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Debbie Brinker
Washington Center for Nursing Announces New Board President

Debbie BrinkerThe Washington Center for Nursing, the statewide nonprofit nursing workforce data and resource center, is pleased to announce the election of Debbie Brinker, RN, MSN, CNS, as the new president of the Board of Directors. Her term will begin January 1.

Brinker is a Clinical Assistant Professor and the Director of Experiential Learning at the Washington State University College of Nursing. She joined the board in May 2014 as the university representative of the Council on Nursing Education in Washington State (CNEWS), the association of all deans and directors of approved Washington State … » More …

WSU College of Nursing-Ashley Ormsby nursing alumna
WSU Nursing Grad: ‘You Always Remember Your First Code’

Ashley Ormsby nursing alumna

By Alli Benjamin

Ashley Ormsby, RN, BSN, ’13, (pictured above) a Spokane native, was eager to begin her first job at Harborview Medical Center, a level one trauma facility serving Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and Wyoming.

“I was prepared to face some difficult traumas and patients in the operating room; poly traumas, brain bleeds, full body burns,” she said. After completing a six-month nursing residency, she was ready to join her colleagues on the floor.

It was a Friday evening … » More …

Nursing Graduates at Commencement 2015
Congratulations December Graduates

WSU Nursing 2015 GraduatesThis fall, WSU College of Nursing is graduating 183 students—167 undergraduate and 16 graduate—across the state. All students are invited to attend commencement on December 12, in Pullman, Washington, at Beasley Coliseum. All BSN and RN-BSN  graduates are invited to participate in convocation in Spokane, Yakima, and Tri-Cities; this is a historical pinning ceremony welcoming newly graduated nurses into the profession. Please join us in congratulating our recent graduates on their success!

New Security Measures in Place at College in Tri-Cities

TC Kadlec PartnershipIn an effort to best secure the college in Richland, which is adjacent to a Kadlec HealthPlex and a large, open parking lot, leadership at the college in Tri-Cities are putting several security measures into effect.

A Security Officer will be on duty 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday thru Thursday, Friday 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, and until 8pm on nights there are scheduled classes. All Nursing students, staff and faculty will need to have a WSU ID and … » More …

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Yakima Students Complete Well Elder Assignment

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The Yakima Well Elder assignment  provides the beginning nursing student exposure to the concept of health and wellness. Students develop a therapeutic relationship with a Well Elder in a community setting. They conduct multiple interviews and explore home safety, functional health patterns (Marjory Gordon’s framework) and a functional health assessment. The goal is to identify wellness while implementing holistic health promotion/risk reduction strategies focused on primary prevention.  The assignment culminates in a poster presentation that reflects the students’ findings and is given to … » More …

Megan Vulcan
Q & A With Megan Vulcan

Megan Vulcan

WSU Nursing instructor and alumna Megan Vulcan’s teaching philosophy is that students learn best when they are taught as individuals and mentored by someone who genuinely cares about their future. Megan’s feels her work with students has been both rewarding and enriching. She enjoys translating her experiences as a nurse practitioner to the classroom, using real life experience to help others learn.

What do love about the College of Nursing at WSU?

I love the closeness that is fostered between students and faculty at WSU. I have always felt like my role as an … » More …

IPE Opportunities in Yakima

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Pacific NW University $1.75M HRSA grant provides interprofessional learning opportunities for health science students across Central Washington

Since fall 2015, students at the college in Yakima have participated in several interprofessional events (IPE) in coordination with central Washington higher education partners: Pacific NW University of Health Sciences, Central Washington University, Yakima Valley Community College, Heritage University, and WSU College of Pharmacy in Yakima. Nearly 300 students participated in the first IPE event, where students worked in small groups to complete various patient … » More …

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WSU College of Nursing Selected as #3 of 50 Most Beautiful Nursing Schools

Published by Nursing School Hub

Washington State University's College of Nursing Washington State University’s College of Nursing boasts campuses in such striking locations as Spokane, Yakima, Vancouver, Tri-Cities, and Walla Walla. The primary campus at Spokane is ideal as it gets – historic neighborhoods, urban appeal, and access to four-season recreation. The nursing school itself is at once fantastically modern and natural, managing to achieve a distinct, avant-garde architecture without appearing hopelessly out-of-place or gaudy – the kind of synthesis that would’ve made Frank Lloyd Wright feel right at home. In addition, a hip, … » More …

Jae Kennedy
Study to Examine Affordable Care Act, Those with Disabilities

By Eric Sorensen, WSU

A Washington State University researcher will lead a $2.5 million examination of the federal Affordable Care Act’s impact on what may be the largest group in need of its services: people with disabilities.

 

Jae Kennedy“Their service needs are different and their health needs are more intensive,” said Jae Kennedy, professor and chair of the Department of Health Policy and Administration, College of Nursing, WSU Spokane. “There are a lot of reasons why this is an important population to study and make sure that the legislation is living up to its promise.”

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1000 Immunizations and Counting

Nursing instructors at free Immunization Clinic

Congratulations to our Spokane N427 clinical students and faculty who helped immunize more than 1,000 Spokane County residents, of whom 80% were children, at 12 immunization clinics throughout Eastern Washington. These clinics required a collaborative approach to be successful and partners included the Spokane Regional Health District, WSU College of Nursing, WSU College of Pharmacy, Eastern Washington Medical Reserve Corps, Group Health Foundation, and all of the hosting school districts.

“I am very proud of our student and faculty volunteers,” said Amy Frances, a community health instructor. “Each clinic requires … » More …

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