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Free CE Opportunites
October 28, 2020

We invite all faculty and preceptors to take the College of Nursing FREE continuing education courses. The courses were developed by content experts and are partially funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration. To date we have 5 free continuing education offerings.
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Call for Posters: Sigma Theta Tau Research Meeting and Induction 2020
October 28, 2020

Call for Posters:  You are invited to submit abstracts for a poster session at the Sigma Theta Tau Research Meeting and Induction 2020! Abstracts are due on or before 10/31/2020.

 The purpose of this meeting is to promote communication about nursing research, education, practice, and leadership in the community.  A poster session is a visual display of completed OR in-progress work. We will provide a mechanism to display your poster.

 Our virtual Research Meeting and Induction: Tuesday November 10, 2020 5 – 7:30 PM

 Who should submit an abstract? Presenters include nursing students, nurse clinicians, nurse researchers, scholars and SIGMA members. Both research and innovative projects … » More …

This week: Our Healthy Work Culture
October 27, 2020

Today’s thought:

Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found. – Eckhart Tolle

Join us each Wednesday from noon-1 on ZOOM for an informal get together/chat – all topics and everyone is welcome!  Enjoy your lunch and connect with others. Here is the link:

Each week our Healthy Work Culture committee will offer a thought for the day, and information about upcoming events. If you have something to contribute, please send them to Mike Lynch, at


Thumbs Up!
October 26, 2020

Susan and Heidi,
Thank you for all your support in getting our seniors onboarded for their Senior Practicum at Providence Sacred Heart, Holy Family and Deaconess. I greatly appreciate your help! – Stacy

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Zoom recordings to be stored for 9 months instead of 12
October 23, 2020

Beginning Friday, November 6, WSU Zoom recordings stored in the cloud will be automatically deleted 9 months after the date of creation. Additionally, recordings that are 9 months old or older will be automatically deleted at this time.

ITS is shortening this timeframe due to a dramatic increase in Zoom recordings in recent months and in order to better support the university community’s increasing videoconferencing activity going forward.

 ITS strongly encourages users to review and download their important recordings prior to November 6—especially those made before January 30, 2020, as they will be automatically deleted for being outside of the new 9-month retention … » More …

Workday Update
October 23, 2020

In preparation for Workday implementation, there will be several cut-off dates and blackout windows that will allow HR and Finance personnel to transfer existing records from the current “legacy” system to Workday. Please find attached a table listing the most common process transactions in the college, the last day that faculty and staff can submit for changes, and the day that transactions will resume in Workday.

If you have specific questions about your area, please contact appropriate personnel in the business office:

Grants: Ariana Evensen
HR/Payroll: Anita Martinez
Finance/Budget: Cynthia Smutny
Purchasing: Jeni Lutey, Sally Hasher

News of your Colleagues
October 22, 2020

Dr. Marian Wilson talks about mask-wearing with Dr. Universe:

Deans Mary Koithan and Mark Leid (College of Pharmacy) were profiled in the Spokane Journal of Business. Because that publication has a hard paywall, I’ve copied it here:

New colleagues step into deanships together at WSU

After spending more than the past two decades with their previous employers, Mary Koithan and Mark Leid each saw an ideal opportunity when they accepted their positions as deans at Washington State University’s Health Sciences Spokane campus.

Koithan, 64, left the University of Arizona, in Tucson, Arizona, where she’d spent 22 years, to become WSU’s College of Nursing … » More …

Launch of the Washington COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund
October 22, 2020

Dear Friends and Partners:

We are excited to announce that today the Washington COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund began accepting applications. The Washington COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund will distribute $1,000 per person (up to $3,000 per household) to Washington residents who are ineligible because of immigration status for federal stimulus funds or unemployment benefits.

To apply, individuals must be:

A Washington state resident, and
At least 18 years of age, and
Have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic (such as losing employment, being diagnosed with COVID-19, have had to care for a family member diagnosed with COVID-19) and,
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Team led by Dr. Denise Smart wins best poster award
October 20, 2020

A team of researchers led by Dr. Denise Smart won the Karen Reider Outstanding Poster Award in last week’s TriService Nursing Research Program virtual dissemination.

Dr. Smart’s poster was entitled “Understanding Exertional Heat Illness in the Military: Using Haddon’s Matrix”.

The study revealed key factors that put National Guard service members at risk for exertional heat illness in disaster response operations requiring all-hazards PPE.

Congratulations Dr. Smart and the rest of your research team!

Dr. Natsuko Wood seeks breastfeeding moms for study
October 20, 2020

Your colleague Dr. Natsuko Wood is still seeking participants for a study on breastfeeding relationships between mothers and babies.

Your sharing of the following information within your networks is greatly appreciated: 

Washington State University College of Nursing is conducting a study to enhance the assessment of breastfeeding relationships between mothers and babies.

We are seeking breastfeeding mothers who:

Have started breastfeeding after childbirth
Are breastfeeding the baby directly on the breast
Have a healthy, full-term, single baby
Are 1-12 weeks postpartum
Are staying at home with their baby and have not yet returned to work/school
Can speak, write, and … » More …

CIPHERS launches visiting professor series
October 20, 2020

The Collaboration for InterProfessional Health Education Research & Scholarship (CIPHERS) Visiting Professor Series hosts Dr. Grace C. Huang on Tuesday, November 3 for the official “Launch” of CIPHERS.

“What it Takes These Days to Publish in Medical Education: Cultivating Scholarship from Seeds of Ideas” featuring Grace C. Huang, MD

When: Tuesday, November 3, 12:10 p.m. – 1:25 p .m.

P.S. A related workshop for interested faculty will follow on Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 (watch for the invite).

Watch on Zoom

Dr. Grace C. Huang is an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and a hospitalist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) … » More …

In case of Emergency Documentary
October 16, 2020

Happy Emergency Nurses Week!

Filmmaker Carolyn Jones has released her latest movie about nurses, In Case of Emergency. This is a powerful film that documents the work of ER and trauma nurses from both before and after the pandemic.

In honor of Emergency Nurses Week, the film is available to view for free for a limited time, and can be accessed at Please feel free to share with your colleagues, and enjoy!

Workday Training Announcement
October 16, 2020

Hello College of Nursing Faculty and Staff,

For several months you have been hearing of the implementation of Workday, the university’s new cloud-based application that will serve as our primary finance and administration, human resources, post-award grants management and payroll system.  Workday will take on and merge the bulk of the business processes performed by the current mainframe finance and administration system, AIS.

Workday will start on January 1st and will affect all WSU employees.  All our usual paper and processes for Leave Reports, Travel Authorizations, Expense Vouchers, Purchasing, Benefits and HR, and post-award tracking for grants will disappear and be replaced with Workday alternatives.  … » More …

MyResearch Database training/refresher – choose from two dates/times
October 16, 2020

Friday, October 23, 9-10 a.m., via Zoom

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, or Android:
Meeting ID: 953 2048 8970
Passcode: 949068

Friday, October 30, from 1-2 p.m., via Zoom

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, or Android:
Meeting ID: 941 9482 7420
Passcode: 280200

Dust off your MyResearch database navigation skills and learn how to review your grant budgets in time for any major changes prior to Modernization’s upcoming freeze dates. Ariana Evensen, WSU College of Nursing (Spokane) grants and contracts manager, will be hosting a training session on the use of the WSU Office of … » More …