Monthly Archives: April 2016

Arbor Day!

Arbor Day

Did you know that Arbor Day started because trees were needed as windbreaks to keep soil in place? This holiday can be traced all the way back to January 4th, 1872 in Nebraska. On this day there were prizes handed out to cities that were able to plant the biggest amount of trees. Schools would have each student plant one tree and for the rest of the year that grade was responsible for those trees. This base of community support for trees is why Arbor Day is so famous. It is important in our ecosystem to have an abundance of trees to stay alive so this day is extremely significant.

How can you get involved?

  • Organize a tree planting project
  • Check to see if your local community center is hosting any special events
  •  Have a big tree/oldest tree treasure hunt in your community
  • Share Arbor Day posts on Social Media to spread awareness
  • Read a book about trees to get informed
  • Clean up areas around the trees in your community

How Do I Plant a Tree?

  • Find a good planting spot; make sure the soil is good and water can easily access this location
  • Pick the right species of tree for the location you are in
  • Look up planting instructions based on the root of your tree; the three types are bare root, containerized, and balled and burlapped


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Pay it Forward!


Today do a good deed without expecting anything in return. That is paying it forward. These kind acts can be as easy as holding a door, paying for someone else’s cup of coffee, or simply smiling at a person you pass on the street. These thoughtful actions can truly change someone’s day.

In 2007, Pay it Forward Day was founded by Blake Beattie in Australia. The following year already 5 different countries were involved in the movement! In 2015 the numbers were up to 75 countries involved with 42 different states and 48 cities! These numbers are expected to keep growing as the initiative gains more and more attention each year.

This is bound to be an exciting day filled with kindness and care. You can also participate in the initiative by volunteering at your local food shelf, donating to a charity, or planning a special outing with a relative or friend. The smallest acts of kindness can make the biggest difference. Not only is this good for one day, but it’s a good thing to practice all year round, so don’t forget to pay it forward!



Spring 2016 Commencement and Open House


Come celebrate with the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership to honor our graduates. The Graduation Celebration will be held on Friday, May 13th from 11:00 a.m to 12:30 p.m. in Lommen room 104. This event is open to graduates from our programs, current students, and their guests.

Please email to RSVP for the event by May 6th or if there are any additional questions regarding the event.

The graduation ceremony will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 13th and line-up will start at 1:00 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

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RN to BSN Capstone Presentations!


The School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership would like to invite everyone to watch our RN-BSN Capstone Presentations! These presentations are put together by RN to BSN students who are taking Nursing 473: Professional Pathways, which is taught by Barbara Matthees PhD, RN, CNE and Alicia Swanson, MSN, RN, PHN. Presentations started on the 22nd of April and conclude on the 27th. All of the presentations are able to be viewed online by following the links provided below. Below you will also find a schedule for the day that lists all presentations, their tittles, times, and the presenter. Students have been working hard on these presentations for quite some time and your support is greatly appreciated!

April 27, 2016 12-7:30pm

Kari Solberg: 12-12:30pm: Discharge Educational Videos in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Danielle Cerwinske: 12:30-1pm: Reducing ICU Delirium

Nathaniel Wilson-Grady: 1-1:30pm: Improving Timely Pain Reassessment through Education and Peer Coaching

Denise Foss-Baker: 1:30-2pm: Fetal Demise Orientation

LuAnne Johnson: 2-2:30pm: Development and Implementation of a Head Injury Protocol for Schools

Ashley Altstadt: 2:30-3pm: Increase Successful Breastfeeding with New Mothers

Alison Lesteberg: 3-3:30pm: SMART Goals inthe Medical Home

Angela Cordner: 3:30-4pm: Improving the Float Process

4:4:30pm: Break

Amanda Turner: 4:30-5pm: Fluid Balance Documentation

Kayla Hertenstein: 5-5:30pm: Decision Tree in Jail Health

Crystal Holloway: 5:30-6pm: Holistic Based Interventions to Manage Negative Behaviors

Sarah Thacker: 6-6:30pm: Timely Initiation of Hospice

Briana Janssen: 6:30-7pm: Improving Patient Experience in Pediatric Cardiology

Rebecca Kjolberg: 7-7:30pm: Decreasing Readmissions in Mental Healthcare

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Earth Day: Trees for the Earth



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Today is Earth Day and it is celebrated every single year in honor of trying to save the planet that gives us life. The theme this year is “Trees for the Earth”. In celebration of this day here are a few reasons why we need as many trees as possible:

More Carbon Dioxide Storage: The trees that are older are the ones that help store more carbon dioxide in the air. They do this by taking the carbon dioxide and storing it as wood fiber. The benefit of the trees is not just that they help minimize the carbon dioxide in the air (helping with less air pollution), but they can convert the carbon dioxide into water and oxygen and send it back out into the atmosphere.

