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Welcome from the Dean


 65 Years ago, the UCLA School of Nursing began its journey of developing nursing scholarship, leadership, and academic excellence.  Our School's pioneering spirit started when the founding dean, Lulu Wolf Hassenplug, accepted the offer to become the first dean, on the condition that the new school be a university-based program for baccalaureate and master's preparation. She spearheaded the move of nursing education from hospitals to college campuses.

The UCLA School of Nursing revolutionized nursing education.  As the first university-based undergraduate nursing educational program in the West, the School established innovative curricula that were used as models by other nursing schools.   Some of the most widely adopted theory-based patient care models were developed, tested and utilized at our School.  Our faculty helped to pioneer the new role of the nurse practitioner in the early 1970s. Now our program includes two prelicensure pathways along with Masters and Doctoral preparation.

As the School of Nursing positions itself in the 21st Century, we continue to work to develop the art and science of nursing to prepare the next generation of nurse leaders. The mission of our School is to prepare nurses and scholars to lead and transform nursing care in a rapidly changing, diverse and complex healthcare environment through academic excellence, innovative research, superior clinical practice, strong community partnerships and global initiatives. From the laboratory to the bedside to the community, the School has distinguished itself by developing and growing a research enterprise. Our scholarship has transformed nursing practice, improved the quality of patient care -- from health promotion/disease prevention and treatment to compassionate supportive care at end of life. And, our scholarship has helped to shape health care policy.

Our faculty and students have moved their reach beyond Westwood to the global stage where they are working to improve the health of entire populations, to eliminate health inequalities, and to enhance quality of life. The opportunities we have to impact health care and the profession of nursing are unlimited.

I am a proud alumna of the UCLA School of Nursing, and it will be my privilege to further the legacy of our heritage at UCLA, one of the top public research universities in the world. 

Linda Sarna

Interim Dean, Professor and Lulu Wolf Hassenplug Endowed Chair




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