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Jerome Santos
Q & A With Jerome Santos

Jerome Santos

Jerome Santos (BSN ’10), BSN, BA, RN
Operating Room Nurse at University of Washington Medical Center

I am often given the opportunity to travel to different places and see the many faces of poverty. In March 2013, I went to Jakarta, Indonesia. Instead of treating it like a vacation coma, I opted to take the slum tour. My heart cried out when I saw how horrible their situation was like living beside a rail train with no access to clean food, water, education, and … » More …

Danica Parkin
Q & A With Danica Parkin

Danica Parkin

Danica Parkin (BSN ’10, MN-FNP ’12), MN, ARNP
Tuberculosis Program Coordinator at Spokane Regional Health District

Who has been an important mentor in your career, and why do they deserve recognition?

There are two people who popped into my mind when I read this question: Robbie Paul and Sandra Schilling. Robbie is the Director of Native American Health Sciences at WSU. Robbie was so helpful while I was in school. She provided emotional support, but also made sure that I was doing okay academically. Sandra … » More …

Katherine Hawley
Q & A With Katie Hawley

Katherine Hawley

Katherine Hawley
RN at Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center

In October of 2013 I traveled to Rwanda, Africa for the third time. While in Africa I assisted a team of doctors and nurses in changing the future of Rwanda. I was given the opportunity to be a part of Healing Hearts Northwest (HHNW); this team travels to Rwanda once a year and provides lifesaving open heart surgery. Those who receive surgery have suffered from rheumatic heart disease, caused from untreated strep throat. This disease is … » More …

Austin Thomas
Q & A With Austin Thomas

Austin Thomas
Austin Thomas (BSN ’11), BSN, RN
Critical Care Registered Nurse at Virgina Mason Hospital

Tell us a little bit about your career, what you are doing, and where you work.

I currently work at the Critical Care Unit at Virginia Mason Hospital as a staff nurse in downtown Seattle. We see all sorts of patient populations that include sepsis, transplants, neurosurgery, cardiac surgery, and anything that requires aggressive medical attention. I recently just finished my second year here as I started here as … » More …

Niki Flemmer
Q & A With Niki Flemmer

Niki Flemmer
Niki Flemmer, (MN-FNP ’11), MN, ARNP/FNP-C, CNOR
ARNP at Adventist Health Surgical Specialists at Walla Walla General Hospital

What I am most passionate about is exploring and cultivating the patient-provider relationship. I, together with my Master’s Program committee, created an interdisciplinary framework for nurses and other helping professionals to create effective and therapeutic partnerships with their patients. The framework is called “Empathetic Partnership” and it is based on nursing New Zealand’s Cultural Safety, the Cultural Safety teachings of the late Dr. Irihapeti Ramsden, … » More …

Kimberly Carson
Q & A With Kimberly Carson

Kimberly Carson

Kimberly Carson (RN-BSN Online ’11), BSN, RN
Nursing Supervisor at Grays Harbor County Public Health and Social Services

Why did you choose nursing as a profession?

I don’t believe I chose nursing, I believe nursing chose me. I don’t remember ever wanting to be anything but a nurse since a very young age.

Tricia Carlton
Q & A With Tricia Carlton

Tricia Carlton

Tricia Carlton (MN APH-Ed ’13, RN-BSN ’08), MN, RN
Clinical Instructor at WSU College of Nursing

What was the best piece of advice you received during college that helped you graduate/go on to become a nurse?

Take one day at a time and to always remember that the person you are taking care of is not a ‘skill’ or a room number…they are someone’s mother, grandfather, parent, child, etc… That’s how I nurse and that’s how I teach.

PhD Graduate Success Story – Janet Willhaus
Washington State University