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Message From Interim Dean Pamela Mitchell

Dear friends and fellow alumni:

Pam graduationAs I write this last message as Interim Dean, I am proud to welcome nearly 200 new School of Nursing alumni into our ranks. These new graduates received the BSN, MN and MSN and our doctoral degrees: DNP and PhD at our ceremonies on June 14 and 15.  Over this past year so many of them have been honored with scholarships, awards and have represented us in the community with wonderful projects that are improving human health.  Please welcome these new alumni into our ranks and check out photos here.

It has been a joy and pleasure to serve as Interim Dean of the School of Nursing this past year and a half.  We have worked extraordinarily hard to secure our financial future, achieve operational excellence, and create a sustainable organization.  Our goal continues to be to advance research, education and service/practice in order to advance human health. Each of us in this community of discovery and scholarship will continue to do hard work and will support each other in that hard work, creating innovative learning experiences and a supportive environment that inspires and engages diverse students, faculty, and staff.

During this academic year, our Shared Leadership Council has committed to building our community of scholarship.  Indeed, our faculty and our students form a community of scholars, but we also need our staff and external partners to form a community that supports scholarship in all its forms.  Harking back to Ernest Boyer, we continue to embrace and build the scholarship of discovery, of integration, of application and of dissemination. This takes the combined efforts of faculty, students and staff as a School of Nursing community. 

Late in May faculty, staff and students welcomed Dr. Azita Emami, who will become our Dean July 1, 2013.  She greeted us with a bit of wisdom from Dr. Seuss: 

You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.”
[from “Oh the Places You’ll Go”, Dr. Seuss, Random House, 1990]

This bit of verse is certainly perfect for our graduating students, but also for all of us who will be embarking on a new chapter in the UWSON story. 

With every best wish for a future of great places,

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 was a great success!

NRBThank you for joining us to celebrate nursing at our annual Nurses Recognition Banquet and Soule lecture on May 8th. We were pleased to see so many alumni and friends of the School of Nursing in attendance both at the banquet and lecture. We were especially proud to honor our four award winners, all of whom were School of Nursing Alumnae. They are making a difference in the lives of those they serve, in hospitals, clinics and community agencies around the northwest. A special thanks goes out to our sponsors, without whom this event would not be possible.

While all of our award winners gave stellar speeches that highlighted the impact of nursing, we were especially touched by the speech given Bruce Montgomery, MD and Joanne Montgomery, BSN '77, Peter Dyer Heart of Nursing Award winners, who reminded us that "in spite of today’s workload and  complexity of care, never forget that we care for patients, not manage them."

Thank you for celebrating nursing with us! Be sure to check out our photos! We hope to see you back for next year's event.

A Walking Revolution: Solving the Sitting Epidemic

New School of Nursing study focuses on helping older adults get a stay active

BelzaFindings from a recent study led by BNHS Professor Basia Belza demonstrate the need for better sidewalks and lighting to help older adults get and stay active. The study hit local news outlets UW Today and Crosscut and is continuing to spark interest from around the state.

“Walking is a great way to decrease your risk for many chronic conditions, including heart disease, obesity and other health challenges,” said Belza. “We hope that our guide will help people improve their health by finding new and safe places to walk.”

We hope you'll read more about how you can benefit from moving more here.

Student Spotlight

Nursing student becomes first to achieve rank of Air Force Major while at UW SoN

HufstetlerMichelle Hufstetler's passion for service has defined her career path, driving her to both the military and nursing. This spring, the Community Health Nursing recent MN graduate became the first student to achieve the rank of Air Force Major while at the SoN. Read her story...

Alumni News

It is award season at the UW School of Nursing! We are proud of our many alumni, students and faculty who received awards this spring. Read about them below.

HeckerCindy Hecker, BSN '80, has been appointed the new executive director for Northwest Hospital and Medical Center, effective May 6, 2013. She had been serving as Interim Executive Director at Northwest since November 2012. In this role, Cindy will provide executive leadership for Northwest and serve as a member of the senior leadership team for UW Medicine. Congratulations!

Gloria Nam, PhD '13, recently accepted a faculty position at a nursing school in Swaziland. This is the first medical school in the country, open with programs in nursing, pharmacy, radiology, medical lab and psychology. Nam is asking for donations of used books for teaching-- please contact her at if you can help!

