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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 …

Nursing Student Receives Library Research Award

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By Brenda Alling, WSU Vancouver

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Of all infectious diseases that endanger young children’s lives, pneumonia remains the world’s biggest threat. Yet some simple, low-cost measures could go a long way toward reducing the problem.

That was the surprising discovery Sarah Holman made in researching a paper for a senior-level nursing class at Washington State University Vancouver.

For her paper, “Grand Challenge: Childhood Pneumonia Mortality in Nigeria,” Holman received the 2016 WSU Vancouver Library Research Excellence Award. Designed … » More …

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What Lies Beneath: Nurse Researcher Exposes the Effects of Toxic Water in Uganda

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By Sarah Schaub

Sitting on the dirt floor of the family’s home, Dr. Anita Hunter, WSU Vancouver College of Nursing Clinical Professor, graciously accepted the refreshments that were offered to her, though hesitant. Eyeing the sediment that had collected on the bottom of the glass, she knew the water used to make the fruit beverage was likely contaminated with heavy metals and other toxins from their local water source. She knew the porridge that was offered to her was likely made … » More …

Spring 2016 Excellence Awards

Congratulations to all of our faculty, staff and students who were presented one of our Spring 2016 College of Nursing Excellence Awards.

Faculty Awards

Janessa GravesFaculty Excellence in Research Award – Dr. Janessa Graves, Spokane

This award recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in research. Dr. Graves has developed and implemented a line of inquiry in research, has received extramural funding for her research, has communicated and disseminated her own research findings, and continues to promote and facilitate research in less experienced faculty.

“Dr. Graves completely revised the PhD Grant Writing course (NURS534) and works … » More …

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Welcome Nursing Dean Joyce P. Griffin-Sobel

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(This story appears in the latest edition of the WSU Spokane Magazine)

By Alli Benjamin

The new dean of the College of Nursing arrived in April with more than 25 years of experience in academic nursing.

Dean Joyce P. Griffin-Sobel, Ph.D., R.N., is the college’s seventh dean and succeeds Patricia Butterfield, Ph.D., who returned to the faculty and her research.

“I am so honored to be joining WSU as dean of the College of Nursing,” Griffin-Sobel said. “I am deeply committed to interprofessional education and practice, as it is the foundation … » More …

WSU Nursing Research: teen relationships & the path to recovery

Mary Roberts, PhD student researher

By Sarah Schaub

It was her memory of the conversation she had with the 16-year old female patient that kept Mary Roberts, a PhD in Nursing student at WSU, awake while conducting research as part of her studies. The young girl shared that like her mother, she had found prostitution as a means to support her drug addiction. Her story mirrored countless patients who entered chemical dependency (CD) treatment.

“After she entered the CD treatment facility, I could finally grieve for her. She was safe for now and could … » More …

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