Monthly Archives: November 2015

Public Health Course


What is “Public Health Nursing”?

Often the “accomplishments” of public health are not readily identifiable by the general public. The essence of public health is that it focuses on disease and injury prevention and health promotion in the community. A public health nurse practice incorporates the core functions of public health: assessment, policy development, and assurance.Public health nurses collaborate to empower their diverse clients, an individual, family, community or population, to improve health and reduce health disparities. The delivery of nursing care occurs at the individual, community or systems level and within the context of the global environment.

Internal and external environmental factors also influence the health of populations, so knowledge of emergency preparedness planning, response and recovery is included as part of a public health nurse’s repertoire. Finally the public health nurse of this century identifies, analyzes and prioritizes the health needs and trends for all.

There are many types of nurses and they are all important! Broaden your horizons and search for new types of nursing that may interest you!


Happy Thanksgiving, Dragons! Take A Break!


Thanksgiving and Fall Break start this Wednesday, November 25th.

There are NO CLASSES from the 25th to the 27th!

The School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership will be closed during this time, but will be returning bright and early on Monday, November 30th! If any questions arise, feel free to leave us a message on our phone at 218-477-2693 or send us an email at:

Thanksgiving break should be a time for students, staff, and faculty to relax, refresh, get caught up, visit friends or family, or just enjoy a nice fall day. Be ready to jump back into the books on Monday the 30th!

The School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership wish you all a happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving!

Dragon Days of Action!!

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At the end of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week and International Education week (November 20th-21st), MSUM’s Learning Communities and partners will be hosting the Dragon Days of Action. This event will feature many different activities designed to serve our FM community, as well as teach students about both International and Local Hunger and Homelessness.

These activities include: Fasting for 24 hours (unless not medically safe), sleeping in cardboard boxes overnight (optional), international and local speakers on hunger and homelessness, community service with your peers, and an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet to conclude the event.

This event is sponsored by: Learning Communities, The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, International Student Services, First Year Program’s After Dark, Office of Student Activities, and Community Outreach. Please follow the link and fill out the sign-up sheet if you are interested in participating.

Dragon Days of Action

It’s a Party!!

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Join us for the School of Nursing & Healthcare Leadership Graduation Celebration Open House on Thursday, December 17th from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm in Lommen 104. The open house is open for all graduating students from our programs and their guests, as well as current students. Light refreshments will be served. Please e-mail to RSVP (by Dec. 9th please) or if you have any questions regarding the open house.


GIS Day – Opportunities for Everyone!


You are invited to celebrate GIS Day on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 on the MSUM Campus!

Geographic Information System (GIS) technology allows us to visualize and solve problems facing people, plants, and animals living in dynamic systems.  Have you ever used your smartphone to navigate through an unfamiliar city or to locate a restaurant within two miles? Come find out how phone apps use GIS to accomplish these tasks. If you are a visual learner, problem solver, or technology adopter, GIS Day has something for you.

Schedule of Events:

Planetarium Shows  (10:00 am and 1:30 pm) – MSUM Planetarium in Bridges 167

Informational Tables and Displays  (10:30 am – 1:30 pm) – MSUM Livingston Lord Library Porch

Light refreshments will be served in this location.

Lightning Talks by Fargo-Moorhead GIS Professionals  (11:00 am – 1:00 pm) – MSUM Livingston Lord Library Auditorium 103

11:00-11:15 Brad Anderson (City of Moorhead)

11:15-11:30 Jonathan Braski (City of Fargo)

11:30-11:45 Matt Mecklenburg (The Nature Conservancy)

11:45-12:00 Alex Gwaltney (HERE Summer Intern)

12:00-12:15 Kay Anderson (Cass County)

12:15-12:30 Matthew Rohlik (Midwest Aerial Technologies)

12:30-12:45 Mike Detloff (Moorhead Police)

12:45-1:00 Brian Carroll (HERE)

Each speaker will talk for ten minutes about the importance of GIS in their work and provide advice on how to prepare for GIS careers.  The final five minutes of each lightning talk is reserved for your questions.  Come and learn about exciting career opportunities that are emerging in the region.  You may be surprised by how much GIS is contributing to the economic vitality and quality of life in our region.

Parking for the public will be available in Lots G-1 and M-5.

GIS Day is hosted by the MSUM Center for Geospatial Studies

International Education Week November 16th-20th


International Education Week 2015 will be from November 16th-20th.

