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

1994

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Sarna L, Lindsey AM, Dean H, Brecht ML, McCorkle R. Weight Change and Lung Cancer: Relationships with Symptom Distress, Functional Status, and Smoking. Research in Nursing and Health. 1994 Oct;17(5):371-9. 

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Sarna L. Smoking at Least as Important as "Pets" and "Travel". Nursing and Health Care. 1994 Nov;15(9):452. PubMed PMID: 7731569

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Sarna L. (1994). Smoking at Least as Important as “Pets” and “Travel”. Nursing & Health Care, 15:452. (Letter to the editor)

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Sarna L. (1994) Smoking, Lung Cancer, and Health Policy. Letter to the editor, Image. 26:90.

1993

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Sarna, L. (1993) Living with Lung Cancer: the Female Experience. Oncology Nursing Forum.20:336

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Lindsey AM, Larson PJ, Sarna L, Brown JK. The Lung Cancer Experience: Comparison of Variables and Findings Across Three Studies. Oncology Nursing Forum. 1993 Apr;20(3):490-3. Erratum in: Oncol Nurs Forum 1993 Jul;20(6):851. 

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Sarna L. Correlates of Symptom Distress in Women with Lung Cancer. Cancer Practice. 1993 May-Jun;1(1):21-8. 

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Sarna L. Women with Lung Cancer: Impact on Quality of Life. Quality of Life Research. 1993 Feb;2(1):13-22

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Sarna L, Lindsey AM, Dean H, Brecht ML, McCorkle R. Nutritional Intake, Weight Change, Symptom Distress, and Functional Status Over Time in Adults with Lung Cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum. 1993 Apr;20(3):481-9. Erratum in: Oncol Nurs Forum 1993 Jul;20(6):851

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Sarna L. Fluctuations in Physical Function: Adults with Non-small Cell Lung Cancer. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 1993 May;18(5):714-24. 

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