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The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Past happenings

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing faculty, students and scholars continually participate in lectures, speaker series and other special events that reflect the school's vision and mission to transform health care through nursing education and research. The list below encompasses 2009 to 2011. Click here to view the current year's happenings.

2009-2011 Happenings

November 30, 2011 – Postdoctoral fellow named SAS Student Ambassador for her dissertation research
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Postdoctoral Fellow Lori L. Miller was named a SAS Student Ambassador by global analytics software company SAS for her work on childhood obesity. The selective student ambassador program recognizes students and recent graduates who use SAS technologies in innovative ways to advance their fields and industries. Miller utilized SAS software to perform advanced quantitative analysis as part of her doctoral dissertation. Her research evaluated the effects of physical activity policies in schools on the weight of girls in public middle schools. As part of this honor, Miller will present her research at the 2012 SAS Global Forum, an international gathering of more than 3,000 SAS users April 22-25 in Orlando.

November 14-16, 2011 – School of Nursing professor speaks at migrant education conference
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Professor Mary Lou de Leon Siantz co-presented at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Migrant Education 2011 conference, “Coordinating to Achieve RESULTS,” in Nashville, Tenn. The annual conference brings together migrant education stakeholders from across the country to share strategies and practices and foster improved outcomes for migrant youth. The session, “Migrant Health Workgroup: Overview, Update and Future Directions,” focused on the workgroup’s efforts to integrate health topics into migrant education. As part of this workgroup, de Leon Siantz leads the development of guidelines for migrant parents about the characteristics of behaviorally healthy families.

October 25, 2011 – Robert Wood Johnson Foundation sends doctoral student to TEDMED conference
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation selected Katherine Kim, a doctoral student, to attend a world renowned health conference, TEDMED. The Foundation’s Pioneer Portfolio chose a contingent of 50 candidates to attend the conference in San Diego. This year’s conference focuses on 20 challenges of health. Participants are asked  to narrow down these challenges to one which can be targeted in the coming year.

October 12, 2011 – Postdoctoral fellow presents research at the 2011 Western Users of SAS Software Conference
Lori L. Miller, a Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing postdoctoral fellow, presented her work in health outcomes/health-care research methodologies at the 2011 Western Users of SAS Software Conference Oct. 13 in San Francisco. Miller was chosen to present based on her research article, “Using SAS Procedure Proc Mixed to Assess the Effects of School Health Policy Requirements on Change in Student Health Outcome,” for which she was also recognized with the Junior Professional Award. Miller plans to further refine her paper for submission to the 2012 SAS Global Forum April 22-25 in Orlando.  

October 10, 2011 – Doctoral student speaks about privacy and research at statewide conference
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing doctoral student, Katherine Kim, spoke at an Integrating Data for Analysis, Anonymization, and Sharing (iDSAH) workshop. The workshop, “When data usability meets personal privacy in medical informatics,” focused on challenges of establishing a secure, privacy-preserving environment. As a member of the stakeholder perspectives panel, Kim spoke about consumer views regarding privacy and research. The workshop, in San Diego, assembled specialists in privacy technology and researchers to discuss the compromise between preservation of privacy and disclosure of useful data.

September 2011 – Doctoral student collaborates with diabetes educators to promote smoking cessation
A study by Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing doctoral student Deborah Greenwood was published this month in The Diabetes Educator, a journal publication of the American Association of Diabetes Educators.  In her study, Greenwood collaborated with California diabetes educators to encourage smoking cessation among individuals with diabetes in California. The study resulted in the implementation of, “Do you cAArd?,” a statewide educational program designed by diabetes educators to promote referrals to state tobacco quitlines. The focus of the study promotes smoking cessation specifically among those with diabetes, who are found to be particularly susceptible to adverse health effects of smoking. Read the full study here.

