Monthly Archives: March 2016

Fall and Summer Course Registration Begins Soon!


Registration for your Fall and Summer courses begins on March 29th!

Be sure to meet with your advisor and go over your DARS so you can stay on track for degree completion.

You will also need to meet with your advisor to get your access code for Fall courses – Summer courses do not require access codes to register.

There will be a list of the SNHL courses available very soon.

To start looking at what classes to take:

  • Log in to eservices
  • Click Courses & Registration
  • Search for a course
  • Change semester to Summer 2016
  • Change subject to Nursing

World TB Day is March 24th


Every year, on March 24th, the world stops and acknowledged World Tuberculosis Day. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, March 24th is the day that Dr. Robert Koch announced the discovery of the bacillus (bacteria) that causes the disease tuberculosis. March 24th is used as a day to raise awareness that tuberculosis is still a very present and deadly disease and not just something from Dickens or Les Mis.

According to the global Stop TB Partnership, tuberculosis kills an average of 1.5 million people every year, mostly in developing countries.

The theme for World Tuberculosis Day 2016 is “Unite to End TB”.

For ways to get involved or get more information, you can visit the Stop TB USA website at

You can also visit the global partnership at

World Water Day 2016!


World Water Day

World Water Day is held on March 22nd annually. This event dates back to March of 1992 and is used to promote the awareness of water and water related jobs. About half of the world’s workers are employed in a water related field, that is about 1.5 billion people. 2016’s World Water Day theme is: Better Water, Better Jobs. The issue that World Water Day is trying to address is the lack of human rights protection within the water sector. World Water Day is hosted by UN-Water. UN-Water runs all water related campaigns within the United Nations. This campaign “aims to inform, engage, and inspire action”. To learn more about World Water Day and how you can help please visit the link below:

To show how water is a part of your job please visit the link below for social media platforms on World Water Day:


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Congratulations Dr. Stock!

Nancy Stock

The School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership is proud to announce the accomplishments of their faculty. Nancy Stock, DNP has recently become certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Stock joined the MSUM faculty in August 2015 as Assistant Professor to fill an emergency leave of absence request. She is currently teaching undergraduate courses including gerontologic nursing and research/Evidence-based practice along with graduate-level physical assessment, pathophysiology, and pharmacology courses.

Her vast clinical experience serves as a solid foundation to educate our nursing students for contemporary practice. She has been in clinical practice as a board certified family nurse practitioner (FNP) since graduating from the University of Minnesota in 1996. In May 2015, she earned her DNP from Walden University with her doctoral work focused on developing an Emergency NP residency program for the Critical Access Hospital setting. She has worked in primary care in northwestern Minnesota for nearly 20 years and for the past 18 years, expanded her clinical practice to Critical Access Hospitals including emergency department coverage. Although she has been board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a FNP for nearly 20 years, she has recently added the credential of Emergency Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified to her list of accomplishments.

According to the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, there are an estimated 12,000 emergency NPs in the United States. NPs of all specialties have been working the emergency department since the 1980s filling workforce shortages. Emergency Nurse Practitioner competencies were first published by the Emergency Nurses Association in 2008. Unfortunately, there are very few programs available to specifically prepare NPs for emergency care. As of January 1st, 2016, there are only 7 university-based programs in the U.S. that formally prepare Emergency Nurse Practitioners (ENPs) as a subspecialty to either Family or Acute Care Nurse Practitioner programs. There are approximately 10 postgraduate fellowship or residency programs located at Level I trauma centers that also provide specialty emergency training. With so few programs and ENP candidates, the Emergency Nurses Association collaborated with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in 2013 to develop a portfolio review process to certify qualified candidates.
Certification through portfolio is designed to objectively assess specialized knowledge, understanding, and application of professional nursing practice and theory through a review of a collective body of work presented in a nurse’s portfolio. Eligible candidates must document 2000 hours of emergency clinical practice within the past 3 years, maintain a base certification (family, adult, pediatric or acute care NP), complete 30 hours of continuing education in emergency care, and demonstrate exemplary performance in two of five professional development and leadership categories. The portfolio then requires candidates to document qualifications within four domains (professional development, professional and ethical nursing practice, teamwork and collaboration, and patient safety/quality) along with performance evaluation provided the framework for the portfolio. Board certified reviewers then review the portfolio and determine if certification be granted.

