Professor Linda Sarna, RN, PhD, FAAN, AOCN, who holds the Lulu Wolf Hassenplug chair in the UCLA School of Nursing, has been appointed acting dean of the school of nursing as of July 1, according to a news release. She will serve a one-year term while Dean Courtney Lyder is on leave.
Sarna served as chairwoman of the UCLA Academic Senate during the 20122013 academic year, and she heads the committee that implemented UCLAs tobacco-free policy.
At UCLA and beyond, Sarna is recognized for her scholarship promoting the role of nursing in tobacco control and for her research on the symptoms and quality of life of people with lung cancer, according to the release. As the principal investigator for the Tobacco Free Nurses Initiative and through her active involvement in tobacco-control policy efforts nationally and internationally, she has emphasized the need to change expectations for nursing education and clinical practice related to public education and smoking cessation programs.
Sarna is the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, books, chapters and other publications, according to the release. Her numerous honors and awards include election as a fellow to the American Academy of Nursing and recognition as a distinguished research professor by the Oncology Nursing Society. She has served on commissions and task forces for the National Cancer Institute, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Institute of Medicine and the University of California, among others. Sarna received her BSN and MSN from UCLA and her DNSc from UC San Francisco.