Monthly Archives: April 2014

World Immunization Week

World Immunization Week takes place annually during the last week of April. This year, the week runs from April 24th through April 30th. The purpose of the week is to remind families and communities about the effectiveness of vaccines and to encourage people to take action to ensure that more individuals are immunized against deadly and debilitating diseases.

It is predicted that immunizations avert between 2 and 3 million deaths each year. This makes immunizations one of the most successful and cost-effective health interventions ever. Despite their success, 1 in 5 children are still missing their vaccinations.

This year, the World Immunization Week‘s theme is “Are you up-to-date?” The campaign includes specific goals to:
• know what vaccines are available to protect against disease;
• be motivated to check the vaccination status of themselves and their families; and
• get the vaccines they need from their local health practitioner.

Welcome New RN To BSN Students!

Congratulations on your entry into the program! MSUM’s RN to BSN (RNB) program is highly respected and effective, managed by excellent and professional faculty. This combination has produced valuable graduates who are making giant strides in the field of healthcare in general. Among the many MSUM RN-BSN graduates we are proud of is Patsy Stinchfield, a pediatric nurse practitioner and director of Infectious Disease and Immunology. She was the recipient of the prestigious Eva Vraspir Nursing Excellence Award, in addition to others.

Orientation to the online RN to BSN  program will be part of the first course taken by all newly admitted students – NURS 302: Bridge to BSN Education. This one-time event takes place on campus on the first day of the semester you begin the RNB program.

This orientation is very essential, especially for those new to web-based learning. The MSUM nursing program is discussed in detail, students learn how to navigate the library from home and registration procedures, and are introduced to the instructional management system (Desire to Learn, D2L). Be sure to RSVP as soon as possible to the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership.


Health Educators Conference

Nurses are meeting up in Brainerd, MN today through Friday for the Health Educators Conference.  Jane Bergland, Pam Kirk, Becky Rudel, and Vicki Teske from MSUM are attending along with student Christy Cook.  Graduate student, Christy Cook will be presenting her poster at this conference.

The Xi Kappa Chapter at Large hosted their Global Nursing Event last night at the NDSU Alumni Center. Members shared about their nursing experiences from around the world.  Barb Matthees, Pam Kirk, Vicki Teske, Peggy Hanson, and Jane Giedt attended the event with student Kristi Oleson.  Kristi Oleson presented her pathways experience of traveling to Nicaragua with MEDICO and Jane Bergland earlier this year.

Goodbye Spring … Hello Fall 2014 Classes



The Spring 2014 semester here at MSUM is almost over, and Summer is just around the corner. The general plan for many during this period is to get some well-earned relaxation time, while others will use this opportunity to make extra progress toward the graduation journey, by taking a few Summer classes here and there.

Regardless of what your plans are, it is important to register for Fall 2014 classes as soon as possible, because they fill up very quickly. Take the time to sit down and map out a solid plan that involves taking all the right classes this Fall. Discuss your options with your advisor and receive your access code in order to be able to register. This is a time within which certain Nursing classes can be taken, and  LASC goals can be completed. Check out eServices today to be able to register for your courses.




Community Health Internship Experiences

One of the degree requirements for MSUM’s B.S. Degree in Community Health is an internship. Students nearing degree completion must complete at least 10 credits of internship with the purpose of gaining real world experience in their field of study. The School of Nursing & Healthcare Leadership checked in Pamela Detienne and Eva Albright, two Community Health students completing their internships this semester.

Pamela Detienne’s Experience as an Intern for Sanford Health Clinic
“I am interning at Sanford Health Clinic on Broadway with the Internal Medicine department and working directly with the Health Coaches and Physicians through the Respiratory Therapy Department. I am a Respiratory Therapist (National Credentials) and a Certified Tobacco Educator through Mayo Clinic. I have returned to college for a Community Health Degree hoping it will help me reach people in the community setting.

My focus is patients that are tobacco users who are interested in quitting tobacco. A plan is made and medication is discussed with the patient and their physician when a patient is ready to quit. If prescription medication is the game plan, a discussion with the physician is needed and a prescription is sent to the patient’s pharmacy. If nicotine replacement is the plan, then dosing is discussed and information about the quit line is given. Nicotine replacement can be purchased across the counter and a plan is put into place. Encouragement is also given to the patient to join the state quit line. The quit line will help them wean down from the nicotine replacement and also helps them through the tough times. If the patient is not interested in joining the quit line they can return to the clinic, free of charge, for more information and counseling.

