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

1999

  • Journal

    Sarna L, van Servellen G, Padilla G, Brecht ML. Quality of Life in Women with Symptomatic HIV/AIDS. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 1999 Sep;30(3):597-605. 

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  • Book

    Sarna L. (1999) Cancer in the Elderly. In Gerontological Nursing. Ed. M. Stanley. FA Davis. Second edition. Chapter 23, 224-234.

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    Sarna L (1999) Multidisciplinary Rounds. Women with Lung Cancer Who Smokes: Commentary. Cancer Practice.7:165-169.

  • Journal

    Sarna L (1999) Prevention: Tobacco Control and Cancer Nursing. Cancer Nursing.22: 21-28.

  • Journal

    Sarna L, van Servellen G, Padilla, G, Brecht ML (1999). Quality of Life of Women with Symptomatic HIV/AIDS. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 30: 597-605.

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    Sarna L. Prevention: Tobacco Control and Cancer Nursing. Cancer Nursing. 1999 Feb;22(1):21-8. Review. 

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1998

  • Abstract

    van Servellen G, Sarna L, Brecht L. (1998). Emotional Distress in Men and Women Receiving Outpatient Treatment for HIV/AIDS. Psychosomatic Medicine 60:102

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    van Servellen, G., Sarna, L. & Padilla, G. (1998).  Quality of Life in Women with Symptomatic HIV/AIDS. Communicating Nursing Research Conference Proceedings. WIN Quality Research for Quality Practice.  31(6):207

  • Journal

    Grant M, Anderson P, Ashley M, Dean G, Ferrell B, Kagawa-Singer M, Padilla G, Robinson SB, Sarna L. Developing a Team for Multicultural, Multi-institutional Research on Fatigue and Quality of Life. Oncology Nursing Forum. 1998 Sep;25(8):1404-12

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    van Servellen G, Sarna L, Jablonski KJ. Women with HIV: Living with Symptoms. Western Journal of Nursing Research. 1998 Aug;20(4):448-64. 

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