In the News


Reuter’s Health News story about the impact of sleep apnea on children’s brains was shared on 20 print and radio outlets across the United States including CDA News, The Asian Age, MD Alert, Channel News Asia, WLMI (Lansing MI) and 94.3 Jack FM (Green Bay WI).  Paul Macey, associate professor and co-author of the study, was quoted. 


The study by Dr. Sophie Sokolow that revealed the risks of an Alzheimer’s drug prescribed off-label for mild cognitive impairment received coverage on My Science.orgHealth Medicine NetworkThe Medical News and MedicalXpressScience Daily  and the Toronto Telegraph.  A story on HealthDay News was syndicated by 53 outlets across the United States including the Arizona Daily Sun, US News & World Report, Doctor’s Lounge, The Columbus Telegraph, The Napa Valley Register and the St. Louis Post Dispatch.   The Daily Bruin also featured the study as did Obesity, Wellness and Fitness Week.


Dr. Wendie A. Robbins was quoted in the Daily MailMedicalXpress and other outlets about new research finding that walnuts can make men more fertile. The reports cited 2012 research by Robbins that linked walnuts to improved sperm health.

Dr. Jo-Ann Eastwood’s work in reducing risk of cardiac disease (stay connected!) for African American women rwas featured on

New recommendations from the American Heart Association provide guidance to women with complex congenital heart defects and their healthcare providers about managing successful pregnancies, childbirth and post-natal care.  Lecturer Mary M. Canobbio chaired the writing committee for the new scientific statement published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.  The story was published on HealthDayHealthDay News, UPIUS NewsWebMDMedicalXpressMedlinePlus  Cardiovascular Business,  itech post  Pulmonary Hypertension NewsReutersYahoo! News as well as CBS Radio Network affiliates WCBS-101.1AM (New York), KNX-1070AM (Los Angeles), KCBS-740AM (San Francisco); WBBM-780AM (Chicago) and WPVI-TV (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) and MedicalXpress; syndicated television coverage from Fox NewsEdge and Cardiovascular Business and  Additional online coverage included Healthline and LA Parent.  CBS Radio Network:  FOXNewsEdge:



Dr. Nalo Hamilton bylined a guest blog post "Nurses are Caretakers not Scientists, Right? Wrong" for Scientific American.

An article about the journey from the glamour of nurse’s smoking to their role in creating today’s tobacco-free environments, was published in the Oct 2016 issue of Working Nurse magazine.  The anti-tobacco leadership of interim Dean Linda Sarna of the UCLA School of Nursing in creating the Tobacco Free Nurses Inititaive and her research on the impact of smoking on healthcare professionals was featured.

Lecturer Deb Rice was selected as the 2016 GEM West Regional winner in Excellence in Clinical Nursing.

A bylined article by Adey Nyamathi, Associate Dean for International Research and Scholarly Activities on the challenges for male offenders transitioning back into society was published on The Conversation on Jul 5.  The article was republished in the Jul 5 Fairfield and Bigstory AP

A study by Paul Macey that uncovered that male and female brains have opposite response patterns in blood pressure, was covered Jul 14 by the Huffington Post UKDaily Mail and Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News,

MECN ’16 grad Allyson Stephens’s story on her patient path to nursing was featured on the front page of the UCLA Newsroom during commencement week. 

BS’16 grad Erin Burgos story on her path to nursing was featured in the Daily Bruin.

The UCLA School of Nursing health clinic at the URM was featured in a story about caring for underserved populations on

Interim Dean Sarna’s election as National Board Chair for the National Clinician Scholar’s Program was featured on DailyNurse.

An interview with Dr. Linda Sarna regarding her role in smoking cessation appears in the current issue of the AACN newsletter, Syllabus.  Dr. Sarna led the successful efforts for the AACN resolution for smoke-free college campuses.

Adjunct Associate Professor Nancy Blake story “Yes Nurses Do Research and Its Improving Patient Care,” is on the front page of Elsevier Connect for the month of May. 

resolution, introduced by Dr. Linda Sarna, calling for all nursing schools to be smoke-free and to encourage nursing educators to promote tobacco-free policies and their universities and colleges was endorsed by the nursing school deans at the AACN Business meeting.

A story about former football players turned nursing students, Patrick Hill and Brandon Rice, was featured on NCAA After the Game.

Dr. Nancy Pike was selected as the AACN Emerging Scientist of the Month in April.  A story about her research was published in AACN Policy Beat.

The American Nurse, a publication of the American Nurse Association (ANA) featured interim Dean Linda Sarna in a “Fast 5 with a Nurse Leader.”  She answered questions including: What is the most important tribute for a nurse to have today and why (Intellectual curiosity) and proudest professional achievement (creation of Tobacco Free Nurses).

