Message From Interim Dean Pamela Mitchell

Dear Alumni and Friends:

Greetings to you during the holiday season!

Over the past few months, we’ve had the opportunity to meet our three dean candidates, and learn about their research, teaching and leadership. I was pleased to see that some of our alumni and friends were able to join us in the public meetings. If you weren’t able to be there, you may visit our Provost’s website to see videos of their presentations. It is no longer possible to post comments, however.

One of the most exciting things for me about the dean search process has been the opportunity to reflect on the strengths of our school and what we want for its future. We recognize that our school has developed a powerful community of scholarship and has been home to stellar research, teaching and practice for many years. Every candidate in the search talked about the importance of the school’s distinguished history and the influence it has had on nursing around the world. We are proud of the school’s impact on nursing and health and look forward to addressing future health challenges with a new infusion of energy from our next dean. As we move into a new year, I am looking forward to continuing the great work we have started and welcoming a new dean into our school and community.

Our great history came full circle to me last week, when I had the pleasure of attending the Harborview “Nurses Tunnel” dedication ceremony. As some of you will recall, Harborview recently commissioned a public art project to celebrate nursing.  The project is located in the hallway connecting Harborview Hall and the medical center. The images and voices included in the project are a powerful reminder of the generations of nurses who have shaped history, for our school, Harborview Medical Center and our community. Be sure to read more about the event and check out our photos here.

As the year draws to a close, I am pleased to share these stories that demonstrate the impact our faculty, staff and alumni have on the health and wellbeing of our community and our world. We are proud of the difference we make for patients, families and communities and thank you for all you do to support us in this important work.

Happy Holidays to you and yours, and I wish you all the best in the coming year!


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

New public art installation celebrates nursing’s long history at Harborview Medical Center

Harborview Medical Center celebrated its long history of nursing with the dedication of a new public art project, the “Nurses Tunnel” on Wednesday, December 12th  as part of a larger event honoring its nurses. In her opening speech, Harborview Chief Nursing Officer and UW School of Nursing alumna Darcy Jaffe, BSN ’83, MN ’89, proudly explained the purpose of the tunnel was to “celebrate the legacy of nursing at Harborview.”

“We hope that this tunnel will help people to understand what it’s like to be a Harborview nurse,” said Jaffe. “That’s something different.”

The Nurses Tunnel project, commissioned by King County and 4Culture, began over three years ago under the watchful eyes of artists Lois Shelton and Maggie Smith. With the help of nursing history consultant Marjorie DesRosier, MN ’79, PhD ‘93, UW School of Nursing alumni, students, local nursing agencies and many others, Shelton and Smith created a project intended to capture the dedication, passion and long history of nursing at Harborview.

Read the full story about the event here.

Alumni news and notes

Thank you, Alumni and Friends!

Since July 1, 2012, more than 550 alumni and 150 friends have given to support our students, programs and faculty. We received more than $80,000 for student scholarship support and another $900,000 to support our school’s faculty and programs. This represents an increase in both the number of alumni donors and the dollar amount received during the same period last year. Thank you for your generosity! If you’d like to join your friends and fellow alumni and make your gift before the close of 2012, please follow this link to donate online, or contact Glory Visario at 206-543-3109.  Happy Holidays!

From nursing to architecture: How one SoN Alumna put her BSN to work in redesigning healthcare

Teri Oelrich, '84 BSN, took an alternate career path when she became a partner with Seattle Architecture Firm NBBJ focusing on healthcare design. She gave a lecture on Friday, Nov. 9th, to students ready to learn about putting their degree to work. Read more about her story.

Alumni News

Kathy Camacho Carr, ’89 PhD Alumna and Seattle University Professor and Jean Bushman Endowed Chair has been appointed to serve on the advisory council that helps guide policy issues related to national health and nursing education. She was appointed by US Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius in early December to the council, made up of nurse educators and professionals from across the country. Read more about her appointment here.

Joseph D. Tariman, '11 PhD Alumnus, received the Nurse of the Year award from the Lukemia Research Foundation. He is an advanced practice nurse at the Northwestern University Myeloma Program in Chicago. Tariman edited and co-authored a groundbreaking nursing book on multiple myeloma, published by the Oncology Nursing Society in mid-2010.He has authored or co-authored over 60 published articles, abstracts, monographs, and book chapters on various topics including multiple myeloma. He is a member of several editorial review boards.   In addition, he serves as contributing editor for ONS Connect and is a column writer for Advance for Nurse Practitioners. Read about his award here.

