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WSU revises RN-BSN to meet needs of nurses, community partners

More than 1,700 registered nurses who had a hospital diploma or an associate degree have been able to earn a bachelor’s degree because of the Washington State University College of Nursing.

WSU’s degree-completion program for working nurses – the RN-BSN – was introduced 30 years ago.

On this anniversary year, the program has a revised curriculum that makes the WSU RN-BSN program even more convenient for working nurses, at the same time it responds to the needs of community partners.

Changes add flexibility

RN-BSN Program Director Vicki Denson said feedback was solicited from hospitals and clinics, current and former students and faculty in developing … » More …

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Poison center calls about anti‑anxiety drug phenibut up sharply

Calls to U.S. poison centers about phenibut, an anti-anxiety drug sold on the internet, rose dramatically over the past decade, according to new research led by Janessa Graves, associate professor and associate dean at the Washington State University College of Nursing.

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Debbie Brinker named 2020 YWCA Woman of Achievement

Debbie Brinker has been named a 2020 Woman of Achievement by the YWCA of Spokane.

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Three WSU faculty named fellows of the American Academy of Nursing


Three Washington State University College of Nursing faculty will be inducted as Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing this fall.

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WSU study will use phone app to help people with asthma during wildfire season

Young people who have asthma will test a phone app to help them manage their condition during wildfire season in a Washington State University College of Nursing-led study that’s getting under way.

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Telehealth class added to nurse practitioner training

Nurse practitioner students at the Washington State University College of Nursing received special training this summer in seeing patients via telehealth.

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Research funding on the rise at the WSU College of Nursing

Research funding took another jump at the Washington State University College of Nursing last year.

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Cloth mask tested by WSU nursing faculty could offer more protection

Two faculty members at the Washington State University College of Nursing are testing a fabric mask made with a filter available at big-box stores as an alternative to sometimes-scarce N95 masks.

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DNP student lands Foley fellowship to study treatment policy

Nurses routinely use evidence to inform health care practice. More and more, nurses also use evidence to inform public policy.

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Marijuana use can worsen mental health for people with chronic pain

Marijuana can worsen depression, anxiety and cognition among people who use cannabis to help with their chronic pain, according to a new study. Negative effects increased with the amount of cannabis used, said the study, published recently in the journal Pain Management Nursing.