December 2011 Connections

Message from Dean Salmon

As we enjoy this season of goodwill, generosity and connection to community, we also celebrate the generosity that you have shown to our students and faculty and your support for nursing education, service and research.  All of us at the School of Nursing wish our alumni and friends a wonderful holiday season filled with love, caring, family and friendship. Your partnership and support provides crucial stability as we transition into a new future.  

As part of the exciting and productive organizational development work going on throughout the School this year, we have recently reviewed and updated the UW School of Nursing Mission and Vision statements and added a set of core values that we all agree are the foundation for our shared work:

--Mission: to advance nursing science and practice through generating knowledge and preparing future leaders to address local, national and global societal needs
--Vision: to pioneer improvements in health and health care through innovative nursing science, education and practice
--Values: Collaboration*, Social Responsibility, Integrity*, Respect*, Accountability, Diversity*, Excellence*
(Those values with an asterisk are held in common with the overall University of Washington values.)

As you can see, addressing the needs of all people is central to our mission and underlies the work we have undertaken as we prepare to move forward into a new future. More than sixty of our faculty and staff are collaborating and engaged in a variety of work-groups to help prepare the school for a sustainable and successful future.  Their work is truly extraordinary and exciting and firmly based in our mission, vision and values.  We remain dedicated to providing an excellent educational experience for our students that prepares them to make a difference in the world.  We also are committed to continuing our legacy of research excellence that improves nursing practice, patient safety and the health of all in our nation and world. 

During this final year of my service as Dean, I am optimistic that the outstanding collaborative work now taking place in the School will provide a firm foundation for a new Dean to lead the UW School of Nursing through this second decade of the twenty-first century. I hope all of you will remain engaged with this great School as it refines and implements a sustainable plan to graduate new generations of outstanding nurses and researchers.  

Thank you for all you have done to help the UW School of Nursing make a real difference in the health of our world and for all that you do in your own lives and work toward this goal.  We are deeply grateful for your partnership and investment in the School.

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

Faculty members and alumni honored at AAN meeting and FNINR Gala


In late October, several School of Nursing Faculty members attended the American Academy of Nursing meeting and the Friends of the National Institutes of Nursing Research Gala, where the school was honored with several awards to our faculty.

At the AAN meeting, three SoN Faculty were inducted, Betty Bekemeier, assistant professor, PCH, Cindy Dougherty, professor, BNHS, and Brenda Zierler, professor, BNHS, alongside one clinical faculty member and SoN Alum, Lori Loan, and three other School of Nursing alumnae, Karen D'Apolito of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing,  Dena Hassouneh of Oregon Health and Science University School of Nursing and Roberta S. Rehm of UC San Francisco. Nancy Woods, professor, BNHS, and Dean Emeritus, gave a keynote session at the meeting on the “State of the Science of Health Promotion: Women’s Health.”

Landis and MitchellAt the FNINR Gala, the school celebrated Carol Landis, and Pam Mitchell, both professors in BNHS, for their distinguished awards. Landis won the Pathfinder Distinguished Service award, celebrating her extensive career on sleep research, while Mitchell was given the Ada Sue Hinshaw Research award, recognizing her work in cardiac research.

The school was well represented at both events, with former faculty and students present who are now at institutions around the country. Congratulations to all of our faculty who received these prestigious awards!

Scholars and Donors celebrated at annual Scholarship Reception

TrezBucklandandStudentThe School of Nursing celebrated donors and students at its annual Scholar and Donor Recognition Reception on Tuesday, November 8, at the UW Club. Donors had the opportunity to meet with the students whose lives they have touched with their generosity. Leah Miller, ABSN student, shared her story of the incredible impact scholarships has had in her life and her future career in nursing. We also heard from Trez Buckland ’09, who shared her experiences as a PhD student at the School of Nursing. A recipient of scholarship support herself, upon receiving her PhD in 2009, Trez was inspired to create the Mental Illness and Addiction Graduate Research Fund in honor of her doctoral dissertation committee. Check out our Facebook page for photos of the event. A big thank you to all the students, faculty, staff, alumni, and donors who participated in such a meaningful event!

