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Spring 2016 Excellence Awards

Congratulations to all of our faculty, staff and students who were presented one of our Spring 2016 College of Nursing Excellence Awards.

Faculty Awards

Janessa GravesFaculty Excellence in Research Award – Dr. Janessa Graves, Spokane

This award recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in research. Dr. Graves has developed and implemented a line of inquiry in research, has received extramural funding for her research, has communicated and disseminated her own research findings, and continues to promote and facilitate research in less experienced faculty.

“Dr. Graves completely revised the PhD Grant Writing course (NURS534) and works … » More …

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Welcome Nursing Dean Joyce P. Griffin-Sobel

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(This story appears in the latest edition of the WSU Spokane Magazine)

By Alli Benjamin

The new dean of the College of Nursing arrived in April with more than 25 years of experience in academic nursing.

Dean Joyce P. Griffin-Sobel, Ph.D., R.N., is the college’s seventh dean and succeeds Patricia Butterfield, Ph.D., who returned to the faculty and her research.

“I am so honored to be joining WSU as dean of the College of Nursing,” Griffin-Sobel said. “I am deeply committed to interprofessional education and practice, as it is the foundation … » More …

Sean Murphy
Sean Murphy Published in New England Journal of Medicine

Sean MurphyAssistant Professor Sean Murphy in the Health Policy and Administrative Department at WSU College of Nursing has jointly authored a paper that was published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine. The article, “Opioid Relapse Rates Fall with Long-Term Use of Medication for Adults in Criminal Justice System,” was published online on March 31, 2016 and is based on research and analysis conducted in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania, NYU Langone Medical Center, Brown University, … » More …

Simulation: The Future of Nursing Education

Simulation is used primarily in the BSN program. Providing students with realistic patient care scenarios in a safe environment, students are prepared for a variety of healthcare scenarios before working in clinical sites and caring for patients. Simulation is a critical component of nursing education as clinical placements become increasingly difficult to secure and not all scenarios can be practiced on live patients.

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This study found race matters in police shootings, but the results may surprise you

Two Fairfax Police Officers

Originally Published by Tom Jackman on April 27, 2016 in the Washington Post

The conventional thinking about police-involved shootings, and some scientific research, has been that black suspects are more likely to be shot than white suspects because of an implicit racial bias among police officers. But now a new study has found exactly the opposite: even with white officers who do have racial biases, officers are three times less likely to shoot unarmed black suspects than … » More …

Sara Barron
FDA Ruling on Folic Acid Could Reduce Anencephaly

RICHLAND, Wash. – A Washington State University nursing instructor says the recent announcement from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration allowing folic acid to be fortified in corn-masa flour may help reduce the number of infants born without brains.

Sara Barron, a nurse and WSU Tri-Cities nursing instructor, said folic acid was proven to reduce the risk of spine and brain defects in babies in the 1980s. Starting in 1998, the FDA required that most grains be fortified with the supplement in order to provide American women with the amount needed to start a healthy pregnancy. This fortification dropped the rate of anencephaly in the … » More …

Mary Roberts, PhD student researher
WSU Nursing Research: teen relationships & the path to recovery

Mary Roberts, PhD student researher

By Sarah Schaub

It was her memory of the conversation she had with the 16-year old female patient that kept Mary Roberts, a PhD in Nursing student at WSU, awake while conducting research as part of her studies. The young girl shared that like her mother, she had found prostitution as a means to support her drug addiction. Her story mirrored countless patients who entered chemical dependency (CD) treatment.

“After she entered the CD treatment facility, I could finally grieve for her. She was safe for now and could … » More …

BSN Nursing Students
Nursing Students Taking the Lead

BSN Nursing Students

It’s a serious challenge being asked of all nurses by the Institute of Medicine: lead change in healthcare and healthcare systems to improve health. But where does one even begin?

BSN students in Clinical Assistant Professor Dana Dermody’s leadership class had the opportunity to creatively explore and respond to it. Students were asked to read The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health by the Institute of Medicine (2010), and the report brief » More …

Matin Schiavenato
In the palms of our hands: RN sets sights on developing tool to measure infants’ pain

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Originally Published by Nurse.com on February 29, 2016

By Martin Schiavenato, PhD, RN

I will never forget her name. As an NICU nurse, I was accustomed to working with preemies and micro-preemies — babies small enough to fit entirely in the palm of my hand, and I have very small hands. Jessica* was different. She was full-term and appeared so beautifully healthy. Unfortunately she suffered from a genetic disorder that rendered her skin useless; her epithelium would … » More …

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