September 2011 – School of Nursing assistant adjunct professor publishes study in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
Debra Bakerjian, assistant adjunct professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, published her study in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, a publication of the American Medical Association. The manuscript examines Bakerjian’s study of a learning collaborative approach to nursing homes and local quality improvement networks, in order to address the perceived barriers of nursing data collection and compilation for the national coalition-based campaign, Advancing Excellence.  Bakerjian’s findings highlight the benefits of local quality improvement networks’ support for nursing-home data collection and compilation. The study also emphasizes the willingness and ability of nursing homes to contribute data to the Advancing Excellence campaign website, and supports the need to sustain and enhance the national campaign and its efforts. Read the abstract here.

September 2011 – Doctoral student participates in nursing presentation at Epic conference
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing doctoral student Rayne Soriano participated in a nursing presentation at the 2011 Epic Users’ Group Meeting in Verona, Wis. As a Kaiser Permanente Nursing Leader for Informatics in Northern California, Soriano contributed his expertise, along with other colleagues, in the session, “Nursing Advisory Council and General Sessions: Empowering Hospital Operations. The Epic Users’ Group Meeting is an annual four-day, national conference for health-care professionals to share ideas for improvement and expansion of health care through the use of information systems.

September 2011 - Postdoctoral fellow writes position statement for The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practicitioners
Dian Baker, a postdoctoral fellow at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, collaborated with a team to write a policy for The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. The policy, which is a revision of the association’s position statement about the “Health Risks and Needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Adolescents,” was recently adopted. The new position statement emphasizes the association’s opposition to public and private discrimination of individuals in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning community, and encourages members to speak out against such discrimination. Furthermore, the policy supports increased participation of nurse practitioners’ efforts to decrease youth health risks through support of changing environments, and promotion and understanding of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning community. Read the complete policy here.

School of Nursing adjunct professor receives Policy Leadership Institute fellowship
Debra Bakerjian, assistant adjunct professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, received a national fellowship to attend the Policy Leadership Institute this October. Funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation and administered by the Gerontological Society of America, the institute helps faculty use their research to inform policy makers. The two-day training in Washington, D.C., focuses on issues for policy makers, the legislative process and targeted communication strategies.

Doctoral student promotes Telehealth to diabetes educators
An article by Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing doctoral student Deborah Greenwood was published this summer in AADE in Practice, a publication of the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Through the article, Greenwood encouraged diabetes educators to use telecommunications to reach people with diabetes especially as the senior population grows. Many older people have limited mobility and those in underserved and rural communities are particularly at risk, Greenwood said.  She also described best practices to ensure good quality communication and patient satisfaction, as well as steps required for Medicare reimbursement per recently released guidelines.

July 11, 2011 - Preparing schools for emergency care
With a goal to save lives of students and personnel in California schools, a research team from UC Davis and California State University, Sacramento, surveyed school nurses to explore their experience with anaphylaxis, stocking appropriate medicine and barriers to implementing life-saving programs. Dian Baker, a Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis postdoctoral scholar and consulting faculty member, co-authored the abstract, “Preparedness for Students and Staff With Anaphylaxis,” which was published in the Journal of School Health in July 2011. The team determined more education is needed for school personnel and additional research is necessary to provide more effective emergency care during school hours. Click here for the full article.

April 22, 2011 – Doctoral student wins top award at the Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing doctoral student Katherine Kim was a first-place winner at a UC Davis campus-wide symposium. Also participating in the Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Symposium Poster Session and Traditional Presentations were doctoral students Perry Gee, Deborah Greenwood, Susan Perez and Sheridan Miyamoto. The symposium is designed to highlight cutting-edge graduate work across UC Davis colleges and schools. Kim’s study, “InTouch – An App for Youth with Obesity and Depression and Their Healthcare Team,” provides participants an iPod Touch with an application installed to help youths manage their own health and communicate with their health-care team using text messaging and email. Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing and Dean Heather M. Young and Assistant Professor Elena Siegel were among the faculty who served as judges.

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing faculty publish study of Mexican-American families and dementia
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Assistant Professor Ester Carolina Apesoa-Varano will publish a study examining how Mexican-American families manage and respond to dementia-related behavioral problems. The study, “Mexican-American Families and Dementia: An Exploration of ‘Work’ in Response to Dementia-Related Aggressive Behavior” will appear in Health Care Policy Changes for Aging Latinos: The Mexican-Origin Population produced by the International Conference on Aging in the Americas. Co-authors Apesoa-Varano, Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Group member Ladson Hinton and UC San Francisco School of Medicine Professor in Residence Judith C. Barker analyzed the behavior of Mexican-American families caring for people with dementia at home and found variations in how families accomplish illness-related tasks when aggressive behavior occurred. Variations in responses to dementia-related aggressive behavior are shaped by gender and generational differences. 

March 19, 2011 – For Black Women (and the people who love them!): What We Wish Our Health-Care Providers Knew About Us…More Than Hypertension and Diabetes
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Consulting Faculty member Jann Murray-Garcia led a community discussion underscoring the strengths and contributions of African-American women in the health-care system. As part of Women’s History Month, the event took place at Underground Books, an independent book store in Oak Park. Murray-Garcia’s lecture was one of three events held at the bookstore highlighting women’s health, wellness and empowerment in the community. Click here for more information about Underground Books.

March 9, 2011 – Integrating Quality: Linking Clinical and Educational Excellence at UC Davis Health System
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing faculty served as committee members to host the UC Davis Health System Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Symposium in Sacramento. Associate Dean Deborah Ward served on the committee along with faculty from the interprofessional Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Group: Frederick J. Meyers, executive associate dean for the School of Medicine, and Ulfat Shaikh, a School of Medicine professor. The one-day symposium brought faculty and students from both the School of Nursing and the School of Medicine together to share best practices and innovations in quality initiatives. Click here for more information on the Symposium.

March 5-6, 2011 - California Teachers Association 2011 Equity and Human Rights Conference
Jann Murray-Garcia, a consulting faculty member for the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, conducted a screening of the movie “From the Community to the Classroom” at the California Teachers Association 2011 Equity and Human Rights Conference. The film is a youth-directed documentary of how Davis young people led their community closer toward educational equity.  It is a timely illustration of how a system-level approach can help close racial disparities and enhance the well-being of a community. Teachers and students gathered to discuss the issues of diversity and equality in the classroom at the two-day San Jose conference with the theme, “Leveraging the Power of Diversity to Create Change.”

February 7, 2011 - What I Wish They Knew About Us: More Than Hypertension and Diabetes
Jann Murray-Garcia, a consulting faculty member for the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, celebrated several not-often heard of individuals in black history at an interprofessional-lunchtime lecture for the kick off of Black History Month. Sponsored by the Student National Medical Association, the discussion highlighted the strengths and contributions of African-American patients and communities. Murray-Garcia said health professionals must see the past as part of a person’s identity and explored the many challenges that living as a minority in America creates.

February 1, 2011 - Dean Heather M. Young continues dialogue about the Future of Nursing report
Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing and Dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Heather M. Young participated in a panel discussion concerning the Institute of Medicine's report, "The Future of Nursing." The event, hosted by UC San Francisco School of Nursing, provided an overview of the report and outlined goals in implementing key recommendations of the report. Chairwoman of the California Regional Action Coalition Executive Committee Deloras Jones was also a panel participant. View a video of the highlights here.

November 30, 2010 - UC Davis Health System convened discussion about advancing health through nursing
The Institute of Medicine released a report in Oct. 2010 titled, “The Future of Nursing,” with recommendations for advancing health through nursing. The California Regional Action Coalition was appointed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing and charged with engaging diverse stakeholders to develop a blueprint for implementation of the recommendations throughout the state. UC Davis Health System convened a special meeting on Nov. 30 to discuss the implications of the recommendations with other leaders from California. Read more about this meeting.

Mentoring the mentors to increase advisor education skill set
Dian Baker, a postdoctoral scholar at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was recently selected to represent the school in a mentoring training trial. The goal of the project is improve the mentoring skills of research faculty though a mentor-training program. In addition to Baker, the team from UC Davis includes Primary Investigator Julie Schweitzer, an associate professor of Clinical Psychiatry, and Richard Horuk, a visiting professor with the Department of Pharmacology. The research project, sponsored by UC Davis and the National Clinical Translational Science Center, will be conducted at 16 sites across the country.

