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The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

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.

2014 Happenings

September 2014 – School of Nursing professor selected for statewide nursing organization board of directors
Associate Adjunct Professor Debra Bakerjian was elected to the board of directors for California Institute for Nursing and Health Care (CINHC). CINHC is dedicated to transforming the capacity of nurses to meet the evolving health needs of Californians. CINHC partners with California nursing leaders and health-care organizations to develop practical solutions in four areas:  development of a statewide Master Plan to assure an adequate nursing supply, expansion of educational capacity to educate nurses, expansion of the workforce and its diversity, and development of nurse leaders. The10-member board of directors meets four times a year to provide strategic oversight and includes nurse leaders and other experts from throughout the state.

Sept. 9 – School of Nursing dean, professor lead LGBT health professions efforts
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Dean Heather M. Young presented the keynote speech “Breaking Down Silos – How Can Interprofessionalism Advance the LGBT Health Agenda” at the 32nd Annual Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) conference Nursing Summit in Baltimore, Maryland. The purpose of the conference was to provide a platform to educate students and health practitioners about the unique health needs of LGBT individuals and provide opportunities to discuss solutions as well as highlight current local and national initiatives aimed at addressing health disparities for this community. In related news, School of Nursing Assistant Professor Jose Pares-Avila was appointed a founding member of the new GLMA Nursing Section. The section was established as a professional home for LGBT nurses and to fill a critical need in the professional association landscape by providing a focal point for advocacy on LGBT nursing issues.

Sept. 6 — School of Nursing professor, alumnus present at Stanford medical conference
Sheryl Catz, a professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, presented “How Can mHealth Tools Become a Two-way Street Between Patients and Their Care Teams?” at the Stanford Medicine X 2014 conference at Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, California. Perry Gee, a 2014 graduate of the Doctor of Philosophy program, led the session “A Proposed e-Health Model Based on the Experiences of Chronically Ill adults Using Electronic Personal Health Records.” Stanford Medicine X is the world’s premier patient-centered conference which is part of a one-year program that includes online events and classes focused on emerging mHealth technology to advance and improve health as well as empower patients to be active participants in their own care. 
 
Aug. 6 – School of Nursing doctoral graduate leads session at diabetes conference
2014 School of Nursing doctoral graduate Deborah Greenwood led the session “Social Media-Technology Tools for Online Communication” at the annual American Association of Diabetes Educators conference in Orlando, Florida. The presentation addressed social media from the perspective of the diabetes educator as well as a person with diabetes, providing attendees with guidance on collaborating with e-patients and how to integrate social media into self-management, education and support. Deborah is a certified diabetes educator, the president-elect for the American Association of Diabetes Educators and the program coordinator for Sutter Health Integrated Diabetes Education Network in Sacramento, California. Click here to watch Deborah discuss the presentation.

July 31 — Doctoral students and postdoctoral scholar present at annual UC Davis Cancer Research Symposium
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Postdoctoral Fellow Andra Davis, doctoral candidate Rebecca Lash and doctoral students Robin Whitney and Sarah Reed presented various research projects at the 2014 UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center’s 8th Annual Spotlight on Junior Investigators Cancer Research Mini-Symposium in Sacramento, Calif. The annual event highlights oral and poster presentations of cancer-related research conducted by UC Davis students, postdoctoral scholars, research staff and residents. 

Nursing Ph.D. candidate Perry Gee, far left, and postdoctoral scholar alumni Dian Baker, second from right, were recognized by a Redding hospital.
Alumna Anita Depatie, along with Professor Jeri Bigbee, take first place award for their poster at a rural health conference.

 July 30 — UC Davis posters take awards at rural health conference
Two of four posters developed by UC Davis nursing faculty and students garnered awards at 2014 International Rural Health and Rural Nursing Research Conference in Bozeman, Mont. Professor Jeri Bigbee and Alumna Anita Depatie received first place for their poster, “Rural Older Adults Readiness to Adopt Mobile Health Technology: A Descriptive Study.” Bigbee also collaborated with Lynn Jacobs, a 1996 UC Davis family nurse practitioner graduate, on the poster “Advanced Practice Registered Nurses and the Population’s Health,” which was awarded second place. Other UC Davis participants included 2014 doctoral graduate Perry Gee, current doctoral student Bronwyn Fields and master’s-degree leadership student Andrea Broadley.

