Welcome from the Dean

Welcome to the 2016-17 UCLA School of Nursing Academic Year! dean sarna

For me, there is nothing more exciting than the promise in the start of a new school year.

  • We have an updated Simulation Laboratory, with new equipment and new manikins. 
  • The A-Level Auditorium had a big tech update with new screens, presentation equipment and better wi-fi.  As the quarter goes on, all of our classrooms will be getting the same technology refresh.
  • New uniforms for our prelicensure students! A committee of students selected new uniforms to wear to assessments, lab skills and clinicals. 
  • Be mindful.  Starting this Friday and continuing throughout the Fall Quarter, join the Mindful Meditation from 7:15 to 7:45 led by our own Barbara Demman.
  • As we build our strong partnership with the nurses at UCLA Health, there will be a lot of new and exciting opportunities.  In late September, we were proud to co-sponsor an evidence-based practice conference that was attended by 300 nurses from around the country.

It is such an exciting time for the nursing profession.  Changes in our healthcare system are creating opportunities for you to be the nurse leaders of tomorrow. While our curriculum is rigorous, you will leave with the knowledge, skills and abilities to respond to the healthcare needs of a diverse population in whatever setting you decide to practice.  Everything you learn along the way, every milestone you achieve will prepare you for your future.  Take advantage of all we have to offer.  You are joining the most trusted profession.  You are the future of healthcare.

All of us — faculty and staff — are committed to your success and are dedicated to providing high-quality instruction, clinical supervision and mentorship.   As you know, UCLA is one of the top public research universities in the world and the School of Nursing is one of the best:

  • No. 12 in graduate schools of nursing by US News and World Report!
  • No. 5 in research funding from the National Institutes of Health!

My very best wishes for a wonderful year. Go Bruins!


Linda Sarna, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dean & Professor