Press Release

December 15, 2017

The UCLA School of Nursing is one of only 31 schools of nursing selected to receive a grant to increase the number of nurses holding PhDs.  The selected schools comprise the fifth cohort of grantees of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars program, which will provide financial support, mentoring, and leadership development to nurses who commit to earn their PhDs in three years. UCLA will select one nursing student to receive this prestigious scholarship.

“Our fifth cohort of Scholars will join an impressive group of nurse researchers who Read more...

September 11, 2017

For nearly three decades, the UCLA School of Nursing and the Kitasato University School of Nursing in Japan have had an academic collaboration including a student/faculty exchange program.  Dean Ada Lindsay, who launched the program in 1986, believed that international exchange programs were valuable because each institution gains a greater appreciation of the cultural diversity that exists between them and a better understanding of the world. 

Every other year, students from Kitasato visit UCLA for two weeks, where they are provided with an overview of nursing Read more...

June 14, 2017

The UCLA School of Nursing is launching fully online Anatomy and Physiology courses using a multi-disciplinary approach taught by Dr. Catherine Carpenter our faculty member who has appointments in Nursing, Medicine and Public Health.  

Students, you can finish these pre-requisites from the comfort of your own home.  Both courses have virtual labs.  The Anatomy lab was modified from cadaver dissections where structures are identified through use of virtual imagery.  The Physiology lab is fully animated.”

N13, Introduction to Human Anatomy starts on June 26th, and Read more...

June 10, 2017

For four years, the UCLA School of Nursing faculty and students have honored outstanding members of our exceptional faculty with the Daisy Faculty Award.  We are proud to shine a spotlight on these individuals who have made a positive difference in our students’ lives as they prepare to make a difference in the lives of so many others.

This year, the faculty member selected for inspirational teaching that motivates students and serves as a role model for professional nursing is John Lazar:  John was nominated by members of the MECN class of Read more...

May 31, 2017

Marking World No Tobacco Day 2017, Edge Runners Honors Model that Seeks to Improve Health of Nurses and Patients

On World No Tobacco Day 2017, the American Academy of Nursing announces the designation of Linda Sarna, dean of the UCLA School of Nursing and her collaborator Stella Aguinaga Bialous, associate professor at the University of San Francisco School of Nursing, as Academy Edge Runners for their model, Tobacco Free Nurses (TFN).

Through its award winning website,, TFN provides national and international tobacco cessation education to Read more...

March 20, 2017

Dr. De Silva examines a patient while NP Student Elaine Law looks on.

When you walk into the Kids and Teens Health Clinic in La Canada, the first thing you notice is the bright and cheery office space.  The walls are decorated with positive messages and each patient room is painted with fun artwork – all geared to ensuring a child’s visit to the clinic will be as pleasant (and maybe even fun!) as possible.

It is at this specialized clinic that the UCLA School of Nursing Pediatric Nurse Practitioner students have come to learn.  Under the tutelage of Dr. Janesri De Read more...

February 24, 2017


Donepezil, a medication that is approved to treat people with Alzheimer’s disease, should not be prescribed for people with mild cognitive impairment without a genetic test. UCLA School of Nursing researchers discovered that for people who carry a specific genetic variation — the K-variant of butyrylcholinesterase, or BChE-K — donezpezil could accelerate cognitive decline.


Mild cognitive impairment is a transitional state between normal age-related changes in cognition and dementia. Because many people with the condition display symptoms similar Read more...

February 03, 2017

It was a great success!

The UCLA School of Nursing hosted its first career day for students January 24. 91 students and more than a dozen recruiters, including the U.S. Navy, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, attended the Nursing Career Day at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.  An alumni panel gve the students great life and career advice.

The panel was presented on Facebook live and can be seen here.

February 03, 2017

The STTI Gamma Tau Chapter inducted more than 150 students and nurse leaders into the Honor Society of Nursing on Saturday, January 28th. Dr. Linda Sarna, long time member of STTI, was there to welcome and honor the students. 

Dave Hanson, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, NEA-BC, a 2nd year PhD Student was the keynote speaker.   

Chapter leaders from the School of Nursing include: Kay Baker, Dr. Nancy Blake, Dr. Suzette Cardin, Anna Dermenchyan, Dr. Isabell Purdy, and Dr. Inese Verzemnieks. 

A special welcome to Professor Xianhong Li, PhD, RN, a visiting scholar from China and the Read more...

January 30, 2017

Message from Dean Linda Sarna:

Dear School of Nursing colleagues,

This has been a tumultuous and heartbreaking weekend after the executive order was issued to temporarily bar entry into the United States for individuals from seven countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. This order was challenged and parts of it are now temporarily stayed. I hope that you have received the statements from Chancellor Block and President Napolitano responding to this order and reaffirming our core values as a university community. At UCLA and at universities across the Read more...