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Wake Up With Research features COVID research across the system
January 15, 2021

Wake Up With Research is a brain boost and breakfast hosted by WSU Health Sciences Spokane where researchers share science with the community. Learn from WSU Health Sciences researchers as they discover and untangle complex problems to enrich quality of life for us all.

The first Wake Up With Research is Jan. 27 from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. and focuses on COVID research across the WSU system.

Speakers include:

John Roll, PhD
Professor and Vice Dean for Research, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, Associate Vice President for Strategic Research Initiatives

Celestina Barbosa-Leiker, PhD
WSU Spokane’s Vice Chancellor for Research and Associate … » More …

Healthy WA Roadmap to Recovery
January 15, 2021

On January 8th the Governor announced the Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery which includes a regional approach to the phased recovery plan.

The Governor’s  Healthy Road Map to Recovery during Phase 1 & 2 strongly encourages remote work. Inslee announces “Healthy Washington–Roadmap to Recovery” | by WA Governor’s Office | Washington State Governor’s Office | Jan, 2021 | Medium

There are no changes to the WSU Return to Work processes Returning to a WSU Work Location – Human Resource Services, Washington State University   Remote work, whenever feasible, is the preferred option.
The Governor’s directives for higher education have not … » More …

Nursing Scope of Practice advisory opinion workshops scheduled
January 15, 2021

The Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission may issue advisory opinions in response to questions put to it by professional health associations, nursing practitioners and consumers concerning the authority of advanced registered nurse practitioners, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and nursing assistants to perform particular acts. The commission is developing, reviewing, or revising an advisory opinion concerning nursing scope of practice.

You are invited to participate in workshops to share information and solicit input through this process.

Web-based workshops will be held on Jan. 27 and Feb. 3. For more information and links to the Microsoft Teams meetings, visit Nursing Scope of Practice Advisory Opinion

Faculty: Please uploaded your syllabi to the syllabi warehouse
January 15, 2021

All faculty are asked to upload their course syllabi each term to our Syllabi Warehouse, located on our SharePoint online Intranet. It is important that all faculty upload their syllabi. We need these on file for accreditation. You can access and upload all syllabi at this link:

Please follow these instructions to upload your syllabi.

If you have questions or need assistance, contact Sarah Schaub at

Kiantha Duncan to speak at virtual MLK Day event
January 14, 2021

In honor of MLK Day, WSU Health Sciences wants to bring together community members from across the campus to celebrate and carry on Dr. King’s legacy. Please join a virtual event on Tuesday, Jan. 19 from noon – 1 p.m. for a campus-wide Keynote Event presented by Kiantha Duncan, NAACP President and community leader.

Duncan is an accomplished community builder and community organizer who has experience bringing people together to have challenging conversations and develop solutions for problems facing our region and our society. Among other roles, she currently serves on the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Terrain Arts Organization, Carl Maxey Advisory Board, and … » More …

Colleagues in the News
January 11, 2021

Dr. Lois James and Dr. Stephen James were both quoted in this article in The Spokesman-Review Sunday about law enforcement use of force in the Capitol riot.

In addition, Steve James will be interviewed by Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich Tuesday morning for the sheriff’s weekly podcast, Sheriff’s Report. You can find that episode once it posts at the Sheriff’s Report website.

COVID Vaccination opportunities around the state
January 8, 2021

Faculty and students:

We have been getting information about COVID vaccine opportunities around the state.  Here is the current information we have received, I have no doubt more opportunities will come and we are advocating for this wherever we can bend an ear.  At this moment the College of Nursing does not have vaccinations to offer students, faculty or staff

Tri-Cities: We are waiting to hear back from community partners. No information at this time.

Vancouver: An opportunity for vaccination is under development. Linda Eddy will be the contact ( once plans are in place.

Yakima: We are waiting to hear back from community … » More …

Blackboard Learn upgrade/outage announcement
January 7, 2021

Dear faculty,

Please note that your class may be impacted by the planned Blackboard outage.  Blackboard Learn will be unavailable for an upgrade from 2:30 p.m. (PST), Wednesday, January 13 until 6:30 a.m. (PST), Thursday, January 14.  This upgrade cannot be postponed nor rescheduled.

If you have classes or office hours over Zoom during this timeframe, please be aware that your students will not be able to log into Blackboard to join the Zoom meeting via the “JOIN” button.   As such, we recommend that you send your students the direct link for the Zoom meeting to your class via email.

After … » More …

Easier Process for Completing Employee Attestation using the “WSU Mobile” App
January 5, 2021

A much easier process for completing employee attestation using the “WSU Mobile” App – launched this week:

If you haven’t already downloaded and installed the WSU App, please do that first. You can downloading the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.
If you haven’t already logged into the WSU App, please do that next.
Open the App.
Locate the new Attestation tile. If you have previously customized the locations of the tiles in your App, the attestation tile may be located at the bottom of the list. Otherwise, it should appear at the top.
View your … » More …

TCU offering gerontological nursing symposium
January 5, 2021

Texas Christian University’s Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences is offering the Hogstel Gerontological Nursing Symposium in January. The event is free for students, with 4.5 contact hours available for faculty and others.

Students, faculty, family care partners, and community members are welcome.  Please email for an access code for free student participation.

When: Online, three Saturday mornings in January from 10:30am to 12:00pm (CST)

January 16:  Dr. Anne Basting, scholar and artist, will talk about ways to engage people with cognitive disabilities and dementia.

January 23:  Teepa Snow, Occupational Therapist and international educator on dementia, will share tips for caring during a … » More …