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April 23, 2018

Congratulations Spring 2018 Graduates!!

Spokane Campus– College of Nursing Graduation Activities

  • Wednesday, May 2 at 4pm- Mandatory Practice for Convocation at The Fox Theater located at 1001 W. Sprague Ave., Spokane, WA
  • Thursday, May 3 at 6pm – Spokane Convocation Pinning Ceremony w/reception to follow at the Fox Theater located at 1001 W. Sprague Ave., Spokane, WA
  • Friday, May 4 at 2pm – WSU Spokane Health Sciences Commencement at Convention Center, Ballroom 100
  • WSU Pullman Commencement at Beasley Coliseum is Saturday, May 5, 2018 – Open to Public, tickets not required
  • Yakima Campus Convocation: Wednesday, May 2nd at 6:00 PM at Grace of Christ Presbyterian Church at 9 S. 8th Avenue Yakima, Washington. Reception immediately following
  • Tri-Cities Campus Convocation: Friday, May 4th at 6PM at The Living Room Church at 1409 S Garfield St, Kennewick, WA  99337

S2s can pick up their immunization records after practicum ends at the Nursing Student Services window #130.

Honor Cords can be picked up after Practicum ends by S2s in the Student Services office #130.  You qualify If you have a 3.5 GPA or higher as of Fall 2016.  *Please note this applies to your WSU course work only.

All Students

Awards

We congratulate the following Nursing students as 2018 Chancellor’s Award recipients for Leadership & Engagement:

Garrett Glover & Kaylee Pearson
Recipients of this award demonstrate exceptional leadership and service to the university and the community and/or support leadership development and engagement of WSU students.

Nurse Residency Program at PeaceHealth

Bellingham, WA, Eugene, OR, Springfield, OR, Vancouver, WA

  • Accepting applications April 20 – May 20
  • 12-month residency program, Full-time paid position with benefits, Paid relocation expenses, Hone your nursing skills in a variety of settings that may include Med-Surg, ICU, OR, NICU, ED and Labor and Delivery.

Scholarship Opportunities

Check out the WCN – Washington Center for Nursing site for Scholarship, Loans and Grant opportunities.

Northwest Navy Nurse Corps Association Scholarship – Acceptance of this scholarship does not commit the recipient to service in the military. No information concerning applicants will be shared with recruiters. The award goes to senior nursing students in a Baccalaureate Nursing Degree Program and Registered Nurses continuing their studies toward a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing. The amount of the award will be $1,500.00.
The completed application must reach the committee chair no later than 30 May 2018. The application can be returned electronically to: jdbd@oakharbor.net.
NurseCorpScholarshipGuidelines
NurseCorpScholarshipAPPL
ScholarshipReferenceForm

Recovery Village Health Care Scholarship: https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/scholarships/
Offering a $1,000 award to students pursuing a health-related degree program who have been personally affected by addiction.

Filipino Nurses/Health Care Professionals Association Scholarship 

St. Luke’s-Idaho announces new Nursing Apprenticeship program for student nurses
Visit StLukesOnline.org Search “Nurse Apprenticeship – Treasure Valley” in the search box provided on the RN and Nursing Support page. Click the job link for the “Nurse Apprenticeship – Treasure Valley”. Once in the job posting, click the “Apply for this job online” button to create a profile and upload your resume. Applications for the Apprenticeship Program open March 1st.

Spokane Students

Student Loan Exit Counseling session
Tuesday, May 1st from noon to 1pm in SAC 20 for anyone graduating this spring.  Learn valuable information and tips about your student loan repayment after college!  Bring your lunch! Snacks will be provided.

Tri-Cities Students

Tri-Cities S2 student Christina Babcock Bell organized a collection for the Tri-Cities Union Gospel Mission medical mission. She created a competition between clinical groups for all semesters and faculty to see who could collect the most items. Christina was extremely organized and provided lists of items that were needed at the mission. One of the J1 sections won and will receive lunch. An S2 group came in 2nd and won a platter of cookies. Susan Campbell of Faith Community Nurses who helps head up the Wednesday clinic at the mission said this was probably the best donation they have ever received. Nice work Christina and all those who donated!

WSU Tri-Cities students attended the Nursing Students of Washington State Conference at PLU over the weekend. Pictured are Kenzie McNeel (J1), Kedus Getaneh (J1), LeeAnna Smith (J2), Megan Christie (J2). Kenzie McNeel and Kedus Getaneh were elected as Directors at Large for the East Side and Megan Christie was elected as Treasurer. They’ll be working to get other nursing students on the east side of Washington involved in this organization. Thanks for attending and congratulations!

Yakima Students

Yakima S2 BSN students graduating in May

Nob Hill Bowling Day
AINS will be hosting a bowling day on April 27th, from 4-6 p.m. Take some much-needed rest from studies and bowl a round or two with fellow cohorts! The games and shoes will be provided by AINS for a maximum of 20 students. Please sign up on our AINS board and we will see you all there at 3:45 p.m. for check-in.
Address: 3807 W Nob Hill Blvd, Yakima, WA 98902

AINS End of the Year BBQ is set for Wednesday, May 2nd at Wixon Park in Selah from 2-6 pm. There will be games, bouncy houses, and activities for all. AINS will provide the main dish (meat) and the condiments. Students are encouraged to sign up to bring side dishes, desserts, or refreshments. Sign up is on the AINS board. We hope to see you there.

Job Opportunities

Columbia Surgery Center has a full time peri-operative RN position opening up at the surgery center in Spokane. The position is M-F, 8 hour shift, no call/no weekends/no nights/paid holidays. Excellent benefit package; will provide ACLS and PALS if don’t already have it. We cross train in pre-op and recovery with the opportunity to train as a circulator in the OR later on. Columbia Surgery Center is a multi-specialty surgery center: ENT/Gen Surg/Colon-Rectal/GI. Resumes can be sent to jobs@spokaneent.com.

Department of Social and Health Services – Summer Internship Program will give you the opportunity to explore state government human service-related careers while still in school, create contacts with state employees, and complete a meaningful project. These are paid internships! Interns will report to local DSHS office in these cities: Everett, Seattle, Olympia, Spokane, Tacoma, and Wenatchee.
Apply at: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/2039648/

Eagle Lake Camps  based out of Colorado Springs, Colorado affiliated with The Navigators international missions organization is seeking a graduating nursing student for their summer camps. The opening is for a Summer Seasonal RN position for the overnight camp. The Summer Nurse will have a unique opportunity to serve campers by providing medical care. Our medical staff team rotates between camp games and activities, beach time, meetings, our dining hall and our infirmary to be continually present and available to offer compassionate care to campers needing it. The Summer Nurse will need to be a graduating nursing student and will oversee our team of Summer Medical Students, as well as being responsible for documenting and administering medication.  Contact Ryan Riches at 719-272-7484 or ryan.riches@navigators.org.

Astria Toppenish Hospital is currently hiring ICU/Medical/Surgical, ER, Inpatient Psych and PACU: Apply at www.astria.health/careers.

Department of Social and Health Services – “Helping others and transforming lives is our priority and a daily focus that comes with the job. We hire employees who care for others.” Find job opportunities at www.careers.wa.gov – filter by Department and select “Dept of Social and Health Services”.

The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs has nursing positions open in Spokane, Walla Walla, Port Orchard, and Puyallup. Please visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/?keywords=wdva to see the opportunities. You can also contact a recruiter at DennisL@dva.wa.gov or call 360-725-2183.

 

Contact Stacy Ritter at slritter@wsu.edu or Renae Richter at renae.richter@wsu.edu if you have questions or an item to contribute.

April 11, 2018

Congratulations Spring 2018 Graduates!!

