School of Nursing

June 11, 2018

What an amazing 2017-2018 year!

Azita Emami Greetings UW School of Nursing Community: The accomplishments and progress of the last 12 months, described in this review, represent the commitment and effort of many, many people. Some, such as faculty, staff, students and our clinical preceptors and partners, are very visible. Others, such as philanthropic supporters, community and corporate friends, civic…


June 6, 2018

Congratulations to School of Nursing faculty and students!

I am pleased to announce the 2018 University of Washington School of Nursing teaching and students awards. Excellence in Teaching Award recipients are: Rheba de Tornyay Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award: Gaylene Altman The award criteria includes a clear and engaging teaching style,  professionalism and personal contributions. Other nominees: Maggie Pinson Sandra Eyres Excellence in…


May 4, 2018

Nursing and the Population Health Initiative | Report to the Community| 2016-18

Azita Emami Two years ago the UW launched a major, multi-decade Population Health Initiative. This coincided with an increased emphasis within our school, across all three campuses, on population health. The University has issued a Report to the Community highlighting the initiative’s initial impact and early successes. I would like to take this opportunity to thank…


April 17, 2018

Leadership update in the academic departments

Azita Emami As you may have heard, two of our distinguished academic department chairs, Dr. Gail Houck, chair of Family and Child Nursing, and Dr. Karen Schepp, chair of Psychosocial and Community Health, will retire at the end of the academic year. Gail joined our faculty as professor and chair in 2014. Much of her…


April 2, 2018

Congratulations to Kelsey Hirsch, Nursing Magnuson Scholar

Azita Emami It is my honor to announce this year’s Warren G. Magnuson Scholar for Nursing: Kelsey Hirsch, a PhD student. The University names six Magnuson Scholars each year, one from each of the six UW health sciences schools. The Magnuson Scholars are selected on the basis of their academic performance and their potential contributions…


March 26, 2018

Welcome to spring quarter!

Azita Emami Welcome back! I hope you all had a restful spring break. As we begin our final quarter of the academic year, I would like to express my profound gratitude for your tireless work, team spirit and countless contributions to our nursing community. Thank you for your dedication to our shared cause of preparing the…


March 22, 2018

WSNA Hall of Fame inductees

Azita Emami I am proud to announce that five UW School of Nursing alumnae will be 2018 inductees into the Washington State Nurses Association Hall of Fame in recognition for their achievements and dedication to the field of nursing. The inductees are: Debbie Brinker, BSN ‘76 Hilke Faber, MN, BSN, RN, ‘70 Judy Huntington, MN,…


March 20, 2018

Announcing the No. 1 public School of Nursing!

Azita Emami I am thrilled to be the first to let you know that we received our rankings from U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Graduate Schools! Our rankings are: No. 1 public nursing school with a Doctor of Nursing Practice program, No. 3 among private and public schools No. 1 public nursing school with a…


March 13, 2018

Faculty promotions

Azita Emami I am pleased to announce that five faculty members have been promoted in recognition of their consistent excellence across the spectrum of research, teaching, and service that comprise our mission as UW School of Nursing educators. Promotion is an earned honor, and recognition that each of these faculty members has garnered the respect…


March 8, 2018

Happy International Women’s Day!

Azita Emami Happy International Women’s Day! On March 8 every year, organizations, governments, groups and individuals around the world take an opportunity to celebrate social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This day also has an important call to action to accelerate gender parity. I invite all of you to join me in embracing…


February 23, 2018

Basia Belza named next de Tornyay Center director

Azita Emami I am pleased to announce that Dr. Basia Belza, The Aljoya Endowed Professor of Aging and an expert in evidence- and community-based health promotion programs for older adults, has been named the next director of the de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging. Dr. Belza’s appointment will be effective April 1, 2018. I would…


February 22, 2018

Nurse-Midwifery accreditation site evaluation

Azita Emami You may remember that we were working with the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) to renew the accreditation of our Doctor of Nursing Practice-Nurse-Midwifery and Nurse-Midwifery Certificate Program. This is a 10-year re-accreditation and separate from that of the DNP program accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The three-day…


February 16, 2018

Campus safety and self-care resources

Azita Emami I had hoped to send you a note this evening wishing you a joyous President’s Day weekend. Instead, I find myself writing to you about a horrible tragedy earlier this week: a school shooting in Florida in which at least 17 people were killed. Reports indicate that it is among the worst school shootings in U.S….


