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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 …

Deanna Jones
Q & A With Deanna Jones

Deanna Jones
Deanna Jones (BSN ’82) BSN, RN, CCRN
Cardiac Level 1 Coordinator, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane, WA

Deanna has enjoyed a career at Sacred Heart Medical Center for 32 years. She began her career working in the Neuro Unit and later moved on to the Critical Intensive Care Unit where she stayed for 25 years. In 2008, she took on a the role of Cardiac Level 1 Coordinator for a new program that allowed her to travel and work with small rural hospitals … » 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 …

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 …

Cory Risse
Q & A With Cory Risse

Cory Risse
Cory Risse (BSN ’99) BSN, RN

Who inspired you to become a nurse?

My inspiration is my older sister, who is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. I remember having the opportunity to shadow her while she worked a shift at a Burn Center in North Carolina. It was an eye opening experience to observe the level of pain and suffering endured by the patients and to see the complexity of the nursing interventions that were being performed. I asked my sister the question “How can you do this job each day?” Her response … » More …

Thelma Cleveland
Dean Emerita Thelma Cleveland Has Passed

From the Desk of Dean Patricia Butterfield
With great sadness, I share with you the passing of Dean Emerita Thelma Cleveland on December 27, 2014.

Thelma ClevelandDr. Cleveland was the longest serving Dean of the Intercollegiate Center for Nursing Education (ICNE), now the Washington State University College of Nursing. Working collaboratively, Dr. Cleveland served the region through the advancement of the Center’s partnerships with Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University, Whitworth University, and Fort Wright College of the Holy Names.

Niki Flemmer
A better health care experience for the marginalized

By Rebecca Phillips, University Communications

Niki FlemmerSitting on an exam table in a flimsy gown can intimidate anyone. If you also happen to be lesbian, gay or bisexual, the experience can be even worse.

As a woman of sexual minority, Nicole Flemmer has encountered medical misinformation and false assumptions. She was once diagnosed with “ego dystonic homosexuality” – a long-discredited term – without her knowledge or an appropriate discussion with her doctor. She discovered the notation years later when she happened to glance at her medical chart.

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