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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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WSU’s late president leaves big legacy in Spokane

Elson Floyd WSU Spokane

Elson Floyd WSU Spokane

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

By Lorraine Nelson

The late Elson S. Floyd was a frequent visitor to Spokane during the last year of his life.

He had this notion that Washington State University could start a medical school, and it wasn’t long before he persuaded others that WSU really was perfectly capable of doing such a thing, and furthermore, that it was WSU’s mission as the state’s land grant university to do so.

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The History of the WSU Spokane Campus

WSU Spokane

WSU Spokane

The WSU Spokane health sciences campus sits along the Spokane River on the east end of downtown Spokane. Photo courtesy of Isaacson Aerial Photography.

(Ed. Note: The latest edition of the WSU Spokane Magazine is available as a PDF here. It is also distributed statewide to WSU alumni and friends. This is the final story from the magazine. Enjoy!)

By Terren Roloff

From as far back as Spokane’s early years, the 50 acres a few blocks east of downtown were anything but pretty.

By the 1960s, when community leaders realized that area and the rail yards downtown had become a blight on the community, those 50 acres were plagued by waste and neglect.

Fortunately, it wasn’t too long after that realization that things changed for the better.

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WSU Spokane Research Roundup

WSU Spokane Research

WSU Spokane Research

Dr. Eva Szentirmai is researching the link between obesity and sleep loss.

(Ed. Note: The latest edition of the WSU Spokane Magazine is available as a PDF here. It is also distributed statewide to WSU alumni and friends. We will share a story each day from the latest issue on the blog. Enjoy!)

By Judith Van Dongen

Research Explores Link Between Obesity and Sleep

Recent studies have linked obesity and chronic sleep loss, but scientists still don’t know how the two are related. Éva Szentirmai, M.D., Ph.D. (pictured above), an assistant professor in the College of Medical Sciences, is looking at brown fat to help find the answer. She and her colleagues recently received a five-year, $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study this beneficial fat, which helps us burn the calories stored in white fat and regulates our body temperature.

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Research Impact is Growing

WSU Spokane Research

WSU Spokane Research

(Ed. Note: The latest edition of the WSU Spokane Magazine is available as a PDF here. It is also distributed statewide to WSU alumni and friends. We will share a story each day from the latest issue on the blog. Enjoy!)

By Terren Roloff

Most people think of research as improving lives. Spokane leaders know it is also changing our economy.

Consider WSU Spokane: Research dollars on campus have nearly doubled in the last few years.

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Brian Pitcher Led Campus Expansion

Brian Pitcher WSU Spokane

Brian Pitcher WSU Spokane

Brian Pitcher and his wife Cindy pose with Butch T. Cougar

(Ed. Note: The latest edition of the WSU Spokane Magazine is available as a PDF here. It is also distributed statewide to WSU alumni and friends. We will share a story each day from the latest issue on the blog. Enjoy!)

By Lorraine Nelson

Brian Pitcher, Ph.D., is retiring June 1 from Washington State University after more than ten years in senior administration. Pitcher was provost at the University of Idaho when he was appointed WSU Spokane chancellor in January 2005.

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Nursing Students Gain Experience Treating Mental Illness and the Homeless

WSU Nursing Students

WSU Nursing Students

L-R: Danica Parkin, WSU College of Nursing Instructor, and nursing students Amanda-Myers-Nijmeh, Crystal Johnson and Sonia Kaur participated in the Homeless Connect event at the Salvation Army.

(Ed. Note: The latest edition of the WSU Spokane Magazine is available as a PDF here. It is also distributed statewide to WSU alumni and friends. We will share a story each day from the latest issue on the blog. Enjoy!)

By Alli Benjamin and Kevin Dudley

The National Alliance on Mental Health estimates nearly 19 percent of adults experience mental illness in a given year. Between 26 and 46 percent of homeless adults live with mental illness.

Treating those individuals requires a certain kind of care.

The WSU College of Nursing includes several fields in nursing, from Bachelor of Science nurses who provide basic health care to nurse practitioners who have a master’s or doctorate. Both levels and in between are working with the homeless.

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Clinic will be Model for Inter-Professional Health Care

University District Health Clinic

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By Lorraine Nelson

With their vision of true inter-professional education in mind, teaching faculty from medicine, nursing and pharmacy are spending many hours together designing the interior spaces and work flow plan for the soon-to-be-built University District Health Clinic.

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Competition Set Aside for Good of Communication Disorder Students

Speech and Hearing Sciences Students

Students from the WSU and EWU speech and hearing sciences and communication disorders programs share an American Sign Language class.

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By Doug Nadvornick

On Spokane’s health sciences campus, where most of the departments complement each other, the University Programs in Communication Disorders (UPCD) is a unique case.

The UPCD partners—WSU’s Speech and Hearing Sciences (SHS) and EWU’s Communication Disorders programs— compete for undergraduate and graduate students who want to train to become speech-language pathologists and audiologists. But once the students are enrolled, they’re embraced by both institutions.

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WSU Pharmacy Program Expands to Yakima

WSU Pharmacy researchers

WSU Pharmacy researchers

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By Lori Maricle

The WSU College of Pharmacy and the private Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) recently finalized an agreement to offer the WSU Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree on the PNWU campus in Yakima, beginning in August.

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