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May 10, 2022

An Injustice by the Justices

If the recently-leaked Supreme Court draft opinion regarding Roe v. Wade becomes final without modification, the constitutional right to abortion access will be denied. States will then have unrestricted ability to wholly or partially deny abortion access. From a nursing perspective, overturning Roe v. Wade is a worst-case outcome. It will undo decades of progress…


April 28, 2022

Nurses, Seen and Unseen – Celebrating Nurses Month

For the third year in a row, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has declared May to be Nurses Month. The theme this year is “Nurses Make a Difference.” Nursing is America’s most trusted profession because many see and recognize the differences nurses make in hospitals and other healthcare settings. Yet most people see only a…


March 29, 2022

The Nation’s Leading Public Nursing School

US News & World Report has once again named the UW School of Nursing America’s leading educator of nurses among public colleges/universities offering Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and master’s programs. We are particularly proud of having sustained our position in the top tier of nursing schools over many years. This speaks to the consistency…


March 8, 2022

Celebrate International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is a global day to celebrate women’s social, economic, cultural, and political achievements, a day to call for gender equality, and a day to reflect on how we can all #BreakTheBias. This year’s theme is to raise awareness against bias and promote equality. As we actively commit to a more diverse, equitable,…


February 14, 2022

Do a Little Something

Valentine’s Day is a great time to celebrate Heart Health Month. It’s also a good time for all of us to give ourselves a cardio checkup that does not necessarily require a visit to a healthcare provider.  It’s never too early to be proactive about heart health. More than 600,000 people in the U.S. will…


February 1, 2022

Reflecting on Black History Month

During February, we honor Black History Month, a time to acknowledge the achievements of Black Americans and their important roles that have shaped our country’s history. It’s an appropriate time to also reflect on the history of Black nurses in America and the stories of influential people who broke barriers and opened paths for future…


January 14, 2022

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Making the Dream Come True

With all that is going on in our world—our nursing world and the larger world—it is easy for more significant issues to get pushed into the background. We should not let racial justice get pushed anywhere but to the foreground. As we honor Martin Luther King, Jr., we have an opportunity to think about and…


November 23, 2021

Honoring Native American Heritage Month

It is an unfortunate reality that sometimes the joyful event of one person or group is the sorrowful memory and history of another. That is the case for “Thanksgiving,” which for Native American communities marks the beginning of the taking of their lands, deaths of their people, and denigration of their cultures, and experiencing ongoing…


October 22, 2021

Congratulations to our 2020-2021 Clinical Preceptors of the Year!

Clinical preceptors are experienced nursing practitioners who provide clinical supervision and mentorship to nursing students, including those pursuing advanced degrees to practice independently. Preceptors are critical to nursing education, but often they are invisible to anyone outside the nursing profession. Preceptors are mentors and teachers. They are also counselors and sources of inspiration and examples…


September 21, 2021

World Alzheimer’s Day 2021

Today is World Alzheimer’s Day. It is a day to recognize the enormous difficulties faced by not only people with dementia but also the people who care for them—family members and professional caregivers alike. Alzheimer’s and the less-frequent forms of dementia affect an estimated 50 million people around the world. That alone is a staggering…


September 15, 2021

US World News and Report Bachelor of Science in Nursing Rankings

I am pleased to share with you wonderful news: U.S. News & World Report has announced that the University of Washington’s bachelor of science program in nursing (BSN) is tied for #2 as the country’s best program and ranked #1 among public universities. This ranking reflects the excellence of our BSN programs at all three UW campuses. This is an enormous achievement due to the dedication of our…


August 3, 2021

Confronting racism in nursing

It is no longer enough for nurses to be “not racist,” nor is it enough to just publish non-discrimination statements and proclaim a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. It is time to move from words to action, from debate to engagement, and from “not racism” to antiracism. As the conscience and core of health…


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…



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