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Study aims to help Oregon’s Micronesian Islander community

Oregon is one of the top destinations for Micronesian Islanders who move to the U.S. mainland. They’re drawn by a vibrant community of earlier arrivals from the hundreds of small Pacific islands that are part of the Federated States of Micronesia and the republics of the Marshall Islands, Tonga, and Palau. 

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WSU College of Nursing faculty present at major gerontology conference

The work of several WSU College of Nursing faculty was presented at a major gerontology conference in San Francisco this week.

Anita Hunter, right, with Vancouver high school student Chris Bevin in Uganda
Project in Uganda led to discovery of widespread health impacts from contaminated water

As published in Northwest Crimson & Gray, a magazine of WSU Vancouver
 

Helping get a hospital built in Uganda was an important step for Anita Hunter. But it was just the first step.

More than 10 years ago, Anita Hunter was invited to Mbarara, Uganda, to build a children’s hospital that would treat children who were dying from preventable diseases. Thanks to many people, the hospital was built and has been operating since 2009.

But Hunter’s interest didn’t stop there. Too many children still had preventable diseases. “Our work has gone beyond building a hospital to cure illnesses. We need to prevent … » More …

Nursing Student Receives Library Research Award

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By Brenda Alling, WSU Vancouver

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Of all infectious diseases that endanger young children’s lives, pneumonia remains the world’s biggest threat. Yet some simple, low-cost measures could go a long way toward reducing the problem.

That was the surprising discovery Sarah Holman made in researching a paper for a senior-level nursing class at Washington State University Vancouver.

For her paper, “Grand Challenge: Childhood Pneumonia Mortality in Nigeria,” Holman received the 2016 WSU Vancouver Library Research Excellence Award. Designed … » More …

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What Lies Beneath: Nurse Researcher Exposes the Effects of Toxic Water in Uganda

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By Sarah Schaub

Sitting on the dirt floor of the family’s home, Dr. Anita Hunter, WSU Vancouver College of Nursing Clinical Professor, graciously accepted the refreshments that were offered to her, though hesitant. Eyeing the sediment that had collected on the bottom of the glass, she knew the water used to make the fruit beverage was likely contaminated with heavy metals and other toxins from their local water source. She knew the porridge that was offered to her was likely made … » 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 …

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Washington State University College of Nursing Hires New Dean

Griffin-Sobel2016Joyce P. Griffin-Sobel, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN who has more than 25 years of experience in academic nursing, has been named dean of the College of Nursing at Washington State University, effective May 16, 2016.

Dr. Griffin-Sobel, who is known for her leadership and innovation in teaching with technology and interprofessional education, is Dean and Professor at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. Prior to Upstate, she was at Hunter College School of Nursing, City University of New York where she served as acting dean, assistant dean of curriculum & technology (2008-2011), … » More …

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!

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