Spokane Campus– College of Nursing Graduation Activities

  • Wednesday, May 2 at 4pm- Mandatory Practice for Convocation at The Fox Theater
  • Thursday, May 3 at 6pm – Spokane Convocation Pinning Ceremony w/reception to follow at the Fox Theater
  • Friday, May 4 at 2pm – WSU Spokane Health Sciences Commencement at Convention Center, Ballroom 100
  • WSU Pullman Commencement at Beasley Coliseum is Saturday, May 5, 2018 – Open to Public, tickets not required

Honor Cords and Immunization records can be picked up after Practicum ends by graduates in the Student Services office #130, if you have a 3.5 GPA or higher as of Fall 2016.  *Please note this applies to your WSU course work only.

Yakima Campus Convocation: Wednesday, May 2nd at 6:00 PM at Grace of Christ Presbyterian Church at 9 S. 8th Avenue Yakima, Washington. Reception immediately following

Tri-Cities Campus Convocation: Friday, May 4th at 6PM at The Living Room Church at 1409 S Garfield St, Kennewick, WA  99337

All Students

Inland Northwest Brain Injury Symposium – Diagnosing, Treating, and Thriving with Brain Injury

April 19th, 2018 – 3PM to 5PM and April 20th, 2018 – Noon to 7PM
EWU Spokane, SEWC 122/ Free Admittance | Open to the Public
Event website: http://www.tbipanel.org/
Registration: http://www.register.tbipanel.org/events/2018-inland-northwest-brain-injury-symposium/

Nursing Students of Washington State Association Convention

April 21, 2018 – 8am-430pm
at Pacific Lutheran University-Tacoma, WA
Healthy Student Healthy Nurse:
This year’s convention will be held at Pacific Lutheran University, with over 150 nursing students in attendance from across the state. The convention will feature nationally-renowned speakers, relaxation therapy, mini-NCLEX review, specialty panel and so much more. Register here

Nurse Residency Program at PeaceHealth

Bellingham, WA, Eugene, OR, Springfield, OR, Vancouver, WA

Accepting applications April 20 – May 20
12-month residency program, Full-time paid position with benefits, Paid relocation expenses, Hone your nursing skills in a variety of settings that may include Med-Surg, ICU, OR, NICU, ED and Labor and Delivery.

Scholarship Opportunities

Check out the WCN – Washington Center for Nursing site for Scholarship, Loans and Grant opportunities.

Northwest Navy Nurse Corps Association Scholarship – Acceptance of this scholarship does not commit the recipient to service in the military. No information concerning applicants will be shared with recruiters. The award goes to senior nursing students in a Baccalaureate Nursing Degree Program and Registered Nurses continuing their studies toward a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing. The amount of the award will be $1,500.00.
The completed application must reach the committee chair no later than 30 May 2018. The application can be returned electronically to: jdbd@oakharbor.net.
NurseCorpScholarshipGuidelines
NurseCorpScholarshipAPPL
ScholarshipReferenceForm

WSNF – Washington State Nurses Foundation Scholarship Opportunity
See the web link for deadline, eligibility requirements and required materials: https://www.wsna.org/wsnf/scholarship

Scottish Rite scholarship opportunities
Visit this link for their steps to apply and FAQ’s – https://www.srsfwa.org/scholarships.
Applications are due by March 31st prior to the academic year you are applying for.

Recovery Village Health Care Scholarship: https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/scholarships/
Offering a $1,000 award to students pursuing a health-related degree program who have been personally affected by addiction.

Filipino Nurses/Health Care Professionals Association Scholarship 

St. Luke’s-Idaho announces new Nursing Apprenticeship program for student nurses

Visit StLukesOnline.org Search “Nurse Apprenticeship – Treasure Valley” in the search box provided on the RN and Nursing Support page.    Click the job link for the “Nurse Apprenticeship – Treasure Valley”. Once in the job posting, click the “Apply for this job online” button to create a profile and upload your resume. Applications for the Apprenticeship Program open March 1st.

Spokane Students

Spokane Convocation: May 3, Thursday at 6PM
Location: The Fox Theater, 1001 W. Sprague Ave., Spokane
Please check the Convocation web page (https://nursing.wsu.edu/current/convocation) frequently for new information and updates. If you plan to attend, make sure you RSVP by April 19th.

Commencement information
If you plan to participate in WSU Spokane Commencement, sign up to walk on WSU Spokane’s website here: https://spokane.wsu.edu/studentaffairs/commencement/commencement-rsvp/

Tri-Cities Students

TC Convocation will be held Friday, May 4th at 6PM
Location: The Living Room Church at 1409 S Garfield St, Kennewick, WA  99337

Commencement information
If you plan to participate in WSU Spokane Commencement, please sign up to walk here: https://spokane.wsu.edu/studentaffairs/commencement/commencement-rsvp/

Yakima Students

Yakima S2 BSN students graduating in May
Yakima Convocation: Wednesday, May 2, 2018 6:00 PM
Grace of Christ Presbyterian Church
9 S. 8th Avenue
Yakima, Washington
Reception immediately following

Commencement information
If you plan to participate in WSU Spokane Commencement, please sign up to walk here: https://spokane.wsu.edu/studentaffairs/commencement/commencement-rsvp/

Yakima Humane Society: Dog Walk
AINS will be hosting a community engagement activity for the Yakima cohorts to attend. The activity will be at the Yakima Humane Society, where the students will be able to be involved in a local organization and gain some pet therapy prior to finals. The event will on April 20th, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. and 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Signing up will be through CougSync, and an additional waiver will have to be filled out for WSU. Students will have to sign a liability form on entrance to the Humane Society and bring student IDs. Join us to bring some smiles and compassion to these pets without homes.
Address: 2405 W Birchfield Rd, Yakima, WA 98901

Nob Hill Bowling Day!
AINS will be hosting a bowling day on April 27th, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Take some well needed rest from studies and bowl a round or two with fellow cohorts! The games and shoes will be provided by AINS for a maximum of 20 students. Please sign up on our AINS board and we will see you all there at 3:45 p.m. for check in.
Address: 3807 W Nob Hill Blvd, Yakima, WA 98902

AINS End of the Year BBQ is set for Wednesday, May 2nd at Wixon Park in Selah from 2:00 – 6:00 pm. There will be games, bouncy houses, and activities for all. AINS will provide the main dish (meat) and the condiments. Students are encouraged to sign up to bring side dishes, desserts, or refreshments. Sign up is on the AINS board. We hope to see you there.

Job Opportunities

Eagle Lake Camps  based out of Colorado Springs, Colorado affiliated with The Navigators international missions organization is seeking a graduating nursing student for their summer camps.
The opening is for a Summer Seasonal RN position for the overnight camp. The Summer Nurse will have a unique opportunity to serve campers by providing medical care. Our medical staff team rotates between camp games and activities, beach time, meetings, our dining hall and our infirmary to be continually present and available to offer compassionate care to campers needing it. The Summer Nurse will need to be a graduating nursing student and will oversee our team of Summer Medical Students, as well as being responsible for documenting and administering medication.  Contact Ryan Riches at 719-272-7484 or ryan.riches@navigators.org.

Astria Toppenish Hospital is currently hiring ICU/Medical/Surgical, ER, Inpatient Psych and PACU: Apply at www.astria.health/careers.

Department of Social and Health Services -“Helping others and transforming lives is our priority and a daily focus that comes with the job. We hire employees who care for others.” Find job opportunities at www.careers.wa.gov – filter by Department and select “Dept of Social and Health Services”.

The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs has nursing positions open in Spokane, Walla Walla, Port Orchard, and Puyallup. Please visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/?keywords=wdva to see the opportunities. You can also contact a recruiter at DennisL@dva.wa.gov or call 360-725-2183.

StaffRehab has many available School Nurse opportunities in Washington. Open to both LPN and RN candidates. Open to all levels of experience, but pediatric experience is a big plus!

