Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series

 The UCLA School of Nursing presents its second annual Nursing Distinguished Speaker Series, beginning Oct. 20 and continuing through June 7, 2012. This season's program will spotlight the exciting work of three alumni whose contributions are changing the nursing profession and the delivery of health care. Each talk will inspire, enlighten and inform.

 To attend any of the open-to-the-public talks, register at http://bit.ly/o3RSTx. All presentations will take place in the Conference Room at UCLA's James West Alumni Center. Light refreshments will be served. Parking in Lot 6 is included in the purchase price. If Lot 6 is full, you may be directed to Lot 8 or Lot 9. All proceeds from these events go toward the establishment of the school's Distinguished Alumni scholarship.

 Since its founding in 1949, the UCLA School of Nursing has been redefining and reimagining nursing in research, education, community service and global outreach.

Thursday, Oct. 20 6 p.m. 'See Me Hear Me Touch Me'

Trisha Gordon Bear ('71, R.N., P.H.N.) CEO of the Perinatal Foundation for the Deaf

In response to what she saw as the diminished focus on deaf pregnant women and deaf families with young children, Trisha Gordon Bear established the Perinatal Foundation for the Deaf, a nonprofit that provides in-home education for the deaf on pregnancy, childbirth, child development, parenting skills, nutrition and health. Learn how her organization is making a difference in encouraging healthy birth outcomes, reducing Caesarean sections, decreasing hospital stays, increasing breast-feeding and improving children's physical, mental and emotional health.

 Thursday, Feb. 9 6 p.m. 'Restructuring Nursing Knowledge to Impact Nursing's Preferred Future'

Sister Callista Roy ('66, Ph.D. '77, R.N., F.A.A.N.) Professor and nurse theorist, Connell School of Nursing at Boston College

Sister Callista Roy is best known for developing the Roy Adaptation Model of Nursing and for her leadership in knowledge-based practice. As early as 1987, an estimated 10,000 nurses had studied in schools whose curricula used the Roy Adaptation Model; its impact continues today, with health care agencies using it in designing strategies for achieving Magnet status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Roy will speak about emerging nursing knowledge and practice outcomes. She has more 130 publications, including 11 books, which have been translated into 12 languages. The published analysis, synthesis and critique of 233 studies based on the Roy Model provided a blueprint for theory-based scholarship.

 Thursday, June 7 6 p.m. 'Changing the World (and Nursing Practice) One Step at a Time: Tobacco Control as a Nursing Imperative'

Dr. Linda Sarna ('76, R.N., D.N.Sc., F.A.A.N., A.O.C.N.) Professor and Lulu Wolf Hassenplug Endowed Chair at the UCLA School of Nursing

There is perhaps no one in nursing more committed to tobacco control than Dr. Linda Sarna. A pioneer in oncology nursing education, she helped to establish one of the first graduate oncology nursing specialty programs. As the lead investigator for the Tobacco Free Nurses initiative, she led the first national program to help nurses quit smoking and promote nursing involvement in tobacco control. Learn how Sarna has now expanded her reach to China, where she is recruiting nurses to respond to the tobacco epidemic in that country, which has the largest population of smokers in the world.