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Amanda Lennick
Remembering WSU Alumna Amanda Lennick

Amanda LennickAmanda Lennick, WSU College of Nursing Tri-Cities Alumna and nurse at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Washington, suddenly lost her life on March 22, 2014 in the Oso, Washington mudslide. The tragic mudslide occurred just one week after closing on her new home on East Steelhead Drive along the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River.

She fell in love with her new home right away and spent weekends walking the area and getting to know her future neighbors, even before closing on the property. Amanda’s friends said the new home was exactly what she … » More …

Q & A With Maria Castillo

Maria Castillo
Maria Castillo joined Washington State University College of Nursing Tri-Cities in the fall 2010 and currently is a nursing instructor. She is originally from Kennewick, WA, and her nursing career has spanned more than 20 years, working in both pediatric and adult ICU nursing.

Why did you choose nursing as a profession?

At a very young age, I saw nursing as a tool in which I could inspire and touch people’s lives. Sick people, sad people, and healthy people to strive to become better. Nursing is the greatest profession to touch the spirit, … » More …

Strong, Brave, and Intelligent

Robbie Paul’s article “Strong, Brave and Intelligent” was recently published in the American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) magazine. To view or subscribe to the online magazine, visit the AIGC website.
Robbie Paul

By Robbie Paul

My name is Robbie Paul. I was born and raised on the Nez Perce Reservation in Craigmont, Idaho. I am a wife, mother, grandmother and auntie. My life’s journey has been full, challenging and rewarding. I was the 4th of 5 children and lived with my family on a ranch on the Camas Prairie. My mother was Maxine … » More …

New Nursing Transfer Agreement

WSU College of Nursing faculty are working with state leaders to support streamlining RN-BSN transfer programs between state community colleges and universities. This is an important step to help the state attempt to create a more seamless pathway for Registered Nurses to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
OLYMPIA — In a move to boost the number of nurses with bachelor’s degrees in Washington, the community and technical college system and four-year universities have reached a landmark agreement to create a shorter, smoother process for students to achieve the degree. A new statewide Associate in Nursing transfer agreement standardizes the way credits are … » More …

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 …

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