UW School of Nursing: April 2012 Connections, Vol. 23, Issue 2

Message From Interim Dean Pamela Mitchell

It is hard to believe that a whole month has passed in my tenure as interim dean!  It has been a busy time working with faculty, staff and students on the important strategic development work outlined in the December eConnections.  It has also been a beautiful few weeks here at the UW School of Nursing, with the cherry blossoms throughout campus reminding us that spring is here, heralding a time of renewal and energy. Our students are enjoying the longer days and breaks of sunshine, gathering outside to talk and study.  Watching them brings back good memories of my own time here as a student.

As an alumna of the School of Nursing, I am proud of the ongoing work that is being done to set the stage for the future of the school and university. See our quick facts page on our website for a snapshot of our current status.  I am also proud of the strong relationships we have with our alumni, donors and friends, many of whom helped make the case for higher education to the Legislature and avoid additional budget reductions this year.  Thank you for your support! I look forward to frequently communicating with you all through this e-newsletter about new developments in the school and in the field of nursing.

One such development concerns the status of our Midwifery and Neonatal-Perinatal programs. As you may recall, in December, our faculty voted to recommend that these programs be considered for the reorganization, consolidation and elimination (RCEP) process. Recently, I appointed an internal UWSON committee to make recommendations to me whether or not these programs should be sent on to the Provost for RCEP consideration. The committee will evaluate new internal and external stakeholder and student information that has been received since the December 19th vote. They are currently scheduling interviews with stakeholder groups, including faculty, students and state nursing leaders. Their recommendation will help to guide the next steps in this process, and I look forward to keeping you updated on its progress.

I’d like to thank you for the many kind messages I received after the announcement of my appointment was made. Your thoughtful notes meant so much to me. I look forward to seeing many of you at our upcoming Nurses Recognition Banquet, where we will celebrate the achievements of our many wonderful alumni, friends and colleagues. If you haven’t visited our website recently, be sure to do so to catch up on all of our latest news. Soon, I will launch a blog, where you will be able to read some of the developments inside the school, upcoming events and the work we are doing to support the future of nursing science, education and practice.


Pamela H. Mitchell, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, ’62, ‘91
Robert G. and Jean A. Reid Dean (Interim)
Professor, Biobehavioral Nursing & Health Systems
Adjunct Professor, Department of Health Services, School of Public Health and Community Medicine
Founding Director, Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education

2012 Nurses Recognition Banquet and Soule Lecture






Wednesday, May 9, 2012, Benroya Hall, Seattle

4:30-6pm- Soule Lecture
5:30-7pm- Reception
7-8:30pm- Nurses Recognition Banquet

The Nurses Recognition Banquet and Soule Lecture is right around the corner, and invitations will be arriving in your mailboxes in the next few days!  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. If you'd like to register online, you can do so here.

The lecture will feature Dr. Pamela Mitchell, The Robert G. and Jean A. Reid Dean (Interim) with a panel of distinguished colleagues in pharmacology, nursing, medicine, and dentistry on: Promoting Health Through Collaboration–Team-based Science and Practice. This lecture will explore the roots of interprofessional, transdisciplinary science and practice and the evidence that collaboration and teamwork improve health and the sciences of health from the perspectives of several health sciences professions. 

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

We will also be giving the Lifetime Achievement Award to Margaret A. Hollinger, BSN, Lt. Colonel (Ret.), US Army Nurse Corps, a lifelong nursing champion and known to be the country's oldest living Army nurse at 101 years old. The Heart of Nursing Award will go to Eli and Rebecca Almo, longtime School of Nursing board members and supporters.

You can read all the details on our website. To see photos of last year's event, visit our Facebook page.

We look forward to seeing you at Benaroya on May 9th!

Alumni News

Lorraine Troop, BS '40

While Lorraine Troop, 1940 School of Nursing graduate, passed away in November 2010, her generosity will have a lasting impact on the school through the gift of her estate. Troop, who grew up in the Queen Anne neighborhood, devoted her life to nursing and the patients she served and that devotion continues through the funds established by her bequest.

As a student in one of the first nursing classes at the University of Washington, Troop developed an interest in anesthesiology. She pursued additional education in Ohio and at Yale University, and worked at hospitals in Ohio, Connecticut and Hawaii.  Lorraine told her friends and associates how much she  treasured her time at the UW,  noting that her UW education helped her understand how best to customize each patient’s treatment to address their specific health issues. Following her marriage in 1952, Troop and her husband moved back to the Northwest, where she worked at Ballard Hospital (now Swedish) from 1963-1980. Troop maintained her ties with the UW School of Nursing and her classmates.  A loyal annual donor to the School, Troop also established a Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA) as well as leaving the rest of her estate to the School in her will. Read more about her bequest and how you can create one of your own. Contact Phillippa Kassover or Chris Miller for more information.

PhD Alumna honored with UW Tacoma Teaching Award

Christine Stevens, RN, '04 PhD, will be the 2012 recipient of University of Washington Tacoma's Distinguished Teaching award. Stevens is an Associate Professor in Nursing at the UW Tacoma.

