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Where will you travel to in 2018? Be safe while you are there!


In 2017, about 79,767,026 United States citizens traveled internationally. Traveling has increased in popularity over the years and the industry grows every year. Traveling is exciting and fun, but it is important to stay safe and healthy while at your chosen destination. Whether you are traveling for work or adventure, take a look below for some safety and health tips while traveling abroad.

  • Travel Advisories: Are you traveling to a safe location? The U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs issues travel advisories for each country. There are four levels based on safety and security risk. Where does your destination land?
    1. Exercise normal precautions
    2. Exercise increased caution
    3. Reconsider travel
    4. Do not travel
  • STEP: This acronym stands for Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. It gives travelers information and updates about their location. It also allows the U.S. Embassy to contact you in the case of an emergency.
  • Weather: What’s the weather like? Does it rain often? Is it tropical storm season? Bring appropriate clothing and have a plan in the case severe weather conditions occur.
  • Driving and Road Safety: Do you plan on driving yourself while at your destination? Make sure you know the laws and road conditions (and what roads to avoid) as well as driving norms (i.e. driving on the left side of the road rather than the right side). Carry spare tires and extra fuel. Make sure you have the proper driving permits and documentation. Some countries require international driving permits
  • Medications, Vaccines, and Hospital Availability: Will you be bringing medications with you? It is advised to carry a doctor’s note that describes your medical condition, leave your medications in their original container with a clear label. Check out your destination’s drug policies to see if your medications are allowed. Another tip to consider is to see what vaccinations are recommended for traveling in general or for your particular destination. You should also have a plan if you do happen to get ill or injured. Find a doctor or hospital to go to and see if your insurance covers you while abroad. It’s important to be prepared.
  • Food Safety: Avoid foodborne illnesses and other diseases by practicing good eating and drinking habits. Safe foods are typically thoroughly cooked and hot. Packaged foods are also typically safe to eat. Bottled and canned beverages are also safe to drink. However, make sure bottles have not been tampered with and wipe the mouth of the can clean before drinking. Raw food, tap water (and ice made from tap water), and fountain drinks can be risky. Also use precaution when eating from street vendors as they may have decreased hygiene standards.
  • Belonging Safety: We all may have heard stories about belonging getting stolen while traveling. To avoid having your own belongings taken, don’t keep everything in one place. When going out, only bring the necessities and do not carry them in your back pocket. If you are carrying a purse or bag, keep it toward the front of your body. If you happen to be in a situation where someone is trying to take something of yours, it may be best not to fight for it. Although this may be hard to do and not your first reaction, you should remember that your safety is more important.
  • Money: What kind of money is used (i.e. Euros, Pesos, British pound)? You may wish to pick up some currency at your U.S. bank to reduce the cost of exchanging dollars into local currency overseas. Research the use of credit cards if you plan to use one. Call your credit card company to let them know you are traveling or your card may be declined overseas.

While these tips do not cover all areas of travel health and safety, they are a good start! We hope that this information will provide a safer and healthier experience while traveling abroad.


Calling All RNs! RN-BSN Applications Due April 1st, 2018!


Interested in earning your BSN? Check out MSUM!


  • TOTALLY ONLINE. MSUM’s RN to BSN program is totally online, it is highly regarded, students love it, and employers see great gains with BSN graduates.
  • EXPERT FACULTY Your faculty are experts in their area of practice, as well as distance education.  Dedicated, accessible and supportive.
  • EFFICIENT PATH. On average, it takes AD-RN students just 40 credits to complete the BSN. The typical part-time path takes two years. (the pace depends on your transfer courses and personal situation)
  • AFFORDABLE. The MSU Moorhead tuition is very reasonable, your degree at MSUM is a value beyond any in the region.
  • INDIVIDUALIZED. Each RN-BSN student works at their own unique pace without any pressure to stay within a ‘cohort’ or prescribed schedule. Some students study one course/term and others go full-time – it’s YOUR decision.
  • REAL EXPERIENCES. Four courses include clinical assignments which occur in YOUR community (few work with you to arrange them – no traditional clinicals here).
  • AND MORE !



