Linda Sarna, RN, PhD, FAAN

Professor and Lulu Wolf Hassenplug Endowed Chair
School of Nursing, University of California, Los Angeles

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.

Professor Sarna, has been appointed acting dean of the School of Nursing as of July 1, 2014. She will serve a one-year term while Dean Courtney Lyder is on leave.

 

 

Publications

2000

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Chernecky C, Sarna L. Pulmonary Toxicities of Cancer Therapy. Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America. 2000 Sep;12(3):281-95. Review

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Sarna L, Chang BL. Colon Cancer Screening Among Older Women Caregivers. Cancer Nursing. 2000 Apr;23(2):109-16. 

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Kasper CE, Sarna LP. Influence of Adjuvant Chemotherapy on Skeletal Muscle and Fatigue in Women with Breast Cancer. Biological Research for Nursing. 2000 Oct;2(2):133-9

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Chernecky C & Sarna L (2000) Pulmonary Toxicities of Cancer Therapy. Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America. 12:281-295.

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Sarna L, Brown JK, Lillington L, Wewers ME, Brecht ML. Tobacco-Control Attitudes, Advocacy, and Smoking Behaviors of Oncology Nurses. Oncology Nursing Forum.  2000 Nov-Dec;27(10):1519-28

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Sarna L. Higher Priority on Tobacco Control. Journal of Nursing Scholarship. 2000;32(4):332. 

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Sarna L. Resources for Treatment of Tobacco Dependency. Cancer Practice. 2000 Sep-Oct;8(5):248-53. Review..

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Sarna LP, Brown JK, Lillington L, Rose M, Wewers ME, Brecht ML. Tobacco Interventions by Oncology Nurses in Clinical Practice: Report from a National Survey. Cancer. 2000 Aug 15;89(4):881-9. 

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Sarna L. (2000) Higher Priority on Tobacco Control. Journal of Nursing Scholarship. 32:332. (Letter to the Editor)

1999

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Sarna L & Young Sook Tae. (1999) Comparison of Cancer Screening Among Korean-Americans in Los Angeles, California and Koreans in Pusan, Korea. Fifth National Conference on Cancer Nursing Research. Syllabus and Conference Guide. pg 95

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