Monthly Archives: November 2013

World AIDS Day

December 1st is World AIDS Day!

World AIDS Day Picture


December 1st was World AIDS Day. This year will be the 25th year that World AIDS day has been celebrated. The purpose of the celebration is to promote HIV awareness and “Act Aware.” Acting aware means finding out the facts about HIV and using that knowledge to protect yourself and others against an HIV infection. This year’s theme is “Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS-Free Generation.”

There are 34 million people around the world that have HIV. From the years 1981-2007, more than 25 million people have died from the HIV virus. Many people do not know the important facts about how to protect themselves and others from HIV. There are also many stereotypes and discrimination for people living with HIV. World AIDS Day is important to remind the public and government that HIV exists and there is still a need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice, and improve education.

You can find an interactive website that provides information that everyone should know about HIV at


Nursing Scholarships

Deadline: February 1, 2014

Apply for BSN scholarships! Every year the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership awards a number of scholarships to both RNB and Graduate Nursing Students. Many of the available scholarships are based to some extent on financial need as established by your FAFSA application; other criteria include academic standing and professional activity. One single application is used for all awards offered by the Nursing Department.

Some of the scholarships that Undergraduate students could receive include the following:

Antoinette Eliason Memorial Scholarship
-Arty Heald Memorial Scholarship
-Dakota Medical Foundation Scholarship
-Leroy Justesen Family Scholarship
-MSUM Nursing Program Scholarships

Graduate MSUM Nursing Scholarships available as well!

More scholarships are available to receive as well through the University and outside organizations.

For more scholarships and information, visit:

For the MSUM nursing scholarship application visit:

If there are any additional questions please forward to Terry Dobmeier, MS, at

Today is National Rural Health Day!

National rural health day logo

National Rural Health Day is celebrated on the third Thursday of every November, this year the date is November 21st.  Today is the third annual celebration. The purpose of the celebration is to bring awareness to the perks and challenges that residents and healthcare workers face while trying to provide health care in a rural setting. It is also a time to thank rural health care providers for their continued effort to improve the health of rural residents.

Approximately 59.5 million Americans live in rural areas. While there are many perks of living and working in a close knit community, it is important to remember that rural communities have unique healthcare needs. Accessibility is a major issue; there were only 55 primary care physicians per 100,000 residents in rural areas in 2005, compared with 72 per 100,000 in urban areas. This statistic drops even further, to 36 per 100,000, when looking at isolated rural areas. Residents in rural areas are more likely to be uninsured and spend more money out of pocket on healthcare than people residing in urban areas. While there are definitely challenges to providing health care in a rural setting, there is still much to celebrate!

The National Rural Health Day website provides some great ideas on how to get involved:

  • Answer your phone by saying “Hello … Happy National Rural Health Day”
  • Visit one of those morning news shows and hold up a sign that says “Happy National Rural Health Day!”
  • Wear a National Rural Health Day T-shirt to school or work
  • Plan a group run or some other kind of fitness activity
  • Do something “healthy” today – eat more vegetables, bike instead of drive to work, get your blood pressure or cholesterol checked, etc.
  • Write a letter to the editor or contact a local legislator to stress the importance of addressing the health needs of rural communities
  • Thank a rural health provider for all they do!



Introducing Jane Bergland

Jane Bergland, a faculty member at MSUM, introduces herself and shares how she became a nurse.


Today is OR Nurse Day!


November 14th is Operating Room Nurse Day!  This holiday takes place every year on November 14th.  It is celebrated worldwide to show support and to honor our operating room nurses.

 Perioperative nursing is a nursing specialty that works with patients who are having operative or other invasive procedures. Operating room nurses provide care to patients before, during, and after surgery.  These nurses are responsible for keeping a clean environment in the operating room.  They are normally the last person the patients see before being put sleep and the first ones they see when they wake up. They also have to make sure that the operating room team provides the best care possible to the patient.  It is a high-stress job that requires emotional and physical stamina.

 You can show your thanks and appreciation to an operating nurse that you know by saying a simple thank you.




Honor Society Members Inducted

4 Girls Xi Kappa

On November 2, 2013 Undergraduate and Graduate students from Moorhead State University Moorhead, North Dakota State University, Concordia College and University of Jamestown gathered to be inducted into Sigma Theta Tau Xi-Kappa-At-Large Chapter (XK). Xi-Kappa is an International Society for Nurses that is very prestigious. To belong to the chapter, you must receive an offer that is based on student ranking in the class and GPA stipulations. Membership can be offered to Undergraduates and Graduate students. MSUM students that were inducted included:

-Elizabeth Kiffmeyer
-Alyssa Novak
-Jennifer Tomford

-Stacy Christensen
-Rebecca Love Gullickson
-Kimberly Lehrke
-Karen Rae Gozel
-Janell Faye Hrdlicka

Transfer Members:
-Carrie Mayfield
-Marsha Ramstad

Bonnie Vangerud, a graduate from MSUM’s Undergraduate program, also attended as a Community Nurse Leader. Alena Deutschlander was a Graduate recipient of the Xi Kappa Scholarship.

