Monthly Archives: July 2013

RN to BSN Fun Facts


Fun facts about MSUM’s RN to BSN program:

  • Our RN to BSN program and application are 100% online.
  • Applications for the Spring 2014 semester are due in full by October 15, 2013. See admission criteria at the following website:
  • You can complete the program at your own pace.
  • We offer courses year round, but we do not require that you take courses year round.
  • If you bring in an AA with you along with your AS, you will have 40 credits of upper division courses to take, 31 of which are your core nursing curriculum. This leaves 9 credits of upper division credits for you to complete with nursing electives (at least one offered each semester) or other electives from programs outside of nursing (i.e. Community Health).
  • There are many options that you have to choose from, each of which is customized for your own particular situation (i.e. transfer credits, previous degrees, professional goals, etc.).
  • The MSU Moorhead RN to BSN program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
  • Student clinical experiences in Family Health, Gerontology, Public Health, and Leadership are all arranged in YOUR own area.
  • NEW curriculum begins Fall 2013 with changes requested by students and practice partners, including fewer clinical hours.

An Outlook on Health Care Management Positions

Interested in one of MSUM’s Health Services Administration programs? Read below for information on why you should consider entering this field!


students_computerThe outlook of job growth for positions in the field of Health Care management is very optimistic, with an estimated growth of 22% (faster than the average for all fields, which is 14%) according to the US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (  In the year 2010, it was estimated that the number of jobs available in this field were 303,000, while an additional 68,000 are expected to be added between 2010 and 2020, reaching approximately 371,000.

People entering this job field typically need a Bachelor’s degree, but Master’s degrees in health services, long-term administration, public health, and business administration are increasingly common.  Bachelor’s degrees prepare students for higher level management jobs with required courses in hospital organization and management, accounting and budgeting, human resources administration, strategic planning, law & ethics, health economics, and health information systems.  Graduate programs typically last 2 to 3 years, oftentimes with up to a year of supervised administrative experience.

Important skills and qualities expected for those looking to enter this job field include analytical skills, communication skills, attention to detail, interpersonal skills, problem-solving skills, and technical skills.

As the large baby-boom population ages and people continue to remain active later in life, the healthcare industry as a whole is expected to see an increase in demand for medical services; this will result in a concurrent increase in physicians, patients, procedures, and facilities.  There will also likely be an increase in demand for nursing care facility administrators as a result of the aging baby boomers.

According to the US Department of Labor, 28% of all new jobs in the US economy will be in the health care and social assistance industry.  It has also been estimated that there is a 2.9% unemployment rate for experienced health and medical administrative services.

“The cost of health care is now 18% of GDP, our total economic activity.  It’s the biggest industry we have,” according to Anthony Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.

A Bachelor’s in Health Care Administration was listed as one of the most loved degrees by employers under the same study.

It is estimated that 100,000 people serve in health administration, ranging from middle management to CEO positions. Such salaries range between $40,000 and $110,000 with an average amount of 4-6 years spent in school.

An online search for positions within the field of health care administration brings up an impressive 12,000+ available.  The field is expanding at one of the fastest rates of any sector in the country. Increased demand will mean increased availability for jobs, as well as higher chances of employment upon completion of degrees.



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World Hepatitis Day

World Hepatitis Day ~ July 28th, 2013

This is Hepatitis – Know it. Confront it.

July 28, 2013 marks this year’s World Hepatitis Day. Created by the World Health Assembly in 2010, this day aims to recognize the importance of prevention of infection from viral hepatitis, one of the leading causes of death by infectious disease on the planet.



Every year, approximately 1.4 million people suffer and perish from viral hepatitis and other associated illnesses. Both Hepatitis B and A are leading causes of preventable death, followed closely by Hepatitis E, which is particularly potent in Asia and Africa. An important implication of HBV and HEV is the transmission of disease from mother to child in utero; in impoverished nations, opportunities for these vaccinations are often missed, resulting in more unnecessary and preventable deaths.

Hepatitis encompasses a class of viral infections that cause the liver to swell and become inflamed, thus affecting the liver’s efficacy and functioning. Without detection and treatment, this disease can have serious implications, such as liver cancer or cirrhosis. Because some people afflicted with hepatitis exhibit no symptoms, it can be tremendously difficult to diagnose. Fortunately for others, there are signs indicative of liver problems and hepatitis infection:

  • No appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Dark-hued urine
  • Pale excrement
  • Abdominal pain
  • Jaundice

Some forms of hepatitis are preventable with vaccinations, some forms must be treated with medication, and other forms are chronic. On some occasions, hepatitis will regress and go away by itself.

Every year on World Hepatitis Day, the World Hepatitis Alliance (found at seeks to raise international awareness of hepatitis and ignite changes in inadequate disease prevention measures and accessibility to testing and treatment. This year’s WHD theme is “This is Hepatitis – Know it. Confront it,” and focuses on the real-world impact of hepatitis. A second theme involves the unfortunate tendency for hepatitis to be ignored: “See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil,” which aims to draw attention to change.



