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WSU Professor Dawn Garzon to lead national nurse practitioners’ group

Dr. Dawn Garzon of the WSU College of Nursing in Vancouver has been chosen as president-elect of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. She will become president of the organization on July 1, 2018.

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Nursing’s “pinning” ceremony is steeped in tradition

The day before commencement, WSU College of Nursing undergraduates will take part in 100-year-old tradition handed down from none other than Florence Nightingale – the pinning ceremony. 

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Herman and Jean Swartz still paying it forward for students nearly 80 years later

 

It was a benefactor who provided the money for my scholarship, and now I am in a position to be the benefactor.” – the late J. Herman Swartz

A couple’s extraordinary gifts have helped many college students in the Inland Northwest over the years, including Nicholas Goodwin. A student in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the WSU College of Nursing, Goodwin is the Fall 2017 recipient of the J. Herman and Jean Swartz Graduate Fellowship in Nursing. He hopes to finish his studies in the psychiatric nurse practitioner program and open his own practice. Goodwin had the opportunity to meet Mrs. Swartz … » More …

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The WSU College of Nursing announces Fall 2017 class

The WSU College of Nursing will welcome 121 new nursing students on campuses in Spokane, Yakima and the Tri-Cities in the fall. The students were selected for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (pre-licensure) program out of nearly 440 applicants.

They will arrive on their campuses for their junior and senior years already experienced in caring for others. All BSN students are required to have accumulated 50 hours of work or volunteer experience for organizations that help them understand the role of professional nurses in health care. Students must write about their experience and what they learned when applying to the WSU College of Nursing.

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Team-based approach to health care starts at school

By Addy Hatch

Crimson scrubs, white lab coats and black polo shirts mingled in the basement of the College of Nursing this week as an interprofessional simulation got under way. The scenario: a Cougar football player collapses in 97-degree heat in the afternoon session of “daily doubles” practice.

Teams included students from WSU Spokane’s College of Nursing and College of Pharmacy, the University’s Athletic Training and Nutrition Exercise and Physiology programs, and the University of Washington’s MEDEX Northwest physician assistant program.

Interprofessional education in health care means students from different professions working together from the very beginning of their training, learning from each other, and … » More …

HPA Professor Jae Kennedy
Dr. Jae Kennedy named president-elect of disability research organization

A decades-long interest in issues relating to disability has taken Dr. Jae Kennedy to a leadership position with NARRTC, an organization that advocates for increasing the quality and rigor of applied disability research. Kennedy, professor and chair of the WSU College of Nursing’s Health Policy & Administration program, was named president-elect of the organization at its annual conference last week.

NARRTC is made up of current and former grantees of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation. The federal agency funds projects to generate new knowledge on disability and rehabilitation and to encourage the adoption and use of that work. Projects … » More …

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 …

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Debbie Brinker credits students, fellow faculty for distinguished teaching award

Assistant Dean Debbie Brinker was named one of two recipients of the President’s Distinguished Teaching Awards for Instructors and Clinical Faculty – the first College of Nursing faculty member to receive the honor.

Brinker teaches professional development and senior practicum courses and is Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs and Community Engagement; she’s been on the College of Nursing faculty for 13 years.

As an educator, “My primary focus is to engage students so we grow leaders in health care,” she said. But Brinker said credit for her honor also goes to the College of Nursing’s exceptional faculty, staff, and students, who she called “the why … » More …

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Phyllis Eide Receives Mentor Academy Award for Excellence

By Cheryl Reed 

The WSU Graduate School has awarded Associate Professor Phyllis Eide the 2017 Graduate School Mentor Academy Award for Excellence for her work in mentoring graduate students. Eide has been a faculty member in the College of Nursing on the WSU Spokane campus since 2002, and a member of the Graduate School Mentor Academy since 2009.

“When I found out I had won the award, I just about fell off my chair,” said Eide. “I am gratified beyond belief. It is one of the highlights of my year.”

The Graduate Mentor Academy is a group of faculty who have volunteered to assist students … » More …

Michael and Carol Huebner
CougsGive: Couple endowed nursing scholarship after careers in the military and academia

Carol Huebner graduated in 1972 from the Intercollegiate Center for Nursing Education and went on to notable career successes in both the military and academia. But she never forgot her “very, very warm feelings” for her alma mater, so in 2014, she and her husband Michael Huebner created an endowed scholarship to benefit students at the Washington State University College of Nursing.

“We just wanted to pay it forward so other students could benefit from some financial support,” Carol said of the couple’s $25,000 gift.

She retired from … » More …

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