PBS SoCal news segment Feb 5 on the state of Alzheimer’s research featured a lengthy interview with Karen Gylys, professor at the UCLA School of Nursing, Dr. Gylys discussed her recent study that looked at the progression of the disease and why some develop Alzheimer’s while others don’t.

Working with underserved populations can be challenging.  Tim Rausch, a nurse practitioner at the School of Nursing Clinic at the Union Rescue Mission, discusses the challenges and rewards in this article on

The research of Dr. Karen Gylys looking at who gets Alzheimer’s and who doesn’t was featured in a story on the UCLA Newsroom, bionity.comScifeeds, and in the Daily Bruin and attracted some good twitter chatter.

Research by Paul Macey, associate professor in residence of nursing at the UCLA School of Nursing, on the toll sleep apnea has on two critical brain chemicals – GABA and glutamate – was covered Feb. 15 in Forbes; Feb. 13,Neuroscience News,  Sleep Review MagazineBioScience TechnologyScience DailyMedicalXpress and Medical News Today; Feb. 13 in Medical Daily; Feb. 14 in Psychcentral; and Feb 15 in Science World Report. Macey was quoted in the coverage.

Research by Dr. Wendie Robbins on the stress reduction impact of vanpools was covered in Psych Central,and Be a Green Commuter,

The work of Dr. Jo-Ann Eastwood using technology to improve heart health in African American women was featured in a story in the Winter/Spring issue of Minority Nurse Magazine.

PhD Candidate Nhu Tran was featured in a story on her Mt. Kilamanjaro climb in AACN Bold Voices.

A story on the Complementary Interprofessional Assessment tools developed by the UCLA School of Nursing and the David Geffen School of Medicine was featured in the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning Newsletter.  Dr. Mary Ann Shinnick recently attended their conference and shared the tools with attendees.

A story about Eunice Lee’s work in the Korean Community was featured on the UCLA Newsroom and UC Health websites.

A story on the UC Quits program, which combines established tobacco cessation counseling with electronic media records to reach every patient who receives care at the academic health centers to UC Davis, UC San Diego, UCLA, UC Irvine or UC San Francisco, was featured on the UC Newsroom.  Dr. Linda Sarna, a UC Nurse Quits Champion, has been working with nurses throughout the system to understand their role in this important program.

PhD Student Anna Dermenchyan is featured in “Inspiring Member Stories” on the Sigma Theta Tau International website.

PhD Candidate Judy McKelvy describes her research and eligibility requirements for her study “Cardiovascular Health in Mothers and Wives Caring for Veterans with TBI” Study in this youtube video.


Interim Dean Linda Sarna was interviewed for "The Osmosis Blog" on her nursing career and thoughts on nursing education.

PhD Candidate Mary Rezk-Hanna authored an opinion piece for the May 29 Daily Bruin "Health Risks of Hookah Should be Recognized Due to Its Popularity." 

Dr. MarySue Heilemann is featured on the NINR website in a promotion for her upcoming Director's Lecture: From the Silver Screen to the Web: Portrayals of Nursing in the Media.

Interim Dean Linda Sarna talks about her nursing career and the great opportunities the profession provides on the Barco's Nightingale's Foundation blog Nurses.

Dr. Nancy Pike's research project was adopted by a local high school as a service project. Read about how the students got involved and excited about research on the UCLA Newsroom!

School in the News this week:  Two stories on the UCLA newsroom this week featured the School of Nursing. 23 Places Off Campus Where UCLA Rules featured the Health Center at the Union Rescue Mission (we were #7) and UCLA Awardsfeatured distinguished Alum Kathy Dracup, who will receive the award for Professional Achievement next Saturday.

MECN Student Rachel Stone's journey, following her to take a proactive approach to a genetic mutation, was featured in the May

Four Nursing Students and A Distinguished Alum join other Bruins in DC to Advocate for Student Loans.

A "game changer" is what Nursing Times called Dr. Barbara Bates-Jensen's research that uses a scanner that detects skin damage before it is visible to the naked eye.

A story on how Julia Routman, an MSN/FNP student, is using her Schweitzer fellowship, appeared in

Student trip to Cuba was featured in UCLA Today.

Mobile health technology being developed by the UCLA School of Nursing and the Wireless Institute on changing eating and activity habits of African American women was spotlighted in The Network. Jo-Ann Eastwood was featured in the story.

PNP Student Brittani McCullough-Clark and former NCAA champion gynmast shares her story and inspiration for becoming a nurse on UCLABruins Memorable Moments.



A story on the front page of the California section of the LA Times on December 5 about mobile health features the research of Dr. Jo-Ann Eastwood, who is looking at reducing the risk of heart disease among young African-American women.  The story also ran in the Waterbury Republican and American and the Atlanta Journal and Constitution.

