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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 …

Interprofessional Education
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.

Additional interprofessional … » More …

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 …

Kadlec Gift
2015 WSU Platinum Laureate – Kadlec Medical Center
Washington State School for the Blind: Feliks Polyakov and Robin Williams


_MG_9622By Alli Benjamin

Robin Williams, RN, BSN, the nursing supervisor for the Washington State School for the Blind, could have fooled me. The school contained a maze of activities thoughtfully housed across its historic campus in Vancouver, Washington. Instruments, art, supplies, sports equipment, taxidermy animals, kitchens, cottages, a sprawling indoor pool, a room filled with historical remnants—in a school for blind students? As I wandered with her down a long hall lined with a hand-painted safari—completed by one of the students—she explained the … » More …

Concussion a Disproportionate Healthcare Cost to Society

Janessa GravesSPOKANE, Wash. – Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in children are costly to individuals and society. A new study shows that, though moderate and severe TBI cost more for the individuals involved, there are so many more cases of mild TBI, such as concussions, that their cost to the general population is much higher.

The study is important because it provides evidence that mild TBI prevention strategies could lead to significant cost savings, said lead author Janessa Graves, assistant professor in the College of Nursing at Washington State University, who did the research with the University … » More …

Marian Wilson
Online Management Tools Help Ease Chronic Pain

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

Marian WilsonSPOKANE, Wash.—Washington State University researchers have found that people can manage chronic pain and reduce their reliance on opioids through an Internet-based program that teaches non-medical alternatives like increased physical activity, thinking more positively and dealing with emotions.

Marian Wilson, an assistant professor in the College of Nursing, tracked 43 people with chronic non-cancer pain as they went through an eight-week course of online tools to manage psychological, social and health issues associated with chronic pain. Compared to a similar-sized control group, the participants reported that they … » More …

Martin Schiavenato
WSU Researchers Hope to Track Preemie Pain

Published in the Journal of BusinessBy Samantha Howard

Martin Schiavenato

Washington State University researchers are developing a device that can detect pain in premature infants and might be used in the future to help prevent disabilities, says associate professor Martin Schiavenato, WSU College of Nursing.

“An infant’s central nervous system is not fully developed yet, and there’s mounting evidence that pain contributes to structural brain abnormalities that may lead or contribute to many cognitive and behavioral conditions,” Schiavenato says.

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