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Federal study of nurses’ work shifts led by WSU College of Nursing scientist

A researcher at the Washington State University College of Nursing will lead a $1 million, federally-funded study on nurses’ work shifts that could influence policy nationally.

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Training can alleviate mental, physical effects of fatigue for police

Police officers suffer mental and physical effects from chronic fatigue, but information on sleep issues and strategies can help, a new study led by a WSU College of Nursing researcher shows.

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Cleveland police department to test simulator developed by College of Nursing professor

Two hundred patrol officers in the Cleveland police department will undergo training to recognize their subconscious biases using a simulator developed by an assistant professor in the WSU College of Nursing.

Robin Hauser points a laser handgun while participating in Counter Bias Training Simulation on the campus of WSU Spokane.
Simulator that trains police on bias to be featured in documentary

A simulator developed by a WSU College of Nursing researcher that helps police officers recognize their biases in making deadly-force decisions will be featured in an upcoming documentary called “Bias.”

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New police training draws from science of deadly force

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By Linda Weiford, WSU News

A portable use-of-force simulator aimed at launching a new era in police training is being rolled out by Washington State University.

Called the Counter Bias Training Simulation, or CBTsim, it is the only simulation technology to use interactive video scenarios derived from extensive research of actual police-involved shootings over 30 years in the U.S.

Developed by researchers at WSU’s Simulated Hazardous Operational Tasks Laboratory in Spokane, the device is being offered as a … » More …

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Counter Bias Training Simulation Reaches Officers with Gap Fund Support

Originally published on June 21, 2016 by Alyssa Patrick, WSU Office of Economic Development

In September, nearly 600 police executives, managers, trainers, and officers will observe the launch of Counter Bias Training Simulation developed at WSU, thanks in part to the Commercialization Gap Fund.

“Without the gap fund, we would not be able to get our interactive training into the hands of the police officers who will benefit,” said Lois James, the researcher who developed the training.

James is one of seven WSU researchers who received support from the second round of the Commercialization Gap Fund, support that helps … » More …

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This study found race matters in police shootings, but the results may surprise you

Two Fairfax Police Officers

Originally Published by Tom Jackman on April 27, 2016 in the Washington Post

The conventional thinking about police-involved shootings, and some scientific research, has been that black suspects are more likely to be shot than white suspects because of an implicit racial bias among police officers. But now a new study has found exactly the opposite: even with white officers who do have racial biases, officers are three times less likely to shoot unarmed black suspects than … » More …

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