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Message From Interim Dean Pamela Mitchell

I want to extend an enthusiastic welcome to our newest alumni, who graduated from the school earlier this month. Heartiest congratulations to everyone in the class of 2012 and welcome to our proud and strong Alumni group. You can read more about our graduation ceremony in the story that follows my message. 

Since the last newsletter, we have had our annual Nursing Recognition Banquet and honored some outstanding alumni and community members, many of whom you can read about on our website. A new award for Lifetime Achievement was given to Margaret Hollinger (BSN 1950) who recently celebrated her 102nd birthday. I had the joy of being able to present her award to her at the Caroline Kline-Galland Home in late June. Her story is featured in the Spring 2012 issue of Connections Magazine.    

Updates on the school include our ongoing undergraduate and graduate programs – filled to capacity as always. This summer we welcomed over 100 new students into the school: Accelerated BSN students (those who already have a bachelor’s degree in another field and are entering professional nursing for a second degree), summer start generic BSN, and some DNP students. More BSN and graduate students (MS in Clinical Informatics and Patient-Centered Technologies, DNP and PhD) will start in September. Our 4th annual Nurse Camp is currently underway on campus, June 25-29. The main goal of Nurse Camp is to provide a pipeline to college for minority and low-income students in the Puget Sound, and of course to attract students to nursing as their college major!  “Campers” have a lot of hand-on activities and opportunities to interact with practicing nurses in all areas of health care. Kudos to our students, staff, faculty and alumni donors who make this possible. Read more about Nurse Camp here.

Finally, an update on the status of the Nurse Midwifery, Perinatal and Neonatal specialty foci in our DNP program. I did not recommend elimination of these focal areas to the Provost. Faculty are engaged this summer and during the next academic year in a careful curricular revision for the DNP program as a whole, including these and all specialty focal areas. As that work progresses, alumni as well as other stakeholder groups will be contacted for input. 


Pamela H. Mitchell, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, ’62, ‘91
Robert G. and Jean A. Reid Dean (Interim)
Professor, Biobehavioral Nursing & Health Systems

2012 Convocation and Awards Ceremony

The School of Nursing celebrated the graduation of its students on June 8 at Meany Hall. We are proud to have had 96 BSN graduates, 75 Masters and Certificate program graduates, 15 PhD graduates and 30 DNP graduates. We also honored our faculty and students with annual teaching and convocation awards. Read more about those here and check out photos from graduation on our Facebook Page.

Congratulations to all of our new graduates, and welcome to the alumni community! Be sure to stay connected with us!

2012 Nurses Recognition Banquet and Soule Lecture

Thanks for joining us for our 2012 Nurses Recognition Banquet and Soule Lecture! We were thrilled to have so many of you celebrating nursing with us and honored to be sharing the night with a knowledgeable panel of speakers, great student presenters and wonderful award winners (several of whom were our alumni!). If you haven't already, stop by our Facebook page to take a look at our photos- you can view them even if you don't have a Facebook account! Be on the look out for a Save the Date message for our 2013 event soon!

Alumni News

Three School of Nursing alumni will be inducted this fall as fellows of the American Academy of Nursing. The Inductees include: Marie Driever, ’85 PhD, who is currently working as a self-employed consultant; Barbara Habermann, ’82 MN and post-doc, Associate Professor, Department of Family Health Nursing and Core faculty, IU Research in Palliative and End-of-Life Communication and Training (RESPECT) Center and Charleen Tachibana, ’89 MN, currently the Chief Nursing Officer at Virginia Mason Medical Center. Read more about these alumni here.

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

Student News

nurse camp is underway!
The School of Nursing DAwG group is proud to be hosting 24 high school students this week at our fourth annual Nurse Camp! Students will have the chance to obtain HIPPA training, learn about infection control and handwashing techniques, explore vital organs with  current graduate student Colleen McElroy-Williams, known as the "Organ Lady", and participate in a "speed date" with nurses working in all areas of health care. Learn more about Nurse Camp here and stay tuned for stories about this years Nurse Camp students!

Jason Ly and Kristine Pascual, both BSN Seniors who graduated June 8th, were honored in late May as “Top 150” Seniors in the class of 2012. In honor of the University of Washington's 150 Celebration, the UW Class of 2012 Senior Class Gift honored the top 150 Seniors on May 25, 2012 at the UW Tower Commons. Read more here.

