Connections Monthly Newsletter

Welcome to the future of nursing!

Recently, there’s been a lot of attention on the future of nursing. The Institute of Medicine’s landmark report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, was released last year, marking the beginning of what is already becoming a national movement. This comprehensive, evidence-based report is the first in more than 80 years aimed at improving health through the fundamental transformation of nursing.

In early January, our school hosted a statewide forum focusing on the IOM report and its implications for nursing here in Washington State. We reached more than 300 individuals and discussion sites in Washington and beyond. At the core of all of this work is one fundamental truth: nursing is critically important to the health and wellbeing of the people of this country.

Focusing on the future of nursing is nothing new for our school. Everything we do is about preparing future generations of expert nurses and finding new ways to enhance the impact of nursing on health and healthcare. However, just because this is what we’ve done for more than 90 years doesn’t mean that we do the same things over and over again. Instead, it’s about continuously improving the ways in which we partner with our students to advance knowledge, skill, and improve the health of those that we serve. 

I invite you to take a closer look at how we are shaping a better future for nursing and those we serve. Whether it’s learning more about how we shape effective healthcare teams through inter-professional education and practice, or engaging with communities as partners in their health initiatives, our school continues its focus on the future of nursing.

You’ll also see from this newsletter that the school of nursing is really a very large, extended family that includes our alumni, partners and friends. Although the school is a place where people work and learn, in a more important way, it is a focal point for a network that reaches well beyond our geographic boundaries and makes lives better for countless numbers of people around the world. As you think about the future of nursing, pause for a moment and recognize your own contribution. We are in this together.

Thank you for being a part of the UW SON family. Keep in touch and let us know your news.

Happy New Year!

Marla E. Salmon, ScD, RN, FAAN
The Robert G. and Jean A. Reid Dean

The Future of Nursing

The School of Nursing hosted a lecture in January to examine the Institute of Medicine's landmark report on the future of nursing.

Panel and speaker

The eight recommendations in the report focus on four main issues:

  • Nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training.
  • Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression.
  • Nurses should be full partners, with physicians and other health professionals, in redesigning health care in the United States.
  • Effective workforce planning and policy making require better data collection and information infrastructure.
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Nursing Featured on KUOW's Weekday

Panel at KUOW


Dean Marla Salmon discussed the future of nursing on public radio station KUOW’s show Weekday. Gladys Campbell of the Northwest Organization of Nurse Executives and Linda Tieman of the Washington Center for Nursing also provided perspectives on nursing education and collaboration with other health care professionals.
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School Spotlight

VA Grant to Fund Training of UW Nursing Students
VA Puget Sound Health Care System and the University of Washington’s Schools of Nursing and Medicine announced the formation of a Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education. The center will be funded for five years by the Office of Academic Affiliations in the Department of Veterans Affairs with a grant of $5 million and be based at VA Puget Sound.

Professors Selected for IOM Committees
School of Nursing professors Dr. Hilaire Thompson, PhD, RN, CNRN, FAAN, and Dr. Margaret M. Heitkemper, PhD, RN, FAAN, have been appointed to committees at the Institute of Medicine. Thompson will serve on the Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury Using Cognitive Rehabilitative Therapy committee. Heitkemper, chair of the Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems, was selected for the IOM committee on Advancing Pain Research, Care and Education.
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Dr. Donna Berry to Receive Distinguished Researcher Award
Affiliate Professor Dr. Donna Berry has been selected to receive the 2011 Oncology Nursing Society Distinguished Researcher Award. She will accept this award at the 2011 Annual ONS Congress on April 28 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Massachusetts.

The award recognizes the lifetime contributions of a member who conducts or promotes research that enhances the science and practice of oncology nursing. She is the second professor from the University of Washington to receive this honor. Dr. Frances Lewis, RN, PhD, FAAN, accepted the award in 1998. The University of Washington is the first and only institution with two recipients of the prestigious award. 

AACN Honors Dr. Elizabeth Bridges With Flame Award
Clinical Nurse Researcher and Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems Dr. Elizabeth Bridges, PhD, RN, CCNS, FAAN, will receive the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Flame of Excellence Award at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition on May 3 in Chicago.

The annual award recognizes three individuals for promoting patient-driven excellence through skilled communication, collaboration and decision making. The awardees have transformed thinking and achieved visible results.

