Student Achievement



Julia Routman was selected as one of 15 graduate students in Los Angeles to receive the  Albert Schweitzer Fellowship.  She will spend the next year working to improve health outcomes in diabetic adults by promoting lipid-lowering medication prescription, counseling and followup.




Kelly Boone, an FNP student, won the Nurse's Float Scholarship from Bare Roots, a grass roots organization that raised money for the Nurse's Float that was seen in the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade.



Doctoral student Gerardo Flores received the Diverse Scholar Scholarship from the National Association of Hispanic Nurses.

Niki Tom (left) and Brittani McCullough (right) teammates on UCLA's 2010 NCAA Championship gymnastic team are recipients of the Donald R. Shepherd Postgraducate Scholarship from UCLA Athletics.  Tom will be enrolled in the Masters Entry Clinical Nurse Program,   and McCullough will study in the Masters, Advanced Practice Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program. Tom was an All-American on floor exercise in 2009 and a three-time Pac-10 All-Academic honoree. McCullough won the NCAA floor exercise title in 2010 and was a four-time All-American and 2011 Scholastic All-American. As a freshman, she was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 2008.





 At the AAMN Conference, Men in Nursing at UCLA received a Chapter Recognition Award for excellence in achieving the AAMN mission objective of: "Advocating for continued research, education and dissemination of information about men's health issues, men in nursing, and nursing knowledge at the local and national levels."
President Megan Guardiano (BS '15) attended the conference and accepted the award on behalf of our UCLA Chapter. UCLA SoN alum, founding UCLA Chapter President, and current AAMN Secretary Jonathan Lee, BS '12, RN, CCRN, PHN was also present at the conference.
We are honored to receive this award and are thankful for the opportunities presented in this conference to connect with other chapters and to participate in moving nursing forward on the national level. We will continue to work towards our mission as advocates to advance men in nursing and the nursing profession as a whole.

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The UCLA School of Nursing now offers an en route MS degree for students in the PhD program.  Students are eligible for the MS degree if they entered the PhD program with a bachelor's degree and are actively enrolled in winter 2014 or later. To qualify for the degree students must complete the first two years of coursework for a BS to PhD student and pass the written qualifying exam. Congratulations to Lindsay Williams and Maria Yefimova, who have attained this degree!!

Rachel Stone (a second year MECN) and Melissa Scalia (doctoral student) received the GLAONS (Greater Los Angeles ONS, our local chapter) master and doctoral scholarships. The announcement was made Wednesday evening at the September meeting.

MN and PhD Alum Claudia Davis was chosen as a recipient of the American Association of Cancer Research Minority Service Institute Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research Award.  She will be attending their conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved.

PhD candidate Marlon Saria was inducted as a fellow to the American Academy of Nursing.  Saria is an Advanced Practice Nurse Researcher in the Neuro-Oncology program at the Moores Cancer Center, UC San Diego.  He is working as a Section Editor for the 5th edition of the Core Curriculum for Oncology Nursing.  Saria has given numerous presentations at organizations including the Oncology Nursing Society, Indian Society for Neuro-Oncology, the Philippine Society for Neuro-Oncology, United Arab Emirates Cancer Congress and the Emirates Oncology Conference.   His research is focused on the caregivers for cancer with brain metastasis.

Ariel Rankin (MSN '11), PhD Student and T-32 Predoctoral Fellow in Vulnerable Populations, was accepted into the Kaiser Permanente Postgraduate Fellowship in Healthcare Administration. This program is committed to recognizing talented early careerists and providing a learning environment to develop skills for challenging leadership positions in health care.  The program provides fellows with an educational and "hands-on" experience that will contribute to their professional development, as well as to their understanding of Kaiser Permanente. The fellowship program allows for a balance between project and operational work. The learning opportunities include: Hospital and Outpatient Operations; Strategic and Market Planning; Project Development; Facility Planning; Financial and Analytical Performance; Leadership skills; Analytic skills and Communication skills.  

This year, at the Annual Andrea Rich Night to Honor Teaching, doctoral student Nancy Salem (seated) won in the category of Best Teaching Assistant!  She gave a very articulate and moving presentation and many in attendance came up to her afterwards telling her how much they loved her remarks.  Much credit goes to Linda Phillips who took the time and effort to nominate Nancy.  Joining Dean Sarna at this special dinner was Nancy's sister, our own Benissa Salem (standing)!