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Washington a model for suicide prevention training

Sara Van Netta

By Addy Hatch

SPOKANE, Wash. – More than half the states mandate suicide-prevention training for public school teachers, but only seven states have policies requiring healthcare professionals to get similar training. That’s one of the findings of a research study conducted by Washington State University College of Nursing student Sara Van Natta.

She will present “Suicide Prevention Education: Policies for Healthcare Professionals across the United States” at SURCA, the Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities on Monday, March 27, at WSU Pullman. SURCA is a venue for undergraduate students to display their … » More …

Portrait of Abel Saba
WSU Nursing student Abel Saba’s goal: to establish a health clinic in his homeland of Burkina Faso

Portrait of Abel Saba
Washington State University nursing student Abel Saba grew up in Burkina Faso, a West African country with one of the world’s lowest adult literacy rates.

“Going to school was a privilege for me,” said Saba, the son of a pastor and the oldest of six siblings.

He wanted to give other children the same privilege, so at 18, he founded Findawende, or Praise God, a primary school in the outskirts of the capital city. He hauled and sold water to raise money … » More …

Adam Halvorsen and Teresa Gonzalez, Yakima in Olympia
Record number of WSU students advocate for nursing practice, citizens of WA State

 

Adam Halvorsen on Nurse Legislative Day advocates for nursing practice

(Tri-Cities student Adam Halvorsen and Yakima student Teresa Gonzalez)

By Sarah Schaub

It was a big day in Olympia, Washington Tuesday where a record 102 Washington State University College of Nursing students from across the state attended the 35th annual Nurse Legislative Day.

“Nurse Legislative Day is really about advocating for the nursing profession and for the citizens of Washington State,” said Debbie Brinker, Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs & Community Engagement at WSU College … » More …

WSU & Partners Provide Health Education to rural Eastern Washington Community

Community Outreach clinicWSU College of Nursing students and faculty coordinated a new community outreach clinic, this time working with kids ages 1-8 living in and around Valley, Washington. The Valley School Health and Safety Camp was a three-day (2 hours/day) day camp led by WSU College of Nursing students and faculty Janessa Graves with the goal of educating children about health and safety topics, exposing children to healthcare careers, helping children become familiar with healthcare providers, and providing health and first aid resources … » More …

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WSU College of Nursing Receives HRSA Funding to Grow Nursing Workforce

Nursing Pathways studentsWSU College of Nursing received three federal HRSA grants totaling $1.1M aimed at reducing health disparities in Washington, increasing access to qualified healthcare providers in rural and medically underserved and expanding our ability to prepare nurse educators. New funding for each grant builds upon previously documented successes.

The Nursing Pathways: Community Alliance for Health Workforce Diversity project aims to increase the retention, graduation, and NCLEX pass rates of 115 underserved, diverse BSN and RN-BSN students living in rural areas. The … » More …

Spring 2016 Excellence Awards

Congratulations to all of our faculty, staff and students who were presented one of our Spring 2016 College of Nursing Excellence Awards.

Faculty Awards

Janessa GravesFaculty Excellence in Research Award – Dr. Janessa Graves, Spokane

This award recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in research. Dr. Graves has developed and implemented a line of inquiry in research, has received extramural funding for her research, has communicated and disseminated her own research findings, and continues to promote and facilitate research in less experienced faculty.

“Dr. Graves completely revised the PhD Grant Writing course (NURS534) and works … » More …

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Welcome Nursing Dean Joyce P. Griffin-Sobel

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(This story appears in the latest edition of the WSU Spokane Magazine)

By Alli Benjamin

The new dean of the College of Nursing arrived in April with more than 25 years of experience in academic nursing.

Dean Joyce P. Griffin-Sobel, Ph.D., R.N., is the college’s seventh dean and succeeds Patricia Butterfield, Ph.D., who returned to the faculty and her research.

“I am so honored to be joining WSU as dean of the College of Nursing,” Griffin-Sobel said. “I am deeply committed to interprofessional education and practice, as it is the foundation … » More …

Simulation: The Future of Nursing Education

Simulation is used primarily in the BSN program. Providing students with realistic patient care scenarios in a safe environment, students are prepared for a variety of healthcare scenarios before working in clinical sites and caring for patients. Simulation is a critical component of nursing education as clinical placements become increasingly difficult to secure and not all scenarios can be practiced on live patients.

BSN Nursing Students
Nursing Students Taking the Lead

BSN Nursing Students

It’s a serious challenge being asked of all nurses by the Institute of Medicine: lead change in healthcare and healthcare systems to improve health. But where does one even begin?

BSN students in Clinical Assistant Professor Dana Dermody’s leadership class had the opportunity to creatively explore and respond to it. Students were asked to read The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health by the Institute of Medicine (2010), and the report brief » More …

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