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connections
F RO M T H E D E A N ’ S D E S K




Partners Become Powerful Allies
in Addressing Nursing Need

                            O
                                ver
                                the past
                                            for practice in a complex world.
                                                As students respond to the call for
                                                                                                      jointly fund faculty who spend part of
                                                                                                      their time teaching and conducting
                                                                                                                                                        c
                         decade, this       more nurses, the demand for our pro-                      research at area hospitals, allowing us to
                         country has wit-   grams is increasing. This fall more than                  expand our teaching capacity. They pro-
                         nessed an esca-    400 students applied for 96 openings in                   vide preceptors and some donate a sig-
                         lating demand      the baccalaureate nursing program.                        nificant amount of expert nurses’ time
                         for caregivers     Some 90 percent of the applicants we                      to teach our students in the clinical
                         and nursing edu-   turned away were qualified for admission.                 settings, enhancing the students’ learn-
cation. The aging of the nursing work-
force and faculty has intensified the
                                            C H A N G E S I N D E M A N D A N D F U N D I N G H AV E H A S T E N E D T H E E VO L U T I O N O F
need to enhance nursing education
                                            PA RT N E R S H I P S T H AT A R E N OW I N D I S P E N S A B L E TO T H E S C H O O L’ S M I S S I O N .
and to prepare future nursing educators,
leaders and researchers. This push
strains the capacity of the University          Because we need to accommodate                        ing experience. In return, our partners
of Washington School of Nursing just        more students in our programs, partner-                   receive access to expert educators, nurse
when support from the state budget          ships have taken on a new meaning                         researchers and top-notch students.
has diminished, dramatically affecting      and level of commitment. Increasingly,                        As this academic year begins,
our teaching capacity and goals.            we find the school relying on the                         we will continue our efforts to enhance
    These changes in demand and fund-       gracious hospitality from clinical facili-                existing programs and forge new part-
ing have hastened the evolution of          ties and health care organizations for                    nerships with the clinical agencies in
partnerships that are now indispensable     support in educating our students and                     our community and beyond. Together,
to the school’s mission. I am heartened     for welcoming our research efforts.                       we can address the nursing shortage.
by the sustained and expanded programs      Regional hospitals and community
made possible through alliances, partic-    health organizations have established
ularly with regional health care organi-    scholarship programs for students,
zations, in response to the need to         increasing the pipeline of students.
educate more nurses and prepare them        They have joined with the school to                       N A N C Y WO O D S , P H D, R N , FA A N
connections
Editor
Lia Unrau
                                           IN THIS ISSUE        F A L L 2 0 0 3 | VOLUME 15, NUMBER 1

Contributing Writers
Sharon Frey Jones, Emily Leaver,
Pamela Wyngate
                                                           2    Shared Success
Designer
Stefanie Choi                                                   Nurses Tackle Teaching, Students Take on Hospitals
Contributing Photographers
Bristol-Myers Squibb, Cancer Lifeline,
ERA Care Communities, Gavin Sisk

Editorial Board
Basia Belza, Ruth Craven, Pamela Jordan,                   4    Extending a Lifeline
Penny Vielma, Debbie Ward, Nancy
Woods, Sue Woods                                                Researchers Collaborate with Local Organization
Thanks to Claire Dietz for
                                                                to Help Cancer Patients and Their Families
editorial assistance.

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www.son.washington.edu/connections                         6    Terror Tamed
Connections is published twice a year by
the University of Washington School of                          Nursing Students Enter the Clinical Arena
Nursing and is sent to alumni, faculty,                         with Help at Their Side
staff, graduate students and friends of
the school.

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                                                                that Fuse Patient, Caregiver and Client Needs
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                                                                       Nurses Tackle Teaching,
                                                                       Students Take on Hospitals



shared success
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                                                    “He just wants me to read to him,”                                  Last year,
C
       atherine Fiona MacPherson
       peered through the window of             Craven told MacPherson. He was                                      the pediatric
her patient’s room in the pediatric             more nervous about reading a story to                               oncology unit at
cancer center. Propped up against the           a 4-year-old than learning how to start                             Children’s
bed pillows sat junior nursing student          an IV, MacPherson recalls. So they                                  Hospital &
Shawn Craven, and curled up in his lap,         talked about an approach, and she hung                              Regional Medical
turning pages of a book, sat the 4-year-        around outside the room to be support-                              Center in Seattle
old patient, a child receiving end-of-life      ive, just as she would if a student were                            opened its doors
                                                                                           Fiona MacPherson
care for an aggressive metastatic tumor.        concerned about something technical.                                to UW students
    The moment stands out from staff                “That picture [of them reading         and agreed to allow MacPherson, a
nurse MacPherson’s first year as a part-        together] captured for me a lot of the     staff nurse, to teach 20 hours a week.
time clinical lecturer for the University       essence of pediatric nursing,”             With an appointment as a UW lecturer
of Washington School of Nursing.                MacPherson says. Craven may not            in family and child nursing, she is
In spite of his skill and confidence with       choose pediatrics for his career, but      part of a loaned faculty program that
technical procedures and older children,        MacPherson is certain he learned a         allows expert nurses to contribute
Craven had put off caring for small             powerful lesson that day: “Good nursing    directly to students’ education by teach-
children during his clinical experience.        is about caring and just being there.”     ing them in their clinical settings. In
                                                                                           exchange, the nurses receive mentoring
                                                                                           and guidance in clinical teaching from
                                                                                           School of Nursing faculty.
                                                                                               “I saw the opportunity to teach the
                                                                                           students as an opportunity to share my
                                                                                           love of what I do with future nurses,”
                                                                                           MacPherson says. “It gives me huge job
                                                                                           satisfaction to try something new and
                                                                                           challenging. It’s a great opportunity for
                                                                                           professional growth and development.”
                                                                                               As MacPherson starts her second
                                                                                           year of clinical teaching, she joins
                                                                                           other nurses participating in the UW
                                                                                           loaned faculty partnerships with
                                                                                           Northwest Hospital & Medical Center,
                                                                                           Virginia Mason Medical Center, the
                                                                                           Veterans Affairs (VA) Puget Sound
                                                                                           Health Care System, UW Medical
                                                                                           Center and Harborview Medical
                                                                                           Center. In many cases, the partner insti-
Mark D’Andrea, a senior in the BSN program, received a student loan scholarship            tution pays the nurses’ regular salary
from Virginia Mason Medical Center, where he currently works in the critical care unit.    while the nurses teach a section of UW
In exchange for paid tuition, he will work at VMMC for one year following graduation.      students in place of regular clinical

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work. Each has its own unique take on       the transition to a working nurse            students to really succeed in school,
the partnership.                            role,” she says. The result of their tran-   and they all but eliminate the some-
    The VA hospital, which has a long-      sition programs, of which the loaned         times difficult transition to RN employ-
standing relationship with the School       faculty program is one part, Tachibana       ment. These programs allow us to truly
of Nursing, is starting its third year of   says, is “a zero percent turnover for our    integrate with our partners, forming
the loaned faculty program. Frankie         first two years of hire.” She adds:          bridges that bring us student support,
Manning, nurse executive for VA Puget       “The cost of a clinical faculty was far,     and them quality RNs.”
Sound Health Care System, says the          far less than what we were spending              Virginia Mason wanted a way to
program provides “a mechanism for our       in turnover.”                                celebrate the accomplishments of nurs-
staff who are fairly mature and have lots       Several area hospitals also partner      ing students, and Tachibana says, “We
of wisdom and expertise to contribute       with the School of Nursing in another        clearly wanted people who were inter-
to the education of nurses. At the same     way: student scholar loan programs.          ested in the type of clientele that we
time, we can extend the length of their     Evergreen Hospital Medical Center,           serve and could find a match with us.”
careers and practice by giving them         Harborview, Swedish Medical Center,              Both the faculty loan and student
what is, in some ways, a sabbatical from    UWMC and Virginia Mason participate          scholarship programs address the chal-
their worksite.”                            in the program, which pays a student’s       lenges ahead with the faculty and
    At Virginia Mason, the focus of the     tuition and some expenses for one            nursing shortage, says Susan Woods,
dual nurse-faculty role is on a smooth      to three years. In exchange, the student     associate dean for academic programs,
transition from student to employee and     agrees to work at the medical center         and the school is in negotiations to
on continuing education, says Charleen      part time during school and for one to       establish more partnerships with other
Tachibana, vice president and chief         two years after graduation.                  sites. “The people we’re partnering with
nurse executive at Virginia Mason.              “Our students love ‘getting to know’     need to retain their nurses and they
    “What we began hearing from our         a partner institution and seeing all         need new nurses. We need resources
residents as well as our students was       the possibilities available in it,” says     to prepare new nurses and faculty and
that the experiences were much more         Julie Katz, assistant dean for academic      the students need scholarships. So these
positive, they were more pleased with       services. “The scholarships allow the        programs are a win-win.”




New ERA Care Executive to Enhance Collaborations

L    ong-standing partners ERA Care
     Communities and the University
of Washington School of Nursing
                                            was an associate professor at the
                                            University of Minnesota School of
                                            Nursing and, as a geriatric nurse practi-
                                                                                         future they likely will deal with older
                                                                                         people because they will be the majority
                                                                                         of our health care consumers.”
have a new ally in putting education        tioner, she conducted research on                Since 1990, the School of Nursing
and research into practice at retirement    pain and dementia.                           and ERA Care Communities have
communities.                                    “We are facing a freight train in        brought university-based gerontological
    In September, Karen Feldt joined        terms of the growing elderly population      practice, education and research into
ERA Care Communities as chief of            in the future,” Feldt says. “I know that a   the day-to-day operations of a retire-
community health. Feldt oversees the        lot of new undergraduates and people         ment community. School of Nursing
Wellness Clinics, Assisted Living,          going into nursing think they want to        faculty serve on a number of boards and
Skilled Nursing and Recreation pro-         work with [pediatrics] or work in a really   committees, including a steering
grams at ERA Care facilities. She will      high-tech environment like the inten-        committee — chaired by Carol Leppa,
work closely and collaboratively with       sive care unit. My vision is allowing        associate professor in the UW-Bothell
the School of Nursing to enhance the        opportunities to be involved in a high-      nursing program — charged with con-
institutions’ partnership on various        touch kind of environment, a place           tributing to each facility’s community
levels, including student experiences,      where you really learn about caring and      health services. ERA Care hosts clinical
research projects and faculty guidance      nursing in a way that impacts the lives      experiences and research opportunities
of health care programs.                    of older people. Regardless of what envi-    for UW undergraduate and graduate stu-
    Prior to joining ERA Care, Feldt        ronment young nurses choose, in the          dents in nursing and other disciplines.

