Two College of Nursing Faculty Selected for State and National Fellowships

SPOKANE, Wash. — Two Intercollegiate College of Nursing/Washington State University College of Nursing faculty members recently received recognition by state and national organizations.

Dr. Margaret Bruya, DNSc, ARNP, professor, was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing this month. Dr. Lorna Schumann, PhD, ARNP, associate professor, was inducted into the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in June. Schumann also recently received the Excellence for Nurse Practitioners Award for the state of Idaho presented by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

“The work that Drs. Bruya and Schumann are doing has positively affected hundreds of people, from those in desperate need in our Spokane community to people in need within our global community,” said Dorothy Detlor, dean of the ICNE/WSU College of Nursing. “We are proud and honored to have these exemplary nurses on our academic team.”

Fellows are chosen by these academies for outstanding contributions made to the field of nursing through research, clinical practice, education and/or health policy.

In addition to her extensive research in the area of medical-surgical and critical care nursing, Bruya has maintained a clinical practice along with her full-time responsibilities in a faculty role. As part of her efforts at the College of Nursing, Bruya co-founded the college’s People’s Clinic, a nurse-managed community health clinic located at the YWCA in downtown Spokane.

People’s Clinic was established to increase access to quality health care for homeless, uninsured or underinsured Spokane residents. It was through her vision and leadership that Bruya recognized the need for the clinic. Her perseverance led to securing the funds and community partnerships that made the clinic a reality in 1998. For this effort, Bruya received the Loretta C. Ford National Leadership Award in l999. She has also served on the Washington State Quality Assurance Commission since 1984, being commission chair twice, and on the Spokane Mental Health Board of Directors since 1994.

Schumann is a family nurse practitioner whose work includes 26 years of clinical practice and 19 years at the College of Nursing. She is considered a clinical expert and an exceptional educator who motivates students to get involved in health policy and global health care. Her primary research focus is in multiple sclerosis.

Last year, Schumann led a nine-person team of nurses and nursing students to bring much-needed medical attention to orphaned children in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She and a five-person team are in Honduras again this week.

Established in 1968, the ICNE/WSU College of Nursing is the nation’s first, oldest and most comprehensive nursing education consortium. The college 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 educational institution in the state. For more information about the ICNE/WSU College of Nursing, visit the college Web site at