Monthly Archives: June 2015

43rd Annual Old-Fashioned Community 4th of July Celebration!

MSUM_Signature_Horz_R&GJoin us again for the Old-Fashioned Community 4th of July Celebration. Due to the renovation of the MSUM Scheel’s field this years get together will be taking place at the Bluestem Event Center, 801 50th Ave S, Moorhead. The Trollwood Performing Arts School is housed in Bluestem. For the kids, the event features a variety of fun and exciting games along with a decorated bicycle parade. Musical entertainment for the celebration will be provided by the Lake Agassiz Concert Band and the Front Fenders. The fireworks display will begin at 10:30pm and a schedule of all other events can be seen at the link below.

To learn about the evenings musical entertainment visit the links below.

SNHL Faculty Present at Health Educator Conference

Professors Rudel and Teske presenting their research and poster at the Health Educator Conference

The 2015 Minnesota Health Educator Conference, “Journey Toward Excellence”, was held from April 29th to May 1st at Rochester Community and Technical College, and two of our SNHL Faculty attended.

The faculty members, Rebecca (Becky) Rudel, Ph.D., MSN, RN-CNE and Victoria (Vicki) Teske, MS, APRN, CNP, GNP-BC, presented their research on How QSEN Competencies Frame the “Finishing Bookend” in an RN-BSN Program:

This presentation extends results of a recent gap analysis of MSUM’s RN-BSN curriculum. In this process, the program intentionally reviewed the focus on QSEN competentices from the base of the AD-RN education. With rethinking old paradigms, there is now a focus on systems thinking as a critical aspect in applying the QSEN competencies. “Bookending” is a way to package an educational experience so that the whole of the experience is wrapped for most meaning. We present the exciting strategy of introducing the QSEN competencies in the first RN-BSN course, and how BSN students demonstrate QSEN competencies in the final program course with real-world experience from systems level application.

In addition to their own presentation, our faculty also went to presentations on the following subjects:

Patient Safety Reconsidering Nursing’s Role – Expanding the view of safety to go from an individual perspective to a system point of view, describing the state of healthcare errors and the role of the nurse in making a difference in the quality of patient care, and considering the role of the nurse and the impact of team functioning on patient safety and quality of care

Using National Initiatives to Transform Healthcare Education – Looking at several national initiatives that have been developed during the last decade to transform healthcare education, and providing examples of how the implementation of those initiatives can have significant impacts on patient care, as well as looking at curricular programs that improve systems and identifying strategies to reduce barriers to interprofessional communication and collaborative practice.

Rethinking Clinical Learning: Are We Preparing Students for the Complexity of Practice? – Exploring the strengths and limitations of current approaches to clinical education, and considering specific ways in which clinical education could be reformed to better prepare students for practice, looking at the current research.

Teaching Pharmacology with safeMedicate® – Discussing the learning methodologies related to math calculations and the application of those calculations to nursing medication administration skills, presenting the process of teaching and developing the math skills necessary to accurately calculate medication dosages, and addressing the methods to advance nursing knowledge and medication skill competency.


Finally, our faculty also attended the Certified Nurse Educator Review and met national nurse education leader, Dr. Diane Billings, the keynote speaker and main presenter.

June is National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month!


Each year June is observed as National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month. The goal of this observance is to raise awareness and educate the public about migraines, cluster headaches, and other headache disorders. This year’s theme is “Inspiring Hope.” The American Headache and Migraine Association invites all to help raise awareness. You can do this by simply wearing the purple ribbon for the cause or by getting involved in a variety of programs and campaigns organized by the association. A blog challenge, Twitter challenge, and photo a day challenge are a few of these programs. If you would like to learn more about these campaigns or other opportunities please visit the link below. You can also contact the MSUM School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership, by email at or by calling 218-477-2693, to learn more.

World Sickle Cell Day- June 19th!

world sickle cell day

Every year on the 19th of June we recognize World Sickle Cell day. This event was created to boost awareness and knowledge of Sickle Cell Disease. It is also designed to showcase the struggles of those who have SCD and their families. SCD is a disease that affects millions around the world. It is a potentially fatal disease that can be managed when proper treatment is available. To learn more about this disease, previous World SCD days, and what you can do to help visit the links below. This event is held on June 19th of each to year to commemorate the day on which the General Assembly of the United Nations officially decided to recognize SCD as a concern of public health. It is the hope of all SCD related organizations to increase public awareness of Sickle Cell Disease and Sickle Cell Trait. The links below provide information about SCD events and awareness campaigns. Please visit these links to learn more or contact the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership by emailing or calling 218-477-2693.

Healthcare Risk Management Week 2015


Healthcare Risk Management Week this year is June 15-19! The American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM) is offering several online resources and a webinar on the 17th to share with those who work in the healthcare field. These online resources focus on the importance of healthcare workers. If you would like to share these resources at your healthcare organization you can find them and other helpful information at the link below. During this week ASHRM encourages all healthcare workers to raise awareness of the healthcare field. ASHRM would like to continue advancing the field of Healthcare Risk Management and has created a strategic plan to do so which can be viewed at the link below. Healthcare Risk Management Week was created to bring the mission of ASHRM to light while also encouraging, motivating, and inspiring healthcare workers. More information about the webinar and HRM Week can be found at the link below or by contacting the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership. You can contact us by emailing or calling 218-477-2693.

National Safety Month!

June is National Safety Month!  National Safety Month is organized by the National Safety Council, a nonprofit organization with the mission to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy.  During June, the NSC focuses on leading causes of death in the workplace, at home, and on the road.

This year’s theme for National Safety Month is ‘What I Live For’ It is important to practice safe behaviors so that we can live for whatever we wish.  Being knowledgeable about how accidents are caused and risks in workplace and home can reduce the number of injuries that occur each year.  What do you live for?

For more information on how you can participate and practice safe behaviors visit:

New RN-BSN Students: Database Document Upload and Requirements


New and Incoming Students:

Make sure you get your certified background checks and other forms in! Use the following sources.



Student Resources:

Federal ACI Background Check:

  • This is the only form that we will upload for you.
  • You can do one of the three: Email, Fax, or Mail/Hand Deliver, BUT YOU MUST HAND SIGN THIS FORM.
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