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Rachel Gunning: WSU alum, NICU nurse, card game inventor

Rachel Gunning has been a NICU nurse in Spokane for three years. Now she has a Kickstarter campaign to launch a card game.

The first thing isn’t the cause of the second. It’s not like she’s disillusioned with nursing.

Portrait of Russell Michaelsen
Retired nurse Russell Michaelsen found an encore career as an inventor

Russell Michaelsen didn’t graduate from the WSU College of Nursing until he was nearly 50, after working as a medical lab tech, logger, commercial fisherman, hunting guide, and builder.

Staff at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas took a picture with the pizzas sent by ER staff at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.
College of Nursing alum helps send pizza to Las Vegas hospital staff

An alumna of the WSU College of Nursing led a drive to raise money to buy dozens of pizzas for the staff of a hospital in Las Vegas after 58 people were killed at a concert there.

Emilie Kimball, BSN '11, will volunteer for 10 weeks in Africa with Mercy Ships.
Emilie Kimball, BSN ’11, to volunteer aboard Mercy Ships

Emilie Kimball’s nursing degree will take her across the globe later this month to volunteer for Mercy Ships in Africa.

Two students in scrubs sit looking at their laptops.
What Coug Nursing alumni wish they’d known in nursing school

With undergraduate students beginning their nursing studies this week, we asked WSU College of Nursing alumni and the larger nursing community what they wish they’d known then. Here’s what they said:

portrait of preceptor Kathryn Brault
Meet a preceptor: Kathryn Brault, ARNP

Kathryn Brault loves her job, and that’s why she’s a preceptor for the WSU College of Nursing and other schools.

Portrait of College of Nursing donor Shelly McHugh
Shelly McHugh gives back to WSU Nursing because ‘they helped me’

Just a decade after Shelly McHugh graduated from what would become known as the WSU College of Nursing, she began a regular habit of donating to the school.

Lorie Stucke went back to school at 39 to become a nurse
Midcareer switch to nursing lets Lorie Stucke be ‘part of someone’s story’

Nursing wasn’t Lorie Stucke’s first love. That was journalism, the career where she’d spent more than a decade. But turmoil in that industry prompted her to do some soul-searching.

What she liked about journalism was the chance to build trust with someone, to tell their story and by that action become part of their story in a small way. What other career, she wondered, could make her feel the same way?

Turns out, it was nursing. “I realized that patients need you to help them understand what’s happening, that they can’t always articulate what they need and you need to be their champion,” she said. … » More …

BSN grad Jamison Edwards in simulation
Nursing grad shares how sim training can help save lives

Jamison Edwards

“By supporting the simulation program at the Washington State University College of Nursing, you are helping to save lives,” said Jameson Edwards, a recent BSN graduate from the college.

“My training in simulation has prepared me to save patients under my direct care,” Jameson said. “In simulation, I have practiced giving care in unique, and what could be stressful, life-threatening situations, which has directly impacted the way I give care in my current practice.”

Now a Registered Nurse working on … » More …

Michael and Carol Huebner
CougsGive: Couple endowed nursing scholarship after careers in the military and academia

Carol Huebner graduated in 1972 from the Intercollegiate Center for Nursing Education and went on to notable career successes in both the military and academia. But she never forgot her “very, very warm feelings” for her alma mater, so in 2014, she and her husband Michael Huebner created an endowed scholarship to benefit students at the Washington State University College of Nursing.

“We just wanted to pay it forward so other students could benefit from some financial support,” Carol said of the couple’s $25,000 gift.

She retired from … » More …

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