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WSU Health Sciences students help change state law

By Addy Hatch, WSU News

WSU nursing, pharmacy and medical students will have an easier time participating in community health fairs and vaccination clinics thanks to a bill signed by Gov. Jay Inslee earlier this month.

Student-government leaders from WSU Health Sciences helped develop the legislation, with Rep. Marcus Riccelli, D-Spokane, as the lead sponsor. It will take effect on July 28.

It amends state law to allow nursing, pharmacy and medical students to be supervised by preceptors from any of those professions while volunteering.

For example, students from all three colleges would be able to give immunizations at a community clinic under … » More …

WSU Health Sciences students learn team approach to opioid addiction

By Addy Hatch, WSU news

Any health care provider in Washington is likely to encounter patients who use opioids, either legally prescribed or illegally obtained.

Caring for those patients takes teamwork and communication – skills that now are being taught to students in the medicine, pharmacy and nursing programs at WSU Health Sciences.

The two-hour class was developed by faculty at WSU using funding from the Washington Department of Health. About 350 students from WSU and Eastern Washington University took the class in January and February.

Soon … » More …

College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences celebrates graduates’ success

On Thursday, May 2, the Washington State University (WSU) College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS) celebrated the accomplishments of five Ph.D. of pharmaceutical sciences, one master of pharmaceutical sciences and 146 Doctor of Pharmacy graduates at its 2019 Commencement Ceremony. Family, faculty and friends gathered at the Fox Theater in downtown Spokane to honor the new alumni of the college. Among those new alumni are the inaugural Yakima class.

WSU and the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) joined forces to offer the WSU Doctor of Pharmacy degree program in Yakima beginning in August 2015. This collaboration has allowed WSU student pharmacists and … » More …

WSU representatives participate in planning forum of National Community Pharmacists Association

Spokane, Wash.— Recently College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Vice Dean for External Relations Linda Garrelts MacLean and student pharmacist Megan Baker participated in the National Community Pharmacists Association’s Steering Committee Forum. The annual two-day event in Alexandria, Va. is dedicated to wide-ranging, in-depth discussions of the role independent community pharmacies play in health care and how to best position them for the future. They were among 80 pharmacy professionals and student pharmacists who worked with NCPA staff to develop new initiatives that support independent community pharmacies and their patients for the coming year.

In communities across the nation, independent community pharmacies are a … » More …

RxImpact Day: Students advocate for pharmacy practice

Recently student pharmacist Brandy Seignemartin had the opportunity to participate in the annual National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) RxImpact Day in Washington D.C. RxImpact Day allows student pharmacists and other pharmacy advocates from across the nation to share critical patient access issues with legislators.

Seignemartin is a Doctor of Pharmacy candidate in the class of 2020 at the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences on the Washington State University (WSU) Health Sciences campus in Spokane, Wash. She currently serves as the vice president of legislative affairs for the Associated Students of WSU Health Sciences. When she completes her degree, Seignemartin hopes to … » More …

Seminar speaker discusses home and ambulatory infusion therapy

On January 30 Michael Glockling, class of 1981, spoke with Washington State University (WSU) student pharmacists about home and ambulatory infusion therapy as part of the Preparing for Your Career in Pharmacy Seminar Series.

Glockling currently works with special projects for the Providence Infusion and Pharmacy Services and serves as a Pharmacist Surveyor for the Joint Commission.

Infusion therapy is when a patient receives their medications directly into a vein through either a needle or catheter. Originally, infusion therapy was conducted exclusively in a hospital setting. As time passed, developments such as smaller infusion pumps made home and ambulatory infusion therapy a possibility.

Many infusion … » More …

Bill driven by health sciences students would boost interprofessional education

By Addy Hatch, WSU News

Coug Day at the Capitol took on special significance for students from WSU Health Sciences this year.

Two student‑government leaders from Spokane, part of a delegation of about 100 WSU students from across the state who visited Olympia as part of Coug Day at the Capitol, took the first step in potentially changing state law by dropping a proposal they helped develop into “The Hopper” in the Office of the Code Reviser.

Rep. Marcus Riccelli, D‑Spokane, is the lead sponsor of House Bill 1726. It would amend state law to allow pharmacy, medicine and nursing students to be supervised by preceptors from any of those professions … » More …

Seminar speaker discusses lessons for leadership, life

SPOKANE, Wash. – On October 23 Craig Cox talked to Washington State University (WSU) College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS) students as part of the Preparing for Your Career in Pharmacy Seminar Series. Cox is an associate professor of pharmacy practice and vice chair of experiential programs at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy.

Cox spoke about leadership and how decisions can affect your life. He said, “sometimes we make [decisions] too easily and that’s when you probably know when you’re not making the right decision.”

Cox has familiarity with decisions made too easily. With a community pharmacist for a father, … » More …

WSU student to serve regionally for national pharmacy group

SPOKANE, Wash.—Student pharmacist M. Majid Nazir was elected as one of eight regional delegates, nationally, for the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP). The elections were held at the APhA-ASP midyear regional meeting in Boise, Idaho, earlier this fall.

“I am looking forward to directly working on resolutions that will help advance the profession of pharmacy and make life-long connections with this position,” Nazir said.

Over the next year he will be working with APhA-ASP chapters in Region 7, which includes pharmacy programs in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, and Nevada. He will be promoting advocacy and political awareness by regularly providing updates to … » More …

Student spotlight: a summer at NCPA

YAKIMA, Wash.—Student pharmacist Peter Tang spent last summer as an intern with the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA). The program ran for 10 weeks and is located in Alexandria, Virginia.

“I was very excited about this opportunity to improve my leadership and management skills at a national level as well as expand my interests in independent pharmacy,” Tang said.

The NCPA Summer Internship Program is co-sponsored by the NCPA Foundation. There is only one candidate selected each summer, nationally.

Tang spent his summer … » More …