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Researchers Collaborate with Local Organization
to Help Cancer Patients and Their Families




extending
     a lifeline
B y Pa m e l a Wy n g at e



Y     ou have breast cancer. These are
      four words no one wants to hear.
Yet physicians will speak these words to
                                               “The evidence is that in a doctor’s
                                           office after a cancer diagnosis, even
                                           if patients are calm, they actually only
                                                                                            Lewis and her research team focus
                                                                                        on families with mothers who have
                                                                                        breast cancer and are raising children.
one in eight women, according to the       retain about 33 percent of what they         The team also partners with Cancer
National Cancer Institute. Nursing         hear,” says Lewis, the Elizabeth Sterling    Lifeline, a Seattle-based organization, to
Professor Frances Lewis and her            Soule Endowed Professor in Nursing           address quality-of-life issues for patients
research team are concerned with what      and Health Promotion. “I’ve talked to        and families dealing with various kinds
women and their families do with the       patients who know the names of the           of cancer.
onslaught of medical information, treat-   kind of estrogen receptors associated            Cancer Lifeline, founded by a cancer
ment decisions and emotions that come      with their cancer, but they don’t know       patient with recurring cancer, began as
after an initial cancer diagnosis.         if they should have surgery now or later.”   a telephone line/support system in 1973.




Mentoring Programs Encourage Nursing Careers

A      mong the many ways that the         is a partnership of local organizations,         • GEAR UP (Gaining Early Aware-

       School of Nursing reaches out to    and joins middle school students with a      ness and Readiness for Undergraduate
the Seattle community is through stu-      female professional or graduate student      Programs) helps to match minority mid-
dent mentoring programs. The programs      in the fields of math, science or technol-   dle school students with mentors at the
always need new mentors and volunteers     ogy: http://www.son.washington.edu/          UW and in the community: http://gear
to encourage young people to pursue        centers/MakingConnections/                   up.washington.edu/
higher education and explore careers in        • Kids Into Health Careers, or               • WISE (Women in Science and

nursing and health care. Following are     KIHC, brings high school students of         Engineering) offers various tutoring and
just some of the programs that team        color to the School of Nursing for expo-     mentoring programs to help women
with the School of Nursing. To learn       sure to nursing as a career; members also    achieve their goals in science and engi-
more or to get involved, visit each pro-   participate in community festivals:          neering: http://www.engr.washing-
gram’s Web site.                           http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/kidscareers/            ton.edu/programs/wise/services.html
    • Making Connections promotes              • The UW Achievers program brings            • CAN-DO (Collaborative Access

understanding and participation in         faculty and staff volunteer mentors from     Network on Diversity Outreach) is a
health science and science careers. Led    across campus together with incoming         campuswide network that supports out-
by Susanna Cunningham, professor of        freshmen to encourage completion of a        reach and recruitment efforts from the
biobehavioral nursing and health sys-      degree:http://depts.washington.edu/achie     university to minority communities:
tems, the Making Connections program       ve/index.html                                http://depts.washington.edu/uwcando/

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Today trained volunteers respond to
more than 3,000 calls each year, offer-
ing support and community resource
referral. Cancer Lifeline also offers
more than 30 classes and support groups
at its Seattle location. A second loca-
tion in Bellevue is slated to open in
January 2004.
    “Not unlike many patients with
recurring cancer, the Cancer Lifeline
founder felt she needed support for her
illness, but that she couldn’t ask her
family and friends to go through it all
over again,” explains Ellen Zahlis,
research consultant in family and child
nursing and associate director of Cancer
Lifeline. “The anonymous telephone
support line is seen as less of a burden
on loved ones.”
    Zahlis and Mary Ellen Shands,
researcher with the Family Functioning
Research Program at the UW and
program associate at Cancer Lifeline,        Participants in Cancer Lifeline’s Yoga Program get a good stretch. School of Nursing research
agree that their dual roles — studying       on care of cancer patients, led by Frances Lewis, benefits many Cancer Lifeline programs.
the impact of cancer on the family
at UW while serving as staff for Cancer
Lifeline — raises the level of work they     The scientific research is now backing           about cancer and the children’s worries.
do as a whole.                               that up. Listening to patients helps us          The study findings improved programs
    “I’m sure our programs and services      design better study protocols. It works          at Cancer Lifeline and became the
at Cancer Lifeline are better informed       both ways.”                                      basis for a clinical trial conducted by
because of the research we do and that           Barbara Frederick, executive                 the research team.
our research findings are better under-      director of Cancer Lifeline, says, “There             “So many patients seeking support at
stood because of our joint positions,”       is no doubt that Cancer Lifeline pro-            Cancer Lifeline have diligently read the
Zahlis says.                                 grams benefit from our close relation-           literature and have wonderful doctors,”
    Since Cancer Lifeline is not affiliat-   ship with the research team at the               says Lewis. “It’s not about medical care.
ed with a single provider, it is a dynam-    university. Having members from the              It’s about a better quality of life for can-
ic organization able to assess and           research team who are also on staff here         cer patients and their families.”
incorporate input from Puget Sound           not only adds to our understanding of                 Zahlis agrees: “We want to help can-
cancer researchers, patients, care           people’s experience with cancer, it also         cer patients and their families cope with
providers and families. Working with         results in more rigor in our evaluation          the illness and all its implications. We
patients on the lifeline helps Zahlis and    of our programs.”                                don’t want them to just find a groove
Shands better understand the patient             Lewis’ research team has conducted           and muddle through. We want them to
and family experience.                       large descriptive studies, psycho-               thrive as people and as a family.”
    “We get feedback from clients about      social interventions, and randomized
how to make a difference and can             clinical trials. In a recent study funded        Two UW studies involving husbands of
actually apply this in Cancer Lifeline       by a Dorothy S. O’Brien Cancer                   women with newly diagnosed breast cancer
programs,” explains Zahlis. “For             Lifeline grant, the research team                and mothers with newly diagnosed breast
instance, we offer gentle yoga and           analyzed interviews from mothers with            cancer with a school-age child are currently
Qi Gong classes because patients told        breast cancer, focusing on how they              in progress. For more information, call
us that exercise makes them feel better.     communicated with their children                 206-685-0837.

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Nursing Students Enter the Clinical Arena
with Help at Their Side




By Sharon Frey Jones
                     terror tamed
T     he baby was crying so hard,
      it seemed impossible to conduct
the exam. Younhee Cho, a student
                                               and parents calm and relaxed. “Dr.
                                               Dassel smiled at the baby and cradled
                                               her while he spoke softly to her par-
                                                                                         mentor students on a quarterly basis.
                                                                                         Dedicated preceptors like pediatrician
                                                                                         Dassel, who is retiring from practice this
in the University of Washington                ents,” remembers Cho. “His ability to     year, spend countless hours (in Dassel’s
School of Nursing’s family nurse practi-       calm the baby and the parents was         case, more than 2,000 since 1995) help-
tioner program, could see the parents’         amazing. There’s no way to teach in       ing students master critical skills and
anxiety level mounting as the infant’s         school what I learned from him.”          modeling professional behavior.
cries escalated.                                   Teaching both the science and the          “If only you could videotape the
    She was about to abandon her               art of nursing is the essence of the UW   little things Dr. Dassel does to put chil-
efforts when her mentoring physician,          School of Nursing’s preceptor program.    dren and their parents at ease,” says
Dr. Steve Dassel, entered the room.            Each year, more than 350 physicians and   recent graduate John Cranton. “I
Within minutes, Dassel had both baby           nurse practitioners instruct, guide and   watched Dr. Dassel counsel the parents
                                                                                         of a young boy who had an occasional
                                                                                         stutter. He could have simply told them
                                                                    Left: Nurse          that stuttering is common and often
                                                                    practitioner and     goes away with time, but he could see
                                                                    preceptor Pat        how worried they were. Instead, he
                                                                    Abbott looks on
                                                                                         asked the boy’s parents if the stutter was
                                                                    as master’s
                                                                                         making the child upset or affecting his
                                                                    degree student
                                                                    Pat Forg exam-       social life or his learning. When they
                                                                    ines a patient in    said no, he told them to watch for any
                                                                    the urgent care      changes in these areas as signals that it
                                                                    clinic at UW         might be time to do something.” The
                                                                    Medical Center.      child’s parents were visibly relieved.
                                                                                              Dassel’s ability to “take the worry
                                                                                         away” while explaining something
                                                                                         in simple terms was a valuable lesson
                                                                                         to Cranton, who feels fortunate to
                                                                                         have a large memory bank of his own
                                                                                         “Dr. Dassel videos.”
                                                                                              For Dassel, working with the
                                                                                         students is just plain fun. “The students
                                                                                         stimulate me to read and question what
Right: Lecturer Maggie Baker, students
                                                                                         I do,” he says. “It’s wonderful to watch
Andrea Valdez and Caroline Walker, and
lecturer Theresa Barenz, pictured from                                                   them develop.”
left, described their experiences working                                                     “It’s extraordinary to see how the
together in a clinical setting during a 2003                                             enthusiasm of the nursing students
event for scholarship recipients.                                                        motivates their preceptors,” observes


