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What’s Your Risk? Mental Health Awareness Month 2017

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May is Mental Health Month and this year’s theme is Risky Business. Mental Health America wants to educate people about how certain behaviors and habits can affect mental health. These include risky sex, drug misuse, internet addiction, excessive spending, and problematic exercise routines. Mental illnesses affect almost everybody whether it is short term, long term, severe, or mild. According to a study, after following people ages 11-38, only 17% were able to avoid some sort of mental illness! Depression, anxiety, and substance abuse were the top three findings in the study.

College is a huge life transition. It is an exciting experience, but it is also full of stress and pressure to do well academically and socially. Did you know that 75% of all mental illnesses begin to show up by age 24? That makes college a critical time to become aware of the signs and symptoms of a mental illness. It is important for students to get help as soon as possible. Fortunately, the rates of students getting help has been increasing over the years, although it is difficult to determine how effective their help and treatment is.

The following link is a guide to common mental illnesses in college students. It provides coping strategies and advice to those who may be struggling with a mental illness, or those whose friends may be struggling. This link is also a great source to learn more about each mental illness.

http://www.learnpsychology.org/mental-health/

Mental illness is serious, and it is not something to be embarrassed about. There are people available who want to help. Here at MSUM, Hendrix Clinic and Counseling Center is a place to go for help! Evaluate your behaviors. Are they risky? If you or a friend are showing signs of a mental illness, don’t be afraid to utilize your available resources!

 

Sources:

http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/when-your-adult-child-breaks-your-heart/201705/mental-health-awareness-month

http://time.com/4473575/college-mental-health-guidebook/

https://namiwilmington.org/mental-health-month-2017/

Hear what SNHL’s Students have to Say!

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Are you interested in the areas of nursing or healthcare? MSUM’s School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership may have a program for you! Here is a list of SNHL’s programs:

  • B.S. Degree in Health Services Administration (major and minor)
  • RN to BSN (major)
  • Master of Science in Nursing (masters)
  • Master of Healthcare Administration (masters)
  • Nursing Educator (certificate)
  • Nursing Administration and Organizational Systems in Leadership (certificate)

It can be difficult finding a program and school that fits you. Fortunately, the SNHL faculty members here at MSUM strive to fulfill the goals of their students. There are several opportunities offered to enhance students’ learning experiences. Some of those opportunities include scholarships, study abroad, and academic conferences! The SNHL is a great fit for many! Here is what one of our own students has to say about her experience at SNHL:

“When I started at the MSUM I did not know about the HSAD program and I was a chemistry major. After the first semester I notice that there is something related to healthcare and I met with one of the professors, I was very interested in the HSAD and its classes because this was the thing that I want to do in the future. Being in the HSAD program needs passion in order to add to the healthcare field and find new ideas to improve it. The HSAD classes helped me a lot in knowing more about the healthcare and what are the things we should be aware of, because this is a place where you help others and provide care for them. I’m very happy that I graduated from this program and now doing my Master’s in health administration too!” – Marah Omar

Check out the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership’s programs today and learn about the many opportunities we offer!

 

Just Breathe! It’s National Clean Air Month 2017!

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We can all agree that air is an important part in our everyday lives. Without it, there is no life. What do we do when it starts to cause more harm than good? Education is a start! May is National Clean Air Month and the purpose is to educate people about the affects air quality can have on our lives. Clean air has been a hot topic for years as pollution increases and air quality decreases. Certain amounts of oxygen, carbon dioxide,  and nitrogen come together to create clean air. It does not include pollutants or allergens.

It’s important that we understand what clean air is and what is not clean air. Poor quality air causes harm to all living things. It affects plants, bodies of water, and animals. It also causes cancer and serious respiratory disorders such as bronchitis and worsens symptoms of those with asthma. Other health conditions caused by air pollution include nausea, difficulty breathing, skin irritation, birth defects, developmental delays, compromised immune systems, and the list could go on. Low quality air affects the entire body!

Currently, about 39% of people living in the United States are living in poor air quality areas. Do you think that percentage is high? It is, but good news! This percentage is lower than last year! Our country has been working hard to improve air quality thanks to many factors including carpooling, walking, biking, or taking the bus to work; decreasing the output of pollutants from factories; recycling; and so many more. The Clean Air Act was established in 1970 and has created the base to our efforts towards clean air. Many decisions in the government that involve air quality are influenced by the Clean Air Act. Since 1970, there has been an increase in energy use, economy, and miles driven. You would think that air quality would get worse due to these factors, but thanks to the Clean Air Act, air has actually improved in quality!

Having clean air to breathe is vital for good health. Some places in our country need more work, but our efforts to improve the quality of the air that we breathe is working! Let’s continue to work toward a clean environment! Check out the following link to look at the rankings for cleanest and most polluted cities in the United States and see if you can find where Fargo-Moorhead area ranks!

