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Army medics in training

Army National Guard trains combat medics at WSU in new partnership

A new partnership between the Washington Army National Guard 161st Infantry unit and the Washington State University College of Nursing brought 30 combat medics to the college for two days of training over the weekend.

Working in the College of Nursing’s simulation lab, groups of medics rotated between practicing skills like starting IVs, giving injections, and inserting Intraosseous catheters. Then they participated in a hands-on patient care scenario in a Battalion Aid Station setting, treating a wounded soldier who was in an IED blast and fire fight, treating gunshot wounds and shock brought about by severe blood or fluid loss.

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Spokane Campus Pantry getting donations for Friday distribution and will gladly take more

Donations are piling up today for the Campus Pantry’s distribution at mid-day tomorrow after the distribution Tuesday to about 60 students left the pantry shelves nearly empty. Student managers are adjusting to the new semester and hadn’t planned the weekly shopping until after the Friday distribution, so without donations it was looking like there would not be much to distribute. » More …

Participants sought for Unity in Community parade Aug. 18

WSU Health Sciences Spokane will be participating in the 2nd Unity Parade that is part of the Unity in the Community event on Saturday, August 18.  Interested faculty and staff are needed to walk in the parade and show support for diversity in this region.

Line-up for the parade will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the intersection of Stevens Street and Spokane Falls Boulevard.  The parade begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. so everyone should arrive by 8:45 am.  If you are interested in participating or have questions, email Jim Mohr at The campus had a great contingent last year so … » More …

Volunteers needed for Unity in the Community

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.

Every year, WSU Health Sciences Spokane looks to its dedicated colleagues to help in volunteering for a … » More …

Michael Smith

WSU nursing student’s action at City Gate might have saved a life

A Washington State University nursing student in Spokane got a glimpse of his future recently. 

Michael Smith had been getting clinical experience each week at City Gate, a shelter and ministry serving homeless and low-income clients.

On that day, “We had a little table set up, and we were doing blood pressure screenings and such,” Smith recalled.

He tested one man, whose blood sugar was in the 500s, well over the normal range of 80 to 130, and whose blood pressure was about 200/170 – again, well over the guideline of 120/80.

“This was way overboard, dangerous,” Smith said. “I thought, ‘We need to … » More …