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

1993

  • Journal

    Sarna L. Reader Comments on Recent Article. Oncology Nursing Forum. 1993 Jul;20(6):851

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  • Editorial

    Sarna L. (1993) Reader Comments on Recent Article. Oncology Nursing Forum. 20:851. (Letter to the editor).

1992

  • Journal

    Boyle DM, Engelking C, Blesch KS, Dodge J, Sarna L, Weinrich S. Oncology Nursing Society Position Paper on Cancer and Aging: the Mandate for Oncology Nursing. Oncology Nursing Forum. 1992 Jul;19(6):913-33.

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1991

  • Abstract

    Sarna L. (1991). Impact of Chemotherapy on Disruptions in Quality of Life and Functional Status of Older Adults with Non-small Cell Lung Cancer. In Functional Status and Quality of Life in Persons with Cancer, Proceedings of the First National American Cancer Society Nursing Research Conference. Pp 13-26

1989

  • Abstract

    Sarna, L. (1989). Can Changes in Functional Abilities be Measured in Elderly Patients During Chemotherapy. ONF (supp) 14th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress, San Francisco. Proceedings, 185

1986

  • Editorial

    Sarna L. (1986) Foreword: Immunologic Considerations in Critical Care. Critical Care Quarterly. 9: vii-viii.

  • Book

    Sarna L. (1986). Introduction to Hematologic Disorders, in Nurse's Reference Library Disease II.  2nd edition, Philadelphia, Springfield Pub.

1985

  • Book

    Sarna L. (1985). Principles of Cancer Nursing in Cancer Treatment. Ed., C. Haskell, W.B. Saunders. 2nd edition. 130-134.

1981

  • Book

    Sarna L. (1981). Concepts of Nursing Care for Patients Receiving Radiation Therapy. In Concepts of Oncology Nursing, Vredevoe D, Derdiarian, A, Sarna L. Friel M, and Shiplacoff, J. New Jersey, Prentice-Hall. l54-205.

  • Book

    Sarna L. (1981) Concepts in the Nursing Management of Patients Receiving Cancer Chemotherapy and Immunotherapy. In Concepts of Oncology Nursing, Vredevoe D, Derdiarian A, Sarna L, Friel M, and Shiplacoff J. New Jersey, Prentice-Hall. 8l-l53.

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