Tracy Klein is an Assistant Professor at the WSU Vancouver College of Nursing. She is originally from Portland, Oregon. She completed her FNP post-masters as a Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner at WSU in 2003 and went on to complete her PhD in nursing from WSU in 2011 after transferring from Portland State University’s Public Policy PhD program. She is active in research and aims to identify knowledge deficits or needs which may be addressed by education or policy solutions.
With more ARNPs, patients may be left wondering who should provide their care
Kathryn Sander can care for patients from birth to death. As a family nurse practitioner for CHAS Health, Sander treats patients with a variety of illnesses, focusing on management of chronic disease such as diabetes and hypertension.
“I believe nurse practitioners will help alleviate the weight that has been burdening Doctors and Physician Assistants, specifically in primary care. We are being called on to assume preventive and primary care roles that will benefit the entire spectrum of providers – and our patients.”
Cameron Good, originally from Bellevue, WA, earned his BSN degree from WSU College of Nursing in 2013 and soon enrolled in the DNP … » More …
“I see the DNP filling a need in primary care. As fewer medical students specialize in family practice, nurse practitioners are in a perfect position to help fill that gap. It is a good time to be moving in that direction.”
David’s first degree was in biology and he spent the first 25 years of his career teaching middle school and high school students. He decided he … » More …
Monique De Nysschen, BSN, RN
DNP Advanced Population Health Student
“Our health care system is in great need of health care professionals in the community setting, because increasingly, patients have shorter stays in the hospital and get sent home sooner. Nurses are changing the health care system by reaching out through various settings to help all aspects of the population they serve.”
Monique was born and raised in South Africa and moved to the United States at the age of 20 to pursue a career in nursing. As a little girl, she … » More …
Ysabel Myers, BSN, RN
DNP Family Nurse Practitioner Student
“Advanced degree nurses can make an economic impact for the system by being key players in the Triple Aim: better health, better care, and reduced cost to the system. As we strive for 100% health care coverage for all, doctors cannot fill the increased need for providers. Nurses and nurse practitioners are able to best fill the gap, particularly in primary care, at a cost that won’t stress the … » More …
WSU Tri-Cities Nursing instructor Sarah Barron was highlighted today on the front page of the Seattle Times for her discovery of an abnormally high number of birth defects in Central Washington. Her discovery of this public health issue three years ago is finally leading to more investigation by the state officials.
As a mysterious cluster of rare birth defects grows in Yakima, Benton and Franklin counties, state health officials are conducting first interviews with women who lost babies to the devastating disorder known as anencephaly.
By JoNel Aleccia – originally published in Seattle Times
by Eric Sorensen – published in Washington State Magazine
The pain wasn’t acute or sharp, more a powerful, throbbing ache focused on the lower back. Ron Weaver was in his early 20s. He was a meat cutter, and at first he thought it was a typical problem for the trade—twisting, working in the cold, “lifting too heavy.” He tried muscle relaxants. He had physical therapy, massage therapy, and 222’s, a combination of codeine, caffeine, and aspirin, and went about his life.
Over time, it took longer to loosen up in the morning. The pain worsened at night. Things got downright scary when his heart … » More …
Who inspired you to become a nurse?
My inspiration is my older sister, who is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. I remember having the opportunity to shadow her while she worked a shift at a Burn Center in North Carolina. It was an eye opening experience to observe the level of pain and suffering endured by the patients and to see the complexity of the nursing interventions that were being performed. I asked my sister the question “How can you do this job each day?” Her response … » More …