City Rankings

Interactive Map of Quality

 

Sources:

http://www.lung.org/our-initiatives/healthy-air/sota/

http://www.whathealth.com/awareness/event/cleanairmonth.html

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0269749107002849

http://breatheproject.org/news/clean-air-dirty-air/

 

 

Congratulations To Our New Alumni!!!

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Now is the time of the year when some students have crammed for their last final, written their last paper and have finished any practicums or experiences. Tomorrow, May 12th, join us in welcoming new additions to our alum. Commencement will begin at 10 am tomorrow in Nemzek Hall. If you cannot join us in person, there is a link below for a live feed.

Live Stream

Below is a schedule for the entire day.

10:00 am Ceremony – Student Lineup begins at 9:00 am
College of Education and Human Services
College of Science, Health and the Environment
Graduate Studies

2:00 pm Ceremony – Student Lineup begins at 1:00 pm
College of Arts, Media and Communication
College of Business and Innovation
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Graduate Studies

International Nurses Day May 12th, National Nurse Week May 6th-12th

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Florence Nightingale is an important figure in the world of nursing and healthcare. She was born in May of 1820 and  belonged to a prosperous British family. From a young age, she believed her purpose was to become a nurse, administering aid to the poor and the ill. Her parents were unsupportive of her career decision and were disgruntled by her refusal to settle down and marry a man of social affluence. Florence wasn’t distracted from her goal and received her nursing degree at the Lutheran Hospital of Pastor Fliedner in Kaiserwerth, Germany.

Florence worked as a nurse in a hospital at Constantinople during the Crimean war in 1853 and worked to improve on the unsanitary and inhumane living conditions of the wounded soldiers there. She tended to their wounds and illnesses during every time of the day, earning her the nickname “the Lady with the Lamp.” Once the war was over, Florence returned home to the praise of the public, earning awards and monetary prizes from the Queen and the British government. Throughout the rest of her life, she campaigned for the improvement of health standards and hospital designs, as well as for the reform of professional training for nurses. Florence remains a notary figure today whom many people still consider to be an important role model.

Florence Nightingale survives in our history as an inspired nurse and a compassionate statistician.  She changed the world of nursing and will always be remembered as an important figure in healthcare and nursing.

International Nurses Day is celebrated worldwide every May 12, on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. It is celebrated to recognize the life-changing contributions nurses make to society. Though mainly commemorated around May 12 each year, IND activities are carried on throughout much of the year by nurses and others.  In addition to International Nurses Day, the United States also celebrates National Nurses Week. The first time the suggestion to create this week was in 1953. It failed. It was suggested again in 1954. It failed again. The next time it was suggested to the president was 2 decades later in 1972 when it finally passed. The American government also decided to honor Nightingale by finishing off a week of awareness on her birthday.

Some of the goals of these two events are to improve the image of nurses while also influencing healthcare policies around the world.  One of the easiest ways to show your respect and to help these goals is to say thank you to a nurse you know or meet.

Photo: http://www.florence-nightingale.co.uk

Sources:

ICN

ANA

http://www.biography.com/people/florence-nightingale-9423539?page=2

http://www.florence-nightingale.co.uk/the-collection/biography.html

http://nursing.advanceweb.com/Features/Articles/Empowering-Nurses-with-Data.aspx

http://plus.maths.org/content/florence-nightingale-compassionate-statistician

Almost Free…Study Day is May 3rd 2017

never-study-hard-the-art-of-studying-smartToday is a day to both relax and panic. Today is MSUM’s study day. There are no classes held today and professors will be in their offices all day to offer help. The next 7 days are filled with finals that you may or may not be prepared for.

Every year the students can be sorted into two groups: Newbies and Old-timers. The newbies walk into their class at the normal time. They look around at all the empty seats. They have a nervous breakdown. They forgot that finals are not held at the same time as class normally is. Sometimes they get lucky and haven’t missed any finals, sometimes their luck stinks.

The Old-timers check when their finals are here. They get to their classrooms 10 to 15 minutes early. They still have a nervous breakdown, but at least they’re in the right place at the right time.

For example, someone may have General Chemistry II this semester every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 am. For some reason, their final is being held on Tuesday at 9.

The School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership hopes you all study hard and long today so that you may pass your classes and finals with flying colors! Good luck to all!

Watch and Learn: RN to BSN Capstone Presentations 2017

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It is that time of year when the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership’s RN to BSN students present their hard work! Forty RN to BSN students will be presenting their capstone project from Friday, May 5th, through Tuesday, May 9th. There is a wide range if interesting topics! Some involve improving sleep quality and increasing patient satisfaction while others cover subjects such as preventative measures and safety precautions. The presentations will all be online, and each day will have it’s own link.

For Friday the 5th: The meeting code is 637 154 425 061

For Monday the 8th:The meeting code is 631 956 222

For Tuesday the 9th: The meeting code is 637 472 279

Please join us in learning more about each of these topics and to show your support for our program.

Below is a link to a document containing a brief description of each presentation along with when they are scheduled to present.

N473 Spring 2017 Presentation Lineup

 

 

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