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Coug nurse draws on decades of nursing for debut mystery novel

Rita Catching had to retire from nursing to have enough time to write her first novel, a murder mystery whose main character is a nurse in Eastern Oregon.

The book by the WSU College of Nursing graduate (MN ’03) was selected out of hundreds of entries as a finalist for a prize from the Crime Writers’ Association in 2016, and she was invited to London for the awards ceremony.

Her book didn’t win, but Catching, 68, said she scored “a very quiet victory” anyway. Being in London with famous mystery authors was a treat, and she proved to herself she could be a writer.

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WSU grad student designed Grant County needle exchange

Pile of medical syringes

A Washington State University College of Nursing graduate student helped bring the first needle-exchange program to Grant County, Washington. 

Andrew Colburn talks to a patient
Psych nurse practitioner degree will help student ‘serve the people who serve us’

As a nurse and commissioned officer of the U.S. Public Health Service, Andrew Colburn encountered veterans who were addicted to opioids, or had mental health conditions, or both. In many cases, the addiction was a result of treatment received for service-related injuries.

Latoyia Butler standing next to her research poster.
WSU’s largest-ever DNP class improves healthcare in myriad ways

The WSU College of Nursing will graduate 33 Doctor of Nursing Practice students this spring, its largest-ever DNP class. 

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Research spotlight: Nurses are essential, yet they struggle within the health care system

Research spotlight: Tullamora Diede, “Professional identity in the lived experience of hospital nurses”

Nurses are the largest segment of the health-care workforce, and nursing is the most-trusted profession in America, according to annual polls. Yet studies have found that nurses feel disrespected and powerless in their profession, and nearly a third leave their job within the first year. 

David Colvin, DNP student
Rural living and a good job are possible with a DNP degree

David Colvin, 58, DNP candidate, Washington State University College of Nursing.
Expects to graduate in May with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, with the goal of becoming a nurse practitioner.
Works at Providence Mount Carmel Hospital in Colville, Washington.

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College of Nursing adding a Graduate Certificate in Public Health

The Washington State University College of Nursing will introduce a Graduate Certificate in Public Health with enrollment to begin in the fall.  

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Coug Nurse Erik Stiles is part of the first WSU medical school class

If all goes as planned, Coug Nurse Erik Stiles will become Coug Doctor Erik Stiles in 2021. 

Group photo of DNP students in Spokane
5 things to know about a DNP degree

It’s one of two routes to becoming a nurse practitioner, one of the highest-paid and most in-demand nursing specialties; the other route is to get a Master of Nursing degree. But the American Association of Colleges of Nursing recommends the DNP degree for nurses who want to work as nurse practitioners.

A portrait of Ruth Bryant in her commencement robes.
Recent PhD grad Ruth Bryant recognized for research on pressure ulcers

Ruth Bryant, who received her PhD from the WSU College of Nursing earlier this month, is the first person to receive a new award from the Western Institute of Nursing Gerontological Special Interest Group.

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