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Eliminating Infectious Diseases

For Dorothy J. Wiley and Dong Sung An, it was the rise of the then-mysterious disease called AIDS in the early 1980s that set them on their current research paths. For Wei-Ti Chen, it was her work in the 1990s as a nurse-midwife taking care of patients infected with HIV.

 

Now these three members of the UCLA School of Nursing faculty are at the forefront of research in their specialities, aiming to make a difference for those infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and, in Wiley’s case, human papillomavirus (HPV).

 

Beyond Borders: Cuba Embraces Visiting Nursing Students

2,000 miles away in Havana, Cuba, our UCLA nursing students are plunged in a disparate landscape of vibrantly colored buildings, Caribbean music, vintage cars reminiscent of the 1960s “low-riders”, and an exceptional health care system.

 

Dr. Maria Elena Ruiz, adjunct associate professor, first traveled to Cuba with a prestigious group of delegates selected by the American Public Health Association in 2012. Impressed by Cuba’s health care system, Ruiz developed an academic travel program to Cuba in 2013.

 

Welcome: Dr. Wei-ti Chen, Associate Professor

Dr. Wei-ti Chen’s, RN, CNM, PhD, FAAN, research focus addresses the unique needs of the growing number of Chinese women and children with HIV/AIDS in China and in the U.S. She uses both qualitative and quantitative strategies to explore the issues facing nurses caring for, and patients with, HIV/AIDS. Her current grants are focused on a family care intervention. Dr. Chen is one of few nurse researchers who has conducted intervention research in China.

MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN

More than beaches and great weather, Los Angeles is one of the most ethnically diverse cities on the planet  – more populous than 42 of the 50 states and people from 140 countries speaking 86 languages. This diversity provides unique opportunities and LA offers the perfect crucible for an education at a great public research university, for learning about nursing, and for testing interventions that will make a difference in the health and health care of individuals, families and communities.  

DEAN’S MESSAGE: Inspired by U

AS WE APPROACH THE SCHOOL’S 70TH BIRTHDAY AND UCLA’S CENTENNIAL IN 2019, IT IS A GOOD TIME TO CONTEMPLATE THE FUTURE OF NURSING AND THINK ABOUT HOW BEST TO SUPPORT FUTURE GENERATIONS OF SCHOLARS AND LEADERS.

Last month, our faculty began creating a new strategic plan to promote academic excellence, to expand our scholarship and to advance community engagement on local, national and global levels.I was excited to kick off the meeting with a discussion of the state of the school and the profession because, for both, the outlook is bright!

  • October 07, 2017
  • Of Note

I Will Do More

The path to nursing school is not always easy. Zenith Rahman, a second-year family nurse practitioner student at the school, wanted to have a greater impact on health care. In her own words, she shares what motivates her as an RN, why she decided to come back to school to obtain her advanced practice degree, and how she wants to make a difference.

 

I WISHED I COULD DO MORE WHEN I FOUND OUT THE HOSPITAL BILL WAS OVER $3,000.

 

Embracing New Ways to Live Well

Not long after Angelina Cordova started her studies at UCLA’s School of Nursing, she and a friend formed a fitness group aimed mainly at avoiding excess pounds. “We’d heard about the increased obesity rates among nurses and we wanted to take care of ourselves,” said Cordova, who graduated in June. “but we soon realized the problem was so much bigger, with issues of stress, lack of sleep, risk of burnout and leaving the profession,” Cordova said. “We realized we needed to broaden the scope.”

HEALTHY MIND. HEALTHY LIFE.

WHEN LECTURER BARBARA DEMMAN, RN, MSN, ACNP, CNS INTRODUCED A SIMPLE MINDFULNESS EXERCISE AT THE BEGINNING OF HER CLASS, THE STUDENT RESPONSE WAS IMPRESSIVE.

Climbing the Data Mountain

Mountains of health care data are being collected from many avenues—research studies, clinical trials, electronic medical records and even smart phones.

Researchers around the globe are then taking these data and mining the depths and details looking for patterns that can provide insights into the symptoms and causes of diseases that will allow them to enhance prediction and prevention.

But all the data in the world can’t solve problems unless the right questions are being asked. And researchers at the school of nursing are doing just that.

 

Student Nurses

Picturing Better Health For Latinas

Adrienne Martinez is a third-year PhD  and  first-generation college student. She earned her undergraduate degree from UCLA in Women’s Studies with a focus on African-American women’s literature and LGBT topics.

HOMELESS HEALTH CARE

When you live on the streets, life is grueling. And stressful. Your focus is survival. Where do I sleep?  Where do I eat?  Health care—and healthy living—are low priorities when the most basic of human needs are in question.

But when the days turn into weeks, and, then, months (and, perhaps, years), the toll can be staggering.

Bodies take a beating when you live on the street. In addition to exposure to the elements and the risk of assault, chronic issues go untreated and can spiral out of control.

Family Nurse Practitioner Program Garners More Funding Support

ACKNOWLEDGING THE VITAL ROLE OF THE FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER IN PRIMARY CARE AND THE LEADERSHIP AND INNOVATION OF UCLA’S FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER PROGRAM, TWO ORGANIZATIONS AWARDED MAJOR GRANTS TO THE SCHOOL TO PROVIDE THE FUNDING NEEDED TO PREPARE THE ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSE TO MEET EVOLVING HEALTH CARE NEEDS AND SUPPORT STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP.

SONG BROWN COMMISSION

KEEPING THE BEAT

RESEARCHERS AT THE UCLA SCHOOL OF NURSING ARE ADDRESSING HEALTH CHALLENGES RELATED TO DISEASES OF THE HEART, THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH WORLDWIDE – FROM CHRONIC HEALTH CONCERNS FACED BY INDIVIDUALS BORN WITH CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE TO THOSE WHO ARE AT RISK OR HAVE DEVELOPED CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE.

Driving Change. Improving Outcomes. Spotlight on The Clinical Nurse Specialist

AS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF NURSING IN HEALTHCARE DELIVERY CONTINUES TO EXPAND, THERE IS PERHAPS NO MORE CRITICAL ROLE IN DRIVING CHANGE TO IMPROVE PATIENT OUTCOMES THAN THE CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST.

The CNS is an advanced practice nurse with a Master’s degree who is behind the scenes, who is making a difference in patient outcomes and who knows what can be achieved when the entire healthcare team works synergistically.

Thoughts from Dean Sarna

WHEN I ASSUMED THE ROLE AS ACTING AND NOW INTERIM DEAN, I WAS COMMITTED TO CREATING A WARM AND WELCOMING ENVIRONMENT TO EMBRACE THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF EVERYONE WHO IS TOUCHED BY THE SCHOOL: FACULTY, STAFF, STUDENTS, DONORS, ALUMNI.

In Memorium, Donna F. Ver Steeg

DONNA F. VER STEEG, RN, PHD, FAAN, an emeriti faculty member from the School of Nursing passed away in August. Donna was a valuable member of our faculty and of the nursing profession. She made a profound difference on nursing education at UCLA and the state of California. Dr. Ver Steeg joined the faculty in 1973. During more than two decades of teaching, she also served as assistant dean of student affairs, section chair of primary ambulatory care and associate dean for academic affairs (under Dean Mary Reres).