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Graduate News Washington State University College of Nursing

November 2018

Congratulations to all of our MN and Post MN DNP students who are graduating this semester!!

Important Dates & Deadlines

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.

DNP On Campus Program Days

For NURS 562, you will have face-to-face lab from 8-11 a.m. on the dates below. This lab time will be spent practicing physical exam skills.  You will have to be at your home campus (Spokane, Tri-Cities, or Vancouver) on these dates:

  • 12/4/2018 (Tuesday)
  • In addition, a face-to-face final exam will take place sometime during Week 17 of class (December 10-14).  The exact date of the final exam may be different based on the home campus. 

Grad Certificates

Did you know that as a DNP student you will have taken all courses required for the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Leadership? The required courses are: NURS 565, Information Management for Clinical Practice, NURS 576, Organizational Systems & Leadership, NURS 553, Practicum in Organizational Systems & Leadership, and NURS 591, Mixed Methods for Program Planning, Implementation & Outcome Evaluation.

If you are interested in receiving this certificate along with your degree, you will be required to apply for the certificate in a separate application than your application for degree and pay the $25 certificate application fee. The deadline for applying for the certificate is the same date as applying for your degree. The application is due in Pullman by 3/1/2019 for a spring award.

If you are interested in the other certificates in Nursing Education of Public Health, please check the Graduate student handbook or talk with your advisor to see if you have met the course requirements.

If you have any questions, please contact the graduate program office staff. Spokane, Yakima, Tri-Cities and Walla Walla students, contact Tami Kelley (kelleyt@wsu.edu); Vancouver students, please contact Adriana Thomas (Adriana.thomas@wsu.edu).

Jobs & Opportunities

  • Check out the job postings updated frequently on the WSU site

Scholarships

  • Carol Rudy $1,000 Student Scholarship.
    • Eligibility:
      • A current NPGS student member
      • Enrolled in a Nurse Practitioner Program
    • Information
      • NPGS offers student NPs scholarship opportunities
      • Download & Print the Student Scholarship
      • Deadline: November 15, 2018
      • Scholarship awarded annually in December

Graduate Passport

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.

AACN Student Policy Summit

  • Three day conference, March 24-26, 2019, held in Washington, DC
  • Open to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students enrolled at an AACN member institution
  • Up to two students per institution
  • Didactic program sessions focused on the federal policy process.
  • Go online for more information!
  • Contact: Payal Shah

September 2018

Grad Certificates

Did you know that as a DNP student you will have taken all courses required for the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Leadership? The required courses are: NURS 565, Information Management for Clinical Practice, NURS 576, Organizational Systems & Leadership, NURS 553, Practicum in Organizational Systems & Leadership, and NURS 591, Mixed Methods for Program Planning, Implementation & Outcome Evaluation.

If you are interested in receiving this certificate along with your degree, you will be required to apply for the certificate in a separate application than your application for degree and pay the $25 certificate application fee. The deadline for applying for the certificate is the same date as applying for your degree.

If you are interested in the other certificates in Nursing Education of Public Health, please check the Graduate student handbook or talk with your advisor to see if you have met the course requirements.

If you have any questions, please contact the graduate program office staff. Spokane, Yakima, Tri-Cities and Walla Walla students, contact Tami Kelley (kelleyt@wsu.edu) or Rychelle Wagner (rmwagner@wsu.edu); Vancouver students, please contact Adriana Thomas (Adriana.thomas@wsu.edu).

Influenza vaccines due October 1st!

If you choose not to get the vaccine, an Influenza Waiver Form must be signed annually if desired, but be aware signing a waiver may exclude you from placement at some clinical sites.

Updated flu vaccine options for this year are now available at most pharmacies, clinics, medical providers, and grocery stores.

• Spokane – Free Rockwood Flu Clinic with WSU Student ID
Wednesday, Sept 19th
3-6 PM
SEWC Lawn

• Vancouver – All currently enrolled students at WSU Vancouver can receive a flu vaccine for free.
They can come by Classroom Building room 160 or call 360-546-9238 to schedule an appointment with Health Services.
The vaccines provided free to students are HEP B, TDAP, MMR, Meningococcal, Varicella and flu.

Spokane Pain Conference Coming in November

Spokane Centennial Hotel (formerly Hotel RL)

Register online by October 31st

For more information, check out the accreditation information.

