Linda Sarna, dean of the UCLA School of Nursing, received the 2018 Oncology Nursing Society Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding career contributions to the field of oncology nursing and to the organization. The award recognized Sarna for her leadership within the society, which has 39,000 members committed to promoting excellence in oncology nursing and cancer care.  

“I am overwhelmed by the honor of this lifetime achievement award from my peers,” Sarna said. “It has been my privilege and my joy to have had the opportunity to contribute to the professional development of and to the evidence base for oncology nursing.”

Sarna’s research involves patients with lung cancer and their families, and the role of oncology nurses in tobacco control. She has mentored generations of nursing students and researchers across the country and around the world and has collaborated with national and international nursing organizations on policies related to nurses and tobacco control.

She is also the co-founder of the Tobacco Free Nurses. Sarna has led translational research projects to increase nursing interventions to treat tobacco dependence in the United States, China and Europe, using online educational programs and resources. Tobacco Free Nurses has been recognized by the World Health Organization as an exemplar of health professional advocacy in tobacco control and in 2017, the program was recognized by the American Academy of Nursing as an Edge Runner.

In 2013, Sarna chaired the committee that led to UCLA’s distinction as the first tobacco-free UC campus.