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Nurse Technology Enhanced Care at Home (N-TECH)

N-TECH Lab

A space where nurses, multidisciplinary faculty, community members, and technology partners work together to prevent and manage chronic conditions in adults. We value innovation, inclusiveness, and integrity. We aim to impact the landscape of home care options for persons managing chronic conditions by inventing, testing, and evaluating technologies for practical applications. We define technology as methods, materials, and devices used to solve practical problems. We are guided by integrative nursing principles including a broad contextual view of one’s environment, person-centered and least invasive care, humans are whole beings who are inseparable from their physical and social justice environments, and outcomes should be informed by evidence. All research conducted within the N-TECH lab intentionally includes viewing the project through 3 lenses: pragmatic technology application; diversity, equity and inclusion; and environmental impact.

Technology definitions:

  • Science or knowledge put into practical use to solve problems or invent useful tools
  • Applying a systematic technique, method or approach to solve a problem
  • The use of scientific knowledge to solve practical problems​​​​​​​
  • The practical application of knowledge

Vision: To ease the impact of chronic conditions in daily life

Mission: To develop and promote health technology addressing chronic conditions

Core Values: Innovation, Inclusiveness, Integrity


Team Members:

Roschelle “Shelly” Fritz, PhD, RN, FAAN: Founder of N-TECH Lab; Associate Professor; Fellow, Betty Irene Moore Fellowship for Nurse Leaders and Innovators.

Email: shelly.fritz@wsu.edu

Catherine Van Son PhD, RN, ANEF, FGSA, FAAN: Professor/Nurse Gerontologist; Walter & Janet Lindblad; Distinguished Professor in Geriatrics; Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing NHCGNE; Interim MN & Certificates Program Director.

Email: vansonc@wsu.edu

Connie Nguyen-Truong PhD, RN, ANEF, Alumnus PCCN: Associate Professor.

Email: c.nguyen-truong@wsu.edu

Julie Postma PhD, RN: Associate Dean for Research; Professor.

Email: jpostma@wsu.edu

Marian Wilson PhD, MPH, RN, PMGT-BC: Associate Professor.

Email: marian.wilson@wsu.edu