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Scholars at the WSU College of Nursing are engaged in research initiatives that are changing healthcare delivery, community and environmental health, and health sciences education.

Faculty and students at the WSU College of Nursing are committed to innovative, relevant research that contributes to the university’s Drive to 25 – a goal to become one of the nation’s top 25 public research universities by 2030. The College of Nursing Research office has been successful in steadily growing our research portfolio and making strategic faculty hires. 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.

Research News

  • Marian Wilson Rayce Rudeen Foundation funds two opioid-related projects at WSU

    A Spokane-area foundation named for a young man who died of a drug overdose is funding two projects led by WSU College of Nursing Assistant Professor Marian Wilson.

    One of the projects supported by the Rayce Rudeen Foundation will give low-income patients access to non-opioid pain management tools such as physical therapy, chiropractic care, massage and yoga. The other will test whether “smart-home” monitoring tools can help people with opioid use disorder.

    The Rayce Rudeen Foundation has committed a total of $15,000 to the two projects. The gift is the foundation’s first to Washington State University.

    “We have a broken system and we want … » More …

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  • Preceptor works with DNP student at CHAS Health Grant will expand successful nurse practitioner project

    Preceptor works with DNP student at CHAS Health
    Family nurse practitioner Todd Smith, center, works with DNP student Girma Admasu, right, in 2018. Smith is a WSU College of Nursing preceptor and the Nurse Practitioner Faculty in Residence at CHAS Health. His appointment was made possible by the first WSU-ANEW grant.

    With the help of an earlier federal grant, the WSU College of Nursing is graduating nurse practitioners who are choosing to work in rural areas or with underserved populations.

    Now a $2.8 million follow-on grant will expand the … » More …

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  • Medical marijuana patients face challenges getting accurate information

    Tens of thousands of Washington residents legally use marijuana for medicinal purposes, often guided by consultants who are certified through a 20-hour class and whose knowledge sometimes doesn’t align with state law or research evidence.

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By the Numbers

Drive to 25

  • Read the WSU College of Nursing’s strategy to contribute to the university’s Drive to 25, a goal of becoming one of the nation’s top 25 public research universities by 2030.
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