Washington State Association of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses Conference

AAPPN’s Spokane Master Class: “Navigating the complexities of Somatic Symptom Disorder”

Saturday, October 20, 2018

WSU Spokane Campus

CEs: 3.5 hours, including 2.5 pharmacotherapeutic hours – ANCC approval pending

https://www.aappn.org/programs/master-class-spokane/

Important Dates & Deadlines

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.

Save the Date Oct. 11!

The Spokane College of Nursing Career Fair is set for October 11th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Agencies will be set up on the first floor and in room 119. If you are in the Spokane area that day, come check it out!

DNP Program Day

DNP On Campus Program Days

For NURS 562, you will have face-to-face lab from 8:00 a.m. -11a.m. on the dates below.  This lab time will be spent practicing physical exam skills.  You will have to be at your home campus (Spokane, Tri-Cities, or Vancouver) on these dates:

  • 10/9/2018 (Tuesday)
  • 11/6/2018 (Tuesday)
  • 12/4/2018 (Tuesday)
  • In addition, a face-to-face final exam will take place sometime during Week 17 of class (December 10-14).  The exact date of the final exam may be different based on the home campus.  This date will be announced during the first week of class this fall.

Scholarships

College of Nursing

The College of Nursing provided more than $413,000 in scholarships to nursing students last year. Numerous scholarships have been established by donors, friends, and alumni who are committed to the education of Cougar nurses. You must be currently enrolled and taking courses as an undergraduate or graduate student at the WSU College of Nursing to be eligible to apply. We ask that you complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as part of the process (international and graduate students are exempt). The College of Nursing scholarship awards are granted bi-annually for fall and spring semesters only.

The scholarship portal will be open through Friday, September 28, 2018. You can apply online. If you apply for a spring 2019 scholarship, you will be notified of an award or decline by October 31, 2018.

For questions regarding the scholarship process, application, or awarding please contact: Deborah Blake, Assistant Director of Development & Alumni Relations, nursing.scholarship@wsu.edu, (509) 324-7339.

Graduate Scholarship in Cancer Nursing Practice

Application Deadline: November 1, 2018

The award provides support for students in programs of study that will qualify them to practice as an advance practice nurse with a specialization in oncology. This scholarship is available to graduate students pursuing a master’s degree in nursing or a Doctor of Nursing Practice. Students in qualifying post-master’s certificate programs may also apply. Applicants must be accepted to an accredited graduate nursing degree program and be licensed registered nurses at the time the scholarship begins. The program of study must be offered within an academic institution (non-profit only) in the United States that can award an advanced nursing practice degree with demonstrated integration of cancer nursing content, or the applicant must demonstrate previous advanced practice oncology nursing training. The student must be advised by a faculty member responsible for the oncology nursing content in the curriculum or program of study proposed for the applicant.

The annual scholarship stipend is $10,000, and includes subsistence and tuition expenses. Scholarships are awarded for a minimum of one and a maximum of two years of funding. Continued funding is contingent upon satisfactory progress in the graduate program as documented in the student report.

For more information about the scholarship—including instructions to join the call—consult the American Cancer Society website. Choose “Apply for a Grant” > “Grant Types”.

American Cancer Society Doctoral Scholarships in Cancer Nursing

Application Deadline: October 15, 2018

Doctoral Scholarships in Cancer Nursing provide support for study in a doctoral degree program in nursing or a related area that will prepare the graduate for a career as a cancer nurse scientist. Applicants must possess a current license to practice as a registered nurse, and be enrolled in or applying to an accredited doctoral degree program. Students must project a full-time program of study that integrates cancer nursing and provides evidence of faculty support. Awards are made for up to two years, with possibility of renewal based on satisfactory progress. The yearly stipend is $15,000 per year, which includes subsistence and tuition expenses.

For more information about the scholarship—including instructions to join the call—consult our web site: www.cancer.org/research. Choose “Apply for a Grant” > “Grant Types”.

Jobs & Opportunities

  • Check out the job postings updated frequently on the WSU site
  • 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.

Graduate Passport

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.

WSU Spokane has a contract with Rockwood to provide a number of health services to students for free. If you are a full-time student, your student health fee covers the cost. WSU Spokane Health Services webpage.

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.

Summer 2018

Important Dates & Deadlines

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.

Save the Date Oct. 11!

The Spokane College of Nursing Career Fair is set for October 11th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Agencies will be set up on the first floor and in room 119. If you are in the Spokane area that day, come check it out!

