UCLA and VA of Greater Los Angeles partner to launch nurse residency program

Beginning September 2020, the School and VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System (VAGLAHS) launched a post-baccalaureate nurse residency program to prepare nurses to address the health care needs of our nation’s veterans and their families


“This program will provide support for our new graduates as they transition from an educational environment to a demanding clinical environment,” said Dean Linda Sarna. “With strong mentorship and guidance, these new nurses will gain extensive experience in providing quality care to our veterans.”


Public Health Rotations: Students experience firsthand how where you live impacts health

The 14 undergraduates have completed most of their clinical and classroom coursework when they began their Public Health assignment on Skid Row. Here they have spent several Wednesdays picking their way through the clusters of sidewalk-blocking tents and measuring curb heights and vehicle speeds as part of an assessment of street safety issues facing some of the city’s most vulnerable residents.


Distinguished Alumni Award honorees celebrated


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.

Dean's Welcome

This magazine was originally supposed to come out in Spring of this year, as a print edition. We had the stories drafted and the images selected. We had a few more pages to put together, and then we could start the process of printing. But when Spring came, it brought with it a global pandemic that changed our lives in a myriad of ways, including nursing education. What this year has proven, if nothing else, is that when a public health crisis emerges, we need to be ready. I’m extremely proud the team at the School of Nursing was ready and resilient.


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council Update

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) leadership team and the Council on DEI of the School of Nursing have sponsored activities and shared information that addresses racial unrest and promotes equity. Here are a few of the events the School of Nursing has hosted over the past several months:


Student Spotlight: James Tran

James Tran’s path prior to entering nursing school might at first glance seem unrelated to his new career. He served as an aircraft mechanic in the U.S.  Marine Corps and as a police officer in the northern California town of Pleasanton. But a deeper look reveals a common thread of helping others. 


As a high school student, James lacked motivation, doing the minimum required to stay on the school’s soccer team. But then 9/11 happened. “I watched first responders and average citizens risking their lives to help others at Ground Zero,” said James. He wanted to help, too.

The Teaching Kitchen

A small group of students were gathered around the spotless work counter, listening intently
as Culinary Arts Coordinator Julia Rhoton demonstrated how to make a quick, tasty, budget conscious and nutritious meal while letting them try their hand at replicating it.

Nurses on Boards: Make Your Voices Heard

To encourage more nurses to join boards of directors for community and governmental organizations, foundations, corporations and other entities, Dean Linda Sarna and Dr. Karen Grimley, Chief Nursing Executive for UCLA Health, hosted a reception to introduce UCLA nurses to the Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC). NOBC is a national organization dedicated to improving the health of communities and the nation through the service of nurses on boards and other bodies.


Annual Scholarship Award Luncheon

The Annual Scholarship Appreciation Lunch recognizes our generous scholarship donors and honorees, and celebrates the deserving student recipients. We are grateful to our alumni and friends who help our students enter the nursing workforce able to take on opportunities based not only on salary considerations, but also on their skills and passions.


Welcome New Faculty

Holli DeVon, Ph.D., RN, FAHA, FAAN

Holli DeVon, Ph.D., RN, FAHA, FAAN

Associate Dean for Research

Dr. Holli DeVon is passionate about research, and she is excited to bring that passion to the UCLA School of Nursing as the new Associate Dean for Research.

Gardening: Growing Strong Mental Wellness

It began as a modest investment of space and money – an unused, raised outdoor planter bed at UCLA’s Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital and $350 worth of plants, soil and gardening tools.

But, with careful planning by a multidisciplinary team, the 2.5-foot by 10-foot plot yielded  a popular therapeutic tool for some of the hospital’s inpatients and produced an important piece of research.

Push Yourself Not the Button

Last winter quarter, eight nursing students(3 MECN and 5 BS) beautified the stairwells in the Factor Building to encourage staff and faculty and their fellow students to take the stairs instead of the elevator.

“We cleaned up the stairwells and added visuals on the inside of the doors and next to the elevators, from the A level to the sixth floor, with motivational and colorful signage,” said Lukas Smith, a second-year MECN student and one of the student researchers.

When the Student Cares for the Teacher


You know you were a good teacher when you get excellent care from your former students! Beloved lecturer Barbara Demman shared her recent experience at Ronald Reagan UCLA Hospital:

“I was admitted one month antepartum, and post C-section my newborn was admitted to the NICU for one month. During this time, my baby and I had the experience of receiving nursing care from several of my past nursing students.


“We recognize that there is a serious deficiency in the number of Latino registered nurses and we want to lead the way in increasing the numbers,” said Dean Linda Sarna at her presentation to the National Association of Hispanic Nurses in January.  “We need nurses who will understand the community – its language and its culture. Latino nurse researchers are underrepresented and that needs to change too.”