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Message From Dean Azita Emami

Dean Emami

Dear Alumni and Friends,

We hope you remember your time at the UW School of Nursing fondly. Many of you have shared with us that your education at our school prepared you to touch lives in practice, research, education and policy. We are proud that you shared the knowledge you gained here and impacted the greater community through your work. Lives are transformed by the UW School of Nursing and you are part of why we are such a highly regarded institution. Thank you for continuing our school’s longstanding legacy of excellence in nursing.

We are also proud of the impact our students and faculty members are having at our school today. Faculty and students are engaged locally and globally, delivering compassionate and culturally-minded services designed to help people live healthier lives. This month, you will read about several innovative and powerful global projects led by faculty and students, including a community garden developed in the outskirts of Lima, Peru, and a sanitation program designed to reduce disease in an orphanage in Nepal. We are proud of the impact the UW School of Nursing has across the globe.

This week, we will have the opportunity to hear more about the global future of nursing as we welcome our Elizabeth Sterling Soule Endowed Lecturer, Sigma Theta Tau International President Dr. Hester Klopper. Dr. Klopper’s global perspective on nursing and healthcare will spark interesting conversations in our community and beyond. I hope that you’ll join us for what will be a relevant and timely conversation for our school and the nursing community at large on May 7th at 4:30pm at Benaroya Hall.

As we look to the future of healthcare delivery, the UW SoN will undoubtedly continue to be a leader in nursing education. We will continue to prepare our students to be globally and culturally-minded providers and leaders. Because of your support, we’ve already made strides to improve care delivery across communities and cultures, with diverse clinical sites and improvements in on-site training and coursework designed to expose students to diverse populations and environments. It is my greatest hope that you will continue to support our students and faculty as they impact communities locally and globally. We are innovating health and health delivery in our local, national and global communities thanks to your generosity.

Thank you for continuing to be a part of this great community. I look forward to seeing you on May 7th our Soule Lecture and Nurses Recognition Banquet!


Azita Emami

Azita Emami, PhD, MSN, RNT, RN, FAAN
Robert G. and Jean A. Reid Dean, UW School of Nursing
Professor, Biobehavioral Nursing & Health Systems, School of Nursing

UW SoN Goes Global

Global engagement is a key piece of the UW School of Nursing experience. Faculty and students are engaged in work around the city and across the globe.

webglobepic.jpgMany of our faculty are engaged in international work or collaborations, including hosting visiting scholars, advising international students, executing global research projects, and delivering conferences, lectures and seminars in countries around the world. Ongoing exchange relationships are occurring with a myriad of nursing institutions, including schools in Japan, Taiwan, India, Thailand and Australia. Faculty are also leading global experiences for students. Last year, SoN Faculty led four Exploration Seminars to students throughout the University of Washington focused on health improvements and practices globally. This summer, there will be three more exploration seminars to India, South Korea and Thailand.

SoN Students are exploring health in the global context as well. Last year, the School of Nursing helped support students to travel internationally and learn about global health, including to Taiwan and the Phillippines.

Global work is a key piece of the future of the UW SoN. Learn more about our global health programs and activities here.

Global Trends: Changing the Future of Nursing

2014 Elizabeth Sterling Soule Lecture featuring Dr. Hester Klopper

Hester KlopperJoin us tomorrow as we hear from International nursing leader Dr. Hester Klopper for the Elizabeth Sterling Soule Endowed lecture on May 7th at 4:30pm at Benaroya Hall. Dr. Klopper will be speaking on "Global Trends: Changing the Future of Nursing." We hope you'll join us for this exciting event! Learn more and register here.

Alumni Spotlight:

Gloria Nam, PhD '13

Gloria NamWhen Gloria Nam, who graduated with her PhD last Spring, left the US to lead a new nursing program in Swaziland, Africa, she did not know what to expect. Nine months later, Nam leads the nursing program at Swaziland Christian University, which is the first college in that country to produce nursing graduates. Nam credits many of the skills she's used in her daily life in Swaziland to her education at the UW School of Nursing. We caught up with her in a Q and A session recently. Read it here.

DNP program reaccredited

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at the UW School of Nursing will continue to produce future nursing leaders and educators thanks to a positive review and accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The program, which began admitting students in 2007, prepares nurses for independent practice and leadership in careers such as community nursing, critical-care nursing, psychiatric mental health nursing, adult, gerontology, family and pediatric nursing, and nurse-midwifery. Read more here.

Alumni News

Alumni Updates

Linderman.jpgCongratulations to Tessa Walker Linderman, DNP '13, who was recently selected for an AACN/ CDC fellowship in public health nursing, called the Medical Countermeasure Program Development Nurse Fellowship. The position will support development of an operational readiness assessment tool. Read more about the fellowship here.

