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2012 Past happenings

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing faculty, students and scholars continually participate in lectures, speaker series, symposiums and other special events that reflect the school's vision and mission to transform health care through nursing education and research. The list below is a sample of the breadth of such activities in 2012. Click here to view the current year's happenings.

2012 Happenings

December 2012 - School of Nursing doctoral candidate chosen to serve on Diabetes Spectrum editorial board
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing doctoral candidate Deborah A. Greenwood was selected by the American Diabetes Association to serve as a member of the editorial board of its peer-reviewed journal Diabetes Spectrum from 2013-2015. The journal assists health-care professionals with the development of strategies to individualize treatment and enhance diabetes self-management education to optimize patient outcomes. Editorial board members conduct peer reviews of articles submitted for publication, write and submit articles and advocate for the journal at meetings and conferences. Greenwood will also advise the association’s Publications Policy Committee regarding publishing trends and policy.

November 2012 - School of Nursing doctoral candidate publishes article in Journal of Vascular Nursing
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing doctoral candidate Deborah A. Greenwood published the article “Utilizing clinical support staff and electronic health records to increase tobacco use documentation and referrals to a state quitline,”  in the online version of the Journal of Vascular Nursing. The article analyzes the results of a study in which medical assistants were utilized as tobacco-cessation promoters. The study assesses the implementation of tobacco use documentation in electronic health records by medical assistants and its correlation to increased tobacco-cessation referrals and access to services. Greenwood is the first author on the article, which was co-written by an interprofessional group of health-care researchers. The article will appear in the journal’s December 2012 print issue. It may be viewed online here.

November 16-18, 2012 - Postdoctoral scholar presents a lecture at Oncology Nursing Society conference
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Postdoctoral Fellow Hermine Poghosyan presented a lecture at the Oncology Nursing Society conference "Connections: Advancing Care through Science" in Phoenix. Poghosyan presented the poster, “Health related quality of life after surgical treatment in patients with non-small cell lung cancer: a systematic review.” The focus of the conference was to disseminate research findings to oncology nursing professionals for practical application for cancer care. A goal of the conference was to provide a networking opportunity for oncology professionals to share their experience and expertise with each other. Oncology Nursing Society is an organization for registered nurses, including staff nurses, advanced practice nurses, researchers, and administrators that promotes quality oncology nursing and cancer care.

November 15, 2012- Assistant professor presents at the Gerontological Society of America conference
Ester Carolina Apesoa-Varano, assistant professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, co-presented the lecture, “Depression treatment preferences of older white and Mexican-American men,” at the annual 2012 Gerontological Society of America conference. The goal of the presentation was to promote the development of patient-centered depression treatment programs that accommodate the treatment preferences of older white and Mexican-American male populations. The society’s goal is to promote research, education and training in the field of geriatrics.

November 12-14, 2012 - School of Nursing visiting associate professor presents at Gerontological Society of America conference
Anna Zisberg, a visiting associate professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, presented two lectures at the 2012 annual Gerontological Society of America conference. Zisberg presented her paper, “Hospitalization as a turning point for sleep medication use in older adults.” The presentation emphasized the importance of prescribing policies for sleep medications during hospitalizations, which often result in chronic sleep medication usage in older adults after hospitalization. Zisberg also presented the poster, “In-hospital functional decline of older adults and greater satisfaction with nursing care.” The presentation focused on the impact that a person's physical and mental ability during hospitalization has on his or her satisfaction with in-hospital nursing care. The presentation provided a patient-centered perspective that outlined several factors that affect individual's satisfaction with nursing care during hospitalization.

November 12-14, 2012 - School of Nursing Dean presents at nursing conference in San Diego
Heather Young, associate vice chancellor for nursing and dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, presented two lectures at the 2012 National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence Leadership Conference in San Diego. This was the 12th Annual Leadership Conference focused on leadership development, development of gerontological nurse leaders/researchers and bringing gerontological nursing research findings into practice and health care policy. Young’s lecture, “The Art of Negotiation: Bargaining for Advantage,” focused on the art and principles of negotiation in relationships. Young’s second lecture, “Research: Managing Performance and Progress,” provided attendees with advice regarding the business aspect of research such as managing performance and outcomes. 

