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, D, Sarna L, Ortiz A, et al. (2007). Comparison of Latina and Non-Latina White Women’s Beliefs About Communicating Genetic Cancer Risk to Relatives. Meeting Abstracts. Oncology Nursing Forum, 34, abstract # 50, 187-88.
Sarna L, Cooley M, Brown JK, et al. (2007). Symptom Patterns After Thoracotomy for Lung Cancer. Meeting Abstracts. Oncology Nursing Forum, 34, abstract # 44, 185.
Nicolau N, Moughan J, Sarna L, et al. (2007). Quality of Life (QOL) Supercedes the Classic Predictors of Survival in Locally Advanced Non-small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC): An Analysis of Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) 9801. International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, and Physics. 69:S58-S59
MacDonald DJ, Sarna L, van Servellen G, Bastani R, Newman Giger JN, Weitzel JN. Selection of Family Members for Communication of Cancer Risk and Barriers to this Communication Before and After Genetic Cancer Risk Assessment. Genetics in Medicine. 2007 May;9(5):275-82. Erratum in: Genet Med. 2007 Jul;9(7):483.
Wells M, Sarna L, Cooley ME, Brown JK, Chernecky C, Williams RD, Padilla G, Danao LL. Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Therapies to Control Symptoms in Women Living with Lung Cancer. Cancer Nursing. 2007 Jan-Feb;30(1):45-55; quiz 56-7.
Chan SS, Sarna L, Wong DC, Lam TH. Nurses' Tobacco-related Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practice in Four Major Cities in China. Journal of Nursing Scholarship. 2007;39(1):46-53
Cooley ME, Sarna L, Brown JK, Williams RD, Chernecky C, Padilla G, Danao LL, Elashoff D. Tobacco Use in Women with Lung Cancer. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 2007 Jun;33(3):242-50
Nides M, Leischow S, Sarna L, Evans SE. Maximizing Smoking Cessation in Clinical Practice: Pharmacologic and Behavioral Interventions. Preventative Cardiology. 2007 Spring;10(2 Suppl 1):23-30
Sarna L, Bialous SA, Wewers ME, Froelicher ES, Wells M, Balbach ED. (2007). Web Log Analysis of the First Two Years of the Tobacco Free Nurses Website. OJIN
Ong M, Sarna L (2007) UC Regents Should Ban Tobacco Funding for Research. UCLA Today. February 7.