Spring 2017 updates

UW School of Nursing Center for Global Health Nursing Celebrates One Year! 

March 10, 2017 marks the anniversary of the official launch of the UW School of Nursing Center for Global Health Nursing. Over the last year, the center has made strides in our mission of working to effectively pioneer and build capacity for appropriate and sustainable improvements in health and healthcare through innovative nursing research, education and practice across cultures both locally and internationally. Some signature achievements from the past year:


  • We participated in the Simpson Center-sponsored, campus-wide “Humanistic Perspectives on U.S. Global Health Partnerships in Africa & Beyond” event.
  • The center continues to host regular bi-weekly Global Health Research Brownbag seminars, with presentations from faculty and students.
  • BSN Honors student Austin Bidman will present on her national assessment of how global health coursework is integrated into nursing curriculum at the Undergraduate Research Symposium on May 19.


Scholarships, research and funding

  • We awarded $12,500 in Nursing travel scholarships in 2016 to eight students through Hegyvary Citizens of the World Scholarship and R. Hunter Simpson Fellowship.
  • In 2016, four nursing students were awarded Global Opportunities (GO) Health Scholarships from the Department of Global Health for their work in Kenya & China.
  • Investments in global health nursing can expand nursing’s broad engagement in global health policy and development, according to a recent article in the journal, International Nursing Review, by center co-directors, Drs. Sarah Gimbel and Pamela Kohler; Dr. Pamela Mitchell, executive associate dean; and Dr. Azita Emami, executive dean. The article, Creating academic structures to promote nursing’s role in global health policy, identified four critical components of effective academic structures to promote global health nursing: research, education, policy and partnership.
  • The center established Conference Travel Scholarship Fund


Local and global partnerships

  • The School of Nursing Ad Hoc Interprofessional Education Committee was formed, co-lead by Brenda Zierler and Sarah Gimbel.
  • We partnered with I-TECH, a center in the UW Department of Global Health, to add nursing to $20 million competing renewal.
  • We partnered with the Alaska Health Board to create the UW Global & Rural Health Fellowship Program for DNP students.
  • We created partnership criteria for future Memorandums Of Understandings (MOUs) with outside institutions.
  • We established new MOUs with:
    • Naivasha sub-County Hospital (Kenya)
    • Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (Peru)
    • National Defense Medical Center (Taiwan)
  • The center became a member of the Washington Global Health Alliance
  • Center co-directors met with the Director of Global to Local (G2L)
  • Center co-directors met with Governor’s Sector Lead at Washington Life Science & Global Health Center


Global student experience and visiting scholars

  • Erin Stoy, DNP ’17, conducted her DNP Capstone Project at Naivasha sub-County Hospital in Kenya.
  • We created seven DNP Capstone Projects for the 2016 – 2017 academic year with Seattle-based organizations in coordination with Stolen Youth.
  • We offered three Exploration Seminars in 2016:
    • Psychosocial & Community Health in Thailand: Health in a Developing Nation (Thailand)
    • Health Systems Strengthening: Nursing Education and Community Health in East Africa (Kenya)
    • Health in the Context of Culture (India)
  • We offered three study abroad opportunities for 2017:
    • Exploration Seminar: Health in the Context of Culture (India)
    • Study Abroad: Public Health in Action – Research and Implementation in Zimbabwe, and Global Nursing Scholars Program in partnership with Program for Advanced Research Capacities for AIDS in Peru (PARACAS)
  • We hosted two Visiting Scholars and one Visiting Graduate Student:
    • Suparb Aree-Ue from Mahidol University (Thailand), sponsored by Dr. Basia Belza
    • Yutaka Kato from Ishikawa Prefectural Nursing University (Japan), sponsored by Dr. Noel Chrisman
    • Jintana Rittharomya from Mahidol University (Thailand), sponsored by Dr. Basia Belza
  • We made site visits to:
    • Suquamish and Port Gamble tribes
    • Organization of Prostitution Survivors
    • YouthCare
    • Spruce Street Inn’s Secure Crisis Residential Center
    • UW Tacoma
    • UW Bothell


Partner Universities Represented at Western Institute of Nursing

WIN 2017Two of the UW School of Nursing’s long standing partner universities in India, Sri Ramchandra University and Christian Medical College Vellore, both had representatives give podium presentations at the recent Western Institute of Nursing (WIN) conference, held in Denver, CO from April 19-22.

Professor Ardith Doorenbos, Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics, holds a longstanding collaborative relationship with both universities. Dr. R. Poongodi from Sri Ramachandra University presented on “Effectiveness of Foot Reflexology Among Patients Undergoing Major Abdominal Surgery,” while Rajeswari Siva from Christian Medical College, Vellore gave a presentation on “Risk Factors for Non-Communicable Diseases in Vellore”, India. Additionally, the School of Nursing had five students present at WIN who have traveled to India, and both partner universities, as a part of the Health in the Context of Culture Exploration Seminar.