Do your part on July 28th to combat the detection and prevention of hepatitis.

×          Get vaccinated against hepatitis

×          Follow the World Hepatitis Alliance on Twitter: @Hep_Alliance

×          Become a member or donate to the World Hepatitis Alliance

×          Host your own WHD campaign (find materials at

×          Tell your story (





MSUM’s Health Services Administration Programs

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Healthcare is one of today’s most dynamic and growing fields with a wide range of opportunities and challenges.  Healthcare executives work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, integrated delivery systems, managed care organizations, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, and consulting firms.  The American College of Healthcare Executives wants to help you make a positive, informed decision about your career.  You can count on us as a resource for career advice, resume consultation, continuing education, and other career services.

– Thomas C. Colan, Ph.D., FACHE, CAE

President and Chief Executive Officer

American College of Healthcare Executives


Do you have what it takes?

What do employers look for in their entry-level managers?  Here are some of the criteria:

-Academic training/previous work experience

-A degree in health administration from a school accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education or another degree may qualify you

-A commitment to professional development and continuing education

-Previous positions, internships, and fellowships in healthcare organizations or other business settings

-Communication skills

-Strong written and oral communication skills

-Ability to develop and present reports and proposals

-Adaptability/organizational fit

-Personal and career objectives that mesh with those of the organization

-Ability to work well with others, including superiors, subordinates, and peers

-Attitude and appearance that communicate confidence, maturity, and competence

-Dependability, judgment, character

-Maturity to make decisions and take responsibility for them

-Honest and ethical business conduct

-Willingness to make a commitment to the organization

-General management skills

-Leadership that inspires and motivates others

-Ability to train, delegate, evaluate, coordinate, and negotiate


Healthcare is currently growing faster than any other industry in America due to the increasing demands for long-term care made by the aging baby boomer population.  There are jobs available in a variety of health care fields.


MSUM’s program in Health Services Administration was established in 1998 and is structured as a comprehensive curriculum (science, business, social sciences, and health care management) that permits specialization in various domains of health care delivery.  The program prepares students to be a future health care leader eligible to practice in the field of health and aging services administration.


  • Students who complete the undergrad program can expect to go into a variety of health care jobs, such as entry level management.
  • Students who complete the graduate program can expect to become a more desirable candidate if already employed or to gain more credibility for their resume if just starting out in the field.


The MSUM Health Services Administration undergraduate program is a member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) (

Additionally, the MHA and HSAD program coordinator, Lonni Schicker, is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) (


Masters of Healthcare Administration

The MHA program at MSUM provides students with skills and experiences to be competitive in a variety of professional settings.  Building on students’ existing leadership skills, management styles, and current understanding of healthcare policy in the highly regulated healthcare industry, students will be able to dynamically contribute to the delivery of services throughout the healthcare continuum.

Courses taken within this program include Health Information Systems, Health Care Economics, Marketing Management, Human Resource Management, Health Care Delivery Science, and Health Care Law & Ethical Decision Making.


Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration

This program offers the undergraduate student an extensive educational experience focused on today’s issues, dedicated and committed faculty with real world experiences, and a commitment to the development of each student in reaching their fullest potential.  Our goals are to provide a learning experience that both prepares the healthcare leaders of tomorrow and develops the interpersonal skills of each individual student.  Graduates of our program will have an academic understanding of health services management coupled with practical experiences through an internship in a premier health care organization.

Courses taken within the program include Disease Prevention, Epidemiology, Health Services Planning & Evaluation, Health Services Management, Medical & Health Care Law, and Health Policy & Payment.


Minor in Health Services Administration

Courses taken as part of the minor include Principles of Accounting, Health Services Planning & Evaluation, Health Services Management, Medical & Health Care Law, and Principles of Management.


Long-Term Care Emphasis

Students who are enrolled in the Health Services Administration major may concentrate on an emphasis in Long-Term Care Administration by completing 12 credits of approved course work in the field of health management and aging services.  Licensure is available to students completing the requirements for a Bachelor’s degree, completing a required internship, and passing state and national exams.

The required coursework for completing this emphasis is Health Aspects of Aging, Long Term Care Administration, Elder Law, and Social Gerontology.



More information about our programs can be found below:

Terry Dobmeier’s Experience with the APNA Conference

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I recently had the opportunity to attend the American Psychiatric Nurses Association Psychopharmacology Conference in Reston, Virginia this past week and thoroughly enjoyed the continuing education in my field and collegiality among the attendees.  As an APN working in a college health setting, I found the sessions on differential diagnosis of bipolar disorder and severe irritability in youth, management of ADHD across the lifespan, and understanding first episode psychosis in young adults to be very interesting and applicable to my work.

