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Lorie Stucke went back to school at 39 to become a nurse
Midcareer switch to nursing lets Lorie Stucke be ‘part of someone’s story’

Nursing wasn’t Lorie Stucke’s first love. That was journalism, the career where she’d spent more than a decade. But turmoil in that industry prompted her to do some soul-searching.

What she liked about journalism was the chance to build trust with someone, to tell their story and by that action become part of their story in a small way. What other career, she wondered, could make her feel the same way?

Turns out, it was nursing. “I realized that patients need you to help them understand what’s happening, that they can’t always articulate what they need and you need to be their champion,” she said. … » More …

Arlyn Medendorp Headshot
Bedside After Battle

Arlyn-Headshot
By Sarah Schaub

“Lieutenant Dela Pena! Lieutenant Dela Pena! I have my legs,” yelled a young officer from down the hallway. Army ROTC Nurse Arlyn Medendorp (Dela Pena) looked for the man who was shouting her name. There stood a soldier she once knew, one she had cared for. But there was something different about him now. No longer in a wheelchair, he was instead standing on his own.

“He ran across the room and wrapped his arms … » More …

WSU College of Nursing-Ashley Ormsby nursing alumna
WSU Nursing Grad: ‘You Always Remember Your First Code’

Ashley Ormsby nursing alumna

By Alli Benjamin

Ashley Ormsby, RN, BSN, ’13, (pictured above) a Spokane native, was eager to begin her first job at Harborview Medical Center, a level one trauma facility serving Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and Wyoming.

“I was prepared to face some difficult traumas and patients in the operating room; poly traumas, brain bleeds, full body burns,” she said. After completing a six-month nursing residency, she was ready to join her colleagues on the floor.

It was a Friday evening … » More …

Amanda Lennick
Remembering WSU Alumna Amanda Lennick

Amanda LennickAmanda Lennick, WSU College of Nursing Tri-Cities Alumna and nurse at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Washington, suddenly lost her life on March 22, 2014 in the Oso, Washington mudslide. The tragic mudslide occurred just one week after closing on her new home on East Steelhead Drive along the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River.

She fell in love with her new home right away and spent weekends walking the area and getting to know her future neighbors, even before closing on the property. Amanda’s friends said the new home was exactly what she … » More …

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