Monthly Archives: December 2013

Meet Pam Kirk!

Pam Kirk, a professor in the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership introduces herself and shares her story about how she became a nurse. Check it out.

Updating Clinical Documents


Break is a great time to catch up with family, relax and upload documents needed for the upcoming semester. Over break we encourage all students in the nursing program to update and add documents to the Nursing Student Database. The following documents are required to participate in our program:

-MNDHS Background Check
-Tuberculin Clearance Test/Mantoux
-CPR Certification
-Hepatitis B Immunization
-Tdap Immunization
-RN License
-ACI Background Check
-MMR Vaccination or Titer

Documents that aren’t required but highly encouraged include the following:

-Demographic Questionnaire
-Consent Form

Link to the Student Nursing Database:

If there are any questions they can be directed to

Hope everyone is having a safe and enjoyable break!

National Hand Washing Awareness Month!

It comes as no surprise that the beginning of Flu season is the beginning of National Hand Washing Awareness Month. Each day our hands com into contact with multiple microorganisms. They could be anywhere,  including the railing of a staircase, keyboard or phone. All of these daily occurrences can put us at risk for germs and bacteria that could potentially make us sick. This is why hand washing is very important. Follow these suggestions to protect yourself from potential illnesses.

When to wash your hands: (According to the CDC)
-Before, during, and after preparing food
-Before eating food
-Before and after caring for someone who is sick
-Before and after treating a cut or wound
-After using toilet
-After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
-After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
-After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
-After touching garbage

How to wash your hands:

handwashing picture


What to do when you are not able to wash your hands:
The CDC says that soap and water is the best way to wash your hands but if it is not available then you should always carry a bottle of hand sanitizer that is made up of at least 60% alcohol.


Congratulations Graduates!

The School of Nursing & Healthcare Leadership would like to congratulate the most recent graduates of Minnesota State University Moorhead. Graduates from the School of Nursing & Healthcare Leadership include:

Bachelor of Science

Max Collins, Health Services Administration

JoAnn Jennen, Community Health

Renee Allen, Nursing

Kristen, Anderson, Nursing

Laisha, Blair, Nursing

Megan Hawkinson, Nursing

Lacy Hemmesch, Nursing

Michelle Johnson, Nursing

Mackenzie Jones, Nursing

Elizabeth Kiffmeyer, Nursing

Janet, LePage, Nursing

Michelle Loeks, Nursing

Amanda Nelson, Nursing

John Reichert, Nursing

Courtney Rice, Nursing

Jessica St. Claire, Nursing

Megan Trevino, Nursing

Pang Yang, Nursing

Master of Science

Sharon Cola, Nursing

Donna Hage, Nursing

Lisa O’Brien, Nursing

Joyce Olson, Nursing

Brenda Pomerenke, Nursing

MSUM’s Student Healthcare Leadership Organization



The Student Healthcare Leadership Organization is made up of mainly Community Health and Healthcare Administration Services majors. However, the student Organization is open to all students interested in health. The organization on campus commonly reaches out to the community to volunteer.

Professor Nandita Bezbaruah gives description of the organization, “Student Chapter of Health Care Leadership (HCL) is a student led organization on campus. Membership is open to students majoring in Health Services Administration, Community Health or with an interest in health. The purpose of the organization is to develop and promote the skills necessary for effective leadership in health care organizations through interaction with professionals and strengthened association with peers.”

Recently, on November 27th, a group of students went to River Pointe; a senior care facility. While at River Pointe, students helped residents play Bingo by calling off numbers. The residents were extremely pleased that the students had made time to come visit them and were enthusiastic about the idea of the students returning.

Dakhwaz Gardi a student and member of the Student Healthcare Leadership Organization explained why volunteering in the community is so important,” It’s important for us because many students are planning to go into long-term care, as well as the others would like the experience. I believe it’s important for students who are going into long-term care to be exposed to the outside factors as well. Many of them won’t be in contact with the residents, but to have that experience is really important. The purpose of this organization is to develop those leadership skills through the interaction with professionals. Being exposed to people in this career will help us develop the skills for effective leadership.”

The Student Healthcare Leadership Organization plans to continue volunteering and recruitment in the Spring 2014 semester. All are welcome.

Community of Interest Meeting

The fall Community of Interest meeting is being held today, December 13th, 2013. The meeting will take place at MSUM in the Comstock Memorial Union, Room 101 from 11am until 1 pm. A light luncheon will be served for those in attendance, which include MSUM faculty and area healthcare leaders.

The Community of Interest meeting is hosted by the School of Nursing & Healthcare Leadership to gain insight on the needs of the ever changing healthcare industry from area healthcare employers. Information gathered from the meeting is used to keep the School of Nursing & Healthcare Leadership educational curriculums up to date with the needs of the industry.

The agenda for the meeting includes:



  • Community Health (Nandita Bezbaruah)
  • Health Services Administration (Melanie Schicker)
  • Nursing (Barbara Matthees)


MSU MOORHEAD VISION: FULFILLING OUR PROMISE (Provost Blackhurst, Deans Malott and Bradbury)

Apply for a Masters in Healthcare Administration

The Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program provides students with the skills and experience 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 improvement of the delivery of services throughout the healthcare continuum.

Melanie Schicker, a faculty member for the MHA program share some key information.

Who can apply for the MHA program?
Anyone with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with at least a 3.0 GPA

How is the MHA program beneficial?
According to the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), “Healthcare is the largest industry in the U.S., and the second largest employer, with more than 11 million jobs. Virtually all new private sector jobs over the past 5 years came from healthcare; and the sector continues to grow faster than most other segments. Graduates of healthcare management programs can find opportunities in areas ranging from small rural communities to large metropolitan and international regions.”

What does the MHA prodragm focus on?
The program focuses on decision-making and effectiveness for healthcare executives which can help improve the lives of the people they serve or will serve in healthcare. We focus on the ethical and social responsibility that every healthcare leader must possess.

What can you do with an MHA degree?
Graduates of the Master of Healthcare Administration can work in multiple settings, rural and urban, large and small facilities, practices or other healthcare settings. Graduates may serve in many capacities in healthcare including department management, specialty area management, executive positions, physician practices and much more.

How much is an MHA degree?
At MSUM, The rate is $337/credit hour with a fee of $55/credit hour differential tuition for online courses. The program is 37 credits.

When is the application deadline?
Application deadlines vary per semester, but generally students may register up to the start of classes. It is advised to register early to ensure a seat in the class.

Why is the MHA program important to you?
It is essential that we have strong leaders in healthcare who hold the highest ethical standards, are committed to community, diversity and patient advocacy. At MSUM, this is our focus.

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