School of Nursing

June 17, 2021

Juneteenth 2021

Juneteenth celebrates uncompleted work. Though it is a day dedicated to recognizing the end of slavery in the United States, events of the last year have made it clear to anyone willing to see and hear that we have yet to fulfill the promise of freedom and equal rights for all. Many people think—mistakenly—that Juneteenth…


June 10, 2021

End of 2020-2021 Academic Year

Thank you. Once again, we come to the end of an academic year, but this was a year quite unlike any we’ve experienced before. I thank students, faculty, and staff for their flexibility, collaboration, and commitment because that is what made this year successful. We discovered a way—many ways—to do all that needed to be…


May 28, 2021

The Hatred Pandemic

One of the world’s most difficult and enduring conflicts broke out in military action again as Palestinian and Israeli forces clashed. On both sides, lives were lost, civilians were injured, and homes and businesses were destroyed. But the damage extends far beyond the Middle East. As UW President Ana Mari stated in a recent blog,…


May 27, 2021

George Floyd One Year

A year has passed since the murder of George Floyd. And yesterday, three police officers in Tacoma were charged with the murder of Manual Ellis, a Black man who died just a few weeks before Floyd after being restrained and calling out, “I can’t breathe.” Their deaths represent the profound and persistent problem that manifests…


May 25, 2021

Future of Nursing

The future of nursing and the health of the nation took a major step forward with the recent release of The Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity. This comprehensive publication from the National Academy of Medicine charts a bold future in which nurses play a lead role in fostering wellness by…


May 12, 2021

Florence Nightingale, Public Health, and the COVID Pandemic

Today is the 201st birthday of Florence Nightingale, who is widely credited with establishing the foundation on which modern nursing has risen. Less often credited is Nightingale’s pioneering use of data to understand and illustrate the impact of hygiene (or lack thereof) on population health. Nightingale’s efforts were pivotal to understanding and presenting the data…


April 28, 2021

Join us as we Celebrate National Nurses Month

Months come and go, especially during a pandemic. But it’s because of the pandemic that National Nurses Month, celebrated in May, is so important this year. Nurses have been at the forefront of the pandemic response since the first U.S. case was identified here in Washington state. Every day, at hospitals across the country, nurses…


April 21, 2021

A Landmark on the Journey

We, along with the nation, watched intently the proceedings from the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis. We listened, knowing that the jury’s verdict would be a pivotal moment in history for how our communities and institutions confront racism, as well as an indicator of collective will in our country to keep fighting. While our eyes…


April 6, 2021

Magnuson Scholar 2021

I am pleased to congratulate Tao Zheng, who has been named the 2021 UW School of Nursing Magnuson Scholar. Each of the six Health Sciences schools names one Magnuson Scholar annually. The Magnuson program is funded from a $2 million endowment created by the Warren G. Magnuson Institute for Biomedical Research and Health Professions Training….


March 30, 2021

#1 Where We Stand

We are honored that the UW School of Nursing has been named a leading educator of nurses among public colleges/universities offering graduate programs by US News & World Report. We were ranked #1 among public institutions with Doctor of Nursing Practice programs (#3 overall) and tied for #1 among public schools with master’s degree programs…


March 27, 2021

We are Obligated to Take Action Against Racism

Welcome back to the start of the spring quarter. We have passed into our second year, where COVID has held our attention. It has been a challenging year for everyone, and you’ve all done an admirable job of responding to ever-changing circumstances. However, COVID isn’t our only challenge. In the past few weeks, we have…


March 17, 2021

Speaking out and Standing up to Racism

I have watched with grave concern over the past several months the increase in hate crimes and violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. Last Tuesday’s hate-infused murder of innocent people in Atlanta cannot be ignored. I join with all across the university in mourning their tragic deaths by speaking out and standing…


March 9, 2021

A Year of Learning Differently

Today marks one year since the COVID-19 pandemic required us to rapidly shift from in-person to mostly virtual education and administration. In the 365 days since, we’ve learned a lot. We learned that this school community and our clinical partners are remarkably resilient and creative.  When asked to “learn differently”, “research differently” or “work differently,” you…


March 8, 2021

March 8th is International Women’s Day

It’s a day of both celebration and contemplation. Celebration of all that women have accomplished, and contemplation of the work to come in ensuring equity of opportunity, respect, and freedom in every community around the globe. This year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) theme is “Let’s Choose to Challenge.” It’s an invitation for women and men…


February 17, 2021

February is Heart Health Month

Nurses don’t miss a beat when it comes to heart health. During American Heart Month, held each February, it is important to promote cardiovascular health and consider the many ways nurses are engaged in these efforts. When it comes to heart health, nurses are involved in every aspect, from prevention to treatment, and in ways…


