Message From Dean Azita Emami
As you will read in this issue, we recently dedicated a new student lounge in the School of Nursing. It provides a comfortable place for both undergraduate and graduate nursing students to relax, socialize, and do some informal peer mentoring as well as serious snacking.
The lounge is more than just a place to do those things, though. It’s also an important step on the road to enhancing the student experience at the UW School of Nursing.
Nursing is not the profession it was 30 or 20 or even 10 years ago. It is more exciting but also much more demanding. The clinical students we are preparing today will be more independent decision makers and providers of healthcare than were their predecessors. The nurse researchers we are training will be extending the frontiers of knowledge in ways that have immediate and major impact on your health and welfare.
We are actively at work—with your ever-present support—to reconfigure nursing education and the student experience in order to deliver what is needed not by the nurses of yesteryear, but by the nurses of tomorrow. Alumni support has played a crucial role in helping many of our students to be here, and to enhance their education in many ways. You as alumni are constantly helping us succeed in meeting the challenges of providing a 21st century nursing education. Thank you.
In this issue of the newsletter, you’ll read about some of the many things that are happening at the School of Nursing. Earlier this month, we celebrated the induction of our newest Fellows, both faculty and alumni, into the American Academy of Nursing: Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor Maggie Baker, PhD '00, and Associate Professor Joachim Voss. Three other alumni were also inducted: Mary Cadogan, 'MN 74, Marie Driever, PhD '85 and Danuta M. Wojnar, PhD '05.
While this time has been filled with many happy achievements, we also are saddened by the loss of our Dean Emeritus Rheba de Tornyay on September 27, 2013. We will be forever touched by her tireless work to improve and promote nursing and healthy aging. Her legacy will be honored in many ways, including expansion of the de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging, which has already been the beneficiary of considerable alumni support. Watch for news of the Center's expanded scope, and opportunities for your participation.
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
Remembering Dean Emeritus Rheba de Tornyay
The distinguished career of a nursing pioneer and UW faculty member came to a close on September 27 with the death of Dean Emeritus Rheba de Tornyay. She was 87.
Dean, educator, innovator, trailblazer, mentor, collaborative colleague, friend, inspirational leader. . . all these were facets of a career whose focal point and touchstone was the University of Washington School of Nursing, where she served as dean from 1975 to 1986 and as a faculty member until 1996.
Rheba’s UW tenure encompassed a dramatic and dynamic phase of the School of Nursing’s growth. Her critical emphasis, not without controversy, was upgrading the standards of the nursing profession and nursing faculty to be consistent with standards of other learned professions and disciplines. The University of Washington was advancing to national prominence as an outstanding research university, and Rheba ensured the School of Nursing kept pace. Thus, faculty were held to the standard of doctoral preparation and research productivity that would become the norm for appointment, promotion and tenure in academia. The School of Nursing established one of the first programs in the country leading to the PhD in nursing science, despite a lack of funding for the effort during a state financial crisis. She led by collaboration, inspiration and example to enact these high standards during her deanship. Her remarkable people skills made her capable of melding disparate viewpoints and differing personalities into an effective, highly focused, collaborative team—a team that shared a common goal and created the energy to reach that goal.
We honored her memory on October 13 at the Husky Union Building. Read more about Rheba de Tornyay's life and work and watch our video tribute here.
Congratulations to our newest Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing!
UW School of Nursing faculty and alumni joined nursing leaders from around the country at the American Academy of Nursing's 40th Annual Meeting and Conference in Washington, DC earlier this month. We are pleased to share that Maggie Baker, PhD '00, associate dean for academic affairs and professor, BNHS, and Joachim Voss, associate professor, BNHS, were inducted as new fellows into the academy, alongside several of our alumni, including Mary Cadogan, 'MN 74, Marie Driever, PhD '85, a self-employed consultant and Danuta M. Wojnar, PhD '05.
This year's class of 172 nurse leaders represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 19 countries. Selection criteria include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care and sponsorship by two current Academy Fellows. Applicants are reviewed by a panel comprised of elected and appointed Fellows, and selection is based, in part, on the extent the nominee’s nursing careers influenced health policies and the heath and wellbeing of all.