DNP Program Day

DNP On Campus Program Days

For NURS 562, you will have face-to-face lab from 8:00 a.m. -11a.m. on the dates below.  This lab time will be spent practicing physical exam skills.  You will have to be at your home campus (Spokane, Tri-Cities, or Vancouver) on these dates:

  • 8/21/2018 (Tuesday)
  • 9/11/2018 (Tuesday)
  • 10/9/2018 (Tuesday)
  • 11/6/2018 (Tuesday)
  • 12/4/2018 (Tuesday)
  • In addition, a face-to-face final exam will take place sometime during the week 17 of class (December 10-14).  The exact date of the final exam may be different based on the home campus.  This date will be announced during the first week of class this fall.

A Message from WSU Information Technology Services

After last summer’s successful upgrade of myWSU to Campus Solution 9.2 (CS 9.2), the ITS Enterprise Systems team is preparing to roll out several exciting myWSU CS 9.2 service enhancements to students, faculty and staff. The first major MyWSU enhancement coming your way is the Fluid User Interface (FUI). This aesthetic change will present users a redesigned homepage offering intuitive tiles for clear and efficient navigation within MyWSU, allowing information access in fewer clicks. The second major enhancement included within the new Fluid User Interface allows myWSU to be device aware. Users can log in on any device (laptop, tablet, or phone) and myWSU will resize and optimize the views presented to the user based on that device. More information

Scholarships

College of Nursing

The College of Nursing provided more than $413,000 in scholarships to nursing students last year. Numerous scholarships have been established by donors, friends, and alumni who are committed to the education of Cougar nurses. You must be currently enrolled and taking courses as an undergraduate or graduate student at the WSU College of Nursing to be eligible to apply. We ask that you complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as part of the process (international and graduate students are exempt). The College of Nursing scholarship awards are granted bi-annually for fall and spring semesters only.

The scholarship portal will be open from Monday, August 20 through Friday, September 28, 2018. You can apply online. If you apply for a spring 2019 scholarship, you will be notified of an award or decline by October 31, 2018.

For questions regarding the scholarship process, application, or awarding please contact: Deborah Blake, Assistant Director of Development & Alumni Relations, nursing.scholarship@wsu.edu, (509) 324-7339.

Graduate Scholarship in Cancer Nursing Practice

Application Deadline: November 1, 2018

Save the Date: Informational Call on September 10, 2018 at 3:00 pm EDT

The award provides support for students in programs of study that will qualify them to practice as an advance practice nurse with a specialization in oncology. This scholarship is available to graduate students pursuing a master’s degree in nursing or a doctorate of nursing practice. Students in qualifying post-master’s certificate programs may also apply. Applicants must be accepted to an accredited graduate nursing degree program and be licensed registered nurses at the time the scholarship begins. The program of study must be offered within an academic institution (non-profit only) in the United States that can award an advanced nursing practice degree with demonstrated integration of cancer nursing content, or the applicant must demonstrate previous advanced practice oncology nursing training. The student must be advised by a faculty member responsible for the oncology nursing content in the curriculum or program of study proposed for the applicant.

The annual scholarship stipend is $10,000, and includes subsistence and tuition expenses. Scholarships are awarded for a minimum of one and a maximum of two years of funding. Continued funding is contingent upon satisfactory progress in the graduate program as documented in the student report.

For more information about the scholarship—including instructions to join the call—consult the American Cancer Society website. Choose “Apply for a Grant” > “Grant Types.

American Cancer Society Doctoral Scholarships in Cancer Nursing

Application Deadline: October 15, 2018

Save the Date: Informational Call for Applicants and Advisors on
August 30, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. EDT

Doctoral Scholarships in Cancer Nursing provide support for study in a doctoral degree program in nursing or a related area that will prepare the graduate for a career as a cancer nurse scientist. Applicants must possess a current license to practice as a registered nurse, and be enrolled in or applying to an accredited doctoral degree program. Students must project a full-time program of study that integrates cancer nursing and provides evidence of faculty support. Awards are made for up to two years, with possibility of renewal based on satisfactory progress. The yearly stipend is $15,000 per year, which includes subsistence and tuition expenses.

For more information about the scholarship—including instructions to join the call—consult our web site: www.cancer.org/research. Choose “Apply for a Grant” > “Grant Types.

Jobs & Opportunities

  • Check out the job postings updated frequently on the WSU site
  • 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.