November 2012 – Robert Wood Johnson Foundation video highlights research by doctoral candidate
A new video created by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation features research by Katherine Kim, a doctoral candidate at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. The video showcases the work of project teams funded by the foundation through its Project HealthDesign program, which seeks to build a bridge between patient experience and provider expertise through personal health technology. Kim described her team’s research, "iN Touch: Impact of a Mobile App for Overweight and Obese Youth," a pilot project that examined the utility of mobile technology in helping youth manage their own weight and health. Project participants showed improvements in their waist circumference and in their self-confidence in managing their health. 

November 11-14, 2012- Assistant professor, associate vice chancellor present at Gerontological Society of America conference
Elena Siegel, an assistant professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, gave a presentation about her paper, “The director of nursing and staffing in nursing homes,” along with co-author Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean Heather M. Young, at the annual 2012 Gerontological Society of America conference. The purpose of the paper is to examine the director of nursing roles and responsibilities associated with staffing in nursing homes. As an alumnus of the John A. Hartford Foundation Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity program, Siegel also participated as the discussant for the symposium, “Methodological issues in conducting research with older adults: challenges faced by Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity alumni.” Siegel provided a synthesis of issues with research approaches that involve older adults and facilitated a discussion on resolution strategies. The mission of the Gerontological Society of America is to promote gerontological research and dissemination of research findings regarding aging to practitioners and educators for the improvement of geriatric health care.

November 11-13, 2012- Associate dean presents at the social determinants of health meeting
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Associate Dean for Academics Deborah Ward presented a lecture, “Interprofessional Education on Social Determinants,” at the Association of Academic Health Centers’ meeting, Academic Health Centers and the Social Determinants of Health. The gathering was in Charleston, S.C. The focus of the meeting was to address key components associated with academic health centers and the social determinants of health for a community. Ward spoke about how nursing and other health-care professional curricula integrate population health and social determinants of health to improve community health.   

October 30, 2012- Assistant adjunct professor participates in discussion panel at Underground Books
Assistant Adjunct Professor Jann Murray-Garcia facilitated a discussion panel at Underground Books in Sacramento, Calif,. for the book "The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration," written by Isabel Wilkerson, a Pulitzer-Prize winning African-American author. Discussion topics led by Murray-Garcia included the mass migration of African-Americans from the South to the North in the U.S. beginning in 1915 and the question of quality of life for African-Americans since the migration. One of the goals of the discussion was to provide opportunities for communication between community members. The book is this year’s 2012-2013 selection for the UC Davis Health System’s Interprofessional Book Club. The purpose of the book club is to explore issues relevant to contemporary life and to provide opportunities for communication between students, faculty, and staff.

October 29-30, 2012- Associate dean presents at the American Public Health Association conference in San Francisco
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Associate Dean for Academics Deborah Ward presented a lecture at the American Public Health Association’s 140th conference and exposition, “The need for expanded career-leader programs to expand the registered nurse workforce.” The conference was conducted this year in San Francisco. The conference’s goal was to bring practitioners together from around the world to promote health and disease prevention by providing information on current health topics.

October 24, 2012- Assistant adjunct professor moderates panel discussion on African-American migration
Assistant Adjunct Professor Jann Murray-Garcia and Carl Pinkston, founder and director of the African American Institute and the Black Parallel School Board, moderated the panel discussion, “Stories of the Great Migration from Oak Park, Sacramento, African-American Elders,” at UC Davis Health System. The discussion featured local residents who told their stories of migration from the South to Sacramento. This event is one in a series for the health system’s Interprofessional Book Club. The book club is reading “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration,” by Isabel Wilkerson, which chronicles the migration of African-Americans from the South between 1915 and 1970. One goal of the book club is to gain an understanding of the effects of migration and social determinants on health and health disparities in the African-American population in the Sacramento region. Click here to view a recording of the event.

October 7, 2012- Doctoral candidate participates in Research 2.0 roundtable discussion
Katherine Kim, a doctoral student at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, participated in a roundtable discussion at Research 2.0, a preconference event associated with the Health 2.0 Conference and aimed at the research community. Health 2.0 showcases cutting-edge innovation that seeks to transform the health-care system. Kim spoke as part of the roundtable discussion, What Innovators Need From Data and Research. She talked about her research, "iN Touch: Impact of a Mobile App for Overweight and Obese Youth," a pilot project that examined the utility of mobile technology in helping youth manage their own health, and the collaboration between her research team and the developers at TheCarrot.com who created the health information tracking tool used in the study.

