Congratulations Brenda!

Mar 28, 2019

Our Director of Research and Training of Externally Funded Grants receives AACN Dr. Geraldine “Polly” Bednash Award.

On Sunday, March 24, 2019, our Director of Research and Training, Brenda Zierler, PhD, RN, FAAN, received the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Dr. Geraldine “Polly” Bednash Lectureship Award! The Board of Directors of the AACN selected Brenda to receive this award in recognition of her “groundbreaking interprofessional work.” The prestigious Dr. Geraldine “Polly” Bednash Lectureship Award was established in March 2014 to honor the AACN’s previous CEO and to honor nurses who have made significant contributions to nursing, health care, higher education and interprofessional education.

“Brenda’s critical work fostering collaboration in healthcare teams and education distinguishes her as an exceptional faculty member,” said Azita Emami, PhD, MSN, RNT, RN, FAAN, and the Robert G. and Jean A. Reid Executive Dean of the UW School of Nursing. “I’m so pleased that the AACN is recognizing her with the Bednash Lectureship Award. Her leadership and research contributions are highly valued.”

Brenda Zierler presenting at the 2019 AACN Deans Annual Meeting.


Brenda presenting “Leadership and Scholarship: The Future of IPE to the nearly 300 attendees at the 2019 AACN Deans Annual Meeting. 

Brenda’s research explores the relationships between the delivery of health care and outcomes—at both the patient and system level. Her primary appointment is in the School of Nursing at the University of Washington (UW), but she holds three adjunct appointments—two in the School of Medicine and one in the School of Public Health. Brenda was Co-PI on a Josiah Macy funded grant with Dr. Les Hall (2014-2018), to develop a national train-the-trainer faculty development program for interprofessional education and collaborative practice, known as the T3 Program

She currently leads two HRSA training grants—one focused on transforming interprofessional collaborative practice for advanced heart failure care team, and one focused on an education-practice partnership between UW School of Nursing and Kaiser Permanente-Washington designed to recruit and train nursing students and current RNs to practice at the full scope of their license in interprofessional ambulatory care teams. Brenda is co-lead of the Team Science Core for UW’s Institute for Translational Health Sciences (CTSA). She chairs the PhD Coordinating Committee for the School of Nursing at the UW and co-leads the re-envisioning of a competency-based PhD program that will start in 2020. She is also a past member of the Institute of Medicine’s Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professions Education. 

In 2017, Brenda and the UW Advanced Heart Failure Interprofessional Collaborative Practice (IPCP) grant teams received the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education NEXUS Award.

For more information about Brenda’s work, visit and the UW Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education, Research & Practice website at For more information about the UW School of Nursing, visit