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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…


August 18, 2020

19th Amendment

One hundred years ago today the 19th amendment was adopted by the final state needed for its ratification, giving 26 million women the right to vote. Many, many brave and determined women of course contributed to what now seems an obvious outcome. Some advocated at the local, state, and federal levels. Some took to the…


July 30, 2020

Returning to Facebook

Last month, I announced that we would suspend posting on Facebook and Instagram in solidarity with #StopHateForProfit. The response we received from our School of Nursing community was overwhelming and surprising. Rather than moving away from these platforms, a number of students, staff, and faculty urged us to instead consider leaning on these companies by…


June 30, 2020

Looking Ahead to Autumn Quarter

As we engage in preparations for the Autumn quarter, our goal is clear, and our strategy continues to evolve. As President Cauce has outlined, a plan is emerging for how classes and other educational functions will take place next quarter. But that is today’s plan, subject to change at any moment as we all take…


June 26, 2020

#StopProfitforHate

In solidarity with #StopHateForProfit, a movement by businesses, academic institutions (including the UW), and individuals nationwide who are expressing discomfort and displeasure at the refusal of the leadership at Facebook to identify and eliminate hate speech from their platforms, the School of Nursing is taking a hiatus from posting to Facebook and Instagram on our…


June 19, 2020

In Honor of Juneteenth

From George Floyd’s tragic death to our recent conversations about antiracism, there are many voices saying—and many acknowledging—that there is much work to be done in order to finally and fully address the issue of racism that so hinders and disables our society. Some of those voices express publicly and communally the pain people feel…


June 18, 2020

Healthcare will benefit from the Dreamers

About 650,000 people today saw their futures returned to them when the Supreme Court ruled that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will remain in place, at least for the immediate future. Some of those people were 10-year-olds in 2012 when President Obama issued the executive memorandum that created DACA. Today, they are…


June 17, 2020

Another Step Towards Ending Discrimination

Until Monday afternoon, it was legal in more than half the states in this country to fire someone for being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transsexual. That ended with a 6-3 Supreme Court ruling banning such discrimination as a violation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act (Title VII). Justice Neil Gorsuch, writing for the majority, said…


June 11, 2020

Thank You for an Extraordinary Year

As this academic year draws to a close, I want to take a moment to say “thank you” and to consider all that went right, all that was gained, and all that we—collectively and individually—accomplished. This year’s accomplishments deserve to be fully recounted and will be highlighted in our annual Year in Review, which will…


June 10, 2020

UW School of Nursing Stands in Solidarity This Week

Extraordinary circumstances merit an extraordinary response. The death of George Floyd has catalyzed and galvanized the country’s emotions around the issues of racism and inequality. Some have marched. Some have confronted those in the power structure they hold responsible. Some have come together to discuss or dissent. Some have withdrawn to the solitude of their…


May 29, 2020

Nurses have a responsibility to lead for change

We are saddened, appalled, angered, and above all concerned about the events that led to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are not abstract concepts or politically correct ideologies—they are values that must be fully embraced by everyone, or the lives of tens of millions of people in this country…


May 13, 2020

Congratulations to 2020 Nurses of Influence Awardees

Every academic discipline and every profession has individuals who are leaders. They lead in many ways—by providing new ideas, by advancing their profession, by being a visionary who defines new paths, or by being particularly adept at what they do and thereby inspiring greatness in others. We annually recognize local Nurses of Influence. These are…


May 4, 2020

Outstanding Husky Nurses

It’s always gratifying when School of Nursing faculty, alumni, or students are honored for their exception achievements. Today, I have two reasons to be gratified—alumnae Patty Hayes, and Bothell campus faculty member Mabel Ezeonwu. My excitement, pride, and respect were boundless when I was informed that UW School of Nursing alum Patty Hayes was been…


May 2, 2020

Gov. Inslee Proclaims May as Nurses Month

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has issued a proclamation declaring this Nurses Month in Washington, adding to the national and international chorus of recognition and praise for the role of nurses in our healthcare system and their unique role in combating the COVID-19 pandemic—a role that has also been recognized by the World Health Organization…