Contact Stacy Ritter at slritter@wsu.edu or Renae Richter at renae.richter@wsu.edu if you have questions or an item to contribute.

March 26, 2018

Students-in-class

All Students

Spring 2018 Excellence Awards:
Nominations are due TODAY by S2’s graduating this semester!

Award – Outstanding BSN Student
Description:  Recognizes  a well rounded, professional BSN student who is graduating this semester.  Student must display leadership, teamwork, and commitment to the college, WSU or the community.

Award – Outstanding RN-BSN Student
Description: Recognizes  a well rounded, professional RN-BSN student who is graduating this semester.  Student must display leadership, teamwork, and commitment to the college, WSU or the community.

Inland Northwest Brain Injury Symposium – Diagnosing, Treating, and Thriving with Brain Injury

April 19th, 2018 – 3PM to 5PM and April 20th, 2018 – Noon to 7PM
EWU Spokane, SEWC 122/ Free Admittance | Open to the Public
Event website: http://www.tbipanel.org/
Registration: http://www.register.tbipanel.org/events/2018-inland-northwest-brain-injury-symposium/

Important Dates

  • April 27
    Last day of instruction
  • April 30 – May 4
    Final Exams
  • Check your campus Convocation details below

Scholarship Opportunities

WSNF – Washington State Nurses Foundation Scholarship Opportunity
See the web link for deadline, eligibility requirements and required materials: https://www.wsna.org/wsnf/scholarship

Scottish Rite scholarship opportunities
Visit this link for their steps to apply and FAQ’s – https://www.srsfwa.org/scholarships.
Applications are due by March 31st prior to the academic year you are applying for.

Recovery Village Health Care Scholarship: https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/scholarships/
Offering a $1,000 award to students pursuing a health-related degree program who have been personally affected by addiction.

Filipino Nurses/Health Care Professionals Association Scholarship 

St. Luke’s-Idaho announces new Nursing Apprenticeship program for student nurses

Visit StLukesOnline.org Search “Nurse Apprenticeship – Treasure Valley” in the search box provided on the RN and Nursing Support page.    Click the job link for the “Nurse Apprenticeship – Treasure Valley”. Once in the job posting, click the “Apply for this job online” button to create a profile and upload your resume. Applications for the Apprenticeship Program open March 1st.

Spokane Students

Spokane Convocation: May 3, Thursday at 6PM
Location: The Fox Theater, 1001 W. Sprague Ave., Spokane
Please check the Convocation web page (https://nursing.wsu.edu/current/convocation) frequently for new information and updates. Coming soon – information on rehearsal, seating for the two people who’ll accompany you onstage for pinning, and more. Look for an update in your email and on that website soon. And if you plan to attend, make sure you RSVP by April 19th.

Commencement information
If you plan to participate in WSU Spokane Commencement, sign up to walk on WSU Spokane’s website here: https://spokane.wsu.edu/studentaffairs/commencement/commencement-rsvp/

Tri-Cities Students

TC Convocation will be held Friday, May 4th at 6PM
Location: The Living Room Church at 1409 S Garfield St,
Kennewick, WA  99337

Commencement information
If you plan to participate in WSU Spokane Commencement, please sign up to walk here: https://spokane.wsu.edu/studentaffairs/commencement/commencement-rsvp/

Upcoming events for March are the Badge Mountain Challenge foot care/first aid station on March 30th & 31st, plus the 8th Annual Fund the Future 5K run at WSU TC.

Yakima Students 

Yakima Convocation: Wednesday, May 2, 2018 6:00 PM
Grace of Christ Presbyterian Church
9 S. 8th Avenue
Yakima, Washington
Reception immediately following

Commencement information
If you plan to participate in WSU Spokane Commencement, please sign up to walk here: https://spokane.wsu.edu/studentaffairs/commencement/commencement-rsvp/

Next AINS meeting and election for the 2018/19 officers is Thursday, March 29th in the library at 12 noon. We will also be celebrating the S2s with cake and punch as they leave for their practicum. Please come and vote and have some cake. For agenda items please email Paula Cruz, AINS Secretary at paula.cruzgerman@wsu.edu

AINS End of the Year BBQ is set for Wednesday, May 2nd at Wixon Park in Selah from 2:00 – 6:00 pm. There will be games, bouncy houses, and activities for all. AINS will provide the main dish (meat) and the condiments. Students are encouraged to sign up to bring side dishes, desserts, or refreshments. Sign up is on the AINS board. We hope to see you there.

Other Events

Volunteers needed: PNSO – Pacific Northwest Surgical Outreach Dinner fundraiser on Saturday April 7th, 2018.
Funds go directly towards the costs of a surgical mission trip in Uganda. They are dedicated to maintaining rapid surgical response capability in support of humanitarian aid missions providing relief following natural disasters and during episodes of catastrophic human suffering. In addition, its mission extends to providing elective surgical treatment and follow-up in the setting of underdeveloped regions of the world where a persistent need for surgical services exist.
If you have any questions, please contact Joel Jenft at 509-961-7069.

Job & Volunteer Opportunities

Department of Social and Health Services -“Helping others and transforming lives is our priority and a daily focus that comes with the job. We hire employees who care for others.” Find job opportunities at www.careers.wa.gov – filter by Department and select “Dept of Social and Health Services”.

The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs has nursing positions open in Spokane, Walla Walla, Port Orchard, and Puyallup. Please visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/?keywords=wdva to see the opportunities. You can also contact a recruiter at DennisL@dva.wa.gov or call 360-725-2183.

StaffRehab has many available School Nurse opportunities in Washington. Open to both LPN and RN candidates. Open to all levels of experience, but pediatric experience is a big plus!

Contact Stacy Ritter at slritter@wsu.edu or Renae Richter at renae.richter@wsu.edu if you have questions or an item to contribute.

March 5, 2018

Mock Code Simulation

All Students

Important Dates

  • March 12-16
    Spring Break
  • April 27
    Last day of instruction
  • April 30 – May 4
    Final Exams

Is English your second (or third or fourth) language?

Do you wonder if you may benefit from English as a Second Language (ESL) assistance?  If so, please check the Student Resources section on our website for a self-assessment you can do to decide if you may benefit from assistance.  The WSU Nursing ESL Support Checklist: For Students, includes a self-assessment and information about how to contact ESL support as needed.  For more information, contact your advisor.

Scholarship Opportunities

WSNF – Washington State Nurses Foundation Scholarship Opportunity
See attached form for deadline, eligibility requirements and required materials  2018 WSNF Scholarship App v1-0 (002).

Scottish Rite scholarship opportunities
Visit this link for their steps to apply and FAQ’s – https://www.srsfwa.org/scholarships.
Applications are due by March 31st prior to the academic year you are applying for.

Filipino Nurses/Health Care Professionals Association Scholarship

WSU Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Program Undergraduate Research Fellowship Application

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Program is seeking applications for undergraduate research fellowships for the summer of 2018 and for the 2018-2019 academic year.

  • Due March 20, 2018, for Fall Semester or the 2018-2019 Academic Year

St. Luke’s-Idaho announces new Nursing Apprenticeship program for student nurses

Visit StLukesOnline.org Search “Nurse Apprenticeship – Treasure Valley” in the search box provided on the RN and Nursing Support page.    Click the job link for the “Nurse Apprenticeship – Treasure Valley”. Once in the job posting, click the “Apply for this job online” button to create a profile and upload your resume. Applications for the Apprenticeship Program open March 1st.

Spokane Students

Commencement information
If you plan to participate in WSU Spokane Commencement, sign up to walk on WSU Spokane’s website here: https://spokane.wsu.edu/studentaffairs/commencement/commencement-rsvp/

Convocation information
Please check the Convocation web page (https://nursing.wsu.edu/current/convocation) frequently for new information and updates. The web page has recently been updated to include information on Honor Cords. If you plan to attend, make sure you RSVP by April 19th.

