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UW School of Nursing’s annual public lecture to focus on health care in the 21st century


For immediate release
Date:    January 22, 2010

Dr. Susan B. Hassmiller, Senior Advisor for Nursing at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will discuss the nursing workforce in the new millennium at the University of Washington School of Nursing’s annual public lecture on Feb. 23.

The school’s 30th annual Elizabeth Sterling Soule Endowed Lecture, “Creating a 21st Century Workforce: What Will it Take?” is free and open to the public. The lecture will take place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Kane Hall, Room 120, on the UW campus. Registration is requested; please see below.

Since joining the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 1997, Dr. Hassmiller has been leading efforts to create a higher quality of patient care in the U.S. She also is the director of the RWJF Initiative on the Future of Nursing at the Institute of Medicine, working to identify new solutions for nursing in areas of recruitment, education, retention and new technologies and in the delivery of nursing services.

Dr. Hassmiller will explore critical issues facing nursing in a new era of health care focusing specifically on what health care reform will mean for the nursing workforce if the U.S. health care structure changes, how nursing can take a proactive role in the reform process, the challenges that need to be addressed by nursing schools, accrediting bodies, and professional associations, as well as how research can support this process.

“Our country is facing an enormous challenge as it strives to provide nursing care in a time of growing need, workforce shortages, and shrinking financial resources. Dr. Susan Hassmiller has been on the forefront of developing better, less expensive, and more sustainable ways for nurses to care— now and in the future,” Marla Salmon, Dean, School of Nursing, University of Washington said. “The direction that she has helped to set for a future of caring is one that is highly consistent with what we do in our school every day: improve care through educating exceptional practitioners, innovating better ways of caring and developing new knowledge that will improve health and healthcare in the future.”

A fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and a member of The Joint Commission Nursing Advisory Council and the New York Academy of Medicine, Hassmiller received a Ph.D. in nursing administration and health policy and master’s degrees in health education and community health nursing. Among many other honors, she is the 2009 recipient of the Florence Nightingale Medal, the highest international honor given to a nurse by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Hassmiller recently served as a member of the National Board of Governors for the American Red Cross and is currently serving on the Red Cross national nursing advisory committee.

Established in 1979, the Elizabeth Sterling Soule Endowed Lecture honors the founding dean of the UW School of Nursing. The annual presentation features prominent nursing and health care leaders and is supported through the Elizabeth Sterling Soule Endowed Fund.


The University of Washington School of Nursing is consistently the nation’s No. 1-ranked nursing school, according to U.S. News & World Report. Ranked No. 3 in research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the UW School of Nursing is a national and international leader in improving the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities. The school addresses society’s most pressing challenges in health care through innovative teaching, award winning research and community service.