Graduate Passport

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.

WSU Spokane has a contract with Rockwood to provide a number of health services to students for free. If you are a full-time student, your student health fee covers the cost. WSU Spokane Health Services webpage.

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.

April 2018

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.

A Message from WSU Information Technology Services

After last summer’s successful upgrade of myWSU to Campus Solution 9.2 (CS 9.2), the ITS Enterprise Systems team is preparing to roll out several exciting myWSU CS 9.2 service enhancements to students, faculty and staff. The first major MyWSU enhancement coming your way is the Fluid User Interface (FUI). This aesthetic change will present users a redesigned homepage offering intuitive tiles for clear and efficient navigation within MyWSU, allowing information access in fewer clicks. The second major enhancement included within the new Fluid User Interface allows myWSU to be device aware. Users can log in on any device (laptop, tablet, or phone) and myWSU will resize and optimize the views presented to the user based on that device. MORE INFORMATION

Scholarships

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, 2018Apply now!

NLN Nursing Education Scholarships – Deadline: May 24, 2018

IENA Scholarship
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 jkaiser.iena@gmail.com

Jobs & Opportunities

  • Check out the job postings updated frequently on the WSU site
  • 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.

Graduate Passport

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/.

 

March 2018

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.

Clinical Placements

Deadlines to ensure contracts are in place:

  • Fall 2018 Placements – May 1, 2018
  • Spring 2019 Placements – September 1, 2018

Scholarships

Filipino Nurses/Health Care Professionals Association (FNHCPA) Scholarship Program
Program Description
Application Form
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

Apply now!

NLN Nursing Education Scholarships
Deadline: May 24, 2018

IENA Scholarship
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 jkaiser.iena@gmail.com

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!

  1. 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/
  2. 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
  3. 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

Dear Student,
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

Graduate Passport

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/.

February 2018

Important Dates & Deadlines

  • March 1 – Annual Reviews are due! Please contact your adviser to meet during the spring semester.
  • March 12-16 – Spring break
  • 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.

Clinical Placements

Deadlines to ensure contracts are in place:

  • Summer 2018 placements – before spring break
  • Fall 2018 placements – May 1, 2018
  • Spring 2019 placements – September 1, 2018

Scholarships

College of Nursing Scholarship Application

Don’t forget!!!  The WSU College of Nursing scholarship application portal will close on Friday, February 23, 2018 at midnight. Don’t miss this opportunity to apply for a fall 2018 scholarship! Visit the Scholarships page on the website for a link to the College of Nursing scholarship application for Fall 2018 funding. For questions, please contact Deborah Blake, Assistant Director of Development & Alumni Relations.

IENA Scholarship

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 jkaiser.iena@gmail.com

Jobs & Opportunities

Are you looking for opportunities to provide care in rural or under-served areas?
There are many positions, some of which offer loan repayment!

  1. 3 RNet is a national nonprofit network of members committed to matching healthcare professionals with rural and underserved jobs. The webpage provides you will 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/
  2. 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
  3. 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

Occupational Health Internship Program
Gain Hands-On Experience with Workplace Safety and Health Issues
Internship Dates: June 18 – August 17, 2018
Deadline to Apply: Friday, February 16, 2018
Paid Summer Internship Opportunity flyer

APP Oncology Fellowship
Application Packet – Due no later than February 23, 2018
Questions: APPFellowship@seattlecca.org

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.

Post graduate PMHNP Residency opportunity
Thundermist Health Center in Rhode Island Thun is offering a post graduate PMHNP residency program and they are now accepting applications. Applications are due March 15, 2018. Visit their website for more information.

Post Graduate Training Program Opportunity
The Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic has had a post-graduate training program since 2014. They have a total of five NP residents, two in our Salem clinic and three in our Yakima clinic. The 12-month residency has three precepted clinic components with experienced providers. This provides constant mentorship and guidance throughout the year as well as web-based weekly didactics. Attached is a flyer for your reference. Application deadline is March 26, 2018. » Download Information flyer

If you have questions, please call

Yurika Lopez
HR Program Coordinator
Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic
Tel: 509-865-6175 ext. 3944

Graduate Passport

Keeping your passport 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/.

 

January 2018

Welcome New and Returning Students!

Important Dates & Deadlines

  • February 19 – President’s Day Holiday; No classes – WSU open
  • March 1 – Annual Reviews are due March 1st! Please contact your adviser to meet during the spring semester.
  • March 12-16 – Spring Break
  • 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.

