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Photo of two boys at Camp Stix.
Camp Stix offers a ‘powerful’ lesson for nursing students

CUSICK, Wash. – The kids at Camp Stix make arts and crafts, swim, and play AWOL, a camp-wide game of hide-and-seek. It’s like any other summer camp, and that’s the point.

A counselor shows a teenage participant in Na-ha-shnee Native American Health Sciences Institute how to measure blood pressure.
Na-ha-shnee Health Sciences Institute under way at WSU Spokane

For more than two decades, Native American and Alaska Native teenagers have headed to Washington State University in the summer to learn about careers in the health sciences.

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Dean’s Excellence Fund 2017 Annual Report

The WSU College of Nursing is grateful for the generous support of donors who help the College of Nursing achieve excellence and reach. The Dean’s Excellence Fund is used at the Dean’s discretion for the College’s most urgent needs in teaching, scholarship, and research.

Community fitness program helped overweight teens in Coeur d’Alene

Image of two feet in running shoes.

Five years ago, researchers in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, wanted to test whether overweight teenagers would be receptive to a community-based fitness program that included exercise, goal-setting, and nutrition coaching.

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Researchers tracking public health impacts of marijuana legalization

By Addy Hatch

The number of retail cannabis shops in a location is associated with higher marijuana use among young people there.

That’s just one of the public health-related findings presented Friday morning at the Inland Northwest Research Symposium on the campus of Washington State University Spokane. Panelists shared some of the research and outcomes from Washington, Oregon and Colorado, where marijuana is legal for recreational use.

Nicholas Lovrich, PhD, WSU Regents Professor Emeritus and chair of the WSU Committee on Cannabis Research and Outreach, introduced the panel by noting that marijuana purchases in the three states rival alcohol sales, so tracking, monitoring and documenting … » More …

Anita Hunter, right, with Vancouver high school student Chris Bevin in Uganda
Project in Uganda led to discovery of widespread health impacts from contaminated water

As published in Northwest Crimson & Gray, a magazine of WSU Vancouver
 

Helping get a hospital built in Uganda was an important step for Anita Hunter. But it was just the first step.

More than 10 years ago, Anita Hunter was invited to Mbarara, Uganda, to build a children’s hospital that would treat children who were dying from preventable diseases. Thanks to many people, the hospital was built and has been operating since 2009.

But Hunter’s interest didn’t stop there. Too many children still had preventable diseases. “Our work has gone beyond building a hospital to cure illnesses. We need to prevent … » 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.

Portrait of Abel Saba
WSU Nursing student Abel Saba’s goal: to establish a health clinic in his homeland of Burkina Faso

Portrait of Abel Saba
Washington State University nursing student Abel Saba grew up in Burkina Faso, a West African country with one of the world’s lowest adult literacy rates.

“Going to school was a privilege for me,” said Saba, the son of a pastor and the oldest of six siblings.

He wanted to give other children the same privilege, so at 18, he founded Findawende, or Praise God, a primary school in the outskirts of the capital city. He hauled and sold water to raise money … » More …

Adam Halvorsen and Teresa Gonzalez, Yakima in Olympia
Record number of WSU students advocate for nursing practice, citizens of WA State

 

Adam Halvorsen on Nurse Legislative Day advocates for nursing practice

(Tri-Cities student Adam Halvorsen and Yakima student Teresa Gonzalez)

By Sarah Schaub

It was a big day in Olympia, Washington Tuesday where a record 102 Washington State University College of Nursing students from across the state attended the 35th annual Nurse Legislative Day.

“Nurse Legislative Day is really about advocating for the nursing profession and for the citizens of Washington State,” said Debbie Brinker, Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs & Community Engagement at WSU College … » More …

WSU & Partners Provide Health Education to rural Eastern Washington Community

Community Outreach clinicWSU College of Nursing students and faculty coordinated a new community outreach clinic, this time working with kids ages 1-8 living in and around Valley, Washington. The Valley School Health and Safety Camp was a three-day (2 hours/day) day camp led by WSU College of Nursing students and faculty Janessa Graves with the goal of educating children about health and safety topics, exposing children to healthcare careers, helping children become familiar with healthcare providers, and providing health and first aid resources … » More …

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