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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

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“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 …

Janet Holloway stands in front of a display of nursing memorabilia at St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute
Display in St. Luke’s traces history of nursing education in the state

Standing in front of a photo of a brick building, Janet Holloway, WSU Associate Professor Emeritus, points to a window and says, “my room was right in the corner.”

Holloway, 83, is showing where she lived as a nursing student in Spokane in the mid-1950s, when then-Washington State College joined with St. Luke’s Hospital to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing – a program truly ahead of its time.

Nursing students spent their first two years in Pullman, as many students in the WSU College of Nursing do now. They moved to Spokane to spend their final two years at St. Luke’s Hospital and other … » More …

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

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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

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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

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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

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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 …

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