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Message From Interim Dean Pamela Mitchell

Dear Alumni and Friends:

Pam Mitchell2013 is off to a great start at the School of Nursing. In early January, Dr. Azita Emami was selected to be our new Dean. Her appointment will begin on July 1. I’ve had the opportunity to meet Dean Emami on several occasions and am excited about what she brings to our school and community. In my conversations with her, I’ve been impressed by her dedication to excellence in both teaching and research, and her commitment to maintaining our school’s strong reputation. You can read more about Dr. Emami below and on our website. I also want to thank our alumni who participated in the conversations with our three dean candidates this fall to give voices to our alumni community. We look forward to holding events with Dean Emami once she begins her deanship to give all of you the chance to meet and interact with her.

As we move towards the end of winter quarter, our school continues to buzz with energy and innovation. Students are hard at work in their courses and at clinical sites. Our faculty are creating innovative curricular change and working with community partners continue their stellar work of educating the next generation of nurse leaders.  And our research continues to break new ground in improving health across the lifespan.

We are all watching the current developments in the unfolding of changes to our health care system. The school is committed to preparing our students to take on broader roles and responsibilities to serve the increasing numbers of individuals who are expected to have access to care. This is an exciting time for our profession, rich with new opportunities to increase public awareness of the value nursing brings to patient care, community health and system improvement.

UW Nurses have long been recognized as leaders in our profession and communities. Thank you for all you are doing to improve health and for your support of faculty and students at this great school.


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

Azita Emami selected as new Dean of School of Nursing

EmamiIn early January, President Young and Provost Wise announced the selection of Azita Emami, current dean of Seattle University's College of Nursing, as the next dean of the School of Nursing. Her appointment will begin on July 1, 2013.

"We are very excited that Dr. Emami will be joining the University of Washington and providing leadership to the top nursing school in America," said Young. "She brings broad vision and a global perspective, as well as a remarkable record of accomplishment in research and innovation. She's a perfect match for the excellence of our school of nursing."

Read the full press release about her appointment here and be on the lookout for upcoming opportunities to meet with Dean Emami.

Save the Date: Nurses Recognition Banquet and Soule Lecture will take place on May 8, 2013

2012_winnersWe are pleased to announce that our annual Nurses Recognition Banquet and Soule lecture will be held on May 8, 2013 at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle. Invitations will hit your mailboxes in early April and online registration will soon be available. Dr. Antonia Villarruel of the University of Michigan will be presenting our annual Soule Lecture this year, speaking on Advancing Health Equity: Implications for the Future of Nursing. Read more about the event here and keep checking back for updates.

Alumni and Student news

Oleg_ZaslavskyOleg Zaslavzky, ’12 PhD and the first student to graduate from the UW SoN in the Nursing Science Statistics concentration, has received the inaugural “Excellence in Advancing Nursing Science Award” from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The award, which was given at the AACN’s 2013 Doctoral Education Conference in late January, celebrates the outstanding dissertation work completed by Zaslavsky last summer. Read more about the award here.

Alumna Trez Buckland was recently featured with her son on KUOW for her efforts on improving access to mental health services.

Julie Un, BSN student, was recently featured in UW Regional Affairs "Front Porch" newsletter. Check it out! Julie is in her second year in the BSN program.

Faculty News

Two faculty and alumni to be inducted into STTI Researcher Hall of Fame

heitkemper_woodsCongratulations to Margaret Heitkemper, Chair and Professor, BNHS, and Nancy Woods, Dean Emeritus and Professor, BNHS, on their recent naming to the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. Two alumni, Kathryn Lee, '77MN, '86 PhD of the University of California San Francisco and Karen Aroian, '88 PhD of the University of Central Florida will also be inducted, alongside Ann E. Kurth, Affiliate Professor, BNHS. They will be inducted this summer at the STTI 24th International Nursing Research Congress, July 22-26, 2013, in Prague, Czech Republic. Read more here.

Doris Boutain wins 2013 MLK Community Service Award

BoutainDoris Boutain, Associate Professor, PCH and Project Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) grant in Community Health Nursing, received a Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award on Jan. 17. This award recognizes her efforts on the Moving Together in Faith and Health grant, completed last year. The honor was part of the annual tribute to the slain civil rights leader organized by UW Health Sciences and UW Medicine. Read more about the award here.

