Category Archives: Spring 2016

World No Tobacco Day 2016

May 31st, 2016 is set aside to stomp out tobacco use around the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) is leading the effort with support from various groups and organizations around the world. “Get Ready for Plain Packaging” is the theme of this year’s campaign. The colorful and exciting packaging of tobacco products is a large part of their appeal. By limiting the type of packaging that can be used the appeal of the product is limited, as is advertising abilities, and the tendency to mislead consumers. Creating standardized packaging for all tobacco products will also increase the effectiveness of warning labels and other health information related to the products. An example of the standardized packing that WHO, and others helping with the cause, would like to implement can be seen below.


Plain packing for tobacco products is part of a larger picture of tobacco product control. This packaging builds on already existing regulations of the market. Everyone can take action to stop tobacco use in their world. Individuals, policy makers, and civil society can step up and encourage government officials to adopt plain packing for all tobacco products!

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The Fargo Marathon!

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Go Far with the Fargo Marathon! May 19th-21st expect the city to be full of runners. It’s the time of year for the Fargo Marathon.  Join us at MSUM on the 21st to cheer on our runners. We have convenient parking and lots of room to set up chairs or watch from the sidelines. As a bonus, you’ll get to listen to live music from local bands and see the runners pass by, not once, but twice!

The marathon is in its 12th year and has grown immensely in popularity. Runners will start from inside the Fargodome, travel through the city, and end in the Fargodome surrounded by thousands of fans and spectators! After leaving the Fargodome runners will travel along the quiet streets or residential North Fargo before following the path along the Red River, into Moorhead, through downtown Fargo, and back to the starting point. The route will be lined with over 40 local bands and DJ’s to provide some entertainment and keep up the energy as the race continues.

The Fargo Marathon is a USATF certified course and a true Boston Marathon Qualifier. It is also home to one of the largest youth races around! Participants in the youth race can choose from the 1/2 mile or 1 mile run that will kick-off with a warmup led by TNT Fitness!

Whether or not you or someone you know is participating in the marathon come out for a weekend of excitement, fun, and to support the runners in their 26.2 mile journey!

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Congratulations Graduates!


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The School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership would like to take this time to congratulate MSUM student’s who are graduating today. A special congratulations goes out to all students graduating from an SNHL program! Today is the day of commencement. The ceremony is split into two parts based on the college the student is graduating from. Below you will find a Commencement schedule for the day! SNHL students will lineup at 1:00pm to walk with the College of Science, Health & the Environment. Below you will find the day’s schedule and a bit of information about location.

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If you are unable to attend the ceremony in person the link below will allow you to attend virtually!

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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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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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.

April Fools’!

header-april-fools-gotchaToday is the day of serious pranks and laughter. This day is April Fools’ day.  April Fools’ is celebrated every year on April 1st and it is the only day where pranks happen in abundance worldwide. While no one knows exactly where April fools’ comes from, historians believe that it can be traced back to the 1500’s. However, this special holiday did not become popular until the 1700’s. The 1700’s was the era of the founding fathers, so with April Fools’ slowly becoming a part of the culture, the founding fathers most likely joined in on the fun. Ben Franklin was said to be the jester of the fathers, however one of Franklin’s quotes can describe some people’s views on April Fools’: “Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools that do not have brains enough to be honest”. Some people on April Fools’ day do not like having tricks played upon them, although it is all in the spirit of fun and games!

While placing the history of April fools’ day in the hands of our forefathers, some historians believe that the origins might be linked to the vernal equinox. The vernal equinox is the equinox in March that signals the beginning of spring. Since the equinox represents the beginning of spring, it can be interpreted that this fast change in weather is mother nature trying to make a joke.

Aside the vernal equinox and the founding fathers, April Fools’ day spread to Britain in the 1800’s where the beginning of the prank “kick me” came into play. The “kick me” prank is normally played out where a person would take a sheet of paper, write kick me on it, and then stick it to a person’s back. Then other people who see the sign and kick the “kick me” victim. The Brits thought that this was extremely hilarious and so it became a “traditional” April Fools’ joke.

The modern take on April fools’ some would say has got to be a bit more modern. There have been pranks reported that consist of someone covering an entire car with sticky notes at night to only have the owner of the car be forced to take off every last sticky note in the morning. Another prank included someone microwaving soap because once microwaved, it starts to look like a loaf of bread. Not exactly the softest loaf on the market, since people tried eating it. Lastly, a person reported an April Fools’ prank where he or she covered the red light on the bottom of a coworkers’ mouse making the mouse disabled.

All in all, April Fools’ is a holiday with much history. Since it can be dated back to the 1500’s there have been millions of pranks played to celebrate such a day. So in the Spirit of April Fools’ go out and make history by playing the funniest, yet safe prank of the year.


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