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Study looks at transitions from opioid use to addiction, treatment

How do people with chronic pain move from appropriate use of opioids to addiction? And what prompts them to seek addiction treatment?

As the United States grapples with rising opioid addiction and overdose death rates, the answers to those questions are critical. Yet they’re not well understood. 

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Podcast targets nurses and the environment

Beth Schenk has always been interested in the natural world, and that didn’t change when she became a nurse.

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Research funding up 37 percent at WSU College of Nursing

Researchers at the Washington State University College of Nursing received $9.8 million in external funding in the 2018 federal fiscal year —up 37 percent from the previous year. About 62 percent of the College of Nursing’s external funding came from competitive grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health. 

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PTSD rate among prison workers equals that of war veterans

Prison employees experience post-traumatic stress disorder on par with Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, a new study from a Washington State University College of Nursing researcher found. 

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College of Nursing faculty to lead national nurse practitioner association

Mental health is on Dawn Garzon Maaks’ mind as she prepares to become president of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners on July 1. 

Declining number of rural pharmacies in Washington ‘a worrisome trend’

A small-town pharmacist dispenses medication, of course. But they might also provide clinical services like immunizations and blood pressure screenings; consult on health issues; or even act as a de facto benefits or case manager for customers.

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Federal study of nurses’ work shifts led by WSU College of Nursing scientist

A researcher at the Washington State University College of Nursing will lead a $1 million, federally-funded study on nurses’ work shifts that could influence policy nationally.

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Renee Hoeksel, pioneer of college transfer agreements, honored by WSU

In 1990, Renee Hoeksel left a career in hospital nursing to become WSU Vancouver’s first and only full-time nursing faculty, charged with creating a degree-completion program for working nurses. 

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Preceptor Spotlight: Todd Smith, Nurse Practitioner Faculty in Residence

Family Nurse Practitioner and longtime preceptor Todd Smith knows how important it is to guide students as they translate academic learning into clinical practice. 

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WSU nursing instructor serves as medical expert in lawsuits

After serving as a medical expert in more than 70 lawsuits, Naomi Lungstrom knows there are a lot of ways health care can go wrong. 

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