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Q & A With Lori Brown

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Lori Brown
Assistant Professor

Where are you from?

Milwaukee, WI originally—but all over since high school.

What nursing site do you work at?

Spokane campus.

Who or what inspired you to become a nurse?

My uncle contracted AIDS and was dying. My grandmother, who was one of the most important people to me, was experiencing the death of a child—not okay. The home health nurse caring for Uncle Bob was so patient and giving with my family. She cried with my grandmother and helped her to express the overwhelming grief. She stood with … » More …

Denise Smart
Grant helps injured employees get back on the job

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By Kevin Dudley, WSU Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. – A nursing professor at Washington State University Spokane has developed materials to save time and money for employees, employers and the state’s Department of Labor & Industries (L&I).

Getting individuals who have a job-related injury or illness back to work as soon as possible was the goal of the state Safety and Health Investment Programs grant awarded to Denise Smart in the College of Nursing.

Q & A With Celestina Barbosa-Leiker

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Celestina Barbosa-Leiker
Assistant Professor – Spokane

Celestina Barbosa-Leiker is an Assistant Professor and joined the faculty at WSU College of Nursing in 2010. Her primary research interest is in examining the roles of mental health and other psychosocial variables in relation to substance abuse, cardiovascular disease, and other adverse health outcomes to determine how these relationships may differ across urban, rural, and at-risk populations.

Why did you choose to work at WSU College of Nursing?

My PhD is in Psychology, and the first time I came to the Nursing building and saw all … » More …

Alumni Event 2014
Celebrating 45 Years of Nursing

Alumni Event 2014More than 150 alumni gathered to celebrate nursing with former nursing leadership, students, faculty, and nursing friends. The college is pleased to share memories from the event and stories from our alumni. We hope you’ll enjoy them too!

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Q & A With Jo Ann Dotson

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Jo Ann Dotson
Assistant Professor – Spokane

Jo Ann Dotson is an assistant professor in the College of Nursing. Her nursing career includes inpatient and outpatient staff and leadership positions in maternal child health settings. She has lived all over the U.S. but she is most recently from Montana where she was a nursing facutly member at Montana State University and Carroll College for 12 years, and a public health administrator at the state health department for 20 years.

Why did you choose nursing as a profession?

I don’t know if I chose … » More …

Siimulation at the Davenport
Association of Nurse Anesthetists Partners with WSU

Siimulation at the DavenportUnlike her typical day facilitating simulations with undergraduate nursing students, Kevin Stevens, director for the Center for the Clinical Performance and Simulation program at WSU College of Nursing, conducted two simulations for nurse anesthetists at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane, WA. The simulation sessions were part of the 2014 NW States Anesthesia Conference, hosted by the Washington Association of Nurse Anesthetists. Partnering with Laerdal, a manikin manufacturer, Stevens ran two scenarios: difficult airway and Malignant hyperthermia. More than 140 nurse anesthetists … » More …

Patricia Butterfield
Dean Butterfield Plans Return to Science, Teaching

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By Alli Benjamin

Patricia Butterfield, dean of Washington State University’s College of Nursing, announced today that she will return to a faculty role in April 2015. She directs nursing education at WSU’s campuses in Spokane, Vancouver, Tri-Cities and Yakima.

“This is such an exciting time for health sciences at WSU,” she said. “I’m looking forward to stepping away from administration and digging back into the science and teaching that I love.”

PhD students in Nicaragua
Students Teach CHE Internationallly

PhD students in NicaraguaThis past August, PhD students Becky Doughty and Vicy Sattler, and BSN student Jenn Ventress volunteered with Community Health Evangelical (CHE) and traveled to North Central Nicaragua to provide Community Health education to local residents. They worked with the director of Community Health Education in Nicaragua to develop a lesson plan that would include topics the residents wanted to learn about. Over the course of their time there, they taught wound care, emergency planning, first aid, pharmacology, and maternal and infant care to more than 150 men and women across seven … » More …

Donna Watson, PhD student
PhD Student Spotlight: Donna Watson

This article originally appeared in the September 2014 issue of OR Today magazine. For more stories about life in and out of the OR, visit www.ORToday.com.

By Matt Skoufalos

Donna Watson, PhD studentAfter 33 years in perioperative practice, Donna Watson, RN, MSN, CNOR, FNP, is living proof that a career in nursing is more than the sum of its parts.

Donna Watson wants to make a difference

Watson entered the field straight out of high school because she “wanted to have a career in the sciences and provide care to individuals.” Today, she is the Director of … » More …

Kawkab Shishani
Q & A With Kawkab Shishani

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Kawkab Shishani
Assistant Professor

Kawkab Shishani is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing. She is originally from Amman, Jordan where she attended the University of Jordan to earn her BSN. She moved to Pennsylvania where she attended Villanova University to earn her MSN and later the University of Pittsburgh to earn her PhD. She is actively engaged in smoking cessation research with the goal of translating the knowledge gained from lab-study into a behavioral treatment program. She also has a passion for global health and feels the most valuable investment is … » More …

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