October 3, 2012 – School of Nursing doctoral students, faculty participate in a Bay Area quality and safety workshop for health informatics
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing doctoral student Rayne Soriano, doctoral candidates Perry Gee and Katherine Kim and Associate Adjunct Professor Alberto Odor participated in a Quality and Safety Education in Nursing Informatics Deep Dive Workshop in San Francisco to build nurse educators' and health providers' competency within health informatics. Attendees learn innovative techniques for integrating informatics content into curriculum and practice. All four School of Nursing attendees are leaders in health informatics throughout Northern California. Funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and led by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the informatics workshop is one of six, each focused on a different aspect of quality and safety education.

October 1-2, 2012 - Professor presents at Binational Health Week conference in Mexico
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Professor Mary Lou de Leon Siantz presented a lecture at the Binational Health Week conference in Mexico Oct. 1-2. Latin America, Canada, and the U.S. have participated in Binational Health Week for the last 10 years in an effort to improve health and health services for Latinos. The purpose of this year’s conference was to promote health information and access to health care for the underserved Latino population, particularly migrant farm workers and their families. De Leon Siantz presented a lecture, “The immigrant adolescent challenge: promoting reproductive health and education.” She presented a second lecture along with a team of her colleagues for a paper she co-authored on the topic of health for young Mexican immigrants and migrant workers. 

September 29, 2012 - Assistant Adjunct Professor honored as an exceptional woman of color
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Assistant Adjunct Professor Jann Murray-Garcia was selected as one of 20 Exceptional Women of Color by The Hub Magazine. She was acknowledged for her extraordinary achievements in her career and in the community. She co-teaches the course Community Connections at the School of Nursing, which partners master’s-degree students with area community organizations to create system-level change. Murray-Garcia’s research focuses on the elimination of health disparities and cultural humility and competence. She was featured in the fall 2012 issue of THE HUB Magazine and recognized at the annual Exceptional Women of Color Networking Brunch and Wellness Conference in Davis, Calif. The event, presented by the Sacramento Cultural Hub Media Foundation, included speakers and workshops under the theme, “Recognizing the Power of Education, Health and Entrepreneurship.”

September 28, 2012 – Doctoral candidate moderates panel at Stanford University School of Medicine conference
Katherine Kim, a third-year doctoral candidate, moderated a panel at Stanford University’s Medicine X conference. The three person panel discussed what happens when groups of patients self-track their health information together. Kim moderated the discussion as the group explored the technological barriers that limit self-tracking in groups. The Medicine X initiative is designed to explore the potential of social media and information technology to advance health care, improve health and empower individuals to be active participants in their own care. Kim’s doctoral dissertation focuses on how technology can improve the quality, safety and cost effectiveness of health care. Click here for more information about Medicine X.

 September 25, 2012 – Doctoral candidate presents at informatics webinar
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing doctoral candidate Katherine Kim was one of five American Medical Informatics Association members who presented an interactive webinar. The session, “From the iPhone to the EMR: Can patients’ personal health data help improve their clinical care?” explored technology solutions that help people monitor and improve their health, patient observations about integration of technology and how research teams can use technology to actively engage patients. Kim’s dissertation research focuses on the impact of mobile technology and social media on consumers’ ability to manage their health and partner with their providers to do so. Project HealthDesign, an eight-year initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, hosted the webinar.

September 24, 2012 - Professor participates in PBS Health and Nutrition advisory group discussion
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Professor Mary Lou de Leon Siantz advised the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) regarding cultural factors associated with Latino children’s health. Siantz participated in a Health and Nutrition advisory group discussion. Her recommendations will inform PBS’s work to develop strategies for how to better integrate aspects of Latino culture into their children’s programs.  

September 22, 2012 - School of Nursing students assist UC Davis Nutrition Department with health fair for local children
School of Nursing students Sheridan Miyamoto, Anita Depatie, Tracy Nord and Patricia Gonsalves participated in a health fair with the UC Davis Nutrition Department as part of a research project focused on improving nutrition and nutrition education in local public schools. The School of Nursing students collected blood samples and took weight, height and waist measurements from Elk Grove elementary school students who are participating in the study. The project is intended to reduce childhood obesity by promoting access to healthy food options in schools, school gardens, regional agriculture, physical activity and community involvement. 