CNE conference draws over 800 attendees

CNEThe school’s largest CNE conference of the year, the 34th Annual Pacific Northwest National Conference on Advanced Practice in Primary and Acute Care was an outstanding success earlier this fall. The three-day conference, October 27-29 at the Washington State Convention Center, drew 845 attendees from over 600 agencies in 25 states, Canada, China and Thailand.  Over 250 SON alums attended along with another 200 SON faculty, clinical faculty, students, staff, preceptors, and long time SON supporters. UW President Michael K. Young welcomed the audience and praised the school for its “…strong national presence and reputation as a pacesetter in Advanced Practice...” and for being “…a treasured resource for our community, our state, and our nation.”  Sue Woods, Professor Emerita and Former Associate Dean for Academic Services, presented the Preceptor-of-the-Year to Terri Wolber.  Special thanks to Marie Annette Brown and Maddy Wiley for their leadership as co-chairs and to the many faculty, clinical faculty and community members who served on the planning committee and attended the conference!

Four recent DNP graduates presented their capstone projects in a session that highlighted “Real world strategies to change practice” at the CNE Advanced Practice Conference. These graduates were recommended by faculty as having done exemplar work with a project that was very pertinent to a clinical agency or practice working to improve the quality of care they deliver. The students, Kori Dewing, DNP, ARNP; Joni Longthorpe, DNP, ARNP, CDE; Maria Rahardja, DNP, ARNP; Teresa Garrett Hill, DNP, MN, RN, alongside Marie-Annette Brown, professor, FCN, spoke on projects that have been implemented and had positive outcomes to serve as examples for other advanced practice nurses to become involved in practice change. 

Several School of Nursing faculty and students also shared poster presentations at the conference. Participants included Ira Kantrowitz-Gordon, Director of the Graduate Nurse-Midwifery program, with a poster titled “Nurse-Midwifery Care after Preterm Birth: Appraisal of Best Practices to Strengthen Outcomes”, and Shari Luchino, Nurse Midwifery student, shared a poster session titled “Donor Breast Milk Use in the NICU.”

Resounding kudos to the entire CNE staff for making it all happen!  To view pictures of this event, please visit the CNE Facebook page.

Upcoming CNE Offerings

The Changing World of Diabetes, Update 2012, January 18, 2012

Medical-Surgical Review and Update, Winter 2012: January 12—April 12, 2012

Midwifery Update 2012, 13th Annual Pacific Northwest Conference, February 1, 2012

The Challenge of Pain—3rd Annual Pain Management Conference for Healthcare Professionals, January 26—27, 2012

Cardiovascular Care Update 2012, February 16—17, 2012

Why Wait, Simulate! Simulation for Successful Educational Outcomes, March 20, 2012

Ambulatory Care Nursing Conference 2012, April 24-25, 2012

Wound Management Fundamentals Course, Spring 2012, A Certificate Program for Healthcare Professionals, April 2—May 19, 2012

Wound Management Education Program, Summer/Fall 2012, August 15—October 18, 2012

Wound Management Fundamentals Course, Summer 2012, A Certificate Program for Healthcare Professionals, August 20—September 22, 2012

Visit the CNE site to learn more about these conferences

Faculty News

In the News

Cathryn Booth-LaForce, professor, FCN, was recently quoted on a Reuters story on the use of Yoga in insomnia and menopause. You can read the story here.

Cindy Dougherty, professor, BNHS, and members of her research team were featured in stories from the American Heart Association, and for her research on ICDs and sexual dysfunction.

Carol Landis, professor, BNHS, was featured in an article on sleep and Fibromyalgia Risk in the Huffington Post, Sleep Problems Triple Women’s Fibromyalgia Risk. Also of note is a recent CDC report showing insufficient sleep rates for Washington Residents. You can read that report here.

New Grant Awards

Fran Lewis, professor, FCN, received a new grant from the Bristol-Meyers Squibb Foundation to train nurses in Russia in evidence-based oncology practice. The $161,000 grant will allow Lewis and her co-director, Leyla Akhmaddeva of Bashkir State Medical University, to train 200 nurses in practice-based oncology nursing. You can learn more about her grant here.

