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Anita Hunter, right, with Vancouver high school student Chris Bevin in Uganda
Project in Uganda led to discovery of widespread health impacts from contaminated water

As published in Northwest Crimson & Gray, a magazine of WSU Vancouver

Helping get a hospital built in Uganda was an important step for Anita Hunter. But it was just the first step.

More than 10 years ago, Anita Hunter was invited to Mbarara, Uganda, to build a children’s hospital that would treat children who were dying from preventable diseases. Thanks to many people, the hospital was built and has been operating since 2009.

But Hunter’s interest didn’t stop there. Too many children still had preventable diseases. “Our work has gone beyond building a hospital to cure illnesses. We need to prevent … » More …

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New Faculty Biosketch Form

If you do not have a biosketch on our College of Nursing website, fill out the form below. If you are updating an existing biosketch, please fill out the Directory & Biosketch Update Form instead.

To view your current biosketch page, visit the Faculty Directory and click on your name.


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Dean Joyce Griffin-Sobel

The Seventh Dean of the College:
Dr. Joyce Griffin-Sobel

“I am deeply committed to interprofessional education and practice, as it is the foundation for moving healthcare towards improved quality and patient-centered care.”


During her first year as Dean at the WSU College of Nursing, she has led the strategic planning process, revamped the organizational structure, and worked to implement interprofessional education across all programs and campuses. Prior to WSU, she led the first major interprofessional initiative with Weill Cornell School of Medicine and Hunter Colleges of Nursing, Public Health and Social Work.

Dean Griffin-Sobel has been awarded more … » More …

IPE Opportunities in Yakima


Pacific NW University $1.75M HRSA grant provides interprofessional learning opportunities for health science students across Central Washington

Since fall 2015, students at the college in Yakima have participated in several interprofessional events (IPE) in coordination with central Washington higher education partners: Pacific NW University of Health Sciences, Central Washington University, Yakima Valley Community College, Heritage University, and WSU College of Pharmacy in Yakima. Nearly 300 students participated in the first IPE event, where students worked in small groups to complete various patient … » More …

Jae Kennedy
Study to Examine Affordable Care Act, Those with Disabilities

By Eric Sorensen, WSU

A Washington State University researcher will lead a $2.5 million examination of the federal Affordable Care Act’s impact on what may be the largest group in need of its services: people with disabilities.


Jae Kennedy“Their service needs are different and their health needs are more intensive,” said Jae Kennedy, professor and chair of the Department of Health Policy and Administration, College of Nursing, WSU Spokane. “There are a lot of reasons why this is an important population to study and make sure that the legislation is living up to its promise.”

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RN-Master of Nursing



The RN-MN program allows RNs with a bachelor’s degree in any field to pursue an advanced nursing degree while maintaining their other life commitments. Master’s-prepared nurses are in high demand to assume existing and emerging roles in a number of health care settings including management, administration, education, research, policy, and consulting. Full- and part-time programs of study are available. This program is offered at all College of Nursing sites.

Prior to applying to the graduate school and selecting a master’s track option, you will be advised on the completion of the following two courses, which will … » More …



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College of Nursing’s strategic plan targets innovation, engagement

College of Nursing’s strategic plan targets innovation, engagement

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First Healthy People + Healthy Pets served hundreds

Inaugural People + Pets clinic
a big success

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Dr. Nguyen-Truong honored as a refugee success story

Assistant Professor Dr. Nguyen-Truong
honored as a refugee success story

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Alumni and Giving

Since its inception in 1969, WSU College of Nursing has grown in size and influence. Our founders brought courage, diplomacy, and vision to our college. They demonstrated that nurses stand second-to-none and are an integral part of healthcare delivery. By embodying our values of integrity, caring, altruism, social justice, and maximizing health potential, we have carried on their traditions and are delivering the best and most dedicated nurses into the global healthcare community

WSU College of Nursing remains committed to excellence in research, education, and practice. Our success is dependent … » More …




The WSU College of Nursing promotes diversity and an environment that embraces and honors all individuals. Everyone is encouraged to explore, understand, and appreciate similarities and differences including, but not limited to, abilities, age, culture, ethnicity, family structure, gender identity, geographical location, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and spirituality.

An inclusive climate is fostered through education, practice, service, research, and initiatives to support the mission of the college. We are committed to actions that support the spirit of this resolution.

This statement was drafted by the Diversity Committee with input from students, staff, faculty, and … » More …

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