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Psych nurse practitioner degree will help student ‘serve the people who serve us’

As a nurse and commissioned officer of the U.S. Public Health Service, Andrew Colburn encountered veterans who were addicted to opioids, or had mental health conditions, or both. In many cases, the addiction was a result of treatment received for service-related injuries.

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College of Nursing faculty to lead national nurse practitioner association

Mental health is on Dawn Garzon Maaks’ mind as she prepares to become president of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners on July 1. 

Dean Joyce Griffin-Sobel
A Message from the Dean

This issue of Focus on Nursing is largely centered on the research conducted by some faculty in the College of Nursing.

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Grant trained 1,200 students how to talk with patients about drinking, drug use

Alcohol and drug abuse pose serious health risks. But even nurses and doctors don’t find it easy to talk to patients about their drinking or drug use. 

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Alumni Class Notes 2018

Sharon McCalden Wedam (BSN ’72) retired in July 2017 after 30 years at Providence Centralia Hospital and concurrently 28 years at Morton General. At Providence she worked in the ER, ICU-PCU, and Quality Management, and at Morton she worked as a staff nurse.

Judy Evans (BSN ’74) has worked at the bedside her entire 44 years of nursing. Widowed at the age of 41, her nursing career enabled her to raise her children and provide for them. She has been a member of the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN) since 1985. She works in the PACU at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska. She … » More …

Focus on Faculty & Staff

Dr. Jackie Banasik, associate professor, published the 6th edition of her pathophysiology textbook in February 2018. (Banasik JL &Copstead LE: Pathophysiology 6th ed. (2019) Saunders-Elsevier.)

Debbie Brinker, assistant dean of clinical affairs, was inducted into the Washington State Nurses Association Hall of Fame in March 2018. Inductees are chosen for their significant accomplishments and contributions to the nursing profession. She is the seventh member of the WSU College of Nursing faculty to be inducted.

Dr. Andra Davis, assistant professor, was one of seven nurse educators honored by the End-of-Life Nursing Education
Consortium for her commitment to teaching nurses about endof-life care.

Dr. Linda Eddy, … » More …

PhD students at the 2018 WIN conference
The 51st Western Institute of Nursing research conference

Mid-April saw some 800 nurse scientists, nursing faculty and administrators, graduate students and executives in Spokane for the 51st annual Western Institute of Nursing research conference.

Declining number of rural pharmacies in Washington ‘a worrisome trend’

A small-town pharmacist dispenses medication, of course. But they might also provide clinical services like immunizations and blood pressure screenings; consult on health issues; or even act as a de facto benefits or case manager for customers.

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Blog: People of Peru Project trip comes to an end

Wednesday, May 30
By Kim Pendilla

After spending almost three weeks in Peru, our trip has finally come to an end. As all of us make our way back home, we’re sad to see everyone go. I mean, we spent Almost Every Waking moment together!

Study: Having a quiet place for work breaks helps combat fatigue

Health-care workers who have a quiet place to rest on their work breaks reported being significantly less sleepy than those who didn’t have that access, according to new research led by Marian Wilson, Ph.D., of the Washington State University College of Nursing.

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