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DNP project aims to gather more data on LGBTQ patients

Meghan Fitzpatrick, a Doctor of Nursing Practice student at the WSU College of Nursing, has been a nurse long enough to know the importance of gathering complete information from patients.

Fitzpatrick also identifies as queer nonbinary and knows from personal experience that LGBTQ patients often aren’t asked about their sexual orientation or gender identity when they see a provider or visit a clinic or hospital.

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WSU Nursing put Abel Saba’s long-held dream within reach

Abel Saba’s favorite thing at WSU Health Sciences Spokane is a painting of the campus titled “A Transforming Place.”

“I have been transformed,” he notes. “I came to WSU in 2015 as a nursing assistant, and as of today, six years later, I have my doctorate of nursing practice.” Saba graduated in May and is studying for his board exams to become a family nurse practitioner.

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DNP student lands competitive Genentech internship

Nurses have always been patient advocates.

So it should come as no surprise that Sarah Howard will be taking those skills, gained through bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from the Washington State University College of Nursing, to Genentech, one of America’s leading biotech companies.

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WSU nurse practitioner student values creativity amid disruption

Jacqueline Flowers graduated with 4.0 GPA from the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the WSU College of Nursing in Vancouver. Not long ago she was weighing competing job offers to work as a nurse practitioner at health clinics in rural Washington.  

Then the COVID-19 pandemic arrived, blowing a hole in budgets throughout the health care system.  

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WSU Doctor of Nursing Practice program ranked among top 25 in the nation

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the Washington State University College of Nursing is among the top 25 in the nation, according to the newest ranking from U.S. News & World Report.

A DNP degree is a clinical doctorate, as opposed to the research-focused PhD, and is designed to prepare students for a career as a nurse practitioner. The WSU College of Nursing launched its DNP program in 2012 and it’s offered on campuses statewide.

The program ranked 25th in the 2021 Best Graduate School Rankings by U.S. News & World Report, which has been producing such rankings for more than 30 years. It … » More …

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With 1 billion patient visits a year, nurse practitioners play a key role in healthcare

Nov. 10 is the start of National Nurse Practitioner Week, and we’ve got some facts for you:

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DNP grad found that group medical visits were useful in treating chronic pain

Imagine being a nurse practitioner serving patients in a county that’s larger than Rhode Island, but has just 5,300 residents and one medical clinic.

In the West, that’s the reality – and the challenge – for many rural healthcare providers.

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Girma Admasu, DNP student: “I know how it feels not having enough health care”

When Girma Admasu graduates from the Washington State University College of Nursing with his Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, he’ll have the skills and knowledge to become a family nurse practitioner, one of the most sought-after health care professions in the nation. 

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WSU’s largest-ever DNP class improves healthcare in myriad ways

The WSU College of Nursing will graduate 33 Doctor of Nursing Practice students this spring, its largest-ever DNP class. 

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DNP student Jessica Pearl: health care in a prison is rewarding

Jessica Pearl, DNP candidate, Washington State University College of Nursing.
Expects to graduate in 2018 with her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, with the goal of becoming a nurse practitioner.
Worked at the Coyote Ridge Corrections Center, a medium-security state prison in Connell, Washington, for the past seven years.