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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


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 …

Growing the DNP in Tri-Cities
Transforming the Health of a Community

Growing the DNP in Tri-Cities

A generous gift has allowed WSU to expand its DNP program in Tri-Cities. Now we need to recruit new faculty who will begin breathing life into it.

Last January, WSU Tri-Cities College of Nursing and Kadlec Regional Medical Center announced a transformative gift and partnership that will positively change health care in central Washington. The Kadlec Foundation donated a historic $18 million that will help to build out a Doctor of Nursing (DNP) program at the college in Richland. The DNP program prepares advanced practice nurses to become nurse practitioners and … » More …

Approximately 80 Students Participate in Interprofessional Training

Interprofessional Training
An interprofessional (IP) cohort of faculty across disciplines collaborated to provide training and education to approximately 80 students last Thursday, October 15. A total of 14 interprofessional teams were assembled from WSU College of Nursing (DNP students), WSU College of Pharmacy, WSU Nutrition & Exercise Physiology, UW (Medical Students), and EWU (Master’s in Social Work students). The activities aimed to build teamwork and skills through the TeamSTEPPS program. During the training, standardized patients were incorporated for case-based teaching and learning via simulations. Video conferencing technology allowed students from multiple campuses to attend the training.

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Kay Olson
Kay Olsen Participates in Panel on Human Trafficking at WSU Tri-Cities

Kay OlsonRICHLAND, Wash. – According to the International Labour Organization, it is estimated that there are 21 million victims of human trafficking worldwide, and that doesn’t just include sex trafficking.

During a panel at Washington State University Tri-Cities this week, Betty Adams, one of the original directors of the Tri-Cities Coalition Against Trafficking, Suzi Carpino, engagement specialist at Benton Franklin Counties Juvenile Justice Center, and Kay Olson, nursing instructor at WSU Tri-Cities, spoke of the misnomers on the issue, as well as what people can do … » More …

Q & A With Lisa Vickers


Lisa Vickers, MN, ARNP-BC
Clinical Instructor, Yakima

Lisa is originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico and moved to Yakima, Washington with her parents when she was in high school. She is a clinical instructor at WSU College of Nursing in Yakima, and she maintains a private practice providing mental health care and wellness promotion. Her passion for teaching comes from her strong desire to influence future nurses.

Who or what inspired you to become a nurse?
While I announced at a young age that I was going to be a nurse, it … » More …

Marian Wilson
Women are More Likely to Talk About Pain, Study Finds

Marian Wilson

WSU researchers say new approach reduces pill use

By LeAnn Bjerken – originally published in the Journal of Business
Dr. Marian Wilson, a second-year assistant professor at Washington State University Spokane, found in a study on chronic pain that women seem more open than men to participating in studies and sharing their symptoms.

“To me, it’s a very positive thing, seeing this amount of women who are willing to participate in open discussions of chronic pain,” says Wilson. “At the same time, it makes me worry about the men, as they … » More …

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