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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.

Debbie Nogueras Named Fellow of AANP

Debbie Nogueras

By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

RICHLAND, Wash. – The new director of the Washington State University Tri-Cities College of Nursing was recently elected a fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) in recognition of her work in health care education and access.

Debbie Nogueras led a comprehensive program that secured vision screenings, eye exams and glasses for more than 5,000 underserved inner-city school children in Miami. She was pivotal to the success of Strength, Prevention, Empowerment for Community Change and Empowering Youth (SPEC-EY) in engaging community youth, reducing violence and crime and … » More …

Patricia Butterfield
Grant Money Will Help WSU Dial up Children’s Health

By Shanon Quinn, Daily News staff writer

Patricia ButterfieldWashington State University Spokane’s medical clinic is not expected to open for more than a year, but its first community health-related project has already begun, nursing professor Patricia Butterfield said Wednesday.

The project, University-Community Partnership to Reduce Children’s Health Disparities, is funded by a $100,000 grant from the Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund and will focus on identifying and reducing health risks in the home for families – and particularly children – in poverty.

“Every child has to sleep somewhere,” Butterfield said. “The safety of their home, the quality of … » More …

WSU Tri-Cities Valedictorian Mixes Online and Physical Classroom Courses to Create Ideal Work/School Balance

RICHLAND, Wash. – If it wasn’t for the WSU Tri-Cities’ unique nursing program schedule offerings, Melissa Hammack, this year’s class valedictorian and 4.0 grade-point average student, said earning her bachelor’s degree in nursing probably would not have been impossible.

Hammack said she earned her associate’s degree in nursing from Columbia Basin College, but desired to receive her full bachelor’s degree so that she could help even more people in the medical field.

“I knew I wanted to be a nurse since I was tiny,” she said. “I’ve always wanted to help people.”

Nursing Roles Continue Specialization


By Alli Benjamin

When most people think of nurse practitioners, family nurse practitioners are the first who come to mind. A second type of nurse practitioner is the future leader of providing mental health care: Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP). These advanced nurse professionals counsel, care for, and treat individuals and families following traumatic situations or facing behavioral/mental health conditions.

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Transforming the Health of a Community

WSU Tri-Cities College of Nursing and Kadlec Regional Medical Center
partner to bring Nurse Practitioner education to Central Washington

Kadlec-TC-GiftIn mid-January 2015, WSU Tri-Cities College of Nursing and Kadlec Regional Medical Center announced a transformative gift and partnership that will positively change healthcare in central Washington. The Kadlec Foundation donated a historic $18 million gift that will help to build out the Doctor of Nursing (DNP) program at the college in Richland. The DNP program prepares advanced practice nurses to become nurse practitioners … » More …

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