Dean; Professor and Lulu Wolf-Hassenplug Endowed Chair in Nursing
Location: 2-256 Factor Building
Phone: (310) 825-8690
“Tobacco control is cancer prevention. Nurses can be great champions for behavior change. We are the largest health care profession, we have intimate encounters with patients in all types of settings across all socioeconomic strata, and because we are one of the most trusted and highly regarded professions, our patients look to us for advice. Research has shown that nurses with the proper education can gain the needed skills to support quit efforts of the over 40 million smokers in the US."
Linda Sarna is the interim dean for the UCLA School of Nursing. Also a professor, she holds the Lulu Wolf-Hassenplug Endowed Chair in Nursing. Early in her career, as an oncology nurse in the 1970s, she watched as many of her patients suffered from lung cancer. Recognizing that nicotine addiction was at the root of their diagnosis, she made the involvement of nurses in tobacco control the focus of her scholarship and professional passion. Dr. Sarna was the lead investigator on an analysis of 27-year smoking trends of participants in the Nurses' Health Study and led a team of investigators in the examination of national smoking trends among health care professions. Dr. Sarna initiated the Tobacco-Free Nurses (TFN) initiative (www.tobaccofreenurses.org), funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to nationally help nurses quit smoking and promote their role in tobacco control. Her reputation and influence has grown internationally. Dr. Sarna has collaborated with nursing organizations around the globe on policies related to nurses and tobacco control. Her research is expanding into tobacco control educational programs for nurses in China and in Eastern Europe. In 2013, she led the campaign to implement the policy that made the University of California, Los Angeles campus tobacco-free.
Areas of Scholarly Expertise and Interest
Oncology nursing, tobacco control, nursing interventions, Tobacco-Free Nurses (TFN) initiative
Research: Dr. Linda Sarna is internationally recognized for her scholarly activities promoting nursing involvement in tobacco control and in her oncology nursing research focused on quality of life and symptoms of patients with lung cancer. As the Principal Investigator for the Tobacco Free Nurses (TFN) initiative, funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, she initiated the first national program to help nurses quit smoking in the US and to promote the role of nurses in tobacco control inaugurating the award-winning TFN Website, www.tobaccofreenurses.org. She was the lead investigator on an analysis of 27-‐year smoking trends of participants in the Nurses' Health Study and led a team of investigators in the examination of national smoking trends among health care professions. She has led translational research projects to increase nursing interventions to treat tobacco dependence among hospitalized patients in the U.S., China, and Eastern Europe using web-‐based educational programs and resources. Dr. Sarna has collaborated with national and international nursing organizations on policies related to nurses and tobacco control, including the American Academy of Nursing, and leading the implementation of a tobacco-free policy at UCLA.
Clinical expertise: Oncology nursing, Tobacco control and nurses
N200, Biobehavioral Theoretical Foundations of Health Assessment (F10), N260 Secondary Prevention (W11)
University of California, Los Angeles, BSN, 1969, Nursing
University of California, Los Angeles, MSN, 1976, Oncology Nursing
University of California, San Francisco, DNSc, 1989, Oncology Nursing
1992-1996 Selected as American Cancer Society Professor of Oncology Nursing
1994 Elected Fellow, American Academy of Nursing
2004 Distinguished Merit Award for Services to Cancer Nursing: International Society for Nurses in Cancer Care
2005 Media Award for Tobacco Free Nurses, American Academy of Nurses
2005 Tobacco Free Nurses selected as an exemplar by the World Health Organization in the monograph "The role of health professionals in tobacco control",
2006 Oncology Nursing Society Publishing, "Excellence in Scholarship and Consistency of Contributions to the Oncology Nursing Literature" Award,
2006 Awarded the Oncology Nursing Society Publishing Award, Best "Quality of Life " paper
2009 Selected as the Oncology Nursing Society's Distinguished Researcher
2009 Helen Nahm Research Lecture Award, University of California, San Francisco
2009 Appointed as the Lulu Wolf Hassenplug Endowed Chair in Nursing.
2009 Awarded the NurseWeek Excellence Award: Advancing and Leading the Profession
2009 One of 60 outstanding Alumnae selected by the University of California, Los Angeles
2010 Clara Arndt Visiting Scholar, University of California, Los Angeles, School of Nursing
2010-2013 Appointed as Visiting Professor by the Anhui Medical University in China Hefei,Anhui Province, China
Sarna L, Bialous S, Ong M, Wells M, Kotlerman J. (2012). Nurses' treatment of tobacco dependence in hospitalized smokers in three states. Research in Nursing & Health, 35, 250-64.
Sarna L, Bialous SA, Nandy K, Yang Q. (2012). Are quit attempts among U.S. female nurses who smoke different from female smokers in the general population? An analysis of the 2006/2007 tobacco use supplement to the current population survey. BMC Womens Health, 12:4.
