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.
Chernecky C, Sarna L, Waller JL, Brecht ML. Assessing Coughing and Wheezing in Lung Cancer: a Pilot Study. Oncology Nursing Forum. 2004 Nov 16;31(6):1095-1101.
Conde FA, Sarna L, Oka RK, Vredevoe DL, Rettig MB, Aronson WJ. Age, Body Mass Index, and Serum Prostate-specific Antigen Correlate With Bone Loss in Men with Prostate Cancer not Receiving Androgen Deprivation Therapy. Urology. 2004 Aug;64(2):335-40.
Sarna L, Riedinger MS. Assessment of Quality of Life and Symptom Improvement in Lung Cancer Clinical Trials. Seminars in Oncology. 2004 Jun;31(3 Suppl 9):1-10. (critical review of phase II clinical trials)
Kim YH, Sarna L. An Intervention to Increase Mammography Use by Korean American Women. Oncology Nursing Forum. 2004 Jan-Feb;31(1):105-10.
Sarna L, Evangelista L, Tashkin D, Padilla G, Holmes C, Brecht ML, Grannis F. Impact of Respiratory Symptoms and Pulmonary Function on Quality of Life of Long-term Survivors of Non-small Cell Lung Cancer. Chest. 2004 Feb;125(2):439-45.
Shin S, Sarna L & Danao L (2003). Tobacco-related Education in Graduate, Baccalaureate and Associate Degree Programs in Korea. Journal of the Korean Academy of Nursing. 33: 256-264
Bialous SA, Sarna L, Wewers ME, Froelicher ES, Danao L. Nurses' Perspectives of Smoking Initiation, Addiction, and Cessation. Nursing Research. 2004 Nov-Dec;53(6):387-95
Bialous SA, Sarna L. Sparing a Few Minutes for Tobacco Cessation: If Only Half of All Nurses Helped One Patient per Month Quit Smoking, More than 12 Million Smokers Would Overcome Their Addictions Every Year. American Journal of Nursing. 2004 Dec;104(12):54-60. Review
Sarna L, Bialous SA. Tobacco Control Policies of Oncology Nursing Organizations. Seminars in Oncology Nursing. 2004 May;20(2):101-10, table of contents
Sarna L, Bialous SA. Why Tobacco is a Women's Health Issue. Nursing Clinics of North America. 2004 Mar;39(1):165-80. Review