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:

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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.

To view more, visit:

Apply for Graduate Nursing!

About us
Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) Graduate Nursing Program offers a curriculum that is flexible, accessible, reputable, and accredited.

What makes MSUM different from other graduate nursing programs?
MSUM Graduate Nursing offers:
-Doctorally-Prepared Nursing Faculty experienced in master’s nursing delivery using online formats.
-Online orientation. No need to drive to campus.
-No GRE required for admission.
-Flexible programming including summer course offerings. Students can take as few as 3 credits per semester or up to 10 credits some semesters.
-Individualized progression (no need to progress as a co-hort).
-Online courses using Desire-to-Learn (D2L).
-Monthly live synchronous meetings via the Internet using Horizon Wimba (you attend from your computer not on-campus).
*Monthly meetings typically occur on the same day each month (usually Tuesdays or                 Wednesdays).
*Times for these courses rotate year-to-year. Some courses start as early as 7 am and some                 end as late as 10 pm.
-Academic and healthcare setting practica experiences near your home community.

Who can apply for the Grad Nursing program?
Applicants must have:
-BS or BA in Nursing from NLN or CCNE accredited university.
-Documentation of current unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license in the US.
-Cumulative local GPA (not including transfer credits) of at least 3.0 in undergraduate courses from institution awarding last nursing degree.
-Three letters of recommendation (2 professional colleague references, 1 personal reference)
-Flexible application process.
*MSUM accepts new students each semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer).
*Although there are recommended application due dates, students may submit their applications at any time of the year.
-For full application information, visit the following website

What does the Grad Nursing program focus on?
MSUM offers a Master of Science with a focus on Nursing. Students choose between two emphases: (a) Nurse Educator or (b) Nursing Administration and Organizational Leadership Master’s degree.

The MS in nursing with emphasis in nursing education endeavors to expand your knowledge and skills in the field of nurse education, whether you are new to the field or have years of experience already. This degree explores the area of nursing education in academic settings and in healthcare settings. In addition, the program curriculum supports you in your preparation for the Nurse Education Certification (CNE) national examination, which is offered by the National League for Nursing.

The MS in Nursing with emphasis in Nursing Administration and Organizational Systems Leadership (NAOSL) program prepares early career and current nurse leaders at the graduate level in the areas of nursing and healthcare leadership. NAOSL program addresses the growing need for system-wide leadership within the healthcare industry. The program emphasizes increased depth of understanding of complex healthcare systems.

Who should enroll in the Master of Science in Nursing?
Nurse Educator Emphasis: Current or aspiring nurse educators. This can be individuals who want to make a career of teaching in academia (i.e., higher education institutions, high schools) or teaching in a health care setting (i.e., hospital nursing education departments, staff nurses who perform a great deal of patient education, public health nurses).

Nursing Administration and Organizational Systems Leadership Emphasis: Current or aspiring nurse leaders/managers/charge nurses/administrators/executives, practicing nurses, nurse educators, nurse researchers, advanced practice nurses, quality assurance/risk management/utilization review nurses.

How much is a Grad Nursing degree?
-For the latest graduate nursing tuition rates, go to
-Students can apply for financial aid. Keep in mind that full-time at the graduate student level is considered 8 credits for financial aid purposes.
-Many students are able to secure tuition assistance/reimbursement/waivers from their employers.
-Finally, some students are able to access scholarships (i.e., Sigma Theta Tau International, Minnesota Nurses Association).

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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December 3rd is International Day of Persons with Disabilities.  Over one billion people, or approximately 15 per cent of the world’s population, live with some form of disability!  The International Day of Persons with Disabilities provides an opportunity to bring attention to the situation of persons with disabilities, to create a strategic vision, and to plan for disability-inclusive development.

Disabilities can be classified as a condition or function that is significantly impaired relative to the majority of people.  It can be a physical impairment, intellectual impairment, mental illness, and various types of chronic diseases.

Everywhere in the world, persons with disabilities face physical, social, economic, and attitudinal walls that stop them from participating completely as other members of society.  They are not fairly represented among the world’s poorest, and do not get equal access to resources such as education, employment, healthcare, social and legal support systems, and have a higher rate of mortality. People with disabilities have a much higher risk of violence.  These are a few statistics relating to this:

  • Children with disabilities are almost four times as likely to experience violence then children without disabilities.
  • Adults with some form of disability are 1.5 times more likely to be a victim of violence.
  • Adults with mental health conditions are at nearly four times the risk of experiencing violence.

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities provides an opportunity to bring attention to the situation of persons with disabilities, to create a strategic vision, and to plan for disability-inclusive development.