August 11, 2010- August 2010 Seminar Series Lecture: “Care Management Plus: A Hands-On, High-Tech Approach to Complex Care” presented by David Dorr, M.D., M.S. More than 3 million older patients nationwide live with five or more chronic diseases. About two-thirds of Medicare dollars are spent on this frail fraction. David Dorr’s presentation described how effective primary care can improve older adults’ health and manage these costs. Care Management Plus includes intensive training, technology-based enhancements and ongoing consultation. Dorr is an assistant professor at Oregon Health & Science University. He’s interested in providing the best care for adults and those with chronic diseases. He has worked on longitudinal care management systems that help keep better track of patients’ needs and goals, better manage their conditions and allow people to take a lead role in their care. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and his medical degree from Washington University, St. Louis. He completed his internal medicine residency at OHSU and earned a master’s degree in medical informatics and health services administration from the University of Utah.  View flyer. 

Productive writing for nurse researchers
Heather M. Young, associate vice chancellor for nursing and founding dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, conducted a sixth annual writing retreat to support nurse researchers’ focus on productive writing with the goal of getting their work published. The retreat was at the Office of Rural Health Research Center in Ashland, Ore., in July and included 17 nursing researchers representing UC Davis, Oregon Health & Sciences University, Oregon Southern University, Washington State University and the University of Washington.

Collaborative practice
Debra Bakerjian, postdoctoral scholar at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, discussed nurse practitioner protocols and collaborative practice with physician and host Eric Tangalos of Reach MD Radio in June. The two also reviewed the impact of supervisory regulations on collaborative practices and how changes might be made to regulations to improve patient care as well as the job growth outlook for nurse practitioners in long-term care.

Nurses and dietitians collaborate for hospital patients
Samira Jones, a postdoctoral scholar at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing with a doctoral degree in nutrition, completed a summer internship at Baptist Health System dietetic internship program in San Antonio. She was part of an interprofessional team of nurses and dieticians working together to design more effective hospital patient menus and food delivery systems. Jones’ goal was to create an improved pureed tomato product for patients with dysphagia on special diet restrictions.

May 5, 2010- May 2010 Seminar Series Lecture: “Interprofessional Education and Practice with a Focus on Communication” presented by Brenda Zierler, Ph.D., R.N., R.V.T. Brenda Zierler’s presentation describes her research on the use of simulation to improve communication and team-work skills among health professionals. Zierler’s research explores the relationships between the delivery of health care and outcomes at patient and system levels, such as interdisciplinary teams developing and evaluating health-outcome measures in the diagnosis and treatment of venous thromboembolism (VTE). In addition to her role as associate dean of technology innovations in education and research at the University of Washington School of Nursing, Zierler is also an adjunct associate professor for the University of Washington’s School of Medicine and School of Public Health. She is the director of a HRSA-funded Master of Science program in Clinical Informatics and Patient Centered Technologies. Zierler earned a doctorate from the University of Washington School of Nursing and Department of Health Services. Watch

April 29, 2010-Alzheimer's Care Academy:  Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Postdoctoral Fellow Tara Sharpp facilitated the 2010 Alzheimer’s Care Academy. Sharpp and other experts lead the event for Alzheimer’s caregivers. The academy is tailored to meet the needs of the professional and paraprofessional staff person.

Immunizations in Hmong community
Children of Hmong descent are less likely to receive adequate and timely immunizations even when health insurance is available, according to a research study recently completed by an interprofessional research team. The study, which was published in American Journal of Public Health, discovered barriers perceived by parents of Hmong origin explain this low immunization rate. Dian Baker, a postdoctoral scholar at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, co-authored the study with an interprofessional research team from the UC Davis Human and Community Development Department, California State University, Sacramento and Sacramento City Unified School District. In response to its findings, the team launched a social marketing campaign to educate adults in the Hmong community. The group recommends cultural awareness training for health-care systems staff and providers and disaggregating Asian/Pacific Islander health data.