Xi Kappa

The Society Vision is, “to create a global community of nurses who lead in using knowledge, scholarship, service and learning to improve the health of the world’s peace.” Congratulations to all of our students that exhibited these outstanding qualities.

Spring Semester 2014 Community Health Courses

The Community Health major prepares students for careers teaching health education in the community and in schools. Health educators encourage healthy lifestyles and wellness by educating individuals and communities about behaviors that can prevent diseases, injuries and other health problems. The Community Health major prepares students to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination, which is a nationally recognized certification process based on well-established educational competencies. There will be several courses offered during the upcoming spring semester in the Community Health major. Nandita Bezbaruah will teach the classes.
COMH 301 Women’s and Children’s Health
The course will address the dynamic health status of women and children within the family, community and health care system. Emphasis will be placed on theories and principles which result in a foundation for critical thinking, application of research, and use of knowledge as it relates to caring for children and families from diverse cultures and environments. Students will develop an understanding of the status of women’s and children’s health with emphasis on nutrition, common diseases, and health indicators. The laboratory potion of the course will reinforce the lecture content and address women’s and children’s health in practice, gender-specific nutrition, gender differences in anatomy and physiology and epidemiology of diseases important to women and children.

“Did you know that November is National Prematurity Awareness month? One of every eight babies born each year in the United States is born premature. Learn about such facts about children’s health in the Women’s and Children’s Health course.” —Nandita Bezbaruah, MSW, MPA, PhD

COMH 401 Health Aspects of Aging
The Health Aspects of Aging course covers the models and theories of aging; social, behavioral, and environmental physiological and life-style changes occurring with age and the aging process.

“It is projected that by 2050, the number of Americans aged 65 and older will be 88.5 million, which is more than double its projected population of 40.2 million in 2010. Learn how this projected growth of the older population will affect policies and programs such as Social Security and Medicare in the Health Aspects of Aging course.” —Nandita Bezbaruah, MSW, MPA, PhD

COMH 415 Design and Evaluation of Community Health Programs
The course focuses on a process approach to organizing, implementing and evaluating community health programs.

COMH 638 Health Information Systems
This course is designed to provide a broad perspective of the field of Health Informatics. This course is appropriate for students in Nursing, Community Health, Social Work, Health Services Administration, Business Administration and Health Education. The course focuses on the application of electronic information delivery systems and methodologies, electronic health records, information technologies to deliver/enhance/coordinate care, information retrieval and data analysis, data driven decision-making, risk management evaluation, healthcare ethics and data confidentiality. Students will get an overview about areas of employment opportunities in the field of health informatics. This course is part of several of our healthcare graduate programs. More information can be found online.

“Interested in keeping up with the current health needs and emphasize on Health Informatics or interested in a career in Health Informatics, then the course on Health Information Systems is right for you!” —Nandita Bezbaruah, MSW, MPA, PhD

November is Epilepsy Awareness Month


November is National Epilepsy month. It allows the epilepsy community to educate the public about what epilepsy is, generate funds for research, and to find a cure.

About Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a condition that causes seizures.  It is known as a seizure disorder. When a person has two or more unprovoked seizures they are considered to be epileptic. Seizures occur when clusters of nerve cells in the brain signal abnormally, which may briefly alter a person’s consciousness, movements or actions. Epilepsy affects 65 million people worldwide. Epilepsy is not contagious.

For most people a cause of their epilepsy cannot be found.  With the rest of the people, the cause can differentiate. For example, head injuries or lack of oxygen during birth may damage the delicate electrical system in the brain. Other causes include brain tumors, genetic conditions (such as tuberous sclerosis), lead poisoning, problems in development of the brain before birth, and infections like meningitis or encephalitis. Epilepsy is often thought to be a childhood condition, but it can develop at any time.  About 30 percent of the 200,000 new cases every year begin in childhood, particularly in early childhood and around the time of adolescence. Another period of relatively high incidence is in people over the age of 65.

First Aid

When providing seizure first aid for seizures, these are the key things to remember:

  • Keep calm and reassure other people who may be nearby.
  • Don’t hold the person down or try to stop his movements.
  • Time the seizure with your watch.
  • Clear the area around the person of anything hard or sharp.
  • Loosen ties or anything around the neck that may make breathing difficult.
  • Put something flat and soft, like a folded jacket, under the head.
  • Turn him or her gently onto one side. This will help keep the airway clear. Do not try to force the mouth open with any hard implement or with fingers. It is not true that a person having a seizure can swallow his tongue. Efforts to hold the tongue down can cause injury.
  • Don’t attempt artificial respiration except in the unlikely event that a person does not start breathing again after the seizure has stopped.
  • Stay with the person until the seizure ends naturally.

Alumni Feedback

Nandita Bezbaruah shares a little bit about the Alumni feedback that she is collecting for the Health Services Administration program and the Community Health program. Tune in to see what she has to say.