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Senior practicum one of the last hurdles for nursing undergrads

There’s no coasting to the finish line in nursing education.

Students spend their last month as undergrads working long shifts, often at night, in health care facilities around the state. Typically they finish up right before commencement.

Rachel Gunning: WSU alum, NICU nurse, card game inventor

Rachel Gunning has been a NICU nurse in Spokane for three years. Now she has a Kickstarter campaign to launch a card game.

The first thing isn’t the cause of the second. It’s not like she’s disillusioned with nursing.

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Preceptor Spotlight: Todd Smith, Nurse Practitioner Faculty in Residence

Family Nurse Practitioner and longtime preceptor Todd Smith knows how important it is to guide students as they translate academic learning into clinical practice. 

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College of Nursing’s strategic plan targets innovation, engagement

A strategic plan is a road map for an organization, one that lays out its priorities and purpose.

Two nursing students standing in front of a classroom.
Suicide-awareness training intensely personal for WSU nursing students

Suicide was the subject when two WSU College of Nursing students visited an 8th-grade class in Deer Park recently. 

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Rural living and a good job are possible with a DNP degree

David Colvin, 58, DNP candidate, Washington State University College of Nursing.
Expects to graduate in May with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, with the goal of becoming a nurse practitioner.
Works at Providence Mount Carmel Hospital in Colville, Washington.

Student laughing while trying to flip an object onto a sterile mat during Upward Bound demonstration.
Upward Bound brings Okanogan County students to the College of Nursing

Nursing student Jasmine Sharifi demonstrated how to peel open a sterile pack of swabs and flip them forward onto a mat.

“You’re trying to flip them into your sterile field without crossing over it,” she explained, adding, “the first time I did it they flew across the sterile field and hit my partner.” 

Naomi Lungstrom at the front of a classroom.
WSU nursing instructor serves as medical expert in lawsuits

After serving as a medical expert in more than 70 lawsuits, Naomi Lungstrom knows there are a lot of ways health care can go wrong. 

Lions Club scholarships honor the dream of being a nurse

Amanda Bunch wanted to be a doctor, until she was diagnosed with a brain tumor at age 11.

After a difficult year of treatment, she changed her mind, her father said – she wanted to be a nurse. 

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