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Grant trained 1,200 students how to talk with patients about drinking, drug use

Alcohol and drug abuse pose serious health risks. But even nurses and doctors don’t find it easy to talk to patients about their drinking or drug use. 

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Health clinics in Peru help students learn from each other

The pharmacy student said she didn’t realize a nurse’s touch was such an important part of patient assessment.

Team-based approach to health care starts at school

By Addy Hatch

Crimson scrubs, white lab coats and black polo shirts mingled in the basement of the College of Nursing this week as an interprofessional simulation got under way. The scenario: a Cougar football player collapses in 97-degree heat in the afternoon session of “daily doubles” practice.

Teams included students from WSU Spokane’s College of Nursing and College of Pharmacy, the University’s Athletic Training and Nutrition Exercise and Physiology programs, and the University of Washington’s MEDEX Northwest physician assistant program.

Interprofessional education in health care means students from different professions working together from the very beginning of their training, learning from each other, and … » More …

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Nursing grad shares how sim training can help save lives

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“By supporting the simulation program at the Washington State University College of Nursing, you are helping to save lives,” said Jameson Edwards, a recent BSN graduate from the college.

“My training in simulation has prepared me to save patients under my direct care,” Jameson said. “In simulation, I have practiced giving care in unique, and what could be stressful, life-threatening situations, which has directly impacted the way I give care in my current practice.”

Now a Registered Nurse working on … » More …

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WSU Nursing teams travel to Peru in May with the launch of a new project in Chiclayo

The Chiclayo project is the second for Washington State University College of Nursing in that South American country; WSU nurses have been part of the nonprofit People of Peru Project for more than a decade.

Vicky Sattler, a PhD alumna from the WSU College of Nursing, is leading the Chiclayo project. She’ll take about 10 students from the school’s undergraduate and graduate programs. They’ll work with nursing students from Chiclayo’s USAT – the Universidad Católica Santo Toribio de Mogrovejo – and with the nonprofit Centro ECO.

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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.

WSU College of Nursing Hosting National Nurse Experts

Dean Griffin-Sobel

WSU College of Nursing is kicking off the new academic year by hosting four national nurse leaders who will help inspire and engage faculty. This is the first time in years that all WSU nursing faculty will meet in-person in Spokane to discuss the future of nursing and interprofessional education best practices. The college’s Dean Joyce Griffin-Sobel is leading the two-day strategic planning session.

The national speaker symposium will be on Tuesday, August 16, and features the following guests:

Lisa Day, PhD, RN, CNE is the … » 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 …

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Evolving Healthcare in Yakima Valley

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By Alli Benjamin

A growing interest in expanding interprofessional Education (IPE) has spurred a range of IPE initiatives in the Yakima Valley in the last year. Though IPE is not a new concept in health science education, it certainly takes the commitment of all health professionals and healthcare systems to succeed. A third party helps this vision come to life in central Washington– the support of the community, local organizations, and higher education partners.

“Leaders in our … » More …

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