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Maggie Baker, a clinical instructor and      that she had conquered her anxiety                        techniques for helping his gerontology
research assistant professor. “Students      and was really helping to comfort her                     patients make lifestyle changes.
enter the clinical arena with a lot of       patient and the patient’s family. For                     “Working with the students was a lot of
questions that need to be answered.          Baker, the chance to watch students                       fun,” Mitchell states. “They were thor-
They’re scared — sometimes terrified,        like Valdez transform from green, scared                  ough, asked challenging questions and
but eager and enthusiastic.” Baker           nursing students to proficient caregivers                 spent a lot of time with my patients.”
watches as UW Medical Center nurse           is “an incredible privilege.”                                Because he discovered ways to help
preceptors are inspired and energized by         Watching his students develop and                     the students without cutting back on
the positive feedback they receive from      learning the lessons they had to teach                    the number of patients he was able to
students. When the students have an
‘aha!’ moment with their preceptor, it’s
                                            “ S T U D E N T S E N T E R T H E C L I N I C A L A R E N A W I T H A L OT O F Q U E S T I O N S T H AT
thrilling for everyone, she says. Baker
                                             N E E D TO B E A N S W E R E D. T H E Y ’ R E S C A R E D — S O M E T I M E S T E R R I F I E D, B U T E AG E R
recalls student Andrea Valdez’ ‘aha!’
                                             A N D E N T H U S I A S T I C .” — M AG G I E B A K E R
moment last winter. “I assigned Andrea
to a complex young patient with liver
failure. She went to the door of the         inspired Dr. Frank Mitchell to serve                      see, Mitchell found the time he spent
woman’s room and came back to                as a preceptor for 22 years (he recently                  with them to be a profitable invest-
me with eyes as big as saucers and said,     retired from the program). “Teaching is                   ment. One of the best benefits of being
‘Do you think I can really do this?’”        itself a learning experience,” says                       a preceptor is getting to work with great
    According to Baker, Valdez moved         Mitchell. He remembers one student in                     nurse practitioners that you can hire
past her fears and quickly began relating    particular with a master’s in psychology.                 later, Mitchell notes. But, he says, noth-
to the young woman as a person, not as       “She was very knowledgeable about                         ing beats the enormous satisfaction
a set of tasks or list of medications.       ways to integrate the psychological side                  he got from hearing his students say,
There came a moment when everything          of care with the physical,” he recalls.                   “Hey, I feel I’m a lot better now than
clicked and Valdez suddenly realized         Together they developed effective                         when I started.”




CNE Expands Offerings, Links to Community

T      his fall, Continuing Nursing
       Education (CNE) at the
University of Washington is expanding
                                             ostomy care, and the 29th annual
                                             update on gerontological nursing, just
                                             to name a few.
                                                                                                       ferences we might otherwise be unable
                                                                                                       to offer,” says Martha DuHamel,
                                                                                                       assistant dean for CNE. “In addition
its programs with two new conferences.           CNE offers more than 30 confer-                       to financial support, our many partners
    Nurses who want to learn new skills      ences each year, linking nurses through-                  contribute to planning, sponsoring
or prepare for national certification        out the region with the UW to learn                       speakers, providing release time for
in medical-surgical practice can attend      about new research and innovations                        staff to attend and funding scholarships
“Update in Medical-Surgical Nursing”         in nursing practice. A team of represen-                  for students.”
Oct. 23–24 in Seattle. “Recognizing          tatives from numerous community                               DuHamel adds: “Along with provid-
and Responding to Domestic Violence          agencies, regional and national organiza-                 ing lifelong learning opportunities,
in Your Clinical Setting” is offered         tions, and School of Nursing faculty                      community involvement and support
Nov. 7 in conjunction with the Nursing       plan each conference. Pharmaceutical                      make up the foundation of our program.
Program at UW Tacoma.                        and other commercial companies also                       We couldn’t do it without them.”
    Other fall offerings include some        typically provide educational grants                          For a list of upcoming CNE events,
25 half- and full-day skills workshops       and exhibit at the events.                                see the back cover of Connections, or
on Saturday, Oct. 11, a conference               “Our community partners enable                        for a complete listing of programs, visit
on advancements in wound and                 us to bring in speakers and conduct con-                  www.uwcne.org.


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A L U M N I P RO F I L E
                                                                  Teri Oelrich Guides Architectural Plans that
                                                                  Fuse Patient, Caregiver and Client Needs



health care
     by design
B y L i a U n r au



W         hat happens when architects
          ask a nurse for her opinion?
Teri Oelrich’s dream job.
                                             Center to a children’s hospital in
                                             Shanghai, which she worked on with
                                             the World Health Organization.
                                                                                                                   and infection
                                                                                                                   rates in hopes of
                                                                                                                   determining
     In fact, Oelrich, a 1984 graduate of        In 1999 a client in New Zealand                                   whether the
the School of Nursing, plays a driving       made Oelrich realize how much                                         private rooms
role in designing hospitals and health       Americans take for granted when it                                    shorten a baby’s
clinics. Oelrich says her career perfectly   comes to hospital stays. The hospital                                 stay and improve
blends her loves of health care and          resisted her recommendation to move                                   their health.
analysis, using both her BSN and MBA         from four-bed wards to private rooms,       Teri Oelrich                   “That’s one
degrees. At NBBJ, an international           assuming it would save money.               of the most exciting things I’ve done
architecture firm widely recognized for          “It took every bit of knowledge I       because there’s not a lot of evidence-
its expertise in designing health care       had on epidemiology, on infection rates,    based design happening right now,”
facilities, Oelrich helps architects         on the way people heal in a quiet envi-     Oelrich says. “That’s where you look at
design buildings that support healing        ronment,” she says. “It took every study    outcomes of the health of people and
and health. In 1989, Oelrich became          I’d ever done on the built environment      change the way you design a facility.”
the first nurse that NBBJ hired.             and how it affects patients to convince     The original data was presented to
     Now a principal at the firm, Oelrich    the hospital to change after 200 years      the National Association of Children’s
says, “I feel like I touch more patients     of doing it a certain way.” In the end,     Hospitals and Related Institutions
now than I did as a nurse. Now when          the hospital opted for two-bed rooms, a     in Seattle last year; Oelrich is currently
I help redesign a ward or redesign           great improvement over the larger wards.    analyzing a second year of data
a surgery suite, I’m taking care of every        But across the board, the trend is      and will present her findings at an
single person that goes through there.”      toward single rooms, Oelrich says,          American Institute of Architects meet-
     From operating rooms to long-term       even in neonatal intensive care units       ing in November.
care facilities, Oelrich assesses needs      (NICUs). In collaboration with hospi-           “I feel like I’ve had a lot to do
and helps plan layouts and finances.         tals, Oelrich is studying whether the       with changing the way architects work
When she first takes on a new project,       change is better for babies and how         with the hospitals and bringing staff
it’s all about the numbers — how many        separate rooms affect staff, who are used   on board to help design,” Oelrich says.
patients, length of stay, how much           to standing between bassinets and car-      “In their careers, all nurses are going to
staff is needed. She then translates         ing for infants at nearly the same time.    be involved in a building project and
the numbers into the space needed —              So far, two NBBJ clients have           nurses can truly affect their environ-
something brand new, a remodel or an         opened private-room NICUs, and three        ment. Volunteers and floor nurses need
addition, taking into account clinicians’    more are in the works. At Blank             to speak up. I think when people realize
preferences for layout.                      Children’s Hospital in Des Moines,          they can make changes, that’s when
     Oelrich works on vastly different       Iowa, and Providence General Hospital       it gets fun.”
projects around the world — from             in Everett, Wash., Oelrich collected            Teri Oelrich ’84 and her husband,
the brand new Surgery Pavilion at the        data on length of stay, how much time       Keith ’84, live in Portland, Ore., with
University of Washington Medical             parents spend in the room, noise level      their two boys, Christopher and Jake.

8   CONNECTIONS
  report to
contributors
 U N I V E R S I T Y O F WA S H I N G T O N S C H O O L O F N U R S I N G
Dear Friends of the School of Nursing,
                                                               will be sufficient numbers of well-                       the Citizens of the World program,
                                                               prepared nurses to deal with the loom-                    through which our students enhance the
                                                               ing nursing crisis. The projections are                   health and well-being of communities
                                                               staggering: By the year 2020 there will be                around the world. Gifts like yours also
                                                               20 percent fewer nurses than the United                   suppor t outstanding students with
                                                               States needs, or a shor tage of up to                     unique projects or ideas and provide for
                                                               800,000 registered nurses nationwide.                     creative curriculum changes that keep
                                                               This shor tage stands to dramatically                     intellectual vitality in the classroom.
                                                               impact the quality of health care in this                      Our par tnership will preser ve the
                                                               countr y. Private gifts provide the margin                rich tradition of providing a superior
                                                               of excellence above and beyond state                      education for nursing students. It will
                                                               funding and help sustain excellence in                    help us realize the dream of the UW’s
                                                               the profession through nursing education                  early vision to prepare nursing profes-
                                                               and research, clinical practice and lifelong              sionals to address the health care needs
                                                               learning oppor tunities. They also provide                of the nation and beyond. The beneficia-
                                                               access to renowned faculty and top stu-                   ries of this vision will be our families,


O       n behalf of the students, faculty
        and members of the community
who benefit from private gifts to the
                                                               dents. These are the same elements that
                                                               define par tnerships between the School
                                                               of Nursing and our alumni, friends, grate-
                                                                                                                         friends and the generations of tomorrow.
                                                                                                                         The impact will be greater than perhaps
                                                                                                                         any of us can imagine, profoundly
University of Washington School of                             ful patients, and health care and commu-                  touching millions of lives.
Nursing, thank you. As volunteers for the                      nity par tners who have a vested interest                      Again, thank you for your suppor t of,
School of Nursing, we are thrilled to                          in addressing the nursing crisis.                         and par tnership with, the school.
champion such a wor thy mission. Nurses                              Your suppor t helps to enrich the
are essential to the health care system                        exchange of ideas through lectures and
and provide for vir tually ever y one of                       seminars on campus and through schol-
us at some point in our lives.                                 arly exchanges by our students and facul-
     By suppor ting the No. 1 ranked                           ty with our colleagues at Chiang Mai                      ELI ALMO AND REBECCA ALMO
School of Nursing, you ensure that there                       University in Thailand. Gifts also sustain                Campaign Advisor y Board co-chairs




