Dr. Janet Katz is inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing on Oct. 7, 2017.
Dr. Janet Katz is inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing on Oct. 7, 2017.

Dr. Janet Katz, professor at the Washington State University College of Nursing, was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing at the organization’s annual meeting in Washington D.C. in October.

The academy’s more than 2,500 fellows worldwide are nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy, and research. Fellows are selected for their significant contributions to nursing and health care, and the impact of their career on health policies and population health and well-being.

Dr. Katz was the only inductee this year from Eastern Washington, and one of just three from the state.

Her work has focused on diversifying the nursing workforce. Dr. Katz is currently principle investigator on a federal grant to increase the number of disadvantaged, Native American and Hispanic students from rural areas who choose health sciences for their careers. She is also principle investigator for a project focusing on preventing substance abuse and suicide among young members of the Spokane Tribe of Indians. In addition, she coordinates nursing programs for the annual Na-ha-shnee Native American Health Sciences Institute held annually at WSU Spokane, and teaches community health at the WSU College of Nursing.


Portrait of Renee Hoeksel holding a plaque
Dr. Renee Hoeksel was inducted as a Fellow in the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education.

Dr. Renee Hoeksel, executive associate dean and professor at the Washington State University College of Nursing, was inducted as a fellow of the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education.

The National League for Nursing established the Academy of Nursing Education in 2007 to foster excellence in nursing education and to recognize nurse educators who have made sustained and significant contributions to the field. Dr. Hoeksel was one of 14 nurse educators selected as an NLN Fellow.

Dr. Hoeksel, who teaches at the WSU College of Nursing in Vancouver, Washington, has been lauded for her academic leadership, innovative teaching strategies, and collaborative educational and community partnerships. During the last 27 years Dr. Hoeksel’s leadership in nursing education and policy development related to academic progression in nursing has re-modeled RN-BSN education across the state, resulting in higher quality patient care. Her leadership resulted in highly successful connections between practice and education while increasing access to nationally accredited RN-BSN programs across five Western states.


Portrait of Laura Wintersteen-Arleth holding the Crimson Spirit Award.
Laura Wintersteen-Arleth, senior instructor in the WSU College of Nursing, received the university’s Crimson Spirit Award in September.

Senior Instructor Laura Wintersteen-Arleth received Washington State University’s Crimson Spirit Award in September, and was also honored by Provost Dan Bernardo as Featured Faculty during a Cougar football game in October.

The Crimson Spirit Award is a special commendation for WSU faculty and staff who have provided outstanding service and have exceeded expectations while representing the University. Wintersteen-Arleth was nominated by a student, who noted: “Laura is one of the major reasons I am still in school. She approached me when I was having a very difficult time and told me just the right thing, when I needed it most.”

Wintersteen-Arleth was recognized for her wide-ranging responsibilities, as well as the caliber of her work. Those responsibilities include being an adviser, teacher, serving as a clinical instructor, and acting as liaison to the Kaplan test-prep program for nursing.

As one of two Featured Faculty members, Wintersteen-Arleth received a commemorative football helmet on the field during the game between WSU and Colorado. Said Wintersteen-Arleth, “I love being an RN and get great joy and satisfaction being a part of the journey our students take to fulfill their dreams of serving others as RNs.”


Portrait of Julie Postma, who specializes in environmental health and asthma
Dr. Julie Postma

Dr. Julie Postma, associate professor at the WSU College of Nursing, received the Public Health Leadership Award from the Washington State Public Health Association at the organization’s annual meeting in October.

The award conferred by the statewide organization recognizes a person who’s demonstrated sustained leadership in public health advocacy, research, education, or equity and social justice. Postma teaches population health courses in the WSU College of Nursing graduate program and serves as clinical faculty in the Puget Sound region for the college’s undergraduate program. Her research and expertise focus on environmental health, especially asthma.

Among Postma’s many activities, she led a successful three-year community engagement project to increase parent participation in the Puget Sound Asthma Coalition. She convened both a parent advisory group and a research advisory network, and has served as chair of the asthma coalition’s research and evaluation subcommittee since 2014.



Photo of four people with Melody Rasmor second from left holding a plaque. Others pictured are project sponsor representatives Ryan Hart, of the Port of Vancouver USA, Chris Hill, of Northwest Capital Mortgage, and Lorre Jaffe of Real Living The Real Estate Group.
Clinical Associate Professor Melody Rasmor, second from left, received the Real Hero award from project sponsor representatives (left to right): Ryan Hart, Port of Vancouver USA; Chris Hill, Northwest Capital Mortgage; and Lorre Jaffe, Real Living The Real Estate Group.

Dr. Melody Rasmor, clinical assistant professor at the WSU College of Nursing Vancouver, was named a “Real Hero” by the Learn Here Project in Clark County, Washington.

Rasmor was honored for her work establishing an annual clinic that provides low-cost sports physicals to students in the Evergreen School District. Nearly two dozen graduate and undergraduate nursing students participate, and the clinics serve about 100 public school students.

She was recognized at an event in October held by sponsor representatives for Land Here, Live Here, Learn Here, an economic development initiative.



Photo of Teresa Bigand gesturing to her research poster
Teresa Bigand describes her research at the Inland Northwest Research Symposium.

A research poster by doctoral student and graduate teaching assistant Teresa Bigand was voted Best Clinical Poster by attendees at the American Society for Pain Management Nursing conference in Phoenix in September.

The award is both an endorsement of Bigand’s research and the way it was presented, according to Dr. Marian Wilson, assistant professor in the College of Nursing and Bigand’s dissertation committee chair.

The poster, “Examining Overweight Status Among Adults with Chronic Pain,” reflects research that concludes being overweight significantly increases an adult’s odds of suffering chronic pain.