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National Nurses Week! Thank A Nurse Today!

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This year National Nurses’ Week is from Sunday, May 6th through Saturday, May 12th. This week is dedicated to acknowledging and honoring nurses for all of their hard work and dedication. The week starts on May 6th, which is National Nurses Day and ends on May 12, which is International Nurses Day. Nurses are essential in delivering the high quality of patient care. This is a great opportunity to recognized the amazing work that they do. Take time this week and every week to thank a nurse for all of their amazing dedication and work that they do.

 

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Smile! It’s National Children’s Dental Health Month 2017!

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Mastering good oral hygiene habits in children can be a chore! Did you know that tooth decay is the most common, preventable, chronic disease in children? No wonder it can be frustrating for parents! Fortunately, there are several resources to use that can guide parents through this process as well as plenty of fun activities for children to help them understand why tooth brushing and flossing is so important!

Promoting the benefits of good oral health is the goal of National Children’s Dental Health Month. Every February a campaign slogan is released to spread the message. This year’s slogan is “Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile” which promotes drinking tap water that contains fluoride rather than sugary drinks. The American Dental Association (ADA) provides printable activity and coloring pages at the following link:

http://www.ada.org/en/public-programs/national-childrens-dental-health-month

The ADA also provides resources such as brushing charts at this website:

http://www.mouthhealthykids.org/en/activity-sheets/choose-tap-water-for-a-sparkling-smile?source=promospots&content=topstories&medium=best_drink_childs_teeth

Good oral health is so important in children and good habits should be started early. Use the countless resources available to help children learn and become excited about taking care of their teeth! There are informative tools to help parents go through this experience, too! Nobody misses out in the promotion of good oral hygiene. Mouth Healthy Kids (mouthhealthykids.org) by the American Dental Association is a wonderful source for both kids and parents. Check it out and start promoting good dental health today!

 

Sources:

http://www.ada.org/en/public-programs/national-childrens-dental-health-month

mouthhealthykids.org

 

Apply for Fall 2017 RN to BSN Program!

MSUM is accepting RN-BSN nursing applications from motivated RNs seeking to earn their baccalaureate degree. With the BSN, you can more greatly impact patient outcomes, advance your career, and consider graduate school one day. Obtaining a BSN opens up many opportunities for career advancement. Nurses with this degree are in high demand and the field continues to grow! If you are curious about this degree check out some of the many reasons its a great day to be a Dragon!

WHY MSUM ???

• Flexibility with total online delivery, semi-annual admission, and progression at your own pace (average part-time completion: 2 years)

National accreditation since 1981 through CCNE to ensure the highest academic rigor to advance your career – and/or be accepted into graduate schools one day

• A smart investment by delivering a nationally recognized and highly reputable BSN more affordability than any in the area (e.g. compared to other public, for-profit, private institutions)

Meaningful connections and readily accessible faculty who are well equipped to manage an online learning environment with high quality faculty

• Spring application deadline: March 15 (summer/fall start)

Learn more:

  1. Visit the RN-BSN program website | https://www.mnstate.edu/snhl/bsn.aspx
  2. You will note a separate link for the RN-BSN Program Admission & Application information.
  3. Call or email to get your questions answered with ease. 218.477.2693 | nursing@mnstate.edu

 

World Heart Day 2016 is September 29!

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Each year, Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) is responsible for 17.5 million deaths, making it the number one cause of death. No wonder the World Heart Federation came together to create their World Heart Day platform! The main idea is to “Power Your Life.” There are four parts to this idea:

  1. Know your risk. It is important to know your blood glucose levels, blood pressure, and Body Mass Index (BMI). Knowing these will give you and your doctor the information you need in order to create a plan to have a healthy heart.
  2. Fuel your heart. Sometimes just a couple diet changes can work tremendously in improving heart health. Limiting prepackaged foods, alcohol, and sugar will make a big difference. It is also important to incorporate fruits and vegetable into your meal every day.
  3. Move your heart. Aerobic, strengthening, and stretching exercises are all recommended for good heart health. 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity five times a week is the preferred amount of exercise.
  4. Love your heart. One of the best things to do for good heart health is to avoid smoking. Benefits of quitting smoking begin the second you stop!

This link provides great information about heart health and awareness!

http://worldheartday.org/

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September is National Preparedness Month 2016

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September is the month to ready yourself for any unforeseen events. Put together a survival kit for a flood or earthquake. Map escape routes from your home in the event of a fire. Stock your vehicle with a shovel and blankets for winter. Put together a first aid and disease prevention kit to take with on trips or simply keep around. Taking the time to prepare for various kinds of emergencies can make the difference in safety and survival. “Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today” is the slogan for this years campaign. It serves as a reminder that preparedness is the best protection. Youth, elderly, and those with disabilities or accessibility issues should pay special attention to National Preparedness Month (NPM). Certain accommodations may need to be made to ensure safety and planning ahead will save time and maybe even your life.

Each week of the month has a theme and special method of helping to prepare for any emergency.

Promote NPM: August 28- September 3, Kickoff to National Preparedness Month

Week 2: September 4-10, Make a family emergency communication plan.

Week 3: September 11-17, Honor 9/11 by getting involved in your community and planning with neighbors.

Week 4: September 18-24, Take individual steps to prepare for a disaster today like downloading the FEMA app.