  • The next general application pool review deadline is April 1, 2018.  Rolling admissions will continue into April/May, and close as soon as the Fall 2018 course fills.


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Thank YOU !  

Eating Disorder Awareness and Screening Week: February 26 – March 4th


The last full week of February is Eating Disorder Awareness and Screening Week. Eating disorders are defined as mental illnesses that cause serious disturbances in a person’s everyday diet. This can mean eating both too much or too little, obsessing over food, and distress or concern about body weight/ shape. The purpose of Eating Disorder Awareness and Screening Week is to fight myths and misunderstandings about various eating disorders, as well as to help people identify whether or not they have a problem.

There are multiple types of eating disorders. Warning, this section may be triggering to some as it details harmful behaviors that accompany some eating disorders.

  1. Anorexia Nervosa

This eating disorder is characterized by distorted body image and severe weight loss that can lead to severe weight loss, with a pathological fear of becoming fat. Some warning signs that you or someone you know may be suffering from anorexia nervosa include but are not limited to:

  • refusal to eat
  • denial of hunger
  • difficulty concentrating
  • obsession with body size and shape
  • skipping meals
  • making excuses for not eating
  • adopting meal or eating rituals, such as cutting food into small pieces or spitting it out after chewing
  • eating only certain foods perceived as “safe”
  • excessive exercise
  • repeated weighing of themselves
  • wearing baggy clothes
  • cooking elaborate meals for others but refusing to eat

2. Bulimia Nervosa

This eating disorder is characterized by frequent episodes of binge eating, followed by purging behaviors such as self-induced vomit, fasting, excessive exercise, or the consumption of pills to induce bowel-movements in order to avoid weight gain. Binge eating is the act of eating large amounts of foods in a short period of time. Some warning signs that you or someone you know may be suffering from Bulimia Nervosa include but are not limited to:

  • eating large quantities of foods, followed by a compensatory behavior
  • dehydration or weakness
  • disappearing to the bathroom after meals
  • finding food in hidden and unusual places
  • intense fear of gaining weight
  • dental issues due to vomiting
  • scars on fingers or knuckles due to self-induced vomiting
  • social withdrawal
  • over-exercise

3. Binge Eating Disorder

This eating disorder is characterized as recurring episodes of eating significantly more food in a short period of time than most people would eat under similar circumstances, with episodes marked by feelings of disgust or lack of control. Some symptoms that you or someone you know may be suffering from binge eating disorder include, but are not limited to:

  • Eating exceedingly quickly
  • Eating even when full
  • Feelings of guilt, embarrassment, or disgust
  •  Frequent dieting without weight loss
  • Frequently eating alone
  • Hoarding food
  • Hiding empty containers

Some people may show signs of disordered eating that do not fit these symptoms or definitions. These are called “eating disorder not otherwise specified”.

What to do if you think you or someone you know may be suffering from an eating disorder:

  • Approach Them
    • Be Prepared
      • Educate yourself on eating disorders.
      • Realize that the person you are concerned for may be suffering from feelings of anxiety, guilt, and shame.
    • Choose the Proper Environment
      • Approach the person in an environment where they feel safe and comfortable.
    • Use the Right Language
      • Take into account their fear of disclosing their feelings or behaviors.
      • Let them know you care about them and support them.
      • Encourage them to express how they feel, rather than how you feel. Listen respectively, and let them know you won’t judge or criticize them.
      • Encourage them to seek help.
    • AVOID
      • Putting the focus on food; instead, try talking about how the person is feeling.
      • Using language that implies blame or that the person is doing something wrong, i.e. “You are concerning me”. Instead, try “I am concerned about you”.
      • Taking on the role of a therapist. You do not have to have all the answers. Instead, focus on listening and creating a supportive space.
      • Using manipulative statements, i.e. “Think about how you are affecting me”, or “If you cared about me, you would eat”. This can worsen feelings of guilt and shame, and feed into their disorder.
      • Using threatening statements. For example, “If you don’t eat properly I will punish you”. This can negatively effect peoples emotions and behavior, and can make the problem worse
  • Contact a Helpline
    • If you feel like you cannot confide in anyone you know, or would like more information on how to further help someone you think may be suffering from an eating disorder, it may be helpful to talk to a stranger about whats going on. Some helplines you can contact are;
      • The National Eating Disorder Association
        • 1-800-931-2237
      • National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Other Related Disorders
        • 1-630-577-1330
      • Overeaters Anonymous
        • 1-505-891-2664
    • A good resource for some additional helplines, along with a detailed paragraph on what they can offer, can be found on 

