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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.

Julie Postma
Community Project Targets Asthma

TACOMA, Wash. – Patient-centered research to improve the quality of life for those affected by asthma is one of five Washington state projects to receive funding recently from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, or PCORI.

The project will focus on developing strategic partnerships between individuals, families and communities affected by asthma and health care partners interested in promoting asthma prevention and management.

Jerome Santos
Q & A With Jerome Santos

Jerome Santos

Jerome Santos (BSN ’10), BSN, BA, RN
Operating Room Nurse at University of Washington Medical Center

I am often given the opportunity to travel to different places and see the many faces of poverty. In March 2013, I went to Jakarta, Indonesia. Instead of treating it like a vacation coma, I opted to take the slum tour. My heart cried out when I saw how horrible their situation was like living beside a rail train with no access to clean food, water, education, and … » More …

Nursing Pathways high school students
New grant aims to diversify nursing workforce in Tri-Cities & Yakima

SPOKANE, Wash. – The WSU College of Nursing has received a new federal grant designed to expand a program to diversify the nursing workforce in the Tri-Cities and Yakima.

The purpose of the three-year, $1,041,000 grant from the Health Resources Service Administration (HRSA) is to continue to serve students from disadvantaged groups who are interested in pursuing nursing careers, according to College of Nursing associate professor Janet Katz. It builds upon an initial HRSA grant, awarded in 2010, that set up the infrastructure for the program.

WSU, Spokane Tribe Wins Grant to Address Youth Issues

By Doug Nadvornick

SPOKANE, Wash. – The WSU College of Nursing and the Spokane Tribe of Indians are beginning a new project aimed at helping the tribe deal more effectively with substance abuse and mental health problems among its youth.

They’ve won a three-year, $825,000 grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (an arm of the National Institutes of Health) to conduct a community-based participatory research project.

Army ROTC Nurses in the Making at the College of Nursing

College and Army ROTC renew agreement ensuring five spaces for qualified cadets in BSN program

Army cadets interested in nursing careers will continue to have the chance to enroll at WSU College of Nursing with the resigning of an Army ROTC Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU outlines an agreement reserving five spaces annually for qualified army cadets in the College’s Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) program in Spokane.

In order for cadets to earn a spot in program, they must apply for and meet all of the program’s enrollment requirements. From the applicant pool, ROTC leaders jointly select the five cadets to be … » More …

WSU’s Nahashnee Creates Possibilities

PULLMAN, Wash. – Across the United States, there are less than 20 Native Americans who have earned a PhD in Nursing. Robbie Paul, Native American Health Sciences director at WSU Spokane, is dedicated to increasing the number of Native Americans practicing health sciences in the Northwest.

Her dedication is one of the reasons that 25 high school students from 16 Native American tribes and 27 Washington high school students will complete an immersion experience at the Na-ha-shnee Health Science Institute on the campus of Washington State University over the next two weeks.

WSU College of Nursing Students Provide Community Service in Clinicals

Francis sat contently in her chair, nibbling on a cookie and quietly enjoying the foot care exam she received from two WSU College of Nursing students. At 91, she’s nearly blind yet she manages to live independently, by her own choice. Francis was one of the many seniors living with a disability who received important, routine health care from an interprofessional team of students representing WSU’s College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, and massage students from Carrington College.

As part of the WSU College of Nursing’s Community Health clinical in Spokane, a class of BSN students organized a health fair for individuals served by the … » More …

Bed Rest for the Weary

Mike Hamilton, a regular client of the House of Charity, lost most of his fingers to frostbite and spent months in the hospital. A program proposed by WSU nursing student Rebecca Doughty would create respite care beds for homeless men to recuperate at the shelter.

Mike Hamilton’s hands tell the story. His fingers are short and thick – too short, you realize – and it’s hard not to look at them and wonder what happened.

Back in December of 2009, Hamilton was clearing away snow for a place to camp, in a below-freezing wind chill. He’d lost his gloves. When he noticed, eventually, the blackening … » More …

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