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WSU recruiting student participants for research study
July 16, 2018

We are conducting a research study that explores the experiences of students who are parents and/or students who are pregnant. We hope to use this information to aid college administrators, faculty, and staff to better support students who are parents and those who are pregnant.  We are emailing to ask if you would be interested in participating in a 15 minute survey. Participation is completely voluntary, and your answers will be anonymous. Complete information about our study can be found below. If you are interested in participating or have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can take the survey here.


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Mica Kondryszyn
Mercy Ships expanded Coug nurse’s skills and perspective
July 16, 2018

he Africa Mercy recently sailed from the port city of Douala, Cameroon, after a 10-month stay. Medical crew on board the world’s largest civilian hospital ship had performed more than 2,700 surgeries during that time and trained more than 1,400 people to provide health care. 

Sam and Rosemary Selinger’s gift supports project with Second Harvest
July 3, 2018

Rosemary and Samuel Selinger moved to Spokane in 1978, and if there’s one thing they’ve learned about their adopted hometown, they say, it’s this: small groups of people can make a difference. 

They learned it through Rosemary’s extensive board and volunteer experience with local nonprofits, and through Samuel’s work introducing Project Access and the Spokane Prescription Assistance Network to Spokane.

WSU smart-home research expanding
July 3, 2018

A pilot project led by WSU scientists that’s using smart-home technology for health care is expanding to other locations and uses.

Faculty researchers in nursing, computer science, and psychology have been testing the technology and processes at a retirement community in Spokane, in a project involving subjects who have a chronic illness.

That research has expanded to include sites in Beaverton, Oregon, and in Southwest Washington involving people with dementia. Additional projects are in the works for Parkinson’s research in Vancouver, Washington, and among people with multiple chronic illnesses in Australia.

Andrew Colburn with patient
Psych nurse practitioner degree will help student ‘serve the people who serve us’
June 18, 2018

As a nurse and commissioned officer of the U.S. Public Health Service, Andrew Colburn encountered veterans who were addicted to opioids, or had mental health conditions, or both. In many cases, the addiction was a result of treatment received for service-related injuries.
The experience changed his career trajectory, Colburn said.

He decided to pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree at the Washington State University College of Nursing, with the goal of becoming a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner working with the military.

“I want to serve the people who serve us,” he said.

Sleep and Performance Research Center looking for study participants
June 18, 2018

The Sleep and Performance Research Center is recruiting participants for two upcoming sleep studies:
1. Sleep Study

3-night, 4-day in-laboratory sleep study, pays up to $760
Must be healthy, non-smoker, 21-40 years old with normal sleep schedule
WSU IRB #16659

2. Sleep Study

4-night, 5-day in-laboratory sleep study, pays up to $710
Must be healthy, non-smoker, 22-40 years old with difficulty sleeping
WSU IRB #13174

Call 509-358-7751 if you are interested.

Volunteers needed for Unity in the Community
June 18, 2018

WSU Health Sciences Spokane will once again be at Unity in the Community on Saturday, Aug. 18. You can help showcase our campus to the community!

In its 24th year, the Unity in the Community festival will feature a health, youth, career and education fair, as well as booths from different agencies and community resources. In addition, a new Senior Area will provide information and resources to our senior citizens. The ever popular Cultural Village with performers and entertainment will also be a part of this year’s festival.

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Learner centered research mentoring free webinar
June 18, 2018

Thursday, June 28, 2018
1:00-2:00 PM

New researchers often face challenges in finding and focusing specific research questions. The path for a clinical problem or a personal interest to a specific researchable question is often a long journey. A mentor can help along the way. Everyone has the opportunity to be both a mentor and mentee. This webinar is designed to help you understand both roles in order to build productive relationships and complete successful studies.

Following this webinar, participants will be able to:

Identify more and less successful models of mentoring from their personal experience.
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Dawn Garzon Maaks
Dawn Garzon Maaks to lead national nurse practitioner association
June 18, 2018

Mental health is on Dawn Garzon Maaks’ mind as she prepares to become president of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners on July 1. 

Garzon Maaks, a clinical professor at the Washington State University College of Nursing in Vancouver,  knows that heading the 9,000-member professional association will give her a nationwide podium, and she plans to use it.