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UW School of Nursing: December 2013 Connections, Vol. 24, Issue 6

Happy Holidays from the University of Washington School of Nursing!

Dean Greeting

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News from the de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging

Cochrane and WoodsThis fall, Dean Emeritus and Professor Nancy Woods joined the de Tornyay Center as co-director of the center. Woods joins existing Center director Barbara Cochrane, professor in the department of Family and Child Nursing, in leading one of the country’s top gerontological research units. The de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging is named for founder and benefactor Rheba de Tornyay, dean emeritus of the UW School of Nursing.

“Following Dr. de Tornyay’s recent death, we are pleased to honor her career and life with a new appointment and new resources for the de Tornyay Center,” said UW School of Nursing Dean Azita Emami. “The Center’s research is becoming increasingly important as our society ages. The work it does is helping to create healthier aging options for people nationwide.”

Read more about the de Tornyay Center and Dr. Woods' appointment here.

Gail Houck selected to lead Dept. of Family and Child Nursing

HouckGail M. Houck, PhD '87, RN, PMHNP was selected to lead the department of Family and Child Nursing in October, scheduled to start her position on January 1, 2014. Dr. Houck will also serve as a Professor in that department. This appointment is pending formal approval by the Board of Regents. Dr. Houck is an alumna of the school, receiving her BSN in 1974 and PhD in 1987.

“We are pleased to have Dr. Houck join us as the Department Chair of Family and Child Nursing,” said Peg Heitkemper, Chair the search committee and of the Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems department chair. “Her lengthy research career and strong administrative leadership skills made her a strong candidate for the position.”  

Read more about Houck's appointment here.

Nominate a nurse leader now for our annual Nurses Recognition Banquet Awards

2014Save the date for our annual Nurses Recognition Banquet and Soule Lecture at Benaroya Hall in Downtown Seattle on Wednesday, 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, contact Karen Young at 206-221-4717. We hope you'll consider joining us for this annual celebration of nursing and nursing leadership!

Student News

DNP students receive funding support to aid an aging population

TraineesWith a rise in the average age of our population, training a workforce knowledgeable in the care of older adults is critically important. The UW School of Nursing (SoN) is taking an active role in preparing students and professionals to provide that care. Now in its second year, the Comprehensive Geriatric Education Program (CGEP) supports students in the Adult/gerontology primary care nurse practitioner (A/G PCNP) track of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program with a special interest in working with the older adult population. Read about the students currently supported by the grant and their interests here.

Alumni News

Joseph Tariman selected to serve on myeloma workshop

TarimanJoseph Tariman, PhD '11, was recently selected to serve as a panelist during the International Myeloma Workshop at the 2013 American Society of Hematology Conference in New Orleans, LA. He shared his ARCS and NIH-funded research findings related to the physician and patient factors that are influential in treatment decision making in older adults newly diagnosed with symptomatic myeloma. He also recently started a 3 year term as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Oncology Nursing Society Foundation.

Faculty News

Mary Ann Draye Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

DrayeSchool of Nursing Assistant Professor Mary Ann Draye was recently honored with Continuing Nursing Education's Lifetime Achievement Award. Draye was honored at CNE's Annual Advanced Practice Nursing Conference in November 2013. Read more here.

IPE Team Travels to Montana to lead Faculty Development Workshop

UW Health Sciences faculty members led a workshop late this summer on interprofessional faculty development in Missoula, MT. Read more about the training here.

School Spotlight

New Research Seeks to Improve Substance Use Disorder Treatment with Mind-Body Therapy

Cynthia PriceResearch Assistant Professor Cynthia Price, Ph.D., has received a $1.7 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to research a unique therapy designed to reduce the relapse rate in women treated for substance abuse.

“Substance abuse affects millions of women nationwide,” said Price, “and even when the resources are available to treat these women, a substantial number relapse. There is an urgent need to improve our methods for helping women find a successful and sustainable solution to their chemical dependency.

Read more about the new research here.

Join an Ongoing UWSON IBS Study

Do you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?  Volunteers needed for research on discomfort associated with IBS. TO QUALIFY: female, age 18-45, and a medical diagnosis of IBS.  3 VISITS: an interview visit (2 hrs); a visit to assess heat sensitivity and capacity to drink water for 5 min (1½hrs); a visit to test eye blink response (1½-2 hrs). Optional 4th visit to test rectal sensitivity (4 hrs). Keep a symptom diary for 4-8 wks.  MAXIMUM REIMBURSEMENT: $340 plus $170 for 4th visit. CALL: (206) 685-5660 at School of Nursing, University of Washington or visit

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In the News

UW makes ill teen's dream of being a "baby nurse" come true

SamanthaOne little girl's dream of being a "baby nurse" came true in early December, when staff at the UW Medical Center's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) welcomed Samantha with open arms to see what being a NICU nurse was all about. Samantha suffers from a chronic heart condition, and has spent plenty of time in hospitals--this time was her chance to be on the other side of the stethoscope. The story was featured on King5 News and in UW Today. Check out photos of Samantha's special day here. The School of Nursing's Diversity Awareness Group (SoN DAwGs), who put on our annual nurse-camp, contributed special gifts to Samantha during her visit including her purple scrubs!



Vol. 24, Issue 6

In this Issue:

-Happy Holidays from the UWSON
-de Tornyay Center News
-Gail Houck named FCN Chair

-Nomiate a nurse leader
-Alumni News

-Faculty News
-School Spotlight

Submit comments for CCNE Review

The Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education will conduct an on-site evaluation of the University of Washington School of Nursing - Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program from February 3 to 5, 2014. Find out how you can provide written input into the deliberations of the evaluation team. Read more here.

Read our latest alumni magazine!

Our latest alumni magazine is out and you can read it online! Read all about our new dean, incredible centers for research, and faculty news highlights from the last year. Email us to request a copy.

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!

CNE Course Offerings

Jan 9-Apr 17: Enhancing Medical-Surgical Nurse Practice
Jan 22-23: The Challenge of Pain
Feb 5: Midwifery Update 2014
Feb 5-Apr 10: Wound Management Education Program
Feb 13-14: Cardiovascular Care Update 2014
Feb 26: Diabetes Update 2014

Click here to view all of CNE's Offerings.

In Memoriam

Joan Uhl Pierce, MN '75


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