Inland Northwest Brain Injury Symposium – Diagnosing, Treating, and Thriving with Brain Injury
2018 Symposium Main Flyer    
April 19th, 2018 – 3PM to 5PM and April 20th, 2018 – Noon to 7PM.
EWU Spokane, SEWC 122/ Free Admittance | Open to the Public

Tri-Cities Students

Upcoming events for March are the Badge Mountain Challenge foot care/first aid station on March 30th & 31st, plus the 8th Annual Fund the Future 5K run at WSU TC.

Congratulations to Soroptimist International  Scholarship winners Leah Lewis & Sarah Miller!!

Pictures above from the Tim Tebow’s Night to Shine. A special evening for people with different disabilities. We had 18 students paired with an invited guest to be a buddy and help throughout the night.

Franklin Elementary, STEM Science Fair with Tri-Cities Nursing students. They provided education and interactive stations for elementary school-aged kids.

Students in TC also helped with free sports physicals on Saturday at Grace Clinic in Kennewick. Fourteen students worked with medical residents who completed 111 physicals in four hours!  Grace Clinic is a free clinic in TC providing medical care to adults without insurance.  Also on Saturday, students worked at Columbia Basin Racquet Club with the Pink Goes Red Event for women’s health.  Students provided blood pressures and education to women participating in the event.

Yakima Students

Commencement information
If you plan to participate in WSU Spokane Commencement, please sign up to walk here: https://spokane.wsu.edu/studentaffairs/commencement/commencement-rsvp/ 

AINS Meeting for Fall Officer Nominations
Thursday, March 8 at12 Noon in the Library
If you are interested in running for a position please contact Eyra Nazario: eyra.nazario-torres@wsu.edu Lorena Cruz: lore09@wsu.edu

Other Events

Yakima nursing ambassadors needed for interviews. If you are interested please contact Mary Gonzalez, gonzalez@wsu.edu, for more information.

A community event- End of Life Planning- It’s never too early
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 5:30p.m.
Butler-Haney Hall, 200 University Parkway, Yakima, WA 98901

What Matters in the End?  Experts in many areas of end-of-life care will be available to provide information to families, including nursing home care, assisted living care, palliative care, hospice care, advance care,
do not resuscitate orders, bereavement, and more. Social workers will also be on hand to
answer questions.

Job & Volunteer Opportunities

Are you looking for opportunities to provide care in rural or underserved areas?  There are many positions, some of which offer loan repayment!
3 RNet is a national nonprofit network of members committed to matching healthcare professionals with rural and underserved jobs. The webpage provides you with job listings across the U.S. for ARNPs, RNs, and all medical fields.  This site is free, although registration if required. Information is located at: https://www.3rnet.org/
There are also many clinical sites that offer loan forgiveness (among them CHAS and YVFW). The National Health Service Corps seeks primary care, nurse practitioners, and behavioral and mental health to provide culturally competent, interdisciplinary primary health care services to underserved populations located in selected Health Professional Shortage Areas. Information is located at: https://nhsc.hrsa.gov/loanrepayment/index.html
The National Health Service Corp is a federal program that also awards scholarships to students in primary care health professions training leading to: A postgraduate degree or postgraduate certificate from a school or program in nurse-midwifery education, education, or nurse practitioner (NP) education specializing in family medicine, geriatrics, psychiatric-mental health, and other specialties. In return, scholars commit to providing primary care health services in underserved communities. Information is available at: https://nhsc.hrsa.gov/scholarships/index.html

Department of Social and Health Services -“Helping others and transforming lives is our priority and a daily focus that comes with the job. We hire employees who care for others.” Find job opportunities at www.careers.wa.gov – filter by Department and select “Dept of Social and Health Services”.

Saint Alphonsus in Idaho is looking to hire Graduate Nurses into their health system to start in the summer of 2018. For more information on their Graduate Nurse Residence program, visit the company website at https://www.saintalphonsus.org, then navigate to  “Careers,” then “Nursing Opportunities,” and finally, “Continuing Education & Development.”
NurseResidencyProgramResidentFlyer
Spring 2018 Graduate Nurse Residency Flyer PDF

The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs has nursing positions open in Spokane, Walla Walla, Port Orchard, and Puyallup. Please visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/?keywords=wdva to see the opportunities. You can also contact a recruiter at DennisL@dva.wa.gov or call 360-725-2183.

StaffRehab has many available School Nurse opportunities in Washington. Open to both LPN and RN candidates. Open to all levels of experience, but pediatric experience is a big plus!

Contact Stacy Ritter at slritter@wsu.edu or Renae Richter at renae.richter@wsu.edu if you have questions or an item to contribute.

February 5, 2018

Nurse Legislative Day attendees 

All Students

Important Dates & Deadlines

  • February 19 – President’s Day Holiday; No classes – WSU offices will be open
  • March 2 – Last day to apply for May 2018 graduation
  • March 12-16 – Spring Break
  • April 27 – Last day of instruction
  • April 30 – May 4 – Final Exams

There are confidential  resources for students who are struggling with mental and emotional issues.  Please reach out to the WSU 24-hour line 509-334-1133.  WSU Counseling services on the Spokane campus are located in SAC – Student Affairs or call 509-358-7740.

Graduation info for S2 and S1 students

  • March 3, 2018 – WSU Graduation Application Due    $50.00 for S2 and S1’s
  • March 4, 2018 – WSU Graduation Application Due – Late Fee  $75.00 + $50.00 for S2 and S1’s
  • April 13, 2018 – EWU Graduation Application Due   $48.10 for S1’s
  • May 14, 2018 – EWU Graduation Applications Due – Late Fee  $62.50 + $48.10 for S1’s

All BSN Dual Degree students must apply to the University they came from (EWU or Whitworth) and to WSU.
You can apply online – Go to your MyWSU Student Center and the dropdown menu to apply.  If you have questions, see Jodi Pyle in the Nursing Student Services office #130 or email jodi_pyle@wsu.edu.

NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program offers registered nurses substantial financial assistance in exchange for full-time service either at a Critical Shortage Facility or an eligible school of nursing.

Apply and read more about the program on the HRSA Health Workforce website.

Scholarship & Fellowship Opportunities

WSU College of Nursing Scholarships

Visit the College of Nursing Scholarship page on our website for a link to the application for Fall 2018 funding. The portal will be open through Friday, February 23, 2018 to apply.  There you will also find helpful FAQs regarding financial services. For questions, please contact Deborah Blake, Assistant Director of Development & Alumni Relations.

Inland Empire Nurses Association Scholarship

Each spring the Inland Empire Nurses Association offers $1,000 scholarships to nursing students. Deadline for submitting the IENA application form is March 1, 2018.  For more info, please visit the IENA website.

Questions? Please contact: JoAnn Kaiser 509-328-8288 or jkaiser.iena@gmail.com.

WSNF – Washington State Nurses Foundation Scholarship Opportunity

See attached form for deadline, eligibility requirements and required materials  2018 WSNF Scholarship App v1-0 (002).

Scottish Rite scholarship opportunities

Visit this link for their steps to apply and FAQ’s – https://www.srsfwa.org/scholarships.
Applications are due by March 31st prior to the academic year you are applying for.
Filipino Nurses/Health Care Professionals Association Scholarship

WSU Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Program Undergraduate Research Fellowship Application

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Program is seeking applications for undergraduate research fellowships for the summer of 2018 and for the 2018-2019 academic year.

  • Due February 20, 2018, for Summer of 2018
  • Due March 20, 2018, for Fall Semester or the 2018-2019 Academic Year

Spokane Students

WSU Spokane is sponsoring a Faith and Health Care Conference

In collaboration with Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University, Whitworth University, UW – Medicine, Community Colleges of Spokane, and North Idaho College.

