A Message from the Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing
UC Board of Regents Approves the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing
March 19, 2009 — I am very pleased to share with you that the University of California Board of Regents today approved establishment of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at the University of California, Davis.
The Regental approval included the formal naming of the school in recognition of the $100 million philanthropic grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The approval also paves the way for our continued partnership with the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the launch of a School of Nursing that will have a positive, long-term impact on the future health of our communities, our state and our nation.
I want to thank everyone for your continued support of this innovative new school. This incredible journey began well before I joined the school in August 2008. The journey began in 2007 when the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation approved the historic $100 million grant to establish the new school at UC Davis.
Since that time, much has occurred and many of you have played an integral part in providing leadership, support and input in the planning process. Please continue to provide your thoughts and feedback – they are essential in developing several aspects of the school, from curriculum to admissions requirements and degree programs to areas of research.
Over the next year, we will continue to seek input from a variety of groups to help us design this top-tier school. We continue to forge ahead on multiple projects concurrently. For example, this past week we submitted to academic leadership a proposal for a Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Group to confer the doctorate and master’s degrees. The majority of graduate degrees at UC Davis are conferred by multidisciplinary graduate groups that include faculty from various departments, colleges and schools. In keeping with this collaborative approach, the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Group is proposed to include nursing faculty as well as faculty from various other schools, colleges and departments such as Internal Medicine, Nutrition, Cultural Studies, Public Health and more.
Formal faculty and postdoctoral fellow recruitments will kick off shortly and we will be announcing those positions on our Web site soon, so please watch for this news if you are interested.
You may have heard or read about some of the nursing lectures the school has already hosted and more are in the works. Previous guest lecturers included Susan C. Reinhard, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., senior vice president at AARP, and Patricia A. Carney, Ph.D., professor of Family Medicine and Public Health and Preventive Medicine and associate director for Population Studies at the Oregon Health and Science University Knight Cancer Institute. Next month, Eileen Sullivan-Marx, Ph.D., C.R.N.P., F.A.A.N., R.N., Shearer Term associate professor for healthy community practices and associate dean for practice and community affairs at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, will present a guest lecture on “Collaborative Circles: The Case for Academic Owned Nursing Practice.” The lecture will be at 8 a.m., Tuesday, April 7, at the Education Building at UC Davis Health System. Stay tuned for further details.
Thank you again – sincerely – for your enthusiasm, support and encouraging feedback. We are very pleased to celebrate this moment with you, and we look forward to sharing more milestones with you in the coming months.
Heather M. Young, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing
Dean, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis
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.