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2014 WSU Nursing Peru team
WSU Nursing teams travel to Peru in May with the launch of a new project in Chiclayo

The Chiclayo project is the second for Washington State University College of Nursing in that South American country; WSU nurses have been part of the nonprofit People of Peru Project for more than a decade.

Vicky Sattler, a PhD alumna from the WSU College of Nursing, is leading the Chiclayo project. She’ll take about 10 students from the school’s undergraduate and graduate programs. They’ll work with nursing students from Chiclayo’s USAT – the Universidad Católica Santo Toribio de Mogrovejo – and with the nonprofit Centro ECO.

Nicole Armitage
PhD to Policy Change: How one Scholar’s Research Informed Policy Change in the U.S. Air Force


By Alli Benjamin

Following childbirth, many new moms are advised by their doctor to take one year to heal and return to pre-pregnancy weight. For active duty women in the U.S. Air Force, this wasn’t an option until March 2015, when the policy changed that required new mothers returning to work to pass a rigorous fitness test just six months after giving birth.

This policy change was informed by data gathered and published by Nursing alumna Nicole … » More …

Arlyn Medendorp Headshot
Bedside After Battle

By Sarah Schaub

“Lieutenant Dela Pena! Lieutenant Dela Pena! I have my legs,” yelled a young officer from down the hallway. Army ROTC Nurse Arlyn Medendorp (Dela Pena) looked for the man who was shouting her name. There stood a soldier she once knew, one she had cared for. But there was something different about him now. No longer in a wheelchair, he was instead standing on his own.

“He ran across the room and wrapped his arms … » More …

Jennifer Fletcher, Active Family Healthcare
Thank a Preceptor: Nursing Alumna Jennifer Fletcher


WSU College of Nursing alumna Jennifer Fletcher is advancing the delivery of healthcare in North Idaho and mentoring WSU nursing students along the way at her clinical practice, Active Family Healthcare.

Jennifer knew she wanted to open her own clinic early in her career. Her biggest goal was to spend time with her patients, teaching them about overall wellness and how to prevent disease.

“At Active Family, we focus on educating our patients in health promotion and disease prevention,” … » More …

WSU College of Nursing-Ashley Ormsby nursing alumna
WSU Nursing Grad: ‘You Always Remember Your First Code’

Ashley Ormsby nursing alumna

By Alli Benjamin

Ashley Ormsby, RN, BSN, ’13, (pictured above) a Spokane native, was eager to begin her first job at Harborview Medical Center, a level one trauma facility serving Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and Wyoming.

“I was prepared to face some difficult traumas and patients in the operating room; poly traumas, brain bleeds, full body burns,” she said. After completing a six-month nursing residency, she was ready to join her colleagues on the floor.

It was a Friday evening … » 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 …

Brie Watkins
Q & A With Brianne Watkins

Brie Watkins
Brianna Watkins, (RN-BSN ’14) BSN, RN
Med-Surg/Acute Care Nurse, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA

Brianne earned her Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) in 2012 from Walla Walla Community College and then completed the RN-BSN program at WSU College of Nursing Spokane in 2014. Originally pursuing an education in apparel merchandising, she quickly realized a career in nursing would better suit her two passions: helping people in need and understanding all the intricacies of the human body. While at WSU, Brianne attended the … » More …

Obert Xu
Q & A With Obert Xu

Obert Xu
Obert XU, (BSN ’12) BSN, RN, CEN
Staff RN, Tacoma General Hospital Emergency Department, Tacoma, WA

Obert was born and raised in Australia until he and his family moved to Vancouver at age 10. He began his journey into nursing in high school where he attended the Running Start program and took his nursing prerequisites. He graduated from high school with his Associates Degree at the age of 17. He immediately began the BSN program at WSU Spokane, graduating in 2012, and he is … » More …

Mitra Rado
Q & A With Mitra Rado

Mitra Rado
Mitra Rado, (MN ’04, BSN ’94) MN, ARNP, FNP-C, AOCNP
Clinical Director, Columbia Basin Hematology & Oncology, PLLC, Kennewick, WA

Mitra began her nursing career in 1988 as a Licensed Practice Nurse. After earning her BSN and Master of Nursing degree from WSU, she started her career as a nurse practitioner at Hermiston Community Health Clinic. Although she loved her work, she decided to return to the practice she was most passionate for – oncology. Now she has a new role working with Kadlec … » More …

Mel Melmed
Q & A With Carey Melmed

Mel Melmed
Carey “Mel” Melmed (BSN ’97) MSN, MPH, RN, CHES
Public Health Director, Sophie Trettevick Indian Health Center, Makah Tribe, Neah Bay, WA

Mel began her nursing career as a Community Health Nurse with the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe. She always knew she wanted to focus on health promotion. Today, she is an avid volunteer and has served on the Clallam County Public Health Advisory Committee, Prevention Works! board, the Juan de Fuca Festival of Arts board, and the Neah Bay Chamber of Commerce. Her current … » More …

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