Sarah BlumWe recently heard from Sarah Blum, MSN '76, a Vietnam War Veteran, who shared that she had a book published in 2012 and is working to spread the word about PTSD and sexual trauma in the military. Her book is titled "Women Under Fire: Abuse in the Military." She's been nationally recognized for her work on PTSD and we are very proud to call her an alumna! Read more about her work here.

In Remembrance

Dorothy Woodbridge Dash, BSN '79

Helen Maxine Hayes, '35 certificate (1940 BSN)

Ann Klingensmith, longtime staff member

Elizabeth Jane "Betty" White, BSN

Thomas L. Walsh, MN '89, DNP '10

Faculty News

Project provides hope to desolate community

garden projectFunding from the University of Washington recently took a group of UW Students to Peru, where they helped develop community gardens in desolate communities. Associate Professor Joachim Voss in the dept. of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems consulted with the students and helped impove the lives of 29 families in an impoverished Lima community. Read the story here.

STTI names 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees

Cynthia DoughertySchool of Nursing Professor Cynthia Dougherty, PhD, ARNP, FAHA, FAAN, will be inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International’s (STTI) Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, honoring her many contributions to nursing and nursing research. The induction will occur during the 25th International Nursing Research Congress in Hong Kong this July. Read more here.

Student News

UW News program highlights student who is bettering lives inspired by the words of her father

KatieRose.jpgGraduating BSN student Katie Rose Fischer-Price was inspired by the words of her father a mountain climber, to pursue nursing. Working in an orphanage in Nepal, she helped lead hand washing and sanitation efforts with resident children.The student inspires others to make a difference and give back. Watch the UW360 segment.

PhD student Weichao Yuwen selected as a Magnuson Scholar

Weichao YuwenPhD student Weichao Yuwen was selected as Magnuson Scholar in early April, joining students from the five other health sciences schools as 2014-2015 Magnuson Scholars. Each scholar was nominated by their respective Health Sciences School on the basis of outstanding academic performance and potential contributions to research in the health sciences. As you will see, this year’s scholars appear well-positioned to continue and contribute to the late Senator Warren G. Magnuson’s healthcare legacy. Read more about this program here.

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Vol. 25, Issue 2

In this Issue:

Working Internationally?

We are interested in hearing from some of our alumni who are working in countries outside of the U.S. Reach out to us at and share more about your work. We'd love to hear from you!



New website is coming!

We're excited to share the news that our website will be getting a facelift and our new look will be live around May 13th! Be sure to stop by and check it out and let us know your thoughts.

UW SON in the news

UW 360 March 2014: Interprofessional Education featuring Associate Professor Sarah Shannon. Watch the video here.

The Seattle Times
--Gloomy skies can bring shortage of vitamin D, by Lisa Sieberson, PhD ’11, MN ’10, BSN ‘04, March 23, 2014

--Childbirth TMI: When too much information is a bad thing, by Susan Fleming, PhD, MN '05, RN

--SoN Barnard Center for Infant Mental Health and Development director Susan Spieker was recently featured in a PBS documentary. Watch it here.

Join us on linkedin!

We recently created an alumni linkedIn group and hope you'll join us there! We look forward to keeping you connected both personally and professionally! Follow this link or search for "University of Washington School of Nursing Alumni" to find us!

Save the date: De tornyay center spring lecture

We're excited to share the news of the de Tornyay Center's Upcoming Healthy Aging Lecture: Focus on Falls: Preventing Falls in Community Dwelling Older Adults. Save the date to attend this great event on May 14, 2-4pm at the UW Tower Auditorium. Read more here.

CNE Course Offerings

May 8: Women's Health Drug Therapy 2014
June 9-August 1: Enhancing Medical-Surgical Nursing Practice 2014: Summer Online Series
June 11: Neuropsychotropic Drug Therapy 2014
June 19: Annual Nurse Educators Conference 2014: Shaking Up Nursing Education

For a full list of Upcoming CNE conferences, click here.

Participate in an IBS study

Volunteers needed for research on discomfort associated with IBS. TO QUALIFY: female, age 18-45, and a medical diagnosis of IBS. 3 VISITS: an interview visit (2 hrs); a visit to assess heat sensitivity and capacity to drink water for 5 min (1½ hr); a visit to test eye blink response (1½ hr). Optional 4th visit to test rectal sensitivity (4 hrs). Keep a symptom diary for 4-8 wks. MAXIMUM REIMBURSEMENT: $340 plus $250 for 4th visit. CALL: (206) 685-5660 at UW School of Nursing.


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