Professor Linda Sarna, who holds the Lulu Wolf Hassenplug Chair in the UCLA School of Nursing, has now been appointed interim dean of the School of Nursing and will continue leading the School of Nursing through June 30, 2017. A national search for a permanent dean will start in the spring of 2016.
At UCLA and beyond, Sarna is recognized for her scholarship promoting the role of nursing in tobacco control and for her research on the symptoms and quality of life of people with lung cancer. As the principal investigator for the Tobacco Free Nurses Initiative and through her active involvement in tobacco-control policy efforts nationally and internationally, she has emphasized the need to change expectations for nursing education and clinical practice.
Sarna is the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, books, chapters and other publications. Her numerous honors and awards include induction into the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, election as a fellow to the American Academy of Nursing and recognition as a distinguished research professor by the Oncology Nursing Society. Sarna received her bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from UCLA, and her doctorate from UC San Francisco.
Sarna served as chair of the UCLA Academic Senate during the 2012-13 academic year, and she chaired the committee that implemented UCLA's tobacco-free policy
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