The conference is Saturday, Feb. 10 at WSU Spokane in PBS and starts at 8 a.m. You can read more information here.

The conference asks students who are preparing for a career in health care to become more engaged with issues of faith, deepen their understanding of their individual traditions, and how to serve as leaders in educational and health care settings for encouraging interfaith dialogue and understanding.

Breakout topics being covered include: Interfaith Communication, Faith, Law and Health Providers & Collaborating with Faith Communities.

Tri Cities Students

Above and right, Tri-Cities Nurse Legislative Day 2018 attendees

Upcoming Events – volunteers needed:

See sign-up sheets and more information outside Kay Olson’s office

  • Feb 3rd – Shining Star Pagent – for differently-abled girls. Female volunteers needed to help girls prepare for pageant.
  • Feb 9th – Tim Tebow’s Night to Shine – Prom for males & females with healthcare needs. Male & female volunteers need to be buddies with participants.
  • Feb 17th– Scrubs Camp – Richland High School – health care exploration for high school students
  • Feb 20th – Franklin STEM Elementary Science Camp – introducing elementary aged students to careers in healthcare
  • Feb 24th – Pink Goes Red for Women’s Heart Health – BP checks and education

Yakima Students

You are invited to an Interprofessional Case Study

Presented by Dr. Edward Bilsky, PNWU Provost, Dr. Keith Monosky, IPE/YVIPEC Executive Director & Dr. Sandy Carollo,  WSU Associate Dean of Academic affairs
Friday February 9, 2018 From 11:45am—1:15pm
Pacific Northwest University; University Conference Center 3200 Inspiration Drive Yakima, WA 98908
Email sign ups to mholm@pnwu.edu by February 7, 2018. Lunch will be provided to those that register.

Yakima Nurse Legislative Day attendees

Job & Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer at Camp!  Camp Korey empowers children and families living with serious medical conditions through year-round, life-changing experiences, always free of charge. College students of all majors volunteer at Camp Korey – the main thing is that they should like working with kids, but they get a lot of students interested in the Medical/Health Field. For the Spring /Summer Schedule, volunteer roles available or how to apply, visit the camp’s website at http://campkorey.org/

Saint Alphonsus in Idaho is looking to hire Graduate Nurses into their health system to start in the summer of 2018. For more information on their Graduate Nurse Residence program, visit the company website at https://www.saintalphonsus.org, then navigate to  “Careers,” then “Nursing Opportunities,” and finally, “Continuing Education & Development.”

Caregiver and medication-technician full & part-time positions open right now at assisted living and mental health facilities here in Spokane; Fairview Assisted Living, Bethany Place, Mallon Place and Upriver Place.  If interested and want more information, call Beau at 509-389-5400 or email fairviewassistedliving@gmail.com.  

The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs has nursing positions open in Spokane, Walla Walla, Port Orchard, and Puyallup. Please visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/?keywords=wdva to see the opportunities. You can also contact a recruiter at DennisL@dva.wa.gov or call 360-725-2183.

StaffRehab has many available School Nurse opportunities available in Washington. Open to both LPN and RN candidates. Open to all levels of experience, but pediatric experience is a big plus!

Contact Stacy Ritter at slritter@wsu.edu or Renae Richter at renae.richter@wsu.edu if you have questions or an item to contribute.

January 22, 2018

All Students

Scholarship & Fellowship Opportunities

WSU College of Nursing Scholarship
The WSU College of Nursing scholarship application will open the week of January 22 for fall 2018 funding

Visit our WSU College of Nursing Scholarship webpage for the link when it goes live. There you will also find helpful FAQs regarding financial services.

WSNF- Washington State Nurses Foundation Scholarship Opportunity
See attached form for deadline, eligibility requirements and required materials  2018 WSNF Scholarship App v1-0 (002)

WSU Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Program Undergraduate Research Fellowship Application
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Program is seeking applications for undergraduate research fellowships for the summer of 2018 and for the 2018-2019 academic year.

  • Due February 20, 2018, for Summer of 2018
  • Due March 20, 2018, for Fall Semester or the 2018-2019 Academic Year

Spokane Students

WSU Spokane received a grant from the Interfaith Youth Core to sponsor a Faith and Health Care Conference in collaboration with Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University, Whitworth University, UW – Medicine, Community Colleges of Spokane, and North Idaho College.

The conference is Saturday, Feb. 10 at WSU Spokane in PBS and starts at 8 a.m. You can read more information here.

The conference asks students who are preparing for a career in health care to become more engaged with issues of faith, deepen their understanding of their individual traditions, and how to serve as leaders in educational and health care settings for encouraging interfaith dialogue and understanding.

Breakout topics being covered include: Interfaith Communication, Faith, Law and Health Providers & Collaborating with Faith Communities.

Job Opportunities

Caregiver and medication-technician full & part-time positions open right now at assisted living and mental health facilities here in Spokane; Fairview Assisted Living, Bethany Place, Mallon Place and Upriver Place.  If interested and want more information, call Beau at 509-389-5400 or email fairviewassistedliving@gmail.com.  

The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs has nursing positions open in Spokane, Walla Walla, Port Orchard, and Puyallup. Please visit Employment to see the opportunities. You can also contact a recruiter at DennisL@dva.wa.gov or call 360-725-2183.

Part-time caregiver needed for an elderly, vision-impaired woman. She needs a companion to help with preparing light meals, keeping her safe in her daily routine in the afternoon and evening hours.  Contact Cathy at 509-220-7897 if interested.

Contact Stacy Ritter at slritter@wsu.edu or Renae Richter at renae.richter@wsu.edu if you have questions or an item to contribute.

December 4, 2017

 

Congratulations December Graduates!!

Spokane Convocation practice at College of Nursing – Mandatory for all December graduates on Thursday, December 7th, 12-1PM in Room 105.
Spokane Convocation – Sunday, December 10th, 2PM  at the INB Performing Art Center 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane WA.
Open House at Spokane College of Nursing Building – Sunday, December 10th from 11:30-1PM.
Yakima Convocation – Friday, December 8th at 12:00 pm at the Central Lutheran Church.
Tri-Cities Convocation – Thursday, December 7th at 6pm at the Red Lion in Richland, WA.  

Honor Cords for December Graduates:  Pick up your Honor cords here:
Spokane – Services Office #130
Yakima – Mary Gonzalez
TriCities – Kay Olson
If your WSU GPA is 3.5 or higher as of last semester you will receive an honor cord. Your GPA is calculated for only your WSU work, not on grades transferred in prior to WSU. Honor Cords are traditionally worn at commencement not Convocation.

A letter from the Dean,

 

Dear Graduating Students,

What a wonderful time this is as you plan your graduation festivities, and contemplate your careers as registered nurses!  I am so very proud of each of you as are the faculty.  Please be sure to express your appreciation to the faculty, who have worked so hard to ensure you are the fine nurses you are today!  I hope you will share with me how your education prepared you for the workforce.  Feel free to email me, call me or drop by.  We can only improve how we teach if we hear from you what worked and what might be improved.  You will soon see how valued and respected you are as WSU alumni, and you should be so proud of your accomplishments.

So please take time to celebrate, and then get to work taking care of the people of Washington and the United States.  They need your expertise and compassion!  Congratulations!

Best wishes,

Dr J. Griffin-Sobel, Ph.D, RN, ANEF, FAAN

All Students

S2 Students:

There will be a Student Loan Exit Counseling Session on Thursday, December 7 from 1-2 PM.  It will be on AMS so Yakima students can participate as well.   Watch for more information from financial aid.

WSNA Nurse Legislative Day on 1/22/2018
Step up. Speak out. Influence.

