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UW School of Nursing: August 2013 Connections, Vol. 24, Issue 4

Message From Dean Azita Emami

Dear Alumni and Friends:

It is an honor and a privilege to have been selected to lead the UW School of Nursing, with its rich tradition of excellence and its history of truly remarkable alumni and community support.

Azita EmamiI look forward to meeting and hearing from everyone, and deepening our partnership. Your ideas, your enthusiasm, and your participation are crucial in extending the nursing school’s legacy of excellence. I want to meet personally with as many people as possible—faculty, students, alumni and other community partners—in order to hear your hopes and thoughts about the future of the School of Nursing and how we can work together to create that future.

So many of you assist the school in so many ways, and for that we are very, very grateful. Some of you mentor current students by serving as preceptors or clinical partners. Some of you help recruit the next generation of students through your performance and your passion for the School of Nursing. Some of you are part of networking groups that help our graduates find that always-challenging first job. And many of you are generous contributors financially, which enables us to do many of the things that give us our margin of excellence. We thank you all.

“Oh the places you'll go! There is fun to be done!” wrote my favorite social philosopher, Dr. Seuss. I assume he was speaking of the UW School of Nursing. There are a lot of places to go, and there is great fun to be done. I want to personally invite you to go to those places, and seek that fun as part of the School of Nursing team.


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

Faculty and Alumni to be honored with fellowship in American Academy of Nursing this fall

AAN logoTwo School of Nursing Faculty members and two alumnae will be inducted this fall as fellows of the American Academy of Nursing. The faculty inductees include Maggie Baker, PhD '00, associate dean for academic affairs and associate professor, biobehavioral nursing and health systems (BNHS) and Joachim Voss, associate professor, BNHS. Alumnae Mary Cadogan, MN '74, Marie Driever, PhD '85, a self-employed consultant and Danuta M. Wojnar, PhD '05, associate professor and chair, maternal/child and family nursing, Seattle University, will also be inducted. These four are among the 172 members of the nursing community honored as fellows this fall. Read more about these faculty and alumnae here.

Sigma Theta Tau International Hall of Fame welcomes new inductees

STTI groupTwo School of Nursing faculty members were among the 19 nurse researchers inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International’s (STTI) International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame this summer. The Honor Society of Nursing inducted Margaret Heitkemper, chair and professor, BNHS, and Nancy Woods, dean emeritus and professor, BNHS, into the hall of fame during the 24th International Nursing Research Congress in Prague, Czech Republic in July.

Two School of Nursing alumnae, Karen Aroian, PhD '88 and Kathryn Lee, MN '77, PhD '86, were also included in the inductees, as well as Ann E. Kurth, affiliate professor in BNHS. You can view photos of the event here.

School Spotlight

New Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow plans to focus on nursing leadership

Maggie BakerUW SoN's Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Maggie Baker has been named one of just 20 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Executive Nurse Fellows for 2013.

“This program will enable me to work with local, state and national leaders to lead innovative and effective change that solves some of Washington’s most pressing nursing practice and nursing education workforce challenges,” Baker, a professor in BNHS, said. “It will also help to build leadership capacity among current deans and directors and in nurses in the leadership pipeline.”

Read more about this exciting project here.

Alumni News

Join us for "Notes on Nursing" Book Signing

notes on nursingJoin us as we start a new tradition for our new BSN students! Thanks to the generosity of our alumni and friends, we have ordered the book "Notes on Nursing" for new BSN students and we encourage all alumni to stop by and leave their own note in the book. We will be distributing these books to our incoming BSN students this fall. Please contact Glory Visario at or 206-543-3019 for any questions about the event. The signing will take place on Sept. 11, 10am-2pm in the School of Nursing Lobby, room T301. Light refreshments will be provided.

Alumni News and Awards

Adrienne Darr, BSN '83, who is currently working as the Nursing Manager at Benewah Medical Center in Cour d'Alene Indian Reservation, sent news that the facility recently was toured by the US Surgeon General and is completing work on a state of the art facility that houses a family practice clinic, dental clinic, mental health clinic, pharmacy and exercise facilities. The facility is the first Native Clinic to accept non-Native patients. They are also working to integrate numerous fitness classes including Zumba and chair Zumba in the small, rural town. Learn more about the new facility here. Grace Parker

Congratulations to Grace Parker, BSN '75, MN '78, recently appointed the Chief Nursing Officer at University of Washington Medical Center. Parker previously served as the Interim Chief Nursing Officer for UWMC, and was selected after a national search. We look forward to continued collaboration with Grace and the University of Washington Medical Center.

Michael SchlicherLTC Michael Schlicher, MN '03 and PhD '08, has been appointed the new Executive Director of the TriService Nursing Research Program (TSNRP) in Bethesda, Maryland. LTC Schlicher is responsible for the day-to-day operational management of the funding program which supports funding for Army, Navy and Air Force nurses. Michael recently received the "Federal Nurse of the Year" award from the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS) and the South Texas Nurse Image Marker Award from Sigma Theta Tau. Congratulations!

Faculty News

Barbara Cochrane named Gerontological Society of America Fellow

Barbara CochraneThe Gerontological Society of America has selected Barbara Cochrane, associate professor, in the department of family and child nursing for fellowship. She will become one of the few nurse researchers to become fellows of the society. Read more about the society here.

Marla Salmon to lead global forum on investment in nursing

Marla SalmonMarla Salmon, professor, department of psychosocial and community health, and former dean, recently was notified that the Rockefeller Foundation has accepted her proposal for a global forum on investment in nursing and midwifery in developing nations at the Bellagio Center in Italy. Read More...

Joachim Voss elected Director-at-Large of Association of Nurses in AIDS Care

Joachim VossJoachim Voss, associate professor, BNHS, was recently elected to the position of Director-At-Large for the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. He will begin his appointment this fall. Read More...

Mayumi Willgerodt Selected as Macy Faculty Scholar

Mayumi WillgerodtMayumi Willgerodt, associate professor in the department of family and child nursing, has been selected as one of five Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Faculty Scholars for 2013-2014. She is the first faculty scholar selected from the University of Washington. Read More...

Research Spotlight: SoN researchers help ease suffering from irritable bowel syndrome

Book imageSoN Professors Peg Heitkemper and Monica Jarrett have led the way in research for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) for more than twenty years. The pair are viewed as pioneers in the study of this painful bowel condition and in 2010, published a book on their behavioral intervention into IBS symptoms titled “Master your IBS: an 8-week plan to control the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.” Heitkemper and Jarrett continue to study the disorder and try to learn more about its causes, symptoms and how to help the people suffering from IBS.

“As nurses, we take a whole person approach to understanding the condition, rather than focusing on a specific area of the body,” Heitkemper said. “Early on, there were psychiatrists looking at the brain and gastroenterologists looking at the GI tract. We chose instead to focus on how these parts are working or not working together.”

Read more about the study and how you can get involved in the project here.




Vol. 24, Issue 4

In this Issue:

-Message from the Dean
-AAN Fellowship
-STTI Hall of Fame Inductees
-School Spotlight: Nursing leadership
-Alumni News
-Faculty News
-Research Spotlight: IBS Research

Nurses make top doctors listing

Congratulations to our many alumni and faculty members who were included in Seattle Metropolitan Magazine's "Top Doctors" 2013. This is only the second year that nurses have been included with the listing. Check out the full list here.

There's still time to RSVP For the Class of '63 Reunion!

There's still time to RSVP for the Class of 1963's 50th Reunion on September 20! Contact Chris Miller at 206-221-7674 or to RSVP. We look forward to seeing you there!

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!

CONNECTIONS MAGAZINE hits mailboxes in september!

Watch your mailboxes in the coming weeks for our annual Connections Magazine.

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

Sept 9-Nov 18: Enhancing Medical-Surgical Nursing: Fall 2013 Online Course

Sept 19: Mental Health 2013: Bridging the Gaps

Oct 10-11: Update in Medical-Surgical Nursing 2013

Oct 31-Nov 2: Advanced Practice in Primary and Acute Care

Nov 14-15: Wound Management Update 2013: Considerations for Diverse Populations

Nov 19: Immediate Response: Essential Skills for Urgent Clinical Situations

Click here to view all of CNE's Offerings.

In Memoriam

Janet Carter de Carteret, MN '86

Ellen M. Rosbach, BSN '55, MN '69

Charlotte June (Lind) Fletcher, BSN '40


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