School of Nursing in the News

UW SoN leads the way in re-envisioning Doctor of Nursing Practice Curriculum

DNPThe UW School of Nursing is re-envisioning and restructuring the curriculum in its Doctor of Nursing Practice program with an initiative that builds on the school’s long history of national distinction in preparing advanced practice nurses for a variety of careers. A pioneer in Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) education, which prepares nurses for independent practice and practice leadership, the UW School of Nursing has recently taken on the task of re-envisioning and restructuring the curriculum in its DNP program. This project drew attention from around the country, culminating in presentations by three SoN Faculty members at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Doctoral Education conference last month. Two UW publications have covered the changing DNP curriculum and impact it will have on students. Read more at UW Today and the UW Daily.

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!

News from Continuing Nursing Education

In recognition of over three decades of “exceptional technical wizardry and outstanding service to CNE,” Lory Watkins was added to CNE’s Hall of Fame on January 8, 2013.  CNE honored Lory for being “a treasured co-worker and friend for as long as any of us can remember!”  Always with calm and gentle assurance and a twinkle in his eye, Lory saved the day for CNE hundreds of times as “master of CNE cords, equipment and gizmos.” He will forever be revered in the CNE Hall of Fame.  Thank you, Lory! 

In Memoriam: Margaret Hollinger, '50 BSN and winner of the first UW SoN Lifetime Achievement Award

hollinger_mitchellIn January, our community lost a great nurse leader when Margaret Hollinger passed away on January 17, at the age of 102. Margaret first drew our attention last spring when members of the schools' Advancement team met her to learn about her work as a member of the Army Nurse Corps during WWII, where she helped care for prisoners of the Buchenwald Concentration camp in Germany. Last May, Margaret was awarded our first ever Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Nurses Recognition Banquet, which was accepted by her niece, Patty Conrard.

Hollinger's commitment to both the military and nursing were recently highlighted in a piece in the Seattle Times. The school is also honored to be included as one of the places where memorial gifts for Margaret can be given. If you are interested in giving in Margaret's memory to our Scholarship Fund, please contact Glory Visario at

We applaud Margaret's commitment to nursing and her family. She will be greatly missed by our community.

SoN-led research study on IBS seeks volunteers

Do you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?  Volunteers needed for research on discomfort associated with IBS. TO QUALIFY: female, age 18-45, and a medical diagnosis of IBS.  3 VISITS: an interview visit (2 hrs); a visit to assess heat sensitivity and capacity to drink water for 5 min (1½hrs); a visit to test eye blink response (1½-2 hrs). Optional 4th visit to test rectal sensitivity (4 hrs). Keep a symptom diary for 4-8 wks.  MAXIMUM REIMBURSEMENT: $340 plus $170 for 4th visit. CALL: (206) 685-5660 at School of Nursing, University of Washington or visit

Vol. 24, Issue 1

In this Issue:

-Message from Interim Dean
-Azita Emami appointed dean
-2013 NRB and Lecture
-Alumni and Student News
-Faculty News
-SoN in the News
-News from CNE
-Remembering Margaret Hollinger, '50 BSN
-IBS study volunteers needed

SoN de tornyay center healthy aging lecture

The de Tornyay center will be holding its annual Spring Healthy Aging Lecture on April 4, 2-4pm at the UW Tower Auditorium! The talk will be titled "Fortifying your Nutrition IQ" and will feature four panelists ready to answer your questions about nutrition. Mark your calendars and visit the de Tornyay Center website for more information.

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!

Save the date: class of 1963 reunion

Save the date: the BSN class of 1963 will hold their reunion this fall on Sept. 20, 2013. Stay tuned here for more details, or contact Chris Miller at 206-221-7674.

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!

CNE Course Offerings

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

Pediatric Drug Therapy March 12, 2013

Wound Management Fundamentals Course - Spring 2013 April 1- May 15, 2013

Patient Engagement and Activation April 3, 2013

Foot Care for Older Adults: Update 2013 April 2, 2013

Ambulatory Care Nursing Conference April 30, 2013-May 1, 2013

Womens Health Drug TherapyClinical Pharmacology Series 2013, May 9, 2013

Immediate Response: Essential Skills for Urgent Clinical Situations, May 14, 2013

Adult/Geriatric Drug Therapy: Clinical Pharmacology Series 2013, May 23, 2013

Neuropsychotropic Drug Therapy: Clinical Pharmacology Series 2013, June 7, 2013

Click here to view all of CNE's Offerings.

In Memoriam

Margaret Hollinger
January 17, 2013

Beverly M. Malgren
January 17, 2013

Hazel Irene Miller
January 8, 2013

Christine Dougherty
January 6, 2013

Ardell Kuchenbecker
January 5, 2013

Patricia Mae Forhan Taft
January 4, 2013

Elaine Marckx
December 28, 2012

Aileen Graeter
December 28, 2012

Vivian Hughes
December 23, 2012


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