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.
Wewers ME, Sarna L, Rice VH. Nursing Research and Treatment of Tobacco Dependence: State of the Science. Nursing Research. 2006 Jul-Aug;55(4 Suppl):S11-5. Review
Sarna L. Gold Card. NurseWeek. October 23, 2006.
Sarna L, Brown JK, Cooley ME, Williams RD, Chernecky C, Padilla G, Danao LL. Quality of Life and Meaning of Illness of Women with Lung Cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum. 2005 Jan 19;32(1):E9-19.
MacDonald DJ, Sarna L, Uman GC, Grant M, Weitzel JN. Health Beliefs of Women With and Without Breast Cancer Seeking Genetic Cancer Risk Assessment. Cancer Nursing. 2005 Sep-Oct;28(5):372-9; quiz 380-1.
Movsass B, Scott C, Langer C, Werner-Wasik M, Nicolaou N, Machtay M, Smith C, Axelrod R, Sarrna L, Wasserman T, Byhardt R. (2005). What Should be the Optimal Timing for Amifostine Administration Relative to Radiation and Chemotherapy. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 23:7233-7234.
Gritz ER, Dresler C, Sarna L. Smoking, the Missing Drug Interaction in Clinical Trials: Ignoring the Obvious. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention. 2005 Oct;14(10):2287-93. Review
Sarna L, Bialous S. Tobacco Control in the 21st Century: a Critical Issue for the Nursing Profession. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice. 2005 Spring;19(1):15-24. Review
Sarna L, Bialous SA, Wewers ME, Froelicher ES, Danao L. Nurses, Smoking, and the Workplace. Research in Nursing and Health. 2005 Feb;28(1):79-90
Sarna L, Bialous SA. Children's Exposure to Secondhand Tobacco Smoke. Public Health Nursing. 2005 Nov-Dec;22(6):459
Sarna L & Bialous S. (2005) Letter to the editor. Public Health Nursing. 22: 459.