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WSU Nursing put Abel Saba’s long-held dream within reach

Abel Saba’s favorite thing at WSU Health Sciences Spokane is a painting of the campus titled “A Transforming Place.”

“I have been transformed,” he notes. “I came to WSU in 2015 as a nursing assistant, and as of today, six years later, I have my doctorate of nursing practice.” Saba graduated in May and is studying for his board exams to become a family nurse practitioner.

His WSU education is part of his long-term goal to transform his hometown in Burkina Faso, in West Africa, by building and operating a free health clinic. It’s not a stretch to think he’ll succeed, since he founded … » More …

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Study will look at health threat from heat, wildfire smoke, and power outages

Assistant Professor Claire Richards of the Washington State University College of Nursing will study the public health threat posed by the combination of wildfire smoke, extreme heat, and power outages.

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An important aspect of maintaining your mental health is through self-care.

Notebook with self care notes in it

An important aspect of maintaining your mental health is through self-care.

When you travel by plane with children, you’re instructed to put on your oxygen before assisting a child, if that need arises. What’s the reason for this? Simple: If you don’t take care of yourself before the child, you may be less able or unable to help the child.

In health care, we are frequently advised that we will not be fully present … » More …

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Reference book on nurse practitioner prescribing updated  

Having the authority to prescribe medications as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse includes a host of regulatory, legal, ethical and socioeconomic considerations that may not be emphasized in nursing programs.  

That was the genesis of “The Advanced Registered Nurse as a Prescriber,” edited by Louise Kaplan, Associate Professor at the WSU College of Nursing-Vancouver, and Marie Annette Brown, Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington School of Nursing. Now the two editors have come out with a second edition of the reference text, updated with chapters on global prescribing and on medical marijuana.  

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Pulse oximeters more useful in COVID screening for older adults  

People have become accustomed to having their temperature checked during the pandemic because fever is a key indicator of COVID-19.   

A new commentary by WSU College of Nursing Associate Professor Catherine Van Son and Clinical Assistant Professor Deborah Eti proposes that taking a temperature is a less useful indicator of infection in older adults and that a pulse oximeter be used instead. 

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Study looked at how nurses view touch as a form of care

Touching patients while providing care is an important and unavoidable aspect of the nursing profession. Nurses can also transform touch into a useful therapeutic tool to improve patients’ – and their own – wellbeing.  

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Kay Olson and Tri-Cities student group honored


An effort to mobilize WSU College of Nursing students and faculty to administer COVID vaccines to thousands of people has earned Teaching Associate Professor Kay Olson a WSU Health Sciences Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Award.

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DNP student lands competitive Genentech internship

Nurses have always been patient advocates.

So it should come as no surprise that Sarah Howard will be taking those skills, gained through bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from the Washington State University College of Nursing, to Genentech, one of America’s leading biotech companies.

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WSU graduate nursing programs ranked in top 40 nationally

Washington State University’s Master of Nursing-Population Health and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees are both ranked in the top 40 programs nationally in the latest U.S. News & World Report roster of graduate nursing programs, released today.