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Poison center calls about anti‑anxiety drug phenibut up sharply

Calls to U.S. poison centers about phenibut, an anti-anxiety drug sold on the internet, rose dramatically over the past decade, according to new research led by Janessa Graves, associate professor and associate dean at the Washington State University College of Nursing.

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Debbie Brinker named 2020 YWCA Woman of Achievement

Debbie Brinker has been named a 2020 Woman of Achievement by the YWCA of Spokane.

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Three WSU faculty named fellows of the American Academy of Nursing


Three Washington State University College of Nursing faculty will be inducted as Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing this fall.

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Marijuana use can worsen mental health for people with chronic pain

Marijuana can worsen depression, anxiety and cognition among people who use cannabis to help with their chronic pain, according to a new study. Negative effects increased with the amount of cannabis used, said the study, published recently in the journal Pain Management Nursing.

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7 questions for incoming WSU College of Nursing Dean Mary Koithan

Dr. Mary Koithan is facing more than a few unknowns as she prepares to become the next dean of the WSU College of Nursing. Will there be faculty and staff in the building when she begins her new job on July 1? What’s the plan for instruction in the fall semester? And how in the world do you sell one house and buy another given social distancing and travel challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic?

We spoke to Dr. Koithan via Zoom recently about what attracted her to the WSU College of Nursing and what’s important for the future of nursing education and … » More …

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Dr. Janessa Graves will receive WSU President’s Award

Associate Professor Janessa Graves has been named a recipient of the 2020 WSU President’s Award for Leadership-Faculty and Staff.

The President’s Awards, which have been granted since 1996, recognize top leaders at WSU.

“Recipients of this prestigious award demonstrate exceptional leadership and service to the university and the community as well as to those who support leadership development in WSU students,” according to the university.

The Faculty and Staff category recognizes “Candidates (who) challenge and work with students to support their development into active global citizens, and collaborate with others on campus or in the community to promote engagement.”

Dr. Graves is Director of the … » More …

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Study: Hospital websites lack usability for non-English speakers

English proficiency shouldn’t be a barrier to health care. That’s why the federal government requires hospitals to make translated documents and interpreters available to patients.

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College of Nursing faculty research palliative and hospice care in Thailand

A team of nurse researchers from Washington State University left for Thailand on New Year’s Day to join Thai colleagues in looking at the unique care provided to cancer patients at a temple there.

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WSU Health Sciences faculty give their healthy holidays gift ideas

If you’re looking for a gift to sustain mind and body wellness, why not consult an expert?

Healthcare professionals at Washington State University Health Sciences tell us some of the gifts they’ve given their friends and family—and themselves—that can help encourage exercise, sleep, relaxation or self‑care.

Here are their suggestions:

Marian Wilson

Assistant professor, WSU College of Nursing:

Health starts with a healthy planet! This year I intend to give gifts that will help reduce plastic waste like bamboo utensils, reusable bags for fruits and vegetables, and stainless-steel straws. I also try to give gifts that can be consumed or used: dark chocolate, wine, … » More …

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We say goodbye to Jan Holloway, associate professor emeritus

The Washington State University College of Nursing lost a valued colleague and great friend on Nov. 25 with the passing of Associate Professor Emeritus Jan Holloway.