Jenny Tsai, associate professor, PCH, was recently awarded a R21 from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health titled, "Interagency Networks: Foundation for Community-based OSH Intervention Research." Immigrants to the U.S. experience greater health disparities due to increased workplace hazard exposure that is commonly associated with riskier, low wage jobs. Worksite occupational and safety intervention efforts, however, have not been highly successfully in reaching low wage immigrant groups. Using social network theory and analysis, this project seeks to promote a healthier workforce by generating knowledge of community service networks and organizational capacities necessary to disseminate community-based occupational health and safety interventions.

Elaine Walsh, associate professor, PCH, and Carole Hooven, research assistant professor, PCH, received a subcontract from the Youth Suicide Prevention Program of Washington State (YSPP) to evaluate YSPP’s 3-year suicide prevention grant serving youth and young adults from high-risk communities in Washington State. Funding is provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the US DHHS.  The grant, “From Classroom to Community: A Team Approach to Youth Suicide Prevention”, involves implementation of youth suicide prevention and early intervention strategies in three regions of the state: Lower Columbia College in Cowlitz County; Bethel School District in Pierce County; and Sunnyside, Mabton, and Mt. Adams School Districts in Yakima County.  YSPP anticipates serving over 4,000 youth and adults during the 3-year grant period.  As subcontractors, Drs. Walsh and Hooven will work with YSPP to design measures and evaluate the training and effectiveness of program interventions for youth and their families. You can learn more about the Youth Suicide Prevention Program here.

Other News

George Demiris, professor, BNHS, has been elected as a member of the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI).  This is a college of elected fellows from the United States and abroad who have made significant and sustained contributions to the field of biomedical informatics. Today, there are nearly 300 ACMI Fellows, with new Fellows elected each year when Voting Fellows of the College judge nominees during a formal election process. The induction ceremony, the Annual Dinner and Reception for New Fellows were held in conjunction with the American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium in October 2011.

Pam Mitchell, professor, BNHS, was appointed by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Best Practices Innovation Collaborative to co-chair a working group “to develop, from the perspective of health professionals and patients, a vision for team-based care”.  She will co-chair this with Matt Wynia, Institute for Ethics and Center for Patient Safety, American Medical Association. The consortium is part of an ongoing Roundtable on Value & Science-Driven Health Care in which she has represented the American Academy of Nursing. More about the collaborative can be found here.

Student Spotlight

ARCS luncheon celebrates new School of Nursing Scholars; new fellowship created by Dean Salmon

Salmon_Fu_MontgomeryUW Nursing graduate students, Musetta Chang-Chi Fu and Lisa Taylor Swanson were among the first-year graduate fellows honored at a luncheon by the Seattle chapter of Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation in early October.  Fu, formerly an intensive care nurse at the Cleveland Clinic Medical Center, in Cleveland, Ohio, is currently a PhD student researching musical interventions to promote healthy aging in geriatric populations. She is the inaugural recipient of the "UW Nursing Recognition Fellowship," established by Dean Marla Salmon, pictured here with fellowship recipient Fu and School of Nursing Board Member Joanne Montgomery. Lisa Taylor Swanson has a Masters degree in acupuncture and oriental medicine, and was formerly involved in developmental psychology research at the University of Utah. She was the recipient of the "ARCS Light in honor of Janet McNae" Fellowship.

"ARCS scholars are remarkable in general but particularly special in nursing," said Dean Salmon. "These are top notch individuals whose quality commitment to the advancement of knowledge for the benefit of humankind sets them apart. It is wonderful and gratifying to have our students recognized and supported in this way."

You can read more about our ARCS scholars and Dean Marla Salmon's Fellowship here.

Upcoming Events

Save the Date and Nominate for the 2012 Nurses Recognition Banquet and Soule Lecture!

BenaroyaThe University of Washington School of Nursing invites you to nominate a nurse or researcher for the annual Nurses Recognition Banquet to be held May 9, 2012 in conjunction with the annual Elizabeth Sterling Soule Endowed Lecture at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall. The award nominations at this year’s banquet include: Distinguished Practitioner, Distinguished Alumni (must be UW School of Nursing alum), and Distinguished Researcher.

We welcome all nominations from our partners, alumni, and friends! Please forward this opportunity along to others you know who would like recognize the outstanding nurses and nurse leaders in our community. Thank you from all of us at the School of Nursing!

