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Year of the Nurse: PhD student leaves the arts for nursing

Year of the Nurse:
9/11 prompted PhD student
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  • portrait Year of the Nurse 2020: PhD student Mary Lee Roberts left the arts world for nursing

    Mary Lee Roberts was already well-established in her career as a high-end audio engineer on the East Coast. She had a PhD from the University of California-Santa Barbara, was director of electro-acoustic music at Princeton University, freelanced for celebrities, wrote and recorded original compositions, and was cited in books and journals.

    Then Sept. 11, 2001 happened.

    “I was right there,” Roberts recalls. “That and other things made me rethink what I was doing with my life.”

    It took some time, but that reassessment eventually led Roberts to the PhD program at the Washington State University College of Nursing, where she’s also a research associate.

    “I’m … » More …

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  • four people praying in Thailand College of Nursing faculty research palliative and hospice care in Thailand

    A team of nurse researchers from Washington State University left for Thailand on New Year’s Day to join Thai colleagues in looking at the unique care provided to cancer patients at a temple there.

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  • Portrait of a man holding a Discover Pass WSU Health Sciences faculty give their healthy holidays gift ideas

    If you’re looking for a gift to sustain mind and body wellness, why not consult an expert?

    Healthcare professionals at Washington State University Health Sciences tell us some of the gifts they’ve given their friends and family—and themselves—that can help encourage exercise, sleep, relaxation or self‑care.

    Here are their suggestions:

    Marian Wilson

    Assistant professor, WSU College of Nursing:

    Health starts with a healthy planet! This year I intend to give gifts that will help reduce plastic waste like bamboo utensils, reusable bags for fruits and vegetables, and stainless-steel straws. I also try to give gifts that can be consumed or used: dark chocolate, wine, … » More …

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