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Dean Joyce Griffin-Sobel
From the Desk of the Dean


Dean Joyce Griffin-Sobel
From the Desk of Dean
Joyce Griffin-Sobel

December 2017
The College of Nursing has recently approved our strategic plan for the next three years, and I’m very proud of our work. Identifying our priorities is essential to achieving our goals, and we have committed ourselves to a Healthy Environment for students, faculty and staff; Innovation in Education and Practice, particularly in interprofessional education; Engagement with our Communities; … » More …

Four students with a horse
Horse therapy teaches nursing students the value of presence

Horses have a lot to teach nurses, says Jayne Beebe, a senior instructor at the WSU College of Nursing in Yakima.

Portrait of Dawn Garzon
Dr. Dawn Garzon Maaks to be featured on SiriusXM show

Dr. Dawn Garzon Maaks, clinical professor and associate director of the WSU College of Nursing Vancouver, will be a guest on SiriusXM’s Doctor Radio on Thursday to discuss the role of nurse practitioners in health care.

Give to Nursing – November 2017

Why Give?

You can help support innovative nursing education at the Washington State University College of Nursing by giving to the Dean’s Excellence Fund.


The WSU College of Nursing was named a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education this fall. Your year-end gift to the Dean’s Excellence Fund will help the College continue to elevate the practice and science of nursing in 2018 and beyond.

The fund is used at the Dean’s discretion for the College’s most urgent needs, which could include hiring and retaining expert faculty or supporting advancements in nursing science.

Dean Joyce Griffin-Sobel
Message from the Dean – November 2017

Dean Joyce Griffin-Sobel
Message from Dean
Joyce Griffin-Sobel


As I write this, Veterans Day is approaching. How welcome it is to read this issue of Focus, which highlights the faculty and students who have served their country. My own years in the Navy included some of the best experiences of my career. I went on active duty from the reserves to begin a nursing research program for the Navy Nurse Corps. I worked closely with nurses stationed all over the globe and was a first-hand witness to their professionalism and dedication. Because the … » More …

Special screening of “Defining Hope” documentary

“Defining Hope” follows eight patients with life-threatening illness, and the nurses who guide them in making critical decisions along the way. Nurses who attend will receive 1.25 free contact hours for watching the film and completing an evaluation. Brought to Spokane for a one-night screening by the Washington State Nurses Association and the WSU College of Nursing. Order tickets in advance at or buy them at the box office.

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