September 16, 2012 - Emegency Nurses Association honors UC Davis graduate nursing student
 Kristen Connor, a first-year master's-degree student at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and a UC Davis emergency department nurse, received the Rising Star Award from the Emergency Nurses Association. The award recognizes a new ENA member who made significant contributions to the association, as exhibited by involvement at both the state and national levels, while working to enhance ENA as the professional organization of emergency nurses. Connor received the award Sept. 16 at the ENA's annual convention in San Diego.

September 12, 2012 – Doctoral candidate publishes personal story about the impact of nursing informatics
Perry Gee, a doctoral candidate at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, published a personal story about the impact of nursing informatics on the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) website. HIMSS is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming health care through the effective use of health information technology. HIMSS collected and published personal stories about nurses across the country who leverage technology to improve care and create healthier communities. HIMSS, in partnership with the American Nurses Association and the Alliance for Nursing Informatics, presented the stories to the Congressional Nursing Caucus. Read Gee’s personal story on page 5, here. 

September 12, 2012 – Doctoral student presents at national conference in Wisconsin
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing doctoral student Rayne Soriano presented at the 2012 Epic Users’ Group Meeting in Verona, Wis. Soriano’s presentation, “EMR Competency Development for Nursing Leaders,” earned the Epic Classic distinction, meaning it was promoted as one of the best presentations at the conference. 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. Recently, Soriano was promoted to Kaiser Permanente’s Care and Delivery Business Information Office as manager of nursing informatics.

September 11, 2012 – Faculty member presents research at scientific symposium
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Adjunct Professor Jeri L. Bigbee presented her research at the 2012 Scientific Symposium hosted by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing in Arlington, Va. The symposium showcases studies that advance nursing policy and increase the body of evidence for regulatory decision-making.  Bigbee gave a presentation on her ongoing research project, “Nurses and the Population’s Health,” which examines whether the supply of registered nurses is associated with healthier communities.

September 7-11, 2012 – Inaugural graduate wins best research poster
Suzanne M. Beshore, an inaugural graduate of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, won a best research poster award at the 36th Annual Congress and Nursing Symposium of the Society of Otorhinolaryngology and Head-Neck Nurses in Washington, D.C. Beshore’s poster, “Unequal Childhoods:  Factors That Influence Timely Access to Orthodontic Care For Children Preparing For Alveolar Bone Grafting,” reported the results of her master’s-thesis research. Her research demonstrated that children who have publicly funded health insurance are significantly more likely to have their alveolar bone graft surgeries—to repair cleft lip or cleft palate—performed at a sub-optimal time when compared to children with private health insurance.

September 6, 2012 - Professor presents at collaborative meeting supporting nursing profession
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Professor Mary Lou de Leon Siantz presented at Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future’s annual meeting in Portland, Ore. De Leon Siantz’s presentation, Planning to Lead in the 21st Century, focused on racial and ethnic diversity throughout the nursing profession. The Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future program is a collaboration between the Northwest Health Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support the capacity, involvement and leadership of local foundations to advance the nursing profession in their own communities. The program supports projects including efforts to transform nursing education, encourage racial, ethnic and gender diversity in the nursing workforce and develop nurses as leaders in health reform.

September 4, 2012 – Doctoral student promoted to new position at Kaiser Permanente
Rayne Soriano, a Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing second-year doctoral student, joined Kaiser Permanente’s Care and Delivery Business Information Office as manager of nursing informatics. In this position, Soriano joins the Clinical Informatics Team within the Information Services Group and will lead initiatives that leverage technology to enhance clinical operations and improve efficiency. He will serve as a member of the Inter-Regional Nursing Governance Group and will lead the Ambulatory Nursing Governance Group in partnership with ambulatory nurse leader. Soriano will also manage projects focusing on care delivery transitions and care planning. He has been with Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect since 2007, where he has held several roles, including inpatient training lead and inpatient nursing optimization leader.

September 2012 - Doctoral student selected for Business Development Certificate program
Susan Perez, a doctoral student at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, was selected as one of eight participants in the 2012-13 Business Development Certificate Program, which is administered by the Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UC Davis. The year-long program, open to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, provides hands-on experience in developing new business ventures that could commercialize research. Participants take courses at the Graduate School of Management and attend networking events and field trips to regional start-ups.