July 18 — School of Nursing alumna presents at nursing professional conference
Stacy Alves, a 2014 alumna of the master’s-degree leadership program discussed “Informatics Competencies: Transitioning from the Classroom to the Bedside” at the 2014 Association for Nursing Professional Development Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla. The purpose of the presentation was to provide information on the process of creating educational strategies to build community-based informatics competency in hospitals and nursing schools. Stacey is a member of Informatics Leadership Collaborative which is part of Healthy Communities Forum, an organization that promotes communication between community leaders, health professionals, business administrators and environmentalists to explore how the various facets of the health of our cities — economic, environmental, and social — intersect and relate with policy decisions.

June 26 — School of Nursing doctoral student appointed to the ACGME Internal Medicine Review Committee
Congratulations to Jacqueline Stocking,  a Class of 2017 doctoral student at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, for her appointment to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Residency Review Committee for Internal Medicine. The ACGME is a private, professional organization responsible for the accreditation of about 9,200 residency education programs. Several specialty-specific committees, known as Residency Review Committees (RRCs), periodically initiate revision of the standards and review accredited programs in each specialty and its subspecialties. Jacqueline is the first-ever member nurse and non-physician appointed to an ACGME role. Jacqueline currently serves as the program director of quality and safety for Patient Care Services at UC Davis Medical Center.  

June 26 — School of Nursing doctoral graduate named Health-Care Hero
Perry Gee, a 2014 doctoral graduate of the School of Nursing, was named one of 30 2014 Health-Care Heroes by the Redding Record Searchlight. Perry was among 160 people nominated for demonstrating exceptional commitment to serving their community. The Redding, Calif. newspaper sponsor the award every year to recognize those who  exhibit “exceptional dedication and a positive impact in their fields of practice.” Perry  recently took a position as assistant professor for nursing at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho.

June 17 — School of Nursing professor shares expertise at Summer Health Science Camp
Virginia Hass, clinical professor and nurse practitioner program director at the School of Nursing, led a session in “Disaster Response and Triage” with long-time colleague and emergency medical technician, David Peterson, at a summer health science camp for high school students offered through California Northstate University. The summer science camp provides a variety of learning opportunities for students interested in health careers. This year, the camp featured the mock disaster scenario, which drew upon the expertise Hass and Peterson developed from their involvement with the CA-11 Disaster Medical Assistance Team.

June 9 — Professor presents at international HIV treatment and prevention conference
Sheryl Catz, a professor at the School of Nursing, presented “Impact of Self-management Telephone Support Program for Older People Living with HIV on Antiretroviral Adherence and Quality of Life” at the Ninth International Conference on HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence in Miami. Sheryl’s current research focuses on the use of technology to improve self-management techniques for HIV and other chronic diseases. The HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence conference provides a forum for the presentation and discussion of current HIV treatment and biomedical prevention adherence research, as well as current behavioral and clinical therapy methods, with the goal of achieving the maximum therapeutic and preventative benefit of a comprehensive antiretroviral treatment program.

May 25 — Nursing professor and doctoral student present at national professional conference
Virginia Hass, clinical professor and nurse practitioner program director at the School of Nursing, and Kristine Himmerick, a Class of 2015 doctoral student, presented “My Achy Breaky Heart” — an interactive, case-based update of the 2013 Guideline for the Management of Heart Failure – at the 42nd annual conference of the American Academy of Physician Assistants in Boston. The American Academy of Physician Assistant conference is the largest provider of continuing education for physician assistants in the nation, with more than 6,000 participants annually.

May 24-28 — UC Davis physician assistant honored at national professional conference
Shirley Powell, a UC Davis physician assistant alumna, received a Life Changer award at the American Academy of Physician Assistants Annual Education Conference in Boston. Nominated by the family of a patient with metabolic syndrome, Shirley was recognized for her demonstration of exemplary care and commitment to promote improved health for her patients. She currently practices as a physician assistant at Lassen Medical Group in Cottonwood, Calif. Award sponsors include HealthMonitor, an online health and medical information website, and the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the national professional society for physician assistants. The purpose of the award is to provide patients and their families an opportunity to acknowledge the work of a health-care professional who positively impacted their lives by delivering quality care. Click here to read more.

Katherine Kim, a visiting assistant professor and 2014 doctoral graduate of the School of Nursing
Katherine Kim, at Boston University's Center for Future Technologies in Cancer Care.

