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Faculty Retirement: Dr. Carol Pavlish, Associate Professor

Dr. Carol Pavlish, PhD, RN, FAAN, joined the school in 2006 and will retire in June. A beloved member of the faculty, she provided leadership at a pivotal time as the inaugural Program Director for Prelicensure programs: baccalaureate and Masters Entry Clinical Nurse. 

Her innovative program of research focused on social justice and clinical ethics. Her creative research approach is described in the co-authored textbook Community-based Collaborative Action Research, for which she received the 2011 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year award.

In collaboration with Katherine Brown-Saltzman, co-director of the UCLA Health System Ethics Center, Dr. Pavlish studied factors leading to ethical stress among oncology and ICU clinical staff, primarily in end-of-life treatment decisions. With nurse ethicists from Mayo Clinic and Massachusetts General, she and Saltzman received a grant from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses to test an Ethics Early Action Protocol, a collaborative model that aims to guide patients, family, nurses, doctors, and administrators in feeling safe and supported as they work through personal moral challenges that may rise from treatment decisions.

Prior to her tenure at UCLA, Dr. Pavlish was on faculty at College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota. She worked with the American Refugee Committee to study gender-based violence in post-conflict settings and the importance of transcultural nursing care. In 2009, she was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.