Monthly Archives: January 2016

Apply for Nursing Scholarships – Deadline February 15th, 2016


Every year the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership (SNHL) awards a number of scholarships for both RN-BSN and Graduate Nursing students.

Some of the available scholarships are based, to some extent, on financial need as established by your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), as well as other criteria including academic standing and professional activity.

One single application is used for all awards offered by SNHL.

The deadline for applying for the scholarships is February 15th, 2016.

For more scholarship information, go to the SNHL scholarship link at

The application for the scholarships can be accessed at

To complete your FAFSA, go to

Questions? Contact:
Carol Roth (
Barbara Matthees (

Toad Hollow Day of Encouragement

Toad Hollow

Today, January 26th, is Toad Hollow Day of Encouragement – the perfect day to make a heartfelt connection with someone by sharing a word of encouragement or kindness.

Ralph C. Morrison started to use the words “Toad Hollow” in many of his short stories after hearing the name of an old school from one of his students who used to attend “Toad Hollow Country School.” Many people inquired Mr. Morrison about where Toad Hollow might be, and he always answered with “only in your heart.”

That was the very brief story of the start of Toad Hollow Day of Encouragement. Ralph Morrison and his fellow voluntoads wanted people to recognize this day to share what they know and help where they can. But, these people don’t think only January 26th is a good day to do so. Everyday is a good day to spread a kind word and do a good deed!

In order to read more of the adorable and inspiring story please visit:

National Blood Donor Month



Every year January is recognized as National Blood Donor Month. The American Red Cross kicks off each year by recruiting new people to try donating blood! They ask the public to set a resolution of donating platelets or blood regularly in order to help save lives across the nation! The American Red Cross would also like to give a huge thank you to those who already donate or have donated in the past!

Giving blood or platelets gives life saving blood to those who are in need of it for many different reasons, such as trauma, cancer, or other illnesses and disorders affecting the blood stream. You can be a part of this life saving organization. Any one is welcome to look into donating blood and the Red Cross will accept blood of all types. However, there are a variety of reasons why some people are unable to donate, such as having low iron, being pregnant, having a fever, or an active infection. For a complete list of eligibility factors please visit the link below:

If you would like to find a blood drive near you, learn more about the donation process, host a blood drive, or volunteer with the American Red Cross visit the link below and search for a drive using your zip code.


MSUM-sponsored Frostival Events


January 29-31 Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo will be celebrating “North of Normal Frostival”, a weekend of events and activities celebrating winter and the Fargo-Moorhead region. MSUM will be sponsoring 3 of the events that weekend, all on Saturday, January 30th.

(For a full list of events, please see the Frostival website)

MSUM will be sponsoring an Almost 3K Fun Run/Walk (and Almost 1.5K for youth) at the Red River Zoo. The Almost 1.5K for youth starts at 9:00 AM and the Almost 3K starts at 9:30 AM. There is a $20 MSUM-discounted fee if you register in advance and a $35 fee for registering the day of the event. There will be half-price zoo spectator admission, as well as a free selfie station and free carousel rides from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM.

The race bag will include a President Anne Blackhurst bobblehead among many other fun items.

In the afternoon MSUM will be sponsoring Create-Your-Own-Dipping-Dots from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM and Create-Your-Own-Slime from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Come have some fun, support MSUM and show your #DragonPride!


The Minnesota Rural Health Conference


MN Rural Health Conference

The Minnesota Rural Health Conference focuses on finding new ways to care for the population of rural communities. This years focus is cultivating resilient communities. The conference features a variety of exhibitors, sponsors, and participants that shed new light on the challenges of health care in rural communities. Presenters will share new ideas to solve a variety of challenges at the state and local levels. This conference is also designed to encourage collaborative and innovative practices in the future.

To submit a presentation proposal follow the link below. Proposals are due by January 21st.

Participant, exhibitor, and sponsor registration will open in April.

If you would like to receive email updates regarding the conference please follow the link below.

Jan. 18th- Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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There are no Classes today, January 18th, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

What can we do with such a wondrous day off? We can all support the memory of this iconic American hero. He fought in the Civil Rights Movement, in fact, he was a leader of the Civil Rights Movement. So, while we may be catching up on homework, or sleep, we should keep in mind all of the sacrifices that had to made to make this country what it is today.

Or… We could all step up to the plate and donate some of our time to volunteer efforts for any cause. Heck, we could all ride the bus, since that was a breaking point for the movement to enter full swing.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day was officially observed in 1986, but only officially recognized in all states in 2000. This day goes by many names throughout the US, but the gist of it remains the same. Remember that all men are created equal. That is the Dream.


For more information:

Xi Kappa Event on January 23rd


Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Nursing Honor Society, Xi Kappa Chapter will be presenting on the topic “Nurses as Advocates: The Role of the Nurse in Combating Human Trafficking”.

This event will be held on Saturday, January 23rd from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM in Room 422 in the Quentin Burdick Building at North Dakota State University.

The cost will be $20 for STTI members/non members (1.5 CEU offered)

STTI student members can get in free with a donation (There will be a collection of coloring books and crayons for the Red River Advocacy Center at this event)

RSVP by January 16th, as space is limited!

Contact to RSVP

Spring 2016!


Welcome to the start of the spring 2016 semester! We hope you had a wonderful holiday season and are ready for the challenges of a new semester. Classes begin on Monday, the 11th and the drop/add deadline is Friday the  15th at 4:00pm. In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day there will be no classes on Monday, the 18th.

If you have any questions feel free to contact the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership at 218-477-2693 or

Welcome back and good luck!

Apply to the Fall 2016 RN-BSN Program!


The deadline to apply for the RN to BSN program is approaching, and will be here sooner than you think!

Come join our awesome School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership Students and get started on your Bachelor’s in Nursing!


To view admission criteria, application procedures and more visit our website:


If you have more questions about our program check out our FAQ video featuring the chair of our department, Barbara Matthees.


You can also contact us at or at 218-477-2693.

Welcome to Spring 2016!


The School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership would like to welcome new students to the university. We hope you had a wonderful semester break, and extend a special welcome to student’s within the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership!

We are excited for the challenges and joys of a new semester and look forward to meeting our new students. If you have any questions or concerns please stop by the SNHL Office in Lommen 213. You may also call 218-477-2693 or email