Clinical Placements

Deadlines to ensure contracts are in place:

  • Summer 2018 Placements – before spring break
  • Fall 2018 Placements – May 1, 2018
  • Spring 2019 Placements – September 1, 2018

Scholarships

College of Nursing Scholarship Application

Visit the Scholarships page on the website for a link to the College of Nursing scholarship application for Fall 2018 funding. For questions, please contact Deborah Blake, Assistant Director of Development & Alumni Relations.

IENA Scholarship

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 jkaiser.iena@gmail.com

Jobs & Opportunities

Occupational Health Internship Program

Gain Hands-On Experience with Workplace Safety and Health Issues

Internship Dates: June 18 – August 17, 2018

Deadline to Apply: Friday, February 16, 2018

Paid Summer Internship Opportunity

APP Oncology Fellowship

Application Packet

Due no later than February 23, 2018

Questions: APPFellowship@seattlecca.org

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.

Graduate Passport

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/.

 

December 2017

Happy Holidays ~

Congratulations to all of our

2017 Graduates!

WSU Closure

WSU will be closed Monday, December 25, 2017, Tuesday, December 26, 2017, and Monday, January 1, 2018, in observance of University Holidays.

December holiday reduced operations will be Wednesday, December 27, 2017 through Friday, December 29, 2017. Most university operations and services will be unavailable during this time.

From the DNP Program Director: Nurse practitioner clinical placements

Hello Students!  I hope you all are wrapping up your Fall 2017 semester nicely and looking forward to some down time over the holiday season. I am writing to you at this time as we are anticipating some challenges in the coming semesters with clinical placements. If you have been in clinical recently you already know how full our healthcare organizations are with students from all health science specialties and from programs all over the country. Because of this, I must remind all of you who are in a nurse practitioner track that, while we definitely want your input on where you think you will have a superb clinical placement, we cannot guarantee you will get the site(s) you request. Also, it is crucial that you understand that each of you will have to accommodate traveling for some placements at some point in your education with us.  We are a land grant University that is committed to reaching the smallest communities in the state. As part of that ideology, we want to be a part of addressing the rural health needs and these sites are desperate for us.  I truly understand the challenges this can create for families, work and your overall busy lives. I have been in your shoes too (even while working full time as this Director last Fall) but we must utilize all the placement opportunities we have. Please work carefully, and professionally, with our clinical placement coordinators as they make placement arrangements on your behalf (sometimes 20+ phone calls/emails to arrange 1 placement). Know that they truly have your best interests at heart but are working in an extraordinarily constrained system.

Foreign Service Medical Providers

Currently accepting applications for Foreign Service Medical Provider (MP) positions.

Foreign Service Medical Providers are Family Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants with family practice backgrounds. MPs assume the role of a primary care provider in diagnosing and treating patients and will be responsible for administering a full range of community health care services, including preventive health education for the official mission community.

All potential applicants are strongly urged to read the entire vacancy announcement to ensure that they meet all of the requirements for this position before applying. When you are ready to begin the online application process, visit USAJOBS. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is December 19, 2017.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and at least 20 years old to apply. They must be at least 21 years of age to be appointed. By law, all career candidates must be appointed to the Foreign Service prior to the month in which they reach age 60, except for preference eligible veterans. Applicants must also be available for worldwide service, and be able to obtain all required security, medical and suitability clearances.

If you have any questions or would like to search for topics of interest, please visit our forums or FAQs at careers.state.gov.

Dates to Remember

  • The first day of classes for spring semester is Monday, January 8th
  • Tuition waiver forms are accepted Monday, January 8th.  Email faculty who teach the courses you are planning to enroll in two weeks beforehand for the syllabi.

Clinical Placements

Deadlines to ensure contracts are in place:

Summer 2018 Placements – before spring break

Fall 2018 Placements – May 1, 2018

Spring 2019 Placements – September 1, 2018

Graduate Passport

Keeping your passport consistently current is mandatory regardless of what classes you are taking!  Prior to the beginning of each semester, log 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.  Out-of-compliance students will have a nursing hold placed on their student account and be unable to register until the passport is brought current.

WSU Graduate Passport forms, links and instructions are found on the WSU website: https://nursing.wsu.edu/current/admitted-students/.

