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Homeless-Connect-Event 2016
Partners in the community: Nursing students provide care to underserved, vulnerable populations

Homeless-Connect-Event 2016

By Sarah Schaub

Tuesday, January 19 marked the 5th annual Homeless Connect, an event hosted by the Salvation Army and Women’s Hearth that reaches the homeless and underserved populations in Spokane. WSU College of Nursing students participated by providing foot care and general healthcare services to those in need.

“The nursing students add to the event with their kindness and acceptance of the people who come in looking for care,” said Patty Norton, case manager for Women’s Hearth.

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Yakima Students Complete Well Elder Assignment

Yakima-Nursing-Elder-Presentation

The Yakima Well Elder assignment  provides the beginning nursing student exposure to the concept of health and wellness. Students develop a therapeutic relationship with a Well Elder in a community setting. They conduct multiple interviews and explore home safety, functional health patterns (Marjory Gordon’s framework) and a functional health assessment. The goal is to identify wellness while implementing holistic health promotion/risk reduction strategies focused on primary prevention.  The assignment culminates in a poster presentation that reflects the students’ findings and is given to … » More …

IPE Opportunities in Yakima

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Pacific NW University $1.75M HRSA grant provides interprofessional learning opportunities for health science students across Central Washington

Since fall 2015, students at the college in Yakima have participated in several interprofessional events (IPE) in coordination with central Washington higher education partners: Pacific NW University of Health Sciences, Central Washington University, Yakima Valley Community College, Heritage University, and WSU College of Pharmacy in Yakima. Nearly 300 students participated in the first IPE event, where students worked in small groups to complete various patient … » More …

1000 Immunizations and Counting

Nursing instructors at free Immunization Clinic

Congratulations to our Spokane N427 clinical students and faculty who helped immunize more than 1,000 Spokane County residents, of whom 80% were children, at 12 immunization clinics throughout Eastern Washington. These clinics required a collaborative approach to be successful and partners included the Spokane Regional Health District, WSU College of Nursing, WSU College of Pharmacy, Eastern Washington Medical Reserve Corps, Group Health Foundation, and all of the hosting school districts.

“I am very proud of our student and faculty volunteers,” said Amy Frances, a community health instructor. “Each clinic requires … » More …

Kay Olson
Kay Olsen Participates in Panel on Human Trafficking at WSU Tri-Cities

Kay OlsonRICHLAND, Wash. – According to the International Labour Organization, it is estimated that there are 21 million victims of human trafficking worldwide, and that doesn’t just include sex trafficking.

During a panel at Washington State University Tri-Cities this week, Betty Adams, one of the original directors of the Tri-Cities Coalition Against Trafficking, Suzi Carpino, engagement specialist at Benton Franklin Counties Juvenile Justice Center, and Kay Olson, nursing instructor at WSU Tri-Cities, spoke of the misnomers on the issue, as well as what people can do … » More …

Patricia Butterfield
WSU Spokane Receives Grant

Children’s Health Disparities Program Launched by Dean Emerita Patricia Butterfield, Chancellor Lisa Brown & the Spokane Teaching Health Clinic (STHC)

SPOKANE, Wash. – Healthy housing is the focus of a novel collaboration between Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane and its community neighbors, funded by a $100,000 grant from the Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund.

The “University-Community Partnership to Reduce Children’s Health Disparities” will foster student engagement, innovative practice at Spokane’s Teaching Health Clinic and research addressing healthy housing.

The project is inspired by WSU College of Nursing professor Patricia Butterfield’s research on substandard housing and environmental health risks.

“Our previous research, conducted in Montana and … » More …

Patricia Butterfield
Grant Money Will Help WSU Dial up Children’s Health

By Shanon Quinn, Daily News staff writer

Patricia ButterfieldWashington State University Spokane’s medical clinic is not expected to open for more than a year, but its first community health-related project has already begun, nursing professor Patricia Butterfield said Wednesday.

The project, University-Community Partnership to Reduce Children’s Health Disparities, is funded by a $100,000 grant from the Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund and will focus on identifying and reducing health risks in the home for families – and particularly children – in poverty.

“Every child has to sleep somewhere,” Butterfield said. “The safety of their home, the quality of … » More …

Lauren at Diabetes Day
Rockwood Diabetes Day 2015

Lauren at Diabetes DayThis year marked the 16th annual Diabetes Day, and WSU BSN student nurses showed up to volunteer in full force – forty-three in total.

Sponsored by Rockwood Health Systems, Diabetes Day is an educational program that teaches people how to self-manage their diabetes. This year’s event was held on Saturday, March 28, at Spokane Community College from 8:00 a.m-2:00 p.m. Participants attended educational programs about managing diabetes, listened to medical experts speak about diabetes care, and had the option to attend a free screening clinic … » More …

2015 immunization clinic volunteer
BSN students provide free vaccines to the Spokane community

2015 immunization clinic volunteers

By Danielle Cooper

Working collaboratively to improve the health of the Spokane community, WSU College of Nursing BSN students partnered with Spokane Regional Health District, Spokane Public Schools, and the Group Health Foundation to offer a free immunization clinic on Tuesday, February 10.

The clinic was held at Centennial Middle School, offering childhood, adolescent, and adult vaccines, including Influenza, Hepatitis A and B, and Shingles. Community members gained awareness of this event through the newspaper, local media, and distributed fliers at … » More …

Siimulation at the Davenport
Association of Nurse Anesthetists Partners with WSU

Siimulation at the DavenportUnlike her typical day facilitating simulations with undergraduate nursing students, Kevin Stevens, director for the Center for the Clinical Performance and Simulation program at WSU College of Nursing, conducted two simulations for nurse anesthetists at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane, WA. The simulation sessions were part of the 2014 NW States Anesthesia Conference, hosted by the Washington Association of Nurse Anesthetists. Partnering with Laerdal, a manikin manufacturer, Stevens ran two scenarios: difficult airway and Malignant hyperthermia. More than 140 nurse anesthetists … » More …

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