February 2012 Connections


Save the Date: 2012 Nurses Recognition Banquet and Soule Lecture

Wednesday, May 9, 2012, Benroya Hall, Seattle 4:00 – 8:30p.m.

Join us in celebrating nurses as the UW School of Nursing pays tribute to our community's most accomplished nurses and health care leaders at the annual Nurses Recognition Banquet. This year, we also look forward to once again holding our annual Elizabeth Sterling Soule Endowed Lecture in conjunction with the Nurses Recognition Banquet.
At the Nurses Recognition Banquet, three dedicated nurses will be honored for their important contributions to the nursing profession.

This year’s award winners are: 
-Mady Murrey, RN, MN, Vice President and Administrator, Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Health Center
-Cynthia M. Dougherty, PhD, ARNP, FAHA, FAAN, Professor, Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems, UW School of Nursing
-Charles Moody, RN, BSN, JD, Senior Computer Specialist, Patient Care Information Systems, University of Washington Medical Center

Alumni Tables
If you are interested in organizing a table with your fellow alumni, contact Chris Miller, Assistant Director of Advancement and Alumni Relations at 206-221-7674 or chrismil@uw.edu.

Formal invitations to follow in the coming weeks. In the meantime, be sure to visit the School of Nursing website for event updates. To see photos of last year's event, visit our Facebook page.

Faculty News

The UW School of Nursing remembers Jeanne Quint Benoliel

In late January, the school learned of emeritus faculty member and nursing pioneer Jeanne Quint Benoliel’s passing. We have created a tribute to her and her work. You can read that story and learn how to support her endowed fellowship here.

Faculty member wins MLK award

Butch de Castro, Assistant Professor, PCH and director of the Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing Program, received a Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award Jan. 12 in recognition of his efforts at improving the health of immigrants and minorities in the US. The honor was part of the annual tribute to the slain civil rights leader organized by UW Health Sciences and UW Medicine. Read the full story here.

Nursing faculty contribute to AJN books of the year

Sleep Disorders and Sleep Promotion in Nursing, which includes chapters by School of Nursing Faculty Carol Landis, Professor, Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems and Teresa Ward, Assistant Professor, Family and Child Nursing received an AJN Book of the Year award for 2011. Joie Whitney, Professor, Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems and Associate Dean for Research, also contributed to an AJN Book of the year on wound care. Read the full story here.

Alumni News

Patricia A. Blissitt,R.N., '02 Ph.D., CCRN, CNRN, CCNS, CCM, ACNS-BC , Clinical Faculty in BNHS, has been announced as the new editor for the Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) Editorial Board, an American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN) volunteer group responsible for managing the development and publication of guidelines in the AANN Clinical Practice Guideline Series. Blissitt assumed the role from Hilaire J. Thompson,  Assistant Professor in BNHS, who served as editor for 5 years. Learn more here.

Louise Kaplan, MN ’81, PhD, ARNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, has been selected to serve as director for Saint Martin's University’s new RN-to-BSN program. She is also an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems. Read more here.

Elaine Larson, BS ’65, MA ’69, and Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Pharmaceutical and Therapeutic Research at Columbia University School of Nursing gave the second National Institute of Nursing Research Director’s Lecture on January 17, 2012 at the Lipsett Amphitheater at NIH Clinical Center. Larson, a member of the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research, discussed her globally recognized research in infection prevention and control in a lecture titled “Infection Prevention: An Interdisciplinary Team Approach."

Kathryn Lee, RN, FAAN, '77 MN, '86 PhD, presented on January 26 at the school of nursing in a talk titled " Women and Sleep: What does family have to do with it?" Lee is currently Associate Dean of Research for the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing; Professor and Livingston Chair. Her research focuses on women's health with an emphasis on sleep patterns, circadian rhythms, and fatigue. Read more here.

New grant brings together UW experts on pain and rural practitioners via telehealth

Poorly controlled pain is one of the most common reasons why people go to the emergency room according to Ardith Doorenbos, Associate Professor in Biobehavioral Nursing and principal investigator on a recent grant  on using technology in pain management.

 “What makes our project unique is the expert panel we have brought together and the need for this in Washington State with the new law on pain consultation,” said Doorenbos.

Doorenbos, with the assistance of Cara Towle, MSN, RN and Director of Telehealth Services at UW School of Medicine, received a grant last fall enabling them to create a telehealth service for rural healthcare providers to consult with a panel of pain experts remotely. Doorenbos notes the importance of telehealth in reaching rural settings, writing in the grant application that telehealth technologies can bridge geographic distance and increase access to specialist care in rural settings. According to Doorenbos, the benefits of tele-pain include: improved access to specialists; interdisciplinary consultation; dissemination of evidence-based practice;  capacity building of rural primary care practitioners; situated/case-based learning; and meeting the needs for continuing medical education required through Washington State Engrossed House Bill 2876 regarding long-acting opioid education.