Download the Nomination Form and stay tuned for more information about the Banquet and lecture!




Vol. 22, Issue 4


The University of Washington is currently celebrating 150 years! You can learn more about events and UW history here. Keep watching your email and mailboxes for more information about upcoming events and more ways to get involved.

Submit your Photos from "W" Day !

Did you participate in UW's birthday celebration on November 4th? Perhaps you held a purple party or attended the event in Red Square? Share your photos with us at! And, check out the photos from the School of Nursing's W Day celebration on our Facebook page!

School of Nursing class of '61 reunion

On Friday, September 23, 2011, the 1961 Class of the UW School of Nursing celebrated their 50th reunion with a visit to the school.  Twenty-four members of this class, representing both Harborview Basic 55’s and Swedish Basic 25’s, toured the Center for Excellence in Nursing Education given by Juvann Wolff, Director of the Center.  Other sites visited were the research labs with Dr. Joie Whitney, Associate Dean of Research.  Lunch was enjoyed by all and a welcome on behalf of the Dean (who was unable to attend) was given by Betty Gallucci, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education.  For more information on how to have your own class reunion, contact Chris Miller at 206-221-7476 or You can view photos of the day on the School of Nursing's Facebook page.

Local stti chapter wins golden key award

The Psi-at-Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) has been honored with a Chapter Key Award for the 2009-2011 biennium. This is the first time in the chapter’s 50 Year history that they have received the Chapter Key Award, which honors chapters who excel in membership recruitment and retention, publicity and programming, professional and leadership development and local, national and international collaboration. You can learn more about Chapter Key Awards here. STTI Board members include several School of Nursing Faculty and Students.

Faculty member wins Mortar Board Award

Elaine Walsh, associate professor, PCH won the UW Mortar Board Tolo Chapter Teaching Award for 2011. As the oldest honor society on the University of Washington Campus, the board recognizes college seniors for their achievements in scholarship, leadership and service. You can read more about this award here.

Moving Together in Faith and Health

November was an exciting month for Doris Boutain, associate professor, PCH and Principle Investigator of the Moving Together in Faith and Health (MTFH) Grant. MTFH is a federal initiative sponsored by the UW School of Nursing and funded by Seattle King County Public Health Department in support of the federal grant - Communities Putting Prevention to Work. The Nov. 15 community event celebrated the work accomplished by the involved churches, their congregations and the surrounding community over the past year to increase access to healthy nutrition and physical activity in Central and Southeast Seattle. You can view photos from the event on our Facebook page.

March of Dimes honors Faculty and PhD Alumnus

The Western Washington Nurse of the Year Awards were held on December 8, 2011 at the Meydenbauer Conference Center. Now in its 9th year, this celebration of nursing excellence continues to grow in popularity. Recent PhD graduate Robin Evans-Agnew was selected as the Nurse of the Year, 2011 for the "New Generation" category. Karen Thomas, prof., FCN was also honored as a nominee for a Nurse of the Year Award at the event. You can learn more about the March of Dimes Washington Chapter here.

Alumni News

ILUMINADA S. CHINNETH, MN, '98, an active duty Army officer since 1998, is one of 22 US Army Nurse Corps officers recently selected for promotion to Colonel.  There are currently over 4,000 active duty Army Nurse Corps officers.  Chinneth is currently assigned to the Uniformed Services University, Graduate School of Nursing in Bethesda, Maryland, as the Commandant and Assistant Dean of Student Affairs.  She also serves as the Brigade Medical Readiness Officer.

Nurses Keep Top Spot for honesty and ethics in gallup poll

For the 12th year, nurses were voted the most trusted profession in America in Gallup's annual survey that ranks professions based on honesty and ethical standards. Eighty-four percent of Americans rated nurses’ honesty and ethical standards as “very high” or “high.” You can read the full report on ethics and honesty here.

In Memoriam

Sister Ann Lewis LaLonde
September 30, 2011

Hilda Boerhave Roberts
September 29, 2011

Stella Hay Bevens
November 16, 2011

Barbara Grove Lerch
November 12, 2011

Duane Pennebaker
December 1, 2011


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