Nursing and Health Studies Program

Suzanne Sikma

Suzanne Sikma

University of Washington Bothell
18115 Campus Way NE
Box 358532
Bothell, WA 98011

Phone: 425.352.5324
Fax: 425.352.3237
Office: UW1-255

Scholarly Interests:

Dr. Sikma's research is focused on environments that promote healthy aging and support self-determination of older adults.  Her past gerontologic research has focused on developing caring environments for long-term care workers and her evaluation research has been influential in long-term-care policy in Washington State.  Her scholarship in teaching focuses on creative pedagogical approaches for the development of gerontologic competencies in health professionals and assistive personnel as well as the application of innovative practice models in community-based residential settings.  She is interested in supporting students from diverse backgrounds in moving through nursing career pathways.

Current Research:

Medication Management in Rural Assisted Living (A multi-state study)
Student and Faculty Perceptions of an Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) program for English as a Second Language (ESL) students in nursing career training. (A collaborative study with Renton Technical College faculty)

Teaching Activities:

  • BNURS 350- Critical Thinking in Nursing
  • BNURS 430- Interpersonal Relationships in Health Care
  • BNURS 408 & 409- Community Health Nursing Theory & Clinical (geriatric nursing theory & clinical sites)
  • BNURS 403- Introduction to Research in Nursing
  • BNURS 526- Program Planning and Evaluation
  • BNURS 520- Methods of Research in Nursing I
  • BNURS 520- Methods of Research in Nursing II
  • BHLTH 497- Special Topics in Health: Caring and Compassionate Leadership
  • BHLTH 497- Special Topics in Health: Aging and Health Promotion

Professional Activities:

  • Gerontological Society of America
  • Sigma Theta Tau Psi Chapter at Large
  • King County Nurses Assn/Washington State Nurses Assn/American Nurses Assn
  • National Council on Aging
  • Western Institute of Nursing
  • Northwest Coalition for Excellence in Geriatric Nursing Education

Honors and Awards:

  • Edna Stilwell Writing Award, The Journal of Gerontological Nursing, SLACK, Inc., 2006
  • University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Award, 2003
  • John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing Scholar, 2002
  • Worthington Distinguished Professor Award, 2000


  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Gerontological Nursing, Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing, Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence, 2004-2006
  • PhD, University of Washington, School of Nursing
  • MSN, Loyola University of Chicago
  • BSN, Illinois Wesleyan University

Clinical Background:

Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL (Staff Nurse in Orthopaedic Acute Care, Post-Anesthesia Recovery Room, and Surgical Intensive Care; Assistant Head Nurse, Surgical Intensive Care)
Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA (Staff Development Instructor and Associate Director of Nursing for Education and Research)
Ida Culver House Broadview, Seattle, WA (Staff Development Coordinator and Clinical Services Director)
Consultant in Clinical Staff Development

Selected Recent Publications:

Young, H.M., Sikma, S.K., Trippett, L.J., Shannon, J. & Blachly, B. (2006). Linking theory and gerontological nursing practice in senior housing.  Geriatric Nursing 27(6), 346-354.

Sikma, S.K. (2006). Staff perceptions of caring: the importance of a supportive environment.  Journal of Gerontological Nursing 32(6), 22-29.

Young, H.M. and Sikma, S.K. (2003). Self-directed care: an evaluation. Policy, Politics and Nursing Practice 4(3): 185-195.

Sikma, S.K. and Young, H.M. (2003). Nurse delegation in Washington State: a case study of concurrent policy implementation and evaluation. Policy, Politics and Nursing Practice 4(1): 53-61.

Young, H.M. and Sikma, S.K. (2003). Chapter 2: Self-directed care evaluation study summary. In Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (2003), Report of the Implementation of Self-Directed Care in Washington State. Olympia, WA: Department of Social and Health Services. (To be posted on Washington State Website after review by Legislature in 2003).

Young, H.M. and Sikma, S.K. (2002). Final Report: The Evaluation of the Implementation of Self-Directed Care in Washington State. Seattle Washington: University of Washington School of Nursing.

Sikma, S.K. and Young, H.M. (2001). Balancing freedom with risks: the experience of nursing task delegation in community residential settings. Nursing Outlook 49(3): 193-201.

Young, H.M. and Sikma, S.K. (November, 1998). Nurse Delegation Study: Final Research Report. Olympia Washington: Washington State Department of Health, Heath Services Quality Assurance.

Sikma, S.K. (1998). Outcomes in nursing staff development. In Kelly, KJ (Ed) Clinical and Nursing Staff Development: Current Competence, Future Focus 2nd Edition. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott-Raven.

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