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Kawkab Shishani
Q & A With Kawkab Shishani

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Kawkab Shishani
Assistant Professor

Kawkab Shishani is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing. She is originally from Amman, Jordan where she attended the University of Jordan to earn her BSN. She moved to Pennsylvania where she attended Villanova University to earn her MSN and later the University of Pittsburgh to earn her PhD. She is actively engaged in smoking cessation research with the goal of translating the knowledge gained from lab-study into a behavioral treatment program. She also has a passion for global health and feels the most valuable investment is … » More …

Lida Dekker
WSU College of Nursing Appoints New RN to BSN Program Director

Lida DekkerWashington State University College of Nursing is pleased to announce it has appointed Lida Dekker, EdD, RN, PCHCNS-BC as its RN to BSN Program Director.

Dr. Dekker will serve at the rank of Clinical Associate Professor. In her role, she will be responsible for the program, which is tailored for Associate-prepared nurses wanting to earn their bachelor’s degree in nursing. The program is distance-friendly for place bound and working students, and is offered at the college’s five sites across Washington State. It is the college’s second-largest program, with approximately 200 nurses actively enrolled on a … » More …

Manuela Orban - DNP Graduate
Federal grant to support students through nurse practitioner program at WSU

Manuel OrbanaA nurse practitioner degree program at Washington State University will be recruiting six students from underrepresented groups through a new grant from the federal Health Resources & Services Administration.

The two-year grant of $264,000 will allow the WSU College of Nursing to offer financial support to students who are U.S. military veterans, rural-dwelling Hispanics and/or Native Americans to help them become family nurse practitioners.

Beth Schenk
College of Nursing Hires Sustainability Expert

Beth SchenkNewly-created position aligns with college’s vision to lead practicing, educating, and researching environmental healthcare practice

Washington State University College of Nursing is pleased to announce it has hired Beth Schenk, PhD, MHI, RN as Providence-WSU Nurse Scientist in a shared appointment with Providence Health & Services St. Patrick Hospital.

Carla Brim
Q & A With Carla Brim

Carla Brim

Carla Brim, (MN ’06), RN, PHCNS-BC, CEN
Clinical Improvement Manager

Carla Brim is the Clinical Improvement Manager for emergency services and medication safety at Peace Health System in Vancouver, Washington. Although her first degree was in chemistry and she enjoyed her career as a bench chemist, she realized she wanted to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse. In 1996, she returned to school to earn her Associate in Nursing Degree from Lower Columbia College in Longview, Washington. After working as a staff … » More …

Manuel Orbana, DNP graduate
DNP Student Manuela Orban

Manuel Orbana
DNP Student Manuela Orban Evaluates The Effectiveness Of Clinic Weight Loss Program

On her first day of class as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) student in Southern California, Manuela Orban knew it was a stepping stone degree.

“I’ve always known I wanted to be a Nurse Practitioner,” Manuela said. “And I wanted a terminal degree. In reviewing my graduate program options, the DNP was the best fit so I could gain the skills and knowledge to teach and provide patient care, while … » More …

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WSU Team Studying Hookah Addiction

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By Daniel Moore – The Spokesman-Review

It’s worked with cigarette smokers, drug addicts and children who stutter. Researchers at Washington State University hope it can help wean people off hookah.

This summer, the WSU College of Nursing is spearheading the first known study of addictive behavior related to use of hookah, the popular water pipe. The five-week study poses the question: How is quitting hookah different from quitting cigarettes?

Kawkab Shishani, assistant nursing professor and lead researcher for the study, already knows there are … » More …

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 …

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