[Editor’s Note: National Nurses Week research story ideas are posted on the WSU News site and the College of Nursing Web sites.]

SPOKANE, Wash. — Students, faculty and staff will be preparing for National Nurses Week (May 6-13) by sprucing up the Intercollegiate College of Nursing/WSU College of Nursing campus May 3 as part of an all-day College Pride Day celebration.

Activities involve interior and exterior beautification projects from 9–11 a.m. throughout the campus. Teams of volunteers will pick up trash, sweep, rake, weed, dust, wash windows, and plant flowers, bushes and trees among other projects.

“We are fortunate to have our campus located in a beautiful and scenic area,” said Dorothy Detlor, dean of the College of Nursing. “Adding personal touches of pride is a wonderful way to nurture and care for our campus.”

Following the clean up, the Associated Intercollegiate Nursing Students group will sponsor a noon all-campus barbecue in the outer courtyard area. “The entire day is a great way to emphasize our college pride and host an end-of-year celebration for everyone,” said Charles Hall, AINS president.

The clean-up effort will have an immediate audience as major donors visit the campus for an evening reception and dinner introducing, recognizing and honoring those who provide scholarship funds to College of Nursing students and those that receive funding to continue their education.

Friday’s activities precede the beginning of National Nurses Week, which is celebrated each year from May 6-12. National Nurses Week was established to promote the nursing profession and recognize the significant contributions nurses and nursing make to quality health care the community.

“Nurses make a difference every day in many ways,” said Detlor. “We hope the national recognition of the role nurses play in the care and health of our world population will encourage more young students and adults seeking a rewarding and well-paying career to consider nursing.”
The worldwide nursing shortage serves to punctuate the urgent need for skilled nurses, advanced degree professional nurses and faculty to educate the next generation of nursing professionals.

Research will continue to play a key role in the transformation of health care. Nurse scientists are recognized as pioneers and leaders in many areas of research including access to health care, health outcomes, women’s health, disease and symptom management, quality of life and family health. For more information about the College of Nursing and on-going and groundbreaking research taking place at the college visit the Web site at nursing.wsu.edu.

Established in 1968, the Intercollegiate College of Nursing is the nation’s first, oldest and most comprehensive nursing education consortium. The College of Nursing offers baccalaureate, graduate and professional development course work to nursing students enrolled through its four consortium partners—Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University, Washington State University and Whitworth College. The college educates more than 600 graduate and undergraduate students each year and is the largest undergraduate nursing college in the state.