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Patricia Butterfield
WSU Spokane Receives Grant

Children’s Health Disparities Program Launched by Dean Emerita Patricia Butterfield, Chancellor Lisa Brown & the Spokane Teaching Health Clinic (STHC)

SPOKANE, Wash. – Healthy housing is the focus of a novel collaboration between Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane and its community neighbors, funded by a $100,000 grant from the Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund.

The “University-Community Partnership to Reduce Children’s Health Disparities” will foster student engagement, innovative practice at Spokane’s Teaching Health Clinic and research addressing healthy housing.

The project is inspired by WSU College of Nursing professor Patricia Butterfield’s research on substandard housing and environmental health risks.

“Our previous research, conducted in Montana and … » More …

Washington State University Tri-Cities College of Nursing Hires Campus Director

Debbie-Nogueras-webJune 2, 2015 (Richland, WA): Washington State University College of Nursing is pleased to announce it has hired Debbie Nogueras to serve as campus director for the WSU Tri-Cities College of Nursing.

A family nurse practitioner and nurse scholar, Dr. Nogueras previously worked as an Associate Professor at Northern Arizona University (NAU). While at NAU, she also served as the coordinator for the Doctor of Nursing Practice and Family Nurse Practitioner Programs. Dr. Nogueras was coordinator for the Center for Medicare Services demonstration project for graduate nursing education in advanced practice, one of five sites selected … » More …

Patricia Butterfield
Grant Money Will Help WSU Dial up Children’s Health

By Shanon Quinn, Daily News staff writer

Patricia ButterfieldWashington State University Spokane’s medical clinic is not expected to open for more than a year, but its first community health-related project has already begun, nursing professor Patricia Butterfield said Wednesday.

The project, University-Community Partnership to Reduce Children’s Health Disparities, is funded by a $100,000 grant from the Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund and will focus on identifying and reducing health risks in the home for families – and particularly children – in poverty.

“Every child has to sleep somewhere,” Butterfield said. “The safety of their home, the quality of … » More …

Brie Watkins
Q & A With Brianne Watkins

Brie Watkins
Brianna Watkins, (RN-BSN ’14) BSN, RN
Med-Surg/Acute Care Nurse, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA

Brianne earned her Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) in 2012 from Walla Walla Community College and then completed the RN-BSN program at WSU College of Nursing Spokane in 2014. Originally pursuing an education in apparel merchandising, she quickly realized a career in nursing would better suit her two passions: helping people in need and understanding all the intricacies of the human body. While at WSU, Brianne attended the … » More …

Obert Xu
Q & A With Obert Xu

Obert Xu
Obert XU, (BSN ’12) BSN, RN, CEN
Staff RN, Tacoma General Hospital Emergency Department, Tacoma, WA

Obert was born and raised in Australia until he and his family moved to Vancouver at age 10. He began his journey into nursing in high school where he attended the Running Start program and took his nursing prerequisites. He graduated from high school with his Associates Degree at the age of 17. He immediately began the BSN program at WSU Spokane, graduating in 2012, and he is … » More …

Mitra Rado
Q & A With Mitra Rado

Mitra Rado
Mitra Rado, (MN ’04, BSN ’94) MN, ARNP, FNP-C, AOCNP
Clinical Director, Columbia Basin Hematology & Oncology, PLLC, Kennewick, WA

Mitra began her nursing career in 1988 as a Licensed Practice Nurse. After earning her BSN and Master of Nursing degree from WSU, she started her career as a nurse practitioner at Hermiston Community Health Clinic. Although she loved her work, she decided to return to the practice she was most passionate for – oncology. Now she has a new role working with Kadlec … » More …

Mel Melmed
Q & A With Carey Melmed

Mel Melmed
Carey “Mel” Melmed (BSN ’97) MSN, MPH, RN, CHES
Public Health Director, Sophie Trettevick Indian Health Center, Makah Tribe, Neah Bay, WA

Mel began her nursing career as a Community Health Nurse with the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe. She always knew she wanted to focus on health promotion. Today, she is an avid volunteer and has served on the Clallam County Public Health Advisory Committee, Prevention Works! board, the Juan de Fuca Festival of Arts board, and the Neah Bay Chamber of Commerce. Her current … » More …

Deanna Jones
Q & A With Deanna Jones

Deanna Jones
Deanna Jones (BSN ’82) BSN, RN, CCRN
Cardiac Level 1 Coordinator, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane, WA

Deanna has enjoyed a career at Sacred Heart Medical Center for 32 years. She began her career working in the Neuro Unit and later moved on to the Critical Intensive Care Unit where she stayed for 25 years. In 2008, she took on a the role of Cardiac Level 1 Coordinator for a new program that allowed her to travel and work with small rural hospitals … » More …

Martin Schiavenato
Schiavenato Receives LSDF

Martin Schiavenato

Washington State University College of Nursing Associate Professor Martin Schiavenato received funding for his work around premature infant pain detection. “LSDF grants help commercialize major medical breakthroughs and attract private funding from external investors,” says LSDF executive director John DesRosier. “These new awards help move promising treatments and diagnostics more quickly from the lab bench to patients in need.” Dr. Schiavenato’s grant received $235,000 for work to be completed over two years beginning in August 2015. His focus is to develop a device that detects, measures, and continuously reports pain levels in infants … » More …

WSU Tri-Cities Valedictorian Mixes Online and Physical Classroom Courses to Create Ideal Work/School Balance

RICHLAND, Wash. – If it wasn’t for the WSU Tri-Cities’ unique nursing program schedule offerings, Melissa Hammack, this year’s class valedictorian and 4.0 grade-point average student, said earning her bachelor’s degree in nursing probably would not have been impossible.

Hammack said she earned her associate’s degree in nursing from Columbia Basin College, but desired to receive her full bachelor’s degree so that she could help even more people in the medical field.

“I knew I wanted to be a nurse since I was tiny,” she said. “I’ve always wanted to help people.”

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