WSU’s College of Nursing is excited to announce that it will partner with Providence to educate nursing students on better care for those from traditionally underrepresented populations.
“Providence is proud to support the WSU College of Nursing Simulation Curriculum as this program provides so many learning opportunities for students and allows them to gain the skills they need before working in a health care setting. We are excited to help provide students with this opportunity and help ease the way for the future of nursing.”Susan Stacey, Providence Inland Northwest Washington, Chief Executive
Through this program, funded by a generous gift from Providence, the College of Nursing will develop experiential learning activities to educate students on properly managing care and promoting whole-person health and wellbeing.
The program specifically focuses on serving individuals who identify as BIPOC and those experiencing homelessness, living below the poverty line, or with food insecurity. Additionally, the program aims to educate students on supporting those experiencing mental illness or often less-understood health issues and those with one or more disabilities.
“As we prepare students to assume professional nursing positions in our community, it is absolutely critical that they are able to navigate complex social and contextual environments faced by patients and families from diverse populations. Simulated, case-based learning is a safe and effective way for students to refine their skills and this generous support from Providence provides us with an opportunity to work with experts in care to the underserved and under-represented so that we can thread these competencies across our undergraduate and graduate programs,” Mary Koithan, Dean, WSU College of Nursing.
Through experiential practice, students will learn how to align their skills and compassion in providing care to people in these populations and prepare for the real-life situations they will face as nursing professionals, resulting in better health outcomes for those they serve.