Linda Sarna, RN, PhD, FAAN
Dr. Linda Sarna, Professor and Lulu Wolf Hassenplug Endowed Chair at the UCLA School of Nursing received her doctorate from the University of California, San Francisco, and her baccalaureate and master's degress from UCLA. She is recognized for her scholarship promoting nursing involvement in tobacco control and in oncology nursing research focused on quality of life and symptoms of patients with lung cancer. In collaboration with Dr. Stella Bialous, Dr. Sarna has led research efforts to increase nursing interventions to help smokers quit using web-based educational programs and resources in the US, currently working with nurses in Kentucky and Louisiana. She is testing these methods in studies involving nurses in China, the Czech Republic, and Poland. Drs. Sarna and Bialous initiated the Tobacco Free Nurses initiative to help nurses quit smoking and to increase nursing education, research, and leadership in tobacco control.
She has received numerous honors for her work, including recognition from the Oncology Nursing Society as a Distinguished Research Professor and the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care with a Distinguished Service Award. She has collaborated with national and international nursing organizations on policies related to tobacco control, and with the National Cancer Institute on a research agenda regarding tobacco and cancer. Drs. Sarna and Bialous have monitored smoking among nurses in the U.S. as well as the changes in tobacco use among nurses using data from the Nurses’ Health Study. She and Dr. Bialous co-edited the 2009 Annual Review of Nursing Research focused on nursing scholarship in tobacco control. She recently co-authored a monograph for the World Health Organization on the role that nurses can play in reducing non-communicable diseases. Dr Sarna is the Chair of the UCLA Tobacco-Free Policy Steering committee.
Sarna L, Bialous SA, Chan SS, Hollen P, O'Connell KA. (2013). Making a Difference: Nursing Scholarship and Leadership in Tobacco Control. Nursing Outlook. 2013 Jan-Feb;61(1):31-42. Epub 2012 Jul 20
Sarna L & Bialous SA (2012). A Review of Images of Nurses and Smoking on the Worldwide Web. Nursing Outlook. 2012 Sep-Oct;60(5 Suppl):S36-46.
Sarna L, Bialous SA, Nandy K, Yang Q. Are Quit Attempts Among U.S. Female Nurses Who Smoke Different from Female Smokers in the General Population? An analysis of the 2006/2007 Tobacco Use Supplement to the Current Population Survey. BMC Womens Health. 2012 Mar 19;12:4.
Sarna L, Bialous SA, Ong MK, Wells M & Kotlerman J (2012). Increasing Nursing Referral to Telephone Quitlines for Smoking Cessation Using a Web-based Program. Nursing Research.. 2012 Nov-Dec;61(6):433-40.
Sarna L & Bialous SA (2012). Saving lives: tobacco dependence treatment. CTS Inspirations, California Thoracic Society, 30 (2), Winter 2012: 7 & 9.
Sarna L (2012). Carpe Diem. Nursing Research. 61:1-2
Sarna L, Bialous S, Ong M, Wells M, & Kotlerman J (2012). Nurses’ treatment of tobacco dependence in hospitalized smokers in three states. Research in Nursing and Health. Jun;35(3):250-64. Epub 2012 Apr 10. doi: 10.1002/nur.21476.
Brown JK, Cooley ME, Chernecky C, Sarna L. A Symptom Cluster and Sentinel Symptom Experienced by Women with Lung Cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum. 2011 Nov;38(6):E425-35.
Morgan G, Schnoll RA, Alfano CM, Evans SE, Goldstein A, Ostroff J, Park ER, Sarna L, Cox LS. National Cancer Institute Conference on Treating Tobacco Dependence at Cancer Centers Journal of Oncology Practice. 2011 May;7(3):178-182.
Sarna L, Bialous SA. Response to Underwood S & Ryan T (2010) Commentary on Sarna L, Bialous SA, Wells M, Kotlerman J, Wewers ME & Froelicher ES (2009) Frequency of Nurses' Smoking Cessation Interventions: Report From a National Survey. Journal of Clinical Nursing19, 294-296. J Clin Nurs. 2011 Jul;20(13-14):2087-9.