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Dialogue circles help build bridges between nursing students and communities of color

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Communication between a nurse and a patient carries assumptions and beliefs on both sides.

When that nurse is a student and the “patient” is the leader of a racial or ethnic minority group, the barriers to effective communication can be high.

Connie Kim Yen Nguyen-Truong, an assistant professor at the WSU College of Nursing in Vancouver, recently led an innovative communications process designed to help bridge those barriers. The teaching-learning strategy was co-authored by Michelle Closner, a PhD student at the WSU College of Nursing, and … » More …

Nurses are an important voice on medications committees

 

 

If nurses want a larger role in health care policy, they need to increase their numbers on boards and commissions. 

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WSU nursing, pharmacy students vaccinate nearly 800 people

Nearly 800 children and adults in Spokane County are protected against flu, chickenpox, measles, shingles and other illnesses thanks to students and faculty at Washington State University Health Sciences. 

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Community partners part of the lesson plan at WSU Health Sciences  

Health sciences students at Washington State University are learning leadership and service in Spokane’s East Central neighborhood. 

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Congratulations December grads!

December 2018 graduates of the WSU College of Nursing received their nursing pins at the college’s Convocation ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 6. 

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Concussion laws need adjustments, new analysis shows

In 2009 Washington became the first state to pass a law requiring that young athletes be cleared by a healthcare provider to return to play after a concussion. In the next few years all states passed similar laws as awareness of the danger of sports-related concussions grew. 

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Coug nurse draws on decades of nursing for debut mystery novel

Rita Catching had to retire from nursing to have enough time to write her first novel, a murder mystery whose main character is a nurse in Eastern Oregon. 

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Rural youth with mild head injuries face higher medical costs but get less care

Families of rural children with mild head injuries pay more for medical care and get less of it, a Washington State University analysis has found. 

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Start with phones, not pills, in tackling teenage insomnia

A growing number of teenagers in Anne Mason’s psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner practice are asking for prescriptions to get sleep medications. 

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Research Spotlight: A link between chronic pain and food insecurity

Chronic pain and depression are linked to food insecurity, according to new research headed by WSU College of Nursing PhD student Teresa Bigand. 

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