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Danica Parkin
Q & A With Danica Parkin

Danica Parkin

Danica Parkin (BSN ’10, MN-FNP ’12), MN, ARNP
Tuberculosis Program Coordinator at Spokane Regional Health District

Who has been an important mentor in your career, and why do they deserve recognition?

There are two people who popped into my mind when I read this question: Robbie Paul and Sandra Schilling. Robbie is the Director of Native American Health Sciences at WSU. Robbie was so helpful while I was in school. She provided emotional support, but also made sure that I was doing okay academically. Sandra … » More …

Katherine Hawley
Q & A With Katie Hawley

Katherine Hawley

Katherine Hawley
RN at Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center

In October of 2013 I traveled to Rwanda, Africa for the third time. While in Africa I assisted a team of doctors and nurses in changing the future of Rwanda. I was given the opportunity to be a part of Healing Hearts Northwest (HHNW); this team travels to Rwanda once a year and provides lifesaving open heart surgery. Those who receive surgery have suffered from rheumatic heart disease, caused from untreated strep throat. This disease is … » More …

Austin Thomas
Q & A With Austin Thomas

Austin Thomas
Austin Thomas (BSN ’11), BSN, RN
Critical Care Registered Nurse at Virgina Mason Hospital

Tell us a little bit about your career, what you are doing, and where you work.

I currently work at the Critical Care Unit at Virginia Mason Hospital as a staff nurse in downtown Seattle. We see all sorts of patient populations that include sepsis, transplants, neurosurgery, cardiac surgery, and anything that requires aggressive medical attention. I recently just finished my second year here as I started here as … » More …

Niki Flemmer
Q & A With Niki Flemmer

Niki Flemmer
Niki Flemmer, (MN-FNP ’11), MN, ARNP/FNP-C, CNOR
ARNP at Adventist Health Surgical Specialists at Walla Walla General Hospital

What I am most passionate about is exploring and cultivating the patient-provider relationship. I, together with my Master’s Program committee, created an interdisciplinary framework for nurses and other helping professionals to create effective and therapeutic partnerships with their patients. The framework is called “Empathetic Partnership” and it is based on nursing New Zealand’s Cultural Safety, the Cultural Safety teachings of the late Dr. Irihapeti Ramsden, … » More …

Kimberly Carson
Q & A With Kimberly Carson

Kimberly Carson

Kimberly Carson (RN-BSN Online ’11), BSN, RN
Nursing Supervisor at Grays Harbor County Public Health and Social Services

Why did you choose nursing as a profession?

I don’t believe I chose nursing, I believe nursing chose me. I don’t remember ever wanting to be anything but a nurse since a very young age.

Tricia Carlton
Q & A With Tricia Carlton

Tricia Carlton

Tricia Carlton (MN APH-Ed ’13, RN-BSN ’08), MN, RN
Clinical Instructor at WSU College of Nursing

What was the best piece of advice you received during college that helped you graduate/go on to become a nurse?

Take one day at a time and to always remember that the person you are taking care of is not a ‘skill’ or a room number…they are someone’s mother, grandfather, parent, child, etc… That’s how I nurse and that’s how I teach.

Susan Campbell video
TC Nursing Building Opens for Classes

By Ty Beaver, Tri-City Herald

The new home of Washington State University Tri-Cities’ nursing program is perfect for Teresa Houck.

The junior from Seattle has an apartment nearby, and she’s glad to have the numerous lunch options of central Richland to choose from each day. But that’s not the best part.

An Interprofessional Approach to Chronic Care

There is growing recognition that complex health issues are best addressed by interprofessional teams of health care providers. For the past few years, WSU has been providing opportunities for students from different health disciplines to learn and work together. A new grant-funded project is going to take this to the next level while improving care for patients with multiple chronic conditions who live in rural or medically underserved areas.

“This program is really going to let us build out our rural focus to an even greater degree,” said assistant professor of nursing Cindy Fitzgerald, the program director on the project.

Nursing Pathways high school students
New grant aims to diversify nursing workforce in Tri-Cities & Yakima

SPOKANE, Wash. – The WSU College of Nursing has received a new federal grant designed to expand a program to diversify the nursing workforce in the Tri-Cities and Yakima.

The purpose of the three-year, $1,041,000 grant from the Health Resources Service Administration (HRSA) is to continue to serve students from disadvantaged groups who are interested in pursuing nursing careers, according to College of Nursing associate professor Janet Katz. It builds upon an initial HRSA grant, awarded in 2010, that set up the infrastructure for the program.

Becky Doughty
Rebecca Doughty: A WSU College of Nursing PhD Student Success Story
Washington State University