September 2012 – Professor joins PBS KIDS as adviser in nutrition and children’s health
PBS KIDS invited Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Professor Mary Lou de Leon Siantz to serve as an expert adviser in nutrition and children’s health and review the station’s on-air underwriting guidelines and other practices related to children’s content. De Leon Siantz is an international expert in migrant health and focuses on the development and educational strengths of Hispanic immigrant adolescents. With a commitment to the well-being of children, PBS KIDS leaders said in the invitation to de Leon Siantz the station is particularly concerned about the serious threat of childhood obesity. The children’s programming channel has been part of the Public Broadcasting Service since 1993.

August 31-September 2, 2012 – School of Nursing Dean leads discussion at School of Medicine deans meeting
Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing and founding Dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Heather M. Young discussed nursing faculty’s work to develop interprofessional educational programs at UC Davis at the 2012 Association of American Medical Colleges Western Region Council of Meetings. “Responding to New Realities,” this year’s meeting focused on team-based approaches to challenges of academic health centers. To attend, medical school deans made group presentations with diverse teams of leaders from across their patient care, education and research missions at their universities. School of Medicine Dean Claire Pomeroy invited Executive Associate Dean Fred Meyers along with Young to lead the UC Davis presentation.

August 27, 2012 – Doctoral student writes blog post for physician assistants’ online journal
Kris Himmerick, a doctoral student at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and a faculty member in the Family Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Program at UC Davis, wrote a blog post for the online version of the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Her post relates the advice of one of Himmerick’s former students, a recent graduate of the physician assistant program named Paul Kubin, regarding how prospective physician assistants can gain the hands-on health-care experience needed to apply to physician assistant programs. Himmerick is a member of the journal’s editorial board. Click here to read the blog post.

August 17, 2012 – School of Nursing leader collaborates on interprofessional mobile health research
Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing and founding Dean Heather M. Young is one of several UC Davis faculty and leaders collaborating on an interprofessional research project to develop wireless sensor and mobile health technologies to empower individuals with chronic diseases. The project initially will focus on the use of smartphones to assess an individual's medical status, which has potential applications for conducting e-house calls and other interactions between persons and caregivers. The project is directed by Jay Han, an associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and medical director of the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS). The project is funded through the Research Investments in Sciences and Engineering program, an initiative of the UC Davis Office of Research to support innovative multidisciplinary research of international importance.

August 1-4, 2012—Doctoral student showcases research at convention for diabetes educators
Doctoral student Deborah Greenwood shared her research through two presentations at the American Association of Diabetes Educators Annual Meeting & Exhibition August 1-4 in Indianapolis. The association is an interdisciplinary group of health-care professionals who work to integrate self-management as a key outcome in the care of people with diabetes. Greenwood led an oral presentation, “The Nuts and Bolts of Implementing a Diabetes Prevention Program in the Community,” and she presented the research poster, “Evaluation of Diabetes Self-Management Support Delivered by Telehealth.” She is also a member of the association’s board of directors.

August 3, 2012 - Postdoctoral scholar presents research at international nursing research conference
Michelle M. Fennessy, a Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Postdoctoral Fellow, presents her research, “Predictors of Fatigue in Patients with Stable Coronary Disease,” at the 23rd International Nursing Research Congress in Brisbane, Australia. Her research shows women demonstrated higher rates of fatigue than men within the week prior to treatment. The congress is an international forum for the exchange of evidence-based practices and solutions among nurse researchers, clinicians, educators, policy makers and administrators. In April, Fennessy was awarded the Edith Anderson Leadership Education Grant by Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing, to attend the congress and present her findings.

August 2, 2012 - Postdoctoral scholar selected for Business Development Certificate program
Lori L. Miller, a Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Postdoctoral Fellow, was selected as one of eight participants in the 2012-13 Business Development Certificate Program, which is administered by the Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UC Davis. The year-long program, open to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, provides hands-on experience in developing new business ventures that could commercialize research. Participants take courses at the Graduate School of Management and attend networking events and field trips to regional start-ups. Miller is the first representative from the School of Nursing to participate in the program.

