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Pulse oximeters more useful in COVID screening for older adults  

People have become accustomed to having their temperature checked during the pandemic because fever is a key indicator of COVID-19.   

A new commentary by WSU College of Nursing Associate Professor Catherine Van Son and Clinical Assistant Professor Deborah Eti proposes that taking a temperature is a less useful indicator of infection in older adults and that a pulse oximeter be used instead. 

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Study looked at how nurses view touch as a form of care

Touching patients while providing care is an important and unavoidable aspect of the nursing profession. Nurses can also transform touch into a useful therapeutic tool to improve patients’ – and their own – wellbeing.  

Nursing students awarded first and third places in Three Minute Thesis competition

College of Nursing students were awarded first and third place in Washington State University’s Three Minute Thesis competition on Wednesday evening.

WSU College of Nursing continues to gain NIH research funding

The Washington State University College of Nursing is now among the top 20 nursing schools nationally for National Institutes of Health research funding.

Healthcare providers: understand the impact of your words

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Near the beginning of the pandemic, an Asian family experienced an overt act of racism at a community center in the Pacific Northwest. It upset the two children so much that the family visited their pediatrician’s office for guidance and support. The healthcare provider dismissed the parents’ concerns and subtly criticized them for “deposit(ing) things in children’s minds.”

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Health sciences students value team approach to learning about opioids

Teaching future nurses, doctors, pharmacists, social workers and addiction studies specialists together about opioid use for pain could result in better teamwork for healthcare professionals and potentially better care for patients.

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WSU project targets COVID‑19 in high‑risk communities

Washington State University wants to find ways to better identify and reduce COVID‑19 infection in vulnerable minority and rural groups.

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Nurse practitioners make addiction treatment more available in rural areas

Giving nurse practitioners the authority to prescribe buprenorphine has brought that gold standard treatment for opioid addiction to people who might not have had access to it before, according to a new study led by Tracy Klein, PhD, associate professor at the Washington State University College of Nursing in Vancouver.

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WSU paper urges healthcare providers to ask patients about cannabis

Nurses and other healthcare providers should talk to patients about their cannabis use the same way they talk about other habits like smoking and drinking: routinely and without judgment.

WSU’s Lonnie Nelson evaluating COVID vaccines for impact on indigenous populations

Lonnie Nelson’s work improving the health and well-being of indigenous peoples has earned him grant funding, awards and citations as an academic researcher at Washington State University Health Sciences.