Monthly Archives: July 2015

MSUM SNHL Welcomes New Faculty


The School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership at Minnesota State University Moorhead is excited to announce and welcome a new member to our faculty!

Carol Roth will be joining us and teaching in the Nursing program, and will be starting this Fall 2015 semester.

Below is Carol’s message introducing herself to the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership:


Hello, my name is Carol Roth. I received my BS in Nursing from the University of North Dakota and my Master of Science Degree with a Major in Nursing Education from MSUM. I have been employed in various nursing practice areas full time for 33 years, the last 27 years in public health. During the past ten years at public health, I served as the agency preceptor/practicum coordinator for nursing student clinical experiences. I am a member of the Fargo-Moorhead chapter of Sigma Theta Tau. I am very excited to be affiliated with MSUM and teach in the nursing program.

On a personal note, I am married with three adult children, and we have an English springer spaniel named Morgan. Our son and one daughter are married, and we have one “grand dog”! My hobbies include reading novels, watching movies, running, going for walks, and spending time at the lake with our family.

Please join the MSUM School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership in welcoming Carol Roth to our faculty and program!

World Hepatitis Day 2015!


July 28th is World Hepatitis Day for 2015.  The holiday is on July 28th to recognize the birthday of the Professor Baruch Samuel Blumberg who discovered hepatitis. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) aims to raise awareness about hepatitis and the understanding of the disease.  Hepatitis is considered to be a global health threat.

Hepatitis is a disease that causes inflammation of the liver.  There are three different types of hepatitis, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C.  Hepatitis B and C result in a lifelong chronic infection.  The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that there are 400 million people worldwide that have hepatitis and most do not even know that they have it.  More than 1 million people die each year from the disease.

There are vaccines for hepatitis A and B, but not for C.  In the United States it is common for people to be vaccinated for Hepatitis A and B when they are young.  We are fortunate enough to have the opportunity for the vaccine, but many people do not.

For more information about hepatitis and World Hepatitis Day 2015 visit:

MSUM SNHL Faculty and Alumnae Get Published!


The School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership is excited to announce that one of our faculty members and one of our alumni have had their article published in a major publication.


Tracy Wright, PhD, RN-BC, CNE and Therese M. Jacobson, DNP, APRN, CNS, CWOCN have had their article published in MEDSURG Nursing, the official journal of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN).

Their article, under the section “Continuous Quality Improvement” and titled “Improving Quality by Taking Aim At Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis In Hospitalized Adults” covers how “A practice-improvement project was launched to implement an evidence- based intervention bundle for incontinence-associated dermatitis (IAD) and evaluate its impact on the identification, prevention, and management of IAD in hospitalized adults.”


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About the authors:
Dr. Wright is a certified nurse educator who has worked in nursing education since 1998. The last several years of her career in nursing education have included extensive web-enhanced training, as well as delivery of an online nursing curriculum. She is currently a full professor and graduate faculty member teaching in the masters program at Minnesota State University Moorhead, where she is involved in numerous graduate-level evidence-based practice projects and research studies. Dr. Wright’s nursing practice experience includes medical-surgical nursing, pediatrics, neonatal intensive care, women’s health, and postpartum care. Her research focuses on women’s health, urological conditions, vulnerable populations, psychometric analysis, and nursing education. Additionally, Dr. Wright has served as a Clinical Research Coordinator for a regional health care setting overseeing clinical drug and nutritional trials and has strong interests in nursing informatics.

Therese Jacobson is a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) alumnus of Minnesota State University Moorhead, and a certified clinical nurse specialist on a multi-specialty surgical nursing unit at St. Marys Hospital, Mayo Clinic and on Gonda 12 Outpatient ENT.  She has served as co-chair of the Rochester Nursing Clinical Practice Committee, the Mayo Clinic Nursing Clinical Practice Committee, and the Pressure Ulcer Prevention work team.  Her nursing practice experience includes medical-surgical nursing, float staff, discharge planning coordinator, and wound ostomy continence (WOC) nurse. She has mentored nursing staff on evidence-based practice, continuous improvement projects, poster design, and manuscript development.  Her research has focused on cervical collars, support surface of a lateral transfer chair, and the impact of preoperative education on anxiety following radical prostatectomy surgery. Therese is also a certified WOC nurse and has served on regional and national committees of the WOCN Society.

