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The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

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

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 — 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. Assistant clinical professor 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. 

Past Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Happenings
2013 Happenings
2012 Happenings 
2009-2011 Happenings