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Nursing student gives another student COVID vaccine
WSU nursing students and faculty giving COVID vaccinations

As the first group of Washington residents line up for COVID-19 vaccines, some are getting those long-awaited inoculations from WSU College of Nursing faculty and students.

In recent weeks Coug Nurses have volunteered in the Spokane area at Providence hospitals and at Summit Cancer Centers, which is an approved vaccination provider in the region. College of Nursing staff also volunteer at Providence to check people in for appointments.

Victoria Sattler, a teaching assistant professor at the College of Nursing, has been volunteering since the first day vaccines were administered at Providence Sacred Heart Hospital.

“I still work in the emergency department and have been working … » More …

scenic of downtown Pullman
Pullman community and WSU collaborate to bring nursing help to the Palouse

WSU nursing students will complete part of their clinical education on the Palouse in an arrangement spurred by the pandemic, but long sought by both the College of Nursing and the Pullman community.

student administers covid test
WSU nursing students in Yakima test hundreds for COVID

Washington State University nursing students in Yakima have tested hundreds of people for COVID-19 in the past few weeks in a new partnership with Medical Teams International.

student giving someone an immunization
This year, more than ever, thank a nurse

If 2020 wasn’t already the Year of the Nurse, it would be now.  

The World Health Organization had christened this the “Year of the Nurse and Midwife” in honor of the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.  

Then the COVID-19 pandemic arrived, testing nurses worldwide in a generation-defining event.  

Senior citizen holding cellphone
WSU nursing program adds telephone outreach to homebound seniors

Senior citizen holding cellphone

First-semester nursing students at Washington State University spent nine weeks caring for patients in nursing homes and assisted living facilities before the coronavirus pandemic hit and ended those clinical experiences.

But WSU nursing faculty quickly and creatively came up with an alternative, one that has been valuable enough that it may be folded into the program even after COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed.

Portrait of Abel Saba
Two Coug nurses offer free medical clinics in Burkina Faso

Coug nurse Abel Saba’s goal is to open a medical clinic in his native Burkina Faso. This summer he and fellow Coug nurse David Oni took a step toward that dream by traveling to the West African nation to hold free medical clinics.

Group visiting Community Hospice
College of Nursing Vancouver faculty host Thai researchers

WSU College of Nursing faculty in Vancouver recently hosted two nursing faculty members of Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand to learn more about palliative care and hospice care.

Nursing student Kenzie McNeel at Sungate, near Machu Picchu.
Peru blog: WSU students make it to Machu Picchu

By Kenzie McNeel, WSU College of Nursing student 

Machu Picchu 

Today was the day that many of us have been waiting for, the highlight of our trip. It was an early start at 5 a.m. The bus ride up was a little bit scary with winding switchbacks up a steep mountainside. Some parts of the roads were so narrow that the large buses couldn’t pass each other. We came face to face with another bus, forcing them to back up until the road was wide enough to pass by them.  

Melody Rasmor portrait
Melody Rasmor named Washington’s nurse practitioner of the year

Melody Rasmor, clinical assistant professor at the WSU College of Nursing-Vancouver, will be honored by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as a leader in the profession in Washington.

Bill would expand SANE training in Eastern Washington

Gathering physical evidence of sexual assault or abuse in the ER takes specialized training.