Monthly Archives: May 2014

World No Tobacco Day

Tobacco kills nearly 6 million people each year, and more than 600,000 of these people are non-smokers who are dying from breathing in second-hand smoke. This epidemic will kill more than 8 million people every year by 2030. 80% of these deaths will be preventable and among people living in low and middle income countries.

May 31st is World No Tobacco Day. On World No Tobacco Day the World Health Organization and its partners ask countries to raise their taxes on tobacco. Studies have shown that higher taxes are effective in preventing and reducing tobacco use in lower income groups. Increasing taxes on tobacco is considered to be the most cost effective way to reduce tobacco use.

The main goal of World No Tobacco Day is to contribute to protecting present and future generations not only from the devastating health consequences due to tobacco, but also from the social, environmental, and economic harmful effects of tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke.

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Schizophrenia Awareness Week 2014



Schizophrenia Awareness Week is a worldwide observance dedicated to eliminate common myths and misconceptions, as well as to share crucial facts about schizophrenia publicly. Schizophrenia is a condition that affects an estimated one percent of the world’s population; international statistics.

Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe and disabling brain disorder, that typically begins in early adulthood; between the ages of 15 and 25. Men have a tendency to develop schizophrenia slightly earlier than women. Whereas most males experience symptoms between 16 and 25 years old, most females develop symptoms several years later, and the incidence in women is noticeably higher after the age of 30. The average estimated age of onset is 18 in men, and 25 in women. Schizophrenia onset is a highly rare occurrence for people under 10 years of age, or over 40 years of age. Although the course and features of the condition vary among individuals, schizophrenia is a psychotic illness, meaning that there is a degree of loss of contact with reality.

Its symptoms can include hearing and seeing things that are not experienced by other people, disordered thinking, complete loss or sharp decline in the ability to initiate, plan or organize among many others. The symptoms can be frightening to the person who experiences them, causing them to become withdrawn or agitated.

Although there is no cure (as of 2007) for schizophrenia, the treatment success rate with anti-psychotic treatments / medications  as well as psycho-social therapeutic treatments can and do improve the lives of the individuals going through this condition. In order to raise further awareness of the condition, the Best Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment (BeST) Center is planning a week-long series of events to further educate the public.

Please explore the following links if you are interested in learning more about the week as well as the condition-

MSUM’s Master of Healthcare Administration

MSUM’s Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program provides students with the skills and expertise 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.

Benefits of MSUM’s Health Administration
• MSUM’s Healthcare Administration program, designed in collaboration with and endorses by regional healthcare leaders, provides the link between practice and theory.
• The MHA program is fully online, ensuring flexibility for students beyond the region.
• A two-semester capstone course/integration seminar provides practical experience based in recently acquired theory, and includes a project the student develops and implements in conjunction with a healthcare organization located in the student’s geographical area of preference.
• The MHA program is facilitated by faculty with many years of healthcare organization experience at the highest levels of management and administration.

Who should enroll in the MHA?
Healthcare leaders, clinical professionals, team leaders, mangers, directors or those with an interest in pursuing a healthcare administration career in this continuously evolving field.

Learn more
Read more about the Master of Healthcare Administration program, admission requirements and degree requirements at

For more information
Program Coordinator: Mealinie Schicker, RN, MHSA, EdD–218.477.2312


Graduate Studies Office–218.477.2134

Farewell Terry and Jane!


All are cordially invited to join us in the celebration of the careers of Jane Bergland and Terry Dobmeier today, at MSUM from 3-4:30 p.m. in Lommen 104. We look forward to seeing you!


Apply for the Fall 2014 Nursing Administration and Organizational Systems Leadership Program

Are you interested in getting your Master of Science with a Major in Nursing, Nursing Administration and Organizational Systems Leadership (NAOSL) emphasis? Our graduate program at MSUM offers the NAOSL emphasis. With this major you can seek a certification for Executive Nursing Practice (CENP) or a Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML). Students also have the options for the Long Term Care Administrator Certification.

The United States’ healthcare delivery system is complex, challenging, and changing.  Advancing scientific technologies, evolving governmental policy, and emerging healthcare trends directly impact nursing education and nursing administration.  A graduate nursing degree will increase the depth and breadth of nursing knowledge, improve job marketability, and enhance professional credibility within practice or academic settings.

Our graduate program is completely online and has flexible programming, including summer course offerings. Our students can take as few as 3 credits per semester or up to 10 credits per semester. We set up your academic and healthcare practica experiences near your home community.

For more information about this program contact Tracy Wright, (PhD, RN-BC, CNE) MSUM Professor and Graduate Nursing Coordinator, at or 218-766-2336

Your can also visit our website at

Apply for the Fall 2014 Nursing Education Graduate Program

MSUM’s graduate nursing programs are completely online with monthly live synchronous meetings via the Internet. Our doctorally prepared nursing faculty are experienced in online delivery of the nursing curriculum.

A graduate nursing degree will increase the depth and breadth of nursing knowledge, improve job marketability, and enhance professional credibility within practice or academic settings. MSUM’s graduate nursing program empowers future nursing leaders by focusing on knowledge and skills to prepare for leadership, education and advanced clinical nursing positions.

You can receive your Master of Science with a Major in Nursing Nurse Educator Emphasis for as little as 45 credits. After completing our nurse educator track, students may seek certification as a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE).

