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PhD Graduate Success Story – Janet Willhaus
Team investigating perceptions of new L&I program

What happens when a bakery employee hurts his ankle while lifting a 50-pound bag of flour? In some cases, he might miss a week or two of work. But in the case of “Jerry,” he shifts to a job that allows him to stay at work, off his ankle, and decorate cakes until he’s healthy enough to go back to his regular position.

“Jerry” is a character in a new Washington State Department of Labor and Industries TV spot. The ad promotes the agency’s new Stay at Work program, which pays employers up to half of an injured worker’s base wages. In exchange, the employee … » More …

Kay Olson
Q & A With Kay Olson

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Kay Olson
Instructor – Tri-Cities

Where are you from?

Born in Flagstaff, AZ now live in Richland, WA.

What nursing site do you work at?


Why did you choose nursing as a profession?

I had never really even thought about a career in nursing, but after my youngest child went to school I decided it was time for me to do something for myself, and so at 42 years old I went back to school. I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do … » More …

WSU Tri-Cities to move into remodeled facility to grow the College of Nursing

by Linda Tieman, Executive Director of Washington Center for Nursing. Featured in Spokane Journal of Business 2.14.13 issue.

When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act entered the national conversation a few years ago, for most people, 2014 seemed distant in the future. Today, the future is at our doorstep.

If the Washington state legislature decides during this legislative session to move forward with full Medicaid expansion to ensure coverage for those with the lowest income, more than 300,000 additional people will be eligible for health care starting next year.

Scholarship Program Awards Record Amount

More than 150 scholarship donors, students and faculty celebrated the 154 nurse scholar recipients recognized at the WSU College of Nursing 2013 Scholarship reception. In total, $266,979 was awarded to nursing students in the college’s undergraduate and graduate programs. This is a leap from the 2012 scholarship awards, where nearly $200,000 was given to 128 students.

WSU Professor Debbie Brinker Honored by WSNA

At the Washington State Nurses Convention, WSNA recognized and honored colleagues and community partners who have made significant personal and professional contributions towards the advancement of nurses, the profession and the association. Debbie Brinker, WSU College of Nursing faculty and co-director of the undergraduate program, was selected a WSNA’s Nurse Educator of the Year.

Kennewick, Prosser Hospitals Join Nursing Partnership

Kennewick, Prosser Hospitals Join Nursing Partnership
Friday, Jan. 25, 2013

By Melissa O’Neil Perdue, WSU Tri-Cities

Kennewick, Prosser hospitals join nursing partnership Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 By Melissa O’Neil Perdue, WSU Tri-Cities

Kennewick General Hospital and Prosser Memorial Hospital Foundation have joined the Washington State University Tri-Cities Nursing Partnership with donations that will help create a state-of-the-art teaching facility for the WSU College of Nursing program.

About seven weeks ago, WSU Tri-Cities announced $2.9 million in contributions from regional healthcare agencies toward renovating a vacant commercial building at 1268 Lee Blvd., Richland. Today (Jan. 25), Kennewick General Hospital announced a $150,000 pledge and Prosser … » More …

Doctoral student examines barriers to fitness after birth for military moms

By Doug Nadvornick

New mothers who serve as active duty military members share many of the same issues as new mothers in civilian life. But there is one difference: within a certain time period after giving birth – usually six months — military mothers are required to take fitness tests. Those who don’t pass the tests face negative consequences, such as unsatisfactory job evaluations or even discharge from the service.

The burden of having to take a fitness test causes plenty of stress for some new moms, says Nicole Armitage, a PhD student in the WSU College of Nursing. Armitage recently received a grant from … » More …

WSU’s Nahashnee Creates Possibilities

PULLMAN, Wash. – Across the United States, there are less than 20 Native Americans who have earned a PhD in Nursing. Robbie Paul, Native American Health Sciences director at WSU Spokane, is dedicated to increasing the number of Native Americans practicing health sciences in the Northwest.

Her dedication is one of the reasons that 25 high school students from 16 Native American tribes and 27 Washington high school students will complete an immersion experience at the Na-ha-shnee Health Science Institute on the campus of Washington State University over the next two weeks.

WSU College of Nursing Students Provide Community Service in Clinicals

Francis sat contently in her chair, nibbling on a cookie and quietly enjoying the foot care exam she received from two WSU College of Nursing students. At 91, she’s nearly blind yet she manages to live independently, by her own choice. Francis was one of the many seniors living with a disability who received important, routine health care from an interprofessional team of students representing WSU’s College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, and massage students from Carrington College.

As part of the WSU College of Nursing’s Community Health clinical in Spokane, a class of BSN students organized a health fair for individuals served by the … » More …

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