I also help with asthma education. Education is given to increase awareness on proper technique of inhalers, when to call the physician and what the medication is for. I am able to be in the clinic under the Million Hearts Grant through the Chronic Disease Program of North Dakota Department of Health. A power point presentation will be given to the nurses of the Internal Medicine Department on “Alternatives to Nicotine” on April 18th. I will be the presenter of the power point and the focus is on E-cigarettes, Hookahs and shisha.” —-Pamela Detienne

Eva Albright’s Experience as an Intern for Family HealthCare
“I am a Community Health major. I will be graduating this May. The story of my internship starts back in September of 2012 when I entered AmeriCorps. AmeriCorps is similar to Peace Corps, but serves in American communities. I served as a Health Coach in a newly added fitness center inside Family HealthCare, a Federally Qualified Health Center that serves Cass and Clay Counties.
During my term of service, 900 hours in one year, I became active in committees charged with employee wellness and the integration of Lifestyle Medicine into the Clinical Process. I also began participating in some strategic community outreach and grant seeking opportunities. When my term of service was complete I was invited by the Chief Business Development Officer (CBDO) to stay on as her intern.

My Internship with the CBDO centered on assessing community needs, researching sustainable solutions, strategic program development, and grant writing. Major projects have included coordinating the Car Seat program, serving on the Giving Hearts Day committee, establishing numerous community partnerships, serving on the Community Mental Health Collaborative as a team member and panelist, and coordinating a HRSA grant proposal to fund Behavioral Health Integration in the primary care setting.

This internship has definitely helped me to grow in my ability to critically assess the feasibility of a solution and remain objective. Conversely, I walk through the lobby every morning and see the patients that benefit from the work I do. Being actively connected to the community has helped me to remain passionate and to drive forward on tough projects, knowing they will improve the lives of the people and community we serve.” —-Eva Albright

Deadline for the RN to BSN Applications

The MSUM School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership had extended its deadline for applications to the RN to BSN program for Fall 2014 semester start due to hiring additional faculty and new opportunities for students to pursue.  The applications will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. CDT on April 15th. Today is your last day to fill out an application.

The MSUM RN to BSN completion program is 100% online with clinical experiences arranged in the student’s home region if possible. For more information please visit:<> , email ‘’ or call 218-477-2693.

Nursing Summer Session

Why You Should Consider Taking Summer Classes

Summer Session classes are very popular with  MSUM students, due to the fact that they help students catch up if they are behind on credits; get ahead to possibly graduate sooner; take classes they can’t fit in during the academic year; help to lighten the load for more difficult classes that may have to be taken during the regular school year; or explore offerings that are purely based on interest. MSUM Summer Session 2014 offers a wide variety of courses online and in the classroom for students who want to earn credits toward Liberal Arts and Sciences Curriculum (LASC) requirements or degree requirements. The Nursing Summer Session, however, presents to students the opportunity of taking classes completely online, therefore providing the ease of receiving quality education from the comfort of your own home.

What Nursing Has To Offer This Summer

Courses are offered in flexible three-, four-, five-, six- and eight-week sessions from May 21–August 5 and credits vary depending on each course. Follow the links below to explore Summer options for Nursing, as well as other courses available.

For Nursing Courses

For More Information about Summer Session



Learn more about MSUM’s nursing programs on April 7, 2014!

Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Pam Kirk will be attending the Inver Hills Community College Continuing Education Fair on April 7, 2014. Kirk will be providing information on the RN to BSN program as well as MSUM’s degree options for nursing at the graduate level. She will be available between 12 pm and 2 pm.

 Please stop by the Continuing Education Fair and learn more about our programs!

For more information regarding our RN to BSN program please visit:

For more information regarding our graduate nursing degree options please visit: 


Attention Fairview RNs!

Minnesota State University Moorhead will be represented at the Nursing Degree Fair on April 8th, 2014. The fair is being sponsored by Fairview Health Services and will be held at the Brennan Center of the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview – West Bank Campus. The event is open to all Fairview RNs who are considering returning to school to obtain a higher level of nursing education. A representative of MSUM, Pam Kirk, will be available between 2 pm and 5 pm to provide information regarding our graduate nursing degree options.


Please visit for information regarding our graduate nursing degree options!

World Health Day 2014

Monday April 7th, is World Health Day 2014: Preventing vector-borne diseases. Every year, more than 1 billion people are infected and more than 1 million die from vector-borne diseases. The World Health Organization campaigns World Health Day to spread a few key messages:
• Vectors spread diseases: mosquitoes, flies, ticks, bugs and freshwater snails can spread diseases that cause serious health problems and even death.
• Diseases are preventable: the poorest people in the world are affected by preventable diseases such as malaria, leishmaniasis, dengue, and yellow fever.
• 50% of the population is at risk: fifty percent of the population is at risk of these diseases. Increased risk can be caused by travel, trade and migration making people more susceptible.
• Protect yourself: protecting yourself is easy. You can take simple measures that include using insect repellant, sleeping under a bed net, and wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants.

You can learn more about World Health Day and how you can protect yourself from vector-borne diseases at: