Linda Sarna, RN, PhD, FAAN
Dr. Linda Sarna, Professor and Lulu Wolf Hassenplug Endowed Chair at the UCLA School of Nursing received her doctorate from the University of California, San Francisco, and her baccalaureate and master's degress from UCLA. She is recognized for her scholarship promoting nursing involvement in tobacco control and in oncology nursing research focused on quality of life and symptoms of patients with lung cancer. In collaboration with Dr. Stella Bialous, Dr. Sarna has led research efforts to increase nursing interventions to help smokers quit using web-based educational programs and resources in the US, currently working with nurses in Kentucky and Louisiana. She is testing these methods in studies involving nurses in China, the Czech Republic, and Poland. Drs. Sarna and Bialous initiated the Tobacco Free Nurses initiative to help nurses quit smoking and to increase nursing education, research, and leadership in tobacco control.
She has received numerous honors for her work, including recognition from the Oncology Nursing Society as a Distinguished Research Professor and the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care with a Distinguished Service Award. She has collaborated with national and international nursing organizations on policies related to tobacco control, and with the National Cancer Institute on a research agenda regarding tobacco and cancer. Drs. Sarna and Bialous have monitored smoking among nurses in the U.S. as well as the changes in tobacco use among nurses using data from the Nurses’ Health Study. She and Dr. Bialous co-edited the 2009 Annual Review of Nursing Research focused on nursing scholarship in tobacco control. She recently co-authored a monograph for the World Health Organization on the role that nurses can play in reducing non-communicable diseases. Dr Sarna is the Chair of the UCLA Tobacco-Free Policy Steering committee.
L. Sarna, S. Bialous, E. Kralikova, A. Kmetova, V. Falbrova, S. Kulovana, K. Mala, E. Roubickova, M. Wells, & J. Brook. (2013). Czech nurses' knowledge, attitudes and behaviors towards tobacco dependence and treatment. [Abstract #: 1718] Proceedings from The European Cancer Congress 2013, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Sept. 27 – Oct. 01, 2013.
Tobacco Free UCLA website and project, Dr. Linda Sarna, Chairperson. Includes information and materials for the tobacco-free campus policy launch
Movsas B, Scott C, Langer C, Werner-Wasik M, Nicolaou N, Komaki R, Machtay M, Smith C, Axelrod R, Sarna L, Wasserman T, Byhardt R. Randomized Trial of Amifostine in Locally Advanced Non-small-cell Lung Cancer Patients Receiving Chemotherapy and Hyperfractionated Radiation: Radiation Therapy Oncology Group Trial 98-01. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2005 Apr 1;23(10):2145-54.
Oncology Nursing Society Position on Nursing Leadership in Global and Domestic Tobacco Control. (2013). Approved by the ONS Board of Directors, 1/13. (Sarna L and Bialous SA, co-authors).
World Health Organization. Enhancing nursing and midwifery capacity to contribute to the prevention, treatment and management of noncommunicable diseases. Written by Linda Sarna and Stella Bialous. Human Resources for Health Observer, December 2012, 32 pages. ISBN 978 92 4 1504157.
Sarna L, Bialous SA. Tobacco Control Sub-group and Health Behavior Expert Panel, American Academy of Nursing. Resolution: Smoke-free campus policies for schools of nursing and college campuses. Nursing Outlook. 2013 May-Jun;61(3):183.
Sarna L (2013). Tobacco-free Policy to Make Campus Healthier. Daily Bruin. March 11, 2013, pg 5.
Sarna L, Bialous SA. Tobacco Control Sub-group and Health Behavior Expert Panel, American Academy of Nursing. Nursing scholarship and leadership in tobacco control. Nursing Outlook. 2013 May-Jun;61(3):181-182
Sarna L. Carpe Diem. Nursing Research. 2012 Jan-Feb;61(1):1-2
Yang P, Cheville AL, Wampfler JA, Garces YI, Jatoi A, Clark MM, Cassivi SD, Midthun DE, Marks RS, Aubry MC, Okuno SH, Williams BA, Nichols FC, Trastek VF, Sugimura H, Sarna L, Allen MS, Deschamps C, Sloan JA. Quality of Life and Symptom Burden Among Long-term Lung Cancer Survivors. Journal of Thoracic Oncology. 2012 Jan;7(1):64-70.