If you have more questions you can contact: Tracy Wright (PhD, RN-BC, CNE) MSUM Professor and Graduate Nursing Coordinator at or 218-766-2336

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International Nurses Day



What IND Is All About

International Nurses Day is celebrated worldwide every May 12, on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. It is celebrated to recognize the life-changing contributions nurses make to society. Though mainly commemorated around May 12 each year, IND activities are carried on throughout much of the year by nurses and others. The IND theme for 2014 is: Nurses: A Force For Change – A Vital Resource For Health.  Every year, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) commemorates this significant day with the production and distribution of the (IND) Kit. This year’s IND Kit contains vital educational and public information materials for use by nurses everywhere. Nursing is a profession within the health care sector focused on the care of individuals, families, and communities so they may attain, maintain, or recover optimal health and quality of life. Nurses may be differentiated from other health care providers by their approach to patient care, training, and scope of practice. Nurses practice in a wide diversity of practice areas with a different scope of practice and level of prescriber authority in each. Many nurses provide care within the ordering scope of physicians, and this traditional role has come to shape the historic public image of nurses as care providers.

Today is National Women’s Checkup Day!



The goal of National Women’s Checkup Day is to encourage women to visit a health care professional to receive preventive services and screenings.


The 12th annual National Women’s Checkup Day is today, Monday, May 12, 2014, during National Women’s Health Week.


All women should participate in National Women’s Checkup Day including moms, aunts, sisters, spouses, and best friends.


National Women’s Checkup day provides a perfect opportunity to get the preventative care you, or women in your life, needs. Screenings can find disease early, making them easier to treat. Screenings can also identify other problems and help lower the risk for many conditions.


To participate in National Women’s Checkup Day:

  • Schedule a visit with your health care provider.
  • Learn what screenings you need.
  • Encourage the women in your life to participate.


Nursing Ethics Course Offered This Summer!


Based on popular demand, Nursing Ethics (NURS 318) and Nursing Ethics Service Learning (NURS 490) will be offered this summer! These courses are perfect for any nurse that needs upper division credit, is interested in CEU’s for nursing licensure renewal or for anyone interested in nursing ethics. For more details log on to eservices, contact Tracy Wright, or view below:

Course Number:       NURS 318
Course Title:             Nursing Ethics
Course ID:                000207
Credits:                    3
Semester:                05/21/2014-08/05/2014
Faculty:                   Dr. Tracy Wright (
Modality:                 Online (D2L)
Online Meetings:      05/28/2014, 06/25/2014, and 07/23/2014
11 am- 2 pm (we meet online, not on-campus)

Course Number:        NURS 490
Course Title:             Nursing Ethics Service Learning
Course ID:                000209
Credits:                    1
Semester:                05/21/2014-08/05/2014
Faculty:                   Dr. Tracy Wright (
Modality:                 Online (D2L)
Online Meetings:      05/28/2014 and 07/23/2014
11 am- 2 pm (we meet online, not on-campus)

Some students take only NURS 318 (3 credits), some take only NURS 490 (1 credit), others take both courses (4 credits). Mix and match as needed to meet your upper division requirements!

Registration began March 10, 2014. Register as soon as possible to secure your seat in the course.

eServices link:

Celebrating the Careers of our Nursing Faculty!

The School of Nursing & Healthcare Leadership would like to show our appreciation to all of the Nursing Faculty for their time and dedication this academic year. A special thank you goes out to Jane Bergland and Terry Dobmeier as their careers at Minnesota State University Moorhead come to a close at the end of the semester. We wish you both well on your next endeavors!


Jane Bergland

Jane Bergland, PhD, RN CNE, will be retiring after 15 years at MSUM. She received her undergraduate degree for Jamestown College, Masters from the U of MN, and PhD from UND. Jane began her career at the University of MN Hospital in neurosurgery where she worked for 4 years. After marrying her husband, Bill, whose career is with Cenex-Land o Lakes and requires moving, Jane has worked in long term care facilities in both Benson and Cambridge. She worked as a public health nurse in Mahnomen as well as a school nurse in Braham, MN.

Finally settling in Moorhead, Jane worked as the Health Specialist Coordinator for Migrant Head Start for seven years. Her teaching career began when she filled in for faculty at NDSU and Concordia. Jane’s first full time teaching job in nursing was with M State where she was the satellite coordinator for the ADRN Fergus Falls program in Moorhead. After 1 year, Jane was hired by MSUM in 1999.

Jane’s most memorable moments of teaching have been taking nursing students to Nicaragua for the past 14 years. Jane has enjoyed working with all faculty members and students. Jane and Bill Bergland have three grown children, Johanna, Tomas and Jodi.

Terry Dobmeier

Terry Dobmeier, MS, CNS, will be moving on after dedicating 8 years to MSUM. Terry began her nursing education at Indiana Wesleyan University where she received her undergraduate degree. She continued her education at the University of Minnesota, receiving her Masters of Nursing. She also attended the University of North Dakota in preparation for her CNS certification.

Terry gained psychiatric experience through her employment at St. Mary’s Medical Hospital (Rochester, MN) and Mercy Medical Center (Coon Rapids, MN) where she was employed for a total of 5 years. Terry than worked as nurse educator at North Dakota State University before transitioning into a role at Sanford Health Systems (Fargo, ND) where she acted as the Lead RN in the development of a new Eating Disorder and Inpatient and Partial Hospitalization Program. Terry’s leadership role at Sanford broadened as she became Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Eating Disorder Inpatient Unit.

Soon Terry found herself working as a nurse educator once again, this time at Minnesota State University Moorhead. During her time at MSUM, Terry not only acted as an instructor, she also provided mental health services to students through the MSUM Hendrix Clinic & Counseling Center. After 8 years of dedication, Terry will be greatly missed at MSUM.

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