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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 …

PhD students in Nicaragua
Students Teach CHE Internationallly

PhD students in NicaraguaThis past August, PhD students Becky Doughty and Vicy Sattler, and BSN student Jenn Ventress volunteered with Community Health Evangelical (CHE) and traveled to North Central Nicaragua to provide Community Health education to local residents. They worked with the director of Community Health Education in Nicaragua to develop a lesson plan that would include topics the residents wanted to learn about. Over the course of their time there, they taught wound care, emergency planning, first aid, pharmacology, and maternal and infant care to more than 150 men and women across seven … » More …

TC seniors center
WSU Program Links Nursing Students to Seniors

TC seniors centerNursing student Tiffany Ashbaker was happy with 79-year-old Paul Morrison’s blood sugar, but wanted to keep an eye on his blood pressure after it tested a little high.

By Veronica Sandate Craker

“When the nurse took it (the other day) it was 136 over 80. It was beautiful,” Morrison told Ashbaker, a nursing student at Washington State University Tri-Cities.

Ashbaker was happy to hear that and suggested they rest for a second before trying it again.

Ashbaker and Morrison meet every week as part of a collaboration between Meals on Wheels and the … » More …

Robbie Paul
WSU’s Paul Seeks to Empower Native Americans with Careers in Healthcare

Robbie PaulSPOKANE, Wash. – When Robbie Paul first joined Washington State University almost 20 years ago, it was the beginning of a journey that led her to a PhD, a new-found belief in herself, and a mission to inspire and empower others to pursue higher education.

A member of the Nez Perce Tribe, Paul joined the WSU College of Nursing in 1995 to head up Native American recruitment and retention, including efforts to plan and organize a two-week summer camp program for Native American high school students interested in pursuing nursing careers. That program has since … » More …

Spokane BSN Students Attend Rockwood Diabetes Day

Spokane BSN Students Attend Rockwood Diabetes Day

Diabetes Day volunteers 2014We had a great representation of WSU College of Nursing Spokane students at the Rockwood Diabetes Day, an educational program promoting diabetes self-management for patients, their families and the general public. Students enjoyed themselves and did a great job with the screenings. They were professional, articulate, and provided very appropriate education, and the participants really enjoyed the nursing students. By participating in this event, students met part of Objective #4: teaching as they were having to … » More …

New Nursing Transfer Agreement

WSU College of Nursing faculty are working with state leaders to support streamlining RN-BSN transfer programs between state community colleges and universities. This is an important step to help the state attempt to create a more seamless pathway for Registered Nurses to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
OLYMPIA — In a move to boost the number of nurses with bachelor’s degrees in Washington, the community and technical college system and four-year universities have reached a landmark agreement to create a shorter, smoother process for students to achieve the degree. A new statewide Associate in Nursing transfer agreement standardizes the way credits are … » More …

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