                                                     C O R P O R AT I O N S
                                                              7%

                                                                                        Private Support
                                                                                        J U LY 1 , 2 0 0 2 – J U N E 3 0 , 2 0 0 3


                                                                                        Foundations                                $1,269,570                 51%
                                                   INDIVIDUALS
                                                       20%                              Organizations                                  557,994                22
                  F O U N DAT I O N S                                                   Individuals                                    511,601                20
                         51%
                                                                                        Corporations                                   179,142                     7
                                              O R G A N I Z AT I O N S
                                                       22%                              Total                                     $2,518,307                100%

                                                                                        Source: Office of Development & Alumni Relations, Advancement Ser vices,
                                                                                        University of Washington




10   R E P O RT T O C O N T R I B U T O R S
A Special Thank You to Our Contributors
An asterisk denotes a University of                    *Jeanne Benoliel                               Washington State Dairy Products
Washington benefactor whose gifts during               Estate of Armand Eugene Brim                    Commission
the past fiscal year (July 2002– June 2003)            Evona Brim ’55
to the School of Nursing or through                    *Estate of Ethan Brines                        INDIVIDUALS
cumulative giving over a lifetime total                *Estate of Ruth Brines                         Helen Belcher ’52
$100,000 or more.                                      Nancy and Rober t Burr                         Bobbie ’72, ’81 and Richard Berkowitz
                                                       *Rheba and Rudy de Tornyay                     Cathr yn Booth
P R E S I D E N T ’ S C L U B C O N T R I B U TO R S   Sylvia ’44 and Dempster Drowley                Mar y ’58, ’74 and Donald Brown
$2,000 OR MORE                                         Margaret and Gordon Gilber t                   Mar y ’63 and James Butler
                                                       Mar y-Alice Goodwin                            Susanna Cunningham ’69
C O R P O R AT I O N S & F O U N DAT I O N S           Patricia ’75 and Jeffrey Greenstreet           Susanne and Stephen Daley
*American Academy of Nursing                           Anne and Donald Griffin                        Marjorie ’79, ’93 and John DesRosier
American Association for Colleges                      Sue and Csaba Hegyvary                         Margaret Dimond ’68
   of Nursing                                          Ruth ’63 and Walter Hockenber y                Myrna ’59 and George Eaton
AMN Healthcare Services Inc.                           Germaine Kr ysan ’50                           Bir te ’75 and James Falconer
*Association of Schools of Public Health               *Yaffa Maritz                                  Cher yl ’66 and Tamotsu Furukawa
AstraZeneca LP                                         Estate of Irja T. Maughan                      Paul Hammerschmidt
Aventis Pharmaceuticals Inc.                           Myrene McAninch                                Isobel Har tley ’65
The Boeing Company                                     Betty ’49 and James McCurdy                    Lorrie La Branche and John Schaeffer
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company                           *Hester McLaws Trust                           Elaine ’65, ’69 and Steven Larson
*Children’s Hospital & Regional                        *Lisa Mennet and Gabe Newell                   Joanne ’77 and A. Bruce Montgomer y
   Medical Center                                      Pamela ’62 and Donald Mitchell                 Ann Nieder ’45
The Ida Culver House—Broadview                         Linda Olson ’59, ’64                           Tracy and Todd Ostrem
Eli Lilly and Company                                  Carrie Rhodes                                  Patricia and Eugene Pepper
Forest Pharmaceuticals Inc.                            E. Annette and Roger Rieger                    Barbara ’48 and Howard Rice
Genecom LLC                                            Char yl Kay ’67 and Earl Sedlik                Nole Ann Uler y-Horsey and David Horsey
*The Geneva Foundation                                 Cecilia and Mark Spahr
Harris Foundation                                      Harr y Strachan                                K AT H E R I N E H O F F M A N C I R C L E
John A. Har tford Foundation                           Andy Studebaker                                $500 – $999.99
Hoffmann-La Roche Inc.                                 Margaret Sucharski ’54
*Rober t Wood Johnson Foundation                       Marlene ’58 and Peter Wessel                   C O R P O R AT I O N S & F O U N DAT I O N S
March of Dimes—Western Washington                      Lenore Williams ’40                            Angelo Foundation
Medtronic Inc.                                         Nancy ’69 and James Woods                      Cordis Corporation
Novar tis Ophthalmics                                  John Yau                                       Kos Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Novar tis Pharmaceuticals Corp.
Oregon Research Institute                              D E A N ’ S C L U B C O N T R I B U TO R S     INDIVIDUALS
Or tho-McNeil Pharmaceutical Inc.                      $1,000 – $1,999.99                             Cristy ’78 and Samuel Anderson
Pharmacia Corporation                                                                                 Marguerite ’84 and Richard Angelo
Physician Assistant Foundation                         C O R P O R AT I O N S & F O U N DAT I O N S   Ruth ’70 and Phillip Backup
Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals Inc.                  Alpha Omega Alpha                              Linda ’66 and Ronald Birum
Scios Inc.                                             AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP                 Ruth ’68 and William Craven
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance                           Berlex Laboratories Inc.                       Susan ’70 and Michael Cummings
*The Seattle Foundation                                Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc.                      *Sandra ’59 and Peter Dyer
The Tudor Foundation                                   Medline Industries Inc                         Leona Egger t ’69, ’70
United Way of King County                              Merck Company Foundation                       Polly ’78, ’86 and Todd Gardner
Wyeth-Ayerst Pharmaceuticals                           Pegasus Airwave Inc.                           Janet ’59 and Daril Hahn
ZymoGenetics                                           Pfizer Inc.                                    LuVerna Hilton ’57
                                                       Philips Medical Systems                        Lillian and Akira Horita
INDIVIDUALS                                            Solvay Pharmaceuticals                         Susan Kline ’86 and Matthew Keifer
*Eli and Rebecca Almo                                  Helen Schiff Foundation                        Marcia ’74, ’82 and Philip Killien
*Kathr yn Barnard ’72                                  The Schwab Fund for Charitable Giving          Nancy Kintner ’40 and Gloria Laush
*Marjorie Batey ’53                                    UW Nursing Alumni Association                  Mar y ’46 and Hugh MacIsaac


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Deborah Mar tin ’76 and Rober t Sullivan       Stella ’46 and Willard Bevens                   Kathleen ’84 and Fred Ellis
Grace ’58 and Richard Merrill                  Karen ’78 and Tom Birdsey                       Linda ’65 and C. Douglas Elsner
Eunkyung and Young Namkoong                    Merle Bond ’58                                  Betty Ely ’52
Carol ’62 and John Purvis                      Virginia Booth ’60                              Janice ’75 and Gary Enzmann
Violet ’77 and Eugene Turner                   Nan Borg ’73                                    Jean Espenshade ’72
Merridee ’63 and Richard Vuori                 Nancy ’60 and N. Edward Boyce                   Lorraine ’58, ’58 and Fred Ewing
Ann ’85 and Timothy Whitney                    Marian Brainard ’53                             Catherine ’77 and Marcus Fairbanks
                                               K. Alice Breinig ’75                            Sheila and Michael Fall
V I R G I N I A O L C OT T C I R C L E         Ethel ’73 and Harold Brende                     Terr y Fletcher
$100–$499.99                                   Judith ’64 and Phillip Brenes                   Connie Fletcher-Powell ’95 and Brad Powell
                                               Elizabeth Bridges ’91, ’98                      Nancy Focht ’62
C O R P O R AT I O N S & F O U N DAT I O N S   Debra Brinker ’76 and Bruce Cutter              Gwendolyn ’66 and Charles Foss
Discover y International                       Carol ’82 and Paul Brown                        Marcia ’67 and Donald Fraley
Exxon Mobil Foundation                         Harriet Burkholder ’91                          Deborah ’87 and David Friend
GE Foundation                                  Esther ’39 and William Burnett                  Jacqueline Frost-Kunnen ’81 and
Lexi-Comp                                      Ann Buzaitis ’90                                    Rober t Kunnen
Marin Community Foundation                     Elizabeth Byerly ’58, ’70                       Donna Gamble ’53, ’60
Mead Johnson Nutritional Group                 Evalyn ’54 and Waldon Byers                     Colleen ’71 and Douglas Gant
Mededcon                                       Margo ’82 and Thomas Bykonen                    Katherine ’76 and William Garrett
Mor tgage Bankers Association of America       Amy ’91, ’96 and Kenton Caldwell                Jill ’85 and Gerard Gasperini
PACCAR Foundation                              Kathleen Callahan ’76                           Linda ’79 and Jeffrey Gilson
Pe Ell Clinic                                  Donna ’72 and Douglas Campbell                  Patricia ’89 and Carl Giurgevich
Plainsboro Marketing Group                     Signe ’91 and Timothy Carlos                    Jane ’92 and Michael Goodchild
Western Interstate Commission                  Donna Cash ’89                                  Margaret ’55 and Charles Gray
   for Higher Education                        Grace ’47 and Vernon Cates                      Margaret Gray ’80
                                               Ellyn Cavanagh ’89, ’91, ’99 and Carl Pilcher   Susan Griffith ’84 and Drew Fillips
INDIVIDUALS                                    Kathr yn Chamberlin ’00                         Cynthia Gurney ’78
Doris Aaker ’56                                Melodie Chenever t ’65, ’68                     Marian ’54 and Bernard Hambleton
Darlene Aanderud ’67, ’69                      Evelyn ’53 and Thomas Chinn                     Setsuko Harada ’60
Mildred Abbott ’36, ’37                        Noel and Judith Chrisman                        Carolyn ’65 and Rober t Hargrove
Heather and David Abernathy                    Dianne Christopherson ’78 and                   Susan Harrington ’85 and John Fine
Nancy ’98 and Wendall Adams                       David Gorgen                                 Geraldine ’85 and William Hastrup
Dorothy Aeschliman ’66                         Pamela Cipriano ’81 and Ronald Turner           Ann Hathaway ’71
Dyanne ’67 and William Affonso                 Cathe Clapp ’75 and Denis Keyes                 Janet Hays ’68, ’84
Ruth ’71 and James Alexander                   Heather Clarke ’72, ’85                         Susan Heath ’81
Grace Allen ’43                                Diane ’87 and G. Craig Clinard                  Joyce Heaton-Kolts ’70 and William Kolts
Alice ’94 and Bradley Ambrose                  Jean ’50 and William Coburn                     Richard Henker ’93 and S. Danielle Brown
Betty ’40 and Earl Anderson                    Matya Cooksey ’97                               Deeann ’00 and Jay Henniger
Kathr yn Anderson ’81 and                      Marilyn ’58 and Thomas Councell                 Elizabeth-Ann ’94 and David Herrick
   Stanley Shepherd ’78                        Gayle Crawford ’77                              Dorothy Hicks ’68
Minnie ’75 and Harold Anderson                 Melodie ’83 and Joseph A. DaCor ta              Deborah Hilsman ’77
Diane Audiss ’88, ’94                          Yu-Tzu Dai ’85, ’95                             Beverly Hoeffer ’66
Avis Axelson ’53                               Nadyne ’63 and James Davis                      Betty ’77 and Alfred Hoffman
Sally ’72 and Rober t Baird                    Kathleen ’76 and Dennis DePape                  Ruby ’50 and Leon Holman
Renae ’77, ’95 and Kenneth Battie              Katherine ’61 and Lary Dobbs                    Wendie ’82 and Francis Howland
Karen Beauchesne ’80                           Mar ylin Dodd ’71, ’73                          Lynn ’76 and Howard Hudson
Joanne ’59 and Clarence Becker                 Joanne Douthit ’87                              Judith Huntington ’68, ’85
Lisa Bednar-Butler ’81 and Michael Butler      Marie Driever ’85                               Janice ’61 and Samuel Hurwor th
Helen ’53, ’69 and Jerr y Behan                Dorothy ’50 and Dick Drummond                   Andrew Irish ’87
Anne Belcher ’68                               Mar tha and Thomas DuHamel                      Judith ’56 and Frank Ivanovich
Patricia Bentz ’61                             Billie Eby ’65                                  Carol Ivor y-Carline ’82
Susan ’76 and David Berr yhill                 Karen Ellis                                     Linda Jackson ’83


