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HPA Professor Jae Kennedy
Dr. Jae Kennedy named president-elect of disability research organization

A decades-long interest in issues relating to disability has taken Dr. Jae Kennedy to a leadership position with NARRTC, an organization that advocates for increasing the quality and rigor of applied disability research. Kennedy, professor and chair of the WSU College of Nursing’s Health Policy & Administration program, was named president-elect of the organization at its annual conference last week.

NARRTC is made up of current and former grantees of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation. The federal agency funds projects to generate new knowledge on disability and rehabilitation and to encourage the adoption and use of that work. Projects … » More …

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Clinical instructor Kay Olson included in Women of Distinction awards

Tri-Cities Clinical nursing instructor Kay Olson will be honored along with 12 others as Women of Distinction – those who’ve made notable contributions to the WSU Tri-Cities campus and community.

The 13 women will be recognized at a gallery exhibition opening and reception on April 13 on the WSU Tri-Cities campus.

“This is a way to honor our female leaders within the WSU Tri-Cities community who have gone above and beyond to improve access to educational opportunities, driven momentous initiatives within their respective professions and have given generously of their free time in dedication to service and volunteerism,” said Chris Meiers, vice chancellor for enrollment … » More …

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Kyle Ross chosen for mentorship role in academic advising organization

Kyle Ross, Academic Coordinator for the WSU College of Nursing, is one of 10 members of NACADA, the Global Community for Academic Advising, chosen to participate in a mentorship program for the professional organization.

Ross was named a mentor for NACADA’s Emerging Leaders program, which helps members gain the skills and experience necessary to move into leadership positions. That might be an elected position in the organization, but it also could mean leadership in research, publications, presentations, and other areas in NACADA. The program was launched a decade ago to encourage diversity in the organization’s leadership ranks, and Ross was himself an Emerging Leader in … » More …

Lorie Stucke went back to school at 39 to become a nurse
Midcareer switch to nursing lets Lorie Stucke be ‘part of someone’s story’

Nursing wasn’t Lorie Stucke’s first love. That was journalism, the career where she’d spent more than a decade. But turmoil in that industry prompted her to do some soul-searching.

What she liked about journalism was the chance to build trust with someone, to tell their story and by that action become part of their story in a small way. What other career, she wondered, could make her feel the same way?

Turns out, it was nursing. “I realized that patients need you to help them understand what’s happening, that they can’t always articulate what they need and you need to be their champion,” she said. … » More …

A portrait of the winners of SURCA 2017 in the Social Sciences category
WSU College of Nursing students win awards at undergraduate research showcase

WSU College of nursing students took high honors at the Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities held on Monday. The event, called SURCA, is the only university-wide venue for undergraduates to share their mentored research and results.

Three College of Nursing students took part:

Sara Van Natta received a Crimson Award, the highest level, for her research on “Suicide Prevention Education: Policies for Health Care Professionals Across the United States.” Van Natta discovered that more than half the states mandate suicide-prevention training for public school teachers, but only seven states have policies requiring health care professionals to get similar training. Her research was conducted … » More …

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Debbie Brinker credits students, fellow faculty for distinguished teaching award

Assistant Dean Debbie Brinker was named one of two recipients of the President’s Distinguished Teaching Awards for Instructors and Clinical Faculty – the first College of Nursing faculty member to receive the honor.

Brinker teaches professional development and senior practicum courses and is Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs and Community Engagement; she’s been on the College of Nursing faculty for 13 years.

As an educator, “My primary focus is to engage students so we grow leaders in health care,” she said. But Brinker said credit for her honor also goes to the College of Nursing’s exceptional faculty, staff, and students, who she called “the why … » More …

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Sigma Theta Tau honors WSU College of Nursing faculty, students

The Delta Chi Chapter-at-large of Sigma Theta Tau, the international nursing honor society, inducted new members and honored current members with awards in a ceremony Tuesday evening. Among the current and former Washington State University College of Nursing honorees were:

WSU College of Nursing PhD candidate Mary Lee Roberts was awarded a travel scholarship to attend an interdisciplinary conference in Pennsylvania in May where she’ll present results of a randomized, clinical trial conducted under the auspices of the College of Nursing’s Program of Excellence in Addictions Research.  Roberts, BSN, RN, will present her poster entitled “Receptivity to an online pain self-management program among people with … » More …

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Phyllis Eide Receives Mentor Academy Award for Excellence

By Cheryl Reed 

The WSU Graduate School has awarded Associate Professor Phyllis Eide the 2017 Graduate School Mentor Academy Award for Excellence for her work in mentoring graduate students. Eide has been a faculty member in the College of Nursing on the WSU Spokane campus since 2002, and a member of the Graduate School Mentor Academy since 2009.

“When I found out I had won the award, I just about fell off my chair,” said Eide. “I am gratified beyond belief. It is one of the highlights of my year.”

The Graduate Mentor Academy is a group of faculty who have volunteered to assist students … » More …

Michael and Carol Huebner
CougsGive: Couple endowed nursing scholarship after careers in the military and academia

Carol Huebner graduated in 1972 from the Intercollegiate Center for Nursing Education and went on to notable career successes in both the military and academia. But she never forgot her “very, very warm feelings” for her alma mater, so in 2014, she and her husband Michael Huebner created an endowed scholarship to benefit students at the Washington State University College of Nursing.

“We just wanted to pay it forward so other students could benefit from some financial support,” Carol said of the couple’s $25,000 gift.

She retired from … » More …

Janet Holloway stands in front of a display of nursing memorabilia at St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute
Display in St. Luke’s traces history of nursing education in the state

Standing in front of a photo of a brick building, Janet Holloway, WSU Associate Professor Emeritus, points to a window and says, “my room was right in the corner.”

Holloway, 83, is showing where she lived as a nursing student in Spokane in the mid-1950s, when then-Washington State College joined with St. Luke’s Hospital to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing – a program truly ahead of its time.

Nursing students spent their first two years in Pullman, as many students in the WSU College of Nursing do now. They moved to Spokane to spend their final two years at St. Luke’s Hospital and other … » More …

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