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Homeless-Connect-Event 2016
Partners in the community: Nursing students provide care to underserved, vulnerable populations

Homeless-Connect-Event 2016

By Sarah Schaub

Tuesday, January 19 marked the 5th annual Homeless Connect, an event hosted by the Salvation Army and Women’s Hearth that reaches the homeless and underserved populations in Spokane. WSU College of Nursing students participated by providing foot care and general healthcare services to those in need.

“The nursing students add to the event with their kindness and acceptance of the people who come in looking for care,” said Patty Norton, case manager for Women’s Hearth.

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Nursing Graduates at Commencement 2015
Congratulations December Graduates

WSU Nursing 2015 GraduatesThis fall, WSU College of Nursing is graduating 183 students—167 undergraduate and 16 graduate—across the state. All students are invited to attend commencement on December 12, in Pullman, Washington, at Beasley Coliseum. All BSN and RN-BSN  graduates are invited to participate in convocation in Spokane, Yakima, and Tri-Cities; this is a historical pinning ceremony welcoming newly graduated nurses into the profession. Please join us in congratulating our recent graduates on their success!

Yakima Students Complete Well Elder Assignment


The Yakima Well Elder assignment  provides the beginning nursing student exposure to the concept of health and wellness. Students develop a therapeutic relationship with a Well Elder in a community setting. They conduct multiple interviews and explore home safety, functional health patterns (Marjory Gordon’s framework) and a functional health assessment. The goal is to identify wellness while implementing holistic health promotion/risk reduction strategies focused on primary prevention.  The assignment culminates in a poster presentation that reflects the students’ findings and is given to … » More …

IPE Opportunities in Yakima


Pacific NW University $1.75M HRSA grant provides interprofessional learning opportunities for health science students across Central Washington

Since fall 2015, students at the college in Yakima have participated in several interprofessional events (IPE) in coordination with central Washington higher education partners: Pacific NW University of Health Sciences, Central Washington University, Yakima Valley Community College, Heritage University, and WSU College of Pharmacy in Yakima. Nearly 300 students participated in the first IPE event, where students worked in small groups to complete various patient … » More …

Becky Doughty and Vicky Sattler at immunization clinic
1000 Immunizations and Counting

Nursing instructors at free Immunization Clinic

Congratulations to our Spokane N427 clinical students and faculty who helped immunize more than 1,000 Spokane County residents, of whom 80% were children, at 12 immunization clinics throughout Eastern Washington. These clinics required a collaborative approach to be successful and partners included the Spokane Regional Health District, WSU College of Nursing, WSU College of Pharmacy, Eastern Washington Medical Reserve Corps, Group Health Foundation, and all of the hosting school districts.

“I am very proud of our student and faculty volunteers,” … » More …

Washington State School for the Blind: Feliks Polyakov and Robin Williams


_MG_9622By Alli Benjamin

Robin Williams, RN, BSN, the nursing supervisor for the Washington State School for the Blind, could have fooled me. The school contained a maze of activities thoughtfully housed across its historic campus in Vancouver, Washington. Instruments, art, supplies, sports equipment, taxidermy animals, kitchens, cottages, a sprawling indoor pool, a room filled with historical remnants—in a school for blind students? As I wandered with her down a long hall lined with a hand-painted safari—completed by one of the students—she explained the … » More …

Obert Xu
Q & A With Obert Xu

Obert Xu
Obert XU, (BSN ’12) BSN, RN, CEN
Staff RN, Tacoma General Hospital Emergency Department, Tacoma, WA

Obert was born and raised in Australia until he and his family moved to Vancouver at age 10. He began his journey into nursing in high school where he attended the Running Start program and took his nursing prerequisites. He graduated from high school with his Associates Degree at the age of 17. He immediately began the BSN program at WSU Spokane, graduating in 2012, and he is … » More …

WSU Tri-Cities Valedictorian Mixes Online and Physical Classroom Courses to Create Ideal Work/School Balance

RICHLAND, Wash. – If it wasn’t for the WSU Tri-Cities’ unique nursing program schedule offerings, Melissa Hammack, this year’s class valedictorian and 4.0 grade-point average student, said earning her bachelor’s degree in nursing probably would not have been impossible.

Hammack said she earned her associate’s degree in nursing from Columbia Basin College, but desired to receive her full bachelor’s degree so that she could help even more people in the medical field.

“I knew I wanted to be a nurse since I was tiny,” she said. “I’ve always wanted to help people.”

Precepting 101
Precepting 101

Precepting 101Precepting is an organized, evidence-based approach to assist nurses who are new to practice or who are learning a new skill or role. For WSU College of Nursing undergraduate and advanced practice nursing students, preceptors provide thousands of hours of time and expertise to assist students with the entry to practice. The college is successful in preparing experienced nurses largely because of the support and commitment of preceptors in the community and of our healthcare partners. So what does it mean to be … » More …

Catie Propp
Professional Day at Deaconess Hospital

Catie Propp

By Catie Propp, BSN Student

On March 2, 2015, more than 70 students and faculty attended the Professional Day presentation held at Deaconess Medical Center Hospital. The topics presented on included childbirth education, placenta, lactation, midwifery/doula, nurse anesthetist, NAS, HR, and nurse managers/clinical nurse specialists. Lunch was provided and we were given an opportunity to talk with the faculty presenting.

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