Monthly Archives: April 2015

MSUM RN to BSN Graduate- Roberta Young, as the new CNE for Sanford Fargo!

Roberta Young is a long-term employee with 34 years of service to the organization and extensive experience in patient care, education and executive management.

She began her career at St. Luke’s Hospital in 1981 as an RN, charge nurse and preceptor in acute and intermediate cardiac care. Other positions she has held over the years include charge nurse/unit educator in PICU, coordinator of Consumer Health Education and Learning Services staff education, patient care manager on 7S Oncology, director of Medical/Medical Specialty units, Vice President of Cancer, Medicine and Palliative Care, and most recently, Vice President of Transitional Operations.

Roberta received a diploma in nursing from St. Luke’s School of Nursing, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Minnesota State University Moorhead, and a master’s degree in nursing administration from  University of Mary. She is a champion for nurses and the nursing profession and currently serves as president of the North Dakota Nurses Association.


I am very pleased and excited to announce the appointment of Roberta Young as Chief Nursing Executive (CNE) for Sanford Fargo!

Among her many responsibilities and duties as Chief Nursing Executive, Roberta will continue to lead the operational transition to the new Sanford Medical Center, an area where she is already hard at work.  Clinical transition, workflow, patient relocation, staffing, policies and procedures, accreditation and licensure  and much more are being addressed.  Key on her agenda is involving physicians in the transition planning and making sure Sanford is and continues to be the best place to give and receive care.
Roberta will begin her new role April 20, 2015.

Congratulations Roberta and Good Luck as the new Chief Nursing Executive!


Sources: Paul Richards, president of Sanford Health Fargo.

National Minority Health Month


“30 Years of Advancing Health Equity, The Heckler Report: A Force for Ending Health Disparities in America.” –

This quote up above is the theme for this year, April 2015, National Minority Health Month.

During National Minority Health Month, the HHS Office of Minority Health joins with its partners in raising public awareness about health and health care disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities and efforts to advance health equity.

“This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the Report of the Secretary’s Task Force on Black and Minority Health.”   –

Despite the progress towards ending health disparities, racial and ethnic minorities continue to face significant health disparities.

To learn more about National Minority Month and how you can help, visit:

Available 2015 Scholarships!

MSUM’s School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership is happy to announce

that there are many scholarship opportunities available!


The Board of Trustees of the Nursing Economic$ Foundation will award up to four $5,000 scholarships to registered nurses in Masters or Doctoral nursing programs who submit applications before May 15th.

The Board is proud to support graduate level nursing education, with emphasis on administration or management. The deadline is May 15th!

Click to access 2015ScholarshipApp.pdf

The NLN Foundation will award scholarships up to $8,000 in support of the goal to attract more seasoned and ethically diverse nurses to become nurse educators. Applications due May 13th, for more information click the following link,

Click here for the application

The Global Health Nursing Scholarship is a merit-based annual award valued at $3,000. It is open to all students in Nursing, Public Health and Medicine. For more information check out,

Please take advantage of these wonderful and generous scholarships!

May the odds be ever in your favor 😉


Nursing Economic$ Foundation is Accepting Scholarship Applications until May 15th

nursing economics foudation

The Nursing Economic$ Foundation is proud to offer scholarship opportunities to registered nurses who are pursuing higher education. The foundation has made available up to four $5,000 scholarships to those meeting application requirements. Applicants must be pursuing a Masters or Doctoral degree with a focus on management or administration. All completed applications must be submitted by May 15th to be considered. The Nursing Economic$ Foundation and its trustees are proud to support nursing education by offering this scholarship to graduate level students. A link is available below that leads to the application and details requirements. For more information you can contact the Nursing Economic$ Foundation at You can also contact the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership with any questions you may have. Contact us by emailing or by calling 218-477-2693.

Click on this link to view the application.

STD Awareness Month 2015

April is STD/STI Awareness Month!

“This month-long observance provides an opportunity to clear up misperceptions about STD prevention and testing, and confront the unique challenges that young people face when it comes to preventing these infections.”


“Almost half of all sexually active young people in the United States will get an STD by the time they’re 25—and most won’t know it.”

Almost all STDs that can be spread via unprotected vaginal sex can also be spread through unprotected oral and anal sex.

You can lower your risk of getting STDs by:

  • Being in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested and does not have STDs.
  • Limiting the number of people you have sex with if you have more than one partner.
  • Using latex condoms and dental dams the right way every time you have sex.
  • Getting an HPV vaccine, which can protect you against diseases (including cancers) caused by the human papillomavirus.


For more information check out:



It’s safe, quick, and usually confidential. Many clinics even provide free or low cost testing. Link the following link to find a clinic near you:


Student Academic Conference


On Tuesday, April 14th, there is a student academic conference going on here at MSUM. The academic conference will be held in the MSUM Comstock Memorial Union. This is a time for student researchers to present their work to faculty, administration, peers, and the general public.

There will be No day classes held on this day!

Classes that meet at 4:30 p.m or later will still be held!

Because there will be no day classes held this day, go and support the students speaking at the student academic conference on Tuesday, April 14th.

MSUM Graduate Nursing Virtual “Live” Feedback Sessions 2015


Dear MSUM Graduate Nursing Students,

The faculty of the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership would like to help you get more from our graduate program. As a part of assessment and improvement process we ask you all to join our faculty for a virtual “live” feedback session. This session regards our master’s program in nursing. We are meeting to gather our faculty and students and get some feedback. This student feedback will allow us to better the program and offer a more rewarding learning experience for all of our students. Faculty will also answer any questions and present the Graduate Nursing Student survey data if it is available at that time.

Two meeting times will be held via WebEx and you will find both session links below. Participation is completely voluntary and students may attend either session. Simply click on the link and you will be taken directly to the website.

Grad Student Advisory Meeting #1

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 10:00 am


Grad Student Advisory Meeting #2

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 3:00 pm


If you have any questions feel free to give us a call (218-477-2693) or email us at

World Health Day

world health day 2015

As we all know everyone needs food and more specifically safe food. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) safe food is defined as being free from microbes, viruses and chemicals. April 7th is World Health Day. This years campaign focuses on safe and healthy food. Unsafe food is the cause of over 200 diseases and up to 2 million deaths annually. The production, distribution, preparation, and consumption of food must all be considered. In modern society this is especially important to consider. The food you are eating could have come from the other side of the world and it is the responsibility of all people to take the proper steps in ensuring food safety. This includes the people who farm or produce the food, people who help in the transportation of food, those who work at the markets that distribute the food, all people who prepare food, and even those who consume it. Food is a major industry around the world that helps economies, boosts health, and assists in a safer environment. The WHO focuses on the global perspective of safe food. To see the steps WHO has taken, learn more about this topic, or see what you can do to help the cause please visit the link below. Explore the page and check out the World Health Day 2015 video.

Holiday Break!


Easter is almost upon us! Who’s ready to color eggs, eat chocolate bunnies, have an egg hunt and spend time with family?

April 3rd – April 6th is Easter break here at MSUM, so that means the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership office will be closed on FRIDAY, APRIL 3rd and MONDAY APRIL 6th!

The office will reopen on Tuesday April 7th!