Lois Price Spratlen is Professor of Psychoso­cial and Commu­nity Health Nursing at the Univer­sity of Washing­ton’s School of Nursing. She was appointed as Ombudsman for Sexual Harass­ment in 1982. Since September 1988, she has also served as Univer­sity Ombudsman — the first woman, profes­sional nurse and African-American on the campus to occupy this latter role, estab­lished in 1969. Lois devel­oped and uses the Price-Spratlen Ombudsman (PSO) Model to provide services in the areas of conflict manage­ment, dispute resolu­tion and media­tion to all enrolled students, staff, faculty, admin­is­tra­tion and alumni on a free and confi­den­tial basis. Her profes­sional practice includes lecturing, consul­ta­tion, media­tion and serving as expert witness in dispute resolu­tion, with special emphasis on sexual harass­ment and workplace mistreatment.

Lois earned her BSN from Hampton Univer­sity, Hampton, Virginia in 1954, a Master’s degree in Commu­nity Mental Health Nursing from UCLA, and a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the Univer­sity of Washington. She is a board-certi­fied psychother­a­pist, holding the desig­na­tion of Clinical Specialist, and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN). Her academic and profes­sional affil­i­a­tions include Sigma Theta Tau and the California Caucus of College and Univer­sity Ombudsmen, who named Lois as Ombudsman of the Year in 1998. She founded and is co-editor of The Journal, the only peer-reviewed publi­ca­tion for ombudsmen scholarship.

Lois has been a member of WSNA since she moved to Seattle in 1972 and has maintained her WSNA member­ship for over 30 years. In 1975, she ran for Presi­dent for WSNA as the first African-American to ever seek this office. She lost the election to Louise Shores, another Hall of Fame member. Soon after her arrival in Seattle, she also became a member of the Mary Mahoney Profes­sional Nurses Organi­za­tion. She is past presi­dent and an active member of Mary Mahoney Profes­sional Nurses Organi­za­tion where she estab­lished the MMPNO Endow­ment Fund which provides schol­ar­ships for students. During the first 10 years, the principle amount to sustain the endow­ment grew from zero to over $100,000.

Lois is the author of the book African American Regis­tered Nurses in Seattle: the Struggle for Oppor­tu­nity and Success. The book chron­i­cles the history of African American regis­tered nurses in Seattle. Their personal stories are recorded so that through their narra­tive accounts of educa­tion, employ­ment and other experi­ences are documented. This book will have lasting value for those who desire to under­stand these extra­or­di­nary women’s life experi­ences and is the only book to document this impor­tant history. She is currently working on a companion volume on African American Regis­tered Nurses in Mississippi.

Locally, Lois is chair of the King County Board of Ethics and has served other boards, including Group Health Cooper­a­tive of Puget Sound and the Metro­pol­itan Seattle Urban League. In 2005 Lois received the Samuel E. Kelly Distin­guished Alumni Award for her life-time contri­bu­tions to diver­sity. Her career commu­nity service contri­bu­tions were recog­nized in 2006 with the receipt of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award in the UW Health Sciences.

Lois’ research and writing have addressed the needs of African American profes­sional nurses and other nurses of color. She has truly repre­sented the nursing profes­sion in both her commu­nity work as well as her advocacy work. Through writing and social and profes­sional actions, she has champi­oned the needs of the under-served and un-served popula­tions. She has challenged the power-elite” in the nursing profes­sion to pursue more democ­ratic and diverse policies and practices. As Lois is fond of saying, we are all sisters in the nursing profession.”