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Simulation prepares health care workforce, aids researchers

Simulation

Simulation

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

By Kevin Dudley

A nursing student talks to her patient. The patient coughs and says he is having chest pains. Soon, he’ll stop breathing and the student will start CPR.

Pharmacy students are providing a patient with his medications at the pharmacy when he suddenly becomes agitated. After discovering he is experiencing low blood sugar levels, the students give him something to help.

A Spokane police officer lays his hand on the gun in his holster. He’s commanding an individual to show his hands and to settle down. The individual then pulls out a gun of his own.

A truck driver is driving on just four hours of sleep. He’s driving in a forested area at high speeds. His truck is deviating from its lane, creating a dangerous situation for him and others on the road.

These scenes are from various simulation programs on campus and are used for clinical instruction, research or both.

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Health Sciences Update episodes focus on medical school, pharmacy college and nursing research

WSU Spokane

The latest batch of Health Sciences Update episodes are now available and can soon be seen on Comcast channel 17 in Spokane at 8:00 a.m., noon and 8:00 p.m.

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Spotlight Student: Allison Perrine

Allison Perrine

Allison Perrine

Editor’s Note: Spotlight Students are nominated by staff and faculty at WSU Spokane and were 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.

In October of 2011, Allison Perrine lost her mother to breast cancer. Since then, the nursing graduate has dedicated her life to helping those impacted by the disease.

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Spotlight Student: Angel Li

Angel Li

Angel Li

Editor’s Note: Spotlight Students are nominated by staff and faculty at WSU Spokane and were 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.

Angel Li wasted no time becoming involved with her university.

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Welcome Nursing Dean Joyce P. Griffin-Sobel

Joyce P. Griffin-Sobel

Joyce P. Griffin-Sobel

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

By Alli Benjamin

The new dean of the College of Nursing arrived in April with more than 25 years of experience in academic nursing.

Dean Joyce P. Griffin-Sobel, Ph.D., R.N., is the college’s seventh dean and succeeds Patricia Butterfield, Ph.D., who returned to the faculty and her research.

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Spotlight Student: Monique De Nysschen

Monique De Nysschen

Monique De Nysschen

Editor’s Note: Spotlight Students are nominated by staff and faculty at WSU Spokane and were 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.

Earning a doctoral degree in nursing is hard enough. Doing so while overcoming a language barrier, health issues and two car accidents makes the journey even more difficult.

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Spotlight Student: Nicole Roddy

Nicole Roddy

Nicole Roddy

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.

What did you do after graduating from college? For Nicole Roddy, her post-graduation plans include becoming a commissioned Naval Officer in the United States Navy.

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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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