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WCU helping meet need for registered nurse anesthetists

There is a critical need for certified registered nurse anesthetists – advanced care nurses commonly known as CRNAs and who specialize in pain relief – and Western Carolina University's department of nursing is doing something to meet that need, with the help of several Western North Carolina medical care providers.
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500 gather at Western summit to tackle meth problem

Law enforcement officers from across North Carolina joined with state legislators, county and municipal officials, medical and social services professionals, and students and educators at Western Carolina University on Wednesday, Nov. 16, to examine strategies for curbing the rampant problem of methamphetamine.
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Students spend summer on Cherokee preservation projects

A group of Western Carolina University students spent much of the summer studying the diversity and preservation of Cherokee lands and heritage, a project that had them getting their hands dirty in an archaeological dig, conducting DNA studies of soil samples and examining microorganisms in elk droppings.