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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; Dean, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis

Making our vision a reality

It is my distinct pleasure to share with you that our dream for the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis is now reality! In September, our inaugural classes of eight doctoral and 25 master’s degree students began classes. In October, we recognized this historic milestone at a ceremony of dedication, appreciation and celebration.

We have used the phrase “an unprecedented opportunity” almost daily since the inception of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. After all, this is the largest single investment in nursing ever, given by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to one of the leading public universities in the world. Our vision to transform health care through nursing is itself an unprecedented opportunity.

But as we have taken the putty of that vision and started to shape our school, that phrase has taken on greater meaning. This is an unprecedented time in the history of health care. Our nation is hurtling toward a crisis in costs, quality, and access and just recently a nationwide effort started to focus on changing health care as we know it. Our population is aging and becoming more diverse and we are simply not ready. Health care professionals for the future will need a different set of skills, including the ability to collaborate and generate new solutions to our vexing old problems in health care.

Just last month, the Institute of Medicine released a report on The Future of Nursing. The chair of the committee, Donna Shalala, stated that this report will “usher in the golden age of nursing, where nurses take their rightful leadership place in American health care.” When implemented, the recommendations will recreate nursing in America. I am pleased to say that the vision and strategies of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing are in full alignment with the recommendations of the IOM report. We are already implementing actions necessary to prepare nurses to lead the transformation of our nation’s health-care system. This is an unprecedented time to unleash the power and passion of nursing.

This opportunity and its enactment would not be possible without the investment of resources, time, energy, and creativity on the part of our many partners. We are grateful first and foremost to Betty and Gordon Moore, and their foundation, for their vision and unprecedented support for our new school. Mrs. Moore is a remarkable woman who understands the importance of nursing.

You are connected to the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and so many individuals and organizations have contributed to its founding by sharing ideas, energy and time, providing financial resources, opening doors, supporting the founding team, and generating solutions to the challenges we faced in bringing the dream of the school to a reality. I am deeply grateful to you for your special contributions. 

On Oct. 8, we formally dedicated the school to Betty Irene Moore as we also welcomed our inaugural classes. For those who were there, thank you for joining us at this celebration. You can watch a video of the event, read the commemorative booklet and meet some of the inaugural students by visiting our website here. We celebrated the remarkable woman for whom this school is named. We also celebrated a “first class” first class— these students bring a wealth of experience and commitment and are ready, willing and able to rise to the calling to make a difference in health and health care.  I am confident that these scholars will bring about the bold system change we need and will lead the way to a better future. 

As further evidence of their strong commitment and leadership, the students surprised us with the announcement of the establishment of the Inaugural Classes Endowed Scholarship – each and every one of the 33 students of our first classes pledged support and altogether raised $43,000. All of us at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing were overwhelmed by this indication of their support and commitment as well as inspired to advance our dream to transform health care through nursing.

Harriet Tubman, a nurse, Civil War heroine, and a woman of great courage and compassion, said: “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”

I invite you to join us as we dream big and move forward, unleashing the passion and power of nursing to transform health care and advance health for all. Thank you for your continued support of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. I look forward to our growing partnership and collaboration.

Warm regards,

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

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