Welcome from the Dean

Sarna, Dean

Welcome to the 2018-19 UCLA School of Nursing Academic Year.

2019 will be a milestone year for the School of Nursing as we turn 70!  Our school has a rich history. You are now part of our history too. During this year, new art work will be displayed throughout the School. We are creating Walls of History and Science to commemorate key events in our history, to pay tribute to some of the groundbreaking research and theories that were developed here, and celebrate the leadership path of so many alumni, faculty and staff who have had an impact on nursing education and scholarship. 

Our founding dean, Lulu Wolf Hassenplug, redefined nursing education with the first university-based baccalaureate program west of the Mississippi. The School continues that rich legacy by exploring better ways to educate the nurse leaders and scholars of tomorrow. This year, we welcome our first cohort of Doctor of Nursing Practice students!  In partnership with our academic health center, UCLA Health, our faculty will work with you to strengthen the role of the nurse in delivering evidence-based care in practice and improving nursing care delivery in various settings and the community. 

This is such an exciting time for the nursing profession.  You will now join a vast network of UCLA School of Nursing alums -- over 8000 -- many who are in the community and will support you in your educational journey. While our curriculum is rigorous, you will leave with the knowledge, skills and abilities to respond to the health care needs of a diverse population in whatever setting in which you decide to practice. Our faculty and staff are committed to your success and are dedicated to providing high-quality instruction, clinical supervision and mentorship. Everything you learn along the way and, every milestone you achieve will prepare you for your future.  Take advantage of all we have to offer.   Here just a few events to mark on your calendar:

  • November 5 and 15: “Walkout”: Part 1: HBO film based on the true story of the 1968 East LA Walkouts by Chicano students tired of being treat unequally and Part 2: discussion with key organizers – Bobby Verdugo LCSW and Yoli Rios, CNA Labor Organizer (retired), sponsored by our Council on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 
  • November 15: Bruin Nurse Networking Day
  • January 24, Judith Paice, Research Professor, Northwestern University, will deliver the first School of Nursing Margo McCaffrey pain and symptom management lecture in honor of one of our former faculty members, a nursing pioneer in pain management.
  • February 20:  Beverly Malone, Chief Executive Officer of the National League of Nurses, will a lecture addressing global health issues affecting culture, diversity and inclusion. 
  • April 27: a 70th Celebration Gala

Keep up with the many School activities by reading the Monday Memo (emailed directly to you every Monday) and following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Stay healthy by taking the stairs!

Take care of yourself and have a wonderful year!

Linda Sarna, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dean & Professor