American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners (2015). Overview of emergency Nurse practitioners. Retrieved from
American Nurses Credentialing center (2013). American nurses credentialing certification-ENP-BC. Retrieved from

Fall 2016 RN-BSN Applications Due TODAY


The deadline to apply for the RN to BSN program is TODAY!

Be sure to get all of your documents in and double check that you’ve got everything completed!

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

If you have any questions, call 218-477-2693.

Spring Break – NO CLASSES!


March 14th-March 18th is Spring Break here at MSUM, which means no classes will be held! Defrost and relax during this week in order to come back refreshed and work on finishing the semester strong.

The School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership will also be closed during Spring Break.

RN-BSN Application Deadline Extended


The application deadline for MSUM’s RN to BSN program has been extended to April 4th for the Fall 2016 semester!  If you are interested in starting the program in Fall 2016, this allows for 3 extra weeks to get applications in from the original deadline.

MSUM’s online baccalaureate degree in nursing is a pathway for career advancements of RNs who have already completed an Associate’s degree in nursing. The program is totally online with clinical/practicum experiences (e.g., Public Health and Pathways/Capstone course) arranged in an area close to students’ residence (for out-of-MN students, clinical opportunity depends on board of education approvals).

The program plan and online option offers students the opportunity to study at their own pace and any time, day or night. The RN-BSN curriculum is informed by the best of professional standards and with input from employers, industry experts, and real nurses. The program has decades of strong history and is taught by faculty who know the students and appreciate the RN base from where students begin.

For more information about our application process and to apply online visit:



Pres. Blackhurst named one of top 25 women in business by Prairie Business Magazine

Prez Blackhurst

Prairie Business magazine in Grand Forks, ND just released their third annual Top 25 Women in Business in the March issue. And our very own Anne Blackhurst was featured in the article. The women are chosen from all different regions and fields and are determined based on their motivation, leadership, ambition, and talent both at work and at home. She was honored following her recent promotion because she has worked to define who we are as an educational facility as well as her work in the community.

Prairie Business magazine only covers news in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Western Minnesota and all the other amazing women who were included work in these areas as well. They simply want to honor the incredible women in our society that also “leading for the long run” that young women can look up to and motivate them to be achieve their dreams.

You can read the entire article on as well as many more news stories.


Today is International Women’s Day!



International Women’s Day (IWD) is observed on March 8th of every year and was created to acknowledge the academic, economic, social, and cultural achievements of women! IWD originated in the early 1900’s and no singular organization is responsible for the day. Many charities, educational institutions, corporations, and organizations honor and celebrate IWD. Many of these groups organize events to celebrate the accomplishments of women. Each year the efforts behind IWD increase and the gap of gender equality is slowly shrinking.

The theme this year is #PledgeForParity. All are invited to pledge to take concrete steps in the direction of gender parity. According to studies done by the World Economic Forum the gender gap will not be fully closed until 2133. This lengthy timeline is due to a recent slump in the pacing of the race to reach gender parity. When men and women join forces and pledge to take steps in the direction of gender parity, there is no limit to what we can achieve.

To make your pledge and learn a bit more about IWD please visit the link below.


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RN-BSN Application Deadline Fast Approaching!


The deadline to apply for Fall 2016 admission to the RN-BSN Program is March 15th.

To apply to the RN-BSN program, students must first be admitted to Minnesota State University Moorhead, after which they will fill out a separate application to the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership.

Applicants to the RN-BSN program must be licensed RNs or eligible for licensure by the RN-BSN program start. A minimum 2.75 cumulative (overall) GPA is required to be considered for admission to the program.

More information about RN-BSN admission can be found at the following webpage:

Additionally, you can find more information by watching this FAQ video narrated by our Department Chair, Dr. Barbara Matthees:

If you have any questions, you can call the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership at (218)-477-2693, or email us at or