In announcing the award UW Tacoma Vice Chancellor JW Harrington said: In its recommendation, the award committee mentioned that what was most impressive about Dr. Stevens' portfolio "was the innovative integration of teaching, research, and community work" and her "ability to leverage her scholarship and volunteer work with Healthcare for the Homeless (HCH) in Tacoma in her Nursing 414 class. . .show[ing] an ability to translate a philosophy of teaching as empowerment into an effective teaching practice." The award committee also made note of Dr. Stevens' leadership role in revising the curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and aligning the program with the new national "standards and essentials." Learn more here.

WSNA honors UW School of Nursing alumnae and former faculty members

Four UW School of Nursing alumnae and former faculty members were honored by the WSNA as 2012 Hall of Fame Inductees on March 27. Two nursing alumnae, Helen Behan, BSN ’53, MN ’69 and Gretchen Schodde, BSN ’69, and former faculty members Frankie T. Manning (former clinical faculty member and assistant dean  for clinical practice) and Maureen Niland (who served on faculty in the school  in the 1970’s) were four of the six hall of fame inductees. Read more about the awards here.

Read about our alumna, Patricia Ross, '47, who is uncovering a key piece of nursing's history through her work on the WWII Cadet Nurse Corps.

Be sure to submit your own alumni news updates to us at!

Student News

Have you ever wondered how the student experience of today compares to your own? UW Admissions recently produced a great video about where students like to study. Check it out here!

2012-2013 Magnuson Scholar Announced
I Chun Liu, PhD student in Nursing Science, has been selected as the 2012-13 School of Nursing Magnuson Scholar. The University names six Magnuson Scholars each year, one from each of the six UW health sciences schools. The Magnuson Scholars are selected on the basis of their academic performance and their potential contributions to research in the health sciences. For the 2012-2013 academic year, Ms. Liu will be awarded $25,000 to be used to pursue her education and research. She began the University of Washington School of Nursing’s PhD in Nursing Science program in 2005. Her research involves Chinese Americans that focuses on association between immigrant health and dietary acculturation (diabetes, cancer and heart disease). She also has a strong interest in teaching in higher education and is one of our former Graduate Assistance in Areas of Nation Need (GAANN) Fellows. The GAANN Nursing Fellowship enhanced Ms. Liu’s ability to be an effective educator. Congratulations!

School Spotlight

Second Annual All Health Professions Error Disclosure Day a great success

Students and faculty from the Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy came together on March 6 for the second annual all-health professions error disclosure day. The day included a keynote by error disclosure expert Tom Gallagher, and breakout sessions bringing together students from across the health sciences schools.

Read the story in UW Today.


Vol. 23, Issue 2

In this Issue:

-Message from Interim Dean
-NRB and Soule Lecture
-Alumni News
-Student News
-School Spotlight: IPE


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.

Did you live in Harborview Hall as a student?

If you lived at Harborview Hall as a UW nursing student, King County would like to hear your memories. King County is working to save the building and rehabilitate it so it can be used again.  Your stories and photos will help illustrate its importance in nursing education and our area’s culture.  Contact: Carolyn Duncan, 206-296-8352,

SAVE THE DATE: CLass of '62 reunion

The UW SoN BSN Class of 1962 is celebrating its 50th year reunion this coming fall! We look forward to welcoming you back to campus.

SAVE THE DATE: Sept. 21 & 22

For more details, click here.

Join us for huskyfest, april 19-21!

Save the date for Huskyfest 2012, April 19-21 on campus! Learn more here.

Our nursing students will be out on Red Square on Friday, April 20, to promote our Nurse Camp for high school students. Be sure to stop by their booth and say hello! They’ll also have information about what YOU can do to help!

Don't forget to visit their webpage for more details about Nurse Camp.

Admissions Update

The School of Nursing is pleased to announce acceptance letters are out and the class of 2012-2013 includes:

BSN students: 98
ABSN students: 48
PhD: 15

Two new grants awarded to early career faculty

Betty Bekemeier, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychosocial and Community Health, has been funded to look at the impact of budget cuts to county health departments. The grant will examine how cuts have affected the community—from the health of mothers and babies to infectious disease control. Read more about this project.

Hilaire Thompson, Assistant Professor, Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems, has been funded on a new project to study the immune system's link to brain injury recovery in older adults. The five-year, 2.9 million dollar grant builds upon her previous KL2 and John A. Hartford Foundation awards and involves Thompson leading a multidisciplinary team of co-investigators on the project. Learn more about this project.

Don't forget to check our website at 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!

Faculty, Students and Alumni to present at American Geriatrics Society National Meeting

The American Geriatrics Society National Meeting will feature several SoN Faculty and Students in abstracts and poster presentations. The conference will take place here in Seattle, May 3-5. You can learn more about the conference here.

Upcoming CNE Offerings

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

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

Women’s Health Drug Therapy—Clinical Pharmacology Series 2012, May 10, 2012

Immediate Response—Essential Skills for Urgent Clinical Situations, May 15, 2012

Adult/Geriatric Drug Therapy—Clinical Pharmacology Series 2012, May 18, 2012

Neuropsychotropic Drug Therapy—Clinical Pharmacology Series, 2012, June 8, 2012

Medical-Surgical Review & Update—Online—Summer 2012, June 11—August 19, 2012

The Art of Precepting, June 12, 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

Medical-Surgical Review & Update—Online—Fall, September 10—November 19, 2012

Visit the CNE site to learn more about these conferences

In Memoriam

Janet Allen
February 14, 2012

Toni Still
March 5, 2012

Bonny Lou Diaz
March 24, 2012


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