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WSU Health Sciences Update: WSU College of Nursing Dean Griffin-Sobel

WSU College of Nursing Dean Griffin-Sobel discusses simulation, nursing research, interprofessional education and collaboration, and her plans for the future of the college.

Portrait of Lois James in front of her CBTSim simulator
New police training draws from science of deadly force

Lois James

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

A portable use-of-force simulator aimed at launching a new era in police training is being rolled out by Washington State University.

Called the Counter Bias Training Simulation, or CBTsim, it is the only simulation technology to use interactive video scenarios derived from extensive research of actual police-involved shootings over 30 years in the U.S.

Developed by researchers at WSU’s Simulated Hazardous Operational Tasks Laboratory in Spokane, the device is being offered as a … » More …

Air National Guard Simulation
Community Partners in Simulation: WSU College of Nursing

With more than 6,300 square feet, multiple learning spaces, 11 high- to low-fidelity manikins, and simulation faculty experts, the Program of Excellence in Clinical Performance and Simulation partners with organizations to provide access to these healthcare learning resources. Working with WSU faculty, simulated activities are tailored for groups including the 141st Air National Guard, Spokane Regional Health Department, the Washington Association of Nurse Anesthetists, the UW Medex Physician Assistant program, and others. Learn how the college shares it invaluable resources with other agencies in our region.

Darryl Duvall
Nursing Team to Help Set New Anesthesia Safety Standards

Darryl Duvall
By Judith Van Dongen, WSU Spokane Office of Research

A College of Nursing research team led by nurse anesthetist Darryl DuVall, D.N.P., will conduct a study that will help establish national practice standards to improve anesthesia safety during and after surgery. With a two-year, $322,246 grant from pharmaceutical company Merck, the team will examine the use of neuromuscular blockade monitoring in surgeries performed at two Spokane hospitals: Sacred Heart Medical Center and Holy Family Hospital.

Neuromuscular blocking agents are used … » More …

Leslie Randall
Johnson & Johnson Awards PhD Student with $10,000 Scholarship

Johnson & Johnson, a longtime advocate for nurses and the nursing profession, has awarded one WSU College of Nursing PhD student with a $10,000 scholarship. The scholarship is designated for an American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) nursing scholar in an effort to increase their representation among the nursing workforce.

Leslie Randall, a PhD candidate, received the scholarship. Randall is an enrolled member of the Nez Perce tribe from Idaho and began the PhD program at WSU in 2011.

“There are so few AIAN nurses compared to other races. We need our AIAN providers and nurses back home where they understand the culture and the … » More …

Nursing Pathways students
WSU College of Nursing Receives HRSA Funding to Grow Nursing Workforce

Nursing Pathways studentsWSU College of Nursing received three federal HRSA grants totaling $1.1M aimed at reducing health disparities in Washington, increasing access to qualified healthcare providers in rural and medically underserved and expanding our ability to prepare nurse educators. New funding for each grant builds upon previously documented successes.

The Nursing Pathways: Community Alliance for Health Workforce Diversity project aims to increase the retention, graduation, and NCLEX pass rates of 115 underserved, diverse BSN and RN-BSN students living in rural areas. The … » More …

Officer during simulation exercise
Counter Bias Training Simulation Reaches Officers with Gap Fund Support

Originally published on June 21, 2016 by Alyssa Patrick, WSU Office of Economic Development

In September, nearly 600 police executives, managers, trainers, and officers will observe the launch of Counter Bias Training Simulation developed at WSU, thanks in part to the Commercialization Gap Fund.

“Without the gap fund, we would not be able to get our interactive training into the hands of the police officers who will benefit,” said Lois James, the researcher who developed the training.

James is one of seven WSU researchers who received support from the second round of the Commercialization Gap Fund, support that helps … » More …

Sean Murphy
Show Me the Money: Economic Evaluations of Opioid Use Disorder Interventions

Sean Murphy

Strong economic evidence supports use of methadone maintenance therapy

This brief was originally published on the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics website on May 25, 2016

Sean Murphy, Daniel Polsky, Zachary Meisel, Julia Mitchell

This brief summarizes a new systematic review of economic evaluations of treatments for substance use disorders. The review reveals strong evidence that methadone maintenance therapy is an economically advantageous form of treatment; the economic evidence for buprenorphine and naltrexone treatments is more limited.

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Nursing Student Receives Library Research Award

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By Brenda Alling, WSU Vancouver

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Of all infectious diseases that endanger young children’s lives, pneumonia remains the world’s biggest threat. Yet some simple, low-cost measures could go a long way toward reducing the problem.

That was the surprising discovery Sarah Holman made in researching a paper for a senior-level nursing class at Washington State University Vancouver.

For her paper, “Grand Challenge: Childhood Pneumonia Mortality in Nigeria,” Holman received the 2016 WSU Vancouver Library Research Excellence Award. Designed … » More …

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What Lies Beneath: Nurse Researcher Exposes the Effects of Toxic Water in Uganda

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By Sarah Schaub

Sitting on the dirt floor of the family’s home, Dr. Anita Hunter, WSU Vancouver College of Nursing Clinical Professor, graciously accepted the refreshments that were offered to her, though hesitant. Eyeing the sediment that had collected on the bottom of the glass, she knew the water used to make the fruit beverage was likely contaminated with heavy metals and other toxins from their local water source. She knew the porridge that was offered to her was likely made … » More …

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