UW School of Nursing: August 2012 Connections, Vol. 23, Issue 4

Message From Interim Dean Pamela Mitchell

Dear alumni and friends,

We are truly grateful for all of the support from alumni, friends and donors this past year, which totaled almost $3 million.  We are proud to say that our UW School of Nursing alumni are among the most loyal and committed alumni at UW.  For many years, this wonderful loyalty has put the School of Nursing among the top four schools at UW in alumni giving participation. We are honored and humbled to know that so many of our graduates choose to give back.

Most of our alumni give to the Nursing Scholarship Fund or the Nursing Excellence Fund.  This is crucial funding that helps our students retain access to a high quality education and graduate with a lower debt burden.  The Excellence Fund allows me, as the interim dean, to ensure that the School continues to function at the level of excellence that has distinguished us for so many years.

I am thoroughly enjoying serving as interim dean of the school of nursing and am energized by the engagement of our faculty, staff and students in the work of the school. At our convocation in June, I enjoined our graduating students with a phrase from the eminent science fiction writer, Ray Bradbury: “Love what you do and do what you love.” I believe that the UW School of Nursing continues to be a place where we all – students, staff, faculty and our alumni community – love what we do and do what we love.  That is not to say that the work that we do and love is – or will be – all fun and games.  Each of us in this community of scholarship and discovery will do hard work and support each other in that hard work to fulfill our mission to improve health.

We are all inspired by news from our alumni community and eager to learn from their experiences in communities and health care settings across our nation and around the world.  In this newsletter, you will learn more about a distinguished alumna who is the Chief Nursing Officer at the UCLA Medical Center, as well as alumni who have made “top doctors” lists here in the Pacific Northwest.  When I meet or hear from our alumni I am struck by how many of you are in leadership roles, whether in practice as nurse managers, heading up a patient safety initiative or a community agency, or like Heidi Crooks, successfully leading a complex academic health care facility.  Others I meet are leaders in the military, in public health departments, in nursing research and education, and in professional nursing organizations.  It is clear that much of what has distinguished our school over the years is the accomplishments of our alumni.  We hope you will all stay in touch and keep us up-to-date. 

During this next year I will continue to serve as interim dean, while the search for a permanent Dean moves forward.  Debra Friedman, Chancellor at UW Tacoma is currently chairing the search committee for a new dean, with the intent to have a permanent dean in place by fall 2013.  You will be hearing more about this process during the fall, with opportunities for public forums with candidates likely in the winter or spring. 

I am very much looking forward to seeing some of you at our upcoming BSN class of 1962 reunion in September. I hope many of you will consider putting together a reunion of your own. Contact Chris Miller at 206-221-7674 or and she will be happy to help.

I hope you all enjoy the remaining few weeks of summer!


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

SoN alumna and CNO of UCLA Health System named UCLA “Visionary Leader”; Heidi Crooks credits UW for developing her leadership skills

Heidi Crooks, MA ’73, currently the Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Associate Director of Operations and Patient care at the UCLA Health System has loved her career in nursing, although she never intended to become a nurse. A native of Finland, Crooks spent a year as an exchange student in Michigan while in high school, and returned home to questions from her mother about what was next. While Crooks had planned to take prerequisites to attend medical school, her mother had different plans.

“I returned home from my time in Michigan and my mother asked me if I planned to apply to nursing school as well as to medical school,” She said. “I mentioned to her that the deadline for applying to nursing school had already passed (school started in September and Crooks returned home in August). My mother explained that she had already completed the application process for me and that I had an interview with the Dean the following week. She promised that if I didn’t like it, I could apply to medical school…but, I loved it right away!”

Read Heidi's story here.

2012 Nurse Camp was a hit!

What do you get when you bring together 24 high school students, six current nursing students, and a week’s worth of activities geared towards learning what it’s like to be a nurse? The UW School of Nursing’s fourth annual nurse camp, which occurred June 25-29th at the UWSoN and UWMC. 24 high school students from around the area and as far away as Los Angeles attended the camp. Read the full story here.

And, be sure to check out photos from the camp on our Facebook page!

Alumni taking on new leadership roles

Congrats to our alumni in new leadership roles! Grace Parker, '75 BSN and '78 MN, was named the Interim Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) at UWMC; Darcy Jaffe, '83 BSN and '89 MN was named the CNO at Harborview Medical Center! Congratulations are also in order for Lorie Wild, '83 BSN and '96 PhD, who left her position as CNO at UWMC for the Deanship of the School of Health Services at Seattle Pacific University, effective July 1.

Student News

Phd student becomes first to graduate with Nursing science statistics concentration
Oleg Zaslavsky, who completed his PhD this summer, is the first Nursing PhD graduate to complete the Nursing Science Statistics Area of Concentration, offered by the Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences (CSSS) in collaboration with the SON. Read more here.

students named to Jonas scholar programs
Anna Ribich, RN, BSN, DNP student in the Family Nurse Practitioner program, was selected as one of 52 Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program Scholars. Read more about Anna here. Lorena "Lori" Jaimes RN, MN, Adult Nurse Practitioner student in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, was recently selected for the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program for 2012-2014. Read more about Lori here.