May 20 — Visiting professor, recent doctoral graduate presents at cancer care symposium
Katherine Kim, a visiting assistant professor and 2014 doctoral graduate of the School of Nursing, discussed the use of mobile health technologies to improve patient care for those with cancer, while also lowering costs, at the Center for Future Technologies in Cancer Care Conference at Boston University. She presented the poster, “Personal Health Network Technology – Chemotherapy,” which describes an interprofessional project currently underway at the School of Nursing. The purpose of the conference is to provide health-care professionals with effective and innovative methods utilizing technology to advance cancer care. Click here to view research article.
 
May 15 – School of Nursing recruitment coordinator receives UC Davis diversity award
Congratulations to our Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator Mercedes Piedra-Sullivan, who received the Soaring to New Heights Individual Award at the UC Davis Diversity and Principles of Community Awards ceremony hosted by the Office of Campus Community Relations at the Davis campus. She was honored for her dedication and achievement in encouraging diversity at UC Davis through her recruitment and outreach services. The annual Principles of Community Celebration promotes multicultural diversity and acknowledges UC Davis staff and faculty who strive to create a climate of justice and equality that celebrates differences.

May 13 — Doctoral student publishes mental health research article in Psycho-Oncology
Robin Whitney, a doctoral student at the School of Nursing, published “Mental Health Need and Service Use in a National Sample of Adult Cancer Survivors in the United States: Has Psychosocial Care Improved?” in the online issue of Psycho-Oncology. The article, co-authored by School of Nursing Associate Dean for Research Jill Joseph and Professor Janice F. Bell examines the impact of policy recommendations for psychosocial cancer care. Robin’s current research focuses on quality of health care and care coordination.

Nursing Ph.D. candidate Perry Gee, far left, and postdoctoral scholar alumni Dian Baker, second from right, were recognized by a Redding hospital.
Nursing Ph.D. candidate Perry Gee, far left, and postdoctoral scholar alumni Dian Baker, second from right, were recognized by a Redding hospital.

May 7 — A nursing postdoctoral scholar alum and student honored at Redding event
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Postdoctoral Fellow Alumna Dian Baker and doctoral candidate Perry Gee were recognized as nurse leaders at the 8th annual Nurses Day Symposium Lunch at Shasta Regional Medical Center in Redding, Calif. Baker, who is an associate professor at the Sacramento State University School of Nursing, an adjunct faculty member at the UC Davis Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the MIND Institute and volunteer clinical faculty in pediatrics at UC Davis Medical Center, delivered the keynote speech for the event. Perry, an assistant professor at Chico State University and a long-time Redding nurse, was named as a recipient of the Nursing Excellence award in Advancing and Learning. 

May 2014 — Two graduate nursing students awarded grants for dissertation research
Two Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Degree Programs students were recently awarded funding for their research. Sally Moyce, a Class of 2016 Doctor of Philosophy student, received $5,000 from the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety at UC Davis and $5,000 from the Health Institute of Americas (UC Berkeley) Research Program in Migration and Health for her study, “Heat Exposure and Kidney Function in Agricultural Workers.” Jerry Nutor, a first-year international student from Ghana in the master’s leadership program, received a grant of $3999 through the 2014 UC Davis Blum Center for Developing Economies Poverty Alleviation through Sustainable Solutions (PASS) project grants program. He plans to return to Ghana next spring to implement his study, “Reducing Child and Maternal Mortality in Ghana through Health Education.”

May 5 — School of Nursing professor presents at national psychiatry meeting
Philippe Goldin, a professor at the School of Nursing, presented “Investigating How Psychosocial Interventions for Social Anxiety Disorder Impact the Brain Correlates of Socio-emotional Reactivity, Emotion Regulation and Self-processing” at the American Psychiatric Association’s 167th Annual Meeting in New York. Philippe’s research investigated the effects of cognitive-behavioral therapy and mindfulness mediation in adults with social anxiety disorder. The American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting provides mental health-care professionals with the opportunity to increase their knowledge of current research focused on improving patient mental health and provides practitioners with proven effective methods of implementing mental health therapies. Click here to read more.  

May 2, 2014 — Doctoral student awarded AcademyHealth scholarship
Kristine Himmerick, a doctoral student in the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Degree Program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, received a scholarship to attend the 2014 Academy Health Annual Research Meeting June 8-10 in San Diego. The scholarship is designed to encourage professional and education development in health services research and policy. It commemorates the commitment of Alice S. Hersh, the founding executive of the Association for Health Services Research, AcademyHealth’s predecessor organization, to fostering the next generation of health services researchers. Recipients of the award are graduate students who are members of the academy and are pursuing degrees in medicine, health services research and policy.