Sarna L, Cooley ME, Brown JK, Chernecky C, Padilla G, Danao L, Chakravarty D, & Elashoff D. (2010). Women with lung cancer: quality of life after thoracotomy: a 6-month prospective study. Cancer Nursing, 33(2), 85-92. PMID: 20142740
Sarna L, Bialous SA, Sinha K, Yang Q, & Wewers ME. (2010). Are health care providers still smoking? Data from the 2003 and 2006/2007 Tobacco Use Supplement-Current Population Surveys. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 12(11), 1167-1171. PMID: 20937670
Sarna L. (2009). Research unfiltered: social, political, and historical context of a program of research. Oncology Nursing Forum. 36(5):E247-56. PMID: 19726384.
Sarna L, Cooley ME, Brown JK, Chernecky C, Padilla G, Danao L, & Elashoff D (2010). Women with lung cancer: quality of life after thoracotomy. Cancer Nursing. 33:85-92.
Sarna L, Bialous SA, Wells M, Kotlerman J, Wewers ME, & Froelicher ES. (2009). Frequency of nurses' smoking cessation interventions: report from a national survey. Journal of Clinical Nursing.18(14):2066-77. PMID: 19638062
Sarna L, Bialous SA, Rice VH, & Wewers ME. (2009). Promoting tobacco dependence treatment in nursing education. Drug and Alcohol Review. 28(5):507-16. PMID: 19737209
Sarna L, Bialous S, Wewers ME, Froelicher ES, Wells MJ, Kotlerman J, & Elashoff D. (2009). Nurses trying to quit smoking using the Internet. Nursing Outlook. 57(5):246-56. PMID: 19789002.
Sarna L, Aguinaga Bialous S, Wells MJ, Kotlerman J, Froelicher ES, & Wewers ME. (2009). Do you need to smoke to get a break?: smoking status and missed work breaks among staff nurses. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 37(2 Suppl):S165-71. PMID: 19591757
Sarna L & Bialous SA (2009). Advancing Nursing Science in Tobacco Control. Annual Review of Nursing Research. Volume Editor, Springer Publishing, New York.
Movsas B, Moughan J, Sarna L, Langer C, Werner-Wasik M, Nicolaou N, Komaki R, Machtay M, Wasserman T,& Bruner DW. (2009). Quality of life supersedes the classic prognosticators for long-term survival in locally advanced non-small-cell lung cancer: an analysis of RTOG 9801. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 1;27(34):5816-22. PMID: 19858383.
Cooley ME, Sarna L, Kotlerman J, Lukanich JM, Jaklitsch M, Green SB, & Bueno R. (2009).Smoking cessation is challenging even for patients recovering from lung cancer surgery with curative intent. Lung Cancer. 66(2):218-25. PMID: 19321223.
Bialous SA, Sarna L, Wells M, Elashoff D, Wewers ME, & Froelicher ES. (2009). Characteristics of nurses who used the Internet-based nurses QuitNet® for smoking cessation. Public Health Nursing. 26(4):329-38. PMID: 19573211.
Chan SS, Sarna L, Danao LL. (2008). Are nurses prepared to curb the tobacco epidemic in China? A questionnaire survey of schools of nursing. International Journal of Nursing Studies.;45(5):706-13. PMID: 17336307
Sarna L, Bialous SA, Cooley ME, Jun HJ, & Feskanich D. (2008). Impact of smoking and smoking cessation on health-related quality of life in women in the Nurses' Health Study. Quality of Life Research;17(10):1217-27. PMID: 18931942.
Sarna L, Bialous SA, Jun HJ, Wewers ME, Cooley ME, & Feskanich D. (2008). Smoking trends in the Nurses' Health Study (1976-2003). Nursing Research.;57(6):374-82. PMID: 19018212.
Sarna L, Swann S, Langer C, Werner-Wasik M, Nicolaou N, Komaki R, Machtay M, Byhardt R, Wasserman T, & Movsas B. (2008) Clinically meaningful differences in patient-reported outcomes with amifostine in combination with chemoradiation for locally advanced non-small-cell lung cancer: an analysis of RTOG 9801. International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, and Physics. 1;72(5):1378-84. PMID: 18501528.
Sarna L, Cooley ME, Brown JK, Chernecky C, Elashoff D, & Kotlerman J (2008). Symptom severity 1 to 4 months after thoracotomy for lung cancer. American Journal of Critical Care.;17(5):455-67; quiz 468. PMID: 18776002.
Cooley ME, Sarna L, Brown JK, Williams RD, Chernecky C, & Padilla G, Danao LL, Elashoff D. (2007). Tobacco use in women with lung cancer. Annals of Behavioral Medicine.;33(3):242-50. PMID: 17600451.