12   R E P O RT T O C O N T R I B U T O R S
Nancy Jackson
Elaine Jay ’65
Alison ’78 and Russell Johnson        Alumni Pool Resources, Seek to Create
Arlene ’68 and David Johnson          New Endowed Professorship
Charlene Johnson ’94
Janet ’65, ’67 and Kenneth Joslyn
Dana ’75 and Marvin Kelly
Gail ’67 and John Kelly
                                      I   n an effor t to establish a new endowed professorship honoring outstanding
                                          nursing faculty at the University of Washington, this year School of Nursing
                                      alumni banded together to create the Alumni Endowed Professorship Fund.
Victoria ’79 and Joseph Kelsey
                                          Alumni contributions to the new fund will create the school’s fifth endowed
Edna ’62 and Melvin Kelso
                                      faculty professorship. Such positions make a powerful statement that the
Judith Kelson and Jonathan Schuster
Jonathan Kempner                      recipients are highly valued, widely respected and acknowledged as leaders in
Nancy ’77 and Brian Kirkpatrick       their fields. An endowment also ser ves as an investment in a faculty member’s
Sallie ’76, ’00 and James Kirsch      future achievement.
Donna Knapp ’66                           The school needs $250,000 to establish an endowed professorship. To date,
Sandra Knott ’70                      contributions to the fund total more than $141,000, over halfway to the goal.
Ardell Kuchenbecker ’51                   “The majority of people can’t fund a chair or professorship alone,” says
Pamela ’68 and John Kuthe             Marjorie Batey ’53, professor emeritus. “But maybe someone could give $1,000.
Karen ’85 and Larr y ’86 Lancaster
                                      What would happen if we pooled such gifts? We have the strength in numbers
Barbara ’86 and Leif Lantz
                                      to achieve the goal.”
Lauren ’86 and David Lawson
                                          In addition to a gift from Batey, Betty McCurdy ’49 and her husband James
Kimberly ’84 and LeRoy Leale
Kathr yn Lee ’77, ’86                 McCurdy also gave substantial funds for the new alumni professorship. A gift
Vivian Lee ’58, ’59                   from Evona Brim ’55 and the estate of her husband, the late Gene Brim,
Marcia ’73 and Stephen Leventhal      contributed toward the goal as well.
Frances ’68 and John Lewis                “As an alumna, I feel one of the ways to show how you value the school is
Marlene Link ’67                      to help strengthen the school,” says Betty McCurdy. “One of the ways to do
Virginia Lintott ’57                  that is to strengthen the faculty so that they in turn can help the students.”
Marie Lobo ’75, ’81                       Gifts to the Alumni Endowed Professorship Fund will enhance the salar y
Janet Lohan ’91, ’98
                                      of an outstanding faculty member who is being heavily recruited by other
Ellen Long-Middleton ’82 and
                                      institutions; provide the professorship holder with funds to pursue innovative
   Jeffrey Middleton
                                      teaching and new research; allow the endowed professor to hire student teach-
Laura ’96 and Loren Lusk
Lisa ’77, ’83 and Stephen MacGeorge   ing or research assistants; or attract a senior faculty member who can develop
Frankie Manning                       leading-edge, interdisciplinar y research and programs.
Sherr y ’89 and John Marini               The Alumni Endowed Professorship Fund is a permanent fund created to
Yvonne Marquis ’90, ’94               grow over time. The principal is invested and left intact; the income it produces
Mar y Mathews ’69                     will allow the school to retain or attract outstanding faculty.
Debbie ’89 and John McBee                 “The school needs this fund to strengthen its programs for students, that’s
Doreen McGrath ’80                    what it comes down to,” Batey says. “And it’s a basic principle that if you can’t
Wynema McGrew ’60
                                      do something by yourself, see if you can get several people to join together
Beverly ’75, ’81 and Brian McKenna
                                      to get it done.”
Mar y ’60 and Thomas McMahon
Helen ’61 and Rober t McNeil
Debra ’80 and Rober t ’79 Melo
Sybil Mercer ’51, ’57                 Gifts to the new Alumni Endowed Professorship Fund may be made in the name
Margaret Mitchell ’81                 of a favorite faculty member, to honor him or her. Gifts can be made outright
Betty Mitsunaga ’53                   or deferred through a planned gift of any type of asset such as cash, securities,
Donna Moniz ’75                       real estate or other property. For more information, contact Laurie Ramacci Noegel
Roger Monson ’82 and Beverly Bell     in the Office of Development at 206-221-7674 or ramacci@u.washington.edu.
Myfanwy Moore ’52
Patricia Moore ’67


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                                                                                                                       Suzanne and John Price
                                                                                                                       Suellyn ’64 and Lyle Rader




                                                                                                   Photo: Joel Levin
                                                                                                                       Laurie Ramacci Noegel and Scott Noegel
                                                                                                                       Sheila ’51 and Thomas Randall
                                                                                                                       Marilee Rasmussen ’69
                                                                                                                       Meribeth Reed ’95
                                                                                                                       Rose and Thomas Reid
                                                                                                                       Alice ’42 and Gerald Reilly
                                                                                                                       Diane ’78 and James Reus
                                                                                                                       Susan Richardson ’78
                                                                                                                       Donna Rodgers ’76
                                                                                                                       Gail ’79 and John Rona
                                                                                                                       Patricia Ross ’47
                                                                                                                       S. Ann Ross ’71
           “A scholarship from UW Nursing                                                                              Jane ’69 and Kenneth Runyan
            enabled me to complete my                                                                                  Catherine Ryan ’89
            education. We wanted to give                                                                               Beverly Saboe ’71
            something back.”                                                                                           Nancy ’86 and John Safranek
            SANDRA DYER
                                                                                                                       Sally Sample ’72
                                                                                                                       Glenda ’60 and Rober t Schuh
                                                                                                                       Dawn Sedlacek ’75
                                                                                                                       Kathleen ’79 and Steven Sedlacek
     O F F I C E O F G I F T P L A N N I N G AT T H E U N I V E R S I T Y O F WA S H I N G T O N                       Debra ’94 and Nicholas Seguin
                                                                                                                       Patricia ’82 and Daniel Shafer
     When Sandra Dyer studied at UW Nursing, the usual educational expenses were made
                                                                                                                       Thomas Sharp ’87
     more burdensome by a strict uniform requirement for student nurses. A nursing scholarship
     provided her with financial relief and has inspired much of her philanthropy since then.                          Joan Shaver ’69
                                                                                                                       Mar tha Shively ’77
     For example, Sandra and her husband, Peter, established a charitable remainder trust
     that provides them with income and will eventually benefit UW Nursing. If you would like                          Mar y ’60 and Denis Shor t
     to investigate how a charitable remainder trust can provide you with reliable income and                          Carole ’79 and Richard Siefken
     significant tax benefits, please contact the UW Office of Gift Planning.                                          Suzanne Sikma ’94
                                                                                                                       Barbara Silko ’93 and David Hose
                                                                                                                       Frances Sisson ’80
     1200 Fifth Ave., Suite 414, Seattle, Washington 98101
     1.800.284.3679, 206.685.1001                                                                                      Janet ’54 and Neil Smith
     E-mail: giftinfo@u.washington.edu                                                                                 Julie ’87 and Samuel Smith
     Web: http://supportuw.washington.edu/leavealegacy                                                                 Colleen ’74 and Neale Smith
                                                                                                                       Kathleen Smith-DiJulio ’75 and
                                                                                                                          Donald DiJulio
                                                                                                                       Cleda Snively ’35
Por tia Moore ’77 and John Gordon                            Mar y Novak-Jandrey ’77 and                               Laurie ’74 and Paul Snyder
Carlyn Morisset ’50, ’73                                        Edward Jandrey                                         Kimberly McNally ’83 and Mark Sollek
Lisa Moritz ’88                                              Frederica and James O’Connor                              Shirley Spitz ’49
Nancy Mork ’69, ’76                                          Patricia O’Hearn ’73, ’76                                 Marlene ’76 and Rober t Stoehr
Helen ’70, ’71 and Gerald Morrow                             Laura ’93 and Rober t Olin                                Sarah Strauss and Huston Kitts
Sandra ’64 and Roy Mor y                                     Nancy Opsata ’70                                          Susan ’64 and Charles Strub
Sara Neagley ’81                                             Deborah ’80 and Gregg Ost                                 Beverly ’62 and Rober t Stuar t
Julie ’70 and John Nebel                                     Mar y Owens ’95                                           Norma ’45 and Roland Sundstrom
Marion ’67 and Daniel Nelson                                 Tracey Peschon ’87                                        Margaret ’56, ’62 and Harold Sutlief
Donna and James Nichols                                      Susan Pfister ’84                                         Janice ’60 and William Swanson
Ingrid Nielsen ’88 and Rober t Rakita                        Joan ’75 and John Pierce                                  Kristen Swanson
Marie Niemann ’68                                            Marilyn Pires ’72                                         Leanne Sweeney ’76
Susan Niver t ’83 and Barbara Glenn                          Sandra ’64 and Richard Piscitello                         Gloria and Donald Swisher
Elfrida Nord ’69                                             Nancy Plunkett ’79 and Peter Londborg                     Ellen ’56 and George Tanaka


