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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 …

Becky Doughty
PhD student selected for Providence Health Systems’ Mission Leadership Award

Becky DoughtyPhD in nursing student Becky Doughty is the recipient of a Providence Health Systems Mission Leadership Award, which is awarded by the Providence Health & Services Board of Directors to a program or project that demonstrates “extraordinary community-focused services that exemplify the mission.” Doughty received the award for her work to establish a transitional respite care program for homeless patients who are dismissed from the hospital but are not healthy enough to be back on the street. Working with Providence Health Care and Catholic Charities of Spokane, … » More …

three BSN students
Pediatric specialists advocate for vaccines

by Hannelore Sudermann | Washington State University

As the chief of pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital, Ken Alexander ’82 is no stranger to the measles, pertussis, or chicken pox.

He also works with children with HIV-related illness, pneumonia, and respiratory infections. He and his colleagues identify and treat infections caused by the typical viruses and bacteria as well as the little-known parasites and even fungi.

But when we sit down to visit near his offices on the north end of UC’s campus, Alexander wants to talk about something that isn’t a children’s disease at all.

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