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WSU students, people and pets all helped by wellness clinic

Dogs, cats and their people cycled through the second Healthy People + Healthy Pets clinic at Washington State University Health Sciences last week, all getting free vaccinations, screenings and simple treatments from WSU nursing and veterinary medicine students.

After the health care came the fun stuff: dogs were outfitted with crimson-and-gray coats and harnesses, while cats were offered collars and carriers. Their owners got pet food, treats and other supplies.

“People are more concerned about their animals than themselves,” said Joyce Griffin-Sobel, dean of the WSU College of Nursing, as she supervised a coat fitting for Jasmine, a terrier. The event “is my favorite day … » More …

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WSU student juggles deployments and nursing school

Angela Brown was in Guam when her last year of nursing school began, deployed to Andersen Air Force Base as a Washington Air National Guard medic.

Janet Katz
Tool will measure cultural sensitivity from patient’s point of view

The United States is getting more diverse, and that’s a challenge for health care providers, said Professor Janet Katz of the Washington State University College of Nursing.

College of Nursing Alumni and Friends Holiday Gathering

Please join us Wednesday, Dec. 5 to celebrate Coug Nurses and Friends at the Maryhill Winery tasting room in Kendall Yards.

A flight of regional wines will be offered at the cost of $10 per person. Appetizers will be provided.

We’re excited to support a Coug business, owned by Craig Leuthold (’82) and his wife Vicki Leuthold.

Hope to see you there!

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Nursing students create community at Halloween event

Students at the Washington State University College of Nursing hosted a Halloween event for kids who have dietary restrictions or special needs, and the community responded.

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Trick or Treat So All Can Eat

WSU College of Nursing students are hosting this second annual event for kids with dietary restrictions or other special needs. There will be games, crafts and prizes, plus carb counts on all of the treats, gluten-free options, and a peanut-free environment. The location, in the Bookie building on the WSU Health Sciences Spokane campus, is accessible.

Best of all, it’s free, with free parking. Accessible entrance is on the south side of the building.



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Grant will help nursing students build skills in end-of-life care

As a young oncology nurse, Andra Davis treated patients who were approaching death. She didn’t shrink from that service, but came away feeling “rewarded and enriched” by being present at that stage of her patients’ lives. 

Dean Joyce Griffin-Sobel
Dean’s Letter: “We are building something that matters”

What an exciting time this is for the College of Nursing! As we begin our 50th anniversary celebrations, I would like to take a minute for reflection. 

Coug nurses in Yakima helping lead shift in mental health care

Two Coug nurses are at the forefront of a project to shift long-term care of mental illness away from Washington’s two state hospitals into smaller regional facilities. 

Roles and Responsibilities-Undergrad Preceptors

Roles & Responsibilities of Undergraduate Preceptors

Roles & Responsibilities of Undergraduate Preceptors

Orient the student to the clinical site and staff
Discuss student clinical learning objectives and then create a “roadmap” to guide the clinical experience. With preceptor input, the objectives may expand to reflect the patient unit/facility.
Promote a positive learning environment that encourages self-directed inquiry, development of critical analysis skills and allows for professional reflection and role development.
Validate clinical findings and data reported by the student. Review documentation in the medical record as required.
When time and space allow, directly observe the student interacting with patients. This … » More …

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