March News and Awards

The School of Nursing is excited to announce that the Margaret McLean Heitkemper Endowed Fund for Nursing Students has been established to provide funding to relieve the burden of educational expenses students face such as tuition, health insurance, books, and more, for generations to come. This fund was established by donors Deborah Martin, RN, MN (UW ’76) and Robert Sullivan to honor unparalleled impact that their dear friend Dr. Heitkemper’s research and teaching have made at the School of Nursing, and will continue to make for the remainder of her career. A small group of individuals close to Dr. Heitkemper have also generously contributed to the fund.

Margaret McLean Heitkemper, RN, PhD, FAAN, is Professor and Chairperson, Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics, Adjunct Professor, Division of Gastroenterology, and co-Director Center for Innovations in Sleep Self Management at the University of Washington. She leads an interdisciplinary team focused on the study of the pathophysiology and non-pharmacological management of individuals with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

COVID-19 News

Read the latest information about the novel coronavirus and the UW’s response here.

We're All In This Together to Stop the Spread of Coronavirus

Coronavirus: COVID-19 is now officially a pandemic—but that doesn’t mean we need to panic. Simple measures we as individuals can do to protect ourselves and communities around the world: 🔹Wash your hands🔹Implement good cough & sneeze etiquette🔹Social distancing – stay home, and stay connected with friends virtuallyMSF's Karin Huster left Seattle last month to go support teams in Hong Kong providing essential health education and mental health support.

Posted by Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) on Thursday, March 12, 2020


Karin Huster BSN ’05 and MPH ’13 is in the above video and wrote the editorial in the Seattle Times, ‘We’re all in this together: Coronavirus lessons from Hong Kong’.

UW School of Nursing professor, Betty Bekemeier, was interviewed for a Washington Post story. Bekemeier also wrote an op-ed for the Seattle Times, ‘Coronavirus crisis shows cracks in underfunded public health‘.

Faculty members Basia Belza, Anita Souza, and Tatiana Sadak wrote an article in The Conversation, “Reaching out to isolated older adults is essential during coronavirus – here are 7 specific things you can do, just for starters“.

Faculty Achievements:

Dean Emerita Nancy Woods at the University of Washington School of Nursing 2017 Nurses Recognition Banquet at the Fister Pavilion on Wednesday May 7, 2017 in Seattle. (PHOTO by Stephen Brashear)

Nancy Woods

Margret Heitkemper served on the Southwest Health Equity Center Scientific Advisory Committee at Northern Arizona University.

Professor Emeritus, and Dean Emeritus, Nancy Woods and assistant professor Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems Darrell Owens was inducted into the Washington State Nurses Association Hall of Fame.

Student Achievements:

Anna Pretrovskis had a Letter to the Editor, written in NURS 589, accepted for publication in Public Health Nutrition, titled ‘Beyond the physical built environment’.

Alumni Achievements:

A recent UW magazine article remembers Aagot Kate (Norman) Rosellini, UW School of Nursing alumni and donor.

Dr. Inthira Roopsawang, PhD, APN, (Class of 2019) had one of her dissertation papers accepted for publication in the journal Nursing and Health Sciences.  Co-authors are her supervisory committee and members of BNHI Drs. Belza, Thompson, and Zaslavsky.  Dr. Roopsawang is currently a Lecturer at Ramathibodi School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, in Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand.

Roopsawang I, Thompson H, Zaslavsky O, Belza B (in press). The Reported Edmonton Frail Scale-Thai Version: Development and Validation of a Culturally-Sensitive Instrument. Nursing and Health Sciences.