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Rachel Gunning

Rachel Gunning: WSU alum, NICU nurse, card game inventor

Rachel Gunning has been a NICU nurse in Spokane for three years. Now she has a Kickstarter campaign to launch a card game.

The first thing isn’t the cause of the second. It’s not like she’s disillusioned with nursing.

But the card game may make her a better nurse.

Gunning, a 2014 WSU College of Nursing graduate, explained: “I love my nursing job. But you have to fill your cup on your days off so you can give the very best care possible to your patients.”

The idea for the card game arose last summer. For nearly 50 years, her big, far-flung family has gathered … » More …

Bloomsday winners from the Wellness Camp on Tuesday

Congratulations to the following for winning College of Nursing shirts to wear during Bloomsday and/or free registration for Bloomsday this year!

Renae Richter – registration and shirt
Janet Purath – shirt
Brittni Jones – shirt
Tamara Kelley – shirt
Teresa Bigand – shirt

Please note:  There is 1 more shirt available. If you will be running in Bloomsday and want to wear a WSU College of Nurisng shirt to represent the college, contact Bethany Fruci: 509-358-7837 |


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 …

Naomi lungstrom teaching class

Naomi Lungstrom serves as medical expert in lawsuits

After serving as a medical expert in more than 70 lawsuits, Naomi Lungstrom knows there are a lot of ways health care can go wrong.

The clinical assistant professor at the WSU College of Nursing lends her expertise to legal teams across the Western U.S. and in Hawaii. She’s hired by lawyers for both plaintiffs and defendants to evaluate charts and medical histories. » More …

Dean Griffin-Sobel announces personnel moves

Dr. Lisa Day has been named Vice Dean for Educational Innovation. Dr. Day is leading an initiative to review and update undergraduate curriculum at the WSU College of Nursing. Previously she was an associate professor at the Duke University School of Nursing in Durham, North Carolina, and was named a Macy Faculty Scholar in 2013. Her scholarship includes a focus on interprofessional education. » More …

Sarah Fincham

Misconceptions about HPV impact decisions

Sarah Fincham is quoted in this article in the Daily Evergreen.

In an episode of the HBO show “Girls,” Hannah, the main character, visits the doctor and finds out she has human papillomavirus. She becomes hysterical and tells everyone that she has pre-cancer.

While the reaction was dramatized for television, Hannah isn’t the only one who has some misconceptions about HPV.

Sarah Fincham, a clinical assistant professor in the WSU College of Nursing, said the virus is much more common than many people realize. » continue reading