Chan SS, Sarna L, Wong DC, & Lam TH. (2007). Nurses' tobacco-related knowledge, attitudes, and practice in four major cities in China. Journal of Nursing Scholarship.39(1):46-53. PMID: 17393965
Sarna L, Bialous SA. (2006). Strategic directions for nursing research in tobacco dependence. Nursing Research. 55 (Suppl 4):S1-9. PMID: 16829770.
Sarna, L., Bialous, S., Barbeau, E., & McLellan, D. (2006). Strategies to implement tobacco control policy and advocacy initiatives. Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America. 18(1):113-22, xiii. PMID: 16546014
Sarna L, Cooley ME, Brown JK, Williams RD, Chernecky, C, Padilla G, & Danao LL. (2006) Quality of life and health status of dyads of women with lung cancer and family members. Oncology Nursing Forum, 33(6): 1109-16. PMID: 17149394
Sarna L, Danao LL, Chan SS, Shin SR, Baldago LA, Endo E, Minegishi H, & Wewers ME. (2006). Tobacco control curricula content in baccalaureate nursing programs in four Asian nations. Nursing Outlook. ;54(6):334-44. PMID: 17142152
Movsas B, Scott C, Langer C, Werner-Wasik M, Nicolaou N, Komaki R, Machtay M, Smith C, Axelrod R, Sarna L, Wasserman T, & Byhardt R. (2005). Randomized trial of amifostine in locally advanced non-small-cell lung cancer patients receiving chemotherapy and hyperfractionated radiation: radiation therapy oncology group trial 98-01. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 1;23(10):2145-54. PMID: 15800308.
Gritz, E.R., Dresler, C. & Sarna, L (2005) Smoking, the missing drug interaction in clinical trials: Ignoring the Obvious. Cancer Epidemiology & Biomarkers and Prevention. 14(10):2287-93. PMID: 16214906.
Sarna L, Bialous SA, Wewers ME, Froelicher ES, & Danao L (2005). Nurses, smoking, and the workplace. Research in Nursing & Health. 28(1), 79-90. PMID: 15625705
Sarna L, & Bialous S (2005) Tobacco control in the 21st century: a critical issue for the nursing profession. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice. 19(1):15-24. PMID: 15989165
Sarna L, Brown JK, Cooley ME, Williams RD, Chernecky C, Padilla G, & Danao LL. (2005). Quality of life and meaning of illness of women with lung cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum. 19;32(1):E9-19. PMID: 15660139.
Sarna, L, Evangelista L, Tashkin D, Padilla G, Holmes M, & Grannis, F. (2004) Respiratory symptoms and quality of life of lung cancer survivors. Chest, 125: 439-445.
Wewers ME, Kidd K, Armbruster D, & Sarna L (2004). Tobacco dependence curricula in U.S. baccalaureate and graduate nursing education. Nursing Outlook.52(2):95-101. PMID: 15073590
Sarna L, Bialous SA. (2004). Tobacco control policies of oncology nursing organizations. Seminars in Oncology Nursing.;20(2):101-10, table of contents. PMID: 15253593
Evangelista L, Sarna L, Padilla G, & Brecht L. (2003) Health behaviors of lung cancer survivors. Heart & Lung. 32: 131-9.
Maliski S, Sarna L, Evangelista L, & Padilla G (2003) The aftermath of lung cancer. Cancer Nursing.
Sarna L, Evangelista L, Tashkin D, Padilla G, Holmes C, Brecht ML, & Grannis F. (2003). Impact of respiratory symptoms and pulmonary function on quality of life of long-term survivors of non-small cell lung cancer. Chest.;125(2):439-45. PMID: 14769722
Sarna L, Bialous SA, Hutchinson KM, Williams BS, Froelicher ES, & Wewers ME. (2003). Views of African-American nurses about tobacco cessation and prevention. Journal of the National Black Nurses Association. 14(2):1-8.PMID: 15011938
Sarna, L., Padilla G, Holmes C, & Tashkin, D. (2002) Quality of life of disease-free survivors of non-small cell lung cancer. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 13: 290-2929.
Sarna L, Wewers ML, Brown J, Lillington L, & Brecht, ML (2001). Barriers to tobacco control interventions. Nursing Outlook. 49: 166-172.
Sarna L, Brown J, Lillington L, Rose ME, & Brecht, ML (2000) Attitudes and Advocacy and Tobacco Control: Views of Oncology Nurses. Oncology Nursing Forum. 27:1519-28.
Sarna L, Brown J, Lillington L, Rose ME, & Brecht, ML (2000) Tobacco Interventions by Oncology Nurses in Clinical Practice: report from a National Survey. Cancer: 89: 881-889.