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University of Washington School of Nursing

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]

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 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.