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The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

A Message from the Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing

December 2008 Town Hall Meeting: Health Care Reform

 December 2008 Town Hall Meeting: Health Care Reform
 December 2008 Town Hall Meeting: Health Care Reform


On behalf the entire team at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, we wish you a happy holiday season and a fulfilling 2009.

All of us sincerely appreciate the outpouring of support from nurse leaders, educators and researchers in our region and across the country as well as the interest and support of future nursing students and the community at large. Your support inspires us to continue this visionary journey.

Over the past month we've devoted much time to convening conversations with various groups. Our goal for these events is to understand priorities and gather ideas from many interested individuals to help with the development of our future educational and research programs. These critical experiences, information and innovative ideas will enrich this process.

In addition to focus groups, one-on-one meetings and other conversations, we've developed a series of town-hall forums to gather suggestions. We've conducted a number of these meetings with local nursing groups and now we plan to take these forums on the road to hear what others in the community throughout the area have to say.

Many of you expressed an interest in a summary of the inaugural Strategic Design Summit we convened in September with more than a dozen nurse leaders, educators and researchers from across the country to build a framework for the school's curriculum goals and areas of focus. That summary is now available on our Web site. You are invited to review this report and learn more about what nurse leaders across the nation see as the needs for 21st century nursing education.

We have held a series of discussions with faculty from across the UC Davis campus and have just begun to tap into the rich and diverse research and educational environment. These discussions have led to the beginning elements of our curricular design, joining interdisciplinary colleagues to form a proposal for a graduate group in Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership. This group will include faculty from many disciplines and will confer the Ph.D. and M.S. degrees. The support and interest of colleagues throughout UC Davis affirms my initial impression that this organization is welcoming, innovative and collaborative, an ideal context in which to launch a new school.

We had a unique opportunity Dec. 18 (pictured above) to team up with our own UC Davis Health System Patient Care Services department, the Association of California Nurse Leaders and the California State University, Sacramento, Division of Nursing, to host a health care community discussion to provide feedback to the incoming Obama administration. This meeting was so well received we quickly agreed that these conversations are needed in other areas, such as rural communities. Keep watching our Web site to learn about upcoming forums in your community.

We are also in the final stretch of development for faculty and postdoctoral fellows search plans and hope to announce our open recruitment in the coming months. For those of you who are interested in joining our team as a faculty member or a fellow, now is the time to update your CVs. We will notify you as soon as recruitment officially begins.

Finally, we have heard much about the interest in the process of building a new school of nursing from the ground up. We recently developed a timeline that maps out the significant milestones ahead before we reach full enrollment. As we celebrate each success, we recognize the many steps ahead. This timeline helps keep it all in perspective!

We will continue to provide updates on the school's Web site at http://nursing.ucdavis.edu. I encourage you to explore the Web site. Watch for opportunities to get involved, learn more about our vision to transform nursing education, and meet and hear from other school leaders and faculty as they join our team. I look forward to sharing more news of our progress soon!

Again, my best wishes to all of you for a joyous holiday season and a happy new year.

Heather M. Young, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing

P.S. Please help us spread the word about the proposed Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing - invite your friends and colleagues to visit us online at http://nursing.ucdavis.edu. They can be added to our electronic mailing list by clicking on the "Contact Us" link. Thank you!

View our timeline for past, present, and future milestones in the development of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing.

Click here to read past messages from the Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing.