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Students, faculty honored with Chancellor’s Awards at 2017 Commencement Breakfast

Faculty, friends and family gathered Friday morning for WSU Spokane’s 2017 Commencement Breakfast, and students and faculty from the WSU College of Nursing were among those honored with Chancellor’s Awards.

Yasmin Musa Al-Shannaq and Anas Mohammad both are getting PhDs from the WSU College of Nursing
Jordanian couple credit support of College of Nursing faculty on their “PhD journey”

Among the six doctoral students who’ll graduate from the WSU College of Nursing Friday are Anas Mohammad and Yasmin Musa Al-Shannaq, a Jordanian couple who met in nursing school and came to the United States together to pursue graduate degrees.

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Nursing’s “pinning” ceremony is steeped in tradition

The day before commencement, WSU College of Nursing undergraduates will take part in 100-year-old tradition handed down from none other than Florence Nightingale – the pinning ceremony. 

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Largest-ever class of DNP students to graduate from WSU College of Nursing next week

The WSU College of Nursing will graduate its largest-ever class of DNP students next week. The 23 students from across the state cleared their last hurdle with the presentation of projects on Thursday. 

Two Nursing faculty selected as fellows for WSU Honors College

Roschelle “Shelly” Fritz and Janessa Graves, both assistant professors in the WSU College of Nursing, are among seven WSU faculty members named fellows for the university’s Honors College. 

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Herman and Jean Swartz still paying it forward for students nearly 80 years later


It was a benefactor who provided the money for my scholarship, and now I am in a position to be the benefactor.” – the late J. Herman Swartz

A couple’s extraordinary gifts have helped many college students in the Inland Northwest over the years, including Nicholas Goodwin. A student in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the WSU College of Nursing, Goodwin is the Fall 2017 recipient of the J. Herman and Jean Swartz Graduate Fellowship in Nursing. He hopes to finish his studies in the psychiatric nurse practitioner program and open his own practice. Goodwin had the opportunity to meet Mrs. Swartz … » More …

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Research spotlight: Predicting hospitalization for mental illness could aid early intervention

Research Spotlight: Mason Burley, “Evaluating Risk for Psychiatric Re-Hospitalization: a Recurrent Event History Analysis” (Individual Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program)

The treatment of people with serious mental illness has changed dramatically over the last 50 years, from long-term institutionalization to community-based care. But the community-care system is lacking, and some people with serious mental illness are repeatedly hospitalized, released and re-admitted, a costly and disruptive cycle.

Washington State University doctoral student Mason Burley wanted to identify consistent and reliable factors associated with psychiatric re-hospitalization to help guide public policy and treatment options.

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Research Spotlight: Being overweight significantly increases odds of chronic pain

Research spotlight: Teresa Bigand, “Examining Risk for Overweight Status Among Adults with Chronic Pain

Doctoral student Teresa Bigand’s research concludes that being overweight significantly increases an adult’s odds of suffering chronic pain. In fact, the higher a person’s body mass index (BMI), the greater their likelihood of having multiple chronic pain conditions, she says.

So which comes first, the pain or the weight?

“One study seems to suggest that the weight comes first,” she said. “That’s more exciting for me, because if we can get people to get their weight under control, we can control two different disease processes at once.”

Bigand, who entered the … » More …

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The WSU College of Nursing announces Fall 2017 class

The WSU College of Nursing will welcome 121 new nursing students on campuses in Spokane, Yakima and the Tri-Cities in the fall. The students were selected for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (pre-licensure) program out of nearly 440 applicants.

They will arrive on their campuses for their junior and senior years already experienced in caring for others. All BSN students are required to have accumulated 50 hours of work or volunteer experience for organizations that help them understand the role of professional nurses in health care. Students must write about their experience and what they learned when applying to the WSU College of Nursing.

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Beth Schenk honored for work creating healthier environments in health care

Dr. Beth Schenk, Assistant Research Professor at the WSU College of Nursing, was named 2017 Charlotte Brody Award Winner for her work in creating a healthier environment in health care and inspiring other nurses to do the same. Dr. Schenk will be honored in May at CleanMed 2017, a conference on environmental sustainability in health care.

She received her PhD from the WSU College of Nursing in 2013. Her research focused on the development of an environmental awareness tool for nurses that’s been used in multiple states across the nation, has been requested for use in nine other countries, and has been translated into three additional … » More …

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