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Research spotlight: Nurses are essential, yet they struggle within the health care system

Research spotlight: Tullamora Diede, “Professional identity in the lived experience of hospital nurses”

Nurses are the largest segment of the health-care workforce, and nursing is the most-trusted profession in America, according to annual polls. Yet studies have found that nurses feel disrespected and powerless in their profession, and nearly a third leave their job within the first year. 

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WSU College of Nursing welcomes WIN conference to Spokane

Researchers, faculty, administrators, and students from nursing colleges and schools across the U.S. are gathering in Spokane this week for the annual Western Institute of Nursing research conference. 

David Colvin, DNP student
Rural living and a good job are possible with a DNP degree

David Colvin, 58, DNP candidate, Washington State University College of Nursing.
Expects to graduate in May with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, with the goal of becoming a nurse practitioner.
Works at Providence Mount Carmel Hospital in Colville, Washington.

Jessica Pearl portrait inside the prison clinic.
DNP student Jessica Pearl: health care in a prison is rewarding

Jessica Pearl, DNP candidate, Washington State University College of Nursing.
Expects to graduate in 2018 with her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, with the goal of becoming a nurse practitioner.
Worked at the Coyote Ridge Corrections Center, a medium-security state prison in Connell, Washington, for the past seven years.

WSU College of Nursing grant and contract award summary, January 1 – December 31, 2017

Compiled by Judith Van Dongen, Office of Research, WSU Spokane
COLLEGE OF NURSING-LED PROJECTS

Sandy Carollo (PI); Janet Katz – College of Nursing
Yakima Valley Community Foundation
“Advancing Health, Education, and Support for Teens in the Yakima Valley”
This pilot project provides an educational health sciences day camp for 10 to 15 at-risk teenage women housed at Ridgeview Community Facility, the only group home for female-only juvenile offenders in Washington State. Through the camp, teens will be exposed to culturally sensitive, evidence-based education on healthy sexuality; explore the emotional connection that drives risky behavior; and gain hands-on exposure to health sciences … » More …

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Training can alleviate mental, physical effects of fatigue for police

Police officers suffer mental and physical effects from chronic fatigue, but information on sleep issues and strategies can help, a new study led by a WSU College of Nursing researcher shows.

Robert Playo, left, with Clinical Assistant Professor Dana Dermody, center, and Megan Weese, right, at the presentation of DNP final projects.
DNP students target kidney disease, ER processes for final projects

A flow chart for use in treating patients with kidney disease. A more accurate method of getting medical information from patients in the emergency room. These are evidence-based, quality-improvement research projects that can help transform healthcare delivery. 

Portrait of Dr. Jae Kennedy
New study: Affordable Care Act has clearly helped adults with disabilities

As politicians continue to wrangle over the future of the Affordable Care Act, newly published research shows the law has been clearly beneficial for at least one group of Americans – working-age adults with disabilities.

Marian Wilson, Ph.D., assistant professor at the WSU College of Nursing, has a new study examining the relationship between marijuana use among opioid addiction patients.
Marijuana use may not aid patients in opioid addiction treatment

Many patients who are being treated for opioid addiction in a medication-assisted treatment clinic use marijuana to help manage their pain and mood symptoms.

Study: 12-hour night shift can affect a nurse’s performance

Working a 12-hour night shift affects a nurse’s performance more than working a 12-hour day shift does, according to a recent study by Marian Wilson, Ph.D., an assistant professor at the WSU College of Nursing.

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