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Message from Dean Emami

Dear Alumni and Friends,

Dean EmamiAs June draws to a close, we wrap up another year at the UW School of Nursing, and my first year as dean. Earlier this month, we watched a proud group of over 350 students cross the stage in Meany Hall during our annual convocation ceremony and celebrated their many accomplishments and achievements. We honored faculty and students with excellence in teaching and outstanding student awards, which you will read about below. We are pleased to welcome these students into their new roles as alumni and into this great network of powerful nursing leaders.

In May, we celebrated the work of nurses in our communities at our annual Nurses Recognition Banquet, and we were honored to welcome Dr. Hester Klopper as our annual Soule lecturer. We are already welcoming a new class of students to the UW School of Nursing and will share the profession of nursing with high school students during this summer’s nurse camp. We hope you will continue to stay involved with and connected to our school.

Although this spring has been a time of great celebration and excitement, the school have also been touched by loss. We are saddened to share the tragic news that our assistant dean of advancement, Kerri Hartnett McGill, was killed in a car accident on June 22. Kerri joined the UW School of Nursing in January as assistant dean. In her short time at the school, she touched the lives of many of our alumni, students, donors and friends. We are truly grieved by this loss to our school and community. A transition plan for our advancement office is already underway, and we look forward to continuing to share with you how we will move forward from this tragic loss.

I hope you enjoy the coming summer months! Thank you for being a part of the UW School of Nursing community.


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

Thank you for celebrating nursing with us!

dean emami with award winnersWe were honored to have so many alumni and friends in our midst during our annual Elizabeth Sterling Soule Lecture and Nurses Recognition Banquet last month. We hope you had a wonderful evening. We've posted photos of the event on our Facebook page and hope you'll take a look!

Thank you for being a part of this great event. We look forward to seeing you again next year as we continue to celebrate and honor nurses around the world!

Congrats to the Class of 2014!

Graduation 2014We are so proud of our recent graduates! Congratulations to the more than 350 students who graduated from the UW School of Nursing this month.

We are also excited to share our outstanding award winners for this year:

2014 UW School of Nursing Outstanding Academic Achievement Student Awards

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Achievement Award winner is Nate Dreesmann. The award criteria include contributions to the community, leadership, and exceptional care for others.

The Master of Nursing Outstanding Student Award winner is Ryna Hansen. The award criteria include the application of theory to practice, creativity, scholarship, professional potential, leadership, and contributions to the community.

The Master of Science Outstanding Student Award winner is Jane Chung. The award criteria include the application of theory to practice, creativity, scholarship, professional potential, leadership, and contributions to the community.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice Outstanding Student Award winner is Tessa Walker-Linderman. The award criteria include leadership, clinical competency, and outstanding contributions to the UW School of Nursing.

The Dissertation Award in Nursing Science winner is Sarah Gimbel. The award criteria include research contribution, creativity, and the scientific significance of the research.

Be sure to check out our graduation photos here, and submit your own to our Facebook page. Congratulations to all 2014 graduates, and welcome to the alumni community!

Alumni News

We want to hear from you! Check out our new alumni story form here, and share your news and updates with us!

Kristen Hosey

Alumni Updates

Kristen Hosey, MN '13, DNP '13, recently received a second year in her Afya Bora Fellowship, a career development award of $40,000 in funding. She has been developing a Continuing and Professional Development (CPD) Library (like CNE) for nurses and midwives in the East, Central and Southern Africa College of Nursing (ECSACON) region. The additional funding will help launch the website (in September in Harare, Zimbabwe) and the development of a sustainability plan, marketing strategy, and M&E framework for the CPD library. 

CiprianoCongratulations to Pamela Cipriano, MN '81, who was recently elected president of the American Academy of Nursing. She received her MN from the UW School of Nursing in 1981 and most recently oversaw more than 3,000 University of Virginia Health Systems employees as the chief clinical officer and chief nursing officer. Read more about her appointment here.

In Remembrance

Patricia MacElveen-Hoehn, former faculty member

Martha Bruske, BSN '54

Mary Margaret Turner Yaeger, BSN '60

Faculty News

Mitchell Pamela.jpgDr. Pamela Mitchell, interim dean at the UW School of Nursing from 2012-2013, has been appointed interim executive associate dean, effective June 9, 2014. She also received a UW Award of Excellence this month for leadership. Read more about both here.

New SoN Research Finds Budget Cuts in Health Departments Lead to Lower-Birth-Weight Babies

Betty BekemeierReductions in local health departments’ spending on maternal and child health programs are strongly related to increased rates of low-birth-weight babies, according to a University of Washington-led study.

“Low-birth-weight infants are extremely costly to our healthcare system and to families and, even more important, have negative long-term effects on these babies – even well into adulthood,” said Betty Bekemeier, the study’s lead author and an associate professor in the UW School of Nursing. Read more about this work here.

2014 Teaching Excellence Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award winners and to our Outstanding Student Award winners. They were honored at the UW School of Nursing's Convocation Ceremony on June 13 at Meany Hall.

--The Rheba de Tornyay Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award winner is Gaylene Altman. The award criteria include a clear and engaging teaching style, professionalism, and personal contributions.

--The Sandra Eyres Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award winner is Joachim Voss. The award criteria include a clear and engaging teaching style, professionalism, and personal contributions.

--The Excellence in Promoting Diversity Through Teaching Award winner is Josephine Ensign. The award criteria include subject matter knowledge, a commitment to diversity, respect for all, a value of students and development of a flexible and inclusive teaching style.

--The Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award winner is Mary Hanson. The award criteria include the quality of student interactions and the teaching approach.

Faculty Receives Distinguished Alumni Award

Mary Ann Draye, retired assistant professor in PCH, recently received Loyola University Chicago’s School of Nursing Distinguished Alumna Award for 2014. Read more here.

Student News

Undergraduate Research Symposium

Research SymposiumAlmost 30 UW School of Nursing students participated in the Undergraduate Research Symposium on May 16, 2014 in a wide range of projects, from how premature babies react to room temperature fluctuations to the impact of sleep and eating habits in adolescents. This was the largest number of nursing students ever to participate in the annual symposium. Read more about the event here.

Global WACh event celebrates global student achievement

Maura Carroll.jpgTwo DNP students are among a new group of UW students to work with Global WACh, a UW Center that is helping improve the health of Women, Adolescents and Children around the world. Read more here.


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Vol. 25, Issue 3

In this Issue:

-- Welcome from Dean Emami
-- Thank you for celebrating nursing with us!
-- Congrats Class of 2014
-- Alumni News
-- Faculty News
-- Student News

Visit our new website!

Have you visited our new website? We're excited to share some new features such as videos and a great place to submit your graduation memories! Check it out at

Students participate in business plan competition

This spring, nursing students joined the UW Foster School of Business's Business Development Plan Competition! Two UW Nursing students made it to the final round of this exciting competition. Read more about their project here.

Join us on linkedin!

We recently created a LinkedIn EDU page! You can follow us there for the latest news and updates.

Nursing research matters

Finding Big Questions in the Details

Assistant Professor Rebecca O'Connor discusses the roots of her research in type 1 diabetes in East African Immigrants. Read more here.

CNE Course Offerings

Aug 13-Oct 16: Wound Management Education Program, Summer/Fall 2014

Sept 8-Nov 17: Enhancing Medical-Surgical Nursing Practice, Fall 2014 Online Series

Sept 18: Mental Health 2014:Bridging the Gap

Oct 9-11: Advanced Practice in Primary and Acute Care

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


School of Nursing
Office of Advancement

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Alumni Career Form


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