Monthly Archives: June 2014

National HIV Testing Day

Success as a Distance Learner

Please click here to view Victoria Teske, an assistant professor at Minnesota State University Moorhead’s School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership, discuss how to be successful as distance leaner.


Victoria Teske RN, MS, GNP-BC
Assistant Professor
Minnesota State University Moorhead
School of Nursing and Health Care Leadership

National PTSD Awareness: Learn. Connect. Share. – June 2014


Help raise awareness of PTSD and effective PTSD treatments. Get involved in spreading the word about PTSD treatment and recovery.

Set up an information table and make materials on PTSD available to the public. Share social media posts about PTSD. You could even gather a group to learn about PTSD through an online learning module. Visit for resources and suggestions, and share the site with your friends and colleagues.

You can make a difference today.

Learn how PTSD treatment can help.
Connect: Reach out to someone.
Share and spread the word.

Today, visit the National Center for PTSD’s Web site at for resources, links,
and stories about PTSD, both for the public and mental health professionals.
Pass it on.

Is the Stethoscope Going Away?

Learning to assess heart sounds using the stethoscope  is challenging and proficiency requires years of practice.   Is there an alternative?  Ultrasound devices that allow the user to view structures in the heart and lungs are being considered as an alternative.  The problem is that they currently cost thousands of dollars and also require training and practice.  Interestingly enough, one area where the stethoscope outperforms the newer technology is the assessment of wheezes.  The ultrasound can’t hear them and they aren’t visible! Please click here to learn more.

Victoria Teske RN, MS, GNP-BC
Assistant Professor
Minnesota State University Moorhead
School of Nursing and Health Care Leadership


Migraine & Headache Awareness Month – June 2014


June is designated as Migraine & Headache Awareness Month. Migraines and headaches impact a large portion of the U.S. population; over 37 million people are diagnosed with migraines and 47% of the adult population experience headaches every year. Although common, these disorders are often poorly recognized and inadequately treated.

The theme for June 2014 is “Dreaming of a World without Headache and Migraine.” The purpose of the month is to empower those affected by migraines headaches, and other related disorders. Awareness and support of the disorders is achieved through education, support, advocacy, and research. To show your support, wear purple.


National Men’s Health Week

National Men’s Health Week began yesterday, June 9th, and will continue through Father’s Day, June 15th, 2014. This awareness period is focused on educating men, boys, and their loved ones about preventable health issues. During the week men are encouraged to get more active in their healthcare because early detection and treatment can save lives.
National Men’s Health Week is primarily focused on men of all ages, but the week is also an important time for healthcare providers, public policy makers, the media, and other individuals to encourage men to seek medical care.
To get involved in National Men’s Health Week encourage a man in your life to contact a healthcare provider. Other ways to get involved include:
• Wear blue to spread awareness
• Plan a health fair regarding men’s health
• Fund raise for a health issue that effects men
• Create a flyer/newsletter encouraging men to seek healthcare
• Plan an event to be healthy and active

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Community Health Opportunities

National Safety Month

Each June, the National Safety Council celebrates National Safety month as a time to bring attention to key safety issues. “Safety: It takes all of us,” is this year’s theme. The theme was chosen with the purpose of continuously reducing risks by getting everyone involved.

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The council encourages both organizations and communities to participate in National Safety Month with the purpose of educating and encouraging safe behaviors to prevent injuries and deaths. To participate, find ways to involve everyone in reducing risk in you workplace, school, family, or organization.

Each week during the month a different safety topic is focused on. This year the weeks are:
Week 1: Prevent prescription drug abuse
Week 2: Stop slips, trips and falls
Week 3: Be aware of your surroundings
Week 4: Put an end to distracted driving
Bonus Week: Summer safety

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