School of Nursing Centennial

April 25, 2018

Nursing workforce diversity

Lois Price Spratlen

Championed students and nurses of color

Lois Price Spratlen was appointed the UW Ombudsman (a role meaning mediator and advocate) for Sexual Harassment in 1982 and was later appointed the University Ombudsman, the first woman in that role. She facilitated communication between the university and its students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and vendors. Spratlen argued that nurses were particularly well-suited to be mediators and introduced other nurses to similar roles. She also served as an ambassador for nurses of color in Seattle, and in 2001, she wrote a book chronicling the careers of dozens of black nurses in Seattle.


BSN (1976), Faculty (1983–2011), Ombudsman (1982–2009)


Alumni, Faculty, Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Association, Washington State Nurses Association Hall of Fame

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