Office of the Executive Dean

Welcome to the UW School of Nursing!

This is a challenging time for nurses and nursing education. It is also a very exciting time. The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated to the world the crucial role of nurses and the urgent need to make full use of the knowledge and skills that you will be learning.

For decades, we have been a national and international leader in nursing education. We are innovators, collaborators and pioneers, a role at which we excelled when suddenly confronted with the COVID-19 pandemic. We immediately identified and implemented educational and care alternatives in ways that enabled us to best serve our students, faculty, staff and the communities of which we are an important part.

At the heart of nursing is the ability to be both capable and flexible, which are the qualities UW nursing students always have in abundance, and that will be needed in abundance as we all work through a period of ever-changing evidence about the virus and best practices in dealing with it.

Now, more than ever, you will benefit from being part of a community of care. Care about your education, care about your success, and most important, care about and for each other.

I am pleased you chose the UW School of Nursing, where we bring together science, technology, skill and caring to offer a world of possibilities to our students, enabling them to improve the health of people by addressing health disparities in local and global communities.


Azita Emami, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN, FAAN
Robert G. and Jean A. Reid Executive Dean
UW School of Nursing

How to reach the Office of the Executive Dean

Please contact Dr. Emami’s executive assistant, April McMorris, at