Join hundreds of nurses and students from all across Washington state at your annual lobby day in Olympia. The Governor is invited as keynote speaker again this year.  Help influence the state of nursing, health care, and patient safety!  Visit the WSNA website for details on the days events.
This activity will fulfill a Nursing 409 class assignment (alternative assignment will be available for those who can’t participate). Great education/advocacy opportunity to showcase as a leadership experience on your resume, too.
To sign up:
Spokane students can sign up for hotel lodging and transportation at the 1st floor, front desk area.
Yakima students contact Mary Gonzalez
Tri Cities students contact Kay Olson
Register before the Christmas break as there is limited bus seats available.
Registration deadline is 1/8/2018 at 5PM for all campuses.

For questions see your Legislative Day campus contact:
Spokane – Debbie Brinker or Sarah Griffith  / Tri Cities – Kay Olson / Yakima – Mary Gonzalez

Plan now for WSU campus closure December 25th-January 1st.

 

WSNF- Washington State Nurses Foundation Scholarship Opportunity

See attached form for deadline, eligibility requirements and required materials  2018 WSNF Scholarship App v1-0 (002)

Peru Scholarship Opportunity

The Peru Global Health Education Scholarship application is now open.  Submit your application by December 8, 2017 by clicking this link:   https://nursing-wsu.academicworks.com/
If you have any questions, please contact Deborah Blake at deborah.blake@wsu.edu, or 509.324.7339.

Spokane Students

Info on your Nursing Hold

During your advising meeting you were given a copy of the immunization sheet which shows, if any, immunizations that need to be updated before your registration hold is lifted.  Some of you have immunizations that are due in December.  If so, please update and bring the documentation to the Nursing Student Service office before you leave for the holiday break.  If you have questions regarding this, please contact Susan Blair by email srblair@wsu.edu or 509-324-7338.

Tri Cities Students

Nursing Convocation – Tri Cities Thursday, December 7, 2017 at the Richland Red Lion, 6pm-7:30pm.

Yakima Students

Yakima Convocation:  Friday, December 8, 2017 at 12 noon, at Central Lutheran Church.

  • Thursday, December 7th AINS is hosting the S2 celebration. Cake will be provided for all the students in honor of the December graduates.  Please join us in the library at 12 noon.
  • The Yakima Diversity Club clothing drive is underway and going great. Continue to donate winter clothing as donations will no longer be taken after December 8th.
  • Our toy drive has also started! Collection boxes are located outside of the library and all donations will go to children in need. We have a goal of getting every student and staff member here at WSU Yakima to donate at least 1 thing. Donations can be something as simple as a box of crayons. Money donations will also be accepted and put towards purchasing gifts. Money donations can be given to Tom!
  • Next week on Friday, December 8th we plan on having a gift wrapping party and have great food. Please sign up on the Diversity Club board! Those that attend can also bring a dish of their choice if they wish.

Thank you and good luck with studying!
Isaac Estrada
WSU College of Nursing
Diversity President

Job Opportunities

Caregiver and medication-technician positions open right now at couples assisted living and mental health facilities here in Spokane; Fairview Assisted Living, Bethany Place, Mallon Place and Upriver Place.  If interested and want more information, call Beau at 509-389-5400 or email me at fairviewassistedliving@gmail.com.  

The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs has nursing positions open in Spokane, Walla Walla, Port Orchard, and Puyallup. Please visit Employment to see the opportunities that we have! You can also contact a recruiter at DennisL@dva.wa.gov or call 360-725-2183.

Part-time caregiver needed for an elderly vision impaired woman.  She needs a companion to help with preparing light meals, keeping her safe in her daily routine in the afternoon and evening hours.  Contact Cathy at 509-220-7897 if interested.

Contact Stacy Ritter at slritter@wsu.edu or Renae Richter at renae.richter@wsu.edu if you have questions or an item to contribute.

November 13, 2017

 

Officers from Yakima Simulation and Diversity Clubs participated in the Eastern Washington Scrubs Camp.  Hosted by the Eastern Washington Area Health Education Center, Scrubs Camp is a one-day, hands-on health career exploration opportunity for high school students.  The Club officers, Brooke Brown, Olivia Hull, Isaac Estrada, Raegan Ramynke, and Jeri Riddle, presented nursing as a career.

A note from your SNL President David Mishin:

Hello fellow nurslings,
It saddens me to know that my relationship with the College of Nursing is coming to an end, however it is bittersweet for I know that a life of service is on the horizon. Last year around this time, I took a leadership role as the Student Nurse Leaders (SNL) President as an opportunity to learn and wander far beyond my comfort zone. One of the things I envisioned was that this organization would serve the community that houses our institution. I am proud to say that our nursing students were eager to see that vision come to fruition. For our first service experience, we volunteered with Blessings Under the Bridge that had our nursing students provide wound care to Spokane’s homeless population. This event was so successful that almost immediately students were looking forward to the next opportunity. I wanted to say a special thank you to Laura Wintersteen-Arleth for being our nursing faculty preceptor and for setting up wellness screenings at various senior centers in the community. Your passion and dedication for students and the community does not go unnoticed. We also had quite a bit of nursing students provide education and screenings at our interdisciplinary community health fair last semester at Sheridan Elementary School. Last but not least, Washington State University nursing students served female veterans as they managed a first aid station for Cowgirls and Women Warriors at their Memorial Day retreat. I want to say thank you to all the faculty and students who contributed and volunteered in these activities.

As mentioned in SNL’s mission statement, we also seek to foster student success and involvement in our college and the WSU Health Science Campus. Last semester we hosted several inter-professional events that seek to educate students as well as give our students an opportunity to interact with students from the diverse disciplines of WSU Spokane’s campus. Next semester, under Chris Liss’s leadership, we hope to partner with Providence to host an inter-professional event that would equip students going into patient care fields with tools like de-escalation strategies and education on management of the aggressive patient.

Thank you, SNL Officers, for the time you sacrificed to try to improve the experience of students attending the college of nursing. Class officers, I want to say that you rock! I love the creativity and perspective that you bring to our college. It is important to promote and provide opportunities that allow students to destress. Looking forward I would like there to be more fun events that will help build camaraderie between classes and with the other disciplines on campus. I hope that we strive to continue to be service oriented and to have more active nursing student involvement. I am proud to be a Coug and soon to be nursing graduate of WSU. My advice to current and future students would be to seize every opportunity you are given because it is another experience from which you can grow and learn to appreciate the world around you.

David Mishin SNL President

WSNF- Washington State Nurses Foundation Scholarship Opportunity

See attached form for deadline, eligibility requirements and required materials  2018 WSNF Scholarship App v1-0 (002)

Peru Scholarship Opportunity

The Peru Global Health Education Scholarship application is now open.  Submit your application by December 8, 2017 by clicking this link:   https://nursing-wsu.academicworks.com/
If you have any questions, please contact Deborah Blake at deborah.blake@wsu.edu, or 509.324.7339.

Spokane Students

Spokane Convocation Practice: Thursday, December 7, 12:00-1:00pm, SNRS Rm 105
Spokane Convocation: 
Sunday, December 10 2017, 2:00PM
INB Performing Art Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane WA

Info on your Nursing Hold

During your advising meeting you were given a copy of the immunization sheet which shows, if any, immunizations that need to be updated before your registration hold is lifted.  Some of you have immunizations that are due in December.  If so, please update and bring the documentation to the Nursing Student Service office before you leave for the holiday break.  If you have questions regarding this, please contact Susan Blair by email srblair@wsu.edu or 509-324-7338.

 

Tri Cities Students

Nursing Convocation – Tri Cities Thursday, December 7, 2017 at the Richland Red Lion, 6pm-7:30pm.

Yakima Students

The Halloween Sim at the Yakima campus is a fun annual event and provides Nursing students an opportunity to practice as well as learn some helpful clinical skills.

