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A refresher course for nurses who have let their licenses lapse is seeing a surge of applications at Washington State University’s College of Nursing in Spokane.
Once operated out of the historic Carnegie Library on downtown Spokane’s western edge, the Washington State University Nursing College now trains students with evolving technology and offers advanced degrees, decades after the call for nurses to receive college training.
Nursing students at the Washington State university College of Nursing learn with the help of a high-tech mannequin that can mimic healthy vital signs and those of someone in severe distress. To those not familiar with modern medical education, the mannequin is unsettlingly lifelike.
Several dozen low-income and homeless people took advantage of the WSU Colleges of Nursing and Veterinary Medicine’s free health screening and vaccination clinic on Friday.
Joyce Griffin-Sobel remembers the first time someone called her a nurse. “When I was in college, we had to follow a family through Lamaze class and birth. The family I picked lived in the Bronx, like I did. The hospital where they’d chosen to have the baby was down in Manhattan.
Marian Wilson, an assistant professor in the WSU College of Nursing, will spend the next two years looking at the relationship between sleep and chronic pain to see whether addressing sleep disturbances might help reduce the pain patients are experiencing.
A pair of grants awarded to Washington State University’s College of Nursing brings more than $2 million in research funds. Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern Washington and the Community Health Association of Spokane will work with the college under a $1.3 million federal grant.
Gonzaga University will combine two departments and expand them into a new School of Nursing and Human Physiology, hoping to meet the demand for medical professionals that will be driven by federal health care reform. The university said Monday it will combine its nursing department, which offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, and the human physiology department, which offers a bachelor of science degree, to create GU’s first new school in nearly 40 years.
Today’s nursing school graduates continue to find good jobs even as the economy stumbles along and the uncertainty of health care reform looms. Anne Hirsch, senior associate dean of the WSU College of Nursing and a director of the Washington Center for Nursing, says the types of jobs are changing and colleges are struggling to turn out enough graduates to fill the open jobs across the state. Q.Are there jobs for today’s nursing school graduates?
Spokane-area residents got something healthier than french fries at a drive-through Saturday: flu shots. The drive-through influenza vaccination clinic, organized by the Spokane Regional Health District, was the first vaccination clinic of its kind in Spokane County.
Washington state doesn’t just need more nurses; it needs more nursing teachers. The Washington State University College of Nursing Building will provide more of both. On Wednesday, dignitaries including U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and WSU President Elson Floyd toured the new $34.6 million facility built with state money on Spokane’s Riverpoint Campus.