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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 …

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

Matin Schiavenato

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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Highlighting Community Health Nursing

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Student nurses at WSU are embedded in Washington’s communities, providing care not only for those in hospitals and health clinics, but for people living on the streets, low-income families, and/or individuals fighting addictions and mental illness. As a part of their nursing education, students spend one semester focusing on community health, rotating through clinical sites such as the Union Gospel Mission and Catholic Charities. WSU student nurses embrace caring for all aspects of the patient – connecting the dots to community resources, providing health checks, and reaching out … » More …

Mary Lee Roberts, PhD student in lab
WSU College of Nursing Receives RWJF Future of Nursing Scholars Grant to Prepare PhD Nurses

Mary Lee Roberts, PhD student in lab
Multi-funder initiative aims to help reach Institute of Medicine goal to build the next generation of PhD prepared nursing leaders.

Spokane, WA – WSU College of Nursing is one of only 32 schools of nursing nationwide to receive a grant to increase the number of nurses holding PhDs. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Future of Nursing Scholars program will provide financial support, mentoring, and leadership development to nurses who commit to earn their PhDs … » More …

Nicole Armitage
PhD to Policy Change: How one Scholar’s Research Informed Policy Change in the U.S. Air Force

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By Alli Benjamin

Following childbirth, many new moms are advised by their doctor to take one year to heal and return to pre-pregnancy weight. For active duty women in the U.S. Air Force, this wasn’t an option until March 2015, when the policy changed that required new mothers returning to work to pass a rigorous fitness test just six months after giving birth.

This policy change was informed by data gathered and published by Nursing alumna Nicole … » More …

Air National Guard Simulation
Air National Guard Trains Medics at WSU College of Nursing

Air National Guard Simulation

By Sarah Schaub

The Air National Guard (ANG) 141st Medical Group from Fairchild Air Force Base attended their quarterly simulation/medical skills training at the College of Nursing this past weekend.

Thirty medics were in attendance for the all day training. Their training objective was to learn and practice primary and secondary survey assessment on patients. Half of the day was spent conducting cast care and the second half involved smalls groups participating in simulated patient exercises. The patient, … » More …

Dr. Joyce Griffin-Sobel2016
Washington State University College of Nursing Hires New Dean

Griffin-Sobel2016Joyce P. Griffin-Sobel, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN who has more than 25 years of experience in academic nursing, has been named dean of the College of Nursing at Washington State University, effective May 16, 2016.

Dr. Griffin-Sobel, who is known for her leadership and innovation in teaching with technology and interprofessional education, is Dean and Professor at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. Prior to Upstate, she was at Hunter College School of Nursing, City University of New York where she served as acting dean, assistant dean of curriculum & technology (2008-2011), … » More …

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