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Nurse practitioners make addiction treatment more available in rural areas

Giving nurse practitioners the authority to prescribe buprenorphine has brought that gold standard treatment for opioid addiction to people who might not have had access to it before, according to a new study led by Tracy Klein, PhD, associate professor at the Washington State University College of Nursing in Vancouver.

Klein and her colleagues Dan Hartung, PharmD, and Jonah Geddes, MPH, used Prescription Drug Monitoring Data to look at prescription and dispensing patterns in Oregon before and after nurse practitioners and physician assistants gained the authority to prescribe buprenorphine in 2017. Before that time, only physicians were allowed to prescribe the medication nationally.

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Connie Nguyen-Truong honored with national teaching innovation award

Connie Kim Yen Nguyen-Truong, PhD, RN, an assistant professor at the Washington State University College of Nursing in Vancouver, is being honored with the 2020 Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

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WSU revises RN-BSN to meet needs of nurses, community partners

More than 1,700 registered nurses who had a hospital diploma or an associate degree have been able to earn a bachelor’s degree because of the Washington State University College of Nursing.

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Three WSU faculty named fellows of the American Academy of Nursing

 

Three Washington State University College of Nursing faculty will be inducted as Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing this fall.

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Telehealth class added to nurse practitioner training

Nurse practitioner students at the Washington State University College of Nursing received special training this summer in seeing patients via telehealth.

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Research funding on the rise at the WSU College of Nursing

Research funding took another jump at the Washington State University College of Nursing last year.

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Cloth mask tested by WSU nursing faculty could offer more protection

Two faculty members at the Washington State University College of Nursing are testing a fabric mask made with a filter available at big-box stores as an alternative to sometimes-scarce N95 masks.