Redefining the future of nursing
An international leader, the UW School of Nursing is a vibrant center of teaching, research and clinical excellence. We have provided exceptional education, policy leadership, and thought innovation to the profession, nation and world since 1918.
Our impact is profound — whether we are launching our graduates into a world of opportunities or confronting the greatest health challenges of our time through undaunted research and scholarship. Together, our students, faculty and staff work boundlessly to turn ideas into impact and improve the health of people and communities locally and globally.
The Executive Dean provides leadership of the Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma nursing programs. The Bothell and Tacoma academic program directors oversee operations at their campuses in collaboration with the Executive Dean. Historically, nursing on the campuses have shared professional accreditation and curriculum, but have operated independently in many ways. In 2017, changes in the Washington Administrative Code required a new governance model in which the Executive Dean was required to more directly ensure all three campuses had adequate educational facilities, equipment, technology and administrative and instructional personnel. The campuses have begun planning to implement these changes.
- Dr. Azita Emami, Executive Dean
- Dr. Pamela Mitchell, Executive Associate Dean
- Dr. Anne Hirsch, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
- Dr. Joanne (Joie) Whitney, Associate Dean for Research
- Dr. Butch de Castro, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
- Jennifer Thompson, Chief Operating Officer
- Dr. Shari Dworkin, Dean
- Dr. Selina Mohammed, Associate Dean for the School of Nursing and Health Studies
- Dr. Jamie Shirley, Director of Nursing
Diversity, equity and inclusion
We share an unwavering commitment to creating and nurturing an inclusive, diverse and welcoming community so that we can continue providing quality and equitable healthcare for all. Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Action Plan has been a model for similar plans by UW, the American Academy of Colleges of Nursing and nursing schools in China and Japan. Learn more about diversity, equity and inclusion at our school.
Together, we increase the visibility of nurses’ contributions and diverse roles in improving health globally while giving students a fundamental understanding of the way culture impacts health. Our Center for Global Health Nursing is an important part of the network of UW academics working in global health research and training across disciplines and across borders to improve health and address questions of health disparities locally and worldwide.
Our school is undertaking major efforts to see that population health is an embedded part of every nursing experience, at every level from new DNP track enhancements to innovative research projects to a new faculty position. We want all nurses to be prepared to address the social determinants of health through assessment, leadership, collaborative practice, and policy development. The new Academic Health Department, an alliance between the UW Schools of Nursing and Public Health and Public Health – Seattle & King County, builds important bridges between academia and the public sector for the good of the community.
Our innovative research and education serve as a catalyst for promoting healthy aging in older adults because everyone deserves the best possible quality of life as they age. Our de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging is a vibrant community of faculty, students, alumni, visiting scholars and community members who collaborate on aging initiatives, conduct research, secure funding, train our next generation of leaders, and are welcoming to those in and outside the School of Nursing with shared interests and passion.
Our mission, vision and values
Our mission is to advance nursing science and practice through generating knowledge and preparing future leaders to address health. Our vision is to pioneer improvements in health and health care through innovative nursing science, education and practice.
Our values include:
- Social responsibility
Note: those values with an asterisk are held in common with the overall University of Washington values.
Our school at a glance
We offer six degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. They include:
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
- Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN)
- Master of Science (MS-CIPCT)
- Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
- Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
- Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
- Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Acute Care
- Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care
- Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist
- Population Health (formerly Community Health Nursing)
- Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
- Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science (PhD)
The total degrees awarded in 2016:
- 104 Doctorate (PhD and DNP)
- 33 Master’s (MN and MS)
- 139 Bachelor’s (BSN and ABSN)
- 53 professorial rank faculty
- 5 research professorial rank faculty
- 22 part- and full-time lecturers
- 41 clinical faculty
- 137 adjunct and affiliate faculty
- Additional training and education provided by about 300 mostly volunteer part-time clinical partners and preceptors
We have 27 faculty with distinguished fellowships or memberships, including:
- 18 faculty members elected fellows of the American Academy of Nursing
- 3 faculty members elected to the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine)
Total grant dollars awarded in fiscal year 2017: $15.9 million
Our Centers of Excellence include:
- Barnard Center for Infant Mental Health and Development
- Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence
- Center for Global Health Nursing
- Center for Innovation in Sleep Self-Management
- de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging
- Health Sciences Interprofessional Clinical Education & Research Center
- Northwest Roybal Center for Translational Research on Aging
- Simulation Center
The following fact sheets and collateral materials provide additional details about some of our work, centers and services.
Our annual report:
Our programs and centers: