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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

  • Study: 12-hour night shift can affect a nurse’s performance


    Working a 12-hour night shift affects a nurse’s performance more than working a 12-hour day shift does, according to a recent study by Marian Wilson, Ph.D., an assistant professor at the WSU College of Nursing.

    Most hospitals in the United States operate on 12-hour nursing shifts now, because they’re easier for administrators to manage and nurses like them, research has shown.

    But Wilson’s study, which will appear in the journal “Accident Analysis and Prevention,” shows declines in alertness and … » More …

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  • Study: Can an online program help reduce opioid use by patients with chronic pain?

    Dr. Marian Wilson

    Marian Wilson, an assistant professor at the WSU College of Nursing, is joining a team of scientists who’ll lead a federally funded, $2.5 million study investigating whether an online pain management program can help patients with chronic pain reduce or eliminate the amount of prescription opioids they take.

    Wilson, Ph.D., M.P.H., is a co-investigator on the EMPOWER study with lead investigator Theresa Winhusen, Ph.D., director of the Addiction Sciences Division in the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. The … » More …

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  • News release: College of Nursing faculty part of group landing $1.8 million for “smart home” research

    SPOKANE, Wash. – An interprofessional team of scientists from Washington State University has landed a $1.77 million grant to research how “smart home” technology can monitor the health and safety of senior citizens from afar.

    The National Institute of Nursing Research, one of the organizations that makes up the National Institutes of Health, awarded the grant to:
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    — Roschelle “Shelly” Fritz, assistant professor in the College of Nursing in Vancouver;

    — Diane Cook, the Huie-Rogers chair professor in the School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science;

    — <a ... » More …

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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.