Acting Dean Linda Sarna joined Dean Gene Washington of the Geffen School of Medicine to publish this blog post at the Huffington Post supporting bike lanes on Westwood Boulevard.   In honor of the Great American Smokeout this week, the Daily Bruin and UCLA Today published stories; both featured Dean Sarna. The Daily Bruin Op-ed encouraged the UCLA community to sustain the tobacco-free environment. The UCLA Today story discussed a new "e-referral" program that will be available to inpatients and outpatients of the UCLA Health System.   A story in the Daily Bruin highlighted the journey of MECN student Rachel Stone, who successfully underwent a prophylactic mastectomy after finding out she had a genetic mutation that gave her a higher probability of developing breast cancer.

A visit by several UCLA Nursing students to the remote First Nation in Canada during Summer 2014 was featured in the Fall 2104 Aboriginal Nurses' Association of Canada Newsletter.

Advance for Nurses featured Oct. 3 an article on Patti Taylor, a volunteer nurse coordinator with the UCLA Operation Mend program and Lecturer with SON, who was recently surprised by the Operation Mend program, the UCLA Health System and the UCLA School of Nursing when they announced a new student scholarship and a new nursing award had been established in her name. Both honors will recognize community or public service, with special consideration to service that addresses military or veteran health care, or working with active-duty military or those re-entering civilian life. The scholarship and the award were made possible by the Katz Family Foundation with a matching gift from the UCLA Health System.  Linda Sarna, acting dean of the UCLA School of Nursing, and Heidi Crooks, senior associate director of UCLA Health Operations and Patient Care Services, were cited.

A study led by Paul Macey, associate dean for Information Technology and Innovations that showed that weaker brain blood flow may be damaging the brain in people with sleep apnea was covered in PsypostTechsciencenews and MedicalXpressMedical News TodayHealth CanalMedical Research NewsImperial Valley NewsSleep Diagnosis and Therapy,  and Innovations Report.

A program to measure the impact of the interdisciplinary program with doctors and nurses at UCLA was featured in the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Newsletter

Two Nursing Students and members of the UCLA gymnastics team, Brittani McCullough and Niki Tom, are the receipients of the Donald R. Shepherd Postgraduate Scholarship from UCLA Athletics.  Tom and McCullough, teammates on UCLA's 2010 NCAA Championship gymnastics team, are both in UCLA's School of Nursing. Tom will be enrolled in the Masters Entry Clinical Nurse Program, and McCullough will study in the Masters, Advanced Practice Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program. Tom was an All-American on floor exercise in 2009 and a three-time Pac-10 All-Academic honoree. McCullough won the NCAA floor exercise title in 2010 and was a four-time All-American and 2011 Scholastic All-American. As a freshman, she was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 2008.

A study led by PhD student Mary Rezk-Hanna finding that many young adults don't think hookah smoking is harmful to their health was featured in numerous news stories including: the Washington PostKNX,  MedicalXpress,  Health CanalBustle.comHealthday, the,  the University HeraldNatureWorld News and Westside Today.  The story was also posted on the UC Health site.

Presentations by Adey Nyamathi, distinguished professor at the UCLA School of Nursing and Deborah Koniak-Griffin, professor at the School of Nursing, at the recent Western Institute of Nursing were highlighted in a story in the May 2 issue of

The nurse-led health center at the Union Rescue Mission was featured in the May 5 issue of Abi Striblea, the clinical director, was quoted.

Dr. Nalo Hamilton and Dr. Sally Maliski discuss their oncology research and the impact of it on nursing practice in

A story in the February issue of Working Nurse magazine on the growing opportunities for nurse practitioners quoted Laurie Love, clinical faculty at the UCLA School of Nursing.

Despite a nationwide decrease in enrollment for some nursing schools across the country, a Feb 12 NurseZone article quotes Rhonda Flenoy-Young, Director of Recruitment for the UCLA School of Nursing, on the continued growth in applications for the Bachelors of Science program at the School.

An article in the Jan 23 issue of discusses the work that nurse researchers are doing to solve health issues.  Courtney H. Lyder, dean of the School of Nursing, is quoted.

A story on the partnership between the School and Children's Hospital was featured in an article on

Suzette Cardin, assistant dean for student affairs at the UCLA School of Nursing, shared career advice in Q&A on the Jan 13 edition of CBS Local feature "Let's Get to Work."

A study led by Linda Sarna, Lulu Wolf Hassenplug Endowed Chair in Nursing at the UCLA School of Nursing, demonstrating the dramatic decrease of nurses smoking, was covered in HealthDay News,  Nurse.comONS Connect,  Health CanalExaminer, and EIN World News Report and Jan 9 Nursing Insider News.

An article in the Jan 7 Los Angeles TImes about UC campuses banning tobacco use cited UCLA's ban on cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and other tobacco products, which went into effect in April 2013 quoted Linda Sarna, professor at the UCLA School of Nursing and chair of UCLA's Tobacco-Free Steering Committee.