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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.

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Arlyn Medendorp Headshot
Bedside After Battle

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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

Active-Family-Clinic

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.

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

Yakima-Nursing-Elder-Presentation

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 …

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