CHAS Health Nurse Practitioner Residency Program in Spokane

Beginning in January we will open the application cycle to accept applications in anticipation of hiring three residents for next year’s program beginning in September. Please review the attached document if you are interested in the program.

Deadlines

November 2017

WSU College of Nursing Scholarships

WSU College of Nursing scholarship applications have been reviewed by committee and awards will be made in the next few weeks.  If you submitted a completed application, you will be notified of your award status via email the week of November 6, 2017.  Additionally, if you are offered a scholarship, the AcademicWorks system will require you to accept your offer(s) and provide additional personal information.

The Office of Development will provide clear communication regarding your status, so please look for an email from nursing.scholarship@wsu.edu!

ANCC 2017 Webinar Series

The November webinar will provide new graduate students with the steps to succeed in graduate nursing school. Topics will include:

  • Work effectively with your adviser to map out your program.
  • Set realistic, achievable priorities within the context of graduate school.
  • Smoothly re-acclimate to school and cope with the stress of this transition.
  • Achieve school-work-life balance.
  • Effectively navigate the clinical setting as an APRN student.

This webinar is free, live, and interactive. It is informational and contact hours will NOT be awarded.

Who should attend: Any RN who is enrolled in a graduate APRN program.

Requirement: Individual registration is required.

When: November 16th

Register Now

WSNA Scholarship

Scholarship Application

Graduate Passport

Keeping your passport consistently current is mandatory; regardless of what classes you are taking!  Prior to the beginning of each semester, log 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.  Out-of-compliance students will have a nursing hold placed on their student account and be unable to register until the passport is brought current.

WSU Graduate Passport forms, links and instructions are found on the WSU website: https://nursing.wsu.edu/current/admitted-students/.

Deadlines

October 2017

Graduate Passport – Who, What, Where, When, and Why

The WSU Graduate Passport is a group of immunization, certification, and training requirements that must be completed, documented, and kept current from the first day of enrollment through graduation from all WSU Nursing programs.  Passport requirements for WSU Nursing (and all Nursing colleges) are determined by a regional consortium, comprised of healthcare organizations, educational institutions, and other entities.  The consortia have several functions.  One important function is to determine “passport” requirements – a foundational set of pre-clinical requirements for nursing programs in the region.  The consortia reviews evidence-based data and best practices in the healthcare industry, making changes to passport requirements annually.

The goal of these requirements is to protect the health and safety of the student and the patients/staff the student is in contact with during their learning experiences at the WSU College Nursing.  WSU Nursing has contractual obligations with our healthcare partners/clinical sites to adhere to the passport requirements set forth by the coalition.

Keeping your passport consistently current is mandatory; regardless of what classes you are taking!  Prior to the beginning of each semester, log to the E*Value database, go to “Other Tasks”, then to “Person 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.  Out-of-compliance students will have a nursing hold placed on their student account and be unable to register until the passport is brought current.

WSU Graduate Passport forms, links and instructions are found on the WSU website: https://nursing.wsu.edu/current/admitted-students/.

Influenza

All MN/DNP students either need to provide proof of the influenza immunization or complete the influenza waiver form until they have access to the immunization so they remain in compliance at all times. The influenza was due October 1st.

Infection Prevent CME Series

Please see the attached flyer and direct any questions to Krista Loney at kloney83@ewu.edu.

NPHF Announces 2017-18 Scholarships

NPHF/Procter & Gamble 2017-2018 Community Service Endowed ScholarshipThis scholarship recognizes commitment to service and is awarded to an NP graduate student who is making a significant positive contribution in school, in the community, or in patient care.
NPHF/Procter & Gamble 2017-2018 Gastroenterology Endowed Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to an NP graduate student whose clinical and/or research interests are in the field of gastroenterology.

For more information, please visit our website and direct any questions to Pam Jenkins, MS, NP, Program Director.

Are You Interested in Research?

Do you think you might want to someday be a researcher or understand the research process better? Perhaps you are just curious to know more about the interesting topics being investigated at WSU College of Nursing and have a couple of hours a week to volunteer? If so, WSU College of Nursing has opportunities for you to get involved. There are many faculty members in need of dedicated students who are willing to volunteer as a research assistant.

Examples of areas being researched include: pain, addictions/drug abuse, online programs, police behavior, qualitative and quantitative research, and much more! If you are interested or would like more information on these and other research opportunities, please email Crystal Lederhos Smith at crystal.lederhos@wsu.edu

Deadlines