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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

Karen Holt Nodolf (BSN ’79), is a community com- plaint investigator at the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). She has had a dynamic career working in a number of settings including medical/oncology, home health/ hospice nursing, case management and geriatrics. Karen was one of the first nurses hired to work at the Pediatric Interim Care Center in Kent, Washington when it opened, caring for drug and alcohol affected infants. She ended up adopt- ing a baby from there in 1992. She has also worked in home health/hospice for critically ill pediatric patients and became certified as a school nurse and worked in the … » 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 …

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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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WSU College of Nursing convocation held in the historic Fox Theater

The WSU College of Nursing held its 2018 Convocation ceremony in the historic Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox in Spokane on May 3. 

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Federal study of nurses’ work shifts led by WSU College of Nursing scientist

A researcher at the Washington State University College of Nursing will lead a $1 million, federally-funded study on nurses’ work shifts that could influence policy nationally.

WSU nursing student’s action at City Gate might have saved a life

A Washington State University nursing student in Spokane got a glimpse of his future recently. 

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