MSUM SNHL Welcomes New Faculty

The School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership at Minnesota State University Moorhead is proud to welcome a new member to it’s full time faculty. Alicia Swanson, has been teaching at MSUM part-time since the summer of 2007. Below is the message that she would like to share with all about her journey to MSUM. Alicia Swanson

Warmest greetings!!

Among other roles, I am a wife, mother of four (plus a fur baby-pug), nurse and nurse educator. I graduated from North Dakota State University with my Bachelors of Science in Nursing in May of 2002. Soon after, I began my journey as an inpatient nurse on the Children’s Hospital Float Team (NICU, PICU, PEDS) and also provided nursing care on the Adult Cardiac Step down unit for eleven years.

I have had the great opportunity to educate nursing students since 2003. After a few years of instructing, I completed my Masters of Science Nursing Education through Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, in 2007. My research and thesis was titled Nurses Knowledge, Beliefs and Practices Regarding Infant Positioning in the Prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

I have taught a wide variety of courses in Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN), entry level Bachelors Registered Nursing, Registered Nurse to Bachelors of Science in Nursing and Associated Degree Registered Nursing programs. In addition, I have the great opportunity to facilitate learning in the traditional face to face classroom, online, blended, simulation and clinical settings.

I have greater knowledge, experience and interest in the areas of Family Nursing, Pediatrics and Maternal/Child care. I have had the opportunity to supervise nursing students providing direct patient care in all these clinical areas. I also have experience and enjoy instructing Public Health Nursing, Nursing Leadership, Transcultural Nursing, Nursing Preceptorship, Capstone Courses, Concepts of Nursing Courses, Transition Courses and Nursing Research.

An area of great interest and passion for me is Integrative Health and Therapies and self-care practices. I have experienced and witnessed some amazing transformations and healing! Currently I am pursuing a Certificate in Integrative Health and Healing Practices at the University of Minnesota. I am a member of the American Holistic Nurses Association (which is a professional nursing organization that advocates for holistic nursing care). I would love to be involved in more education, research and practice related to integrative health modalities.

I have taught part-time at Minnesota State University Moorhead since the summer of 2007. And now the opportunity to join the stellar team as a full time faculty! I can honestly say I feel so very blessed and honored to collaborate with such wonderful faculty, staff and students!

Thank you for allowing me the chance to share my journey with you!

In Health and Happiness,


Please join the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership in welcoming Alicia to our programs!


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