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Psych nurse practitioner degree will help student ‘serve the people who serve us’

As a nurse and commissioned officer of the U.S. Public Health Service, Andrew Colburn encountered veterans who were addicted to opioids, or had mental health conditions, or both. In many cases, the addiction was a result of treatment received for service-related injuries.

The experience changed his career trajectory, Colburn said.

He decided to pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree at the Washington State University College of Nursing, with the goal of becoming a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner working with the military.

“I want to serve the people who serve us,” he said.

A psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner uses a full scope … » More …

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Grant trained 1,200 students how to talk with patients about drinking, drug use

 

Alcohol and drug abuse pose serious health risks. But even nurses and doctors don’t find it easy to talk to patients about their drinking or drug use. 

Declining number of rural pharmacies in Washington ‘a worrisome trend’

A small-town pharmacist dispenses medication, of course. But they might also provide clinical services like immunizations and blood pressure screenings; consult on health issues; or even act as a de facto benefits or case manager for customers.

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Blog: People of Peru Project trip comes to an end

Wednesday, May 30
By Kim Pendilla

After spending almost three weeks in Peru, our trip has finally come to an end. As all of us make our way back home, we’re sad to see everyone go. I mean, we spent Almost Every Waking moment together!

We all say our goodbyes, giving each other long bear hugs, reminiscing about funny moments and promising to keep in touch via classes or social media. Then we part ways.

I can hopefully say that this trip was the best thing that has happened to all the us as a group. It greatly affected our lives and reminded us … » More …

Study: Having a quiet place for work breaks helps combat fatigue

Health-care workers who have a quiet place to rest on their work breaks reported being significantly less sleepy than those who didn’t have that access, according to new research led by Marian Wilson, Ph.D., of the Washington State University College of Nursing.

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WSU College of Nursing convocation held in the historic Fox Theater

The WSU College of Nursing held its 2018 Convocation ceremony in the historic Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox in Spokane on May 3. 

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Federal study of nurses’ work shifts led by WSU College of Nursing scientist

A researcher at the Washington State University College of Nursing will lead a $1 million, federally-funded study on nurses’ work shifts that could influence policy nationally.

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WSU nursing student’s action at City Gate might have saved a life

A Washington State University nursing student in Spokane got a glimpse of his future recently. 

Latoyia Butler standing next to her research poster.
WSU’s largest-ever DNP class improves healthcare in myriad ways

The WSU College of Nursing will graduate 33 Doctor of Nursing Practice students this spring, its largest-ever DNP class. 

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