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, Conde F. Physical Activity and Fatigue During Radiation Therapy: a Pilot Study Using Actigraph Monitors. Oncology Nursing Forum. 2001 Jul;28(6):1043-6
Sarna L, Tae YS, Kim YH, Brecht ML, Maxwell AE. Cancer screening among Korean Americans. Cancer Practice. 2001 May-Jun;9(3):134-40.
Chang BL, Sarna L, Carter PA. Mammography Screening Behavior in Older Women Caregivers. Geriatric Nursing. 2001 Jan-Feb;22(1):33-6.
Sarna L, Wewers ME, Brown JK, Lillington L, Brecht ML. Barriers to Tobacco Cessation in Clinical Practice: Report from a National Survey of Oncology Nurses. Nursing Outlook. 2001 Jul-Aug;49(4):166-72. (Focus of issue editorial)
Sarna L. Tobacco and the Legacy of Lung Cancer. Cancer Investigation. 2001;19(7):752-3
Sarna L. (2001). Tobacco and the legacy of lung cancer. Cancer Investigation. 19, 752-753. (Invited Editorial)
Sarna L, Wewers ME, Brown J, Brecht ML. (2000) Barriers to Tobacco Interventions: Report from a National Survey of Oncology Nurses. Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. Washington DC, February
Lillington L, Sarna L. (2000) Making Tobacco Control Real: Working with the Victims of Tobacco. 11th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health, Chicago, Illinois, August 2000. Abstracts, 57-58
Wewers ME, Gleit C, Ahijevych K, Sarna L. (2000) Nursing Center for Tobacco Intervention: a Mechanism to Increase Nurses’ Participation in Tobacco Dependence Treatment. 11th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health, Chicago, Illinois, August 2000. Abstracts, 199-202
Sarna L. (2000) Nurses and Tobacco Control: Need for a Strategic Plan. In Tobacco: The Growing Epidemic, Proceedings of the 10th World Conference on Tobacco or Health, 24-28 August 1997, Beijing, China. Ed. Lu, R, Mackay J, Niu, S & Peto R. Springer: London. 911