October 2012
UW School of Nursing: October 2012 Connections, Vol. 23, Issue 5

Message From Interim Dean Pamela Mitchell

Dear Alumni and Friends:

Welcome back to the new academic year! Fall is definitely in the air here, with new and returning students filling the halls and beautiful changing leaves outside our windows. The past month has been a busy one, with the return of our BSN class of 1962 on September 21, 2012 for their 50th reunion, which you can read more about further in the newsletter. We also welcomed our incoming students that same week, including 140 BSN and ABSN students, 6 MN, 88 DNP and 11 PhD students.  They join the 360 returning students to form a strong and robust student body. The faculty and staff of the School of Nursing have eagerly welcomed these students into our growing community of scholarship.

This season is not without accolades for our alumni as well. In mid-October, we celebrated the induction of three of our alumni into the American Academy of Nursing: Barbara Habermann, ’82 MN and post-doc, and End-of-Life Communication and Training (RESPECT) Center, gretchen Lawhon, ’94 PhD, who is Clinical Nurse Scientist and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Children's Regional Hospital of Cooper University Hospital, Camden NJ, and Charleen Tachibana ’89 MN, currently the Chief Nursing Officer at Virginia Mason Medical Center. Another of our alumni, Marie Driever, ’85 PhD, RN, Clinical Practice and Research Consultant, has deferred her induction into the academy until next year. We are proud of all of our alumni working hard to advance nursing science in communities locally and nationally. Don’t forget to let us know about your activities by emailing us at nscomm@uw.edu.

Finally, as I noted in the June newsletter, graduate faculty were engaged this summer in a careful plan for curricular revision for the DNP program as a whole, including all our specialty focal areas.  Just a few weeks ago, the graduate faculty voted overwhelmingly to move forward with this curriculum revision, aiming for fall 2013 as the first offering of the revised format of the DNP program.  A full report of the work group is on our public webpage (under organizational development).  As faculty move forward with the specifics of implementation, we will be providing more detailed information and soliciting feedback from our alumni and other external stakeholders.   

I hope you enjoy reading about the activities at the School of Nursing for the past few months. I am proud to be part of this great community of scholarship and discovery, and I hope you feel the same.


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

Mark your calendars for "W" Day, Nov. 2!

Celebrate the UW's Birthday on Nov. 2! There will be fun activities on-campus from 10am-2pm in Red Square, including free cupcake giveaways from Cupcake Royale, W Day t-shirts and live music! Stop by the W Day website to learn more. Show us your purple pride by sharing your UW photos on Facebook!


Alumni news and notes

Alumni named 2012 Preceptor of the Year

Tom Stone, MN, ARNP, FNP-BC, has been named the University of Washington School of Nursing's 2012 Clinical Preceptor of the Year. He is a two-time SoN alumnus, graduating in 1985 from the BSN program and 1991with an MN from the UW FNP program. Tom was honored at this year's Advanced Practice Conference at the Washington State Convention Center. Read more about Tom and this award here.

Alumni News

Jean Tang, '04 PhD alumna of the School of Nursing, was recently featured in Seattle University's Alumni Magazine as one of the "14 Scholar- Educators who define an SU education." Tang, an associate professor in the Seattle University College of Nursing, is celebrated especially for her work in finding ways to reduce human suffering. Read the story here.

Anne Belcher, '68 MN was recently elected president of the Oncology Nursing Society Foundation. Belcher is an associate professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Learn more here.

Making a difference: Community Health Nursing alumni share their stories

The School of Nursing is home to many top-ranked programs, specialties and concentrations that enable our graduates to touch lives in many areas of nursing. One of these areas, the Community Health Nursing Program, draws students who are interested in areas of nursing outside of the typical hospital and doctor office setting. We sat down with a few of the program’s alumni and a current student to understand more about why they chose Community Health Nursing and what they would tell others about their experiences at the UW SoN. Barbara Hoffman, Teresa Garrett-Hill and Kristen Hosey talk about making a difference in the lives of others. Read the story here.

Student News

Welcome to our new students!

With the start of fall quarter, the School of Nursing welcomed 250 new students across all degrees. The new students participated in more than fifteen orientation sessions on September 18th and September 21st. Sessions included immunization clinics, building access, electronic resources, academic student support, specialty sessions, graduate student lunch, and degree specific program orientations. Orientation was coordinated by Academic Services and the department specialties. Check out photos from orientation here!

