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Martin Schiavenato
Pain Meter for Preemies

By Linda Childers

If Martin Schiavenato, RN, PhD, were to gaze into a crystal ball, he would envision a future in which patients no longer experience pain or suffering.

Schiavenato, who until recently was an assistant professor at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, has spent the past several years working with a team of medical engineers to create an orb-like device that has the ability to assess pain in premature infants. The device, which resembles a crystal ball, uses sensors to monitor a patient’s behavioral and physiological signs of pain. By notifying clinicians of a patient’s pain level, Schiavenato … » More …

Kids With Asthma Play Hard Too

WSU College of Nursing faculty Michele Shaw was featured in the Wall Street Journal for her research related to children with asthma.

A version of this article appeared April 22, 2013, on page D1 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: Kids With Asthma Play Hard, Too.

Children with asthma should play hard in gym class and stop worrying they might have an attack that could leave them struggling to breathe, respiratory specialists are now recommending. Physical activity by people with asthma isn’t harmful and might even be helpful to treating the condition, doctors in the field believe. A report … » More …

Team investigating perceptions of new L&I program

What happens when a bakery employee hurts his ankle while lifting a 50-pound bag of flour? In some cases, he might miss a week or two of work. But in the case of “Jerry,” he shifts to a job that allows him to stay at work, off his ankle, and decorate cakes until he’s healthy enough to go back to his regular position.

“Jerry” is a character in a new Washington State Department of Labor and Industries TV spot. The ad promotes the agency’s new Stay at Work program, which pays employers up to half of an injured worker’s base wages. In exchange, the employee … » More …

Kay Olson
Q & A With Kay Olson

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Kay Olson
Instructor – Tri-Cities

Where are you from?

Born in Flagstaff, AZ now live in Richland, WA.

What nursing site do you work at?


Why did you choose nursing as a profession?

I had never really even thought about a career in nursing, but after my youngest child went to school I decided it was time for me to do something for myself, and so at 42 years old I went back to school. I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do … » More …

WSU Professor Debbie Brinker Honored by WSNA

At the Washington State Nurses Convention, WSNA recognized and honored colleagues and community partners who have made significant personal and professional contributions towards the advancement of nurses, the profession and the association. Debbie Brinker, WSU College of Nursing faculty and co-director of the undergraduate program, was selected a WSNA’s Nurse Educator of the Year.

Nursing Visits Associated with Improved Environmental Health in Rural Low-Income Families

Public Health Nursing Visits Associated with Improved Environmental Health Outcomes in Rural Low-Income Families

Recent study published in American Journal of Health finds nursing interventions
increase adoption of precautionary environmental improvements

Spokane, WA – The financial cost of environmental disease in U.S. children was recently estimated at more than $75 billion per year. However, parents know that the real costs of environmental disease are much more than financial; they come from seeing a child suffer from asthma, cancer, or renal disease. Preventing diseases like childhood asthma or cancer often require parents to know about risks in their home and how to take action … » More …

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