Janet Primomo

Janet Primomo, PhD, RN

Throughout her career, Janet Primomo, PhD, RN has been known as a tireless advocate for her students, school and commu­nity. After receiving her Masters and PhD of Nursing from the Univer­sity of Washington, Janet joined the Univer­sity of Washington Tacoma faculty as one of its three founding members. She has been influ­en­tial in shaping nursing educa­tion, contributing exten­sively to program and curriculum devel­op­ment for the RN to BSN and Master of Nursing program at UW Tacoma.

Janet has served as a mentor, advisor, coach and role model to count­less students, helping them to see the bigger picture’ of health while striving to ensure students recog­nize their own leader­ship ability. She contin­u­ally integrates her research and service to the commu­nity with her teaching. By doing so, she has both improved health in her commu­nity and given her students real world and relevant educa­tional oppor­tu­ni­ties. She is currently a faculty member of the UW Tacoma Nursing and Health­care Leader­ship Program, and continues to teach commu­nity health and environ­mental health courses, both great passions of hers.

In 1997, Janet was honored with the Univer­sity of Washington Tacoma’s Distin­guished Teaching Award”. She was also recently recog­nized by the UW Tacoma with the Commu­nity Engage­ment Award, an honor supported by numerous commu­nity organi­za­tions who praised not only her commu­nity work but also her efforts to engage students in these projects.

Janet has a long history of public health advocacy and work with commu­nity-based organi­za­tions, though she is best known for her efforts on asthma preven­tion. Through her service with the Puget Sound Asthma Coali­tion, in collab­o­ra­tion with the Tacoma Pierce County Health Depart­ment, she has devel­oped and evalu­ated commu­nity-based asthma services, contributed to the devel­op­ment of research teams, and coordi­nated educa­tional oppor­tu­ni­ties for health care providers. Janet was also instru­mental in working with a graduate student to develop a needs assess­ment of food bank customers that led to the devel­op­ment of a RotaCare chronic disease clinic for low income residents. In recog­ni­tion of her commit­ment to commu­nity health, she was honored with the WSNA Marguerite Cobb Community/​Public Health Nursing Award in 2001.

Over the past five years, Janet has become active in MultiCare’s summer nurse camp which brings high school students to the UW Tacoma campus to explore nursing as a career. Always ready to do more when it serves nursing or her commu­nity, Janet is now working with a graduate student to evaluate the effec­tive­ness of nurse camp in bringing campers into the profes­sion and addressing nursing workforce issues.

Janet has been a longtime member, supporter and contrib­utor to WSNA’s work. In addition to being a champion of WSNA Nurse Legisla­tive Day and consis­tently bringing students to the event, she went a step further and conducted and published a study on Changes in Polit­ical Astute­ness Following Nurse Legisla­tive Day’ to demon­strate the impor­tance of the event.

Over the course of her career, Janet has modeled leader­ship and advocacy through her own leader­ship positions with profes­sional organi­za­tions including Psi-at-Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Inter­na­tional Honor of Nursing, the American Public Health Associ­a­tion, the King County Nurses Associ­a­tion and WSNA. In all of her endeavors, she has stead­fastly supported her students and involved them in leader­ship activ­i­ties. Her teaching, practice and schol­ar­ship in commu­nity and public health nursing will have a lasting impact at the Univer­sity of Washington Tacoma and beyond, both through her own work in the commu­nity and the influ­ence she has had on count­less students now practicing and leading in Washington State.