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Spotlight Student: Erica Agrella

Erica Agrella

Erica Agrella

Editor’s Note: Spotlight Students are nominated by staff and faculty at WSU Spokane and are recognized during commencement for their dedication, commitment, sacrifice and/or ability to overcome great odds to succeed as a student. They are selected by a committee ahead of commencement. WSU Spokane will feature a Spotlight Student each day through May 13.

Erica Agrella is graduating from the WSU College of Nursing and a nursing career is a natural fit, given her knack for helping others.

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Earth Day showcases campus sustainability efforts

Earth Day WSU Spokane

Earth Day WSU Spokane

Earth Day is important to Patricia Butterfield, Dean Emerita and Professor in the WSU College of Nursing.

Butterfield is a nationally recognized environmental and public health advocate and leader. Her research focuses on household environmental health risks. During her time as the dean of the College of Nursing, Butterfield instilled a culture of sustainability in all aspects of the college – programs, teaching and daily business operations.

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Simulations prepare nursing students for real life scenarios

Nursing Simulation

Nursing Simulation

Sitting behind a tinted window in the control room, a trained instructor observes WSU College of Nursing students treating a patient.

But this patient isn’t a living, breathing human being. It’s a mannequin, and it gives nursing students an as-close-to-real experience as you can get in an academic setting.

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WSU nursing grad: ‘You always remember your first code’

Ashley Ormsby Nurse

Ashley Ormsby Nurse

(This story appears in the latest edition of the WSU Spokane Magazine)

By Alli Benjamin

Ashley Ormsby, RN, BSN, ’13, (pictured above)  a Spokane native, was eager to begin her first job at Harborview Medical Center, a level one trauma facility serving Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and Wyoming.

“I was prepared to face some difficult traumas and patients in the operating room; poly traumas, brain bleeds, full body burns,” she said.  After completing a six-month nursing residency, she was ready to join her colleagues on the floor.

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Being thankful at WSU Spokane

WSU Spokane Students

WSU Spokane Students

Shameless cliché alert!

It’s the time of year where everybody makes a list of what they’re thankful for, and we’re not afraid to do the same (we will also post a “Year in Review” blog next month. You’ve been warned).

Time has an article on why being thankful is good for your health*. So being a health sciences campus, we figured we’d walk the talk and share what we are thankful for.

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