Students and Faculty present at Council for Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS) meeting

School of Nursing Faculty and PhD Students attended the Council for Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS) meeting in Washington DC, September 13-15. Read more about their presentations here.

School Spotlight

Andrea Landis named Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholar

Andrea M. Landis, Ph.D., RN, FNP-BC, an assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Nursing, has won a competitive grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to examine the relationship between sleep and obesity in adolescents. Danuta Wojnar, '05 PhD alumna and current associate professor at Seattle University College of Nursing was also selected to join the cohort. Read more here.

Clinical Faculty member honored for bringing outpatient palliative care to Seattle

Darrell Owens, nurse practitioner and director of outpatient palliative care at UW Medicine’s Harborview Medical Center, has been selected to receive a Sojourns Award from the Cambia Health Foundation (previously The Regence Foundation), honored for his pioneering work in outpatient palliative care. Owens is a clinical faculty member in the dept. of BNHS. Read more here.

UWSoN Leads the way in Team-Based Care with new IOM discussion paper featuring Dean Mitchell as First Author

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a new discussion paper on Oct. 2, with Interim Dean Pamela Mitchell serving as first author, that underscores the importance of shared goals, trust, and good team communication in the health care team. Read more here.

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!

News from Continuing Nursing Education

SoN Continuing Nursing Education’s largest continuing education offering of the year, the Annual Pacific Northwest National Conference on Advanced Practice in Primary and Acute Care celebrated its 35th birthday on Thursday-Saturday, October 4-6, 2012 at the Washington State Convention Center.  The conference had over 700 participants from 22 states and Canada, including over 200 SoN alumni.

WSNA Executive Director and 2008 SoN Distinguished Alumna, Judy Huntington, MN gave the welcome. Interim Dean, Pamela Mitchell, PhD, RN, FAAN presented the UW Preceptor-of-the-Year Award to Tom Stone, MN (’91), ARNP.  Marie-Annette Brown, PhD, ARNP and Madeline Wiley, MSN, ARNP, co-chaired the planning committee composed of over 30 faculty, clinical faculty and community colleagues many of whom have participated in the conference for decades. Mary Ann Draye, MPH, ARNP and Pamela Mitchell, PhD, RN, FAAN were honored for serving on the first planning committee in 1978 and still having active roles in the 2012 conference.

Special thanks to the many individuals -- faculty, clinical faculty, students, and staff -- who participated in planning, speaking at, attending and supporting this year’s conference, especially the incredible staff of Continuing Nursing Education who went above and beyond in coordinating this premier conference. To view pictures of this event, please visit the University of Washington Continuing Nursing Education Facebook page or click the link below: http://tinyurl.com/8z7yatc.

Learn more about Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) opportunities at http://www.uwcne.org/.

Vol. 23, Issue 5

In this Issue:

-Message from Interim Dean
-Alumni News and Notes
-Community Health Nursing feature
-Student News
-School Spotlight
-Continuing Nursing Education News

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!

Faculty member appointed to fda advisory committee

June Strickland, associate professor, PCH, has been appointed to the Federal Drug Administration Risk Communications Advisory Committee as a Special Government Employee. Read more here.

Class of '62 reunion was a hit!

The UW SoN BSN Class of 1962 came together in September to celebrate 50 years and enjoy each other's company! You can check out photos from the reunion on our Facebook page. If you're interested in planning your own class reunion, contact Chris Miller at 206-221-7674 or chrismil@uw.edu.

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

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

Immediate Response-Essential Skills for Urgent Clinical Situations, November 6, 2012

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

Wound Management Education Program-Winter/Spring 2013, Online/Onsite Certificate Program for Registered Nurses, February 6-April 11, 2013

Medical-Surgical Review & Update (onsite) Winter 2013, Enhancing Medical-Surgical Nursing Practice, January 10-April 18, 2013

Wound Management Education Program-Summer/Fall 2013, Online/Onsite Certificate Program for Registered Nurses, August 14-October 17, 2013

The Challenge of Pain—4th Annual Pain Conference, January 23-24, 2013

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

Visit the CNE site to learn more about these conferences!

In Memoriam

Vivian Geldy-Duff
September 6, 2012

Marcia L. Dale
August 18, 2012

Chaleia Morae Gill
August 14, 2012

Clare Joan Short
June 15, 2012

Pauline Fohn Jean Westlund
June 13, 2012


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