Read the full story here. The website Nurse.com is also currently featuring the project!

Nurse Camp 2012 is coming and we need your help!

The School of Nursing Diversity Awareness Group (DAwGs) has announced that Nurse Camp 2012 will be held June 25-29 at the University of Washington! The camp still needs support from the community and volunteers to help out, please visit their webpage to find out more!

Activities at this year's camp include:

  • Shadow nurses at UWMC
  • Get your CPR certification!
  • Learn how to prepare for college and how to prepare to get into nursing school
  • Have a chance to learn in the School of Nursing Learning Lab!

Student News

BSN and ABSN Students in the Promoting Community and Public Health Course, Nurs 420, presented their work with community organizations at a December 7th poster symposium. Read more about these students here. The story was also featured on UW Today.

Lori Jaimes and Beth Whittaker, both Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students, received recent scholarships from the Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation. Jaimes received support for her work focused on improving pain management in members of the military and veterans with a combat-related traumatic brain injury. Whittaker's research is exploring the patient and process factors associated with 30-day heart failure readmission at UWMC and develop recommendations for the care of patients with heart failure in order to reduce readmissions. Learn more about both research projects here.

Colleen Williams, RN, MS and current MN student in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialty in the School of Nursing was recently featured in a story on Nurse.com for her work in educating children about the dangers of substance abuse. Read the story here.

Keep up to date on all our recent news at nursing.uw.edu/newsroom. Be sure to submit your own alumni news updates to us at nscomm@uw.edu!

School Spotlight- Continuing Nursing Education

Closing the Gap on Wound Care

The number of recalcitrant and non-healing wounds is rapidly growing due to our aging population and the sharp rise in the incidence of chronic health conditions. To address this problem, the School of Nursing has been working for over a decade on a unique continuum of continuing education courses collectively called Wound Management Education for Nurses (WMEN). The cornerstone program of WMEN is the Wound Management Education Program (WMEP), a 130-hour course that has prepared 291 nurses for specialty practice in wound management since its inception in 2002. Graduates go on to work in many different settings and are eligible to sit for certification by the Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society Certification Board (WOCNCB). 

The school will also launch a 30-hour Wound Management Fundamentals Course (WMFC) in April 2012. Using a unique distant learning format, WMFC will allow registrants to complete course requirements at distant locations on a flexible schedule and at reduced cost. The course will provide agencies with a consistent, affordable, and accessible resource for enhancing the expertise of their staff and improving wound healing outcomes for their patients. WMEN offerings are provided by UW Continuing Nursing Education (UWCNE). As course co-directors, Betty Hanrahan, MSN, ARNP, CWCN, CWS, FACCWS and Renee Andersen, MSN, RN, CWON, have been instrumental in the success of WMEP. WMEN is supported by the entire UWCNE team including WMEN steering committee members Nole Ann Ulery-Horsey, Patricia Merry, Donna Nichols, and Martha DuHamel. Joie Whitney, PhD, RN, CWCN, FAAN, Associate Dean for Research, is WMEN’s faculty liaison and the project director for three HRSA grants over the past decade.


Vol. 23, Issue 1

In this Issue:

-NRB and Soule Lecture
-Faculty News
-Alumni News
-New grant award
-NurseCamp 2012
-Student News
-School Spotlight- CNE


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.

Mark your calendars for HuskyFest, april 19-21!

Save the date for Huskyfest 2012, April 19-21 on campus! There will be lots of events from units around campus, so be sure to visit us on that day! Learn more here.

School of nursing in the news

Don't forget to check our website at nursing.uw.edu/newsroom for updates on media mentions of the school of nursing and the newest news stories. And, if you see something that we miss, be sure to send it our way at nscomm@uw.edu!

Upcoming CNE Offerings

Cardiovascular Care Update 2012, February 16—17, 2012

NEW DATE: The Changing World of Diabetes—Update 2012, February 29, 2012

Annual Neuroscience Nursing Symposium—Expertise, Knowledge and Innovation--March 2, 2012

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

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

Clinical Pharmacology Series 2012, March 06, 2012—June 08, 2012

Ambulatory Care Nursing Conference 2012—23rd Annual Pacific Northwest, April 24—April 25, 2012

Foot Care for Older Adults—Update 2012, April 13, 2012

Assuring Pediatric Nutrition in the Community and Hospital, June 27—June 29, 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

In Memoriam

Shirley Ann Jenkin
January 14, 2012

Diana Norma Butke
December 29, 2011

Jeanne Quint Benoliel
January 23, 2012


School of Nursing
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