing and Health Care Leadership

Public Health Nurse Registration in Minnesota

Public Health Nurse Registration in Minnesota

A registered nurse licensed in Minnesota may obtain from the Board of Nursing registration as a public health nurse after meeting requirements stated in Minnesota Rules Chapter 6316.
Registration is voluntary. A registered nurse may practice as a public health nurse without being registered by the Board. However, no person may use any abbreviation such as PHN or other designation such as the title public health nurse unless the person is registered by the Board.

Requirements to obtain Public Health Nurse Registration
The registered nurse applicant must:
• be licensed and currently registered in Minnesota,
• have a baccalaureate or higher degree with a major in nursing,
• have completed course work which included theory and clinical practice in public health nursing (Details are available in MN Rule part 6316.0100 subpart 4), and
• submit an application, affidavit of graduation and public health nurse education and $30.00 fee.

Validity of Public Health Nurse Registration
The public health nurse registration is valid only when the registered nurse has a current Minnesota registered nurse license.
If the nurse’s license is revoked or the registration expired, the public health nurse registration becomes invalid. Whenever the license is reissued or the registration is renewed, the public health nurse registration automatically becomes active.

1. Download and print the Public Health Nurse Registration Application Packet listed at the bottom of this URL:
2. Send the affidavit of graduation and public health nursing education last 2 pages to Nursing Department, SNHL, MSUM, 1104 7th Ave South, Moorhead, MN 56563. MSUM will mail the completed pages to the MN Board of Nursing.
3. Mail the first page with monies to the MN Board of Nursing.

Highlighting Holistic Nursing – Part 1

Holistic Activity

Thoughts are powerful. They have impact on your overall wellness and, thus, even your future. Positive affirmations are thought to have healing consequences and assist you in manifesting positive life changes (Hay, 1988). Which, in turn, truly confirms the mind, body, and spirit interconnectedness.

Sometimes negative thoughts can manifest as physical ailments. In the book, Heal your Body, by Louise Hay (1988), it states that the mental causes for physical illness can be overcome by creating a new thought pattern or implementing healing affirmations.

For example: The probable cause of Acne is “Not accepting the self. Dislike of the self.” The healing affirmation would be “I am a Divine expression of life. I love and accept myself where I am right now” (Hay, 1988, p. 10).

Pay attention to your thought patterns. Do you find yourself repeating negative thoughts?

Journal about the feelings associated with the negative thought pattern. Choose a related statement. Grab a piece a paper and pencil. Write the statement, reflect on the negative thought pattern and just write. Do not judge or analyze. Just write what comes to (“pops” into) your mind. You may choose to read what you wrote. Remember do not judge what you wrote just view it as a part of the healing process.

Create a healing affirmation to build a new thought pattern.

State, “I, (say your name),” then repeat the positive affirmation at least three times daily (more times if you can). One time per day, while looking at yourself in the mirror, repeat the affirmation. Continue to do this for a full week or longer.

Remember to BREATHE…take 10 deep, mindful breaths daily this week.



Argall, T. (2004). Self empowerment cards: A program for personal growth. Fargo, ND: Empower Your Press.

Hay, L. (1988). Heal your body: The mental causes for physical illness and the metaphysical way to overcome them. Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, Inc.


Alicia Swanson RN, MSN, PHN
Nursing Faculty
Minnesota State University Moorhead

School of Nursing and Health Care Leadership


Discussing Parkinson’s with Vicki Teske

Since November, I have been participating in an educational opportunity designed for nursing school faculty.   The Edmond J Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program (VNF) (  is a nationwide program designed to support faculty in development and expansion of Parkinson’s disease (PD) specific curriculum.  Given the fact that we live in the ‘”Parkinson’s disease belt” (Midwest and Northeast) this is an excellent opportunity for nurse educators in central Minnesota to enhance the quality of nursing care for patients with this diagnosis.  It involves traveling to the Twin Cites at least once for the didactic portion followed by clinical hours which you can do either locally or at Struthers Parkinson’s Center.  They have been doing interdisciplinary care for Parkinson’s since the 1970’s.  I thought that I knew a fair amount about Parkinson’s but found out that I didn’t know as much as I thought I did!  Once you have completed the independent project expenses are reimbursed up to $2000.   I spent one day with Dr. Tanya Harlow in the Coordinated Treatment Center at Sanford and will be spending a full day at Struthers this coming Monday.  I know that they are willing to coordinate clinical days with Struthers with the didactic so actually only one trip to the Twin Cities would be necessary.


WHAT TO DO IF INTERESTED:  Access the website for application materials and other information,

WHEN:  Tuesday June 4 and Wednesday June 5, 2013

WHERE:  Park Nicollet Struthers Parkinson’s Center

                   6701 Country Club Drive

                   Golden Valley, MN  55427


I have learned a lot and more importantly have an increased awareness of the role that nurses can and need to play in the coordination and care of patients with this progressive movement disorder.



Willis, A.M., Evanhoft, B.A., Lian, M., Criswell, S.R.,  & Roette, B.A. (2010).  Geographic and ethnic variation in Parkinson disease: A population-based study of US Medicare beneficiaries.  Neuroepidemiology, 34(3), 143–151.  Retrieved from

Victoria Teske RN, MS, GNP-BC
Assistant Professor
School of Nursing and Health Care Leadership
Minnesota State University Moorhead