August 1, 2012 – Alumnus presents research at international nursing research conference
Oleg Teleten, a graduate in the inaugural master’s-degree class at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, co-presented his research, “Suspected Deep Tissue Injuries and Pressure Ulcers in the Perioperative Area,” at the 23rd International Nursing Research Congress in Brisbane, Australia. The research, which Teleten co-presented with Holly Kirkland-Walsh, a wound care nurse practitioner, focused on the incidence of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers that occur during prolonged surgical procedures and prevention techniques. Their presentation was part of the session, “Health Promotion and Disease Prevention: Clinical Outcomes in Geriatric Populations.” The congress is organized by Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing.

July 2012 - Assistant Adjunct Professor named to the editorial board of nursing publication
Geriatric Nursing recently named Debra Bakerjian, a Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Assistant Adjunct Professor, as the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association Section Editor. Geriatric Nursing is a source for nurses and nurse practitioners for clinical information and management advice relating to the care of older adults. Bakerjian’s research is primarily focused on nurse practitioners and quality improvement practices in nursing homes; care transitions between acute-care facilities, nursing homes and assisted living centers; chronic disease management; pain management; quality of care and of life; and interprofessional education for health-care workers. In her role as section editor, Bakerjian serves as a peer reviewer for content and assists the editor with editorial decisions. Geriatric Nursing is the official journal of the American Assisted Living Nurses Association, National Gerontological Nurses Association and the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association.

July 3-4—UC Davis nursing professor presents at international symposium
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Professor Mary Lou de Leon Siantz, an international expert in migrant health, delivered the state-of-the-science presentation on the migration and health of Latino mothers and children—the largest immigrant population of the U.S.— at an international symposium on maternity and immigration at the University of Alberta in Canada. The Worldwide Universities Network symposium brought together researchers from the leading immigrant-receiving countries – Canada, the United Kingdom, United States and Australia – to compare scientific studies related to the experiences of pregnant migrant women. The researchers’ goal is to identify ways to close gaps in maternity care in some immigrant communities.

July 1, 2012—Postdoctoral scholar appointed to two American Heart Association committees
Michelle M. Fennessy, a Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Postdoctoral Fellow, was selected to serve on two national committees of the American Heart Association. Fennessy will work as advocacy ambassador on the leadership committee for the association’s Council on Cardiovascular Nursing, which seeks to accelerate the discovery, translation and application of knowledge to improve overall cardiovascular health. In that capacity, she will coordinate the council’s advocacy work.  She was also the first nurse scientist appointed to the early career committee for the Council on Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism. In this role, she will help evaluate and create new guidelines for secondary prevention of heart disease. Both appointments involve two years of service.

June 26, 2012—Doctoral student presents at international nursing informatics conference
A paper co-authored by Katherine Kim, a third-year doctoral student at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, was featured at the International Congress on Nursing Informatics conference in Montreal June 23-27. “Observations of Daily Living: Putting the ‘Personal’ in Personal Health Record” was one of four papers showcased in a session about personal health records. Kim authored the research paper with five other researchers from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

June 26, 2012—Assistant professor’s research poster featured at AcademyHealth conference
Assistant Professor Elena Siegel’s research poster, “Director of Nursing: Administrative and Management Roles and Responsibilities,” was featured at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting June 24-26 in Orlando. The conference is a forum for health services research, where more than 2,400 attendees gather to discuss health policy implications, sharpen research methods, and network with colleagues from around the world. The program is designed for health services researchers, providers, key decision makers, clinicians, graduate students, and research analysts. Other School of Nursing representatives at the meeting included doctoral student Katherine Kim, who was involved in two different research studies featured at the meeting.

 June 20 and 21—Dean invited to participate in national futures symposium
Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing and Founding Dean Heather M. Young joined about 50 other health-care leaders from across the nation to participate in a discussion to explore the future of health care in the U.S. As part of its 40th anniversary recognition, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation commissioned the Institute for Alternative Futures to conduct the Symposium on Health and Health Care in 2032. The invitation-only symposium in Kansas City, Mo. included leaders from a range of disciplines—business, technology, arts and entertainment, faith and health care—to explore scenarios of what health and health care in the U.S. should look like in 2032. Click here to see website with symposium input. Click here to read more about symposium.

June 2012 – Doctoral student selected as board president of the American Board of Neuroscience Nursing
Lori Madden, a doctoral student at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, was selected as the 2012-2013 board president of the American Board of Neuroscience Nursing. The board is an independent not-for-profit corporation that manages the Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse certification program, a credential that denotes a particular body of knowledge and skill level among nurses who work in neuroscience.  Madden is a nurse practitioner in neurological surgery. She is also an associate clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco.

