Former School of Nursing Dean Receives Leadership Award

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Nancy Woods Receives Faye Glenn Abdellah Leadership Award From Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research

October 23, 2019 Seattle — The University of Washington School of Nursing announced that the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research have named Nancy Woods, PhD, RN, FAAN, the recipient of the prestigious Faye Glenn Abdellah Leadership Award. Woods is professor emerita of the UW School of Nursing and also dean emerita of the school.

Woods has led a sustained program of research in the field of women’s health. She has contributed to an improved understanding of women’s experiences of menstrual cycle symptoms as well as the menopausal transition. Her work has investigated endocrine, social, personal and genetic factors that influence symptoms and women’s approaches to symptom management. Woods is credited with collaborating to establish the first NIH-funded Center for Women’s Health Research at the UW School of Nursing. She also worked to establish the Seattle Midlife Women’s Health Study, a longitudinal study of women during the menopausal transition and early postmenopause. In addition, she worked with American Nurses Association to get legislation passed to establish the National Institute of Nursing Research at NIH and held pave the way with NIH officials.

Woods illustrative nurse-led research career resulted in her election into the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and to the American Academy of Nursing. She has received numerous awards and recognition for her groundbreaking nurse science research, including the recipient of the American Nurses Foundation Distinguished Contribution to Nursing Research Award and the 2003 Pathfinder Award from the Friends of the National Institute for Nursing Research. Woods served as a member of the National Institutes of Health Women’s Health Task Force and Office of Women’s Health Research Advisory Council. She has received honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Haifa, Israel, and Chiang Mai University, Thailand.

About the Faye Glenn Abdellah Leadership Award

The Faye Glenn Abdellah Leadership Award is named for this renowned nurse researcher. Faye Abdellah’s vision has resulted in inestimable value created by nurse scientists over the years. This award goes to an organization or individual with a sustained or lasting impact on nursing science either through advocacy, institutional leadership, or individual program of research that has led to the public awareness of the value of nursing science in improving health at the individual and/or population levels.

About the School of Nursing

Celebrating more than100 years in nursing education and research, the University of Washington’s School of Nursing is consistently a top-ranked nursing school, according to U.S. News & World Report. Ranked No. 3 in research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the UW School of Nursing is a national and international leader in improving the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities. The school addresses society’s most pressing challenges in health care through innovative teaching, award winning research and community service. For more information, visit