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Becky Doughty
Rebecca Doughty: A WSU College of Nursing PhD Student Success Story
WSU, Spokane Tribe Wins Grant to Address Youth Issues

By Doug Nadvornick

SPOKANE, Wash. – The WSU College of Nursing and the Spokane Tribe of Indians are beginning a new project aimed at helping the tribe deal more effectively with substance abuse and mental health problems among its youth.

They’ve won a three-year, $825,000 grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (an arm of the National Institutes of Health) to conduct a community-based participatory research project.

New Nursing Grant Promotes Chronic Care Intervention

By Doug Nadvornick

The WSU College of Nursing has secured a $1.3 million federal grant to teach people with multiple chronic health issues how to better manage their conditions.

Nursing associate dean for research Cindy Corbett says the four-year National Institute on Aging grant pairs her college with Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern Washington and the Community Health Association of Spokane (CHAS). She says the project will use a chronic care management model adopted by the Washington Department of Social and Health Services.

Martin Schiavenato
Pain Meter for Preemies

By Linda Childers

If Martin Schiavenato, RN, PhD, were to gaze into a crystal ball, he would envision a future in which patients no longer experience pain or suffering.

Schiavenato, who until recently was an assistant professor at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, has spent the past several years working with a team of medical engineers to create an orb-like device that has the ability to assess pain in premature infants. The device, which resembles a crystal ball, uses sensors to monitor a patient’s behavioral and physiological signs of pain. By notifying clinicians of a patient’s pain level, Schiavenato … » More …

WSU Honors College and WSU College of Nursing Direct Admit Program for Incoming Freshmen

Beginning fall 2013, ten incoming WSU Honors College freshmen declaring nursing as their major will be admitted to WSU College of Nursing. Selected students will complete all Honors College and College of Nursing prerequisite courses in Pullman for years 1 & 2 and maintain the required grades to remain in the nursing program.

Students will receive their primary advising through the Honors College and will maintain a relationship with a pre-nursing advisor. Years 3 & 4 are completed at one of the college’s sites in Spokane, Yakima, or Tri-Cities.

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Apply to WSU Honors College and specify “NURSING” as your major.

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Siimulation at the Davenport
Nursing completes its part in national simulation study

SPOKANE, Wash. – Washington State University nursing students have completed their part in a national study of simulated patient use in education. In addition to contributing to the larger effort, lessons learned will help WSU better prepare students and provide expertise to groups outside the university.
“We’ve gotten so much out of the study, and we are excited at the direction our program is moving,” said Kevin Stevens, director of the College of Nursing’s program of excellence in clinical performance and simulation (PECPS).

After two years, 480 hours of simulation and 105 simulated patients, 60 bachelor of science in nursing students completed their part … » More …

Army ROTC Nurses in the Making at the College of Nursing

College and Army ROTC renew agreement ensuring five spaces for qualified cadets in BSN program

Army cadets interested in nursing careers will continue to have the chance to enroll at WSU College of Nursing with the resigning of an Army ROTC Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU outlines an agreement reserving five spaces annually for qualified army cadets in the College’s Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) program in Spokane.

In order for cadets to earn a spot in program, they must apply for and meet all of the program’s enrollment requirements. From the applicant pool, ROTC leaders jointly select the five cadets to be … » More …

Health science camps promote careers and college

PULLMAN, Wash. – As most teens celebrate the end of the school year, 55 Native American and underserved high school students statewide are returning to learning for two weeks to explore health science careers at Washington State University.
The Na-ha-shnee Health Science Institute, designed for Native Americans, and the Creating a Nursing Path program, benefiting underserved students from Rogers High School (Spokane, Wash.), Pasco High School (Pasco, Wash.) and Davis High School (Yakima, Wash.), are under way June 17-28 at the Pullman campus.

Kids With Asthma Play Hard Too

WSU College of Nursing faculty Michele Shaw was featured in the Wall Street Journal for her research related to children with asthma.

A version of this article appeared April 22, 2013, on page D1 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: Kids With Asthma Play Hard, Too.

Children with asthma should play hard in gym class and stop worrying they might have an attack that could leave them struggling to breathe, respiratory specialists are now recommending. Physical activity by people with asthma isn’t harmful and might even be helpful to treating the condition, doctors in the field believe. A report … » More …

PhD Graduate Success Story – Janet Willhaus
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