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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…


October 30, 2018

COMPASSION A Key Nursing Tenet -– Let’s use it!

As we witness horrendous events involving antisemitism, racism, and mass violence in this country and around the world, it is very important that we think about and act on the emotion of compassion that is a core tenet of nursing. My life and career has taken me from Iran to Sweden to the U.S. I…


October 15, 2018

Thank you to our wonderful preceptors

Nursing is a unique mixture of art and science. The science of nursing can be taught in a classroom. The art of nursing must be taught individually, and much of the responsibility for doing that falls to a dedicated group of mentors known as preceptors. These experienced preceptors take responsibility for overseeing the latter-stage clinical…


October 5, 2018

Turning 100 years – A Legacy of Excellence

This past week the University of Washington School of Nursing kicked off it’s centennial. It is both humbling and inspiring to be an heir to a legacy of excellence that now extends across a full century. The UW School of Nursing was founded at a time when the profession of nursing was very different from…


September 28, 2018

Caring for the Courageous

From all that has come to the fore recently relating to sexual assault, one of the most important takeaways is that the situation is much more complicated than many had assumed. Inequity and misuse of power is almost always at the heart of such assaults. If you have been listening with an open heart and…


August 30, 2018

Honoring Nurses on Labor Day

For many people, Labor Day creates mental images of factory workers toiling on assembly lines, manufacturing things. Perhaps it’s time to revisit that image and expand it to include nurses working in hospitals, clinics, private practices, and research laboratories. And include in that vision, as well, those serving as educators, and as executives, managers, policy…


July 23, 2018

Demonstrated nurse leadership and excellence

There is no doubt in my mind that I work with a remarkably distinguished group of nurse leaders who are making a daily difference in the lives of people locally, nationally, and internationally. Recently, several awards, recognitions and appointments have demonstrated individual excellence. I’m so proud and honored to acknowledge these individual accomplishments: Induction into…


June 29, 2018

Families belong together

There is enormous power and hope when people come together for a purpose. That’s why I encourage everyone to take part in the Families Belong Together rally that will be held tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Federal Detention Center, 2425 S. 200th St., SeaTac. The UW School of Nursing is dedicated…


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….



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