Dean Sarna’s career at UCLA spans 50+ years as a nursing student, faculty member, chair and member of the Academic Senate, and ultimately dean of the School of Nursing. She led the efforts to implement UCLA's tobacco-free policy, and at UCLA and beyond Sarna is recognized for her international scholarship promoting the role of nursing in tobacco control and for her research on the symptoms and quality of life of people with lung cancer. Dean Sarna’s career truly demonstrates that PhD nurses are at the center of patient care, healthcare research, advocacy, education, and leadership.
Since its founding in 1949, the UCLA School of Nursing has revolutionized nursing education, improved the quality of care, and influenced healthcare policy. The PhD program in the School of Nursing develops innovative scientists prepared to be leaders in nurse-led research, academia, practice and health systems improvement.
The Dean Linda Sarna Doctoral Fellowship in Nursing was established in 2015 by a group of alumni to honor Dean Sarna’s efforts and advocacy for the PhD doctoral degree designation in nursing. As she prepares to retire on June 30, 2021, please join us in celebrating Dean Sarna’s dedicated service to the UCLA School of Nursing and the nursing profession by making a gift in her honor which will help us permanently endow this fellowship in her name in order to provide at least one PhD in nursing student with a full fellowship annually for years to come.
The nursing profession is changing rapidly. Your gift to this fund will help secure Dean Sarna’s legacy by helping the School of Nursing provide much-needed financial assistance to attract and retain top PhD nursing students who are working to improve the health of diverse populations, eliminate health inequalities, and enhance quality of life the world over.
Since its inception in 2015, there have been 5 recipients of the Sarna Doctoral Fellowship. Listed chronologically since the first distribution date of 2017: Arneta Finney-Beverly PhD '18, Eun Joo An PhD '19, Tracy Ono MSN '08, Jolene Smeltzer PhD '21, and this year's recipient is Anna Dermenchyan '04, MS '17.
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