More Jobs: Trees are cut down every year and used for various things: houses, paper, and firewood. Despite the benefits that trees provide themselves, they are also great for the economy. There are many jobs that rely on trees. If we were unable to cut any trees down our economic structure would be greatly impacted and many jobs lost. The trees are good for the economy but that does not mean that every tree should be cut down.

Water Storage: Like previously explained, trees can store a ton of water. The benefit that this creates is not just that trees release the water back into the atmosphere, but that trees can help during flood season! So when a city is experiencing drastic flooding, the trees are there to help. Instead of the water going into rivers, down hills, or directly into the town, the trees catch a lot of that water, thus minimizing flood damage.

The above are just a few of the benefits that trees provide but how can you help?

Here are a few ways that you can help plant trees:

  • Plant a Tree! It’s that simple, go out into your yard and give it life with a tree.
  • Start a petition to save trees in your city.
  • If a tree is being removed, ask why and then see if there are any tree protection laws that can save it.
  • Ask if the tree can be replanted elsewhere or in a wildlife habitat.
  • Make a donation to an organization that helps save or plant trees.
  • Tell everyone that trees are important and share the reasons why we need to keep the trees and plant even more!


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RN to BSN Capstone Presentations!


The School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership would like to invite everyone to watch our RN-BSN Capstone Presentations! These presentations are put together by RN to BSN students who are taking Nursing 473 Professional Pathways which is taught by Barbara Matthees PhD, RN, CNE and Alicia Swanson, MSN, RN, PHN. Presentations start on the 22nd of April and run through the 27th. All of the presentations are able to be viewed online by following the links provided below. Below you will also find a schedule for the day that lists all presentations, their tittles, times, and the presenter. Students have been working hard on these presentations for quite some time and your support would be greatly appreciated!

April 22, 2016 9am-3pm

Carey Richards: 9-9:30am: Telehealth Enhancement Project

Oksana Perzhu: 9:30-10am: Improve Meter Cose Inhaler Technique

Jennifer Graham: 10-10:30am: Improving Mental Health Care for Children/Adolescents in the E.D.

Lindsey Meyer: 10:30-11am: Improving Discharge Education Materials

Ginger Wesbrook: 11-11:30am: Decreasing Anxiety and Stree in the Pre/Post Op Area

Barbara Gardiner: 11:30am-12pm: Improving Inpatient End of Life Experience

Jodi Larson: 12-12:30pm: CAURI Prevention in Long Term Care

Katelyn Swenson: 12:30-1pm: Improving Continuity of Care with Community Mental Health

Katie Ziminske: 1-1:30pm: Falls in Mental Health

Nikole Thein: 1:30-2pm: Quality and Safety for IDDM in the School Setting

Heather McNeill: 2-2:30pm: Communication Handoffs in the Surgical Setting

Sara Dukart: 2:30-3pm: Mantal Health Resource Flyer for Local Emergency Departments

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April 25, 2016 9am-4pm

Bethany Bailly: 9-9:30am: Implementation of Sensitivity Training Using Virtual Dementia Tour

Katherine Olsen: 9:30-10am: Reducing Hospitalizations Related to Peritonitis Events

Jennifer Schneider: 10-10:30am: Car Seat Safety Education

Suzanne Masterson: 10:30-11am: Shared Medical Appointments

Cathy Woods: 11-11:30am: Discharge Checklist for Oncology Patients

Amanda Roerick: 11:30am-12pm: Workplace Safety for Home Visiting Nurses

Joseph Carter: 12-12:30pm: Decreasing Complication with the Tracheostomy and PEG Tubes

Jan Schuck: 12:30-1pm: Mentoring to Improve Staff Retention in Long Term Care

1-1:30pm: Break

Melissa Rubie: 1:30-2pm: Workplace Violence in the Emergency Department

Kimberlie Larson: 2-2:30pm: Improving Discharge Practices to Decrease Congestive Heart Failure Readmissions

Anneta Tangness: 2:30-3pm: Implementationof Electronic DISCUS/AIMS in Practice

Clarissa Schwartz: 3-3:30pm: Conversion from Short Acting to Long Acting Erythropoietin Stimulating Agents

Sheralyn Mattson: 3:30-4pm: Prevention of Pressure Ulcers

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2016 Annual Dragon Pride Awards Ceremony

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Join us at the 2016 Annual Dragon Pride Awards Ceremony! It is a great place to see some of the accomplished and outstanding students we had this year. This ceremony is for student organizations and will be hosted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2016. The event will be held from 7-8:30 PM in room CMU 101. Hope to see you there!

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Job Opportunity!

