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Message From Interim Dean Pamela Mitchell

Dear Alumni and Friends:

Pam MitchellDespite the unseasonably cool weather we've had over the last several weeks, Spring HAS come to the UW School of Nursing! Flowers are blooming all across campus and students are enjoying the longer days and nicer weather that comes along with these months. While our nursing students remain hard at work in classes and at their clinical sites, our seniors and graduate students are eagerly awaiting the chance to don cap and gown and walk across the stage on June 14th. That’s right, our school’s convocation and the whole University graduation is just a few months away!  Do you remember the feeling of walking across the stage to collect your diploma as a new BSN, or be hooded as a graduate student? It’s an exciting time for everyone. We look forward to this chance to celebrate each spring the wonderful work of our students, faculty and staff.

Springtime also brings our annual Nurses Recognition Banquet, which is just a few weeks away on May 8th. We are hoping you’re able to join us for this wonderful event that celebrates the work nurses do and the many ways they are making a difference in the world. This year, we are excited to share that all four of our leadership award winners are also school of nursing alumni! Learn more about the banquet and register for the event here

Rheba and three past deansSeveral former Deans and other faculty friends recently joined with Dean Emeritus Rheba de Tornyay to celebrate her 87th birthday (pictured here with former deans Sue Hegyvary and Nancy Woods). Our annual recognition banquet was established by Dr. de Tornyay (as the Friends of Nursing dinner), as was the PhD program in Nursing Science.  After her retirement Rheba and her late husband Rudy endowed the de Tornyay Center on Health Aging, which supports many of our students and faculty research in aging.

This issue of our alumni e-newsletter celebrates some exciting accomplishments of our students, faculty, and alumni. We are proud of our ongoing commitment to improving the health of individuals and communities, and the work that each of these groups is doing to make a difference. With all of the happy news, we are also sharing some sad news: Lois Price-Spratlen, longtime nursing professor, diversity advocate and UW ombudsman, passed away in March. You can read our story about her ongoing impact to nursing here.

We hope to see you at the Nurses Recognition Banquet next month! Wishing you all the best for a good  spring!


Pamela H. Mitchell, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, ’62, ‘91
Robert G. and Jean A. Reid Dean (Interim)
Professor, Biobehavioral Nursing & Health Systems

Nurses Recognition Banquet and Soule lecture just weeks away on May 8th!

2012 winnersRegistration is now open for our annual Nurses Recognition Banquet and Soule Lecture on May 8th, at Benaroya Hall! This year, we're pleased to be joined by Dr. Antonia Villarruel from the University of Michigan as our Soule lecturer. Learn more about the lecture and banquet here.

We're also pleased to annouce our leadership award winners, four SoN Alumnae who are making a big difference in the communities they serve. Read more about the winners here.

There's still time to register for this great event that celebrates the work of nurses and nurse leaders. We hope you'll join us! Register here or call 206-543-3019.

In Memoriam: Remembering Lois Price-Spratlen

Lois Price SpratlenLois Price-Spratlen, emeritus professor and University of Washington Ombudsman for more than 25 years, passed away on March 30, 2013 at the age of 81. A longtime advocate for diversity, Spratlen was the first woman, African American and nurse to serve as ombudsman at the UW, and spent more than 30 years as a faculty member in the UW School of Nursing. Read our memorial to her here.

Alumni and Student news

Susan Matt, PhD, JD, '94 MN, RN, Assistant Professor at Seattle University's College of Nursing, was recently appointed to a three-year term as Chair of the Adult Health Department at SU. Congratulations!

Recent Student awards and accomplishments

Third year PhD student Sunniva Zaratkiewicz, BSN, RN, CWCN, has been named one of six Magnuson Health Sciences Scholars for 2013-2014. Read more here.

Seven School of Nursing students were recently selected for King County Nurses Association Scholarships. The awards will be presented on May 9th at the KCNA annual spring banquet. Read more here.

Jane ChungJane Chung, CIPCT and PhD student, was named one of the 2013 Dan David scholars for her work "In-home Use of Motion Sensor-based Technology for Monitoring Mobility in Community-Dwelling Korean American Older Adults. " Read more about the award here.

