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Naomi Lungstrom at the front of a classroom.
WSU nursing instructor serves as medical expert in lawsuits

After serving as a medical expert in more than 70 lawsuits, Naomi Lungstrom knows there are a lot of ways health care can go wrong. 

Louise Kaplan with student
Professor Louise Kaplan helping Swaziland add nurse practitioners

There is no medical school in Swaziland, a small African country that has the world’s highest HIV/AIDs rate. Much of Swaziland’s health care is provided by nurses.

Portrait of Laura Wintersteen-Arleth holding the Crimson Spirit Award.
And the Crimson Spirit Award for September goes to… Laura Wintersteen-Arleth

Congratulations to Laura Wintersteen-Arleth of the WSU College of Nursing, who received Washington State University’s Crimson Spirit Award in September.

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Dr. Janet Katz named a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing

Dr. Janet Katz, Professor at the WSU College of Nursing, has been named a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Katz will be inducted into the Academy in a ceremony in October.

Portrait of Gordana (Dana) Dermody
Gordana Dermody named to national CNL certification board

Gordana Dermody, PhD, RN, CNL, has been named to the board of the Commission on Nurse Certification, which manages the Clinical Nurse Leader certification program. Dermody, a Clinical Assistant Professor at the WSU College of Nursing, will join the board on July 1 and will serve a three-year term.

Portrait of Barb Richardson holding a microphone with a group of teenagers behind her.
Barbara Richardson honored for founding Youth Leadership Spokane

More than 600 area teenagers have learned civic responsibility, leadership, communications and team-building in the last 20 years through Youth Leadership Spokane, a program founded by Barbara Richardson, now a faculty member at the WSU College of Nursing.

Renee Hoeksel
Dr. Renee Hoeksel named a fellow in NLN Academy of Nursing Education

Dr. Renee Hoeksel, Executive Associate Dean and Professor at the Washington State University College of Nursing, has been named a fellow of the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education.

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 …

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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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