School Spotlight

Nursing co-leads designated NIH Center of Excellence in Pain Education

Chronic pain affects approximately 100 million Americans, costing up to $635 billion in medical treatment and lost productivity each year. Yet pain management is often not taught in many health professional schools. Recognizing the need for this change, the NIH has selected 12 schools to develop pain curricula with the University of Washington named the lead site. These curricula will advance the assessment, diagnosis and safe treatment of a wide variety of pain conditions. Read more about the new center here.

George Demiris named to Alumni Endowed Professorship in Nursing

George Demiris, professor, BNHS, has been named to the Alumni Endowed Professorship in Nursing, effective for five years. Demiris is jointly appointed in Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems in the School of Nursing and Biomedical Informatics in the School of Medicine.   He heads the Master of Science program in Clinical Informatics and Patient-Centered Technologies and has an extensive research program advancing knowledge about the use of information technology to improve the quality of life for older adults. Read more here.

Dean Mitchell and Professor Cathryn Booth-LaForce named to state Academy of Sciences

On August 1, the Washington State Academy of Sciences (WSAS)annouced the election of 35 new members in recognition of their distinguished and continuing scientific achievements, including two School of Nursing faculty members, Pamela Mitchell, The Robert G. and Jean A. Reid Dean (interim) and Professor, Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems and Cathryn Booth-LaForce, the Charles and Gerda Spence Endowed Professor in Nursing in the department of Family and Child Nursing. Read more here.


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News from Continuing Nursing Education

New feature on CNE website: The Lasting Gift: Moving through Grief by Leaving a Legacy

On July 30, 2012 the University of Washington School of Nursing (UWSON) and Continuing Nursing Education (UWCNE), in collaboration with University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC), held its third Nursing Grand Rounds (NGR) of 2012 devoted to the end-of-life topic, The Lasting Gift: Moving through Grief by Leaving a Legacy. UWCNE recorded this one-hour presentation and it is now accessible on the UWCNE website fee exempt to anyone who would like to view it.

Our presenter, Carol Kummet, LICSW, MTS, is a Palliative Care Social Worker at UWMC. She touched on topics that include: common grief reaction and a natural response to loss, William Worden’s 4 tasks of Mourning, as well as methods assist patients and their families in legacy work.

Those who are interested in receiving one (1) contact hour of continuing education can view the video and pay a minimal fee to receive a certificate. See for details.

To learn more about NGRs or to suggest topics and speakers, please visit or contact NoleAnn at

The School of Nursing remembers former dean Madeleine Leininger

Madeleine Leininger, PhD, LHD, DS, CTN, RN, FAAN, FRCNA, who led the School of Nursing as dean from 1969-1974, passed away at her home in Omaha, Nebraska on August 10, 2012. She is recognized worldwide as the founder of transcultural nursing, a program that she created at the School in 1974. Leininger was considered to be “ahead of the times” in envisioning the critical need to prepare nurses to generate research and practice in transcultural nursing. She launched the field in the mid-1950s. In the 1960s, she coined the terms “culturally competent” and “culturally congruent care,” which were adopted by federal agencies, universities, therapeutic health centers and accrediting agencies.

We have written a story about Dr. Leininger's impact to the School of Nursing , which you can read here. If you would like to add to a tribute to her online, go to: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the Transcultural Nursing Society Foundation.

Vol. 23, Issue 4

In this Issue:

-Message from Interim Dean
-Alumna receives "visionary leader" award at UCLA
-2012 Nurse Camp was a hit!
-Alumni News
-Student News
-School Spotlight
-In Memoriam: Remembering Dean Madeleine Leininger

Join us on linkedin!

We recently created an alumni linkedin group and hope you'll join us there! We look forward to keeping you connected both personally and professionally! Follow this link or search for "University of Washington School of Nursing Alumni" to find us!

new faculty awards and achievements

Several faculty have been honored with various awards this summer. Read all about them in our newsroom!

--C. June Strickland: Dukepoo Award
--Phyllis Zimmer: Lifetime Achievement Award from NNPS
--Marie-Annette Brown: New Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Alumni selected for Seattle Metropolitan Magazine's Top Doctors issue


Over half of the nearly 50 nurses listed in Seattle Metropolitan Magazine's Top Doctors issue were SoN Alumni!

The list featured nine nursing specialties, including Adult Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse Anesthetists, Certified Nurse Midwives, Child Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioners, Family Nurse Practitioners, Geriatric Nurse Practitioners, Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine, and Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioners.

George Glade, one of the selected top docs, noted that this was a great achievement for nurses in general to be acknowledged among the top doctors and speaks well for the future of nurses in practice.

The issue is available on newsstands now. Read the full list 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 of Nursing!

Upcoming CNE Offerings

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

Update in Medical-Surgical Nursing 2012—10th Annual Conference, October 25—October 26, 2012

Wound Care Update—2012: Complex Challenges and Effective Management, November 15—16, 2012

Be sure to check out CNE's new Saturday Workshop Series! These start on October 6.

Visit the CNE site to learn more about these conference

In Memoriam

Madeleine Leininger
August 10, 2012


School of Nursing
Office of Advancement

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