May 16, 2012 – Doctoral student presents at Health Tech Conference in Silicon Valley
Katherine Kim, a doctoral student at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, participated in a panel discussion at SVForum’s Health Tech Conference: New Technologies & Business Models for Health. The conference brought together leaders from the health-care, technology, government and communication sectors to discuss the potential impact of mobile and information technologies on health. Kim spoke as part of the panel discussion Technology & Social Innovation to End Health Disparities. Her research focuses on the application of mobile health and health information exchange technologies to promote health and improve health-care delivery systems.

May 4-5, 2012 – Master’s-degree student presents research at American Geriatrics Society
Charley Johnston, a master’s-degree student at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, presented his research, Community Based Advance Care Planning Education for Older Adults, at the 2012 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society in Seattle. This pilot research sought to determine whether a community-based educational program for older adults would increase education in advance care planning—which includes health education, anticipating future care and choosing a spokesperson, among other elements. Johnson presented his work at the meeting’s general poster presentation, as well as at a student poster session. The meeting is the premier educational gathering in geriatrics, and conveys current information on clinical care, aging-related research and innovative care-delivery models.

May 3, 2012 – Postdoctoral scholar wins Dean’s Award from University of Illinois, Chicago College of Nursing
Michelle M. Fennessy, a postdoctoral scholar at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, received the 2012 Dean’s Award at the University of Illinois, Chicago College of Nursing during the school’s commencement ceremony. The College of Nursing gives a Dean’s Award each year to a graduating doctoral student, based on academic achievement, research activity and scholarly publications and presentations. Fennessy earned her doctoral degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago in August, 2011, which made her eligible for the 2012 award.

May 3, 2012 – Faculty member speaks at interprofessional conference about home health care
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Assistant Adjunct Professor Debra Bakerjian spoke at the American Academy of Home Care Physicians Annual Meeting in Seattle. She was one of three speakers at the morning session, “Special Update on Medicare Payment Policy, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and What it Means for Home Care Medicine Providers.” Bakerjian focused on the role and opportunities for nurse practitioners in home care of older adults under the Affordable Care Act, particularly related to regulatory barriers. The American Academy of Home Care Physicians works to remove barriers, set standards, provide education and foster the development of legislation to facilitate growth for members in the field of home care medicine.

April 26-28, 2012– Doctoral student wins award at the Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing doctoral student Susan Perez won a Dean's Prize for Best Oral Presentation at the 2012 the Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium at UC Davis. Perez’s presentation, Health Information-Seeking on the Internet, described how health-care providers can better understand consumers’ pursuit of health-information on the Internet as they decide whether or not to seek formal health care. The symposium is an opportunity for graduate and professional students at UC Davis to showcase their scholarship for the campus and the larger community, and to foster interdisciplinary collaborations among these students. Master’s-degree student Charley Johnston also presented at the symposium.

April 26-27, 2012 – Associate dean presents research at nursing quality research conference
Deborah Ward, associate dean and health sciences clinical associate professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, and Debra Fishman, a psychologist with UC Davis Health System’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, presented their research on pain self-management at a national conference of the Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative. The initiative, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, supports interdisciplinary science to pinpoint the contributions nurses make to improving health and health care. The interdisciplinary study evaluated the value and efficacy of using a nurse-led counseling intervention to motivate patients to self-manage their pain after spine surgery. The pain self-management tools developed through this study are located here.

April 2012 – Postdoctoral scholar wins Edith Anderson Leadership Education Grant
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing, selected Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Postdoctoral Fellow Michelle M. Fennessy as a recipient of an Edith Anderson Leadership Education Grant. The grant will provide financial support for Fennessy to attend the 23rd International Nursing Research Congress in Brisbane, Australia, in July, where she will present her research, Predictors of Fatigue in Patients with Stable Coronary Disease. The congress is an international forum for the exchange of evidence-based practices and solutions among nurse researchers, clinicians, educators, policy makers and administrators. The award is named for Edith H. Anderson, former dean of nursing at the University of Delaware and the University of Hawaii.

