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Preceptor Spotlight: Todd Smith, Nurse Practitioner Faculty in Residence

Family Nurse Practitioner and longtime preceptor Todd Smith knows how important it is to guide students as they translate academic learning into clinical practice. 

Three students working in sim lab
College of Nursing’s strategic plan targets innovation, engagement

A strategic plan is a road map for an organization, one that lays out its priorities and purpose.

Two nursing students standing in front of a classroom.
Suicide-awareness training intensely personal for WSU nursing students

Suicide was the subject when two WSU College of Nursing students visited an 8th-grade class in Deer Park recently. 

David Colvin, DNP student
Rural living and a good job are possible with a DNP degree

David Colvin, 58, DNP candidate, Washington State University College of Nursing.
Expects to graduate in May with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, with the goal of becoming a nurse practitioner.
Works at Providence Mount Carmel Hospital in Colville, Washington.

Student laughing while trying to flip an object onto a sterile mat during Upward Bound demonstration.
Upward Bound brings Okanogan County students to the College of Nursing

Nursing student Jasmine Sharifi demonstrated how to peel open a sterile pack of swabs and flip them forward onto a mat.

“You’re trying to flip them into your sterile field without crossing over it,” she explained, adding, “the first time I did it they flew across the sterile field and hit my partner.” 

Naomi Lungstrom at the front of a classroom.
WSU nursing instructor serves as medical expert in lawsuits

After serving as a medical expert in more than 70 lawsuits, Naomi Lungstrom knows there are a lot of ways health care can go wrong. 

Lions Club scholarships honor the dream of being a nurse

Amanda Bunch wanted to be a doctor, until she was diagnosed with a brain tumor at age 11.

After a difficult year of treatment, she changed her mind, her father said – she wanted to be a nurse. 

portrait of three DNP students
College of Nursing adding a Graduate Certificate in Public Health

The Washington State University College of Nursing will introduce a Graduate Certificate in Public Health with enrollment to begin in the fall.  



May 2018 Convocation

When: May 3, 2018

Where: Fox Theater, 1001 W. Sprague Ave., Spokane (intersection of Sprague Avenue and Monroe Street)

Time: 6 p.m.

What is Convocation?
Convocation is a celebration of the College of Nursing, including undergraduate pinning and, this year for the first time, hooding of doctoral students.

How is that different from Commencement?
Commencement is the graduation ceremony for the entire university. It’s where academic degrees and diplomas are awarded, as well as academic honors. Information on WSU Spokane Commencement, including deadlines, is available at:

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