Nursing and Health Studies Program

Elayne Puzan

Elayne Puzan

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

Phone: 425.352.3651
Fax: 425.352.3237
Room: UW1-242

Academic Interests:

  • Promoting Women's Health
  • Qualitative Research
  • Multicultural Education
  • Nursing History
  • Health Care Policy And Politics.

Teaching Activities:

  • BNURS 430 - A&B Interpersonal Relationships in Nursing
  • BNURS 409 - Nursing Strategies for Community as Client
  • BNURS 504 - Disparity and Social Justice in Health Care

Professional Activities:

  • One Sky Medicine Strategic Planning Committee
  • Member, Neighborhood House Service Providers' Brown Bag Roundtable

Honors and Awards:

  • Women's Health Research and Training Grant Fellowship, December 2001
  • Seattle University Summer Faculty Fellowship, awarded November 1997 for study of midlife issues among minority women.
  • University of Massachusetts Graduate School Fellowship 1996-97
  • Nurses Education Fund Scholarship, 1996-97
  • Warren G. Bishop Scholarship, OHSU, 1990.


  • 1997 University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
  • 1990 MSN, Community Health Care Systems, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR
  • 1980 ADN, Lane Community College, Eugene, OR
  • 1973 BS, Health Education, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR. Minor: Special Education

Clinical Background:

  • Post Doctoral Fellowship University of Washington
  • Assistant Professor of Nursing Seattle University
  • Assistant Professor of Nursing University of New Hampshire at Keene State College, Keene, NH
  • Nurse Manager, Birthing Center at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Brattleboro, VT
  • Manager, Professional Education/Staff Development, Virginia Mason, Seattle, WA
  • Nurse Clinician, Maternal/Child Nursing, Rogue Valley Medical Center, Medford, OR
  • Cardiac Clinical Education Coordinator, Rogue Valley Medical Center, Medford, OR

Selected Recent Publications and Presentations:

Puzan, E. (2003). The unbearable whiteness of being (In nursing). Nursing Inquiry. 10(2).

McGrath, B & Puzan, E. (2003). Gender disparities in health: Attending to the particulars. Nursing clinics of North America 37: 37-51.

Puzan, E. Factors promoting retention in longitudinal research (in progress)

Puzan, E. (1997). Re-writing Midlife: Stories of Women's Health. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

12th Annual Feminist and Critical Theory Conference, Portland, ME. November 2002: Reproducing unbearable whiteness in Nursing.

Axer Conference, Seattle University, February 2001: Deconstructing health data.

11th Annual Feminist and Critical Theory Conference, San Diego, CA. October 2000. Where are the Nurses?

Qualitative Health Research Conference, Banff, Alberta, April 2000: Uncovering Women's Stories of Health at Midlife.

Feminist Reflections Conference, Seattle, WA. February 2000: Transcending Silence: Publicizing the Private Voice of Nursing.

Qualitative Health Research Conference, Vancouver, B.C., February 1998: Narrative Inquiry in Women's Health Research.

Critical and Feminist Theory International Conference, Vancouver, B.C., June 1997: Stories of Women at Midlife.

Sigma Theta Tau Research Conference, Holyoke, MA, March 1997: Stories as Method in Women's Health Research.

Critical and Feminist Theory International Conference, Pittsburgh, PA. October 1996: Critical Focus on Community Nursing/Writing as Political Engagement.

Oct. 2003, Arlie, Virginia--Nurses and Narratives; June 2004: Lewis & Clark College, Portland OR--Writing Culture.

Did You Know?

More than 8,000 of UW Bothell's 14,000 alumni live and work in King and Snohomish counties.