School of Nursing

June 30, 2020

Looking Ahead to Autumn Quarter

As we engage in preparations for the Autumn quarter, our goal is clear, and our strategy continues to evolve. As President Cauce has outlined, a plan is emerging for how classes and other educational functions will take place next quarter. But that is today’s plan, subject to change at any moment as we all take…


June 26, 2020

#StopProfitforHate

In solidarity with #StopHateForProfit, a movement by businesses, academic institutions (including the UW), and individuals nationwide who are expressing discomfort and displeasure at the refusal of the leadership at Facebook to identify and eliminate hate speech from their platforms, the School of Nursing is taking a hiatus from posting to Facebook and Instagram on our…


June 19, 2020

In Honor of Juneteenth

From George Floyd’s tragic death to our recent conversations about antiracism, there are many voices saying—and many acknowledging—that there is much work to be done in order to finally and fully address the issue of racism that so hinders and disables our society. Some of those voices express publicly and communally the pain people feel…


June 18, 2020

Healthcare will benefit from the Dreamers

About 650,000 people today saw their futures returned to them when the Supreme Court ruled that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will remain in place, at least for the immediate future. Some of those people were 10-year-olds in 2012 when President Obama issued the executive memorandum that created DACA. Today, they are…


June 17, 2020

Another Step Towards Ending Discrimination

Until Monday afternoon, it was legal in more than half the states in this country to fire someone for being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transsexual. That ended with a 6-3 Supreme Court ruling banning such discrimination as a violation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act (Title VII). Justice Neil Gorsuch, writing for the majority, said…


June 11, 2020

Thank You for an Extraordinary Year

As this academic year draws to a close, I want to take a moment to say “thank you” and to consider all that went right, all that was gained, and all that we—collectively and individually—accomplished. This year’s accomplishments deserve to be fully recounted and will be highlighted in our annual Year in Review, which will…


June 10, 2020

UW School of Nursing Stands in Solidarity This Week

Extraordinary circumstances merit an extraordinary response. The death of George Floyd has catalyzed and galvanized the country’s emotions around the issues of racism and inequality. Some have marched. Some have confronted those in the power structure they hold responsible. Some have come together to discuss or dissent. Some have withdrawn to the solitude of their…


May 29, 2020

Nurses have a responsibility to lead for change

We are saddened, appalled, angered, and above all concerned about the events that led to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are not abstract concepts or politically correct ideologies—they are values that must be fully embraced by everyone, or the lives of tens of millions of people in this country…


May 13, 2020

Congratulations to 2020 Nurses of Influence Awardees

Every academic discipline and every profession has individuals who are leaders. They lead in many ways—by providing new ideas, by advancing their profession, by being a visionary who defines new paths, or by being particularly adept at what they do and thereby inspiring greatness in others. We annually recognize local Nurses of Influence. These are…


May 4, 2020

Outstanding Husky Nurses

It’s always gratifying when School of Nursing faculty, alumni, or students are honored for their exception achievements. Today, I have two reasons to be gratified—alumnae Patty Hayes, and Bothell campus faculty member Mabel Ezeonwu. My excitement, pride, and respect were boundless when I was informed that UW School of Nursing alum Patty Hayes was been…


May 2, 2020

Gov. Inslee Proclaims May as Nurses Month

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has issued a proclamation declaring this Nurses Month in Washington, adding to the national and international chorus of recognition and praise for the role of nurses in our healthcare system and their unique role in combating the COVID-19 pandemic—a role that has also been recognized by the World Health Organization…


April 14, 2020

Announcing the COVID-19 Clinical Partnership

Adversity is a challenge but when confronted it can also be a catalyst. Clinical placements are a critical part of every nurse’s education. Traditionally, nurses at all levels spend time working at hospitals, clinics, and other health care facilities under the supervision of preceptors. This enables them to safely develop their skills and expand their…


March 31, 2020

Congratulations WSNA Hall of Fame Inductees

Congratulations to two of our Husky Nurses who have been inducted into Washington State Nurses Association Hall of Fame. The award ceremony was to happen this month but given the circumstances it has been postponed until August. This year they recognized Dr. Nancy Fugate Woods, Professor Emeritus and Dean Emeritus and assistant professor Biobehavioral Nursing…


