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Nursing student gives another student COVID vaccine
WSU nursing students and faculty giving COVID vaccinations

As the first group of Washington residents line up for COVID-19 vaccines, some are getting those long-awaited inoculations from WSU College of Nursing faculty and students.

In recent weeks Coug Nurses have volunteered in the Spokane area at Providence hospitals and at Summit Cancer Centers, which is an approved vaccination provider in the region. College of Nursing staff also volunteer at Providence to check people in for appointments.

Victoria Sattler, a teaching assistant professor at the College of Nursing, has been volunteering since the first day vaccines were administered at Providence Sacred Heart Hospital.

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Tracy Klein
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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WSU nursing PhD, MN offered in western U.S. at in-state tuition rate

Students from 16 western states and territories will now be able to enroll in the WSU College of Nursing’s PhD and Master of Nursing programs and pay the in-state tuition rate, saving thousands of dollars per semester.

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Stacey Lynds: ‘If I’m not working on the Rez I’ll be near it’

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, we talk to Stacey Lynds, a BSN nursing student in Spokane and a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation.

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WSU paper urges healthcare providers to ask patients about cannabis

Nurses and other healthcare providers should talk to patients about their cannabis use the same way they talk about other habits like smoking and drinking: routinely and without judgment.

WSU’s Lonnie Nelson evaluating COVID vaccines for impact on indigenous populations

Lonnie Nelson’s work improving the health and well-being of indigenous peoples has earned him grant funding, awards and citations as an academic researcher at Washington State University Health Sciences.

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Rural areas have fewer mental health services for teens, but great need

Very rural areas in the United States have fewer mental health services for young people, yet that’s where the help is needed the most, says a study led by Janessa Graves of the Washington State University College of Nursing, published this week in JAMA Network Open.

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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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Pullman community and WSU collaborate to bring nursing help to the Palouse

WSU nursing students will complete part of their clinical education on the Palouse in an arrangement spurred by the pandemic, but long sought by both the College of Nursing and the Pullman community.

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WSU nursing students in Yakima test hundreds for COVID

Washington State University nursing students in Yakima have tested hundreds of people for COVID-19 in the past few weeks in a new partnership with Medical Teams International.