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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.”

Randi Obrien
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.

Kadlec partnership
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 …

Precepting 101
Precepting 101

Precepting 101Precepting is an organized, evidence-based approach to assist nurses who are new to practice or who are learning a new skill or role. For WSU College of Nursing undergraduate and advanced practice nursing students, preceptors provide thousands of hours of time and expertise to assist students with the entry to practice. The college is successful in preparing experienced nurses largely because of the support and commitment of preceptors in the community and of our healthcare partners. So what does it mean to be … » More …

Ysabel Myers
Faces of the DNP: Preparing Tomorrow’s Advanced Practice Nurses

Cameron GoodCameron Good, BSN, RN
Family Nurse Practitioner Student

“I believe nurse practitioners will help alleviate the weight that has been burdening doctors and physician assistants, specifically in primary care. We are being called on to assume preventive and primary care roles that will benefit the entire spectrum of providers – and our patients.”

Cameron Good earned his BSN degree from WSU College of Nursing in 2013 and immediately enrolled in the DNP Family Nurse Practitioner (DNP-FNP) program. His nursing experience … » More …

Manuela Orban - DNP Graduate
WSU Graduates its First DNP Cohort

Manuel Orbana, DNP graduate
Manuela Orban, DNP, RN
DNP Project: Evaluating a clinic’s
weight loss program

On her first day of class as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) student in Southern California, Manuela Orban knew it was a stepping stone degree. Fast forward to December 2014, when Manuela graduated with her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. During her course work, she completed the required clinical hours at Family Medical Care in Hayden, ID, where one of the physicians provided her with inspiration for … » More …

New Year, New Master’s Degree

This January, WSU Spokane’s Department of Health Policy and Administration (MHPA) officially joined the WSU College of Nursing, adding to and enhancing graduate degree offerings. “Students will gain access to complementary courses and electives across programs (the MHPA and the college’s existing Master of Nursing program). Research collaboration across disciplines will continue for faculty and students, adding to the interprofessional education foundational to the WSU Spokane Health Sciences campus,” said Cindy Fitzgerald, associate dean for academic affairs.

The MHPA has been offered since 1995 at WSU Spokane, and the Department of HPA was established in 2002, making it the first Department to … » More …

Nashville calling
Nashville Calling

Nashville callingTom Ryan, BSN ’14, from the WSU Tri-Cities College of Nursing, accepted a prestigious offer to join the Nurse Residency Program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. The residency helps newly-hired nurse graduates transition into the role of a professional nurse within specialized areas of care matching their interests and career goals. Just one of six selected from 1,000 applicants vying for placement in the trauma ICU, Tom made sure his application was impeccable. Beginning this past February, he … » More …

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