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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


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 …

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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 …

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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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Partners in the community: Nursing students provide care to underserved, vulnerable populations

Homeless-Connect-Event 2016

By Sarah Schaub

Tuesday, January 19 marked the 5th annual Homeless Connect, an event hosted by the Salvation Army and Women’s Hearth that reaches the homeless and underserved populations in Spokane. WSU College of Nursing students participated by providing foot care and general healthcare services to those in need.

“The nursing students add to the event with their kindness and acceptance of the people who come in looking for care,” said Patty Norton, case manager for Women’s Hearth.

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Evolving Healthcare in Yakima Valley

Yakima Valley photo

By Alli Benjamin

A growing interest in expanding interprofessional Education (IPE) has spurred a range of IPE initiatives in the Yakima Valley in the last year. Though IPE is not a new concept in health science education, it certainly takes the commitment of all health professionals and healthcare systems to succeed. A third party helps this vision come to life in central Washington– the support of the community, local organizations, and higher education partners.

“Leaders in our … » More …

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Bedside After Battle

By Sarah Schaub

“Lieutenant Dela Pena! Lieutenant Dela Pena! I have my legs,” yelled a young officer from down the hallway. Army ROTC Nurse Arlyn Medendorp (Dela Pena) looked for the man who was shouting her name. There stood a soldier she once knew, one she had cared for. But there was something different about him now. No longer in a wheelchair, he was instead standing on his own.

“He ran across the room and wrapped his arms … » More …

Jennifer Fletcher, Active Family Healthcare
Thank a Preceptor: Nursing Alumna Jennifer Fletcher


WSU College of Nursing alumna Jennifer Fletcher is advancing the delivery of healthcare in North Idaho and mentoring WSU nursing students along the way at her clinical practice, Active Family Healthcare.

Jennifer knew she wanted to open her own clinic early in her career. Her biggest goal was to spend time with her patients, teaching them about overall wellness and how to prevent disease.

“At Active Family, we focus on educating our patients in health promotion and disease prevention,” … » More …

Jae Kennedy
WSU Health Policy and Administration Program Update

Department Chair Jae Kennedy provides an update on the Health Policy program, new research and grant work.

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