February 2, 2018

Marjorie DesRosier—Nurse, Historian, International Detective

Azita Emami UW School of Nursing graduates go on to pursue many diverse career opportunities. But only Marjorie DesRosier, PhD, RN has gone on to become a distinguished historian of nursing and an international detective. After completing her MN and PhD work at the SON, Marty served as a clinical assistant professor here for eight…


February 1, 2018

Celebrating Black History Month

Azita Emami It is important both personally and professionally for us all to acknowledge and reflect on the lives and legacies that inspire Black History Month, being celebrated throughout February. This is a time to honor significant contributions from African-American scholars, artists and activists, as well as acknowledge historic and contemporary injustices experienced by the…


January 24, 2018

Legislative update: Opioid epidemic

Azita Emami During Nurse Legislative Day on Jan. 22, 2018, many legislators engaged with UW School of Nursing students, faculty and advocates, as well as nurses and students across the State of Washington. Many legislators expressed an interest in having nurses’ input about the opioid crisis, and I appreciate the opportunity to amplify those discussions….


January 19, 2018

Legislative update: Nurse Legislative Day

Azita Emami January 22nd is Nurse Legislative Day. It is an opportunity for you to invest a small amount of time that will result in benefits for every one of your constituents. Nurse Legislative Day is being coordinated by the Washington State Nurses Association, which has arranged for a meeting with you on that day….


January 13, 2018

Honor Dr. King’s legacy by continuing his work for social justice

Azita Emami I am sure you, like me, have been reading in horror about the racist language President Trump was reported to have used about immigrants during a private meeting with lawmakers at the White House. I denounce vehemently the hate-filled remarks attributed to the president. These are not the ideals and values of our…


January 4, 2018

Legislative update: What Should the Minimum Nursing Degree Be?

Azita Emami Summary The minimum educational attainment for nurses to be licensed has been a subject of long and continuing debate About 50% of RNs have associate (two-year) degrees Research shows that there are better patient outcomes when nurses hold a BSN or higher degree Nurses need a more complete education in order to be…


January 2, 2018

Happy New Year and welcome back

Azita Emami Welcome back! I hope you all had a restful break and enjoyed special time with friends and family. This is going to be a very exciting quarter and year for the School of Nursing: We are planning a trip to Olympia on Jan. 22 to participate in the annual Nurse Legislative Day, organized…


December 15, 2017

Congratulations on a wonderful Autumn quarter!

Azita Emami Congratulations on the final day of the Autumn 2017 quarter! I would like to thank all of you for your hard work and dedication to our shared cause of preparing the next generation of nurse leaders, conducting innovative research and making an impact in communities in Seattle and throughout the world. Our vision is…


December 8, 2017

Congratulations, Honorary Assistant Deans

Azita Emami Nursing is a team profession. Important progress comes when great nurses work together, advancing the cause of better healthcare, fighting for greater healthcare equity, and seeing that patients are cared about as well as cared for. Our success as a school of nursing depends on more than just our dedicated and remarkable internal…


December 6, 2017

Nurse-Midwifery accreditation renewal

Azita Emami Our school has a deep commitment to the health of women and their families in Washington and beyond. As part of this commitment, we have been proudly educating nurse-midwives since 1993. We have graduated more than 150 nurse-midwives, many of whom practice in Washington. I am writing today to let you know that we are working…


December 4, 2017

Ethics, Integrity and Community in the School of Nursing

Azita Emami I encourage you to read the letter below from Lisa Graumlich, dean of the UW College of the Environment. It elaborates on what President Ana Mari Cauce said about sexual misconduct in her November 20 email. Sexual misconduct is professional misconduct and it can be career-ending. Sexual misconduct is part of a continuum…


Update on the impact of proposed tax bill H.R. 1 on graduate students

Azita Emami Dear School of Nursing Graduate Students: I know you have concerns about the current tax legislation and its impact on many aspects of your lives, from the taxability of student income from research and teaching positions to the possible loss of healthcare insurance access. In some cases, your parents or others who are…


November 30, 2017

Happy holidays from the UW School of Nursing

Azita Emami Thank you for sharing your passion, partnership and dedication to nursing. Click the video below to see a few of the ways you helped create change and unleash possibility in 2017. These accomplishments simply would not be possible without you! Together, we are boundless. Have a joyous holiday season and a healthy New…


