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

2004

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Wewers ME, Kidd K, Armbruster D, Sarna L. Tobacco Dependence Curricula in U.S. Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Education. Nursing Outlook. 2004 Mar-Apr;52(2):95-101

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Bialous S & Sarna L. (2004) Nurses and the FCTC. The Net, Fall, 5 & 8. for the International Network of Women against Tobacco (INWAT)

2003

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Werner-Wasik M, Scott C, Movsas B, Langer C, Sarna L, Nicolau N, Komaki r, Machtay M, Smith C, Axelrod R, Byhardt (2003). Amifostine as Mucosal Protectant in Patients with Locally Advanced Non-small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC). Receiving Intensive Chemotherapy and Thoracic Radiotherapy (RT): Results of the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) 98-01. International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, and Physics. 57:S216

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Cooley ME, Sarna L, Brown JK, Williams RD, Chernecky C, Padilla G, Danao LL.  Challenges of Recruitment and Retention in Multisite Clinical Research. Cancer Nursing. 2003 Oct;26(5):376-84; quiz 385-6. 

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Evangelista LS, Sarna L, Brecht ML, Padilla G, Chen J. Health Perceptions and Risk Behaviors of Lung Cancer Survivors. Heart & Lung. 2003 Mar-Apr;32(2):131-9

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Maliski SL, Sarna L, Evangelista L, Padilla G. The Aftermath of Lung Cancer:  Balancing the Good and Bad. Cancer Nursing. 2003 Jun;26(3):237-44. 

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Werner-Wasik M, Scott C, Movsas B, Langer C, Sarna L, Nicolaou N, Komaki R, Machtay M, Smith C, Axelrod R, Byhardt R.Amifostine as Mucosal Protectant in Patients with Locally Advanced Non-small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) Receiving Intensive Chemotherapy and Thoracic Radiotherapy (RT): Results of the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) 98-01. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2003 Oct 1;57(2 Suppl):S216.

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Bialous SA, Kaufman N, Sarna L. Tobacco Control Policies. Seminars in Oncology Nursing. 2003 Nov;19(4):291-300. Review.

Abstracted as feature article “WHO tobacco treaty leads the way” (2004) in International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care. 16:4-5.

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Percival J, Bialous SA, Chan S, Sarna L. International Efforts in Tobacco Control. Seminars in Oncology Nursing. 2003 Nov;19(4):301-8. Review

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Sarna L, Bialous SA, Hutchinson KM, Williams BS, Froelicher ES, Wewers ME. Views of African-American Nurses About Tobacco Cessation and Prevention. Journal of the National Black Nurses Association. 2003 Dec;14(2):1-8

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