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Q & A With Jo Ann Dotson

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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?

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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

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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 …

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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.

Beth Schenk
College of Nursing Hires Sustainability Expert

Beth SchenkNewly-created position aligns with college’s vision to lead practicing, educating, and researching environmental healthcare practice

Washington State University College of Nursing is pleased to announce it has hired Beth Schenk, PhD, MHI, RN as Providence-WSU Nurse Scientist in a shared appointment with Providence Health & Services St. Patrick Hospital.

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WSU Team Studying Hookah Addiction

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By Daniel Moore – The Spokesman-Review

It’s worked with cigarette smokers, drug addicts and children who stutter. Researchers at Washington State University hope it can help wean people off hookah.

This summer, the WSU College of Nursing is spearheading the first known study of addictive behavior related to use of hookah, the popular water pipe. The five-week study poses the question: How is quitting hookah different from quitting cigarettes?

Kawkab Shishani, assistant nursing professor and lead researcher for the study, already knows there are … » More …

Ginny Guido
Ginny Guido Retires

Ginny GuidoVancouver’s Regional Director and Assistant Dean of Nursing, Ginny Guido, JD, MSN, RN, FAAN, retired in May after nearly seven years at WSU Vancouver. A party was held in her honor on May 15 and was attended by faculty and staff from Academic Media Services, Library, Development, and Nursing as well as members of the Academic Leadership Council. A small buffet was served which included Ginny’s favorite cake: White with white butter frosting.

Among other gifts, Ginny was presented with a beautiful potted orchid, birthstone necklace, and an engraved brick at Vancouver’s Legacy Square.

A day in the life
A Day in the Life – Martin (Nurse Scientist and Nurse Educator)
Q & A With Maria Castillo

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Maria Castillo joined Washington State University College of Nursing Tri-Cities in the fall 2010 and currently is a nursing instructor. She is originally from Kennewick, WA, and her nursing career has spanned more than 20 years, working in both pediatric and adult ICU nursing.

Why did you choose nursing as a profession?

At a very young age, I saw nursing as a tool in which I could inspire and touch people’s lives. Sick people, sad people, and healthy people to strive to become better. Nursing is the greatest profession to touch the spirit, … » More …

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