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The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Student and alumni distinctions

Students

Graduate students at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing come from diverse professional backgrounds and are united in their passion to improve health and transform health care. Students conduct research, sharpen their leadership skills and implement system-improvement projects to address complex health-care issues within regional organizations. The stories below highlight just a few of the school's exceptional students. 

Delivering big ideas in primary care to small  communities                     often forgotten
Sara Marchessault moved from the east coast to Canby, a small, remote community in Northern California with a population of 317 and continued her career as a nurse practitioner. In hopes of enhancing her leadership skills to create change in the health-care system, Marchessault chose the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis to thrive in her profession and deliver better quality care to her community.

 Sara Marchessault

Nursing students improve veterans care with innovative dog kennel
When nurses Emmanuel Besa, Michael Dion and Lori Jagoda enrolled in the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, they never imagined that canines would play a role in their coursework aimed at improving human health.  Focused on the collaborative vision of the nursing school and partnered with the surrounding community, these students in the Master of Science —Leadership Degree Program soon learned that the answer to a health-care problem plaguing veterans could be found in a container for four-pawed companions.

 Besa, Dion and Jagoda

Veteran seeks new career creating healthy communities
Christopher Morales wasn’t sure what to do with his life after high school, so he enlisted in the U.S. Army to “grow up and figure it out.” Serving as a medic for four and a half years, Morales worked with health-care professionals who made sure people who needed care received it, regardless of their environment or circumstance. He was especially inspired by the level of care provided by physician assistants and realized he’d found his life purpose. He now plans his future as a physician assistant providing community health care.

 Morales, Hanks,Sanz

The science of caring: doctoral student uses data to prioritize, create processes for better health
Rayne Soriano, nurse and doctoral student at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, immerses himself in patient data — from fall rates to the number of hospital acquired infections — which he analyzes to improve quality through updated hospital procedures or staff and resource changes. He also educates nurse managers in the field of health informatics.

 

Pediatric nurse conducts research to help tackle childhood obesity
As a pediatric nurse, Christy Solorio witnesses the effects of the obesity crisis among youth on a daily basis. Now, through her study in the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Master’s Degree Program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, Solorio conducts research that could help address some of the causes of the obesity epidemic.

 

 

Student develops innovative job shadowing program that brings together medical students and nurses
In her first year as a graduate student at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, Amy Doroy developed a unique job-shadowing program where medical students spend a day with registered nurses in a critical care unit at UC Davis Medical Center, where she is also a nurse manager. The experience was part of a School of Medicine pilot program, the 2011 Race and Health Institute.

 

 

Alumni

Graduates of the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Degree Program at the School of Nursing utilize their enhanced education and training to affect the interconnected health-care challenges of quality, cost and access, as leaders in their workplaces and in their communities. Read the stories below for a sampling of the impact of the school's alumni. 

Health-policy executive returns to nursing roots at the UC Davis School of Nursing
Leah Morris felt at a loss when her mother’s grave illness escalated. Although she was a nurse, she was unprepared as she and her father watched her mother slowly die. It was then that Morris, now an alumna of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, decided to refocus her career and serve as a hospice provider to guide chronically ill patients and their families through the stages of dying.

Doctoral student analyzes the impact of body temperature after traumatic brain injury
Lori Kennedy Madden, a doctoral student at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, received a prestigious fellowship from the National Institute of Nursing Research to hone her skills as a nurse scientist as she conducts doctoral research on traumatic brain injury. Madden, a member of the school’s inaugural class of doctoral students, is the first School of Nursing student to receive this competitive award.

 

Health promotion starts early: building health-care systems that are Baby Friendly
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis graduate student Maya Vasquez has a powerful drive to give all people an equal shot at a healthy life, starting from their earliest days and regardless of their socioeconomic status.

Doctoral student examines how mobile technology may enhance the value and quality of health care
Emerging and new technologies, such as cell phones, social media and data management systems, could provide solutions to complex health-care issues. Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing doctoral student Katherine Kim discovers how such technology can improve the quality, safety and cost-effectiveness of health care.

 

Nurse explores technology to help older adults manage their health from home
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing gradate student and registered nurse Anita Depatie loves technology. So it was a natural step for her to combine that enthusiasm with her experience caring for older adults who are managing their health conditions while still living at home.

 

School of Nursing alumni collaborate to promote high-quality cancer care
Equipped with enhanced leadership skills and education regarding system-level challenges in health care, the first graduates of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing now put their new knowledge and skills into action in their workplaces and communities.

 

An inaugural graduate champions health-care quality and safety at UC Davis Medical Center
In his new job, Charley Johnston—an inaugural graduate of the School of Nursing—has shifted his focus from providing high-quality care to individuals to improving the quality and safety of care for everyone in his hospital unit. As a quality and safety nurse champion in UC Davis Medical Center’s burn intensive care unit, he works to prevent hospital-acquired infections among a population that, due to burn injuries, is extremely vulnerable to infections.

 

Lead by example: doctoral candidate creates opportunities in rural Northern California
As an educator at a Northern California nursing school, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing doctoral candidate Perry Gee recognized his role as a leader within his rural community. He says his experience at the UC Davis nursing school helped him further understand the many ways he can serve his community as a health-care leader to advance health and improve care.

 

Student addresses communication gaps and cultural disconnects in health care
Oleg Teleten, a registered nurse and a master’s degree student at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, hopes to improve health care by breaking down communication barriers between people and health-care providers.

 

Students use geographic information systems to help food bank connect its clients with healthy food
Less than six months after classes opened at the recently launched Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, students help improve health through projects that help community organizations solve health issues. One class project, for example, uses technology to make it easier for people to easily find accessible, nutritious and affordable food.