2020 Distinguished Alumni Award

The UCLA School of Nursing is proud to continue its tradition of recognizing distinguished alumni for their special contributions and achievements in a virtual celebration to be held on Monday, November 23, 2020 at 5pm PST. This year's recipients join a list of individuals who have made sterling contributions in advancing nursing science, education, leadership, and patient care. 

Distinguished Alumni

Pam Malloy, RN, FPCN, FAAN, MN '79

Pam Malloy, MN, RN, FPCN, FAAN is an oncology clinical nurse specialist with over 40 years of experience in clinical oncology and palliative care nursing, staff development, education, program development, and administration.  She is currently the national Director and Co-Investigator of the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Project and Special Advisor on Global Initiatives at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in Washington, DC. She serves as faculty for all the national ELNEC courses and has presented ELNEC in 12 international countries. In addition, she has developed palliative care nursing leadership curricula, taught, and mentored current and future nursing and physician leaders throughout Eastern Europe, Kenya, and Asia.  Malloy directed the California Endowment project for AACN on developing cultural competencies for undergraduate and graduate nursing students.  In addition, she collaborated with the US Department of Veterans Affairs to develop the ELNEC-For Veterans curriculum, which was presented to over 500 nurses, representing every VA hospital.  She serves on the Board of Directors of Living Room International—which provides hospice/palliative care services in Kipkaren, Kenya.  Malloy is a Florence Wald Fellow, a Fellow in Palliative Care Nursing (FPCN), and the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN).  She was recently presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Dianne Fochtman, CHPPN, CPNP, CPON, PhD, RN, MN '71

Dianne Fochtman, Ph.D., CPNP, CPON, CHPPN has practiced as a Clinical Nurse Specialist or Nurse Practitioner in pediatric oncology, palliative, and hospice specialties for 50 years. She practiced as a pediatric critical care nurse first. In 1971, she graduated as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) from UCLA when CNS roles were just starting. She went on to develop the CNS role in many settings including inpatient, clinic, and community settings for Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, and later developed the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner role at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children in Honolulu and at Hospice Hawaii.  She founded the Long Term Survivor Clinic for childhood cancer survivors both in Chicago and in Honolulu. In 2010, she received her Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, with her research focus on adolescents with cancer.  Dianne is certified as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Oncology Nurse, and Hospice and Palliative Pediatric Nurse. Dianne volunteered in many roles to advance pediatric oncology nursing practice including serving as President of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses and Editor of the Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing.   Dianne received The Casey Hooke Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses in recognition of her excellence in service to and leadership of the association and the  the Dr. Nancy E. Kline Mentoring Award from the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses for her lifetime commitment toward the professional development of pediatric hematology/oncology nurses.  

Rising Bruin Recent Alumni

Zenith Khan, FNP, BS '14, MSN '18

In the words of her nominator: 

When I think of nursing excellence, I think of Zenith. I will never forget the first day I walked into N464 Pediatric Nursing and was greeted by the TA Zenith. She created such a warm and welcoming environment for myself and other students within the class, and provided such a conducive learning environment. She went above and beyond for myself and my classmates. I will never forget when Zenith said “I really want you all to learn and practice these skills and knowledge learned, I struggled with skills as a new grad and I am going to make sure you don't.” This kind of concern for my knowledge and skills quickly told me that she truly cared about my learning and my future. She taught me to think beyond the patient and see the person behind the term “patient.” Zenith is compassionate for all individuals regardless of socioeconomic status or other factors. She acts ethically, is highly skilled, and has a positive attitude that is unmatched. Zenith personifies a Rising Bruin both in the classroom and outside of the classroom.