Five BSN Seniors participated in the campus wide Undergraduate Research Symposium on May 18. The students participated in research projects with School of Nursing Faculty members and had the opportunity to present their work alongside more than 1,000 other students. Read more about their projects here, and check out photos from the symposium on our Facebook page.

Health Sciences students from nursing, pharmacy and medicine came together in late May to train on improved communication techniques to improve patient care. Teams of students worked together in a simulated ER environment to explore how to improve their communication techniques as they practice at the bedside. Read more here.

School Spotlight

Former dean receives two fellowships

Marla E. Salmon, ScD, RN, FAAN, former dean of the UW School of Nursing and professor in nursing and public health, recently received two prestigious fellowships. Salmon has been selected as the 2012-2013 Nurse Scholar in Residence at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies. Additionally, the Rockefeller Foundation has announced Salmon’s selection for the international Resident Fellows Program at the Bellagio Center in Italy. You can read the full press releases here.

Center on Infant Mental Health and Development renamed Barnard Center

The University of Washington School of Nursing has announced the re-naming of its Center on Infant Mental Health & Development to the Barnard Center, in honor of renowned nurse and researcher Kathryn Barnard. A longtime School of Nursing faculty member, Barnard is known for her pioneering research on the importance of early caregiving relationships for infant development and well-being.  

At a June 7th reception announcing the name change, Barnard remarked, “naming of the Center on Infant Mental Health and Development to the Barnard Center, after my family, means a great deal to me as the last person in my Barnard clan. With my never marrying or having children myself, naming of the Center gives me a legacy.”

Learn more about the renaming and check out photos from the June 7th event on the Barnard Center's Flickr site.

Continuing Nursing Education course breaks records

A record 478 nurses participated in the 2012 Medical-Surgical Nursing Review course which ended April 12. The course was established in 2004 and each year has been highly rated and surpasses projected enrollment goals. In 2012, nurses working at 27 hospitals in Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and for the first time, South Dakota, met at their agencies for three hours each week for 14 consecutive weeks (January-April). Lectures given by experts on evidence-based, medical-surgical nursing practice were transmitted from SON’s T661 to nurses in urban and rural areas. Nurse educators and med-surg nurse leaders facilitated the course at each site. Approximately 98 percent of course participants completed the course and earned 42.5 contact hours. Read more about this exciting conference here.

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!

The School of Nursing Remembers Jean Reid

Jean Reid, longtime school supporter and board member, passed away on May 12, 2012. Jean, with her late husband Bob, was an extraordinary supporter of the School of Nursing, donating $5 million to endow scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate student nurses in 1999, and endowed the School of Nursing Deanship with a gift of $3.5 million in 2006. The school has written a tribute to her on their website, which you can read here. There, you will also find a link to her obituary from the Seattle Times.


Vol. 23, Issue 3

In this Issue:

-Message from Interim Dean
-2012 Graduation
-NRB and Soule Lecture
-Alumni News
-Student News
-School Spotlight: Barnard Center; CNE conference breaks records

thank you for helping us CELEBRATE 150 YEARS

The University of Washington wrapped up its 150 year celebration this month with a fundraising campaign-- Love Purple Raise Gold. Thanks to those of you who helped us celebrate by attending events, sharing your memories, and getting involved on campus. We look forward to the next 150 years!

Harborview Hall Video

King County recently produced a great video about Harborview Hall, featuring some of our alumni! Check it out here.

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.

Read connections online!

If you didn't receive a paper copy of our alumni magazine, Connections, in late May, you can read it online here. And, you can always request one by emailing us. We hope you enjoy reading about what we've been up to at the school.

Upcoming CNE Offerings

Navigating Difficult Patient-Provider Relationships, 17th Annual Nursing Ethics Conference, July 26, 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

Advanced Practice in Primary and Acute Care—Pacific Northwest 35th Annual National Conference, October 4—6, 2012

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

Be sure to check out CNE's new Saturday Workshop Series!

Visit the CNE site to learn more about these conferences.

In Memoriam

Jean Reid
May 12, 2012

Thelma Pegues
May 10, 2012


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