March 23, 2020

An impressive winter quarter

Dear Colleagues, Faculty, and Staff, I would like to express my utmost appreciation for your dedication to the School of Nursing, especially during this unprecedented time. Despite the recent challenges of COVID-19, we end the winter quarter with 16 pages of impressive accomplishments. Our consistently innovative and distinguished approaches to nursing practice, education, and science…


March 20, 2020

SoN Spring Quarter Will Be Held Remotely

Dear UW School of Nursing Community, Following President Ana Mari Cauce’s announcement, the UW School of Nursing will extend ALL operations of the student, staff, and faculty via remote learning environments through the end of the spring quarter on June 12. Soon you will receive follow-up emails from the SoN Executive Team members with specific…


March 16, 2020

We Are Honored

The UW School of Nursing was recently ranked #1 among public and private schools of nursing offering a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree (tied with Columbia University, School of Nursing), and #2 among public schools that offer a master’s degree (tied for #6 overall, public and private schools of nursing). The annual US News and…


March 8, 2020

Congratulations to Nathan Dreesmann, Nursing Magnuson Scholar

I am pleased to announce that School of Nursing student Nathan Dreesmann has been named one of this year’s Magnuson Scholars. The award is given annually to one student from each of the six UW Health Sciences schools. It recognizes both achievement and promise, and is one of the highest University honors. Magnuson Scholars receive…


International Women’s Day

Today, March 8 is International Women’s Day. It is a time to pause and consider the role that women play globally in making the world a better place to live. It is also a time to recognize how far we have yet to go in terms of creating societies that are truly equal. The International…


March 6, 2020

Novel Coronavirus information and going virtual

Acknowledging President Ana Mari Cauce’s message about addressing the growing concerns of the spread of the novel coronavirus, the UW School of Nursing (Seattle campus) will proactively shift ALL normal operations of the staff, student, and faculty to virtual environments commencing Monday, March 9. Please note, going virtual there will be no disruption to our…


March 2, 2020

UW and Coronavirus preparations

I encourage everyone to read President Cauce’s message here, and to carefully consider her suggestions for action. As you will see from the President’s comments, reasonable caution is encouraged, and overreaction or lack of compassion is discouraged. Know that the state and local health teams, including a wide range of UW resources (including FAQs) are…


February 3, 2020

Black History Month

As we begin the first week of Black History Month, this is a time to reflect on the particular challenges and struggles of Black nursing professionals.  It is not easy for anyone to become a nurse. For far too long, it was particularly difficult for African Americans to have access to the education, collegial support,…


January 22, 2020

Nurses are the Most Trusted Profession

For the 18th year in a row, nurses have been rated as the most trusted profession in The United States, according to the 2019 Gallup Poll. With 85% of the people rating nurses’ honesty and integrity as “high” or “very high,” the most recent figures were a record high and placed nurses far ahead of…


January 20, 2020

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2020

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2020 offers us all an opportunity to pause and consider how we might better embrace and express the principles that are at the core of Dr. King’s legacy. As nurses, we see the need for community, compassion, tolerance, diversity, equity, and inclusion. We see the mental and physical benefits…


December 17, 2019

Happy Holidays

We’ve had an amazing year and we’re proud of our #HuskyNurse students, faculty, staff, supporters, alumni and friends. Please take a moment to view this video to see just a few of this year’s accomplishments. I wish everyone a pleasant holiday pause, and wonderful start of 2020!  


November 11, 2019

Veterans Day 2019

Too few people will pause today and give military veterans the thanks they deserve. Even fewer will consider the failure of the health care system to provide prompt, compassionate and capable care to the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our freedom. We owe veterans far more than a…


October 25, 2019

2019 Clinical Preceptors of the Year

In everything from the arts to medicine, there are behind-the-scenes supporting personnel without whom success would not be possible. They aren’t often seen, they rarely share in the applause or praise, and their enormous contributions are too often unrecognized. For the School of Nursing, preceptors are that group. One of the most vital elements in…


September 24, 2019

Welcome Students!