Faculty News

Pamela Mitchell Receives highest award for nursing from American Heart Association

School of Nursing Professor and Interim Dean Pamela Mitchell, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been selected for the highest award of the American Heart Association (AHA) Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing. “I am truly honored to receive this lifetime achievement award, particularly as the first nurse scientist working with stroke survivors,” said Mitchell. “It is a particular honor to join other UW alumni - Dr. Marie Cowan and Dr. Susan Woods, among other distinguished recipients.”  Read more about the award here.

SoN department chair and PhD candidate honored by March of Dimes

Congratulations to Karen Schepp, interim chair and associate professor, PCH, and Susan Johnson, PhD candidate, who were recently honored by the March of Dimes at their annual breakfast celebrating nurses on November 15. Schepp received the 2012 Nurse of the Year award in the "Research and Advancing Profession" category, while Johnson received an award in the "Rising Star" category. Congratulations to both for their amazing work!


Student News

PhD Student joins IOM panel to discuss Interprofessional Education

PhD student Erin Abu-Rish participated in a panel in the second workshop of the Institute of Medicine’s Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education, which met at the Keck Center in Washington, D.C. on November 29-30. The panelists represented the views of students drawn from across the health sciences about the value of interprofessional education (IPE), a multi-disciplinary, collaborative approach to health professional education. Abu-Rish related her experiences with IPE as a nurse and Research Associate at UW’s Center for Health Science Interprofessional Education, Research, and Practice. Read more here.

Dealing with challenging patients: Nursing students take on clinical problem-solving

On October 30th, students from the schools of nursing, pharmacy, medicine and the MEDEX physician assistant program came together to learn about dealing with challenging patients and care situations. The students worked in cross-disciplinary teams to make diagnoses and patient care decisions. Learn more about their collaborative sessions here.

Nursing students tackle tough topics in pregnancy

Senior nursing students presented posters on November 27th about various pregnancy complications and what they learned about preventing those problems. The students explored topics from the affects of smoking and violence on pregnancy to conditions that could occur during labor and delivery. Read about their projects here.

School Spotlight

Nominate a nurse leader for the 2013 Nurses Recognition Banquet

Nominations are now open for the 2013 Nurses Recognition Awards and we welcome nominations from our community! This year, we are featuring a new award: the Distinguished Diversity Advocate Award. Learn about all our awards and nominate here.

Two State Universities Commit to Develop Advanced Nursing Workforce for Healthier Communities

Faculty and students from UW School of Nursing came together with Washington State University Interdisciplinary PhD programs to convene an inaugural meeting in Wenatchee, Washington to discuss their joint commitment to prevention and public health. On Tuesday, October 16, 2012, Associate Professor Doris Boutain, Assistant Professor Betty Bekemeier, Community Health Program alumni Christine Espina and Yolanda Grandjean, current DNP candidate, met with faculty and students from WSU to discuss their joint commitment to prevention and public health. Read more about their work here.

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Vol. 23, Issue 6

In this Issue:

-Message from Interim Dean
-Harborview Nurses Tunnel
-Alumni News and Notes
-Faculty News
-Student News
-School Spotlight

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!


Harborview Hall memories

Check out the video produced by King County capturing some of the memories from students who lived in Harborview Hall. Have your own memories? Send them to us at

Nursing named most trusted profession...again!

In a recent Gallup poll, Nurses were named the most trusted professionals, recieving top marks in honesty and ethical standards. Congrats!

happy holidays from your friends at UW!

Check out the UW's year-end video. We hope it makes you proud to be a husky!

Read connections online!

If you missed out on previous issues of Connections, you can read them online here! We have also posted our last magazine online. And, you can always request past issues by emailing us.

We hope you enjoy reading about what we've been up to at the School of Nursing!

Upcoming CNE Offerings

Medical-Surgical Review & Update: Enhancing Medical-Surgical Nursing Practice - January 10-April 13, 2013

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

14th Annual Pacific NW Conference: Midwifery Update 2013 - February 6, 2013

Cardiovascular Update 2013 - February 14-15, 2013

Diabetes Update 2013 - February 27, 2013

Annual Neuroscience Nursing Symposium: Promoting Clinical Excellence – March 1, 2013

Pediatric Drug Therapy - March 12, 2013

Click here to view CNE’s Winter/Spring 2013 Calendar.

In Memoriam

Nada Estes
October 19, 2012

Dona Katzenberger Ross
October 20, 2012

Helen K. Mussallem
November 9, 2012

Ruth Barbey Abbott
November 14, 2012


School of Nursing
Office of Advancement

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