May — School of Nursing faculty publish gerontological research articles
Dean Heather M. Young and Assistant Professor Elena Siegel published “Securing and Managing Nursing Home Resources: Director of Nursing Tactics” in the February online issue of The Gerontologist.  Their research investigated the challenges between daily demands and access to resources experienced by directors of nursing at nursing home facilities. Elena also recently published the article “Trait of Routinization and Adaptation to Life in Continuing Care Communities Among Older Adults in Israel” in the April online issue of Geriatrics and Gerontology International. Her research examined the relationship between levels of adaptation to independent living in continuing care communities with seniors who prefer consistency in their daily routine. 

April 29 — New doctoral graduate co-authors article exploring feasibility of national health-care network 
Katherine Kim, a visiting faculty member at the School of Nursing and recent doctoral graduate, co-authored with a team of experts the article, “pSCANNER: patient-centered Scalable National Network for Effectiveness Research,” which was recently published in the Journal of the Medical Informatics Association. This article describes the patient-centered Scalable National Network for Effectiveness Research (pSCANNER), which is part of a recently formed national network of academic health-care systems and patient-powered research networks funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). In addition to her research involvement with the pSCANNER project, Kim is also co-chair of the Patient and Consumer Engagement Task Force, one of 11 integrated task forces covering essential functions supporting the $93.5 million PCORI project. Kim collaborates with a team of researchers from UC San Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA and UCSF to integrate data across the UC system, establishing the University of California Research eXchange.

April 26 — Doctoral students present poster at UC Global Health Day event
Sally Moyce and Rebecca Lash, doctoral students at the School of Nursing, presented the poster “A Conceptual Model for Understanding International Nurse Migration” at UC Global Health Day hosted by UC Global Health Institute in Davis, Calif. The annual event migrates to different UC campuses each year and provides a platform for University of California students and faculty to convene and share research and knowledge on global health issues. 
 
April 17 — Doctoral candidate publishes article in The Diabetes Educator
Deborah Greenwood, a doctoral candidate at the School of Nursing, published the article “A Comparison of In-person, Telephone, and Secure Messaging for Type 2 Diabetes Self-Management Support” in The Diabetes Educator online journal. Deborah collaborated with a team of health professionals at Sutter Health to examine the feasibility and effectiveness of diabetes self-management support delivered via telephone or secure message. Deborah’s current dissertation research focuses on evaluating blood glucose self-monitoring through nurse care coordination among people with noninsulin-treated Type 2 Diabetes patients. Click here to view article.

April 17 — Nursing dean discuss values of interprofessional education with policymakers
Heather M. Young, dean and professor at the School of Nursing, spoke to about 100 policymakers, legislative aids, students and general public at the University of California Center Sacramento, located one block away from the state capitol. She discussed “The Future of Interprofessional Education and Practice: Improving the Health of our Population” as part of a winter and spring mini-series on health care. The center advances the university’s mission of teaching, research and public service with an integrated program to prepare future state leaders, address challenging public-policy issues confronted by the nation and state, and to carry out the university’s mandate to assist state government.

April 12 — School of Nursing director presents poster at physician assistant consortium
Mark Christensen, physician assistant program director at the School of Nursing, presented the poster “Enhancing Faculty Knowledge and Skills: Culturally Diverse and Underrepresented Students” at the 2014 Western Consortium hosted by Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, Calif. Mark’s presentation reflected the research of Virginia Hass and Debra Bakerjian, fellow directors in the nurse practitioner and physician assistant programs. Their research focused on disparities in causes and incidence of student attrition rates among underrepresented minority populations at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing.  The conference focused on basic principles of teaching, including educational review and methods of teaching and learning.

April 12 — Nursing professor presents at 2014 Cognitive Neuroscience of Mindfulness conference in North Wales
Philippe Goldin, an assistant professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing presented “Science and Practice of Mindfulness Meditation” at the 2014 Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice Conference at the University of Bangor in North Wales, United Kingdom. As a clinical neuroscientist, he uses functional neuroimaging to investigate how different types of interventions, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based stress reduction, compassion cultivation training and aerobic exercise, impact neural and behavioral indicators of emotion reactivity, emotion regulation, attention regulation and conceptual self-views. The conference focused on developments in the new research field investigating the impact of mindfulness practice, such as meditation on the mind and brain, and created a discussion platform for experts in research on cognitive neuroscience of mindfulness and meditation-based methods.

April 10 — Visiting assistant professor presents at American Medical Informatics Association Conference
Katherine Kim, a visiting assistant professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, presented the paper “Data Governance Requirements for Distributed Clinical Research Networks: Triangulating Perspectives of Diverse Stakeholders” at the 2014 Joint Summits on Translational Science in San Francisco. Kim’s research examines current governance of distributed research networks (DRNs) that includes assessment of quality, privacy and ethics from the perspectives of health-care professionals and patients. The Joint Summits on Translational Science hosted by the American Medical Informatics Association serve as the primary forum for exchange of ideas, issues, and science in translational bioinformatics and clinical research informatics. Click here to read Kim’s article.

April 10 — Professor lectures at the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Scientific Symposium
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Professor Jeri Bigbee presented “Nurses and the Population's Health” at the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Scientific Symposium: From Science to Policy in Arlington, Va. Jeri currently leads a two-year research project funded by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing to examine if more nurses per capita leads to healthier communities. The organization provides education, service and research through collaborative leadership to promote evidence-based regulatory excellence for patient safety and public protection. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing Scientific Symposium offers nurse regulators, researchers, educators and practitioners a diverse selection of national and international studies that advance the science of nursing policy and increase the body of evidence for regulatory decision making.

April 7 — Emory University invites UC Davis nursing dean to lead lecture
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Dean and Professor Heather M. Young discussed the multiple dimensions for health disparities in older adults as the featured speaker of the Hugh P. Davis Lectureship at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University. In addition to the early evening lecture, Young spent the day meeting with faculty, postdoctoral scholars and students to provide further insight into her career choices and her area of research focus, healthy aging. The lectureship is funded through an endowment established by the family and friends of Hugh P. Davis to bring nationally recognized nursing leaders to Emory.

April 4  — UC Davis physician assistant alumna delivers keynote speech at Stockton Women of Color/Man About Town Awards event
Tammy Wickliffe, a UC Davis School of Medicine physician assistant alumna, presented the keynote speech at Women of Color/Man About Town Awards Dinner hosted by the African-American Chamber of Commerce and Foundation of San Joaquin in Stockton, Calif. Wickliffe discussed her educational journey to become a physician assistant as a woman of color.  Through sharing her story, she hoped to inspire others to persevere toward attaining their career goals. She maintains a private practice as a physician assistant in Las Vegas. The annual Women of Color/Man About Town dinner recognizes the San Joaquin area’s most influential and inspiring men and women who represent a portrait of diversity, integrity and community commitment.

April 3 — Nurse practitioner director presents poster at National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties conference
Virginia Hass, nurse practitioner program director at the School of Nursing, presented the poster “Enhancing Faculty Knowledge and Skills: Culturally Diverse and Underrepresented Students” at the 40th annual meeting of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties in Denver. Virginia presented her joint research, completed in collaboration with Debra Bakerjian, senior director for the nurse practitioner and physician assistant programs. Their research examined disparities in causes and incidence of student attrition rates among underrepresented minority populations at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. The conference focused on innovation and quality in nurse practitioner education.

April 3 — Graduate nursing students win awards for presentations at UC Davis Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Symposium
Several School of Nursing students led oral presentations at the 2014 UC Davis Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Symposium in Davis, Calif. Doctoral candidate Susan Perez received the Provost’s Prize for Best Student Organized Session and a $2,500 cash prize for her oral presentation, “Internet Health Information Seeking Strategies of Those Who Experience Barriers to Accessing Health-care Services.” Her research investigates individual Internet health information search strategies to develop improved access to reliable information. Master’s-degree leadership students Sarina Fazio and Kelley Ceccon received Dean’s Best Prize for Oral Presentation in Nursing and a $1,000 cash prize for “Developing a Care Coordination Screening Tool for Transitioning Patients with Chronic Diseases Back to Usual Care.” Stacy Alves, also a master's-degree leadership student, presented the paper “SBA Improves Pregnancy Outcomes; Exploring Why Some Angolan Women Chose Home Birth.” Her research examined the high prevalence of maternal mortality rates and their correlation with perceptions of skilled-birth attendance. The Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Symposium, sponsored by the offices of the Chancellor and the Provost, the Office of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Student Association, is an opportunity for UC Davis graduate and professional students from all disciplines to share their current work with each other, the campus and the wider community.