14   R E P O RT T O C O N T R I B U T O R S
Viva Tapper ’97, ’00
Diana Taylor ’88 and Jay Folberg
Karen ’86 and Raymond Thomas                 Doctoral Student Creates Technology to Help
Rosemar y Thomas and Steven Reimer           Nursing Choices, Wins Support from Microsoft
Sharon ’75 and Michael Toomey
Carolyn ’69 and Louis Torre
Lorraine ’40 and Benjamin Troop
Sheila Trumbull ’61
                                             W       hen caring for a patient, nurses must manage large amounts of informa-
                                                     tion and make hundreds of decisions, large and small. Catherine
                                             D’Ambrosio, a doctoral candidate at the University of Washington School of
Dorothy Turkington ’40
                                             Nursing, is working to make decision-making easier for nurses.
Margaret ’66, ’70 and Raynard Tuttle
                                                “Textbooks just can’t cover all the possible unique attributes a patient might
Helen ’52 and Eberhard Uhlenhuth
Inese Verzemnieks ’72 and                    possess,” D’Ambrosio says. “It’s difficult to assimilate all the information par ticu-
   Jeffrey Cummings                          lar to each patient.”
Florence ’67 and Roger Vining                   So D’Ambrosio developed an ar tificial intelligence computer program that
Evelyn ’47 and Joseph Virgin                 calculates recommendations for the nursing care of individual patients.
Patricia ’55 and Clement Walker              Her research caught the attention of software giant Microsoft, which selected
Judith ’67 and William Waring                                          D’Ambrosio for a 2003–2004 Microsoft Fellowship.
Catherine ’81, ’86, ’02 and Lloyd Warms                                The fellowship, new this year, helps prepare future facul-
Una Westfall ’90
                                                                       ty with innovative ideas and an interest in instructional
Susan Whitman ’81
                                                                       technology. Through its Education Solutions Group, the
Janet ’75 and Terr y Wight
                                                                       Microsoft Fellowship program provides training, tools
Julia ’84 and Christopher Wiklof
Shirley ’67 and George Williams                                        and resources to fur ther D’Ambrosio’s research studies.
Jacqueline ’71 and Michael Williams                                        D’Ambrosio’s project is unique among the 12
Faustine Wilson ’58                                                    national fellowship winners because hers aims to pro-
Kathleen Wood ’80                            vide education for nurses at the bedside, a non-traditional education setting.
Kathleen Wr ynn ’90, ’93 and                    To test her system, D’Ambrosio focused on a precise problem — the toileting
   Holly George                              care decisions nurses make when caring for patients with cognitive impairment-
Jean Wyman ’73                               related incontinence. Based on individual input for each patient, D’Ambrosio’s
Margaret ’50 and Ted Yasuda
                                             program calculates nursing care recommendations such as whether or not to
David Zane ’00 and Beth Pearson
                                             prompt a patient to use the bathroom, the extent of prompting needed, how
Brenda ’91, ’96 and R. Eugene Zierler
                                             many nurses are needed to help with care, and what type of physical assistance
We sincerely apologize for any               the patient needs at a given time.
misspelling or omission of donors’ names        More than 70 percent of the time, exper t nurses agreed with the prelimi-
in this report, which recognizes gifts       nar y system’s recommendations. If D’Ambrosio’s refined program accurately
made to the University of Washington         captures nurses’ problem-solving and decision-making, she hopes the system will
School of Nursing during the past fiscal     be available to bedside nurses, nursing assistants and eventually, family caregivers.
year. We appreciate the opportunity             “Microsoft was looking for future faculty who embrace technology as a
to correct our records; please call the      means of teaching, and Catherine’s project seems the epitome of embracing
Office of Development at 206-543-3019
                                             computing technology,” says Pamela Mitchell, associate dean for research and the
to advise us of errors.
                                             Elizabeth Sterling Soule Endowed Professor in Nursing and Health Promotion.
     If you wish to make a gift, we
                                                After D’Ambrosio completes her doctorate in October, she will continue her
invite you to use the enclosed envelope.
For more information about giving, please    research through post-doctoral work at Oregon Health Sciences University.
contact the Office of Development. We        There, she will apply her system to calculate best-practice recommendations for
welcome the opportunity to discuss options   chronic non-healing wounds.
for making your gift most beneficial to         Although D’Ambrosio is unsure whether she will become a professor or
the UW School of Nursing and fulfilling      work in some other environment in the future, she remains committed to her
your personal philanthropic goals.           goal of improving nurses’ access to exper t knowledge.




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                                                                                                   ELI ALMO (CO-CHAIR)

                                                                                                   REBECCA ALMO (CO-CHAIR)

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                                                                                                   MYRENE MCANINCH

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                                                                                                   ANNE MCKINLEY

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                                                                                                   CONNIE ANDERSON

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                                                                                                   PEARL BARNES

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                                                                                                   FRANKIE MANNING

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                                                                                        KANG HONORED AS ASIAN
                                                                                        AMERICAN LIVING PIONEER
 Nursing Pioneer Kathryn Barnard                                                        Rebecca Kang, associate professor of
 Wins 2003 Episteme Award                                                               psychosocial and community health, will
                                                                                        receive one of eight Asian American
 BARNARD HONORED FOR CONTRIBUTIONS                                                      Living Pioneer awards on Oct. 11. The
 TO I N FA N T A N D C H I L D D E V E L O P M E N T                                    awards, presented by the Northwest Asian
                                                                                        Weekly Foundation, recognize people in
                           Kathryn Barnard, the nurse researcher who pioneered          Washington state who not only have
                           infant and child development studies, will receive           made outstanding contributions to their
                           the 2003 Episteme Award from Sigma Theta Tau                 field but were also among the first Asian
                           International, the Honor Society of Nursing.                 Americans to do so.
                                The prestigious award, considered by many to be the         This year’s awards recognize outstand-
                           “Nobel Prize of nursing,” recognizes Barnard’s lifelong      ing Asian Americans for their pioneering
                           contributions to nursing science and the health of infants   roles in medical care and research.
                           and their families.                                          The foundation is honoring Kang for her
                                For more than 30 years, Barnard, the Charles and                                  “important
 Gerda Spence Endowed Professor in Nursing at the University of Washington,                                       research on par-
 has devoted her career to research, education, practice improvements and politi-                                 ent-child interac-
 cal activism on behalf of vulnerable infants and their families.                                                 tion between
     Barnard’s findings changed the way that health care providers evaluate children                              Hawaiian and
 and helped care providers understand the key role that early intervention plays                                  Korean mothers
 in preventing problems in behavior, thinking and emotional development. Her                                      and infants”
 research forms the basis for an internationally recognized education program that                                and her “consid-
 teaches nurses and other health care professionals how to identify at-risk infants.                              erable expertise
 Through her Nursing Child Assessment Satellite Training (NCAST) program,                                         in parent-child
 these methods have reached 17,000 health care professionals in 20 countries.           intervention programs and protocols.”
     In 2001, she founded the multidisciplinary Center for Infant Mental Health             Both the Northwest Asian Weekly and
 and Development at the UW, a privately funded center that develops, tests and          the Seattle Chinese Post newspapers will
 applies therapies that foster the socio-emotional health of infants at risk, and       feature stories about Kang.
 trains interdisciplinary providers in their use.                                           Kang received her Ph.D. from the
     “The Episteme Award from Sigma Theta Tau International is the equivalent           School of Nursing in 1985.
 of the Nobel Prize for nursing,” says Nancy Woods, dean of the School of
 Nursing. “It is reserved for people whose research has truly made a difference in
                                                                                        DEAN HONORED FOR RESEARCH
 the delivery of health services. Kathryn Barnard’s record is an exceptional exam-
 ple and illustrates well why she is deserving of this award.”                          Nancy Woods, dean of the School
     Barnard has truly created opportunities for infants around the world to thrive     of Nursing, received the 2003 NAMS/
 in a safe and nurturing environment, says Kristen Swanson, professor and chair         Duramed Pharmaceuticals Perimenopause
 of the Department of Family and Child Nursing. “By teaching mothers, nurses,           Research Award in recognition of her con-
 community workers and ultimately, politicians about the importance of care that        tributions to research that has advanced
 is delivered contingent upon infants’ cues, Dr. Barnard has had a major influence      the understanding of perimenopause.
 on the care of infants worldwide,” Swanson says.                                           The North American Menopause
     The society will present the award to Barnard at the Episteme Laureate             Society (NAMS) honored Woods on
 Presentation on Nov. 3 during Sigma Theta Tau International’s 37th Biennial            Sept. 17 at its 14th Annual Meeting in
 Convention in Toronto. As Episteme Laureate, Barnard, who received her Ph.D.           Miami Beach, Fla.
 from the UW in 1972, will deliver the keynote speech on Scientific Sessions Day            Wood’s research with the 15-year
 at the convention.                                                                     Seattle Midlife Women’s Health Study,
     The Episteme Award acknowledges a major breakthrough in nursing knowl-             done in collaboration with Ellen Mitchell,
 edge development that has resulted in a significant and recognizable benefit           associate professor of family and child
 to the public. The Baxter International Foundation provides a $15,000 research         nursing, resulted in a staging system
 award to the winner.                                                                   that helps women and clinicians track
                                                                                        where women are in their transition
                                                                                        to menopause.

