Fall Quarter Edition NewsletterDean's Corner

Autumn 2020 

Dean Shari DworkinHello,

As we launch this newsletter, a new President-Elect of the United States has been named. In the same week of the election, the United States has seen 120,000 new cases of COVID for several days. Washington State just crossed the 1200 daily COVID-19 cases mark for a single day. Now more than ever, politics must not dictate the response to this public health crisis.

Many are working to combat this crisis.  We are proud of the powerful work engaging so many of our alumni.  Our “double dawg” June Altaras, who received her BSN in ’98 and her MN in ’07 became the operations chief at a COVID-19 command center at MultiCare in Tacoma.  Please see below in the alumni section to read more about our graduates.

In our School, the faculty and students are leaping to make significant contributions on the front lines of the pandemic. MN and Health Studies students are working with local partners and the campus to launch communications guidance focused on COVID-19. The guidance is focused on how to communicate with peers, colleagues, family members, and supervisors to carry out the simple behavioral health changes we all need to commit to: wearing masks, keeping social distance and hand washing.

In celebration of the international “Year of the Nurse and Midwife,” our school recently hosted a terrific panel. “Nursing Leadership in the COVID Era” drew many attendees who heard from three regional nurse executives in which each of them shared their own personal and professional experiences during one of the most tumultuous times in their careers. **Read more…

As we continue to celebrate the “Year of the Nurse and the Midwife,” our school is launching a campaign to raise money for a newly created fund, “Nurses on the Frontline” for our nursing students who are working hard in both the classroom and in our area hospitals. Please consider making a contribution when you receive your email appeal this month.

In closing, the impactful work that our alumni, students, faculty, staff and partners are carrying out during this crisis offers us optimism and reinvigorates our mission and purpose. While a new administration is with us, the next phase of the pandemic is also with us. It will be a tough winter and a challenging holiday season for many. At this time, we might consider how these examples of resilience, team work, authentic communication, and an ethos of care and social justice will contribute to catapulting communities and families to a better place.


Shari L. Dworkin, Ph.D., M.S.

Dean and Professor

School of Nursing and Health Studies




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