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Community Partners in Simulation: WSU College of Nursing

With more than 6,300 square feet, multiple learning spaces, 11 high- to low-fidelity manikins, and simulation faculty experts, the Program of Excellence in Clinical Performance and Simulation partners with organizations to provide access to these healthcare learning resources. Working with WSU faculty, simulated activities are tailored for groups including the 141st Air National Guard, Spokane Regional Health Department, the Washington Association of Nurse Anesthetists, the UW Medex Physician Assistant program, and others. Learn how the college shares it invaluable resources with other agencies in our region.

WSU College of Nursing Receives HRSA Funding to Grow Nursing Workforce

Nursing Pathways studentsWSU College of Nursing received three federal HRSA grants totaling $1.1M aimed at reducing health disparities in Washington, increasing access to qualified healthcare providers in rural and medically underserved and expanding our ability to prepare nurse educators. New funding for each grant builds upon previously documented successes.

The Nursing Pathways: Community Alliance for Health Workforce Diversity project aims to increase the retention, graduation, and NCLEX pass rates of 115 underserved, diverse BSN and RN-BSN students living in rural areas. The Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship Program (AENT) aims to support 26 Family Nurse Practitioners including … » More …

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What Lies Beneath: Nurse Researcher Exposes the Effects of Toxic Water in Uganda

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By Sarah Schaub

Sitting on the dirt floor of the family’s home, Dr. Anita Hunter, WSU Vancouver College of Nursing Clinical Professor, graciously accepted the refreshments that were offered to her, though hesitant. Eyeing the sediment that had collected on the bottom of the glass, she knew the water used to make the fruit beverage was likely contaminated with heavy metals and other toxins from their local water source. She knew the porridge that was offered to her was likely made … » More …

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Student nurses at WSU are embedded in Washington’s communities, providing care not only for those in hospitals and health clinics, but for people living on the streets, low-income families, and/or individuals fighting addictions and mental illness. As a part of their nursing education, students spend one semester focusing on community health, rotating through clinical sites such as the Union Gospel Mission and Catholic Charities. WSU student nurses embrace caring for all aspects of the patient – connecting the dots to community resources, providing health checks, and reaching out … » More …

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Air National Guard Trains Medics at WSU College of Nursing

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By Sarah Schaub

The Air National Guard (ANG) 141st Medical Group from Fairchild Air Force Base attended their quarterly simulation/medical skills training at the College of Nursing this past weekend.

Thirty medics were in attendance for the all day training. Their training objective was to learn and practice primary and secondary survey assessment on patients. Half of the day was spent conducting cast care and the second half involved smalls groups participating in simulated patient exercises. The patient, … » More …

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Partners in the community: Nursing students provide care to underserved, vulnerable populations

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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

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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 …

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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 …

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