Nurse education and public health in Vietnam
Thirty years as a pediatric nurse practitioner working with Southeast-Asian communities in California led Dian Baker to dedicate herself to reducing health disparities locally and in their countries of origin. Part of the postdoctoral research team at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, Baker traveled to Vietnam in March to teach a course for graduate nursing students. The course prepares future nurses at the Vietnam School of Nursing in partnership with Pharmacy and Medicine University in Ho Chi Minh City. Baker also studied the role of nurses in health promotion and public health in Vietnam.

Health care for victims of human trafficking
With the goal of helping health-care providers recognize and address the needs of victims of human trafficking, Dian Baker, postdoctoral scholar at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, spoke at the California Department of Public Health Refugee Annual Meeting and at the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Annual National Conference in June.

January 20, 2010- January 2010 Seminar Series Lecture: “Comparative Effectiveness Research Using Practice-Based Evidence: How Nursing Can Lead the Interdisciplinary Team” presented by Susan D. Horn, Ph.D. Dr. Horn's presentation describes how practice-based evidence study designs identify treatments associated with better outcomes for specific types of patients and how these studies relate to electronic health records. Horn is an adjunct professor in the Department of Medical Informatics at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She is also a senior scientist for the Institute for Clinical Outcomes Research and vice president of research for International Severity Information Systems, Inc. in Utah. Her clinical practice research includes cost-containment practices in health maintenance organizations, ambulatory diabetes care, hospice care, preventing falls, and women’s health care, including the elderly. Horn earned a doctorate in statistics from Stanford in 1968 and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Cornell University in 1964. 
When: Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, noon-1:15 p.m., Education Building, Room 1222. View flyer

October 28, 2009 – Central Valley and Northern California Nurse Faculty Town-Hall Meeting:
 Nurse faculty from the Central Valley and Northern California region joined the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing for a town hall meeting to discuss how to create the best opportunities for nursing students and other health professionals. Click here to watch the event.

October 22, 2009 – Yuba-Sutter-area Town Hall: Health-care professionals and residents of the Yuba-Sutter area are invited to participate in a town-hall meeting to collect input about the development of new nursing graduate education programs, curriculum, faculty and student recruitment and development, as well as collaborative opportunities to ensure education and health-care opportunities for rural communities such as the Yuba-Sutter area. Join us from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22 at the Conference Center, 989 Plumas St., across from the Fremont Medical Center. View flyer 

October 14, 2009- October 2009 Seminar Series Lecture: "Using Technology to Manage Chronic Illness in Older Adults at Home" presented by Bonnie Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N. Dr. Wakefield’s “Using Technology to Manage Chronic Illness in Older Adults at Home,” describes a series of studies evaluating use of remote monitoring to allow older adults to manage chronic illness and remain in their homes. Wakefield was appointed associate research professor for the Sinclair School of Nursing at the University of Missouri in fall 2005.  She also serves as director of health services research and development at Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital in Columbia, Mo.
When: Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009 from noon-1:15 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Center Auditorium. View flyer

September 17, 2009 – Rural Health Care Town-Hall Meeting: This town-hall meeting collected input from Truckee area residents and health professionals about the development of new nursing graduate education programs, curriculum, faculty recruitment and development, as well as collaborative opportunities to ensure education and health-care opportunities for rural areas such as Tahoe. The town hall was held at the Tahoe Forest Hospital. 

August 18, 2009 – Breakfast with Two International Nurse Professors: The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis hosted a lecture with Annemarie Kesselring and Tamar Krulik . The two nursing professors presented information on their work in Switzerland and Israel.

June 2009 –
UC Davis Health Informatics and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing proudly presented the June 2009 Seminar Series Lecture, "Knowledge Translation and the Point of Care: Nursing Informatics." with guest lecturer, Suzanne Bakken, D.N.Sc., R.N., F.A.A.N. Watch Dr. Bakken's lecture. 

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