University of Washington School of Nursing

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School of Nursing
DeanAzita Emami[2]
Academic staff
204 (core faculty)[3]
Administrative staff
Location, ,
47°39′02″N 122°18′33″W / 47.65055556°N 122.30916667°W / 47.65055556; -122.30916667Coordinates: 47°39′02″N 122°18′33″W / 47.65055556°N 122.30916667°W / 47.65055556; -122.30916667

The School of Nursing is part of the University of Washington (UW). It offers five degree programs accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education: one bachelors, two masters and two doctoral.[5] As of February 2014, there are "128 tenured faculty, research faculty and instructors; 359 affiliate and clinical faculty; and 10 adjunct faculty"; and "over 650 students, including 400 graduate students".[5]


The first course in public health nursing at the University of Washington was offered in the summer of 1918 by UW President Henry Suzzallo.[1] Local nurse Elizabeth Sterling Soule established the Department of Nursing four years later.[1] Students could earn a bachelor of science in nursing beginning in 1923. It became an independent school in 1945, the "second university-affiliated nursing school in the U.S."[1] Soule was its first dean, retiring in 1950.

The school has been top-ranked nationally "in all surveys of schools of nursing conducted since 1984",[5] an unprecedented 27 years without a break.[6] In 2011, US News & World Report rated it in a three-way tie for the top spot with Johns Hopkins University and the University of Pennsylvania.[7]

In 2011, however, the Seattle Times reported low morale and "internal strife" ... "with separate departments and specialty areas pitted against one another and the school as a whole.[8] The situation was also exacerbated by budget cuts. Dean Marla Salmon tendered her resignation in May 2011 after three years in the post.


  1. ^ a b c d "History of the School | School of Nursing". Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  2. ^ "Welcome to the UW School of Nursing". Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  3. ^ a b "SON FACT SHEET 2012 (PDF Document)" (PDF). Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  4. ^ "2016-2017 Facts" (PDF). Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  5. ^ a b c "Accreditation". University of Washington School of Nursing. Retrieved March 1, 2013.
  6. ^ "UW School of Nursing Top-Ranked for Unprecedented 27 Years". University of Washington School of Nursing. March 18, 2011. Retrieved March 1, 2013.
  7. ^ "Nursing: Ranked in 2011". US News & World Report. Retrieved March 1, 2013.
  8. ^ Carol M. Ostrom (June 22, 2011). "Money woes, infighting plague UW nursing school". Seattle Times.