Read the information below to learn more about a position with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.Position requirements and application instructions can also be found below!


Philadelphia Fellowship in Urban Health Policy

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health is establishing a new two-year paid fellowship in urban health policy designed specifically for those with baccalaureate degrees in public health.  During the program, Urban Health Policy Fellows will work directly with senior leaders of one of the nation’s most innovative health departments on high priority projects, while receiving on-the-job training in public health policy development. Applications are being accepted now and, pending final approvals, the fellowship will begin July 11, 2016.

 The City

Philadelphia, an exciting and diverse city of 1.6 million people, has some of the leading educational and medical institutions in the country.  Over decades, the city has lost many traditional manufacturing jobs and now has the highest poverty rate of any big city in the nation.  Philadelphia residents have high rates of health problems associated with poverty, including smoking, obesity, drug use, and asthma, and the unhealthy conditions that connect the two.  With the City economy improving in recent years, the health department has an obligation to help all City residents enjoy the health benefits of that recovery.

 The Philadelphia Department of Public Health

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH), with some 900 staff and a budget of $350 million, promotes and protects the health of all Philadelphians and provides a safety net for the most vulnerable.  The agency leads programs to prevent communicable diseases (including HIV, other STDs, tuberculosis, and vaccine-preventable diseases); prevent chronic diseases and promote healthy behaviors; prevent environmental health risks; investigate outbreaks of disease; respond to public health emergencies; and promote the health of women, children, and families.  In addition, the department operates eight primary care clinics.  PDPH has been an innovator in public health, proposing policy solutions to problems like smoking and obesity, and intends to continue that tradition with creative solutions to both long-standing urban health problems and new crises.

 The Urban Health Policy Fellowship

Urban Health Policy Fellows will work on priority health issues that the City is facing.  Examples include opioid addiction and overdose, smoking, obesity, HIV, binge alcohol consumption, gun violence, lead poisoning, childhood asthma, and innovative use of electronic health record data. Fellows will work on teams addressing issues such as these and will be assigned specific projects that help the team understand the problem, engage with stakeholders, develop policy solutions, recruit support, and/or implement policies.  To ensure that the experience is broad, Fellows will rotate among different Divisions in the health department over the two-year program.  In addition, Fellows will learn about the entire agency by attending management meetings and participating in small-group sessions with internal and external public health experts.  In the inaugural class, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health expects to accept only two Urban Health Policy Fellows.

 Eligibility and Application

You are eligible to apply if you have graduated in the last two years (or before July 1, 2016) from a college or university in the United States with a baccalaureate degree and a major in public health, global health, or community health.  To apply, electronically submit:

  • A cover letter describing why you are interested in the fellowship
  • A resume that summarizes your educational experience, your work experience, and your skills with data analysis (e.g. use of Excel, SPSS and/or other analysis software)
  • A sample of your writing (for example, a paper that you wrote for a class assignment or an article that you wrote for a school publication)
  • An undergraduate transcript
  • The names and contact information for two persons who can serve as references, one of whom is a faculty member and one of whom served as a supervisor for a work or internship experience.


Questions and applications should be sent to: The deadline for the application is May 20, 2016.

Source: Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health



National Minority Health Month!

“Without health and long life, all else fails.”
– Dr. Booker T. Washington


This year’s theme is “Accelerating Health Equity for the Nation.” Dr. Booker T. Washington is the creator of National Minority Health Month. In April of 1915 he called on all local churches, schools, businesses, and health departments to recognize bring the health of all racial and ethnic minorities to the forefront of the minds of American’s. Since the observance began over 100 years ago it has grown in popularity and importance. The Health and Human Services Department Office of Minority Health leads related events each year. The group calls upon people across the nation to help eliminate health disparities and achieve health equity. To learn more about the months events please visit the link below.

To see what is being done to bring about health equity visit the link below.



MSUM’s Student Academic Conference!!



The Minnesota State University Moorhead 18th annual Student Academic Conference will take place on Tuesday April, 12th. The conference begins at 9:00am and lasts throughout the day. Dr. Christina E. Broadwell is the keynote speaker at the event. She graduated from MSUM in 2000 with a degree in biology and has gone on to become the Medical Director of Generations Fertility Care at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Throughout the day students will be presenting their work. Research findings, class presentations, and panel discussions are some of the events that student will participate in. The Student Academic Conference has grown rapidly in popularity and is now one of the most anticipated campus events to take place all year. The majority of the event takes place in the Comstock Memorial Union with some portions of the day occurring in the close by Livingston Lord Library. A schedule of the day’s events and presentations can be found at the link below.

If you have any questions about the Student Academic Conference you can contact event coordinators at 218-477-2710 of You can also visit the link below to access more information regarding the Student Academic Conference and its history.