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Rayce Rudeen Foundation funds two opioid-related projects at WSU

A Spokane-area foundation named for a young man who died of a drug overdose is funding two projects led by WSU College of Nursing Assistant Professor Marian Wilson.

One of the projects supported by the Rayce Rudeen Foundation will give low-income patients access to non-opioid pain management tools such as physical therapy, chiropractic care, massage and yoga. The other will test whether “smart-home” monitoring tools can help people with opioid use disorder.

The Rayce Rudeen Foundation has committed a total of $15,000 to the two projects. The gift is the foundation’s first to Washington State University.

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Preceptor works with DNP student at CHAS Health
Grant will expand successful nurse practitioner project

Preceptor works with DNP student at CHAS Health
Family nurse practitioner Todd Smith, center, works with DNP student Girma Admasu, right, in 2018. Smith is a WSU College of Nursing preceptor and the Nurse Practitioner Faculty in Residence at CHAS Health. His appointment was made possible by the first WSU-ANEW grant.

With the help of an earlier federal grant, the WSU College of Nursing is graduating nurse practitioners who are choosing to work in rural areas or with underserved populations.

Now a $2.8 million follow-on grant will expand the … » More …

Medical marijuana patients face challenges getting accurate information

Tens of thousands of Washington residents legally use marijuana for medicinal purposes, often guided by consultants who are certified through a 20-hour class and whose knowledge sometimes doesn’t align with state law or research evidence.

DNP grad found that group medical visits were useful in treating chronic pain

Imagine being a nurse practitioner serving patients in a county that’s larger than Rhode Island, but has just 5,300 residents and one medical clinic.

In the West, that’s the reality – and the challenge – for many rural healthcare providers.

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Opioid use disorder affects women differently than men

We’re accustomed to hearing about America’s opioid epidemic as if it’s monolithic, but there are striking differences in how opioid use disorder affects men and women.

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Cannabis research honored at grad-student expo

Portrait of Teresa Bigand

A research study led by Teresa Bigand, who’ll receive her PhD from the WSU College of Nursing next month, was honored at a graduate-student research expo in Pullman recently. 

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Nursing student’s concussion research wins award


WSU College of Nursing senior Jacquelyn Deichman won a top award at the university’s undergraduate research showcase last week with her work on treatment of adolescent concussions.

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Most teens report using marijuana less frequently after legalization


Only one group of teenagers used marijuana more often after retail sales were legalized in Washington than they did before – high school seniors who work 11 or more hours per week, according to new research led by a WSU College of Nursing professor.

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NIH-funded research up significantly at College of Nursing

The Washington State University College of Nursing has dramatically expanded the amount of research funding it receives from the National Institutes of Health, new data shows. 

Concussion laws need adjustments, new analysis shows

In 2009 Washington became the first state to pass a law requiring that young athletes be cleared by a healthcare provider to return to play after a concussion. In the next few years all states passed similar laws as awareness of the danger of sports-related concussions grew. 

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