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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 …

Nursing Degree Completes Life Journey for Spokane Graduate

By Judith Van Dongen

With one hand clutching a grenade, Faye Mezengie dashed across the border of his war-torn home country of Eritrea into Sudan. It was a dangerous undertaking, and the young soldier hadn’t known for sure whether he would make it. But he had decided that he’d rather die trying than be forced back into the senseless and deadly border conflict with Ethiopia.

Mezengie made it, and he has come far since then. Last Friday at the WSU Spokane Commencement ceremony he received his bachelor of science in nursing degree and served as the student speaker, sharing his story with fellow graduates and … » More …

Bed Rest for the Weary

Mike Hamilton, a regular client of the House of Charity, lost most of his fingers to frostbite and spent months in the hospital. A program proposed by WSU nursing student Rebecca Doughty would create respite care beds for homeless men to recuperate at the shelter.

Mike Hamilton’s hands tell the story. His fingers are short and thick – too short, you realize – and it’s hard not to look at them and wonder what happened.

Back in December of 2009, Hamilton was clearing away snow for a place to camp, in a below-freezing wind chill. He’d lost his gloves. When he noticed, eventually, the blackening … » More …

Nursing Visits Associated with Improved Environmental Health in Rural Low-Income Families

Public Health Nursing Visits Associated with Improved Environmental Health Outcomes in Rural Low-Income Families

Recent study published in American Journal of Health finds nursing interventions
increase adoption of precautionary environmental improvements

Spokane, WA – The financial cost of environmental disease in U.S. children was recently estimated at more than $75 billion per year. However, parents know that the real costs of environmental disease are much more than financial; they come from seeing a child suffer from asthma, cancer, or renal disease. Preventing diseases like childhood asthma or cancer often require parents to know about risks in their home and how to take action … » More …

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