Rexanne Glockling (BSN ’81), BSN, RN
Infusion Nurse at Cancer Care Northwest
What makes a Cougar nurse is doing your best, putting the patient first, being a patient advocate, and knowing you are making a difference every time you go to work. This could be as a school nurse, hospital nurse, or working in a clinic. Nursing is the “Hardest Job You’ll Ever Love”.
Who is your favorite faculty and why?
Tina Bayne was a major factor in my career. She was one of the officers when I joined the Army Reserves, and encouraged me to apply to WSU ICNE. She was one of my counselors at ICNE also. She has always given support and encouragement while being a great instructor. I also was fortunate to work with and had instruction from Debbie Brinker while I worked at Deaconess. She is a very intelligent nurse and educator. It’s been exciting reconnecting with her as a clinical instructor at ICN. » More …
Jerome Santos (BSN ’10), BSN, BA, RN
Operating Room Nurse at University of Washington Medical Center
I am often given the opportunity to travel to different places and see the many faces of poverty. In March 2013, I went to Jakarta, Indonesia. Instead of treating it like a vacation coma, I opted to take the slum tour. My heart cried out when I saw how horrible their situation was like living beside a rail train with no access to clean food, water, education, and health. At that very moment, I felt that I was called to do something. After coming back, I went to the Global Health Conference in April 2013, which became a life changing opportunity to me. After listening to world-renowned doctors, social entrepreneurs, and other advocates of global health, my purpose was never made clearer than at that moment. » More …
Danica Parkin (BSN ’10, MN-FNP ’12), MN, ARNP
Tuberculosis Program Coordinator at Spokane Regional Health District
Who has been an important mentor in your career, and why do they deserve recognition?
There are two people who popped into my mind when I read this question: Robbie Paul and Sandra Schilling. Robbie is the Director of Native American Health Sciences at WSU. Robbie was so helpful while I was in school. She provided emotional support, but also made sure that I was doing okay academically. Sandra is a Family Nurse Practitioner who is currently at NATIVE Health of Spokane and was my preceptor for the majority of my family practice hours while earning my master’s. She is a great provider and a wonderful teacher. Both Robbie and Sandra deserve recognition because they are community- minded and are invested in bringing up the next generation. » More …
RN at Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center
In October of 2013 I traveled to Rwanda, Africa for the third time. While in Africa I assisted a team of doctors and nurses in changing the future of Rwanda. I was given the opportunity to be a part of Healing Hearts Northwest (HHNW); this team travels to Rwanda once a year and provides lifesaving open heart surgery. Those who receive surgery have suffered from rheumatic heart disease, caused from untreated strep throat. This disease is an inflammatory process that affects the valves in the heart. The patients who suffer from rheumatic heart disease often become disabled by the disease, having difficulty preforming life’s very basic task. As a member of HHNW, I assist the team by working in the immediate post-operative area, and recovering the patients as they come out of the operating room. In October 2013, I assisted in leading a seminar for the nurses at King Fisal Hospital, where the team operates. In this seminar we taught the nurses at the hospital about rheumatic heart disease, and care of the post- operative open heart patient. During my time in Rwanda I learned much about myself, others, and what sacrifice means. I left my heart in Rwanda, it belongs to the patients who forever changed who I am and will become, and for that I am eternally grateful to the people of Rwanda. — » More …
Austin Thomas (BSN ’11), BSN, RN
Critical Care Registered Nurse at Virgina Mason Hospital
Tell us a little bit about your career, what you are doing, and where you work.
I currently work at the Critical Care Unit at Virginia Mason Hospital as a staff nurse in downtown Seattle. We see all sorts of patient populations that include sepsis, transplants, neurosurgery, cardiac surgery, and anything that requires aggressive medical attention. I recently just finished my second year here as I started here as a new graduate. I also just applied for CRNA school. » More …
Niki Flemmer, (MN-FNP ’11), MN, ARNP/FNP-C, CNOR
ARNP at Adventist Health Surgical Specialists at Walla Walla General Hospital
What I am most passionate about is exploring and cultivating the patient-provider relationship. I, together with my Master’s Program committee, created an interdisciplinary framework for nurses and other helping professionals to create effective and therapeutic partnerships with their patients. The framework is called “Empathetic Partnership” and it is based on nursing New Zealand’s Cultural Safety, the Cultural Safety teachings of the late Dr. Irihapeti Ramsden, and the teachings of sociologist Dr. Brené Brown. We just finished writing a paper introducing the framework and it’s in the copyediting phase now. The Empathetic Partnership is something I’m very excited about and it’s something I would have never done without the help of Dawn Doutrich and Lida Dekker.
I am also the founder of The We Belong Project, an online resource and blog for women of sexual minority and those who care for them. It’s my intention for it to be a safe place for patients and providers alike to start and continue conversations about Cultural Safety, patient-provider relationships, health promotion, community, and self-acceptance.
What do you love about WSU College of Nursing?
I love WSU College of Nursing’s commitment to diversity and holistic learning. I also admire and appreciate the faculty and staff. WSU, in both my BSN and my MN program, had such kind, helpful, intelligent, and world-class scholars assisting me in my journey. I am honored to have attended WSU CON and am proud to be an alumni. My time at WSU was, and has been, one of the biggest gifts of my life. » More …
Tricia Carlton (MN APH-Ed ’13, RN-BSN ’08), MN, RN
Clinical Instructor at WSU College of Nursing
What was the best piece of advice you received during college that helped you graduate/go on to become a nurse?
Take one day at a time and to always remember that the person you are taking care of is not a ‘skill’ or a room number…they are someone’s mother, grandfather, parent, child, etc… That’s how I nurse and that’s how I teach. » More …
There is growing recognition that complex health issues are best addressed by interprofessional teams of health care providers. For the past few years, WSU has been providing opportunities for students from different health disciplines to learn and work together. A new grant-funded project is going to take this to the next level while improving care for patients with multiple chronic conditions who live in rural or medically underserved areas.
“This program is really going to let us build out our rural focus to an even greater degree,” said assistant professor of nursing Cindy Fitzgerald, the program director on the project. » More …