A Message from the Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing and Dean
It is hard to believe that more than a year has gone by since I joined the team at UC Davis as associate vice chancellor for nursing. It has been a time of great opportunity and challenge–getting to know the community, the UC Davis campus and working with a talented team to create the core elements and a roadmap to launch this exciting new school.
I have been delighted by the warm and welcoming reception, both personally and for the school itself. It is clear to me that the time is right to move forward with this initiative, despite the current economic conditions. The need for improvement in health and health care has never been more apparent and nurses can, and should, be part of the solutions to the complex issues our society faces in assuring both access and quality in health care and to improving the health of our population.
We have embarked on a course to advance health and ignite leadership through innovative education, transformative research and bold system change. Our aspirations are made possible by the unprecedented public-private partnership of UC Davis with the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and its $100 million commitment in support of the school’s launch, as well as your ongoing help and encouragement. Much has happened over the past year in preparation for our first cohorts of students anticipated in fall 2010. I am pleased to share with you our progress to date:
- In March, the University of California Board of Regents approved the establishment of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, paving the way for a variety of UC systemwide approvals necessary for the launch of a new school.
- Over the past year, we hosted a number of town-hall style meetings to collect input and suggestions from local residents, community leaders, area nurses and nursing faculty, nurse leaders from across the nation and others interested in the new school and how nursing education will contribute toward and lead the transformation of health care in our area. Many of these participants shared creative ideas about the nurse of the future, delivering care in systems that are more responsive, accessible, efficient and effective; and they challenged us to prepare the leaders to guide the necessary system change toward that preferred future.
- The feedback we collected was useful in the development of our graduate programs and led to the formation of the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Group, which will confer both the doctorate and master’s degrees. Proposals for two graduate degree programs–a Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy–were submitted and approved by the various UC Davis committees. We now await systemwide approval prior to accepting our first round of applications later this fall.
- We initiated our search for the founding faculty and in September began the interview process for visionary, highly-qualified individuals who will develop the school’s innovative interdisciplinary and interprofessional curriculum and build our research portfolio. They will join the 24 faculty from across campus who agreed to be part of the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Group. We hope to welcome at least two nursing professors by the end of 2009. Click here to view our current faculty.
- Three new postdoctoral fellows–Dian Baker, Ph.D., A.P.R.N.-B.C., P.N.P., R.N.; Debra Bakerjian, Ph.D., F.N.P, R.N.; and Samira Jones, Ph.D., M.P.H.–were recently appointed, joining our founding postdoctoral fellow, Tara Sharpp, Ph.D., R.N. The postdoctoral scholars will participate in the interdisciplinary research training in the areas of community health, health policy, gerontology and rural health and will contribute to the development of our curriculum and building our research program.
- We have received notification of the awards for our first two research grants. One project will study the impact of nurse-led intervention of pain self-management for people who had spinal surgery. The other project will test the effectiveness of nurses as health coaches to improve health for people with diabetes in rural and underserved regions.
- We engaged CO Architects to work with us on a design plan for a new facility to house the majority of the school’s faculty, administrative staff and student facilities, while sharing classrooms, lecture halls and other features with students from other disciplines. The teams’ design priorities are to create a learning environment that fosters connection, creativity, collaboration and community; promotes sustainability and health; and is future-oriented and innovative. We are excited about the preliminary concepts and will share more with you in the coming months.
- Lastly, but most importantly, the entire Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing team is working diligently to prepare for the anticipated arrival of the first cohorts of graduate students in fall 2010. Upon program approval, the application process will open. We expect this to occur this winter and hope to notify applicants of admissions decision during spring 2010. I look forward to the time when we introduce our first class! If you are considering graduate nursing education and haven’t already joined our listserv, I encourage you to sign up here to receive more information as it becomes available.
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and UC Davis share a vision for excellence and system change that can only be accomplished through partnerships with many individuals and organizations that have and will contribute to the successful launch of the school and its future sustainability.
Thank you for all you do for UC Davis and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing.
Please continue to visit our Web site at nursing.ucdavis.edu often to receive current updates on what is happening with the school and learn of upcoming events and other activities.
Heather M. Young, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing, UC Davis Health System
Professor and Dean, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing