SPOKANE, Wash. — The Intercollegiate College of Nursing/Washington State University College of Nursing continues to provide and promote accessible health care throughout Spokane County. With the start of the 2002-2003 academic year many expanded health care services and opportunities will be available to more area students.

The Pediatric Outreach Project starts its third year as Spokane Public Schools and People’s Clinic team up again to offer neighborhood health care services at Havermale School. The POP is a community-centered approach bringing health-related services to neighborhoods, schools and families by offering weekly health services in a fixed location and day throughout the school year. The POP, which began Sept. 5, will be offered every Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Havermale School, located at 1300 W. Knox.

People’s Clinic West, located at the Intercollegiate College of Nursing/WSU College of Nursing campus, 2917 W. Ft. George Wright Dr., has extended its “sick call” contract, established last year with Spokane Falls Community College, for the 2002-2003 academic year. People’s Clinic West provides SFCC students and Spokane-based College of Nursing students with “sick call” health care services. These include brief treatment and counseling for acute minor illness, stable chronic illness and simple diagnostic testing.

Services will be available every Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 8:30–11 a.m. beginning Sept. 16. Treatment is provided by a College of Nursing advanced registered nurse practitioner faculty member with assistance from nursing students under his/her direction.

“Sick call” services for SFCC students are funded through SFCC services and activities fees. WSU College of Nursing students are assessed a fee at the time of registration making them eligible for these health services throughout the academic year.

People’s Clinic is extending primary and preventative health services to Spokane-based WSU nursing students from its flagship location at the YWCA, 829 W. Broadway. People’s Clinic at the YWCA is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday offering primary, preventative acute and chronic health care services, well-child exams and immunizations.

“It’s a convenient and consistent location for our students to access quality care,” said Jeff Tanguay, Intercollegiate College of Nursing/WSU College of Nursing student body president. “The “sick call” option adds another level of immediate care previously unavailable
to our busy students.”

People’s Clinic is a nurse-managed clinic established by the WSU College of Nursing in 1998 to increase access to health care throughout Spokane County. The clinic serves more then 300 patients each month and is staffed and operated by the Intercollegiate College of Nursing/WSU College of Nursing. The clinic was established and is maintained with funding from many local and national foundations, agencies, organizations and individuals including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Foundation Northwest and the Health Resources and Services Administration.

Established in 1968, the Intercollegiate College of Nursing/WSU 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. Each year the college educates more than 600 graduate and upper-division undergraduate students and prepares more entry-level nurses than any other state educational institution. For more information about the WSU College of Nursing visit the Web site at nursing.wsu.edu.