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2014 Awards and Accolades

Nursing School Hub named the School of Nursing #13 in its list of the Top 50 Most Progressive Nursing Schools.  Indicators included investment in advanced technology, an experienced and recognized teaching staff, opportunities for learning experience while in school, research funds invested in the nursing programs and recognition of the school by other organizations.

GraduatePrograms.com, which provides helpful information to prospective graduate students through peer-written ratings and reviews has selected the School of Nursing as the #3 ranked nursing graduate program!

Nursing School Hub selected UCLA as one of the Top 30 Cutting Edge Nursing Schools. Criteria for the list included cutting edge technology and infrastructure, world class facilities, world class faculty, world class opportunities for experience, recognition by other publications
Bright Hub: The Hub for Bright Minds Named the UCLA School of Nursing as one of its Top 10 Best Colleges for a Degree in Nursing
NurseJournal.org Named the UCLA School of Nursing as one of its Top 50 Most Social Media Friendly Nursing Schools of 2014
The UCLA School of Nursing is ranked #7 in National Institutes of Nursing funding among schools of nursing.


2014 Awards and Accolades


Faculty Awards



Jan Mentes (left) was elected as a Fellow by the American Academy of Nursing for 2014.




Dr. Nancy Pike (right) received the "Lisa Milanovich Acute Care PNP Scholar Award" at the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Annual Meeting. This award is given to an acute care PNP each year who is contributing to advancement of the role and profession.



Dr. Deborah Koniak-Griffin (left) was presented with the Distinguished Nursing Research Lectureship Award during the awards luncheon at the 2013 Western Institute of Nursing.  During the same conference, Dr. Adey Nyamathi (right) delivered the prestigious State of the Science address where she discussed nurse-led research in developing countries conducted over the past decade,  the challenges experienced by nurses in furthering global-health nursing research, and provided recommendations to meet global health needs.




Dr. Elizabeth Thomas (left) was elected as Fellow in the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses. She has been an active member of the local, state and national groups for over 26 years.



Drs. Deborah Koniak-Griffin, Adey Nyamathi and Linda Sarna (right) were inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame for Sigma Theta International in July at the 25th International Nursing Research Congress.  The Hall of fame recognizes nurse researchers who have achieved significant and sustained national or international recognition and whose research has improved the profession and the people it serves.


2014 Daisy Foundation Awards

This is the second year we have presented the Daisy Award to esteemed faculty, a practice we expect to become a lasting tradition and an integral part of the UCLA School of Nursing's culture.

The faculty honored were selected by their respective student cohorts, fellow faculty, staff, and alums, as those who best embody the following characteristics:

  • Excellence in teaching
  • Demonstrates care and compassion with students
  • Provides an environment where students can freely express opinions in a respectful manner
  • Is fair and unbiased in his/her treatment of individual students
  • Collaborates effectively with the healthcare team to facilitate student learning in the patient care environment

Lecturer Barbara Demman, was chosen to receive the DAISY Award for the Bachelor's student cohort.

"Here are just a few of the things said about Barbara:

"She is exceptionally intelligent, compassionate, and caring. She is a brilliant teacher and student/patient advocate. Overall, she makes learning fun and stimulating, and she makes us excited about our futures in nursing."

"Barbara Demman is a shining example and motivational force because she truly lives what she believes... that you empower yourself when you empower someone else."

"If I become even one-quarter of the nurse she is I will be happy. I think I have a girl crush!"

"To put it simply, if the UCLA School of Nursing cares about its students, they will allow Barbara Demman to teach for as long as she can. She is truly the best instructor at this institution and no one rivals her in ability to connect and teach."



Lecturer Cathy Gabster was chosen to receive the DAISY Award for the MECN student cohort.

Here are just a few of the things said about Cathy:

"Her enthusiasm is quite contagious and leaves me eager to branch out and learn more. In essence, she is a vivacious, spirited teacher that has power through articulate speech, humor, and an apparent love for humanity that bleeds through as she lectures. She mesmerizes the audience, capturing our attention, compelling us to her flame of knowledge. Her sweet demeanor, witty remarks, and Socratic teaching methods make it easy to approach her, providing a sense of comfort to ask questions, voice a constructive criticism, or nervously share our fears and angst regarding the program. In a few words, she is AWESOME! GO GABSTER!"





Dr. Anna Gawlinki, Adjunct Professor, was chosen to receive the DAISY Award for the MSN student cohort.

Here are just a few of the things said about Anna:

"She is the one professor that made this program worth it. She is the most diplomatic person I've ever met. Honorable, wise, calm, caring and an unbelievable professor. I wish I could be half the woman she is."

"Anna is one of many adaptable, fun-loving, hard-working professors at UCLA. She is wonderful, kind, supportive, and makes the lessons fun, which makes us try harder. Anna makes me feel important and successful at school. Lastly, she is very considerate and connected with her students. She makes learning wonderful and entertaining for us all. Thank you Anna! I appreciate all of your hard work!"



Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dr. Sally Maliski, was chosen to receive the DAISY Award for the PhD student cohort.

Here are just a few of the things said about Sally:

"Sally, in spite of the demands of her current administrative position, demonstrates concern, commitment, and compassion for men suffering from cancer and at risk for a variety of issues. She shares her concern, not only with the men and their families, but with all the students as she introduces them to the important work they may be led to do."

"Dr. Maliski is an innovative educator who supports and challenges students to develop their scholarship and program of research. Her role as my faculty advisor and N205B instructor has been difficult, but also extremely fulfilling. She is knowledgeable in her skills as a researcher and serves as example to students as a successful career in both qualitative and quantitative research."




Honorees for the 2013 inagural DAISY faculty awards were Dr. Dottie Wiley (Bachelor), Dr Carol Pavlish (MECN), Ms. Laurie Love (APN) and Dr. Mary Sue Heilemann (PhD).

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