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WSU nurse practitioner student values creativity amid disruption

Jacqueline Flowers graduated with 4.0 GPA from the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the WSU College of Nursing in Vancouver. Not long ago she was weighing competing job offers to work as a nurse practitioner at health clinics in rural Washington.  

Then the COVID-19 pandemic arrived, blowing a hole in budgets throughout the health care system.  

Suddenly her first-choice employer withdrew a job offer amid a hiring freeze. Flowers mulled whether she should wait to see whether the freeze lifted, but in the end accepted a job in a different rural community.  

Disruption, however, is not the first thing on Flowers’ mind as she considers the impact of the pandemic on her plans and on health care.   

She talks about creativity and flexibility in how Washington State … » More …

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7 questions for incoming WSU College of Nursing Dean Mary Koithan

Dr. Mary Koithan is facing more than a few unknowns as she prepares to become the next dean of the WSU College of Nursing. Will there be faculty and staff in the building when she begins her new job on July 1? What’s the plan for instruction in the fall semester? And how in the world do you sell one house and buy another given social distancing and travel challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic?

We spoke to Dr. Koithan via Zoom recently about what attracted her to the WSU College of Nursing and what’s important for the future of nursing education and … » More …

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WSU Doctor of Nursing Practice program ranked among top 25 in the nation

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the Washington State University College of Nursing is among the top 25 in the nation, according to the newest ranking from U.S. News & World Report.

A DNP degree is a clinical doctorate, as opposed to the research-focused PhD, and is designed to prepare students for a career as a nurse practitioner. The WSU College of Nursing launched its DNP program in 2012 and it’s offered on campuses statewide.

The program ranked 25th in the 2021 Best Graduate School Rankings by U.S. News & World Report, which has been producing such rankings for more than 30 years. It … » More …

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Year of the Nurse: Certificates prepare graduate student for a career in humanitarian aid

Pam Martin knew she wanted to use her nurse practitioner education to help ease suffering around the world.

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College of Nursing faculty research palliative and hospice care in Thailand

A team of nurse researchers from Washington State University left for Thailand on New Year’s Day to join Thai colleagues in looking at the unique care provided to cancer patients at a temple there.

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Grants will expand WSU-Micronesian Islander Community program

Asking members of a community what they need, then partnering to achieve those goals, is the aim of community-based participatory research.

A program using that research approach in the Micronesian Islander community of Oregon was successful, leading to two additional grants to expand that work.

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Graduate Programs Virtual Open House

Step up to leadership in your nursing career, become a nurse scientist or a nurse practitioner, or teach the next generation of nurses with a graduate degree from the Washington State University College of Nursing.

Catherine Van Son honored for work in gerontological nursing

Catherine Van Son, an associate professor at the WSU College of Nursing in Vancouver, was honored this month as a Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing by an organization dedicated to improving healthcare for older adults.

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With 1 billion patient visits a year, nurse practitioners play a key role in healthcare

Nov. 10 is the start of National Nurse Practitioner Week, and we’ve got some facts for you:

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