Week 5: September 25-30, Be counted and register your preparedness event for National PrepareAthon Day!

For more preparedness resources visit the link below.

https://www.ready.gov/september

 

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National Food Safety Month

September is National Food Safety and Education Month. Included in this month would be cross-contamination, proper refrigeration, and proper surface cleaning. You may think that Food Safety is something that you only need to worry about in restaurants, but proper food safety also needs to be evaluated in the home. Refrigerators are common household items that may be a culprit when it comes to household food safety concerns. Recent studies have shown that almost 43% of household refrigerators are above 40 degrees Fahrenheit, which is considered a “danger zone” for bacteria growth. It also shows that many produce bins are among the most contaminated areas in a kitchen containing both salmonella and listeria. To keep you and your family safe, you should clean out your fridge often with warm soapy water. In all settings, especially food service and health care, hand washing is the best way to prevent the spread of bacteria. Both areas also put extra emphasis on the cleanliness of counters and other counter-like surfaces.

Here in Moorhead there is an organization that lets locals farm their own crops. It’s Probstfield  Organic Community Garden. They have 100 plots available for rent, so anyone interested gardening their own crops have an opportunity to do so. It is important to remember to that, if you have a plot or you buy from our local farmers’ markets, while there aren’t many, if any, major pesticides the food still needs to be thoroughly cleaned.

To learn more:

http://www.foodsafetymonth.com/Home

https://www.foodsafety.gov/blog/2015/09/food-safety-myths.html

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Apply to MSUM’s RN to BSN Program Today!

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MSUM is accepting RN-BSN nursing applications from motivated RNs seeking to earn the baccalaureate degree. With the BSN, you can more greatly impact patient outcomes, advance your career, and consider graduate school one day. Obtaining a BSN opens up many opportunities for career advancement. Nurses with this degree are in high demand and the field continues to grow! If you are curious about this degree check out some of the many reasons its a great day to be a Dragon!

WHY MSUM ???

Ø  Flexibility with totally online delivery, semi-annual admission, and progression at your own pace (average part-time completion: 2 years)

Ø  National accreditation since 1981 through CCNE to ensure the highest academic rigor to advance your career – and/or be accepted into graduate schools one day

Ø  A smart investment by delivering a nationally recognized and highly reputable BSN more affordability than any in the area (e.g. compared to other public, for-profit, private institutions)

Ø  Meaningful connections and readily accessible faculty who are well equipped to manage an online learning environment

Ø  Spring application deadline: March 15 (summer/fall start)

Ø  Fall application deadline: October 15 (spring start)

Learn more:

  1. Visit the RN-BSN program website | https://www.mnstate.edu/snhl/bsn.aspx
  2. You will note a separate link for the RN-BSN Program Admission & Application information.
  3. Call or email to get your questions answered with ease. 218.477.2693 | nursing@mnstate.edu

 

National Suicide Prevention Week

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Does the number 13 mean anything to you? For many people, 13 is considered an unlucky number. This number is omitted from the floors of buildings, hospital rooms, and, in some cities, the names of streets. Many people and places try to avoid this number because of the bad luck it brings, but now the number 13 will have a new meaning to you. According to the American Association of Suicidology, almost every 13 minutes someone dies from suicide.

What can we do to lessen the frequency of this statistic? One way is to know that signs. Clinical researchers have come up with a mnemonic that you may have heard of before: IS PATH WARM. This stands for Ideation, Substance abuse, Purposelessness, Anxiety, Trapped, Hopelessness, Withdrawal, Anger, Recklessness, and Mood changes.

There are plenty of events to spread the awareness of suicide. On September 10, the campus is encouraging everyone to wear yellow for Suicide Awareness Day. The best way to go about suicide is to prevent it! Being educated on suicide and reporting signs when you see them is so important!

If you or someone you know is thinking about or showing suicidal signs, there are many places to get help!

The Hendrix Clinic and Counseling Center is available Monday-Friday from 8am-4:30pm. The number is 218-477-2211.

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is available 24/7. This number is 1-800-273-8255.

Always remember that in emergencies you should call 911.

No matter who you are, your life matters and there is always someone wanting and waiting to help!

 

Site sources:

http://www.suicidology.org/ncpys/warning-signs-risk-factors

Santa Monica Police Sergeant Brown Gets “Hero Award” from AFSP

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.

Women’s Equality Day

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It has been 96 years since women won the right to vote! After 72 years of gaining support through many speeches, petitions, and newspapers, the 19th Amendment was created on August 26, 1920. This amendment allows women to vote and hold public office.

August 26 is now recognized as Women’s Equality Day. It is a day where we can look back at the efforts and successes that women have made over the years. The 19th Amendment was a giant step towards creating equality between men and women. Ideas and services provided by both genders working together have opened up several opportunities over the years. Including everyone in the voting process allows everyone to have a say in what they want to see in our country. What if women were not able to vote today? Can you imagine how different our country and government would be?

Although women are still a minority in public office, they are still making a difference and finding their voices. Hillary Clinton is the first woman to be nominated by a major political party in the presidential election. However, she is not the first woman to have ever run for president. Many women have run for president and that number has been slowly increasing over the years. Maybe someday it will be common to have women involved in those final stages of the presidential election, or even have a female president.

 

http://www.nwhp.org/resources/commemorations/womens-equality-day/10-ideas-for-womens-equality-day/

http://www.osce.org/what/gender