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Patricia Butterfield
Dean Butterfield Plans Return to Science, Teaching

Patricia Butterfield

By Alli Benjamin

Patricia Butterfield, dean of Washington State University’s College of Nursing, announced today that she will return to a faculty role in April 2015. She directs nursing education at WSU’s campuses in Spokane, Vancouver, Tri-Cities and Yakima.

“This is such an exciting time for health sciences at WSU,” she said. “I’m looking forward to stepping away from administration and digging back into the science and teaching that I love.”

Donna Watson, PhD student
PhD Student Spotlight: Donna Watson

This article originally appeared in the September 2014 issue of OR Today magazine. For more stories about life in and out of the OR, visit www.ORToday.com.

By Matt Skoufalos

Donna Watson, PhD studentAfter 33 years in perioperative practice, Donna Watson, RN, MSN, CNOR, FNP, is living proof that a career in nursing is more than the sum of its parts.

Donna Watson wants to make a difference

Watson entered the field straight out of high school because she “wanted to have a career in the sciences and provide care to individuals.” Today, she is the Director of … » More …

Manuela Orban - DNP Graduate
Federal grant to support students through nurse practitioner program at WSU

Manuel OrbanaA nurse practitioner degree program at Washington State University will be recruiting six students from underrepresented groups through a new grant from the federal Health Resources & Services Administration.

The two-year grant of $264,000 will allow the WSU College of Nursing to offer financial support to students who are U.S. military veterans, rural-dwelling Hispanics and/or Native Americans to help them become family nurse practitioners.

Beth Schenk
College of Nursing Hires Sustainability Expert

Beth SchenkNewly-created position aligns with college’s vision to lead practicing, educating, and researching environmental healthcare practice

Washington State University College of Nursing is pleased to announce it has hired Beth Schenk, PhD, MHI, RN as Providence-WSU Nurse Scientist in a shared appointment with Providence Health & Services St. Patrick Hospital.

Manuel Orbana, DNP graduate
DNP Student Manuela Orban

Manuel Orbana
DNP Student Manuela Orban Evaluates The Effectiveness Of Clinic Weight Loss Program

On her first day of class as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) student in Southern California, Manuela Orban knew it was a stepping stone degree.

“I’ve always known I wanted to be a Nurse Practitioner,” Manuela said. “And I wanted a terminal degree. In reviewing my graduate program options, the DNP was the best fit so I could gain the skills and knowledge to teach and provide patient care, while … » More …

Hookah AP photo
WSU Team Studying Hookah Addiction

Hookah AP photo

By Daniel Moore – The Spokesman-Review

It’s worked with cigarette smokers, drug addicts and children who stutter. Researchers at Washington State University hope it can help wean people off hookah.

This summer, the WSU College of Nursing is spearheading the first known study of addictive behavior related to use of hookah, the popular water pipe. The five-week study poses the question: How is quitting hookah different from quitting cigarettes?

Kawkab Shishani, assistant nursing professor and lead researcher for the study, already knows there are … » More …

Jeff Schlit
DNP Student Jeff Schilt

DNP Student Jeff Schilt Working on Sun Safety Education for Adolescent Patients
Jeff SchlitWhen Jeff Schilt was only 21-years old, he received news that shook him to his core.

“We had been talking about moles in one of my nursing classes, and I noticed one on me that did not look right. I had it checked out, and it was an early stage melanoma. At that age, I thought I was indestructible. That was not the case,” Jeff said.

This situation was the tipping point for what … » More …

A day in the life
A Day in the Life – Martin (Nurse Scientist and Nurse Educator)
Leslie Randall
PhD Nursing Scholar in the News: Leslie Randall

APHA book details need, approaches to research in US Native communities – by Natalie McGil*

Leslie RandallIt has been nearly two decades since Leslie Randall, RN, MPH, participated in a research project measuring the infant mortality rate among American Indian tribes in South Dakota. Yet she said residents still remember her and her fellow researchers. “When I go back I’m constantly surprised that people still remember, even after all these years,” said Randall, who is now a doctoral nursing student at Washington State University.”They still remember, and they … » More …

Julie Postma
Community Project Targets Asthma

TACOMA, Wash. – Patient-centered research to improve the quality of life for those affected by asthma is one of five Washington state projects to receive funding recently from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, or PCORI.

The project will focus on developing strategic partnerships between individuals, families and communities affected by asthma and health care partners interested in promoting asthma prevention and management.

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