Some Misconceptions about Eating Disorders

  • Eating disorders are a choice
    • Eating disorders are not a choice. They are a complex mental illness.
  • It is not a big deal
    • It is a big deal. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.
  • Anorexia is the only serious eating disorder
    • All eating disorders are serious.
  • If my love one insists they are fine, I should believe them
    • Some people with eating disorders have problems with self-awareness. They may believe they are fine when they are actually ill.
  • If someone isn’t emancipated, they’re not that sick.
    • Most people with an eating disorder are not underweight. You cannot tell if someone has an eating disorder just by looking at them.
  • Eating disorders only focus on food.
    • Eating disorders often focus on food in order to have control and to reduce anxiety that may be caused by other parts of life.
  • Eating disorders are only for girls
    • Anyone can suffer from an eating disorder, regardless of gender.


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Interested in Healthcare?! Amazing opportunity available!!

Exhibit 4.11.Flier for Information Session and Recruitment Event (The Good Samaritan Society)


Check out the Health Care Leadership Club October 17!

Welcome to Health Care Leadership Student Meeting-1

“Hello everyone!

We’re glad to hear that many of you are interested in being part of the Health Care Leadership club! Furthermore, we look forward to meeting all of you! So what is the Health Care Leadership club (HCL) about? This is an organization that will help you continue growing professionally and therefore, offer you the opportunity to continue learning more about your field outside the classroom. Not to mention, coming to our meetings will give you a chance to start connecting, networking, and socializing with your HCL peers! We have a lot planned this semester and hope to see you at some of the events!”

If you have any questions regarding the club, contact Jitendra Singh at


Safely Watch the Great American Eclipse August 21st!


Classes begin on August 21st for MSUM students. What better way to add some excitement to this day than to see the first extreme solar eclipse in Fargo-Moorhead in over thirty years? As exciting as this event may be, we all must take precautions to keep our eyes safe. It is very tempting to look directly at the eclipse. However, the eclipse can cause permanent eye damage if you look directly at it, even if it is just for a second. It’s important to wear special glasses made specifically for viewing an eclipse. Please do not use any other types of sunglasses! If you are purchasing your own pair of eclipse glasses, make sure they are certified.

The MSUM Planetarium will be having glasses available at their viewing on campus. Join them on August 21st from 11:30a until 2p in the G3 parking lot (corner of 6th Ave S. and 11th St. S). They will have the glasses as well as special telescopes for all to use and view the eclipse safely! If you are unable to attend in person, check out the live stream of the eclipse on their Facebook page Department of Physics and Astronomy.

The F-M area will be able to experience a partial eclipse. About 80 percent of the sun will be blocked from view. Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity! And don’t forget to be safe!


July is Social Wellness Month


Humans are a social species. No matter how often or how much we socialize, having some sort of a social life is very beneficial to our health! July has been dedicated as Social Wellness month as a reminder that no matter what our social goals are, creating new and maintaining current relationships is so important. Here are some facts about having social connections:

  • Socially isolated people are more at risk to have illness and have a death rate two to three times higher than those who are not.
  • Those who have social support do better under stress and are physically and mentally healthier.

Social media and technology has become a huge part of many peoples’ lives. It helps us stay connected with friends and family and know what is going on around us. Want to stay connected with long distance friends or family? You can stay connected through email, but you could also get connected though social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram. Do you have a friend from the past that you want to reconnect with? Find them on social media! Social media and technology have made it easy to stay connected! Start building up your social connections today! Your overall health will thank you!