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N U R S I N G P RO F E S S O R TO C Y C L E C RO S S - C O U N T RY F O R C A N C E R AWA R E N E S S

A survivor of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma                   120–180 miles a day, each individual team
and a world-class bike racer, Anna                     riding 3– 4 hour shifts every 12 hours. At
Schwartz will join Lance Armstrong,                    their stops, the riders will invite people to
five-time winner of the Tour de France,                personally commit to learning about can-
and 25 other cyclists in a weeklong relay              cer and the necessity of cancer research.
across America.                                        The cyclists will also keep a journal on the
    Schwartz, an associate professor of                Web chronicling the 3,200 mile trek.
biobehavioral nursing and health systems                   Schwartz was chosen to ride in the
in the University of Washington School                 Tour of Hope because, she says, “I am a
of Nursing and a nurse practitioner at                 strong cyclist, I’m involved in cancer
Northern Arizona Cancer Center in                      research and I’m a spokesperson for
Flagstaff, Ariz., was selected from a pool             cancer survivors.”
of nearly 1,000 people to participate in the               Schwartz is currently conducting
2003 Bristol-Myers Squibb Tour of Hope.                research on the benefits of exercise on the
The tour aims to raise public awareness                short and long-term physical and emotion-
about the value of cancer research.                    al side effects of cancer treatment. “I have
    Starting Oct. 11, team members will                benefited from and seen how cancer
pedal from Los Angeles to Washington,                  research has benefited others,” Schwartz
D.C., stopping at cancer centers along the             says. “Now I want to increase awareness
route. Collectively the teams will cover               about the importance of cancer research.”



UW NURSING STUDENT NAMED FIRST WINNER
O F S C H O L A R S H I P F O R F U T U R E N U R S E E D U C ATO R S

School of Nursing doctoral student                          “I have enjoyed every aspect of my          of San Diego. After working as a staff
Bonnie Bowie just received a financial                  nursing career, and feel that I now have        nurse, nursing manager, director and con-
shot in the arm that will help her reach                much to bring to students who are study-        sultant, she transitioned into teaching and
her goal of teaching nursing to others.                 ing to be nurses,” Bowie said. “The             found her true passion, she says. Bowie
    In June, the American Association                   CampusRN-AACN scholarship will                  began teaching undergraduate and gradu-
of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and                       help support me and my family while I           ate courses at Seattle University in 2000
CampusRN.com awarded Bowie its first                    pursue my goal of becoming a nursing            and has since committed herself to a facul-
$2,500 scholarship through a newly creat-               faculty member.”                                ty career and pursuing doctoral studies.
ed program designed to support nursing                      A registered nurse for 26 years, Bowie      She continues to teach part time while
education at the baccalaureate and                      received her bachelor’s and master’s            enrolled full time in the Ph.D. nursing
higher degree level.                                    degrees in nursing from the University          program at the University of Washington.



                                                        The Center on Infant Mental Health and Development honored the first students to
                                                        complete its new Graduate Certificate Program in Infant Mental Health with a special
                                                        reception in August. Seven students from the fields of parent education, social work,
                                                        community mental health, psychotherapy, counseling and nursing completed the two-year
                                                        program of classroom study and an intensive clinical component this summer. Two other
                                                        students are doctoral candidates and will integrate the program requirements into their
                                                        Ph.D. studies. The students are, pictured from left to right, Robin King, Sandra Jolley
                                                        (doctoral student), Lisa Mennet (doctoral student), Willow Myers-Newell, Melissa
                                                        Hoffman, Julie Nagel, Sylvia Kurin and Judy Erbe.




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The following faculty and students were         Kathleen Lange, a master’s student in          their work with Hmong, Mien and Lao
honored June 13 at the School of Nursing        the psychiatric mental health nurse practi-    refugees through the PAEP and the Aging
16th Annual Convocation and Awards              tioner program, received a Worldwide           and Disability Services (ADS) of Seattle.
Ceremony:                                       University fellowship and will spend a         Working with elderly people in the ADS
• Rheba de Tornyay Award for                    quarter studying at the University of Leeds    nutrition program since spring 2002, the
  Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching:         in England. There she will learn about         nursing students assessed perceived health
  Deborah Ward, associate professor of          mental health services provided in a single    concerns, assets, resources and needs of
  psychosocial and community health             payor system and study cognitive behav-        the patients. They then conducted health
• Award for Excellence in Clinical              ioral therapy or dialectical behavioral        promotion and injury/disease prevention
  Teaching: Margaret Buxton, lecturer           therapy in Great Britain. The University       sessions on areas of concern.
  in family and child nursing                   of Washington is a participant in the              The PAEP award also recognizes the
• Sandra Eyres Award for Excellence             Worldwide Universities Network, a con-         work the students did through the Refugee
  in Graduate Teaching: Monica Jarrett,         sortium of research universities in Britain,   Women’s Alliance (ReWA) and ADS in
  associate professor of biobehavioral          the United States, and China that collab-      winter and spring quarters 2003. The
  nursing and health systems                    orate on research and educational oppor-       students created a video describing the
• BSN Special Achievement Award:                tunities in interdisciplinary areas.           refugee population in Rainier Valley and
  Marc Silfies and Choua Yang                                                                  how PAEP, ADS and ReWA are working
• BSN Humanitarian Award:                       Hanako Tani, a fifth-year student in the       with them. Marjorie Muecke, professor
  Jessica Bafus and Betsy Greacen               School of Nursing, and five fellow stu-        of psychosocial and community health,
• Master’s Humanitarian Award:                  dents from the University of Washington        and her colleagues presented the video to
  Christina Coops                               health sciences were among the winners         several hundred health and social service
• Master’s Outstanding Scholar Award:           in a national competition for the 2003         providers at the annual refugee conference
  Nicole Kerkenbush                             Secretary’s Award for Innovations in           held June 28 near Seattle.
                                                Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.           Students Amanda Barnes, Jinny
The following students received Healthy         The office of Secretary of Health and          Chang, Suni Dawn Elgar, Betsy Greacen,
Aging Graduate Scholarships this year:          Human Services Tommy Thompson                  Michele Higgins, Christina Ketchum,
    Pat Olsen, a UW Bothell master’s            announces the awards. Co-authors Brian         Irawati Lam, Lora Magsanoc and Carol
student, received a 2003–2004 Healthy           Johnson, School of Medicine; Marie Bach,       Vuong also launched a Web site, Health
Aging Graduate Scholarship for an evalua-       School of Pharmacy; Lauren Haffner,            Tips for Refugees, in conjunction with
tion of the community-based health              School of Public Health and Community          ReWA:http://www.son.washington.edu/
enhancement program.                            Medicine; Tani; and Denice Hoz, School         students/rewa.
    Diana Schaefer, a master’s student          of Social Work, won third place for their
in biobehavioral nursing and health             project, “Students in the Community:           Ruth Craven, professor of biobehavioral
systems, received the graduate scholarship      A collaborative effort to provide quality      nursing and health systems, and associate
and studies the experience of caregiving        health care to the homeless.” The authors      dean of Educational Outreach and
among older Vietnamese caregivers in the        are part of Students in the Community, a       Community Relations, received the
Vietnamese immigrant community.                 group sponsored by the Center for Health       2003 Sandy Eyres Faculty Appreciation
    Biobehavioral nursing and health            Sciences Interprofessional Education,          Award June 19 from the Staff Advisory
systems master’s student Elena Siegal has       and comprised of health sciences students.     Council. Echoed throughout the nomina-
been selected for the graduate scholarship      The group teamed with Aloha Inn, an            tion remarks were the sentiments: “Ruth
and is conducting a descriptive study of        organization that provides transitional        exemplifies the goal of establishing a col-
licensed nurse – nursing assistant commu-       housing for homeless men and women in          laborative working relationship between
nication: managing care of older adults         Seattle, to provide access to quality health   faculty and staff,” and “She knows we
in long-term care settings.                     services and health education.                 all are an important part of what makes
    One doctoral scholarship was awarded                                                       the school special.”
to Tsae-Jvy “Tiffany” Wang, for her             In recognition of their work to improve
research on aquatic exercise in improving       the health of Seattle-based refugees, the      Hsiu-Ying Huang, research assistant pro-
function in older adults with osteoarthritis.   2003 senior nursing students in the            fessor of biobehavioral nursing and health
    The 2003–2004 Healthy Aging                 Nursing Clinical 409 course earned             systems, has been awarded the Oncology
Graduate Scholarships are funded by the         an Outstanding Service Award from the          Nursing Society Research Fellowship
de Tornyay center for Healthy Aging and         Pacific Asian Empowerment Program              for 2004. The award will support her study:
the John A. Hartford Foundation.                (PAEP). The students were honored for          “Exercise for Cancer Symptom Control.”



