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Bill would expand SANE training in Eastern Washington

Gathering physical evidence of sexual assault or abuse in the ER takes specialized training.

A bill introduced recently in Olympia would authorize the WSU College of Nursing to offer that training to nurses in rural and under-served areas in Eastern Washington.

Forensic nurse examiners need to know how to collect and preserve evidence for possible future legal action while treating the victim sensitively. The training program is called SANE, for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, and it typically involves 40 hours of class instruction plus hands-on clinical skills training.

“It’s been harder to get SANE training in Eastern Washington than it has in Western Washington, even … » More …

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Spread the word, Healthy People + Healthy Pets is back

The WSU College of Nursing and the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine will hold their third Healthy People + Healthy Pets clinic on Feb. 22 in Spokane.

The clinic offers free immunizations, health screenings and simple treatments for homeless and low-income people and their pets, thanks to students, faculty, and the support of organizations like the MultiCare Community Partnership Fund and the Denice Murphy Community Nursing Endowment.

Please help us spread the word:

Location: WSU Veterinary Specialty Teaching Clinic, 218 E. Spokane Falls Boulevard (WSU Health Sciences Spokane campus) 

Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. , no appointment needed

Services: Immunizations, health screenings, simple … » More …

Girma Admasu, DNP student: “I know how it feels not having enough health care”

When Girma Admasu graduates from the Washington State University College of Nursing with his Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, he’ll have the skills and knowledge to become a family nurse practitioner, one of the most sought-after health care professions in the nation. 

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WSU nursing students practice advocacy in Olympia

About 75 students from the Washington State University College of Nursing learned more about advocacy and government Monday in an annual event sponsored by the Washington State Nurses Association. 

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Dialogue circles help build bridges between nursing students and communities of color

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Communication between a nurse and a patient carries assumptions and beliefs on both sides.

When that nurse is a student and the “patient” is the leader of a racial or ethnic minority group, the barriers to effective communication can be high. 

Nurses are an important voice on medications committees



If nurses want a larger role in health care policy, they need to increase their numbers on boards and commissions. 

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WSU nursing, pharmacy students vaccinate nearly 800 people

Nearly 800 children and adults in Spokane County are protected against flu, chickenpox, measles, shingles and other illnesses thanks to students and faculty at Washington State University Health Sciences. 

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Community partners part of the lesson plan at WSU Health Sciences  

Health sciences students at Washington State University are learning leadership and service in Spokane’s East Central neighborhood. 

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Congratulations December grads!

December 2018 graduates of the WSU College of Nursing received their nursing pins at the college’s Convocation ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 6. 

Concussion laws need adjustments, new analysis shows

In 2009 Washington became the first state to pass a law requiring that young athletes be cleared by a healthcare provider to return to play after a concussion. In the next few years all states passed similar laws as awareness of the danger of sports-related concussions grew. 

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