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A day in the life
A Day in the Life – Martin (Nurse Scientist and Nurse Educator)
Hearts in Motion Trip 2014
Hearts in Motion Trip Reflection

Hearts in Motion Trip 2014I had the privilege of spending 12 days in Guatemala over Spring Break 2014. This trip was through WSU in conjunction with a service group called Hearts In Motion (HIM). We traveled to Zacapa, Guatemala where we served local villages in clinical settings and did surgeries in a privately owned hospital in the area. It was an amazing experience and has led me to understand the importance of service as well as the love and gratitude for people … » More …

Spokane BSN Students Attend Rockwood Diabetes Day

Spokane BSN Students Attend Rockwood Diabetes Day

Diabetes Day volunteers 2014We had a great representation of WSU College of Nursing Spokane students at the Rockwood Diabetes Day, an educational program promoting diabetes self-management for patients, their families and the general public. Students enjoyed themselves and did a great job with the screenings. They were professional, articulate, and provided very appropriate education, and the participants really enjoyed the nursing students. By participating in this event, students met part of Objective #4: teaching as they were having to … » More …

Nursing Pathways high school students
Nursing Pathways Health Conference At College Of Nursing Tri-Cities

Nursing Pathways high school studentsWSU College of Nursing Tri-Cities held the Nursing Pathways Health Conference on Friday March 21, 2014. The purpose of the conference was to stimulate outstanding high school students interest in pursuing nursing and health related careers by allowing them to meet and learn first-hand about the work of local health professionals. The goal was that student participants would leave with a greater interest in pursuing a career in nursing and health care. Students had the opportunity to experience the nursing simulation lab, … » More …

Audrey Humfeld
WSNA Nurse Legislative Day Reflection

Audrey Humfeld
Adrienne Humfeld BSN Program Yakima

Prior to attending this session, I really didn’t understand the need for our help to pass certain legislation. After seeing the speakers talk about issues that are clearly necessary for the welfare of both nurses and patients, and seeing the statistics on how healthcare continues to change, it was as if all the pieces fell together. After meeting with our representatives who really didn’t see the need for our legislation, it was disheartening, but also reinforced that I … » More …

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 …

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