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

 

Information Source: https://www.arborday.org/celebrate/ways-to-celebrate.cfm

Image Source: http://www.bloomingtoncommunityorchard.org/site/2015/04/first-annual-arbor-day-planting-at-iu/

Pay it Forward!

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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!

Source:

http://payitforwardday.com/

 

Spring 2016 Commencement and Open House

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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 snhlsa@mnstate.edu 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!

image source: http://quotesgram.com/graduation-congratulations-quotes-for-nurses/

RN to BSN Capstone Presentations!

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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

Link to Presentations: https://mnscu.webex.com/mnscu/j.php?MTID=m3be039df4507b0cc78e699850facfa68

 

 

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!

 

image source: youtube.com/fyiearthday

sources: http://www.earthday.org/earth-day/earth-day-theme/, http://www.earthshare.org

/2013/07/treebenefits.html, and  http://actrees.org/resources/local-resources/save-a-tree/

 

 

RN to BSN Capstone Presentations!

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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

Link to Presentations: https://mnscu.webex.com/mnscu/j.php?MTID=me5d256f25f39957f577bff8ea81da47b

 

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

Link to Presentations: https://mnscu.webex.com/mnscu/j.php?MTID=m3cad26a76df7e1fb9029952b0be65da9

 

 

 

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!

image source: https://twitter.com/msum_honors