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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 …

Jae Kennedy
WSU Health Policy and Administration Program Update

Department Chair Jae Kennedy provides an update on the Health Policy program, new research and grant work.

Nursing Graduates at Commencement 2015
Congratulations December Graduates

WSU Nursing 2015 GraduatesThis fall, WSU College of Nursing is graduating 183 students—167 undergraduate and 16 graduate—across the state. All students are invited to attend commencement on December 12, in Pullman, Washington, at Beasley Coliseum. All BSN and RN-BSN  graduates are invited to participate in convocation in Spokane, Yakima, and Tri-Cities; this is a historical pinning ceremony welcoming newly graduated nurses into the profession. Please join us in congratulating our recent graduates on their success!

Growing the DNP in Tri-Cities
Transforming the Health of a Community

Growing the DNP in Tri-Cities

A generous gift has allowed WSU to expand its DNP program in Tri-Cities. Now we need to recruit new faculty who will begin breathing life into it.

Last January, WSU Tri-Cities College of Nursing and Kadlec Regional Medical Center announced a transformative gift and partnership that will positively change health care in central Washington. The Kadlec Foundation donated a historic $18 million that will help to build out a Doctor of Nursing (DNP) program at the college in Richland. The DNP program prepares advanced practice nurses to become nurse practitioners and … » More …

Approximately 80 Students Participate in Interprofessional Training

Interprofessional Training
An interprofessional (IP) cohort of faculty across disciplines collaborated to provide training and education to approximately 80 students last Thursday, October 15. A total of 14 interprofessional teams were assembled from WSU College of Nursing (DNP students), WSU College of Pharmacy, WSU Nutrition & Exercise Physiology, UW (Medical Students), and EWU (Master’s in Social Work students). The activities aimed to build teamwork and skills through the TeamSTEPPS program. During the training, standardized patients were incorporated for case-based teaching and learning via simulations. Video conferencing technology allowed students from multiple campuses to attend the training.

Additional interprofessional … » More …

Kadlec Gift
2015 WSU Platinum Laureate – Kadlec Medical Center
Mitra Rado
Q & A With Mitra Rado

Mitra Rado
Mitra Rado, (MN ’04, BSN ’94) MN, ARNP, FNP-C, AOCNP
Clinical Director, Columbia Basin Hematology & Oncology, PLLC, Kennewick, WA

Mitra began her nursing career in 1988 as a Licensed Practice Nurse. After earning her BSN and Master of Nursing degree from WSU, she started her career as a nurse practitioner at Hermiston Community Health Clinic. Although she loved her work, she decided to return to the practice she was most passionate for – oncology. Now she has a new role working with Kadlec … » More …

Nursing Roles Continue Specialization


By Alli Benjamin

When most people think of nurse practitioners, family nurse practitioners are the first who come to mind. A second type of nurse practitioner is the future leader of providing mental health care: Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP). These advanced nurse professionals counsel, care for, and treat individuals and families following traumatic situations or facing behavioral/mental health conditions.

Precepting 101
Precepting 101

Precepting 101Precepting is an organized, evidence-based approach to assist nurses who are new to practice or who are learning a new skill or role. For WSU College of Nursing undergraduate and advanced practice nursing students, preceptors provide thousands of hours of time and expertise to assist students with the entry to practice. The college is successful in preparing experienced nurses largely because of the support and commitment of preceptors in the community and of our healthcare partners. So what does it mean to be … » More …

Ysabel Myers
Faces of the DNP: Preparing Tomorrow’s Advanced Practice Nurses

Cameron GoodCameron Good, BSN, RN
Family Nurse Practitioner Student

“I believe nurse practitioners will help alleviate the weight that has been burdening doctors and physician assistants, specifically in primary care. We are being called on to assume preventive and primary care roles that will benefit the entire spectrum of providers – and our patients.”

Cameron Good earned his BSN degree from WSU College of Nursing in 2013 and immediately enrolled in the DNP Family Nurse Practitioner (DNP-FNP) program. His nursing experience … » More …

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