April 3 — School of Nursing professor speaks at Quantified Self Public Health Symposium
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing’s Visiting Assistant Professor Katherine Kim was among a group of 100 Quantified Self researchers, policymakers and stakeholders who gathered for an invitation-only meeting at Quantified Self Public Health Symposium in San Diego to discuss improving access to personal health data for individual and public health use. Kim received the invitation as an expert on patient and stakeholder engagement in health technology including mobile, social networking and research networks. Organizers of the symposium included the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology. Financial support was provided through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The symposium focused on solutions for overcoming barriers to research progress, including the importance of data sharing that allows researchers to easily access data from commercial tracking services.

March 28  — School of Nursing doctoral candidates present at Sigma Theta Tau biennial research conference
Four Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Class of 2014 doctoral candidates presented their dissertation research at Stepping Up: Pursuing Quality Health Care, Sigma Theta Tau’s 13th biennial research conference in Chico, Calif. Frances Patmon shared her research on pain as a predictor of multiple emergency department visits in older adults. Sheridan Miyamoto presented a case-control study investigating risk factors associated with death after hospitalization in families previously investigated by Child Protective Services. Deborah Greenwood lectured on e-patient diabetes self-management with structured health-care professional support. Perry Gee discussed his research on utilizing personal health records for self-management support in chronically ill adults. The annual research conference provides information on current projects and networking opportunities among nurse leaders. The mission of Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing, is to advance world health and celebrate nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership and service.

Dale Risenhoover and Yael Saavedra
Physician assistant students Dale Risenhoover and Yael Saavedra operate a blood-pressure screening booth.

March 27  — School of Nursing faculty, students and staff participate in Come Out for Your Health event
Faculty, students and staff from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing served in a variety of roles supporting the first-ever Come Out for Your Health event led by the UC Davis Health System’s Gay, Lesbian, Everyone Who Cares and Employees (GLEE) Committee. Physician assistant students Dale Risenhoover and Yael Saavedra operated a blood-pressure screening booth at the event. Jose Pares-Avila and Kristen Bettaga, a project manager for the school’s research team, helped plan the event as members of the interprofessional GLEE committee. The event celebrated the importance of recognizing and sharing personal differences such as gender, sexual orientation, heritage, age and religion in order to improve health-care delivery and outcomes. GLEE was founded in 2010 to support awareness and sensitivity of sexual orientation diversity and provide education to all.

Jose Pares-Avila
Assistant Clinical Professor Jose Pares-Avila lectures at the ESIM School in Barcelona.

March 24  — School of Nursing professor provides lecture while visiting Spain
While on vacation in Spain, Jose Pares-Avila, an assistant clinical professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, provided two presentations to nurses, students and faculty at the Escola Superior d'Infermeria del Mar (ESIM) School in Barcelona. ESIM is a four-year nursing school affiliated with Universitat Pompeu Favra of the Parc de Salut MAR Health System. Pares-Avila’s lecture, "The Role of Advanced Practice Nurses in the U.S.:  The HIV Epidemic” was sponsored by GRENFIC*VIH, an HIV nursing research group.  During his visit to Spain, Pares-Avila also met and discussed nursing research and innovation with graduate students and nursing faculty at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.

March 21 — Doctoral candidate honored for her contributions to nursing academics
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing doctoral candidate Susan Perez received a Principles of Community Award for Graduate Teaching Assistants from the Office of Campus Community Relations. The grant program provides small grants to graduate teaching assistants who integrate the Principles of Community into their course curriculum. Perez was awarded a $700 grant for her project. Winners of the award are selected on the basis of their understanding of the role of diversity in education and their project’s integration of the principles of community, service and diversity within their course. Perez’s project focuses on empowering students in the nursing school’s Community Connections course with the skills to disseminate and share their experiences in community-based learning combined with lessons in cultural humility, community-based participatory research and collaborative leadership within UC Davis. This curriculum provides students with the tools to communicate the ways in which they impact their community. 

March 20 — School of Nursing graduate presents keynote speech at the California Association for Nurse Practitioners conference
Leah Morris, the first student to graduate from both the UC Davis nurse practitioner and the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Master of Science – Leadership programs at the School of Nursing, presented the keynote speech at the California Association for Nurse Practitioners 37th Annual Educational Conference in Newport Beach, Calif. Leah’s dual perspective as a practicing nurse practitioner at Yolo Hospice and a health policy leader at Covered California provided unique insight into the challenges faced by the state’s nurse practitioners. The California Association for Nurse Practitioners provides a professional networking forum and supports the advancement of California nurse practitioners.