Yakima Convocation:  Friday, December 8, 2017 at 12 noon, at Central Lutheran Church.

Volunteers  needed

  • The sign up for the Leavenworth Tree Lighting Ceremony sponsored by AINS will be Saturday, December 2nd. The bus will leave from the College of Nursing at 11:00 am and return at 10:00 pm.  A charter bus is reserved and seats are limited.  Please sign up on the AINS board to ensure your spot.
  • Volunteers needed to help with the Yakima Convocation. The date is Friday, December 8th, students would need to be available from 10 am – 4pm.  Convocation will be held at Central Lutheran Church and the ceremony will start at 12:00 pm.   If you are interested please contact Mary Gonzalez or Sandy Carollo.

Job Opportunities

The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs has nursing positions open in Spokane, Walla Walla, Port Orchard, and Puyallup. Please visit Employment to see the opportunities that we have! You can also contact a recruiter at DennisL@dva.wa.gov or call 360-725-2183.

Looking for a part-time caregiver to assist an elderly woman. Very light duties, in the afternoon and evening hours.  Contact Cathy at 509-220-7897 if interested.

Adult Family Home is looking for a very dependable part-time employee to work every-other Sat & Sun 4pm-8pm. We have 5 clients with mental health and developmental disabilities that require only light care. If interesetd contact Karly (509) 710-0087.

Contact Stacy Ritter at slritter@wsu.edu or Renae Richter at renae.richter@wsu.edu if you have questions or an item to contribute.

October 23, 2017

Tri Cities Nursing volunteers at first aid booth for the Buddy Walk, a walk to raise awareness about Down’s Syndrome.

All Students

December Graduates

Commencement:  Saturday, December 9, Beasley Coliseum, 10:00 AM
For specific information on ordering regalia, line up etc. https://commencement.wsu.edu/fall/schedule/

Honor Cords:  Candidates for baccalaureate degrees are those who have completed 30 hours of graded work at Washington State University. Based on your cumulative GPA at the end of the term, you will be notified if you are eligible for honor cords for commencement.  Following fall 2017, final term, the Registrar’s Office will recompute your gpa, this computation will determine official graduation honors.  Honors Cords will be given out if  you had a 3.5 or higher.  Cords will be available when you return from practicum and are typically worn at commencement.

Caps and gowns– Place your order via the Josten’s website.  Gowns will be shipped to your home address and all gowns are to be returned to the Pullman Bookie post ceremony. See details in link above.

WSU Nursing Pin -Attached is the order form.   It is optional.  You do not need to order a pin to participate in Convocation.

Spokane Convocation: Sunday, December 10 2017, 2:00PM
INB Performing Art Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane WA

Spokane Convocation Practice: Thursday, December 7, 12:00-1:00pm, SNRS Rm 105
Practice is required.
  During this time, we will give you 3 x 5 index cards.  The following information will be asked:  Your Name, (Phonetic Spelling, if you think it may be mispronounced), Who is pinning you, Your Future Plans.   You are welcome to ask 1 or 2 family members to pin you but for the sake of time we will limit you to 2.
Appropriate Dress for Convocation:  Smart Casual or Business Casual Dress, Skirt, Slacks, Sweater, Jacket, Blazer.

We are providing these guidelines due to numerous complaints from previous attendees regarding dress/skirt lengths.  Please ensure that your dress length is long enough to sit comfortably on stage and hug family members during the pinning ceremony.

Tri Cities Convocation: Thursday, December 7, 2017 at the Richland Red Lion, 6pm-7:30pm
Yakima Convocation:  Friday, December 8, 2017 at 12 noon, at Central Lutheran Church.

Scholarship Awards

WSU College of Nursing scholarship applications have been reviewed by committee and awards will be made in the next few weeks.  If you submitted a completed application, you will be notified of your award status via email the week of November 6, 2017.  Additionally, if you are offered a scholarship, the AcademicWorks system will require you to accept your offer(s) and provide additional personal information.

The Office of Development will provide clear communication regarding your status, so please look for an email from nursing.scholarship@wsu.edu!

KAPLAN Check

How many questions have you completed in Kaplan this term?  Check with your Kaplan coordinator, Sara Barron (Tricities), Dionetta Hudzinski (Yakima) or Laura Wintersteen-Arleth (Spokane) for help on how to be successful and get full value from your KAPLAN plan!

Considering Graduate School?

Check out the new WSU Imagine Beyond initiative, designed to help prepare undergraduate students for Graduate school. Register for Workshops, Explore Graduate degree programs, find Graduate School funding here: https://gradschool.wsu.edu/imagine-beyond.

Spokane Students

ALS Forum – Bridging the Gaps in Quality Care

Hosted by the Speech-Language Pathology Department
This event will incorporate a discussion for inter professional development after a discussion panel from individuals and families who have ALS. Nursing students are encouraged to attend and contribute their knowledge to the discussion.

Writing Support Services

Writing Support at WSU Spokane is a free service available to all registered WSU Spokane students.  Their goal is to help you become a more effective, confident, and self-sufficient writer. Schedule an appointment or drop by to discuss any aspect of any writing project at any stage of the writing process. Visit the website: https://spokane.wsu.edu/studentaffairs/successcenter/writing-assistance/ 

Writing Support at WSU Spokane provides:

  • Advice and strategies for planning, organizing, drafting, revising, and editing any writing project.
  • Assistance with grad school and job applications, writing samples, cover letters, statements of purpose, and other professional documents.
  • Opportunity to learn and grow as a writer through one-on-one sessions focused on any aspect of your writing.
  • Distance consultations through Google Docs collaboration platform.

Click here to make an appointment with the Writing Specialist. You will need to create an account using your WSU e-mail address. For students on the Yakima campus, please make a note in the comments field that you are requesting a distance consultation.

Tri Cities Students

Nursing students taking blood pressures at the Tri Cities Diabetes Coalition Annual Health Fair.

We at the College of Nursing encourage students to get involved in leadership roles with nursing organizations.  Here is another example of one of our student leaders in the Tri Cities.

Jonathon Blanchard, an S1 student in Tri Cities holds the position as Director at Large. As one of two Directors at Large, he gets the opportunity to represent nursing students by acting as a liaison on their behalf for the Nursing Students of Washington State (NSWS). Part of that responsibility as a liaison is communicating with nursing schools throughout the state and sharing the benefits of being a member of NSWS. This includes communicating events, coordinating statewide projects proposed by NSWS board of directors, which he is also a member of, and promoting nursing student’s membership and activity in NSWS. He also acts as a representative of NSWS at state and national functions and assist other board members as needed with projects. He says he enjoys this position because “I’m a part of an organization whose goal is to promote nursing students personal and professional growth as well as helping those students network with professionals who are interested in the student’s education and potential future employment.”

Nursing Convocation – Tri Cities Thursday, December 7, 2017 at the Richland Red Lion, 6pm-7:30pm.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Marathon with Meaning October 29th – Helping young adults with cerebral palsy compete in a marathon.  Volunteers will take turns pushing these athletes.  Please see Kay Olson if you are interested.

Yakima Students

Yakima Valley Interprofessional Practice & Education Collaborative (YVIPEC) steering committee consists of student representatives from each participating profession on 9/28th.

“Weekly wellness”

Fridays at 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm for Faculty/staff/students

Meet at the library to experience healthy movement followed by a relaxation activity.  Please wear comfortable shoes and warms clothes for walking outside.

“Food for Thought”

Thursday 10/26 at 12:15 in the library, bring lunch and a friend. Faculty/staff and students welcome
Topic: Stress management

Volunteers  needed

  • Student volunteers need to help with interviews.  Students will be able to sign up for a 2 hour block.  Interviews will be held on Friday, October 27th.  Please see Mary Gonzalez if you are interested.
  • Volunteers needed to help with the Yakima Convocation.  The date is Friday, December 8th, at Central Lutheran Church.  Students would need to be available from 10 am – 4pm.  If you are interested please contact Mary Gonzalez or Sandy Carollo.

