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Patricia Butterfield
Dean Butterfield Plans Return to Science, Teaching

Patricia Butterfield

By Alli Benjamin

Patricia Butterfield, dean of Washington State University’s College of Nursing, announced today that she will return to a faculty role in April 2015. She directs nursing education at WSU’s campuses in Spokane, Vancouver, Tri-Cities and Yakima.

“This is such an exciting time for health sciences at WSU,” she said. “I’m looking forward to stepping away from administration and digging back into the science and teaching that I love.”

PhD students in Nicaragua
Students Teach CHE Internationallly

PhD students in NicaraguaThis past August, PhD students Becky Doughty and Vicy Sattler, and BSN student Jenn Ventress volunteered with Community Health Evangelical (CHE) and traveled to North Central Nicaragua to provide Community Health education to local residents. They worked with the director of Community Health Education in Nicaragua to develop a lesson plan that would include topics the residents wanted to learn about. Over the course of their time there, they taught wound care, emergency planning, first aid, pharmacology, and maternal and infant care to more than 150 men and women across seven … » More …

Donna Watson, PhD student
PhD Student Spotlight: Donna Watson

This article originally appeared in the September 2014 issue of OR Today magazine. For more stories about life in and out of the OR, visit www.ORToday.com.

By Matt Skoufalos

Donna Watson, PhD studentAfter 33 years in perioperative practice, Donna Watson, RN, MSN, CNOR, FNP, is living proof that a career in nursing is more than the sum of its parts.

Donna Watson wants to make a difference

Watson entered the field straight out of high school because she “wanted to have a career in the sciences and provide care to individuals.” Today, she is the Director of … » More …

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

Hookah AP photo

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 …

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