March 19 — Doctoral candidate presents diabetes e-patient webinar to health-care professionals
Deborah Greenwood, a doctoral candidate at the School of Nursing, presented the webinar “The Intersection of E-Patients and Providers – Where’s the Sweet Spot?” on SurroundHealth. Her presentation provided resources and tools to health-care professionals for engaging with e-patients who manage diabetes using technology. Deborah’s dissertation research focuses on evaluating nurse care coordination of a telehealth remote blood-glucose self-monitoring intervention for type II diabetes patients. SurroundHealth, sponsored by HealthEd, an online community of health professionals who share resources and best practices through articles, discussions, and webinars.

March 18 — Graduate nursing students participate in Healthcare Quality Symposium
Several Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Degree students from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing were invited to provide poster or podium presentations at the fourth annual Healthcare Quality Symposium at UC Davis Health System. Originally launched as the annual Integrating Quality Symposium in 2011, the symposium was developed as an opportunity for the health system community to share best practices and innovations in quality initiatives. Sarina Fazio, a master’s-degree leadership student, led a podium presentation on a study of students and residents regarding perceptions of quality improvement. Graduate leadership students Yan Huang, Mark Bowman, Krystle Banfield and Emily Torres provided poster presentations. Master’s-degree leadership alumna Terri Wolf presented a poster about the assessment of tumor measurements in community practices.

March 12 — Doctoral candidate participates in the Graduate Research Advocacy Day at State Capitol
The UC Davis Office of Graduate Studies selected Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing doctoral candidate Susan Perez to represent the UC System at Graduate Research Advocacy Day at the California State Capitol. The 20 students — two representing each of the 10 UC campuses — met with lawmakers to discuss the importance of graduate research and its contributions to California’s economy and progress. Perez’s research explores the relationship between nurse-to-population ratios in relation to health outcomes. Perez is dedicated to interprofessional collaboration to improve health information technology in community clinics and improve access to resources in rural communities.

March 4 — School of Nursing professor publishes co-authored weight loss and hypertension research 
Sheryl Catz, a professor at the School of Nursing, published the study “e-Care for Heart Wellness: A Feasibility Trial to Decrease Blood Pressure and Cardiovascular Risk” as an e-Care study with the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Catz co-authored the study with researchers from Group Health Research Institute, a Seattle-based health-care system, and University of Washington School of Medicine and Public Health experts. Their research revealed that patients who were overweight and had hypertension were more likely to have lost 10 pounds in six months if they had secure, online access to a dietician than if they received only information and usual care.

March 4 — Adjunct professor publishes research in rural health journal
Jeri Bigbee, an adjunct professor at the School of Nursing, co-authored the article “Development of the Nursing Community Apgar Questionnaire (NCAQ): a Rural Nurse Recruitment and Retention Tool,” recently published in Rural and Remote Health. Researchers developed a tool for rural communities and critical access hospitals to measure strengths and weaknesses related to nurse recruitment and retention. This research coincides with Jeri’s current two-year research project funded by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing to examine whether more nurses per capita leads to healthier communities. The Australian-based online Rural and Remote Health journal provides a worldwide forum for health information to support rural and remote communities. Click here to view full article.

March 3 — Study: Oral Hygiene Can Save Patients' Lives
Dian Baker, a 2009-2011 Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Postdoctoral Fellow and a consulting faculty member, is featured on Capital Public Radio news for her oral hygiene study. She and a team reduced hospital acquired pneumonia by 37 percent through basic oral care in a Northern California hospital system.

February — Doctoral candidate publishes two diabetes research articles
Deborah Greenwood, a School of Nursing doctoral candidate, published two articles in peer-reviewed diabetes journals this month. The first, “Telehealth Remote Monitoring Systematic Review: Structured Self-monitoring of Blood Glucose and Impact on A1C,” was published in the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology. The article reflects Deborah’s current dissertation research which investigates nurse-coordinated diabetes patient self-monitoring. The second, “Adapting the Group Lifestyle Balance Program for Weight Management within a Large Health-care System Diabetes Education Program,” was published in The Diabetes Educator. This study evaluates the feasibility and effectiveness of weight management in diabetes education programs for overweight and obese individuals. Deborah is a diabetes clinical nurse specialist who recently was nominated president-elect for the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

February — School of Nursing student leads Quality Improvement Student Interest Group study
Sarina Fazio, a member of the UC Davis Student Interest Group in Health Care Quality Improvement, led a team of students and medical residents in a survey to identify current student and resident knowledge of health-care quality improvements and patient safety. The group, which included family nurse practitioner program graduate Jeremy Meis and second-year physician assistant studies student Lonna Hampton, supports additional education examining quality improvement. As a master’s-degree leadership student at the School of Nursing, Sarina is researching quality improvement and plans to present her research at the 2014 UC Davis Healthcare Quality Forum in March. In April, Sarina will co-present “Integrating Research, Education and Practice to Improve Quality and Safety in Health Care,” along with School of Nursing faculty, at the 2014 Western Institute of Nursing pre-conference in Seattle.

