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Washington State University College of Nursing has announced three of its faculty will be inducted as Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing in October. These three are among 230 other inductees who will be recognized for their contributions to nursing and the health care system nationally and internationally.

Roschelle Fritz is an assistant professor at the WSU College of Nursing in Vancouver and is a Fellow of the National Science Foundation’s Integrative Graduate Education Research and Training program. Her development of the Fritz Method helped provide clinicians a way to interpret large amounts of data and use it to make real-world predictions for health changes in older adults.

Renee Hoeksel is a professor emeritus at the WSU College of Nursing in Vancouver. Her 30-year career at the university has focused on fostering better accessibility to and enhancing the academic progression of working registered nurses across seven Western states. In collaboration with other educational institutions, she led the transformation of the credentials of Registered Nurse to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

Kawkab Shishani is an associate professor at the WSU College of Nursing in Spokane. With a research career that began in Jordan with epidemiological studies on tobacco use, she has become an international leader in studies of water pipe tobacco smoking. Shishani has trained hundreds of health care providers and pharmacists around the world on smoking cessation counseling.


Michaela Thompson has been named the executive director of Touchmark on South Hill. Thompson has worked in the retirement community for 17 years, including as resident services director. She has worked various positions with the company and will now lead the its first-full–service retirement community. Thompson holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Gonzaga University


Whitman County Library has hired Kylie Fullmer as the library’s new director. Fullmer grew up in the Tri-Cities and went on to earn a master’s degree in library science from the University of Washington. She previously was the library director for 10 years with the East Adams Library District based in Ritzville.

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