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Jim strain
Q & A With Jim Strain


Jim strainJim Strain (BSN ’73), MA-ABS, BSN, RN, ANCC Certification-Nurse Executive
Former Senior Director of Nursing, Sacred Heart Medical Center

What has been challenging about your nursing career and how has nursing changed during this time?

These past 40 years have brought numerous changes to the health care system as well as nursing practice. Technology at the bedside has seen remarkable changes such as bedside blood glucose testing, IV pumps, electronic thermometers, patient adjusted electric beds etc. are all taken for granted now as well as … » More …

Becky Doughty
PhD student selected for Providence Health Systems’ Mission Leadership Award

Becky DoughtyPhD in nursing student Becky Doughty is the recipient of a Providence Health Systems Mission Leadership Award, which is awarded by the Providence Health & Services Board of Directors to a program or project that demonstrates “extraordinary community-focused services that exemplify the mission.” Doughty received the award for her work to establish a transitional respite care program for homeless patients who are dismissed from the hospital but are not healthy enough to be back on the street. Working with Providence Health Care and Catholic Charities of Spokane, … » More …

Katherine Hawley
Q & A With Katharine Witter Brindley

Katherine Hawley

Katharine Witter Brindley (RN-BSN ’10), MSN, ARNP
RN at Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center

Katharine has been an attorney practicing in the areas of health law, risk management, and medical malpractice for more than 30 years. Being inspired by her mother, June Witter, a respected RN at Sacred Heart Medical Center, Katharine graduated Phi Beta Kappa from WSU in 1979 with her Bachelor of Science in nursing. She later went on to complete her law degree at Gonzaga University in 1984 while working at Sacred Heart. … » More …

Susan Fleming Publishes Book

Susan Fleming

By Alli Benjamin

SPOKANE, Wash. – Intricate birth stories of interest to midwives, nurses, doctors and students combine with rugged Seattle pioneer history and some fictional characters in a new book by Washington State University assistant professor of nursing Susan Fleming.

She will read from her first book, “Seattle Pioneer Midwife: Alice Ada Wood Ellis – Midwife, Nurse & Mother to All,” at 7 p.m. March 6 at Auntie’s Book Store in Spokane and 7 p.m. April 11 at University Book Store in Seattle.

Evolution of birthing practice

In the early 1900s, 95 … » More …

Leslie Randall
PhD Nursing Scholar in the News: Leslie Randall

APHA book details need, approaches to research in US Native communities – by Natalie McGil*

Leslie RandallIt has been nearly two decades since Leslie Randall, RN, MPH, participated in a research project measuring the infant mortality rate among American Indian tribes in South Dakota. Yet she said residents still remember her and her fellow researchers. “When I go back I’m constantly surprised that people still remember, even after all these years,” said Randall, who is now a doctoral nursing student at Washington State University.”They still remember, and they … » More …

three BSN students
Pediatric specialists advocate for vaccines

by Hannelore Sudermann | Washington State University

As the chief of pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital, Ken Alexander ’82 is no stranger to the measles, pertussis, or chicken pox.

He also works with children with HIV-related illness, pneumonia, and respiratory infections. He and his colleagues identify and treat infections caused by the typical viruses and bacteria as well as the little-known parasites and even fungi.

But when we sit down to visit near his offices on the north end of UC’s campus, Alexander wants to talk about something that isn’t a children’s disease at all.

Julie Postma
Community Project Targets Asthma

TACOMA, Wash. – Patient-centered research to improve the quality of life for those affected by asthma is one of five Washington state projects to receive funding recently from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, or PCORI.

The project will focus on developing strategic partnerships between individuals, families and communities affected by asthma and health care partners interested in promoting asthma prevention and management.

Barb Heimbigner
Q & A With Barbara Heimbigner

Barb Heimbigner
Barbara Heimbigner (BSN ’75), BSN, RN>
Nurse Educator at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital

Tell us a little bit about your career, what you are doing, and where you work.

I have done pediatric nursing throughout my 38-year career – from general peds, to PICU, to pediatric faculty, to working with children in 3rd world countries who had open heart surgeries. I am currently in the education department at PSHMC & Children’s Hospital where I oversee continuing education for the PICU … » More …

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