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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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Ginny Guido
Ginny Guido Retires

Ginny GuidoVancouver’s Regional Director and Assistant Dean of Nursing, Ginny Guido, JD, MSN, RN, FAAN, retired in May after nearly seven years at WSU Vancouver. A party was held in her honor on May 15 and was attended by faculty and staff from Academic Media Services, Library, Development, and Nursing as well as members of the Academic Leadership Council. A small buffet was served which included Ginny’s favorite cake: White with white butter frosting.

Among other gifts, Ginny was presented with a beautiful potted orchid, birthstone necklace, and an engraved brick at Vancouver’s Legacy Square.

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 …

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