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WSU Tri-Cities BSN student Mikaela Thepvongsa named a Woman of Distinction

Mikaela Thepvongsa, a College of Nursing student at WSU Tri-Cities, was named one of five Women of Distinction for her contributions to the campus and the community.

“These individuals exhibit exceptional leadership in their discipline or area of expertise, serve as role models and mentors to other women, advocate for positive social change and demonstrate a commitment to the missions of WSU Tri-Cities,” the campus said in announcing the five winners for 2021.

Thepvongsa, who is pursuing a BSN after earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology from WSU Pullman, is president of Crimson Scrubs and is liaison officer to the WSU system in the Disabled Students and Allies Club of WSU Tri-Cities.

As a deaf student, Mikaela uses her own experiences to continually advocate for individuals with disabilities. Additionally, she has served at hospitals, Safe Harbor’s My Friend’s Place, food banks and churches.

(Story courtesy of Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities).

Mikaela Thepvongsa

DNP student receives scholarship and publication in journal

Robert Spence, a Doctor of Nursing Practice student at WSU Vancouver, was awarded a scholarship and publication of his research in the Asian/Pacific Island Nursing Journal.

Spence’s research, “Gaining entrée into a Micronesian Islander-based community organization through culturally responsive team building and reflection,” was lauded by editors for the quality of his writing, significance and originality, among other attributes.

Spence was mentored in the project by Assistant Professor Connie K.Y. Nguyen-Truong. The other members of the research team were Jacqueline Leung and Shelly Geil.

portrait of Rob Spence

Coug Nurses take top spots in Three Minute Thesis competition

College of Nursing students were awarded first and third place in Washington State University’s Three Minute Thesis competition on March 24.

Grant Ely, a PhD student, took first place for his presentation on the importance of developing a national nursing curriculum to improve skills and emotional readiness for work, thus decreasing stress and burnout.

Robert Spence, a DNP student, represented WSU Vancouver, and presented his work developing a toolkit for Micronesian Islander families to increase access to early-childhood learning opportunities. He is the first Doctor of Nursing Practice student to participate in the Three Minute Thesis competition.

Three Minute Thesis is a global research communication competition developed by the University of Queensland. Doctoral students have three minutes to present a compelling oration of their thesis and its significance to a non-specialist audience.