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Alumni News
UW ALUMNA RECOGNIZED FOR                                ELSIE ENGBRECHT KIEPER, 99,
O U T S TA N D I N G P H D T H E S I S                  L O O K S B AC K 7 5 Y E A R S

Wendy Fallis ’02 PhD, director of research              When 24-year-old Elsie Engbrecht Kieper,
and evaluation at Victoria General                      an RN fresh from Minnesota, stepped
Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba, will                    from the train and onto the University of
receive the prestigious Sigma Theta Tau                 Washington campus in 1928, she didn’t
International 2003 Research Dissertation                even know where she would sleep that
Award. The award will be presented at the               night. After enrolling in public health
Nursing Honor Society 37th Biennial                     classes in the Department of Nursing, she
Convention in November in Toronto.                      got a list of rooming houses. It was 6 p.m.
     The Research Dissertation Award                    and fortunately, the first house she went
recognizes a nurse whose doctoral disserta-             to had a bed for her.
tion, completed between Jan. 1, 2001,                       Kieper, who turned 99 years old on
and Dec. 31, 2002, is exceptional and                   Sept. 7, came to the UW for its public
exemplifies high standards of scholarship.              health certificate — believed to be the
     Fallis’ award-winning dissertation is              only such program offered in the country
titled “Core and Bladder Temperature                    at the time. But later that year family                                Kieper in 1926
Gradient in Critically Ill Adults: Urine                matters called her to North Dakota to care                             and 2003.
Flow Rate as a Factor.” Fallis found a                  for her seriously ill mother — just one
statistically significant but non-clinically            quarter shy of earning her degree.                Today, Kieper lives comfortably in
significant difference between urinary                      But Kieper put her new knowledge to       Fessenden, N.D., and spends much of
bladder temperature and pulmonary artery                use and worked in Harvey, N.D., and           her time reading: the daily Harvey Herald
temperature.                                            Carrington, N.D., taking care of the ill,     Press gets read cover to cover, as does
     “Karen Thomas [associate professor                 new mothers and infants until 1930. In        the Reader’s Digest and Christian Reader.
of family and child nursing] and Joie                   those days, Kieper says, women had their      Friends in town bring her books from their
Whitney [professor of biobehavioral nurs-               babies at home and a nurse took care          book club, too, when she needs a new one.
ing and health systems] kindly wrote let-               of them there, working long hours.                Kieper insists she doesn’t have a secret
ters of support for my submission,” Fallis              She agreed a lot has changed in nursing       to a long, healthy life, unless you count
wrote. “However, it was the expertise                   since then, including the pay. “I worked      eating rich, German food and never drink-
and encouragement that I received from                  24 hours a day, and made $5 a day,”           ing. “I’m just an ordinary girl who married
all my supervisory committee members                    she remembers.                                a farmer,” she says.
and Kevin Cain [research and statistical                    After raising her family, she returned        Her family plans a 100-year celebra-
consultant, Office for Nursing Research]                to nursing in 1960 and retired in 1971,       tion next summer. As for Kieper, she plans
that allowed me to produce the disserta-                when she was 67, after the death of           to keep reading — another paper will
tion that led to this award.”                           her husband.                                  arrive tomorrow.


B RU YA R E C E I V E S S TAT E AWA R D F O R N U R S E P R AC T I T I O N E R E X C E L L E N C E

Margaret Bruya ’68 MN, assistant dean                   education or community affairs — in this      no matter what you accomplish, others
for health services for the Intercollegiate             case, in the state of Washington. Bruya       have been there to help you.”
College of Nursing/Washington State                     was recognized for her contributions              Bruya was also a presenter at the
University College of Nursing, received                 during a ceremony June 29 at the acade-       conference. Her topic, “Development
the State Award for Nurse Practitioner                  my’s Annual National Conference in            of An Academic Nursing Center,” focused
Excellence from the American Academy                    Anaheim, Calif.                               on the establishment of People’s Clinic,
                          of Nurse                          “This honor recognizes all who have       which Bruya co-founded in 1998. This
                          Practitioners.                made it possible for me to have become        nurse-managed clinic provides primary
                              The award                 the practitioner, colleague and personal      care to children and families in the
                          recognizes a nurse            side of who I am today,” Bruya said.          Spokane region who are unable to access
                          practitioner who              “The strong support of my parents, my         affordable health care.
                          demonstrates                  husband, prior faculty, student and profes-       Bruya was the 1983 recipient of
                          excellence in                 sional and personal colleagues has been       the University of Washington School of
                          practice, research,           invaluable and much appreciated over the      Nursing Distinguished Alumna award.
                          nurse practitioner            past 25 years of my career. I believe that


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Clare Cornell ’82 MN received one of           Ellyn Cavanagh ’99 PhD served with            Annetta Droppert VanAndel ’70 BSN
five 2003 Cameos of Caring Advanced            a humanitarian team this summer at            graduated from National-Louis University
Practice Awards for her accomplishments        Rabia Balkhi Maternity Hospital               in Chicago with an EdD in adult educa-
within the nursing profession and for          and Indira Ghandi Children’s Hospital         tion. The focus of her critical engage-
being a nursing role model.                    in Kabul, Afghanistan. Her contact,           ment project is: “911! Diverse Cardiac
    The University of Pittsburgh School        Meribeth Reed ’95 PhD, Captain, United        Caregivers Cries for Educational
of Nursing gives the awards, selecting         States Public Health Service, wrote that      Assistance: A Study of Lived Experiences.”
from a pool of nominees from 32 partici-       things went “well” for Cavanagh, “if you      VanAndel also writes that she and her
pating Pennsylvania hospitals. Each hospi-     think sitting on a blood clot while you       husband Don are committed to their roles
tal nominates one nurse who demonstrated       deliver a baby, and placentas by the          as marriage mentors to engaged couples.
excellence in nursing care, served as          hundreds thrown out with the garbage in
an advocate for patients and families,         the open courtyard when it’s 100 degrees      Jenny Tsai ’01 PhD, assistant professor
and embodied the essence of the nursing        out is OK!”                                   of nursing at Seattle University, received
profession. Cornell, a nurse practitioner          According to Reed, Cavanagh               a grant from the Centers for Disease
in family practice, represents West            apparently did the work of a dozen            Control for the study “Occupational
Pennsylvania Allegheny Health System,          clinicians. After returning home in late      Health of Immigrants Working in
Forbes Regional Hospital.                      September, Cavanagh expects that she          Restaurants.” Study results will be used to
    Cornell received her award at the          will remain involved in humanitarian          develop theory-based interventions to
2003 Cameos of Caring Awards Gala              aid with the women and children of            promote immigrants’ occupational health.
Oct. 4 in Pittsburgh. The University of        Afghanistan. She posted several photos        Her co-investigator is Mary Salazar,
Pittsburgh School of Nursing created           from her experience on the Web                professor of psychosocial and community
Cameos of Caring in 1999 to honor excep-       at: http://MMC.smugmug.com/Other.             health at the UW School of Nursing.
tional bedside nurses who work at acute
care hospitals.




Message Corner
SCHOOL OF NURSING                              BABY CUES:
S E E K S P R E C E P TO R S                   A C H I L D ’ S F I R S T L A N G UAG E       W H AT ’ S T H E S C O O P ?

Master’s degree students need high quali-      Want help reading your baby’s “cues”?         Want to share your news or memories
ty, precepted clinical experiences on a        BabyCues, based on 30 years of nursing        with fellow alums? Please send us informa-
quarterly basis as part of their education.                              research, is        tion about your career changes, papers
Preceptors for MN students may be physi-                                 a set of 52 cards   presented, honors, further education,
cians, nurse practitioners, osteopaths or                                featuring color     reunions and any updates you’d like to
physician assistants. For undergraduate                                  photos illustrat-   share. Also, send us your favorite photo,
students, preceptors may be registered                                   ing and explain-    new or old, along with a brief description
nurses with either a Bachelor of Science                                 ing behavior        of who’s pictured, the date and the place,
in Nursing or an MN degree. Whether                                      cues infants and    and we’ll run it in an upcoming issue.
you have previous experience with stu-                                   young children      Please include your name, class year and
dents or are just starting to learn teaching   “I need a break!”         use as their        program and your news. Please provide
skills, you can provide a valuable piece of                              first language.     your contact information in case we
a student’s clinical education. If you, or     The cards are designed to help parents        have questions.
someone you know, would like to precept        and other caregivers have more meaning-           Send photos and alumni news to
a student, contact Julie Katz, assistant       ful interactions with their babies. Cost      Connections, University of Washington
dean, at 206-543-8736 or katzj@u.wash-         is $24.95, plus shipping. All proceeds        School of Nursing, Box 357260, Seattle,
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  call Continuing Nursing Education at 206-543-1047 or visit www.uwcne.org.



  O C TO B E R 8 – 1 1
  26th Pacific Northwest National
  Conference for Advanced Practice in
  Primary and Acute Care

  O C TO B E R 2 3 – 2 4
                                                 N OV E M B E R 7
                                                 Responding to Domestic Violence in
                                                 Your Clinical Setting: Don’t Wait Until
                                                 It’s an Emergency

                                                 N OV E M B E R 1 3 – 1 4
                                                                                                 N OV E M B E R 1 7
                                                                                                 Rapid Response: An Essential Skill in
                                                                                                 Urgent Care

                                                                                                 DECEMBER 3
                                                                                                 4th Annual Clinical Update in Home Care
                                                                                                                                                          c
  Update in Medical-Surgical Nursing             Update in Wound Care 2003:
                                                 New Dimensions in Wound and                     DECEMBER 4
  N OV E M B E R 3 – 4                           Ostomy Care                                     29th Annual Update in Gerontological
  Foundations in Chemotherapy Practice                                                           Nursing: A Whole New Life




  On the cover                                   Save the Date
  “I’ve discovered what I want to do,”           The University of Washington School of Nursing Recognition Dinner celebrating
  announced Charissa Kurtz to instructor         nursing excellence and National Nurses Day will be Wednesday, May 12, 2004, at
  Fiona MacPherson after the first day           the Sheraton Hotel in Seattle. Registration and a social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m.
  of her clinical rotation at Seattle’s          Dinner and the awards program will begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information about
  Children’s Hospital. Kurtz, a UW senior        the recognition dinner, contact the Office of Development at 206-543-3019.
  nursing student and a nurse technician
  in the pediatric oncology unit, plans to
  work there after she graduates in 2004.




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