Faculty News

Habits for Healthy Aging: Learn how they can make a difference in your health on April 30

Join SoN BNHS faculty members Basia Belza, professor, BNHS and Diana Taibi, assistant professor for a lecture on healthy aging habits on April 30th at 10:30am at Aljoya Thornton Place in North Seattle. Read more about the event here.

WIN Conference Celebrates SoN

WINThis month's WIN conference honored Nancy Woods, dean emerita and professor, with the Anna M. Shannon mentorship award. Joie Whitney, professor and associate dean for research was also nominated for the prestigious Western Academy of Nursing. Lauren Thorngate, '12 PhD, was also an award winner, receiving the Patsy Perry Biological Research Award. Many faculty and students also presented posters and symposiums at the conference. Read more about the event here.

Fran Lewis named to University of Washington Medical Center Endowed Professorship in Nursing Leadership

Frances Marcus Lewis, PhD, FAAN, professor in the department of Family and Child Nursing, has been appointed to the UWMC Endowed Professorship in Nursing Leadership, effective January 1, 2013. Read more here.

School of Nursing in the News

SoN Study finds residents of walkable areas don't always walk more

Cindy PerryCindy Perry, associate professor in Family and Child Nursing, was recently featured on local radio station KPLU for her findings in a study about neighborhood walkability. The story was also published in the University of Washington Daily. Read more about this study here.

Palliative Care Center of Excellence (PCCE): "more than end-of-life care"

The UW's new Palliative Care Center of Excellence (PCCE) is highlighted in this month's UW Medicine Magazine. SoN Associate Professor Ardith Doorenbos is the co-lead of the center's research core. Read the article here.

Don't forget to check our website at for updates on media mentions of the school of nursing and the newest news stories. And, if you see something that we miss, be sure to send it our way at!

School Spotlight: Making a Difference

DNP- midwifery students help launch CenteringPregnancy Program at Columbia Health Center

Two DNP Midwifery students have dedicated their  capstone projects to helping launch  the CenteringPregnancy program at Columbia Health in South Seattle, which has now been active for over a year. The CenteringPregnancy program, which encourages women to take an active role in their own health, is a national program currently used at sites across the country with great success rates for both the mothers and their babies. The program at Columbia Health Center has also seen positive outcomes over the past year. Read more this program here.

Vol. 24, Issue 2

In this Issue:

-Message from Interim Dean
-NRB is coming!
-Remembering Lois Price-Spratlen
-Alumni & Student News
-Faculty News
-SoN in the News
-School Spotlight

Support nurse camp!

Each summer, the student-led week long day camp brings students from around the area to learn about becoming a nurse. The camp is entirely donation based, so they need your help! Click here to learn more.

Did you visit campus during the cherry blossoms?

Were you one of the many who came to campus to see the beautiful cherry trees blooming this spring? We'd love the see your photos! Post them to our Facebook page and share your story!

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: class of 1963 reunion

Save the date: the BSN class of 1963 will hold their reunion this fall on Sept. 20, 2013. Stay tuned here for more details, or contact Chris Miller at 206-221-7674.

Read connections online!

If you missed out on previous issues of Connections, you can read them online here! We have also posted our last magazine online. And, you can always request past issues by emailing us.

We hope you enjoy reading about what we've been up to at the School of Nursing!

CNE Course Offerings

Ambulatory Care Nursing Conference: April 30, 2013-May 1, 2013

Womens Health Drug Therapy: Clinical Pharmacology Series 2013, May 9, 2013

Immediate Response: Essential Skills for Urgent Clinical Situations, May 14, 2013

Adult/Geriatric Drug Therapy: Clinical Pharmacology Series 2013, May 23, 2013

Neuropsychotropic Drug Therapy: Clinical Pharmacology Series 2013, June 7, 2013

Click here to view all of CNE's Offerings.

In Memoriam

Clara Bowman, '51 BSN

Lois Price-Spratlen
March 30, 2013

Linda S. Stewart, '73 BSN
April 6, 2013

Amy E. Washburn, '01 BSN
April 11, 2013


School of Nursing
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