School of Nursing 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. This frequently updated list is a sample of the breadth of such activities.
Feb. 8 ― Physician assistant graduate student awarded grant from national academy
Ashley Bynum, a physician assistant graduate student at the School of Nursing, received a travel award grant from the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) to attend its annual conference May 14-18 in San Antonio, Texas. Ashley, along with fellow students Nicole Davis, Amanda Echeverria and Andrea Quintana, established the first UC Davis chapter of the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants in October of 2015, to encourage involvement with AAPA and participation in the challenge bowl at the annual AAPA conference. The $500 grant will enable Ashley to attend the conference and represent UC Davis on a national level.
Feb. 8 ― Leadership graduate student publishes manuscript in national burn journal
Anna Olszewski, a master’s-degree leadership student at the School of Nursing, published “Development and Implementation of an Innovative Burn Nursing Handbook for Quality Improvement” in the Journal of Burn Care and Research. Anna and two co-workers conducted a year-long quality improvement project in the burn unit at UC Davis Medical Center assessing staff members’ pre- and post-knowledge of burn nursing topics. They also sought to implement innovative educational tools to enhance staff competency and improve the quality of care. Anna, a member of themaster's-degree Class of 2017, also recently received the Clinical Research Award from the American Burn Association for a poster presentation on this topic last year at a national conference.
Jan. 21 ― Assistant professor provides valuable input to national academy
Katherine Kim, an assistant professor at the School of Nursing, attended a meeting of the Leadership Consortium for Value and Science-Driven Health Care at the National Academy of Medicine. Sponsored by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), the “Accelerating Clinical Knowledge Generation and Use” meeting brought together experts to discuss strategic priorities for improving health systems using large scale health data. Katherine currently conducts research on a PCORI-funded grant exploring the connectivity of three networks serving more than 21 million patients. The meeting sought to explore the views of health system leaders on the highest priority questions to be addressed, including the value of standardized data collection, and identify common priorities to help improve synergy and expand strategic priorities.
Jan. 13 ― Assistant professor publishes health technology adoption study in managed care journal
Katherine Kim, an assistant professor at the School of Nursing, published "Health Information Technology Adoption in California Community Health Centers" in The American Journal of Managed Care. Katherine led the study, which examined the adoption of Electronic Health Records, health information exchange and patient engagement by California community health centers. Researchers hoped to systematically assess the impact of these initiatives by quantifying the level of adoption and key factors associated with adoption. They found that greater continued support of technology infrastructure may be needed in rural areas to further leverage health technology to improve health care. Katherine currently is part of a research team developing PCORnet, a national patient-centered clinical research network. She also works on a team investigating how tablet computers and reimagined social-networking software can improve the experience and outcome for all who become ill.
Jan. 13 ― Assistant professor discusses neuroimaging with psychiatry team
Philippe Goldin, an assistant professor at the School of Nursing, discussed his recent research with members of the UCSF Department of Psychiatry. Philippe described how psychosocial interventions, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, impact behavioral and brain indicators of socio-emotional reactivity, emotion regulation and self-referential processing in adults with generalized social anxiety disorder. He focused on how functional neuroimaging can help reveal change, as well as how neuroimaging may contribute to treatment by identifying brain patterns that predict shorter- and longer-term outcomes.
Jan. 7 ― School of Nursing doctoral alumna assumes new leadership role at Sutter Health
Deborah Greenwood, a 2014 doctoral alumna of the School of Nursing and 2015 president of the American Association of Diabetes Educators, has transitioned to the department of Quality and Clinical Effectiveness, Office of Patient Experience, at the Sutter Health System Office in Sacramento, California. In her new role, Deborah leads systemwide change in developing a diabetes clinical improvement community. She will lead engagement in the national Diabetes Together 2 Goal campaign through the American Medical Group Foundation to improve outcomes in people with type 2 diabetes. Deborah also serves as program director for Sutter Health Integrated Diabetes Education Network, a network of diabetes self-management education and support programs and is a scientist engaging in research to transform care for people with diabetes focusing on digital technology, telehealth, social media and patient engagement.
Jan. 6 ― Assistant Professor presents research to biotech company
Philippe Goldin, an assistant professor at the School of Nursing, presented “Functional MRI investigations of Emotion Regulation and Psychosocial Clinical Interventions for Anxiety (and Chronic Pain) Disorders” to a group gathered at Genetech, a biotechnology company in Sacramento, California. According to Philippe, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) are well-proven psychotherapeutic approaches that reduce suffering, yet the approaches do not provide success treatment for all people. Understanding the underlying psychological and biological mechanisms of change of CBT and MBSR is fundamental to achieve better outcomes. Non-invasive neuroimaging tools let the brain inform scientists of how, why and for whom specific clinical interventions work. Though in the early stages of this this clinical “neurodetective” endeavor, Philippe reports exciting and promising results.