Dr. Thomas Insel, MD, the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), provided the keynote address entitled “Disruptive Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience:  Where Will We Find the Next Generation of Therapeutics?” With my growing interest in current controversies in mental healthcare, I found his address to be affirming of my concerns and his insights into future innovations fascinating.  He identified the current therapeutic paradox to be: Despite increased treatment as measured by epidemiology, prescriptions and expense in recent years, there has been no decrease (and in some areas, increased mortality and morbidity).  He proposed that current treatments are not effective enough to influence public health outcomes.  It was also refreshing to hear him acknowledge that psychiatry owes the public an apology for its failures of the past that have impacted the lives of patients negatively.

Dr. Insel left the group with exciting news of a current research agenda at NIMH that includes investigation into new molecular targets and clinical targets, and a new culture of clinical neuroscience.  The discussion offered hope of advances in genomics, epigenetics, biodiagnostics, repurposing of known treatments, as well as standardization and integration of the work of academia, industry, foundations and government.  That’s quite an agenda! You can check out more about the NIMH Strategic Research Priorities at Dr Insel’s blog:

I encourage all nurses to become affiliated with professional organizations that provide opportunities for professional growth and provide current insights into pertinent issues that impact their practice.  Attending a regional, national or international conference can be a powerful “shot in the arm” for your professional outlook and career!

Terry Dobmeier, MS, PMHCNS-BC, APRN

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Minority Mental Health Awareness Month


The month of July marks the annual Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.  The event was officially declared in May of 2008 by the US House of Representatives to take place in July of every year to offer organizers the opportunity to foster mental health in diverse communities.  It was also established in recognition of the fact that providing improved access to mental health treatment and services and awareness is of paramount importance, and that an appropriate month should be recognized to change public awareness of mental illness and mental illness among minorities.

The month-long event was named after Bebe Moore Campbell (also referred to as the Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month) in honor of her work in this particular field.  Campbell is the co-founder of the National Alliance for Mentally Ill Urban Los Angeles, a University of Pittsburgh Trustee, and has long been an advocate for bringing awareness to mental illness among minorities.  She is the author of the New York Time’s Bestselling 72 Hour Hold and the children’s book Sometimes My Mommy Gets Angry, both of which have furthered the cause.

Events for July 2012 included the first annual No Shame Day on July 2nd to promote candid discussion about mental illness stigma. The National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health also partnered with M3 to release a Spanish Language version of WhatsMyM3, an anonymous tool that screens for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.  There were also events held around the country by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) including Colorado, Kentucky, Mississippi, Texas, George, and Virginia.

Mental illness is one of the leading causes of disabilities in American, affecting one out of every four families.  According to NAMI, the direct and indirect costs to the workplace on an annual basis total $34 million.  According to the National Institute of Mental Health, many suffer from more than one disorder, with as much as 45% with one diagnosable disorder meeting the criteria for two or more.  In 1999, a released report from the Surgeon General estimated that more than 54 million Americans have a mental disorder in any given year, but less than 8 million seek treatment.  Adult Caucasians are more likely to seek treatment than adult African Americans, though disorders occur in both groups at the same rate when taking into account socioeconomic factors.

African Americans experience a much greater unmet need for mental health services and generally receive less quality of care.  They are also misdiagnosed at a higher rate within the delivery system.  Two-thirds of all people with a diagnosable mental illness don’t seek treatment due to stigma, lack of community-based resources, and an inadequate or no diagnosis.  It is also estimated that 50-70% of all youth in the juvenile justice system have mental health problems.




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MSUM’s Nursing Administration Track

MSUM’s Nursing Administration Track

MS with a major in Nursing & an emphasis in Nursing Administration & Organizational Systems Leadership

The MS in Nursing Administration and Organizational Systems Leadership (NAOSL) program strives to prepare current nurse leaders at the graduate level for nursing and healthcare leadership. This program addresses the increasing demand for system-wide leadership within the healthcare industry. It also addresses the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Master’s Essentials and endeavors to incorporate the principles and values put forth by the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, and the Essentials of Nurse Manager Orientation.

The NAOSL program requirements include around 200 hours of precepted clinical hours in nursing administration, as well as a thesis or project and oral examination as part of your culminating work. Completing these requirements through participation in the program will significantly impact your preparation for the Executive Nursing Practice (CENP) or Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML) national certification examinations.

Some potential courses you may take within the graduate nursing program include:

Healthcare Delivery Systems, Policy, Financing, and Leadership; Transcultural and Social Perspectives; Health Promotion and Disease Prevention; Advanced Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy; and Nurse as Educator.

For full eligibility criteria, go to

For details on how to apply to the NAOSL graduate program please visit:

For information on MSUM tuition rates, visit

For specific questions regarding this program, please feel free to contact Dr. Tracy Wright, Graduate Nursing Coordinator, at

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