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, Ong M, Wells M, & Kotlerman J. Does the frequency of tobacco dependence treatment vary by state? A survey of nurses in California, Indiana, and West Virginia. 16th Annual Meeting Abstracts. 2010. Society for Research in Nicotine and Tobacco, Baltimore, MD. Abstract PA9-3, p 28. http://www.srnt.org/conferences/abstracts/pdfs/2010_Abstracts.pdf
MacDonald DJ, Sarna L, Weitzel JN, Ferrell B. Women's Perceptions of the Personal and Family Impact of Genetic Cancer Risk Assessment: Focus Group Findings. Journal of Genetic Counseling. 2010 Apr;19(2):148-60. Epub 2009 Nov 10.
Sarna L, Cooley ME, Brown JK, Chernecky C, Padilla G, Danao L, Chakravarty D, Elashoff D. Women with Lung Cancer: Quality of Life After Thoracotomy: a 6-month Prospective Study. Cancer Nursing. 2010 Mar-Apr;33(2):85-92..
Cooley ME, Lynch J, Fox K, & Sarna L (2010). Psychosocial Impact of Lung Cancer. Psycho-Oncology (2nd edition). Editor, Holland JC, Breitbart WS, Jacobsen PB et al. Oxford University Press, New York. Chapter 20, 152-159.
Sarna L, Bialous SA (2010). Using Evidence-based Guidelines to Help Patients Stop Smoking. American Nurse Today. 5: 44-47.
Sarna L, Bialous SA, Sinha K, Yang Q, Wewers ME. Are Health Care Providers Still Smoking? Data from the 2003 and 2006/2007 Tobacco Use Supplement-Current Population Surveys. Nicotine and Tobacco Research. 2010 Nov;12(11):1167-71.
Sarna L. (2010) Oncology Nurses Must Join Tobacco-Control Efforts. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing. 14:131-132.
Sarna L. Research Unfiltered: Social, Political, and Historical Context of a Program of Research. Oncology Nursing Forum. 2009 Sep;36(5):E247-56.
Movsas B, Moughan J, Sarna L, Langer C, Werner-Wasik M, Nicolaou N, Komaki R, Machtay M, Wasserman T, Bruner DW. Quality of Life Supersedes the Classic Prognosticators for Long-term Survival in Locally Advanced Non-small-cell Lung Cancer: an Analysis of RTOG 9801. Journal of Cliical Oncology. 2009 Dec 1;27(34):5816-22. Epub 2009 Oct 26.
Bialous SA, Sarna L, Wells M, Elashoff D, Wewers ME, Froelicher ES. Characteristics of Nurses Who Used the Internet-based Nurses QuitNet® for Smoking Cessation. Public Health Nursing. 2009 Jul-Aug;26(4):329-38