PrimomoJanet Primomo, MN '82, PhD '89, associate professor at UW Tacoma, received a Community Engagement Award in celebration of sustained and productive community engagement by faculty members. Janet is recognized for working with community-based organizations to improve our community's health. Read more about the award here.

TaylorDiana Taylor, PhD '88, was recently honored with the first annual Clinicians for Choice Leadership Award. Spanning more than four decades, Taylor has made significant contributions to women’s health research, practice, and education and has been a leader in policy-shaping activities for multiple professional and scientific groups on local, national and international levels. Read more about Taylor and her work for women's health.

WSNAWSNA honored Interim Dean Pamela Mitchell, BSN '62, PhD '91, Debra Brinker, BSN '76, Marie-Anne Sanon, MN '10 and Margarethe Cammermeyer, MN '76, PhD, '91, with awards at its annual banquet on May 2nd. Read more about the awards here.

Faculty News

BondEleanor Bond receives S. Sterling Munro Public Service Teaching Award

Professor Eleanor “Lyn” Bond, MN '76, BNHS, received this year’s S. Sterling Munro Public Service Teaching Award at the annual UW Awards of Excellence Ceremony on June 13. Read more about the award here.

George and TeresaSoN Faculty Bring Research to Life at Seattle Science Expo

SoN Faculty members George Demiris, professor, BNHS and Teresa Ward, assistant professor, FCN, brought research to life at the Science Expo at Seattle Center on June 8th. Read More..

CunninghamSusanna Cunningham honored for promoting science research and education

Susanna Cunningham, professor, BNHS, was recently honored by the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research with a Dr. Alvin J. Thompson Award for distinguished work in biomedicine. Cunningham was honored specifically for her ongoing work in promoting science education and the humane use of animals in research. Read more about the award here.

School Spotlight: Making a Difference

Trez BucklandTrez Buckland honored with Mental Health Advocacy Award

Trez Buckland, PhD '09, project director,  research coordinator and clinical faculty member in BNHS, was recently honored by Navos Mental Health Services for her work in mental health advocacy. Read More..

CNEUWCNE Wins AHA Golden Tennis Shoe Award for encouraging healthy habits

UWCNE was recently honored by the American Heart Association with their Golden Tennis Shoe Award in recognition of their work to support National Walking Day on April 3rd. Read More...


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Vol. 24, Issue 3

In this Issue:

-Message from Interim Dean
-NRB wrap-up
-Solving the Sitting Epidemic
-Student Spotlight
-Alumni News
-Faculty News
-School Spotlight: Making a Difference

Congratulations the Class of 2013!

On June 14, 2013, the School of Nursing graduated nearly 200 students with bachelors, masters, PhD and DNP degrees. We also recognized outstanding students and faculty at the ceremony, celebrating their commitment to advancing the future of nursing. We are thrilled to have these students join us as the newest members of our alumni community. Check out photos of our graduation ceremony here.

NEW ALUMNI: 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 50th reunion this fall on Sept. 20, 2013. Stay tuned here for more details, or contact Chris Miller at 206-221-7674. Watch your mailboxes in early July for your invitation!


This summer, we are pleased to share with you a new issue of Connections magazine. Watch your mailboxes in late August!

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 and staying connected with the UW School of Nursing!

CNE Course Offerings

Prescribing Scheduled Drugs—Honing Your Skills, July 11, 2013

Ethics and Palliative Care—An Emerging Mandate, July 25, 2013

Wound Management Education Program—Summer/Fall 2013, August 14, 2013 to October 17, 2013

Medical-Surgical Review & Update—Online—Fall 2013, September 09, 2013 to November 18, 2013

Mental Health 2013—Bridging the Gaps, September 19, 2013

Update in Medical-Surgical Nursing 2013, October 10, 2013 to October 11, 2013

Wound Management Fundamentals Course - Fall 2013, October 21, 2013 to December 6, 2013

Advanced Practice in Primary and Acute Care—Pacific NW 36th Annual National Conference, October 31, 2013 to November 2, 2013

Click here to view all of CNE's Offerings.

In Memoriam

Jill Thatcher Bascom, BSN '69
April 3, 2013

Lory Watkins
April 25, 2013

Annabelle Rohweder, BSN '50, MN '54
May 3, 2013


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