April 14, 2020

Announcing the COVID-19 Clinical Partnership

Adversity is a challenge but when confronted it can also be a catalyst. Clinical placements are a critical part of every nurse’s education. Traditionally, nurses at all levels spend time working at hospitals, clinics, and other health care facilities under the supervision of preceptors. This enables them to safely develop their skills and expand their…


March 31, 2020

Congratulations WSNA Hall of Fame Inductees

Congratulations to two of our Husky Nurses who have been inducted into Washington State Nurses Association Hall of Fame. The award ceremony was to happen this month but given the circumstances it has been postponed until August. This year they recognized Dr. Nancy Fugate Woods, Professor Emeritus and Dean Emeritus and assistant professor Biobehavioral Nursing…


March 23, 2020

An impressive winter quarter

Dear Colleagues, Faculty, and Staff, I would like to express my utmost appreciation for your dedication to the School of Nursing, especially during this unprecedented time. Despite the recent challenges of COVID-19, we end the winter quarter with 16 pages of impressive accomplishments. Our consistently innovative and distinguished approaches to nursing practice, education, and science…


March 20, 2020

SoN Spring Quarter Will Be Held Remotely

Dear UW School of Nursing Community, Following President Ana Mari Cauce’s announcement, the UW School of Nursing will extend ALL operations of the student, staff, and faculty via remote learning environments through the end of the spring quarter on June 12. Soon you will receive follow-up emails from the SoN Executive Team members with specific…


March 16, 2020

We Are Honored

The UW School of Nursing was recently ranked #1 among public and private schools of nursing offering a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree (tied with Columbia University, School of Nursing), and #2 among public schools that offer a master’s degree (tied for #6 overall, public and private schools of nursing). The annual US News and…


March 8, 2020

Congratulations to Nathan Dreesmann, Nursing Magnuson Scholar

I am pleased to announce that School of Nursing student Nathan Dreesmann has been named one of this year’s Magnuson Scholars. The award is given annually to one student from each of the six UW Health Sciences schools. It recognizes both achievement and promise, and is one of the highest University honors. Magnuson Scholars receive…


International Women’s Day

Today, March 8 is International Women’s Day. It is a time to pause and consider the role that women play globally in making the world a better place to live. It is also a time to recognize how far we have yet to go in terms of creating societies that are truly equal. The International…


March 6, 2020

Novel Coronavirus information and going virtual

Acknowledging President Ana Mari Cauce’s message about addressing the growing concerns of the spread of the novel coronavirus, the UW School of Nursing (Seattle campus) will proactively shift ALL normal operations of the staff, student, and faculty to virtual environments commencing Monday, March 9. Please note, going virtual there will be no disruption to our…


March 2, 2020

UW and Coronavirus preparations

I encourage everyone to read President Cauce’s message here, and to carefully consider her suggestions for action. As you will see from the President’s comments, reasonable caution is encouraged, and overreaction or lack of compassion is discouraged. Know that the state and local health teams, including a wide range of UW resources (including FAQs) are…


February 3, 2020

Black History Month

As we begin the first week of Black History Month, this is a time to reflect on the particular challenges and struggles of Black nursing professionals.  It is not easy for anyone to become a nurse. For far too long, it was particularly difficult for African Americans to have access to the education, collegial support,…


January 22, 2020

Nurses are the Most Trusted Profession

For the 18th year in a row, nurses have been rated as the most trusted profession in The United States, according to the 2019 Gallup Poll. With 85% of the people rating nurses’ honesty and integrity as “high” or “very high,” the most recent figures were a record high and placed nurses far ahead of…


January 20, 2020

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2020

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2020 offers us all an opportunity to pause and consider how we might better embrace and express the principles that are at the core of Dr. King’s legacy. As nurses, we see the need for community, compassion, tolerance, diversity, equity, and inclusion. We see the mental and physical benefits…


December 17, 2019

Happy Holidays

We’ve had an amazing year and we’re proud of our #HuskyNurse students, faculty, staff, supporters, alumni and friends. Please take a moment to view this video to see just a few of this year’s accomplishments. I wish everyone a pleasant holiday pause, and wonderful start of 2020!  


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…



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