Linda Sarna, RN, PhD, FAAN
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.
Bialous SA, Sarna L. Opportunities for Nursing Research in Tobacco Control. Annual Review of Nurses Research. 2009;27:393-409
Cooley ME, Sarna L, Kotlerman J, Lukanich JM, Jaklitsch M, Green SB, Bueno R. Smoking Cessation is Challenging Even for Patients Recovering from Lung Cancer Surgery with Curative Intent. Lung Cancer. 2009 Nov;66(2):218-25.. Epub 2009 Mar 24.
Sarna L (2009). Research Unfiltered: Social, Political and Historical Context of a Program of Research. Oncology Nursing Forum. 2009 Sep;36(5):E247-56
Sarna L, Aguinaga Bialous S, Wells MJ, Kotlerman J, Froelicher ES, Wewers ME. Do You Need to Smoke to Get a Break?: Smoking Status and Missed Work Breaks Among Staff Nurses. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2009 Aug;37(2 Suppl):S165-71.
Sarna L, Bialous S, Wewers ME, Froelicher ES, Wells MJ, Kotlerman J, Elashoff D. Nurses Trying to Quit Smoking Using the Internet. Nursing Outlook. 2009 Sep-Oct;57(5):246-56.
Sarna L, Bialous SA, Rice VH, Wewers ME. Promoting Tobacco Dependence Treatment in Nursing Education. Drug and Alcohol Review. 2009 Sep;28(5):507-16
Sarna L, Bialous SA, Wells M, Kotlerman J, Wewers ME, Froelicher ES. Frequency of Nurses' Smoking Cessation Interventions: Report From a National Survey. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 2009 Jul;18(14):2066-77
Sarna L, Bialous SA, Wells MJ, Kotlerman J. Smoking Among Psychiatric Nurses: Does it Hinder Tobacco Dependence Treatment? Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. 2009 Feb;15(1):59-67.
Sarna L, Bialous SA. Why Nursing Research in Tobacco Control? Annual Review of Nurses Research. 2009;27:3-31..
Sarna L & Bialous SA (2010). Response to commentary on Sarna, L, Bialous SA, Wells M, Kotlerman J, Wewers, ME & Froelicher ES (2009) Frequency of nurses’ smoking cessation interventions: report from a national survey. Journal of Clinical Nursing.