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Amy Cross
Q & A With Amy Cross

Amy Cross
Instructor – Spokane

Amy Cross is originally from Couer d’Alene, Idaho, but moved to Millwood in Spokane Valley in her sixth grade year. She now teaches Community Health Nursing to the graduating senior students at 14 clinical sites. She has tried a variety of nursing specialties including home health, low-income clinic work, overseas volunteer medical relief work, hospice, acute care, and long-term care. She eventually found her niche in Public Health. She is excited to continue growing in her teaching position in Community Health Nursing because she is very passionate about … » More …

Lori Brown
Q & A With Lori Brown

Lori Brown
Assistant Professor

Where are you from?

Milwaukee, WI originally—but all over since high school.

What nursing site do you work at?

Spokane campus.

Who or what inspired you to become a nurse?

My uncle contracted AIDS and was dying. My grandmother, who was one of the most important people to me, was experiencing the death of a child—not okay. The home health nurse caring for Uncle Bob was so patient and giving with my family. She cried with my grandmother and helped her to express the overwhelming grief. She stood with … » More …

Denise Smart
Grant helps injured employees get back on the job

Denise SmartMelody Rasmor

By Kevin Dudley, WSU Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. – A nursing professor at Washington State University Spokane has developed materials to save time and money for employees, employers and the state’s Department of Labor & Industries (L&I).

Getting individuals who have a job-related injury or illness back to work as soon as possible was the goal of the state Safety and Health Investment Programs grant awarded to Denise Smart in the College of Nursing.

Q & A With Celestina Barbosa-Leiker

Celestina Barbosa-Leiker
Assistant Professor – Spokane

Celestina Barbosa-Leiker is an Assistant Professor and joined the faculty at WSU College of Nursing in 2010. Her primary research interest is in examining the roles of mental health and other psychosocial variables in relation to substance abuse, cardiovascular disease, and other adverse health outcomes to determine how these relationships may differ across urban, rural, and at-risk populations.

Why did you choose to work at WSU College of Nursing?

My PhD is in Psychology, and the first time I came to the Nursing building and saw all … » More …

Alumni Event 2014
Celebrating 45 Years of Nursing

Alumni Event 2014More than 150 alumni gathered to celebrate nursing with former nursing leadership, students, faculty, and nursing friends. The college is pleased to share memories from the event and stories from our alumni. We hope you’ll enjoy them too!

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JoAnn Dotson
Q & A With Jo Ann Dotson

Jo Ann Dotson
Assistant Professor – Spokane

Jo Ann Dotson is an assistant professor in the College of Nursing. Her nursing career includes inpatient and outpatient staff and leadership positions in maternal child health settings. She has lived all over the U.S. but she is most recently from Montana where she was a nursing facutly member at Montana State University and Carroll College for 12 years, and a public health administrator at the state health department for 20 years.

Why did you choose nursing as a profession?

I don’t know if I chose … » More …

Patricia Butterfield
Dean Butterfield Plans Return to Science, Teaching

Patricia Butterfield

By Alli Benjamin

Patricia Butterfield, dean of Washington State University’s College of Nursing, announced today that she will return to a faculty role in April 2015. She directs nursing education at WSU’s campuses in Spokane, Vancouver, Tri-Cities and Yakima.

“This is such an exciting time for health sciences at WSU,” she said. “I’m looking forward to stepping away from administration and digging back into the science and teaching that I love.”

Kawkab Shishani
Q & A With Kawkab Shishani

Kawkab Shishani
Assistant Professor

Kawkab Shishani is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing. She is originally from Amman, Jordan where she attended the University of Jordan to earn her BSN. She moved to Pennsylvania where she attended Villanova University to earn her MSN and later the University of Pittsburgh to earn her PhD. She is actively engaged in smoking cessation research with the goal of translating the knowledge gained from lab-study into a behavioral treatment program. She also has a passion for global health and feels the most valuable investment is … » More …

Lida Dekker
WSU College of Nursing Appoints New RN to BSN Program Director

Lida DekkerWashington State University College of Nursing is pleased to announce it has appointed Lida Dekker, EdD, RN, PCHCNS-BC as its RN to BSN Program Director.

Dr. Dekker will serve at the rank of Clinical Associate Professor. In her role, she will be responsible for the program, which is tailored for Associate-prepared nurses wanting to earn their bachelor’s degree in nursing. The program is distance-friendly for place bound and working students, and is offered at the college’s five sites across Washington State. It is the college’s second-largest program, with approximately 200 nurses actively enrolled on a … » More …

Manuela Orban - DNP Graduate
Federal grant to support students through nurse practitioner program at WSU

Manuel OrbanaA nurse practitioner degree program at Washington State University will be recruiting six students from underrepresented groups through a new grant from the federal Health Resources & Services Administration.

The two-year grant of $264,000 will allow the WSU College of Nursing to offer financial support to students who are U.S. military veterans, rural-dwelling Hispanics and/or Native Americans to help them become family nurse practitioners.

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