According to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in the United States Department of State, International Education Week is

a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education that provides an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This annual initiative aims to promote international understanding and build support for international educational exchange by encouraging the development of programs that prepare Americans to live and work in a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study in the United States.

For more information, you can visit

And you can learn more about what MSUM does with international education by visiting the International Student Services webpage at as well as the Office of Study Abroad at

America Recycles Day 2015!

America Recylces

November 15th is America Recycles Day! This is a national movement designed to encourage people to recycle the products that they use daily. This day is a national keep America beautiful initiative. To attend an event, register your own event, or learn more about the initiative please use the link below!

Don’t forget to post a selfie of you recycling and share it on any social media using the hashtag #IWillRecycle.

MSUM Veterans Week Activities


In honor of Veterans Day, the campus will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. No classes will be held.

Participate in these events for Veterans Appreciation Day, Nov. 7, and Veterans Week, Nov. 9-13. Veterans, we thank you for your service!

  • Saturday, November 7
    • Veterans will get free admission with military ID to the Dragon football and volleyball games. Free T-shirts will also be given to veterans for Veterans Appreciation Day.
  • Monday, November 9
    • Kick off clothing and food drive. Items collected will be distributed to local Veterans homeless shelters. Donations can be dropped off at the Veterans
    • Resource Center through November 30 (open to all MSUM students, faculty, and staff)
    • Current and Former Military Students can stop by the Veterans Resource Center with their Dragon ID and proof of military service to receive a certificate good for 1 free meal at Kise Commons. The certificate is valid for use through November 30
    • Veterans Resource Center open house from 10-2 with light refreshments served (open to all MSUM students, faculty, and staff)

  • Tuesday, November 10
    • Veterans Day program at 1030 in CMU Ballroom (open to all MSUM students, faculty, staff, and the public)
      • Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 941 Color Guard
      • MSUM Brass Quintet
      • Keynote Speaker: Mark J. Lindquist
        • Topic: Service! My Way of Life
  • Wednesday, November 11
    • Veterans Day
      • Enjoy Veterans Day! You Deserve It! Thank You for Your Service!
  • Thursday, November 12
    • Veterans Chili Cook Off
      • Begins at 10 until gone at the Veterans Resource Center. Students, Faculty, and Staff can stop in and vote on which Chili is the best
    • Veterans Give Back Police Call
      • MSUM Veterans will perform a police call on the grounds surrounding the SW Corner of Campus. Those interested in assisting should be at the Veterans Resource Center NLT 1400

Events sponsored by the MSUM Yellow Ribbon Committee, Veterans Resource Center, and Veterans Club.

Xi Kappa-at-Large!

News Release

The Xi Kappa-at-Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing held its annual induction ceremony on Saturday, October 31, 2015. The induction recognizes nursing students and community nurse leaders who have demonstrated achievements in nursing, leadership qualities and high professional standards. Inductees consisted of graduate and undergraduate students from the following colleges: Concordia College, Minnesota State University Moorhead, North Dakota State University, North Dakota State University at Sanford Bismarck, and University of Jamestown. The Community Nurse Leaders reside in communities across North Dakota and Minnesota.

The following MSUM students were inducted into the chapter:

• Undergraduate: Kacie Sullivan, Nikole Thein
• Graduate: Wendy Benusa, Amber Carlson, Ashley Kissinger, Amanda Recker

Scholarships and awards were also given to the following recipients:
• Xi Kappa Graduate Scholarship: Penny Briese, Wendy Kopp
• Xi Kappa Undergraduate Scholarships: Brandi Davidson, Emily Kluck, Kezia Kvernum, Markie Struxness
• Martha Vorvick Berge Scholarship: Katrina Pavek
• Excellence in Caring Award: Julie Bruhn
• Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award: Rebecca Moch
• Excellence in Nursing Research Award: Molly Secor-Turner
• Outstanding Member Award: Nancy Freitag

The School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership extends its congratulations to all inductees and recipients!

The MSUM Internship and Career Fair!


This Wednesday (November 4th) the MSUM Career Development Center is hosting its annual Internship and Career Fair! This event will take place in the Comstock Memorial Union Ballroom from 11:00am to 3:00pm. This is a great opportunity for all students to explore career and internship options and to learn more about their career field. This event will feature more than 60 companies/organizations from a variety of fields.  To view a list of the employers attending click on the link below!

Official registration for the event has closed, but all students are welcome to attend. Be prepared for an exciting afternoon and don’t forget your resume!