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Scholars at WSU College of Nursing are engaged in research initiatives that are yielding change in primary care delivery, health transitions, community and environmental health, and health sciences education.

By embracing the University’s commitment toward conducting innovative, relevant research, the college pursues scientific inquiry with the goal of disseminating findings and outcomes. The Research office has been successful in steadily growing our research portfolio and making strategic faculty hires in the past several years. Four core areas of distinction – behavioral health, community and public health, educational innovations and outcomes, and patient care quality and safety – help us attract and retain nurse scholars, advanced practice nurses, and students with similar passions and interests.

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Research News

  • Recent PhD grad Ruth Bryant recognized for research on pressure ulcers

     

    Ruth Bryant, who received her PhD from the WSU College of Nursing earlier this month, is the first person to receive a new award from the Western Institute of Nursing Gerontological Special Interest Group.

    Bryant was recognized for Best Student Presentation at the recent WIN conference in Denver for her research abstract, “Comorbid Conditions Associated with Adverse Outcomes in Patients with Pressure Ulcers.”

    “Getting an award at WIN was really a surprise,” Bryant said recently.

    The longtime nurse has devoted much of her career to wound healing and wound care, co-founding an accredited online program for nurses seeking advanced certification in wound, … » More …

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  • Nursing student’s Photovoice project asked homeless women to document their lives and health

    It’s a simple request: take photos to answer questions about your life like “Where do you sleep?” and “Where do you get your support?” Then talk about how the images make you feel.

    Simple, but the results can illuminate larger themes or community challenges.

    It’s called Photovoice, and it’s a qualitative research method that’s been used for more than 20 years with groups of refugees, health workers, adults with brain injuries and after-school programs. WSU College of Nursing undergraduate student Halle Schulz chose Photovoice for her Honors College research project working with a group of homeless and low-income adults at the Women’s Hearth drop-in center in … » More …

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  • Research spotlight: Predicting hospitalization for mental illness could aid early intervention

    Research Spotlight: Mason Burley, “Evaluating Risk for Psychiatric Re-Hospitalization: a Recurrent Event History Analysis” (Individual Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program)

    The treatment of people with serious mental illness has changed dramatically over the last 50 years, from long-term institutionalization to community-based care. But the community-care system is lacking, and some people with serious mental illness are repeatedly hospitalized, released and re-admitted, a costly and disruptive cycle.

    Washington State University doctoral student Mason Burley wanted to identify consistent and reliable factors associated with psychiatric re-hospitalization to help guide public policy and treatment options.

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