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Keynote speaker to address patient care outcomes

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Washington State University Intercollegiate College of Nursing will once again host the annual Inland Northwest Nursing and Health Sciences Research Symposium from 2 to 4:30 p.m. April 27, at Mukogawa Fort George Wright Commons next to the Spokane Falls Community College campus.

Health care professionals and the public are invited to attend. Health scientists from across the Inland Northwest will share their research in poster format. There is no cost to attend the symposium and 2.5 credits of continuing education will be offered for health care professionals.

At 3:15 p.m., Dr. Pamela Mitchell, PhD, CNRN, FAAN, associate dean for Research at the School of Nursing at the University of Washington, will present the keynote address titled, “Interprofessional Collaboration: Improving Outcomes in Research and Practice.” Mitchell’s research examines the wider care delivery system structures and processes as they affect patient care outcomes.

Two of Mitchell’s major projects have examined the organizational features of critical care units and their relationships to patient care outcomes. She is currently attempting to better define patient outcomes that are more sensitive to variations in care delivery and evaluating the impact of faculty leadership in interprofessional education to improve patient safety.

The 2007 Inland Northwest Nursing and Health Sciences Research Symposium is sponsored by the Associated Intercollegiate Nursing Students and the WSU Intercollegiate College of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International/Delta Chi Chapter at Large, Gonzaga University Department of Nursing, and WSU Spokane.

For more information about the symposium, please contact Cindy Corbett at (509) 334-7284 or corbett@wsu.edu.

Established in 1968, the WSU 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 in Spokane through its four consortium partners: Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University, Washington State University and Whitworth College.

The same programs are also offered in several sites across the state including Yakima, Vancouver, Tri-Cities and Walla Walla. As the largest college of nursing in the Pacific Northwest, the College is currently educating more than 925 upper-division undergraduate and graduate students, and each year graduates more entry-level nurses than any other educational institution in the state. For more information, visit http://nursing.wsu.edu/research/symposium.htm.

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