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Message From Dean Azita Emami

Dean EmamiDear Alumni and Friends:

The impact of nursing is growing locally and globally. Nurses are now the independent providers of primary care for an increasing number of people in a variety of settings. Nursing is active in communities that have never had access to healthcare. Every day, nurses are finding new ways to improve the health and wellness of individuals and communities around the world.

Here at the UW School of Nursing, we are excited about the ways nursing education is changing lives. There are many inspirational stories among our current UW School of Nursing students, including BSN student Eric Seitz. Eric’s journey through homelessness, disease and a near-death experience served as a catalyst for his decision to give back to the community through a nursing career. While pursuing his nursing education, Eric is already affecting lives by working with local homeless youth and global communities who do not have access to adequate care. We are proud to have Eric as a member of our school of nursing community and look forward to the impact he will have as a nurse.

Eric is a UW SON student today because of scholarship support. His nursing education would not have been possible without the generosity of UW School of Nursing alumni and friends such as you.

Current UW SON students such as Eric share a dream—to become nurses and change lives. They share some of the same goals and aspirations that you had while at the School of Nursing—to make a difference and help people lead healthier and longer lives. These students are poised to become the next great generation of nurse leaders who will touch every part of the lifespan. These students are the future of nursing.

We hope you’ll continue to stay connected and engaged with the UW School of Nursing and participate in some of our exciting events, including our upcoming reception at the Western Institutes of Nursing conference on April 10 at the Westin in downtown Seattle. There, you’ll be able to connect with faculty and fellow alumni as we explore the global impact of nursing.

This is an truly an exciting and inspiring time at the UW School of Nursing. Thank you for your continued support and involvement.


Azita Emami

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

Student Spotlight

UW360 logoFirst-year BSN student Eric Seitz never expected to live past the age of 25. His life took a fortuitous turn when he woke up in the care of medical professionals at Harborview Medical Center, after a flesh eating disease nearly claimed his life and his leg. Over the next six months, the formerly homeless youth underwent countless surgeries, rehabilitation and physical therapy, an experience he credits with inspiring him to pursue nursing at the UW SoN.

UW's News Magazine Program, UW360, recently featured Eric's story in the program's February feature. The program will also air on KOMO TV, channel 4, at a date to be determined this spring. Watch the video here.

Hester Klopper to deliver 2014 Soule Lecture

Hester KlopperWe are thrilled to announce that international nurse leader Dr. Hester Klopper, President of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, will be the 2014 Elizabeth Sterling Soule Endowed Lecturer. Dr. Klopper, a South African academic, scholar and professor, was elected as President of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) in November 2013, and is the first non-North American to hold this leadership position. She will also be the University of Washington School of Nursing’s first international Soule lecturer. Dr. Klopper will deliver the 2014 Elizabeth Sterling Soule Endowed Lecture on May 7, 2014 at Benaroya Hall, in conjunction with the UW School of Nursing’s Nurses Recognition Banquet, which honors and celebrates the profession of nursing and nurse leaders. Learn more about the event here, and contact us to explore sponsorship opportunities.

We're also pleased to announce our 2014 Nurses Leadership Award Winners who will be honored at our banquet:

Distinguished Alumni Award: Ruth Fletcher Benfield, BSN ’69, MS, FACHE, Seattle Children’s Hospital recent retiree
Distinguished Researcher Award: Lynn F. Reinke, PhD, ARNP, VA Puget Sound Healthcare System
Distinguished Practitioner Award: Randy Eveland, BSN, CCRN, FACCN, VA Puget Sound Healthcare System
Distinguished Diversity Advocate Award: UW School of Nursing student-led Diversity Awareness Group (SON DAWGS)
Peter Dyer Heart of Nursing Award: Lee Rhodes, founder of glassybaby

More details about the event will be forthcoming. Stay tuned!

Welcome Kerri McGill, our new Assistant Dean of Advancement!

Kerri McGill joined us in January as our new Assistant Dean of Advancement and we are so excited to have her here at the School of Nursing!  Kerri was most recently Senior Director of Development, Major Gifts for the University of California Berkeley, Haas School of Business. While there she was involved with a $300 million dollar campaign for Hass and a $3 billion campaign for the University.  Prior to this she worked in the insurance industry as a Territory Manager.  Kerri received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Dickinson State University, Dickinson, ND and is currently working on her Executive Master of Public Administration at the University of Washington. She is looking forward to meeting many of our wonderful alumni, partners and friends and helping support the future of nursing. Get in touch with her at or 206-616-2464.

Alumni News

WSNA Selects Hall of Fame Inductees

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WSNA recently shared the news of their newest Washington State Nurses Association Hall of Fame members, including two posthumous awards to former dean Rheba de Tornyay and former faculty member Maxine Davis Haynes. We hope you'll consider attending this wonderful celebration of nursing on March 20 at Salty's Restaurant on Alki Beach.

We're also excited to share that four alumnae will be honored: Joan M. Caley, BSN '72, Grethe Cammermeyer, MA '76, PhD '91, Thelma Cleveland, MA '58 and Janet Primomo, MN '82, PhD '89, an Associate Professor at UW Tacoma and Adjunct Faculty in Psychosocial and Community Health.

We hope to see you there!

Alumni Updates

Pattie BondurantPatricia G. Bondurant, DPN, MN '84, RN, joined Texas Children’s Hospital as Vice President of Nursing for the Texas Children’s Newborn Center, which houses the nation’s largest neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and offers level IV care for premature and critically-ill babies. In this role, Bondurant will be responsible for the oversight and strategic alignment of patient care with Texas Children’s mission and vision and for patient care services in the Newborn Center with a focus on performance improvement, clinical quality improvement, patient safety, cost-effectiveness, and patient satisfaction.

Ellyn CavanaghEllyn Cavanagh, BSN '89, MN '91, PhD '99, recently joined the staff of the Everett Clinic and was featured in the local North County Outlook. She has special interest and expertise in assisting children and their families with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism spectrum disorders.

In Remembrance

Nancy L. Risser, MS '72

Lenore Hooper Williams, BSN '40

Kristine Felton Blik, BSN '98, MN '96, DNP '11

Helen Maxine Hayes, '35 certificate (1940 BSN)

Faculty News

New grant will improve tracking of public health data

Betty BekemeierData are key to understanding trends in health, especially when it comes to local health departments and how they use their resources.  Everything from care for newborn babies to infectious disease control is managed in these settings, yet they lack consistent data tracking mechanisms to understand how budget cuts or increases are impacting programs, and therefore, overall health of the communities they serve. A new grant to School of Nursing Associate Professor Betty Bekemeier will help change that. Read More here.

June Strickland Receives Martin Luther King Jr. Award

June Strickland MLK awardJune Strickland, Associate Professor in Psychosocial and Community Health, received a Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award Jan. 16 in recognition of her ongoing work to address community needs and efforts to protect and empower all individuals through her work with the Pacific Northwest American tribal community over the last 18 years. The honor was part of the annual tribute to the slain civil rights leader organized by UW Health Sciences and UW Medicine.

"Living Well with Stroke" team featured in new video

Pamela Mitchell, Professor and former interim dean, and Catherine Kirkness, Research Associate Professor, were recently featured in a video discussing overcoming depression linked to stroke as part of their "Living Well with Stroke" project. The video was created for and used at the International Stroke Conference. Check it out here.

Join us at the WIN Conference in April!

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If you are planning to attend this year's Western Institute of Nursing (WIN) Conference April 9-12, 2014 in Seattle, Washington, we hope you'll join the UW School of Nursing reception on the evening of Thursday, April 10. Join other conference attendees, UW alumni and friends at the Seattle Westin to celebrate UW School of Nursing's history and legacy at the WIN conference. Let us know you're coming by emailing

Stay up to date with all of our latest news by visiting our website at We also love receiving your alumni news-- send it to us at Thanks for your support!


Vol. 25, Issue 1

In this Issue:

-Message from Dean Emami
-Student Spotlight
-Hester Klopper to deliver 2014 Soule Lecture
-Welcome Kerri McGill!
-Alumni News
-In Memoriam
-Faculty News
-WIN Conference

See you at Dawg days in the desert!

The UWAA will be hosting their annual Dawg Days in the Desert festivities in Coachella Valley, California and we hope you'll be there to join in the fun. We invite you to join us at the Scholarship Luncheon and Chow Down to Washington, as well as at our own UW School of Nursing Reception, hosted by alumna Sandra Dyer on Tuesday, March 18 from 5pm-7pm. For more details, contact Glory Visario at or 206-543-3019.

"Seattle Pioneer Midwife" book signing

Join SoN alumna Susan Fleming as she shares the incredible story of her great-grandmother, who was a pioneer midwife in Seattle. Her new book is titled "Seattle Pioneer Midwife: Alice Ada Wood Ellis". The book signing will take place on April 11, 2014, at 7pm, at the University Bookstore in the U-District. Stay tuned for more details!

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!

Health Sciences Newsbeat is here!

We've teamed up with the other Health Sciences schools to create Health Sciences Newsbeat, a website designed to share news from the health sciences schools. It's a great place to showcase some of nursing's amazing accomplishments! Check it out here.

CNE Course Offerings

March 18
Pediatric Drug Therapy

April 2
Motivational Interviewing: Successful Patient Engagement and Activation for Busy Healthcare Settings

April 9
Foot Care for Older Adults: Update 2014

April 21-June 6
Wound Management Fundamentals Course: Spring 2014

April 23-24
Ambulatory Care Nursing 2014

Click here to view all of CNE's Offerings.

Participate in an IBS study

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 (1½ hr); a visit to test eye blink response (1½ hr). Optional 4th visit to test rectal sensitivity (4 hrs). Keep a symptom diary for 4-8 wks. MAXIMUM REIMBURSEMENT: $340 plus $250 for 4th visit. CALL: (206) 685-5660 at UW School of Nursing.


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Upcoming School of Nursing Events

--Dawg Days in the Desert, March 17-19, Coachella Valley, CA; SoN Reception on March 18
--Western Institute of Nursing Conference: April 9-12; Seattle Westin Hotel; SoN Reception on April 10
--Elizabeth Sterling Soule Endowed Lecture featuring Dr. Hester Klopper, May 7, 4:30-pm at Benaroya Hall
--Nurses Recognition Banquet, May 7, 7-8:30pm at Benaroya Hall

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