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Category: Community & Outreach

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 …

Spokane campus pantry having food drive competition this week

Interested in helping stock the Campus Pantry and donating to your favorite student group at the same time? There’s a fierce competition occurring this week between students in the different disciplines to see who can gather the most donations for the Campus Pantry. The winner will get the Campus Pantry Traveling Trophy, says Brajee Green, an NEP student and this year’s pantry president.

Each of the disciplines have collection boxes in their respective classroom buildings but a box for each group is also in the SAC Lobby.

The pantry is most in need of brown rice, whole wheat paste, spaghetti sauce, dried beans, canned bean, … » More …


Suicide-awareness training intensely personal for WSU nursing students

Jessica Goodeill, left, and Teresa Kuhnkey, right, talked about suicide with 8th-graders at Deer Park Middle School. Photo by Sarah Schaub. 

Suicide was the subject when two WSU College of Nursing students visited an 8th-grade class in Deer Park recently. 

“I have a daughter in 8th grade,” nursing student Jessica Goodeill told the class. “She was having suicidal thoughts, but luckily we were able to work through it.”

Teresa Kuhnkey said she wasn’t so lucky; her daughter, a high school student, attempted suicide. “She spent a little time in the hospital and she’s doing much better,” Kuhnkey told the class.

They had the 8th-graders’ attention. » More …

Students from Oroville and Tonasket, Washington, visited the WSU College of Nursing as part of the Upward Bound program.

Upward Bound brings Okanogan County students to the College of Nursing

Nursing student Jasmine Sharifi demonstrated how to peel open a sterile pack of swabs and flip them forward onto a mat.

“You’re trying to flip them into your sterile field without crossing over it,” she explained, adding, “the first time I did it they flew across the sterile field and hit my partner.” 

About 10 students from Oroville Middle-High School and Tonasket High School practiced the flipping technique with various objects, then worked with IVs – using golf tees instead of needles – during a visit to the WSU College of Nursing Tuesday. » More …

Pet drive

Pet Supply Drive

We have an urgent need for donations of new or gently used pet supplies to distribute to homeless and low-income pet owners at a Healthy People + Healthy Pets clinic in late January.
The clinic is sponsored by the WSU College of Nursing and the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine, and will provide health screenings and vaccinations for pets and their people.
We’ve been told to expect 98 percent dogs and 2 percent cats, and that dog sizes are mostly either large (like pit bulls) or very small (like chihuahuas).


Bags of dog food – large bags that can be divided … » More …