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.
MacDonald DJ, Sarna L, Newman Giger J, van Servellen G, Bastani R, & Weitzel JN. Comparison of Latina and Non-Latina White Women's Beliefs About Communicating Genetic Cancer Risk to Relatives. Journal of Health Communication. 2008 Jul-Aug;13(5):465-79.
Sarna L, Swann S, Langer C, Werner-Wasik M, Nicolaou N, Komaki R, Machtay M, Byhardt R, Wasserman T, Movsas B. Clinically Meaningful Differences in Patient-reported Outcomes with Amifostine in Combination with Chemoradiation for Locally Advanced Non-small-cell Lung Cancer: an Analysis of RTOG 9801. International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology & Physics. 2008 Dec 1;72(5):1378-84. Epub 2008 May 22.
Sarna L, Cooley ME, Brown JK, Chernecky C, Elashoff D, Kotlerman J. Symptom Severity 1 to 4 Months After Thoracotomy for Lung Cancer. American Journal of Critical Care. 2008 Sep;17(5):455-67; quiz 468.
Sun VC, Sarna L. Symptom Management in Hepatocellular Carcinoma. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing. 2008 Oct;12(5):759-66.
Chan SS, Sarna L, Danao LL. Are Nurses Prepared to Curb the Tobacco Epidemic in China? A Questionnaire Survey of Schools of Nursing. International Journal of Nursing Studies. 2008 May;45(5):706-13. Epub 2007 Mar 2.
Cooley ME, Sipples RL, Murphy M, Sarna L. Smoking Cessation and Lung Cancer: Oncology Nurses Can Make a Difference. Seminars in Oncology Nursing. 2008 Feb;24(1):16-26
Sarna L, Bialous SA, Cooley ME, Jun HJ, Feskanich D. Impact of Smoking and Smoking Cessation on Health-related Quality of Life in Women in the Nurses' Health Study. Quality of Life Research. 2008 Dec;17(10):1217-27.
Sarna L, Bialous SA, Jun HJ, Wewers ME, Cooley ME, Feskanich D. Smoking Trends in the Nurses' Health Study (1976-2003). Nursing Research. 2008 Nov-Dec;57(6):374-82
Helping Smokers Quit Website, Dr. Linda Sarna Principal Investigator
Brown J, Sarna L, Cooley M et al. (2007) Analysis of Symptom Clusters in Women with Lung Cancer. Meeting abstracts. Oncology Nursing Forum, 34, abstract # 63, 192-193