February 16, 2021

Nursing Program Challenges

For next fall’s entering undergraduate class, the UW School of Nursing received almost 10 times as many applications for its bachelor of science in nursing program as we had admission spaces. Similar scenarios are playing out at nursing schools across the country. Consider, for a moment, that every year more than 50,000 eager, qualified applicants…


February 1, 2021

Celebrating and honoring Black History Month

It is often said that to look forward, we must look back. As we celebrate Black History Month, we intend to try and do both. As a school, we will take time to honor the history of Black leaders in healthcare, notably nurses like Mary Eliza Mahoney and Estelle Massey Osborne. Both made their mark…


January 20, 2021

Inauguration 2021

It’s a new day. With a new national administration, we can nurture hope for an agenda that places an emphasis on and access to health (mental and physical) and health care. This emphasis, by default, places nursing and nursing research at the front and center more than ever before. In addition to nurses in the…


January 19, 2021

Dr. Ben Danielson

On December 20, 2020, Dr. Ben Danielson, a pillar of the Seattle medical community, resigned from his long-held position as Director of the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic. Dr. Danielson cited institutionalized racism and a lack of change in the organization for his departure. While processing this devastating news, several School of Nursing staff and faculty…


January 15, 2021

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Monday, we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We can best do that with actions directed at achieving the goals he so eloquently set out for us. This is and should be a “working holiday,” because there is considerable work to be done. As last summer’s Black Lives Matter…


January 4, 2021

Welcome to Winter Quarter

Happy New Year, and welcome back from a holiday break that I hope you were able to enjoy as fully as possible. Though we call it a “break,” many of our students used the time to volunteer their professional skills to administer the initial doses of COVID-19 vaccine to hundreds of health care workers at…


November 23, 2020

Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

During Native American Heritage month, we should pause and remember that Native American populations have been among the most severely affected by the COVID pandemic in the US. The CDC reports that, “In 23 states with adequate race/ethnicity data, the cumulative incidence of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 among AI/AN (American Indian/Alaska Native) persons was 3.5 times that…


November 10, 2020

Remembering our Veterans

We recently had a presidential election. Thanks to decades of men and women willing to serve their country, your right to vote in that election was preserved. It’s worth remembering that on Veterans Day, November 11. Military veterans are owed our gratitude and a lot more. Whether they fought in a war or not, each…


November 9, 2020

Democracy was the Ultimate Victor

The good news from the election is that once again, democracy was the ultimate victor. Despite efforts to thwart or distort it, despite the threat of a pandemic, the will of more than 140 million people was heard. It was a challenging, divisive election, yet even in the difficult aftermath I see much to be…


October 30, 2020

Congratulations to our 2019-2020 Clinical Preceptors!

Preceptors are a unique combination of clinical coach, counselor, educator, and cheerleader. They volunteer to provide clinical oversight as advanced nursing students move from classroom to bedside. It is one thing to talk in a classroom about elements of patient care; it is another to put all that has been taught into practice. A very…


September 24, 2020

National Latinx Heritage Month

As we celebrate Latinx Heritage Month, through October 15, it is important to consider not only the contribution Latinx nurses have made and are making every day to healthcare, but also the importance of seeing that we have a fully inclusive educational environment so the next generation of nurses will reflect who we are as…


September 21, 2020

World Alzheimer’s Day

Today is World Alzheimer’s Day. Amid a pandemic that has had a disproportionate impact on older people, it’s a good time to remember that dementia caregivers—most often family members—are in urgent need of guidance and support by clinicians, because many perform skilled nursing care tasks at home for which they are untrained and unsupported. Today,…


September 10, 2020

What an extraordinary 2019-2020

Greetings UW School of Nursing Community: This was an extraordinary year for the School of Nursing, the University of Washington, and the world. The faculty, students, and staff of the School of Nursing did a remarkable job of responding to the countless challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. And you came together as a community to…


August 18, 2020

19th Amendment

One hundred years ago today the 19th amendment was adopted by the final state needed for its ratification, giving 26 million women the right to vote. Many, many brave and determined women of course contributed to what now seems an obvious outcome. Some advocated at the local, state, and federal levels. Some took to the…


July 30, 2020

Returning to Facebook

Last month, I announced that we would suspend posting on Facebook and Instagram in solidarity with #StopHateForProfit. The response we received from our School of Nursing community was overwhelming and surprising. Rather than moving away from these platforms, a number of students, staff, and faculty urged us to instead consider leaning on these companies by…


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…


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