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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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Zach Smith

Coug Nurse channeled schedule problem into tech startup NurseGrid

As a bedside nurse for six years, Zach Smith knew the frustration of keeping track of his ever-changing work schedule. He and his wife, a fellow graduate of the Washington State University College of Nursing, would text each other lists of their upcoming shifts.  

“It was really ineffective,” says Smith, BSN ’09.

So when a friend said he was thinking about building a free scheduling app just for nurses, Smith joined on as a founding member of NurseGrid. » More …

Andrew Colburn with patient

Psych nurse practitioner degree will help student ‘serve the people who serve us’

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. » 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 …

Latoyia-Butler

WSU’s largest-ever DNP class improves healthcare in myriad ways

The WSU College of Nursing will graduate 33 Doctor of Nursing Practice students this spring, its largest-ever DNP class. 

Most of those 33 students will become family nurse practitioners, psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners, or will take on leadership roles in public health, public policy, or health care administration.

Before they graduate, however, they all had to complete a final project. They were tasked with investigating an area of nursing practice, a health care delivery system, or a policy issue, and using scientific evidence to improve practice or patient outcomes. » More …