November 15, 2017

Happy National Nurse Practitioners Week

Azita Emami Happy National Nurse Practitioners Week! National Nurse Practitioner Week is held annually to celebrate these exceptional health care providers. There are 234,000 nurse practitioners licensed in the U.S. and more than 6,000 in the State of Washington. NPs are proven, expert, patient-centered clinicians, and they are the health care providers of choice for many people because of…


November 9, 2017

Thank you, Veterans

Azita Emami Democracy requires constant maintenance, and occasional defense. From the time this country was founded, people from all walks of life have served in order to both maintain and defend the values and ideals on which the country was founded. Hundreds of thousands have given their lives; millions have given of themselves. We owe…


October 27, 2017

With boundless gratitude for our preceptors

Azita Emami Nursing is special, and preceptors are a special part of nursing. Preceptors are a very personal part of the education process, and an important reminder that when all is said and done, we are in a profession that is first and foremost about people. Preceptors transmit not just the skills, but also the…


October 26, 2017

Announcing our new Chief Advancement Officer

Azita Emami and Dan C. Peterson We are pleased to announce that Kevin Fralicks, an experienced fundraising executive with a background in university advancement and city government, has been selected as the UW School of Nursing’s next Chief Advancement Officer. His first day will be Nov. 13, 2017. Kevin comes to our school from the…


October 17, 2017

Faculty members reappointed as endowed professors

Azita Emami I am pleased to announce that three faculty members have been reappointed as endowed professors. Please join me in congratulating these faculty on their appointments: The Aljoya Endowed Professorship in Aging Basia Belza, PhD, RN, FAAN UW Professor, Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics The Aljoya Endowed Professorship in Aging is awarded to faculty…


Free expression and what it means for all of us

Azita Emami I encourage you to read UW President Ana Mari Cauce’s blog post in which she provides her thoughts on what free expression means for us as individuals, as a university community and as a democratic nation. I would like to echo her sentiment that “we enrolled or hired each of you based on…


October 12, 2017

Population health: A new lens for viewing the healthcare mission

Azita Emami Whether measured on a per capita basis or as a percentage of GDP, Washington state and the country as a whole spend more money on healthcare than in countries that achieve better health outcomes. “Healthcare” has unfortunately come to be defined as treating illness. Yet there is increasing recognition that it is more…


October 10, 2017

de Tornyay Center leadership update

Azita Emami I am pleased to announce that Dr. Barbara Cochrane has been reappointed the de Tornyay Endowed Professor for Healthy Aging. Her new term runs through March 31, 2022. I would also like to notify you of a leadership change within the de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging. Barbara, who has also served as…


September 26, 2017

Welcome to the 2017-18 academic year!

Azita Emami Welcome — and for many, welcome back — to the 2017-18 academic year. I hope everyone had a pleasant summer that included fun and relaxation, as well as work. Whether you are a new nursing student or finishing your doctoral degree, this will be an important year in your educational career. I encourage…


September 22, 2017

Join us in celebrating the newly inducted AAN Living Legends

Azita Emami The UW School of Nursing will host a reception honoring this year’s American Academy of Nursing Living Legends inductees at the Academy’s Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. Please join us in celebrating: Dean Emerita and UW alumna Nancy Fugate Woods, UW School of Nursing UW alumna Linda Cronenwett, professor at University of North…


September 11, 2017

Call for nurses to volunteer with Hurricane Irma relief

Azita Emami This weekend, Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued a call for about 1,000 nurses and medics to work as volunteers at the state’s special needs shelters operating in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Nurses who can volunteer can email BPRCHDPreparedness@FLHealth.gov. Nurses can also email HelpFL@FLhealth.gov. I cannot stress enough the importance of our profession…


July 5, 2017

Fireside chat with Deborah Trautman

Azita Emami I am excited to announce that our upcoming fireside chat and reception will feature a special guest: Dr. Deborah Trautman, the chief executive officer of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). I invite and encourage faculty and staff to participate in this informal discussion. Please mark your calendar: Tuesday, July 11…


June 9, 2017

What a year!

Azita Emami What a year. I think many of us — myself included — have experienced more passion, shock, sorrow and joy than one year could possibly hold. And still, here we are, in June, celebrating the end of your school year, and for some of you, the end of this stage of your schooling….


May 3, 2017

Creating safer, smarter homes: An immersive story featuring George Demiris

Azita Emami I’d like to draw your attention to a very special story on the UW homepage about Nursing! Read the story This story features one of our stellar faculty members, Dr. George Demiris, and highlights his important work on smart home technology in support of healthy aging. It is part of UW’s immersive stories…


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