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.

To learn more visit: http://www.who.int/campaigns/no-tobacco-day/2014/event/en/

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Schizophrenia Awareness Week 2014

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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-

http://www.schizophrenia.com/szfacts.htm

http://www.neomed.edu/donate/whereyougive/best-practices-in-schizophrenia-treatment-best-center

http://www.psychologytoday.com/conditions/schizophrenia

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 mnstate.edu/graduate.

For more information
Program Coordinator: Mealinie Schicker, RN, MHSA, EdD
melanie.schicker@mnstate.edu–218.477.2312

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Graduate Studies Office
graduate@mnstate.edu–218.477.2134

Farewell Terry and Jane!

     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!

Terry

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 wrighttr@mnstate.edu or 218-766-2336

Your can also visit our website at http://www.mnstate.edu/graduate-nursing

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 wrighttr@mnstate.edu or 218-766-2336

For more information please visit http://www.mnstate.edu/graduate-nursing

International Nurses Day

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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.

 

http://www.icn.ch/publications/international-nurses-day/