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Renee Hoeksel
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. 

Naomi Lungstrom at the front of a classroom.
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. 

Dean Griffin-Sobel announces personnel moves at the WSU College of Nursing

Washington State University College of Nursing Dean Joyce Griffin-Sobel has named new members of her leadership team. 

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Debbie Brinker to be inducted into WSNA Hall of Fame

Debbie Brinker, an assistant dean and assistant professor at the WSU College of Nursing, will be inducted into the Washington State Nurses Association Hall of Fame this spring. 

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WSU nurse scientist Connie Nguyen-Truong honored as a refugee success story

Dr. Connie Nguyen-Truong’s parents arrived in America in the 1970s as refugees from Vietnam.

Between them, they spoke two words of English – “hi,” and “thank you.” 

Louise Kaplan with student
Professor Louise Kaplan helping Swaziland add nurse practitioners

There is no medical school in Swaziland, a small African country that has the world’s highest HIV/AIDs rate. Much of Swaziland’s health care is provided by nurses.

Marian Wilson, Ph.D., assistant professor at the WSU College of Nursing, has a new study examining the relationship between marijuana use among opioid addiction patients.
Marijuana use may not aid patients in opioid addiction treatment

Many patients who are being treated for opioid addiction in a medication-assisted treatment clinic use marijuana to help manage their pain and mood symptoms.

Two students talk to an older woman, with a dog laying on the ground between them.
Nursing instructor helps students understand the healing power of pets

People love their pets, but for senior citizens, a companion animal can also be powerful medicine, helping to ease loneliness, lift depression, and spur physical activity and social interaction.

Four students with a horse
Horse therapy teaches nursing students the value of presence

Horses have a lot to teach nurses, says Jayne Beebe, a senior instructor at the WSU College of Nursing in Yakima.

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