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  • group shot in classroom Peru blog, Day 4: nurses’ motivation is universal

    By Rachel Person, WSU College of Nursing student

    Botanical Gardens and Vocational Nurse’s College 

    For the first half of our day, we visited a botanical garden where various plants were being grown for traditional medicinal purposes. We were greeted by a guide who took us around the garden and showed us samples of the plants to either smell or taste.

    Some of the plants and trees were familiar such as cilantro, mint, vanilla, and rubber. Others were not. We were introduced to Guianensis, which is known to stimulate the immune system and is therefore used to treat diseases like cancer. Achiote was a round fruit with a spiky outer shell … » More …

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  • portrait Melody Rasmor named Washington’s nurse practitioner of the year

    Melody Rasmor, clinical assistant professor at the WSU College of Nursing-Vancouver, will be honored by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as a leader in the profession in Washington.

    She’ll receive the AANP Nurse Practitioner State Award for Excellence at the organization’s national conference in June.

    Rasmor has been a family nurse practitioner since 1982, a time when the profession was on the rise but still not widespread. She was a school nurse but felt like she needed more education to do her job better, she said.

    “It was a pioneer kind of role then,” she said recently.

    After becoming a nurse practitioner, she went … » More …

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  • portrait DNP grad found that group medical visits were useful in treating chronic pain

    Imagine being a nurse practitioner serving patients in a county that’s larger than Rhode Island, but has just 5,300 residents and one medical clinic.

    In the West, that’s the reality – and the challenge – for many rural healthcare providers.

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  • speaking at a podium Opioid use disorder affects women differently than men

    We’re accustomed to hearing about America’s opioid epidemic as if it’s monolithic, but there are striking differences in how opioid use disorder affects men and women.

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  • group shot in a classroom Course helps WSU Health Sciences students treat patients who use opioids

    Any health care provider in Washington is likely to encounter patients who use opioids, either legally prescribed or illegally obtained.

    Caring for those patients takes teamwork and communication – skills that now are being taught to students in the medicine, pharmacy and nursing programs at WSU Health Sciences.

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  • Portrait of Teresa Bigand Cannabis research honored at grad-student expo

    Portrait of Teresa Bigand

    A research study led by Teresa Bigand, who’ll receive her PhD from the WSU College of Nursing next month, was honored at a graduate-student research expo in Pullman recently.

    Bigand’s study explored the effects of cannabis on people who use opioids for pain.

    It was awarded a second-place finish in the Medical and Life Sciences category at the Graduate and Professional Student Association Research Exposition. There were 192 submissions to that exposition, with 80 research projects accepted for … » More …

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Addy Hatch
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