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

1996

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    Sarna L, van Servellen G, Padilla G. Comparison of Emotional Distress in Men with Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome and in Men with Cancer. Applied Nursing Research. 1996 Nov;9(4):209-12

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    Sarna L, McCorkle R. Burden of Care and Lung Cancer. Cancer Practice. 1996 Sep-Oct;4(5):245-51. Review. 

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    van Servellen G, Sarna L, Padilla G, Brecht ML. Emotional Distress in Men with Life-threatening Illness. International Journal of Nursing. 1996 Oct;33(5):551-65. 

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    Sarna L. (1996). Women with Lung Cancer: Health Policy Issues.  Quality of life:  a nursing challenge. 4:63-67. 

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    Sarna L, Smith EL, Frankel C, Rittenberg CN, Varricchio C & Wilkie D. (1996).  Overview of Non-small Cell Lung Cancer.  Module One:Communicating about Non-small Cell Lung Cancer Education Series.  GlaxoWellcome. Vancouver.

  • Book

    Lindsey A & Sarna L. (1996) Lung Cancer. In McCorkle R, Grant M, Frank-Stromborg MF, Baird SB. Cancer Nursing, 3rd edition, W.B. Saunders. 611- 633.

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    Sarna L, Brecht ML. Smoking Status Among Women in Households with Young Children.  Journal of the Society of Pediatric Nursing. 1996 Oct-Dec;1(3):117-25. 

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1995

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    Sarna, L. & Brown, J. (1995) Tobacco Prevention and Cessation in Oncology Nursing Practice, Education, and Research. Oncology Nursing Forum. 22(2):256-257.

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    Sarna L, Ganley BJ. A Survey of Lung Cancer Patient-education Materials. Oncology Nursing Forum. 1995 Nov-Dec;22(10):1545-50. 

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    Sarna L. Lung Cancer: the Overlooked Womens' Health Priority. Cancer Practice.  1995 Jan-Feb;3(1):13-8. Review.

    Republished in Japanese Journal of Nursing Care (1996) 10:235-241

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