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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.

The growing field of public health focuses on preventing injuries, promoting healthy lifestyles, tracking disease, and research and policy-making focused on improving the health of communities. Trained public health professionals, including nurses, are needed to serve diverse populations in Washington, especially in rural and resource-poor areas.

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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. 

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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.

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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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Largest-ever class of DNP students to graduate from WSU College of Nursing next week

The WSU College of Nursing will graduate its largest-ever class of DNP students next week. The 23 students from across the state cleared their last hurdle with the presentation of projects on Thursday. 

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Herman and Jean Swartz still paying it forward for students nearly 80 years later

 

It was a benefactor who provided the money for my scholarship, and now I am in a position to be the benefactor.” – the late J. Herman Swartz

A couple’s extraordinary gifts have helped many college students in the Inland Northwest over the years, including Nicholas Goodwin. A student in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the WSU College of Nursing, Goodwin is the Fall 2017 recipient of the J. Herman and Jean Swartz Graduate Fellowship in Nursing. He hopes to finish his studies in the psychiatric nurse practitioner program and open his own practice. Goodwin had the opportunity to meet Mrs. Swartz … » More …

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Phyllis Eide Receives Mentor Academy Award for Excellence

By Cheryl Reed 

The WSU Graduate School has awarded Associate Professor Phyllis Eide the 2017 Graduate School Mentor Academy Award for Excellence for her work in mentoring graduate students. Eide has been a faculty member in the College of Nursing on the WSU Spokane campus since 2002, and a member of the Graduate School Mentor Academy since 2009.

“When I found out I had won the award, I just about fell off my chair,” said Eide. “I am gratified beyond belief. It is one of the highlights of my year.”

The Graduate Mentor Academy is a group of faculty who have volunteered to assist students … » More …

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Q & A with PhD Program Director Dr. Celestina Barbosa-Leiker

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Dr. Barbosa-Leiker is the PhD Program Director, Assistant Professor, and Director of our Program of Excellence in Addictions Research (PEAR). She has a PhD in psychology from Washington State University and has an extensive research portfolio. To learn more about Dr. Barbosa-Leiker and her research, visit her profile page.

Why did you accept the role as PhD program director at WSU College of Nursing?

I want to help nurses become independent researchers and scholars. Patient-related research is … » More …

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WSU Health Sciences Update: WSU College of Nursing Dean Griffin-Sobel

WSU College of Nursing Dean Griffin-Sobel discusses simulation, nursing research, interprofessional education and collaboration, and her plans for the future of the college.

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Johnson & Johnson Awards PhD Student with $10,000 Scholarship

Johnson & Johnson, a longtime advocate for nurses and the nursing profession, has awarded one WSU College of Nursing PhD student with a $10,000 scholarship. The scholarship is designated for an American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) nursing scholar in an effort to increase their representation among the nursing workforce.

Leslie Randall, a PhD candidate, received the scholarship. Randall is an enrolled member of the Nez Perce tribe from Idaho and began the PhD program at WSU in 2011.

“There are so few AIAN nurses compared to other races. We need our AIAN providers and nurses back home where they understand the culture and the … » More …

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