Category Archives: RN to BSN

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!

 

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

Almost Free…Study Day is May 3rd 2017

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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!

Tired of Waiting? So Were We. Introducing Rolling Admissions for our RN to BSN Program!

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We realize that students need to know what’s happening for their fall or spring semester. Finding out if you have been accepted into a program only shortly before it starts doesn’t leave a lot of room to make backup plans if things didn’t turn out the way you had hoped. It is a bit of guesswork on how many programs you should apply to “guarantee” you’ll get into one, and we want to help our students by notifying them as soon as possible.

Every 6 weeks from now on we will be reviewing the applications we have received and contact the applicants with our decision. That means you can apply right now and find out within a month! This early decision gives you the chance to make changes and finalize your plans and lower some of the nervous energy you may be feeling. It also gets rid of the looming deadline of when the application window slams shut.

The first group of applicants have already found out if they are in or not. I do have to say, we had a lot of excellent applicants for Spring 2018 so far. We will still have the same number of spots open, so the earlier you turn in your application the better if you want to better your chances of acceptance.

Almost everything you may need:

Program Application form

Program description

Here or here for course listings and descriptions

Scholarships

Contact us if you have any question or need help:

Phone: 218-477-2693

Email: snhlsa@mnstate.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Update: Conference Review by Tracy Wright

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The Health Educator’s Conference was held in Minneapolis, MN on April 6, 2017.  This is an annual conference with health educators from throughout the state invited. MSUM had a vendor booth at the conference. I was fortunate to connect with many past and present MSUM students! We had many students that were interested in our program asking us questions that we were glad to answer.               

There were several attendees interested in pursuing MSUM Graduate Programs in Nursing and/or MHA.  Also present were faculty from community and technical colleges around the state. Information regarding MSUM’s RN-to-BSN program was provided to these faculty to disseminate on to their own Associate Degree Nursing graduates who may desire to continue their nursing education.

Below are a few of the great sessions at the conference:

  • -Deck, M. (2017.04.06). Creative ways to teach diverse learners: It’s all about engagement.  Health Educator                                 Conference. Minneapolis, MN.
  • -Beasley, L. (2017.04.06). Lateral violence, breaking the silence. Health Educator Conference.Minneapolis, MN.
  • -Elliot, A. (2017.04.06). Professional values competency evaluation. Health Educator Conference. Minneapolis, MN.
  • -Bristol, T. (2017.04.06). Item analysis made easy: Or at least tolerable. Health Educator Conference. Minneapolis, MN.
  • -Deck, M. (2017.04.06). Be wise to what’s up & coming. Health Educator Conference. Minneapolis, MN.

 

-Tracy Wright