Feb. 18 — School of Nursing participates in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender student interest group discussion 
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing faculty member Shelly Henderson and doctoral student Kris Himmerick joined a panel of health-care providers to discuss health-care disparities facing lesbian communities. Shelly and Kris discussed their experiences in health care as part of an LGBT community of women working in medicine.  LGBT People in Medicine, who hosted the lunch-time event, focuses on educating student peers about the unique medical and social issues that affect the LGBTQI communities.

Feb. 17 — School of Nursing professor speaks at Duke University Health Equity Colloquium 
Mary Lou de Leon Siantz, a professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, is one of six 2013-2014 lunch-time presentations for Duke University School of Nursing’s Health Equity Colloquium. She spoke to School of Nursing faculty, staff and students about “Strategies for Integrating the 3Ds and Cultural Sensitivity and Competency throughout Academic Curriculum, Instructional Activities and Clinical Experiences.” The event was developed to enhance the Durham, N.C. community’s awareness, understanding and commitment to health equity concepts. Mary Lou is a nationally recognized expert on the impact of migration on the health and development of Hispanic migrant and immigrant children and families.

January — Another former School of Nursing postdoc earns a faculty position
Tara Sharpp, a former Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Postdoctoral Fellow, was recently appointed to a tenure-track position at California State University, Sacramento. Tara joined the faculty as an associate professor for the Sacramento State School of Nursing, where she teaches classes in nursing research, leadership and gerontology for the registered nurse to Bachelor of Science nursing program. Her research focuses on gerontology with an emphasis in quality of care for dementia patients in assisted-living facilities as well as caregiver mental and physical health. Previously, Tara served as a part-time faculty member at CSU, Sacramento. Click here to read more about how the school prepares nurse faculty!

January — Assistant professor contributes to a 2013 award-winning textbook
A book co-authered by Tae Youn Kim, an assistant professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, won the American Journal of Nursing 2013 Book of the Year Award in the information technology/informatics category. Tae Youn co-authored a chapter in the textbook Health Informatics: An Interprofessional Approach. Her chapter, “Standards,” focuses on health-care data terminology standardization. At the School of Nursing Tae Youn’s research concentration is interdisciplinary informatics and enhancing the quality and standardization of health-care terminologies. Award winners from 17 different categories are featured in January’s issue of the American Journal of Nursing. Read more about the award recipients here.

Jan. 20 — Master’s-leadership student promoted to director of public health nursing
Congratulations to Cynthia Wilson, a master’s-degree leadership student at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, who this week was appointed director of public health nursing for the Nevada County Public Health Department. Cynthia has worked for the Department for the last five years as a public health nurse. As part of her thesis project research, the second-year master's-degree leadership student is examining the perceptions of vaccine-hesitant parents within her county. She expects to graduate in June.

Doctoral candidate first student to earn tenure-track faculty appointment
Doctoral candidate Perry Gee, a member of the inaugural class of doctoral students and a graduate assistant at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, was recently appointed to a tenure-track position at California State University, Chico. He was appointed as an associate professor of nursing at the College of Natural Sciences at CSU Chico with a focus on informatics and simulation. Beginning Jan. 17 with the class Issues and Ethics in the Delivery of Health Care, he will teach primarily graduate-level courses in leadership, health-care policy, ethics and informatics. Some instruction will be conducted online. Previously, Perry served as a faculty at Simpson University in Redding, Calif. He anticipates graduating from the doctoral program in June.  Read more about Gee here.

January — School of Nursing doctoral candidate begins her presidency for the American Association for Diabetes Educators
Congratulations to Deborah Greenwood, a doctoral candidate at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, on the commencement of her one-year term as the 2014 president-elect for the American Association of Diabetes Educators. We look forward to her term as president of the organization in 2015. Deborah’s doctoral research focuses on diabetes self-management with the use of technology applications to enable patients to maintain normal blood glucose levels. She is expected to graduate as part of the inaugural Ph.D. class in June 2014. Deborah is a diabetes clinical nurse specialist and American Diabetes Association and American Association for Diabetes Educators program coordinator for Sutter Medical Foundation, Granite Bay, Calif. 

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