Firland Foundation Selects Fellowship Winner
Anna Hess, a second-year doctor of nursing practice student, has received the first Firland Foundation Graduate Pulmonary Nursing Fellowship. The fellowship represents a partnership between the Firland Foundation and the School of Nursing to recognize a graduate nursing student who is dedicated to tuberculosis/pulmonary nursing.

Alumni Spotlight

First African-American Student Passes Duffel
Lela Duffel Morris, '49, the first African-American student and graduate of the BSN program, passed peacefully in her home on February 1. Morris served as a public health nurse for more than 50 years and devoted her career to workplace health issues. In 2001, she received the School of Nursing's Distinguished Alumna Award.

Morris initiated several conferences on occupational diseases and injuries among minority workers. She also served as guest editor of two issues of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Journal. In 1999 she recalled that this was "particularly important … because it brought attention to an issue that had been ignored far too long and that could be effectively addressed on a national basis."

Continuing Education

Nurses Worldwide Seek to Refresh Skills
One University of Washington Continuing Nursing Education course is gaining interest from nurses around the world. "Enhancing Medical-Surgical Nursing Practice: Improve Your Practice and Prepare for Certification" is a 14-week course providing nurses with a comprehensive update on key topics in evidence-based practice.

Continuing Nursing Education Specialist Shannon Barrett said 447 nurses registered for the last course, which is the largest in its history. Only 280 students were enrolled last year. She attributes the volume to increased visibility of faculty and word of mouth. The popularity of the course is also further evidence of the status of the University of Washington Continuing Nursing Education program as the largest and most successful of any university-based nursing continuing education program.

In the Media

Churches Collaborate with School of Nursing Professor to Reduce Chronic Disease
Through the Seattle and King County Departments of Public Health, Associate Professor Dr. Doris Boutain, PhD, RN, received a federal stimulus grant to create a campaign to promote health eating and active living. Boutain is assisting six churches and congregations that serve 7,200 King County residents to implement the "Moving Together in Faith and Health" campaign to reduce hypertension and diabetes in children and youth.

Upcoming Events

The de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging’s Spring Lecture: “Cognitive Health: Crossroads to Successful Aging” Featuring Expert Panel Led by Dr. Linda Teri
Tuesday, April 5, 2011, 3 – 4:30pm
Center for Urban Horticulture, NHS Hall
For more information, contact the de Tornyay Center at (206) 616-4276 or

Infant and Toddler Sleep Disturbances: Helping Families Get a Good Night's Sleep
Thursday, April 28, 2011, 7-8:30pm
Seattle Children's Hospital, Wright Auditorium
Dr. Jodi Mindell, PhD, will discuss behaviorally-based sleep problems in young children. The event is co-sponsored by the School of Nursing Center for Research in the Management of Sleep Disturbance, Washington State Chapter of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Association and Seattle Children's Hospital.
Learn more about the event.

Elizabeth Sterling Soule Endowed Lecture and Nurses Recognition Banquet
Thursday, May 26, 2011, 4:30-8:30pm
Benaroya Hall
The lecture features Dr. Joan Shaver, Dean at the University of Arizona College of Nursing. It will take place from 4:30 – 6pm followed by a poster session reception highlighting the School’s PhD students. The banquet will follow the reception from 7 – 8:30pm in the Benaroya Hall Grand Lobby.

More information on registration and ticket purchases to come soon. For immediate questions, contact to the School of Nursing Advancement Office at 206-543-3019 or email

Vol. 22, Issue 1


Janet Schnall, UW Health Sciences information management librarian, provides steps to help verify the reliability of health information on websites.

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Applications for spots in the BSN program rose by 8.6 percent with 454 students in 2011, according to preliminary data. There was also a drop in graduate applications, with 169 students applying for MN/MS and certificate programs compared to 191 students in 2010.

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Research Associate Professor Dr. David Lovell, PhD, MSW, former chair of the Faculty Senate, has retired from the School of Nursing. He has taken a position as a criminal justice analyst in California with the County of Napa.


Congratulations to nursing staff member and UW alum Greg Barnes and his team who won Canlis restaurant's scavenger hunt!

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In Memoriam

Phyllis Ruth Clarke Goodloe
November 16, 2010

Linda K. Birenbaum
December 16, 2010

Robert Reid
January 27, 2011

Lela Duffle Morris
February 1, 2011

Elena Marie Tagbo
February 9, 2011

Elizabeth Thomas
February 9, 2011


School of Nursing
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