The baccalaureate degree program (BSN) and master's degree program (MN) in nursing at University of Washington Tacoma are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791 (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).
UW School of Nursing Statement of Diversity
A fundamental purpose of nursing is the provision of quality and equitable health care to all members, groups, and communities of society. Nursing knowledge and practice must be sufficiently broad in perspective and content to meet the requirements of a diverse, multicultural population. To this end, the University of Washington School of Nursing seeks to attract, admit/hire, and support diverse and racially representative students, staff and faculty members.
A central activity to support this diverse community is adequate preparation to interact with people from all cultures. This focus requires that nursing be responsive to, explicitly value, and incorporate a wide variety of perspectives and experiences. This open and flexible approach is based on respect for all cultures and their members, on examination of our own perspectives, biases, and socialization, and on the ability to examine and adjust our own perspectives, beliefs and behaviors.
We are committed to fostering a climate that is inclusive and welcoming of all groups. We recognize that this effort is a multi-dimensional one that includes: recruitment efforts, policies, curriculum, pedagogy, norms, practices, faculty/staff promotions, decision making, and continuing multicultural and anti-oppression education for faculty and staff members. We also recognize that nursing education and practice in the United States occurs within the social, cultural, and historical context of institutionalized racism (among other forms of oppression). Meeting our purpose thus requires a sustained and multi-dimensional effort.
We are committed to eliminating all forms of oppression resulting from socially and culturally constructed differences in race/ethnicity, sex/gender identity or orientation, socioeconomic status, language, age, physical characteristics, disability, pregnancy, veteran status, country of origin, citizenship, religious or political beliefs, military status, and others.
UW School of Nursing Principles of Inclusion
We affirm the inherent dignity of each individual and group.
We affirm that group differences are socially, culturally, and historically constructed and hierarchically arranged, resulting in the inequitable distribution of resources among groups. This construction and distribution can be changed and we commit to change it.
We affirm our commitment to address difference, privilege and power at the School of Nursing. We will address privilege and power using anti-racist and anti-oppression principles of on-going education, open dialogue, skill building, challenging the status quo, and accountability to people of color and other social groups.
We affirm our commitment to increase the numbers of faculty, students and staff from underrepresented groups, and to support their leadership within the school.
We affirm our commitment to work toward a climate of inclusiveness on all levels of the School of Nursing.
UW Tacoma Statement of Commitment to Diversity
The School of Nursing & Healthcare Leadership at UW Tacoma also supports UW Tacoma's statement of commitment to diversity:
To hold constant a nurturing learning and work environment in the midst of change, each member of our UW Tacoma community has the responsibility to build and sustain respectful and supportive relationships, through which intolerance, discrimination and social injustice are confronted and resolved through non-violent behavior.
The University of Washington Tacoma's commitment to diversity is central to maintaining an atmosphere wherein students, staff, faculty and South Sound residents find abundant opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.
2021 Faculty Meeting Dates
As required by the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA), with notices for both regular and special meetings filed with the UW Office of Public Records and Open Public Meetings, the following School of Nursing & Healthcare Leadership (SNHCL) meetings are open to the public:
SNHCL All Faculty meetings (with certain limited exceptions as listed below)
SNHCL Faculty Council meetings
Limited Exceptions: SNHCL Faculty meetings regarding personnel issues, such as recommendations and discussions regarding hiring, appointment, promotion or tenure, and merit are not open to the public and are held in closed session (after proper notice and an agenda have been filed with the Office of Public Records) when, after the meeting is opened, an announcement is made as to the purpose and length of the executive session.
The School of Nursing & Healthcare Leadership shares the University of Washington Tacoma's mission to provide undergraduate and graduate education for the diverse citizens of the South Puget Sound region. The School supports the interdisciplinary mission of the campus through teaching and scholarly inquiry. Within the overall mission of the campus, it focuses on the discovery and dissemination of knowledge that promotes health within an ethic of social justice. The curriculum emphasizes and fosters the integration of teaching, inquiry and service through a community of learners. Partnerships with the community assist the School in providing learning environments in which learners build upon their skills and knowledge to strengthen their understanding of local, national and global health issues.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Nursing degrees are offered on all three campuses of the University of Washington - Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma - and fulfill the mission and goals of the University, the School, and the particular campus. The baccalaureate degree program (BSN) and master's degree program (MN) in nursing at University of Washington Tacoma are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791 (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).
Tacoma's RN-to-BSN program was developed by School of Nursing faculty of the University of Washington Seattle and implemented by the founding faculty of UW Tacoma Nursing. This program was initiated to support a specific group of learners, experienced registered nurses (RNs), returning to the academic setting for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).
In June of 1992, sixty-six students began course work that would lead to a BSN. The first graduate completed course work in March 1993 and celebrated commencement that June. Alumni of the University of Washington Tacoma BSN program now total over 1,500.
Another milestone for UW Tacoma Nursing was the beginning of the Master of Nursing (MN) degree in September 1996. The MN program focused on advanced nursing practice with Communities, Populations and Health. Twenty-six students began the part-time sequence in September 1996. In June 1998, the first class celebrated commencement. In 1999, the Master of Nursing Program began offering courses with an emphasis in Healthcare Leadership and Management. In 2002, the Nurse Educator option was added. More than 450 students have earned MN degrees since 1996.
Other program highlights include establishing an accelerated ADN-BSN-MN track in 2004; offering BSN courses off-site at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia in 2005, 2008, and 2011; and creating a dual enrollment program for the BSN program with Pierce College in 2007, which allows ADN students to begin their BSN studies while they are completing their ADN program. This option has been expanded to other community colleges in the region.
In recent years, a minor in Health and Society was created for non-RN undergraduates at UW Tacoma. Autumn 2009 saw the admission of the first students to the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Healthcare Leadership for non-RNs. In 2013, the Nursing & Healthcare Leadership and Education programs jointly launched a new practice doctorate degree, the Doctor of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership. In 2019, Nursing & Healthcare Leadership was officially designated as a school at UW Tacoma.
The School of Nursing & Healthcare Leadership is exceptionally proud of each students' successes and for the countless contributions they make our region and beyond.
The School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership offers two distinct undergraduate majors, an undergraduate minor and a professional graduate degree. The undergraduate degrees include a transfer degree, which takes a registered nurse, licensed in Washington State, to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) degree, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Healthcare Leadership. The undergraduate minor, open to all majors, is in Health and Society. The Master of Nursing degree offers professional graduate study with two different curriculum options. An ADN-BSN-MN accelerated study option is also available.
The School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership has strong ties to the South Puget Sound community. The students complete fieldwork and practicum placements in the South Puget Sound region and the faculty conduct collaborative research with partners in our community. The Nursing and Healthcare Leadership alumni are also actively involved in the healthcare field, in this region and nationally, either professionally or through volunteer opportunities.
The Nursing & Healthcare Leadership faculty and staff strive to:
Provide innovative, high quality and accessible academic programs.
Promote outstanding faculty scholarship.
Extend faculty expertise and interest through service to communities and professional organizations.
Promote partnerships with healthcare agencies and communities of the South Puget Sound region.
Maintain a quality work environment by balancing teaching, service, and scholarship.
Build educational offerings that meet professionals' and regional healthcare communities' needs.
Support interdisciplinary education.
Promote and support diversity within its student population and faculty members.
Tacoma Community College
Clover Park Technical College
Grays Harbor College
MultiCare Health System-Human Potential
Harrison Memorial Hospital
Ebony Nurses Association
Highline Community College
Tacoma-Pierce County Health Dept.
Renae Battie, RN, MN, CNOR
Division Vice President, Perioperative Services
CHI Health, Omaha Nebraska
Julie Benson, MHA, MN, CNE, ARNP
Associate Dean of Nursing
Tacoma Community College
Elin Björling, MA, PhD
Senior Research Scientist
University of Washington
Ramona Bontemps, MN, RN
Director Ambulatory Clinical Education & Professional Practice
MultiCare Health System -
Mary Bridge Children's Hospital
Theresa Braungardt, MN, RN, NE-BC
Senior VP, Chief Nursing Officer
Valley Medical Center
Gloria Brigham, EdD, MN, RN
Director of Nursing Practice
Washington State Nurses Association
Shirley Carstens, RN, MS
Chief, Planning Section
Anthony Chen, MD, MPH
Director of Health
Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
Mary Dean, PhD, RN
Evergreen State College
Karey Dumont, RN, MN
MultiCare Health System -
Mary Bridge Children's Hospital