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

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In May of 2008 the United States House of Representatives declared July Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. The goal of this month is to raise awareness of mental health disorders and improve access to mental health treatment and services. Mental illness is a leading cause of disabilities in the United States. It affects 1 in 4 families and brings with it trying times for those suffering from the illness and those around them. Each years millions who suffer from mental illness go without treatment. This is often due to a lack of resources in their community and the stigma surrounding mental illness. To see how you can help or view the full document declaring July National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month you can visit the links below. You can also contact the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership by emailing or by calling 218-477-2693.

Orientation Dates and Information for New RNB Students


The School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership’s RN-BSN orientation is coming up! New RNB students will meet for orientation from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Twin Cities on Monday, August 17th and from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm at MSUM on Monday, August 24th.


At orientation, our faculty and staff will introduce themselves and help get our new RNB students off on the right foot as they start the program. Topics covered will include but not be limited to:

-General university orientation (Academic records, Business Services and Financial Aid)
-Nursing Program Overview and Graduate Outcomes
-How to succeed as a Distance Learner
-Academic Advising and Individual Program Planning

As part of the program, our students are required to undergo a background check, and it is important that you have registered and uploaded the background check information prior to August 24th. If you have any questions, you can speak to your advisor about it at orientation.

Please RSVP to and indicate which of the two orientations you will be attending.


If you have any questions, contact your advisor or email us at or call (218) 477-2693.


The School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership is excited to welcome all of our new RN-BSN students!


Apply to MSUM’s SNHL Graduate Programs Today!

doctor_studentThe School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership offers a variety of graduate programs. You can apply today for the Masters of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program. The MHA program builds on students leadership skills and experience to allow students to be competitive in their fields. It also improves current understanding of healthcare policy and regulation, allowing students to provide improvement to the delivery of healthcare services. If you have any questions about the program you can contact Dr. Tracy Wright at

To apply to MSUM’s graduate programs and view admission requirements please visit the link below.

To read more about the program and view specific program requirements you can visit the links below.

Apply to MSUM’s SNHL Graduate Programs Today!


Apply today to begin working toward your Graduate Certificate in Nurse Educator (NED). This program prepares BSN students in nursing education within the fields of academia and clinical experiences. The certificate is designed to work with the ever-changing healthcare field while focusing on the science and art of nursing education. The NED program allows students to gain experience in the nurse educator role. In combination with the Master’s of Science with a major in nursing, NED emphasis this program allows students to fulfill the requirements of the full master’s program. You can contact Dr. Tracy Wright, at, with any questions you may have.

To apply to MSUM’s graduate programs and view requirements you can visit the link below.

To read more about the program and specific certificate requirements you can visit the links below.

Apply to MSUM’s SNHL Graduate Programs Today!

MSUM_Signature_Horz_R&GThe School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership offers a variety of programs. You can apply today to be a part of the Nursing Administration and Organizational Systems Leadership (NAOSL) program. This certificate prepares current leaders in the nursing field in the areas of nursing and healthcare leadership. This graduate program helps meet the need of leadership in the healthcare field. The program provides vital information for successfully working in complex healthcare systems. For more information you can contact Dr. Tracy Wright at

If you would like to apply to the graduate program or view admission requirements visit the link below.

To read more about the NAOSL program and view specific program requirements visit the links below.

4th of July Celebration!


MSUM is proud to host the 43rd annual Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration. This has been an exciting event hosted by the university since 1972. This year there has been a change in location. Due to renovations of the MSUM Scheels Field this year’s event will be held at the Bluestem Event Center, 801 50th Ave S, Moorhead. Games Galore begin at 7:00 and end with fireworks beginning at 10:30. Below you will find a list of all events.

  • Games Galore starting at 7:00 p.m.
  • Kids Decorated Bike Parade starting at 8:00 p.m.
  • Music by the Lake Agassiz Concert Band starting at 8:00 p.m.
  • Music by the Front Fenders starting at 9:00 p.m.
  • Fireworks display starting at 10:30 p.m.

You can view the schedule of events and pictures from previous celebrations at For more information about the musical performances please visit the links below.