March 2012 –  Faculty member publishes article in Public Health Nursing
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Adjunct Professor Jeri L. Bigbee published the article “Conceptual Models for Population-focused Public Health Nursing Interventions and Outcomes: The State of the Art,” in the online version of Public Health Nursing in March 2012. The article analyzes the status of public health nursing conceptual models and makes recommendations for future conceptual development and testing, with a focus on public health nursing interventions and outcomes. Bigbee is the first author on the article, which was co-authored by L. Michele Issel, a clinical professor at the University of Illinois School of Public Health. The article is a result of a 2010 national research agenda-setting conference regarding public health nursing research and quality at which Bigbee was an invited presenter.

March 22 and 23, 2012 – School of Nursing dean tapped to present at leadership conference
Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing and Founding Dean Heather M. Young led two sessions at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars 2012 Leadership Meeting in San Francisco. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars program offers talented junior faculty in academic nursing three years of career development support. The program aims to strengthen the academic productivity and overall excellence of nursing schools by providing mentorship, leadership training, and salary and research support to young faculty. Young led the session Academic Negotiations: The Move Toward Leadership where she conducted group exercises in negotiating authorship and academic appointments. She also was a panelist for a workshop intended to support scholars’ efforts to move forward their research careers.

March 15, 2012 – Postdoctoral scholar presents research at American Heart Association conference
Michelle M. Fennessy, a postdoctoral scholar at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, presented her research at the American Heart Association’s 2012 scientific sessions on epidemiology and prevention and nutrition, physical activity and metabolism in San Diego. Her research, “Influence of Fatigue and Depressive Symptoms on Physical Functioning 30 Days After Treatment for Stable Coronary Artery Disease,” evaluates how fatigue and depressive symptoms affect individuals with stable coronary artery disease after they receive particular interventions. Fennessy’s research found that while depressive symptoms did not affect physical functioning, persistent fatigue may prevent individuals from participating in physical activity that promotes secondary prevention.

March 12, 2012 – School of Nursing professor leads session for long-term care professionals
Elena Siegel, an assistant professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, facilitated a workshop focused on leadership and quality improvement during a networking session for the Long-Term Care Leadership Academy in Sacramento. The discussion covered the topic of leadership factors that contribute to successful quality improvement initiatives in nursing homes. The academy, a two-year program of the California Association of Health Facilities, is intended to assist long-term care professionals in developing the skills they need to lead their organizations and their profession. Participants receive training in leadership skills and information about long-term care-specific concepts including culture change, person-centered care, end-of-life decision making and staff retention.

February 2012 –  Faculty member publishes article in Journal of Gerontological Nursing
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Assistant Adjunct Professor Debra Bakerjian published the article “Challenges in Making a Business Case for Effective Pain Management in Nursing Homes,” in the February 2012 issue of the Journal of Gerontological Nursing. The article describes several strategies for creating an internal business case for effective pain management in nursing homes, which often lack comprehensive pain management programs. Bakerjian is the first author of the article, which was co-written by four other health-care scholars.

February 2, 2012 – Assistant adjunct professor leads workshop for Stanford School of Medicine faculty
Jann Murray-Garcia, an assistant adjunct professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, led an interactive workshop as part of Stanford University’s Cultural Considerations in Population Health Research and Clinical Practice workshop series. Murray-Garcia’s session, “Cultural Humility and the Space Between Us: The Case of the Police Officer and the Professor,” focused on the histories people bring to cross-cultural encounters, the often unintentional conflict that is generated as a result, and suggested responses to produce the most constructive clinical outcomes. The workshop series is an educational opportunity for Stanford School of Medicine faculty.

January 9-10, 2012 – School of Nursing professor shares expertise about advancing quality in nursing homes
Debra Bakerjian, an assistant adjunct professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, spoke about care and safety in nursing homes at two recent national meetings in Washington, D.C. Bakerjian spoke at the board meeting of the Advancing Excellence in America's Nursing Homes Campaign about the role of advanced practice nurses in improving quality of care in nursing homes Jan. 9. The campaign assists nursing homes to achieve excellence in care and quality of life for their residents. Bakerjian participated in a panel discussion at the National Quality Forum on the topic of Patient Safety Common Formats Jan. 10. The common formats provide a standardized method for health-care providers to collect and exchange information across health-care settings about safety. The National Quality Forum is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve the quality of health care in America.

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