What an exciting time of year!  There’s a slight chill in the air, students are back in full force, and the faculty and staff are ready to prepare the next generation of nurses. We interviewed a few graduates from the Class of 2019, to learn about their experience in the UW School of Nursing and…


September 21, 2019

World Alzheimer’s Day

September 21 is World Alzheimer’s Day, an opportunity to raise awareness about this disease, its causes, and effects. The National Institutes of Health estimate that more than 5 million people in the United States have Alzheimer’s disease. It’s important to realize that dementia and Alzheimer’s disease aren’t the same thing, but they are related. Dementia…


August 5, 2019

We All Must Play a Role

Insights on the latest mass shootings from me and Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Butch de Castro. We must all play a role. The tragic mass shootings in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton shake us yet again, but sadly perhaps, no longer shock us. As with Charleston, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Sandy Hook, and elsewhere,…


June 27, 2019

America’s health care is ailing. Can nurses help fix it?

Check out my op-ed piece in Crosscut.


June 17, 2019

What an amazing 2018-2019 year!

It’s hard to believe that another academic year is coming to an end! This has been an outstanding year and every one of you have contributed to our School’s success in a multitude of ways. I encourage you to take a look at this year end review that we have compiled to celebrate our accomplishments…


June 10, 2019

Graduation: The End of the Beginning

Congratulations to our 2019 School of Nursing graduates. You’ve all walked a long and challenging educational path to get where you are today, whether that’s a BSN, ABSN, Masters, PhD, or DNP degree. You deserve enormous respect for having stayed the course (and passed the courses!). There is an understandable tendency to think of graduation…


May 7, 2019

What Do Nurses Really Do?

It’s National Nurses Week, and I hope you will join me in acknowledging, celebrating, and respecting all those who’ve made nursing their profession. In April, the UW School of Nursing teamed up to launch the Nursing Now USA initiative, which is focused on elevating the role that nurses play across the entire spectrum of the…


April 9, 2019

Nursing Now Launches

Today we launched the Nursing Now USA initiative in Washington D.C! This has been an exciting collaboration between the UW School of Nursing, the American Nurses Association, the US Public Health Service Chief Nurse, and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Nursing. I am thrilled that our school is playing a leadership…


March 17, 2019

THEY ARE US!

Azita Emami Fifty lives and a significant loss of hope were only part of the toll last week as another white supremacist expressed his opinion through the barrel of a gun, taking innocent lives at a place of worship. The last few years have unfortunately revealed that racism and white supremacy exists across the world….


March 11, 2019

We are #1 public School of Nursing!

Azita Emami It’s that time of year when the US News and World Rankings are released. While I am always very confident in our fine School, I anxiously await the results every year. This year, once again, we have received the top ranking among public schools that grant a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. We…


February 15, 2019

Celebrating Black History Month,2019

Azita Emami Black History Month reminds us that we as a profession have a strong commitment to serving all, without regard for race, religion, or any other defining characteristic. It also reminds us that we have too often overlooked the accomplishments, contributions, and efforts of people of color. Thanks to our students and the support…


January 18, 2019

MLK Holiday, 2019

  Martin Luther King had a dream. Fifty year later, it remains just that—a dream. More than 250,000 people gathered for the March on Washington and heard Dr. King say: So we’ve come here today to dramatize a shameful condition. In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the…


November 11, 2018

Veterans Day is a time for reflection, gratitude, and sometimes discovery

We reflect on the sacrifices, great and small, of those who have served in the military. Some sacrifice years of their lives that might otherwise have been spent starting families, building careers and enjoying economic success. Some sacrifice life itself in defense of the ideals that made this country the unique entity it is. We…


November 9, 2018

Once Again

Once again, this time in Thousand Oaks, California, we see people shot en masse, for some irrational reason or perhaps no reason at all. Once again we see the tragic scene of parents losing children, children losing parents, partners losing partners. Once again we hear the voices of those who live, saying that their lives…


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