Important Dates & Deadlines
- March 1 – Annual Reviews were due March 1st! Please contact your adviser to meet NOW if you haven’t completed yet.
- April 27 – Last day of instruction
- April 30 – May 4 – Final Exams
- Curious about your graduate degree deadlines? Visit the WSU Graduate School website to stay on track of all the requirements for your master’s or doctoral degree.
Validate Shopping Cart
A validate button is available in the shopping cart for students. The validate button enables students to identify issues that will prevent them from enrolling in classes that have been placed in their shopping cart. Students should validate their shopping cart early and resolve enrollment issues prior to their scheduled enrollment appointment date and time.
Use of the validate button is optional for students. The validate button does NOT enroll students. Students must click the Finish Enrolling button to enroll in classes.
Example of the validation button:
Go to myWSU and sign in. At the homepage, you’ll see the student center and from there choose “Go to my Student Center”.
Choose “Enrollment Shopping Cart”:
Then choose the term you wish to validate, in this case Fall 2018, then click continue:
Click the select box(s) next to the class you want to validate.
Then click the Validate button:
The following status report will display for enrollment confirmations and errors:
Enrollment issues are noted with a red X under the status section. You should resolve these prior to your enrollment appointment date and time.
When your enrollment appointment arrives you are only able to enroll in classes with the green checkmark.
NOTE: the “validate” button does NOT enroll you in classes. You must click the “Finish Enrolling” button.
Click the Shopping Cart button to return to your shopping cart.
Challenge to Graduate Students from the Western Institute of Nursing
You can help make the SILENT AUCTION a success. Get together with your fellow graduate students to compile a box or basket of items unique to your region for sale at the Silent Auction! Monies raised through the Silent Auction fund WIN member services, which directly benefit students, including: WIN Poster Awards (includes student awards), Grants from WIN in partnership with Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) and the American Nurses Foundation (ANF).
IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, get together with fellow students to plan your basket or box by including items that are unique to your region of the west. Use the Silent Auction Donation Form found on the WIN website to notify the Silent Auction Committee of the intended donation.
Send or deliver the completed form with your item(s) in advance to Dr. Neva Crogan, 328, Department of Nursing, Gonzaga University, 502 E. Boone Avenue, Spokane, WA 99258-2616 or bring your item to the conference registration desk on Wednesday, April 11 or Thursday, April 12.
Deadlines to ensure contracts are in place:
- Fall 2018 Placements – May 1, 2018
- Spring 2019 Placements – September 1, 2018
Filipino Nurses/Health Care Professionals Association (FNHCPA) Scholarship Program
Deadline: April 15, 2018
Recovery Village Health Care Scholarship
The Recovery Village is dedicated to maintaining exceptional service while providing unique opportunities for education and personal development. As part of this commitment, The Recovery Village is offering a $1,000 scholarship to students pursuing a medical-related course of study.
To enter to win a $1,000 scholarship, simply submit a short essay (no more than 500 words) describing why you are passionate about substance use disorder and mental health treatment. Essays can be in the form of a personal narrative with a medical perspective or focus specifically on clinical experience.
Do you have a compelling recovery story? Have you witnessed the challenges that addiction can present, or helped someone overcome substance use disorder? Share your experience and describe why you are eager to enter the health care field for a chance to be awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
Deadline: June 30, 2018
NLN Nursing Education Scholarships
Deadline: May 24, 2018
Each spring the Inland Empire Nurses Association offers $1,000 scholarships to nursing students. For more info, please visit the IENA website.
Questions? Please contact: JoAnn Kaiser 509-328-8288 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Jobs & Opportunities
Check out the job postings updated frequently on the WSU site
Are you looking for opportunities to provide care in rural or under-served areas?
There are many positions, some of which offer loan repayment!
- 3 RNet is a national nonprofit network of members committed to matching healthcare professionals with jobs in rural and medically underserved areas. The webpage provides you with job listings across the U.S. for ARNPs, RNs, and all medical fields. A quick search of nurse practitioner and family medicine yielded 201 matching opportunities. This site is free, although registration if required. Information is located at: https://www.3rnet.org/
- There are also many clinical sites that offer loan forgiveness (among them CHAS and YVFW). The National Health Service Corps seeks primary care, nurse practitioners, and behavioral and mental health to provide culturally competent, interdisciplinary primary health care services to underserved populations located in selected Health Professional Shortage Areas. Information is located at: https://nhsc.hrsa.gov/loanrepayment/index.html
- The National Health Service Corp is a federal program that also awards scholarships to students in primary care health professions training leading to: A postgraduate degree or postgraduate certificate from a school or program in nurse-midwifery education, education, or nurse practitioner (NP) education specializing in, family medicine, geriatrics, psychiatric-mental health, and other specialties. In return, scholars commit to providing primary care health services in underserved communities. Information is available at: https://nhsc.hrsa.gov/scholarships/index.html
CHAS Health Nurse Practitioner Residency Program in Spokane
CHAS is accepting applications for its Nurse Practitioner Residency Program, in anticipation of hiring three residents to begin in September. For more information on the program, visit the CHAS Health website.
Calico Mental Health Associates
For graduating DNP-PMHNP students
As a PMHNP nursing student who is about to join the field in the next several months, you are probably considering your options for practice. For many this will include traditional clinical settings and for some this might involve private practice, where you typically will trade out the support of a clinic for more freedom and autonomy. We’re writing to let you know that you now have a third option — a new practice model that we think provides the best of both worlds.
With over a decade of private practice experience between us, Todd and I know all too well that being a solo PMHNP means scheduling, billing, responding to calls and emails, securing prior authorizations, keeping up with the latest research and coordinating with other providers, not to mention the less urgent but no less important tasks of keeping up with HIPAA requirements, shifting insurance requirements, and legislative changes. We created Calico to serve the many skilled and caring PMHNPs in the Portland area who love the independence and flexibility of private practice, as well as the increased earning potential, but are becoming overwhelmed by the administrative demands, the legal risks, and the clinical isolation. By joining Calico, the independent providers we hire can choose their office location, choose the clients they want to see, take as much time off as they want and maintain the schedule that works best for them, while receiving all-encompassing administrative support that frees them up to focus on doing what they do best.
Calico also can help you with one of the primary challenges facing new independent providers: building a client base. Todd and I both have a robust network of referrals from fellow mental health clinicians and primary care providers in the city, and our practices are quite full. Consequently, we have to turn away many people looking for services who we are simple not able to fit in. To achieve our goal of being a resource for the community, we need the help of new PMHNPs like you. For us, another big part of Calico is overcoming the inherent disconnection of private practice. Being a part of a group can expand one another’s knowledge base tremendously. Rather than waiting for the monthly case consult, or trying to get one of our busy colleagues on the phone, we will have easier access to one another through our IT infrastructure on a day-to-day basis. Our dream is to have many different kinds of providers, with many different clinical interests and areas of expertise, who we can all access for the improved care of our clients. Working together in this way raises our collective game.
The emotional support is just as important as the logistical support. Working in the mental health field can be incredibly rewarding, but it can also be emotionally draining. Some days, it’s not just about having access to the information that our fellow provider possesses, but also the interpersonal support involved in that exchange. Accessing the reassurance and understanding of a fellow clinician, in addition to the clinical advice they might provide, is invaluable. Additionally, as a PMHNP-owned and -managed group, Calico offers a way to promote nursing values in a visible and trusted way in our community. In no other specialty does the subjective experience of care account for so much of the outcome. We offer an important alternative to the medical model of mental health treatment, which we know is not a great fit for many of our clients. But how many people have we encountered in the world who not even heard of a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner? Together we can fix that. If you are considering private practice but have felt daunted by the challenges and risks of doing it all yourself, or if you’re just excited at the prospect of participating in a new model of care, we’d love to speak with you more to see if Calico may be a good fit for you. We’re deeply committed to supporting the recent graduates who join us. Your success is our success.
You can call Amber at (971) 254-3250 to set up a time. Meanwhile, you can find out more about us at www.calicomh.com.
Warmly, Erin O’Leary, PMHNP; Todd Karakashian, PMHNP; Amber Flores, Operations Manager
Keeping your passport consistently current is mandatory regardless of what classes you are taking. Prior to the beginning of each semester, log on to the E*Value database, go to “Other Tasks”, then to “Personal Records Requirements” and update any expired requirement. Please do not delete the expired documentation, just add your new documentation. Also, check your expiration date column and update requirements that are about to expire or schedule the update and add to your calendar with other program obligations. It is your responsibility to keep your graduate passport current throughout enrollment, without prompts from faculty or staff.
IMPORTANT: Allowing a passport item to expire could result in a registration hold, a delay or cessation of your rotation until the item is updated and documented, not being able to count clinical hours accrued during the time when a passport item is expired, and/or Notice of Unsatisfactory Performance (NUP).
Please be aware that some clinical sites may have additional requirements above and beyond the clinical passport. Students will need to complete these additional requirements in order to do a rotation at these sites.
WSU Graduate Passport forms, links and instructions are found on the WSU website: https://nursing.wsu.edu/current/admitted-students/.