Celebrating our Scholars and Donors
Each fall, UW School of Nursing scholarship recipients and donors come together to celebrate generosity and achievement at our annual Scholar-Donor reception. This year, we were touched by donors Fred and Rene Rassoulian, who shared with the audience about their decision to endow a scholarship in memory of their daughter, a BSN graduate who passed away shortly after finishing her BSN program. We also heard from current BSN student Eric Seitz, a recipient of the Robert G. and Jean A. Reid Endowed Student Support Fund, who overcame incredible odds to enter the UW BSN program and pursue nursing. Check out photos on our Facebook Page. Thank you to our donors, who make the dreams of future nurses come true!
Members of the class of 1953 joined us in late September to celebrate their 50 year class reunion. They spent time in the Center for Excellence in Nursing Education Simulation lab with Director Bobbie Salveson and toured research labs with Associate Dean for Research Joie Whitney and Research Scientist Ernie Tolentino. You can view photos of the reunion on our Facebook Page. The class of 1964 will celebrate 50 years next September. Learn more by contacting Christine Miller at 206-221-7674.
Elizabeth Saewyc, MN '98, PhD '99, who was recently named to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, the highest honor for individuals in the Canadian Health Sciences Community. Saewyc is currently a professor at the University of British Columbia School of Nursing. Saewyc joins only 25 other nurses in the over 300 member Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Read more here.
Forefront launch pulls suicide prevention out of the shadows
On September 10th, the UW School of Nursing joined five other units from across campus in the launch of a new UW non-profit, Forefront, which is bringing increased attention to the need for suicide prevention training in the classroom.
“We were all quite inspired by the passion people showed towards this cause,” said Elaine Walsh, an associate professor in PCH and affiliate of the center. “It’s a combination of survivors, researchers, clinicians, community members who really came together to create a more comprehensive approach to suicide prevention.”
Forefront has launched a comprehensive program intended to help remove the stigma associated with suicidal thoughts and mental health concerns which will touch everyone from students in the health professions to members of the media reporting on suicide. Read more about Forefront.
School of Nursing dedicates New Student Lounge
On October 21, the School of Nursing officially re-opened its fourth-floor student lounge, long a second home to weary nursing students looking for a break between classes. The improved lounge features such amenities as a new kitchenette with ADA compliant countertops, a fresh coat of paint, new furniture, and a new layout! Students are thrilled about the new space and are looking forward to continuing to make it a better space for all students.
Tatiana Sadak selected as Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholar
Tatiana Sadak, assistant professor, PCH recently became our newest Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholar. Sadak will receive a three-year, $350,000 award to promote her academic career and support her research. The Nurse Faculty Scholar award is given to junior faculty who show outstanding promise as future leaders in academic nursing. Three-time alumnus Steven J. Palazzo, PhD '11, MN '06, RN, an assistant professor at the Seattle University College of Nursing, was also selected as a nurse faculty scholar. Read more about the award here.
You can read all of the latest news on our website at nursing.uw.edu.
-Message from the Dean
-Remembering Rheba de Tornyay
-Congratulations to our new FAANs
-Celebrating our scholars and donors
A new grant awarded to BNHS Professor Basia Belza will help make mall-walking programs more accessible for everyone. The grant will fund programs in five states to explore ways to make mall-walking programs available to people of all-ages. Read more about the new project here.
Save the date for our annual Nurses Recognition Banquet and Soule Lecture at Benaroya Hall in Downtown Seattle on Wedensday, May 7, 2014. Nominations for our four leadership awards are now open through January 31, 2014. Download the nomination form here. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Glory Visario at 206-543-3019. We hope you'll consider joining us for this annual celebration of nursing and nursing leadership!
A new collaborative learning initiative is bringing together students from across health disciplines at the UW from the schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, and social work. Two recent articles highlight the student experience and explore the importance of this type of learning for students.
The UW School of Nursing is pleased to welcome five new Assistant Professors to the departments of Family and Child Nursing and Psychosocial and Community Health:
Read more about these new faculty here.
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!
Nov 2: Critical Care Update 2013
Nov 14-15: Wound Management Update 2013: Considerations for Diverse Populations
Nov 19: Immediate Response: Essential Skills for Urgent Clinical Situations
Jan 9-Apr 17: Enhancing Medical-Surgical Nursing 2014
Jan 22-23: The Challenge of Pain 2014
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Rheba de Tornyay
Virginia Westlake Fraas, BSN '48
School of Nursing
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