Job Opportunities

Adult Family Home is looking for a very dependable part-time employee to work every-other Sat & Sun 4pm-8pm. We have 5 clients with mental health and developmental disabilities that require only light care. If interesetd contact Karly (509) 710-0087.

Contact Stacy Ritter at slritter@wsu.edu or Renae Richter at renae.richter@wsu.edu if you have questions or an item to contribute.

October 2, 2017

All Students

December Graduates

Graduation and Convocation is almost here.  It’s a busy time so please mark your calendars for the following.

Commencement:  Saturday, December 9, Beasley Coliseum, 10:00 AM
For specific information on ordering regalia, line up etc. https://commencement.wsu.edu/fall/schedule/

Honor Cords:  Candidates for baccalaureate degrees are those who have completed 30 hours of graded work at Washington State University. Based on your cumulative GPA at the end of the term, you will be notified if you are eligible for honor cords for commencement.  Following fall 2017, final term, the Registrar’s Office will recompute your gpa, this computation will determine official graduation honors.  Honors Cords will be given out if  you had a 3.5 or higher.  Cords will be available when you return from practicum and are typically worn at commencement.

Caps and gowns– Place your order via the Josten’s website.  Gowns will be shipped to your home address and all gowns are to be returned to the Pullman Bookie post ceremony. See details in link above.

WSU Nursing Pin -Attached is the order form.   It is optional.  You do not need to order a pin to participate in Convocation.

Convocation: Sunday, December 10
INB Performing Art Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane WA

Convocation Practice: Thursday, December 7, 12:00-1:00, SNRS Rm 105
Practice is required.
  During this time, we will give you 3 x 5 index cards.  The following information will be asked:  Your Name, (Phonetic Spelling, if you think it may be mispronounced), Who is pinning you, Your Future Plans.   You are welcome to ask 1 or 2 family members to pin you but for the sake of time we will limit you to 2.
Appropriate Dress for Convocation:  Smart Casual or Business Casual Dress, Skirt, Slacks, Sweater, Jacket, Blazer.

We are providing these guidelines due to numerous complaints from previous attendees regarding dress/skirt lengths.  Please ensure that your dress length is long enough to sit comfortably on stage and hug family members during the pinning ceremony.

Notes from Dr. Dotson, Prelicensure Director

2018 NURSE Corps Scholarship and Loan Repayment Programs
These federal programs, which are administered through the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration, supports student nurses and registered nurses (RNs), advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), and nurse faculty. The scholarship program will pay for nursing education for students who agree to practice in underserved areas after graduation, and the loan repayment program will pay practicing nurses up to 85% of their unpaid nursing education debt. If you are accruing debt or graduating soon and thinking about how you will manage that debt after graduation, consider these programs.  The application cycles for these programs typically open very early in the year (January or February) and have a short (6-8 week) window – go to Get notified for e-mail notification of when the application cycle opens. For more information on these programs, go to https://bhw.hrsa.gov/loansscholarships/nursecorps.  Remember, the only way you may receive funding is if you apply – so check it out!

Have you talked with your advisor lately?
Your advisor is one of the many people here at the college who can help you be successful.  It is important you create a relationship with your advisor, who can help you with academic challenges, resource availability, employment, and continuing education and graduate school plans.  If you haven’t met with your advisor yet this term – make a 15 minute appointment with them today!

KAPLAN Check
How many questions have you completed in Kaplan this term?  Check with your Kaplan coordinator, Sara Barron (Tricities), Dionetta Hudzinski (Yakima) or Laura Wintersteen-Arleth (Spokane) for help on how to be successful and get full value from your KAPLAN plan!

Considering Graduate School?

Check out the new WSU Imagine Beyond initiative, designed to help prepare undergraduate students for Graduate school. Register for Workshops, Explore Graduate degree programs, find Graduate School funding here: https://gradschool.wsu.edu/imagine-beyond.

Hello Prelicensure, Junior 1st Semester Students

Please watch the attached recording for information on an email you recently received from me, Andra Davis, to participate in an online survey to assess your knowledge in providing basic palliative care.  This is voluntary and completion qualifies you for a drawing for one of 20, $25 Amazon gift cardsLINK TO RECORDINGhttps://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cbQoboIbmN

2017 Why WSU video contest for students

The Washington State University Foundation wants your videos!  Grab your cell phone, video or digital camera, then gather your friends to make a video showing us why you love WSU and how donor support benefits you and your fellow Cougs everyday.  Winners will receive cash awards!

Win Real Cash Money!

  • 1st Place: $1000
  • 2nd Place : $800
  • 3rd Place: $500
  • People’s Choice: $200

Learn more

Research Announcement Request

Are you interested in research?  Do you think you might want to someday be a researcher or understand the research process better? Perhaps you are just curious to know more about the interesting topics being investigated at WSU College of Nursing and have a couple of hours a week to volunteer? If so, WSU College of Nursing has opportunities for you to get involved. There are many faculty members in need of dedicated students who are willing to volunteer as a research assistant.

Examples of areas being researched include: pain, addictions/drug abuse, online programs, police behavior, qualitative and quantitative research, and much more!
If you are interested or would like more information on these and other research opportunities, please email Crystal Lederhos Smith at crystal.lederhos@wsu.edu.

Spokane Students

Career Fair at the College of Nursing

Oct 12th from 11am-1pm, 1st floor.  A great opportunity to practice your personal introduction and handshake.
Worksheets to prepare you for the career fair.  High Five_Elevator Pitch_Introduction Worksheet (003 & Rock the interview (002)

WSU Wireless, is the new universal wireless connection, replacing the ‘WSU Spokane’ wireless network connection. Campus wireless users should now connect to ‘WSU Wireless.’

To log in to ‘WSU Wireless’, use your WSU Network ID (the ID used with my.WSU and Blackboard logins).

This universal connection allows anyone with a WSU Network ID to instantly access the wireless network, whether at their home campus or at any of the other four campuses. That means no additional sign in, access requests, or guest user limitations for WSU students,

Yakima Students

Central Washington Circle of Life Symposium –

Ethics and End-of-Life Care CME Conference on Tuesday / October 17, 2017 7:30am-2:30pm.
Yakima COL Registration Brochure

Next AINS meeting is Thursday October 5th.

The AINS meeting will be held at 12 noon in the library.  For agenda items please email Paula Cruz, AINS Secretary at paula.cruzgerman@wsu.edu

Volunteers  needed

  • Student volunteers need to help with interviews.  Students will be able to sign up for a 2 hour block.  Interviews will be held on Friday, October 27th.  Please see Mary Gonzalez if you are interested.
  • Volunteers needed to help with the Yakima Convocation.  The date is Friday, December 8th, at Central Lutheran Church.  Students would need to be available from 10 am – 4pm.  If you are interested please contact Mary Gonzalez or Sandy Carollo.

Job Opportunities

Adult Family Home is looking for a very dependable part-time employee to work every-other Sat & Sun 4pm-8pm. We have 5 clients with mental health and developmental disabilities that require only light care. If interesetd contact Karly (509) 710-0087.

Interested in pursuing a Senior Commissioned Officer Student Training & Externship Program  through the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps with Federal Bureau of Prisons sponsorship? Get paid a salary and receive full benefits while in your last year of school without having to work.  The application window is September 1, 2017 – October 13, 2017.  See flyer for details to apply: SRCOSTEPInforSheet for Nursing Students

Contact Stacy Ritter at slritter@wsu.edu or Renae Richter at renae.richter@wsu.edu if you have questions or an item to contribute.