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Beth Schenk
College of Nursing Hires Sustainability Expert

Beth SchenkNewly-created position aligns with college’s vision to lead practicing, educating, and researching environmental healthcare practice

Washington State University College of Nursing is pleased to announce it has hired Beth Schenk, PhD, MHI, RN as Providence-WSU Nurse Scientist in a shared appointment with Providence Health & Services St. Patrick Hospital.

Carla Brim
Q & A With Carla Brim

Carla Brim

Carla Brim, (MN ’06), RN, PHCNS-BC, CEN
Clinical Improvement Manager

Carla Brim is the Clinical Improvement Manager for emergency services and medication safety at Peace Health System in Vancouver, Washington. Although her first degree was in chemistry and she enjoyed her career as a bench chemist, she realized she wanted to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse. In 1996, she returned to school to earn her Associate in Nursing Degree from Lower Columbia College in Longview, Washington. After working as a staff … » More …

Manuel Orbana, DNP graduate
DNP Student Manuela Orban

Manuel Orbana
DNP Student Manuela Orban Evaluates The Effectiveness Of Clinic Weight Loss Program

On her first day of class as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) student in Southern California, Manuela Orban knew it was a stepping stone degree.

“I’ve always known I wanted to be a Nurse Practitioner,” Manuela said. “And I wanted a terminal degree. In reviewing my graduate program options, the DNP was the best fit so I could gain the skills and knowledge to teach and provide patient care, while … » More …

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WSU Team Studying Hookah Addiction

Hookah AP photo

By Daniel Moore – The Spokesman-Review

It’s worked with cigarette smokers, drug addicts and children who stutter. Researchers at Washington State University hope it can help wean people off hookah.

This summer, the WSU College of Nursing is spearheading the first known study of addictive behavior related to use of hookah, the popular water pipe. The five-week study poses the question: How is quitting hookah different from quitting cigarettes?

Kawkab Shishani, assistant nursing professor and lead researcher for the study, already knows there are … » More …

Heather Schoonover
Q & A With Heather Schoonover

Heather Schoonover

Heather Schoonover (MN ’06), MN, RN, PHCNS-BC
Director of Professional Practice

Heather Schoonover is the Director of Professional Practice at PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center in Longview, Washington. She began her nursing career as a Licensed Practical Nurse after attending an associate degree program. Soon after starting her nursing career she decided to continue her nursing education and enrolled in the BSN program at WSU followed by the Master of Nursing program. She graduated from WSU College of Nursing Vancouver in 2006 with a … » More …

2014 Peru group
BSN Students Travel to Peru for Course in Global Health Care

2014 Peru group

By Bailey Dill

The 82-year-old woman came to the clinic in Iquitos, Peru, complaining of blurry vision, headaches, and arthritis pain. Through a series of health history questions, WSU College of Nursing BSN student Olivia Cline discovered that not only had the patient dealt with these issues for two months, she had also been grieving the loss of her husband who passed away just before the onset of her symptoms. Cline provided the patient with pain medication, new eye glasses, and some much needed … » More …

Jeff Schlit
DNP Student Jeff Schilt

DNP Student Jeff Schilt Working on Sun Safety Education for Adolescent Patients
Jeff SchlitWhen Jeff Schilt was only 21-years old, he received news that shook him to his core.

“We had been talking about moles in one of my nursing classes, and I noticed one on me that did not look right. I had it checked out, and it was an early stage melanoma. At that age, I thought I was indestructible. That was not the case,” Jeff said.

This situation was the tipping point for what … » More …

TC seniors center
WSU Program Links Nursing Students to Seniors

TC seniors centerNursing student Tiffany Ashbaker was happy with 79-year-old Paul Morrison’s blood sugar, but wanted to keep an eye on his blood pressure after it tested a little high.

By Veronica Sandate Craker

“When the nurse took it (the other day) it was 136 over 80. It was beautiful,” Morrison told Ashbaker, a nursing student at Washington State University Tri-Cities.

Ashbaker was happy to hear that and suggested they rest for a second before trying it again.

Ashbaker and Morrison meet every week as part of a collaboration between Meals on Wheels and the … » More …

Robbie Paul
WSU’s Paul Seeks to Empower Native Americans with Careers in Healthcare

Robbie PaulSPOKANE, Wash. – When Robbie Paul first joined Washington State University almost 20 years ago, it was the beginning of a journey that led her to a PhD, a new-found belief in herself, and a mission to inspire and empower others to pursue higher education.

A member of the Nez Perce Tribe, Paul joined the WSU College of Nursing in 1995 to head up Native American recruitment and retention, including efforts to plan and organize a two-week summer camp program for Native American high school students interested in pursuing nursing careers. That program has since … » More …

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