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Researchers tracking public health impacts of marijuana legalization

By Addy Hatch

The number of retail cannabis shops in a location is associated with higher marijuana use among young people there.

That’s just one of the public health-related findings presented Friday morning at the Inland Northwest Research Symposium on the campus of Washington State University Spokane. Panelists shared some of the research and outcomes from Washington, Oregon and Colorado, where marijuana is legal for recreational use.

Nicholas Lovrich, PhD, WSU Regents Professor Emeritus and chair of the WSU Committee on Cannabis Research and Outreach, introduced the panel by noting that marijuana purchases in the three states rival alcohol sales, so tracking, monitoring and documenting … » More …

HPA Professor Jae Kennedy
Dr. Jae Kennedy named president-elect of disability research organization

A decades-long interest in issues relating to disability has taken Dr. Jae Kennedy to a leadership position with NARRTC, an organization that advocates for increasing the quality and rigor of applied disability research. Kennedy, professor and chair of the WSU College of Nursing’s Health Policy & Administration program, was named president-elect of the organization at its annual conference last week.

NARRTC is made up of current and former grantees of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation. The federal agency funds projects to generate new knowledge on disability and rehabilitation and to encourage the adoption and use of that work. Projects … » More …

Kay Olson portrait
Clinical instructor Kay Olson included in Women of Distinction awards

Tri-Cities Clinical nursing instructor Kay Olson will be honored along with 12 others as Women of Distinction – those who’ve made notable contributions to the WSU Tri-Cities campus and community.

The 13 women will be recognized at a gallery exhibition opening and reception on April 13 on the WSU Tri-Cities campus.

“This is a way to honor our female leaders within the WSU Tri-Cities community who have gone above and beyond to improve access to educational opportunities, driven momentous initiatives within their respective professions and have given generously of their free time in dedication to service and volunteerism,” said Chris Meiers, vice chancellor for enrollment … » More …

Kyle Ross portrait
Kyle Ross chosen for mentorship role in academic advising organization

Kyle Ross, Academic Coordinator for the WSU College of Nursing, is one of 10 members of NACADA, the Global Community for Academic Advising, chosen to participate in a mentorship program for the professional organization.

Ross was named a mentor for NACADA’s Emerging Leaders program, which helps members gain the skills and experience necessary to move into leadership positions. That might be an elected position in the organization, but it also could mean leadership in research, publications, presentations, and other areas in NACADA. The program was launched a decade ago to encourage diversity in the organization’s leadership ranks, and Ross was himself an Emerging Leader in … » More …

BSN grad Jamison Edwards in simulation
Nursing grad shares how sim training can help save lives

Jamison Edwards

“By supporting the simulation program at the Washington State University College of Nursing, you are helping to save lives,” said Jameson Edwards, a recent BSN graduate from the college.

“My training in simulation has prepared me to save patients under my direct care,” Jameson said. “In simulation, I have practiced giving care in unique, and what could be stressful, life-threatening situations, which has directly impacted the way I give care in my current practice.”

Now a Registered Nurse working on … » More …

Janet Holloway stands in front of a display of nursing memorabilia at St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute
Display in St. Luke’s traces history of nursing education in the state

Standing in front of a photo of a brick building, Janet Holloway, WSU Associate Professor Emeritus, points to a window and says, “my room was right in the corner.”

Holloway, 83, is showing where she lived as a nursing student in Spokane in the mid-1950s, when then-Washington State College joined with St. Luke’s Hospital to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing – a program truly ahead of its time.

Nursing students spent their first two years in Pullman, as many students in the WSU College of Nursing do now. They moved to Spokane to spend their final two years at St. Luke’s Hospital and other … » More …

Sara Van Natta-S2-nursing student
Washington a model for suicide prevention training

Sara Van Netta

By Addy Hatch

SPOKANE, Wash. – More than half the states mandate suicide-prevention training for public school teachers, but only seven states have policies requiring healthcare professionals to get similar training. That’s one of the findings of a research study conducted by Washington State University College of Nursing student Sara Van Natta.

She will present “Suicide Prevention Education: Policies for Healthcare Professionals across the United States” at SURCA, the Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities on Monday, March 27, at WSU Pullman. SURCA is a venue for undergraduate students to display their … » More …

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 …

Faculty Biosketch Form

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.

 

Questions? Contact Sarah Schaub at sarah.campo@wsu.edu

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.”

ACHIEVEMENTS

Leadership
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.

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

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