Category Archives: Summer 2016

Working in Public Health with Carol Roth

In an interview with Carol Roth RN, MSN and a faculty member at Minnesota State University Moorhead, she provided some insights on her time working as a public health nurse. She briefly shared about her own experiences, but kept the focus on the many different specialties within the Public Health sector. To see more of what Carol has to say watch the video below.

National Book Lovers Day 2016


August 9th is National Book Lovers Day! This is the day to celebrate all the bookworms across the country. Today is the day to pick out a good book, head to your favorite reading spot, and dive in. Whether the book be fiction or non-fiction, pick it up and start reading. Whether you prefer the feel and smell of an old fashioned book printed on paper and tightly bound, an audio book, or an e-book, it is time to start reading. Although no one really knows how this day came to be it has long since been celebrated by people all over the country. The best way to honor the day….? Read a Book!! If it’s an old favorite or a first time read take some time to enjoy that book!

If you’re in search of a good book check out the recommendations below for those in the healthcare field!

Cooked: An Inner City Nursing Memoir by Carol Karels

How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman

Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul: Stories to Celebrate, Honor and Inspire the Nursing Profession by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Nancy Mitchell-Autio

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

The Cost of Hope: The Story of a Marriage, a Family, and the Quest for Life by Amanda Bennett


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National Minority Donor Awareness Week 2016!


August 1st through the 7th is National Minority Donor Awareness Week. The focus of this week long observance is to draw attention to the many minority groups that are often under-served in the healthcare field. This difference is most noticeable when the waiting lists for organ transplantation are considered. Minority groups make up 58% of all people waiting for a transplant of some kind. The difference in genetic composition between ethnic groups makes this gap difficult to close and causes several populations to have a higher percentage of people in need of a transplant. High blood pressure and diabetes can lead to renal (kidney) disease, which is best treated through organ transplantation. African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and Asian and Pacific Islanders are three times more likely to develop one of these conditions and require an organ transplant. This is one of the leading causes of the high number of minority groups that are on the organ transplant waiting list. This week long observance brings attention to the issue of minority organ donation. If more people of every ethnicity donate organs or tissue the gap can be closed and many lives can be saved.

To learn more about minority organ donation and transplantation visit the link below.

To learn more about the process of organ and tissue donation visit the link below.

Remind your friends, family, coworkers, and acquaintances that becoming an organ donor can save many many lives and help us all to live more comfortably.


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August is National Immunization Awareness Month!


Immunizations are a vital tool for preventing dangerous diseases around the world. Vaccinations are the best way to prevent these harmful diseases and keep yourself and those around you safe. National Immunization Awareness Month is a great time to remind friends, family, coworkers, and others around you to keep up to date on their shots. Several common vaccinations require booster shots after a number of years. Speak with your primary doctor to be sure you are up to date. Vaccinations are not just for children, they are a great benefit to people of all ages and it is never too late to get vaccinated.

If you are an adult or teenager looking to be vaccinated visit the link below to see the vaccines recommended for you.

If you are looking to vaccinate your child visit the link below to see the recommended vaccinations.

If you are an adult who would like to see if your vaccinations are up to date the link below can help you out.

If you or someone you know is pregnant visit the link below to see the recommended vaccination schedule for the duration of the pregnancy and after childbirth.

Remember to vaccinate yourself and your children, don’t forget to remind others around you to get vaccinated and stay up to date to keep dangerous disease at bay and work towards a healthier planet!


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SNHL Professional Pathways Presentations


Please join professor Alicia Swanson MSN, RN, PHN and her hardworking summer students for their RN to BSN Capstone Project Presentations. These presentations are the final project for students enrolled in Nursing 473 Professional Pathways. At the end of the semester and the RN to BSN program students complete this class, project, and presentation as a capstone course.

All presentations will be available for your viewing via WebEx. The first presentation will begin at 9:00 am on Thursday, July 28th. Several others are to follow and the last will wrap up at 2:30. Each presentation lasts about a half hour and a break for lunch will take place from noon to 1:00. Below you will find a schedule of the presentations and a link to connect via WebEx.

9:00am-9:30am Reducing Long-term Negative Effects of Opioid Management through the Promotion of Alternative Treatment Modalities by Sheralyn Schram

9:30am-10:00am Improve and Increase Patient Education Regarding Opioid Medication by Laurie McReynolds

10:00am-10:30am Development of a TB Screening Tool for Patients at the Point of Entry by Tammy Heeter

10:30am-11:00am Telemedicine in a County Jail by Mariah Schoonover

11:00am-11:30am Work Related Stress Overload by Brooke Dukart

11:30am-12:00pm An Enhanced Return-to-Work Process for Warehouse Workers with Lumbar Back Pain by Roxanna Eng

12:00pm-1:00pm BREAK

1:00pm-1:30pm Implementing Best Practice: Intimate Partner Violence by Holly Blilie

1:30pm-2:00pm Fall Elimination by Heidi Swanson

2:00pm-2:30pm Meditation for Assisted Living Residents by Douglas Reiter

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Alicia Swanson

Alicia Swanson MSN, RN, PHN

World Hepatitis Day 2016

Each year the World Health Organization (WHO) organizes this day in an effort to end viral hepatitis. Join the No-Hep movement to eradicate viral hepatitis by 2030. Every action can help lead to the end of viral hepatitis. This year WHO has created a Global Strategy for Viral Hepatitis. This strategy sets a goal to eliminate the disease by 2030. July 28th is World Hepatitis Day and we can all take action to end the effects of Viral Hepatitis. View the video below to learn more about the World Health Organizations global efforts.

To learn more about the cause or how you can help check out the link below.


World Population Day 2016!


July 11th is World Population Day. This day is organized by the United Nations and each year has a different theme. 2016’s Population Day theme is Investing in Teenage Girls. In 1989 the United Nations created this day to bring a focus to population issues.

Around the world teenage girls face many issues. In many countries teenage girls are considered ready for marriage, children, or to be pushed into the real world. Girls at this age are often forced out of school which can be very detriemental to their futures. These girls also suffer from a lack of health information. They lack many of the resources necessary to properly care for themselves. This issue is even worse for girls of ethnic minorities or those living in poverty. “Yet when teenage girls are empowered, when they know about their rights and are given the tools to succeed, they become agents of positive change in their communities.”

Each year agents of the UN work to end these population differences and to empower and educate people so they can live safe, comfortable, and healthy lives. You can join the UN in their efforts in a variety of ways. To learn more about the cause and what you can do visit the link below.