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Twin sisters, both Coug Nurses, like their ‘endless options’

Haleigh and Lindsey Gibson are twin sisters from Curlew, Washington. They both graduated from the Washington State University College of Nursing and both work in labor and delivery at Spokane hospitals.

“Very twinsy of us,” says Haleigh, laughing.

Similar, yes, but the paths they took to nursing and what they like about it are an example of the wide range of possibilities in a nursing career.

Lindsey targeted nursing from the start of college.

“The main deciding factor for me was how versatile the degree is,” she says. “There are so many options, different kinds of shifts, different jobs.”

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Prof. Catherine Van Son named to Lindblad Endowed Professorship

Professor Catherine Van Son of the Washington State University College of Nursing has been selected for the college’s Waldron O. and Janet S. Lindblad Endowed Professorship in Geriatrics.

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Nursing faculty land WSU health equity research projects

Health equity means something different to Spanish-speaking agricultural workers, suburban children of color, and Asian families and Pacific Islander families. Yet all these groups face challenges of health equity – the economic, social or historical obstacles to living their healthiest possible lives.

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Study: Kratom a danger for older adults

Older adults are using kratom, often as an alternative to opioids for pain relief.

As the plant-based substance’s popularity has grown, however, so have calls to poison centers, often with severe consequences for older adults.

Patricia Butterfield
Nurses are ideal ambassadors for climate action

Nurses worldwide should become more involved in actions aimed at reducing the health effects of climate change, according to an analysis published recently in The BMJ, a prestigious medical publication formerly called the British Medical Journal.

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DNP project aims to gather more data on LGBTQ patients

Meghan Fitzpatrick, a Doctor of Nursing Practice student at the WSU College of Nursing, has been a nurse long enough to know the importance of gathering complete information from patients.

Fitzpatrick also identifies as queer nonbinary and knows from personal experience that LGBTQ patients often aren’t asked about their sexual orientation or gender identity when they see a provider or visit a clinic or hospital.

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WSU Nursing put Abel Saba’s long-held dream within reach

Abel Saba’s favorite thing at WSU Health Sciences Spokane is a painting of the campus titled “A Transforming Place.”

“I have been transformed,” he notes. “I came to WSU in 2015 as a nursing assistant, and as of today, six years later, I have my doctorate of nursing practice.” Saba graduated in May and is studying for his board exams to become a family nurse practitioner.

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Study will look at health threat from heat, wildfire smoke, and power outages

Assistant Professor Claire Richards of the Washington State University College of Nursing will study the public health threat posed by the combination of wildfire smoke, extreme heat, and power outages.