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Kay Olson and Tri-Cities student group honored


An effort to mobilize WSU College of Nursing students and faculty to administer COVID vaccines to thousands of people has earned Teaching Associate Professor Kay Olson a WSU Health Sciences Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Award.

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Congratulations to WSU nursing faculty achieving promotion and tenure

A record number of WSU College of Nursing faculty achieved promotion and tenure this spring in recognition of their excellence in scholarship, research and teaching. Thank you to all of these outstanding faculty:

WSU College of Nursing continues to gain NIH research funding

The Washington State University College of Nursing is now among the top 20 nursing schools nationally for National Institutes of Health research funding.

Kawkab Shishani teaching a class in Uzbekistan
WSU nursing professor takes smoking research and prevention to Uzbekistan


When Dr. Kawkab Shishani joined the faculty at The Hashemite University in Jordan, she noticed how many of the student nurses and doctors used tobacco.

“I was shocked,” she said of the experience and her subsequent research. “They smoke at higher rates than the general public.”

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Grant will bring mental health services to rural schools via telehealth

Students in five rural school districts in Eastern and Central Washington will have access to mental health therapy via telehealth in a new service offered by The Rural Alliance in partnership with the Washington State University College of Nursing and others.

Tracy Klein
Nurse practitioners make addiction treatment more available in rural areas

Giving nurse practitioners the authority to prescribe buprenorphine has brought that gold standard treatment for opioid addiction to people who might not have had access to it before, according to a new study led by Tracy Klein, PhD, associate professor at the Washington State University College of Nursing in Vancouver.

WSU’s Lonnie Nelson evaluating COVID vaccines for impact on indigenous populations

Lonnie Nelson’s work improving the health and well-being of indigenous peoples has earned him grant funding, awards and citations as an academic researcher at Washington State University Health Sciences.

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Rural areas have fewer mental health services for teens, but great need

Very rural areas in the United States have fewer mental health services for young people, yet that’s where the help is needed the most, says a study led by Janessa Graves of the Washington State University College of Nursing, published this week in JAMA Network Open.

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Connie Nguyen-Truong honored with national teaching innovation award

Connie Kim Yen Nguyen-Truong, PhD, RN, an assistant professor at the Washington State University College of Nursing in Vancouver, is being honored with the 2020 Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

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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.