A Message from the Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing; Dean, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis
School of Nursing focuses on leadership development
Leadership development is a core element of education and research programs at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, woven into every aspect of the school’s curriculum. Our education program features active learning, problem solving and partnering with agencies and individuals in our community — a hallmark of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing.
Leadership is a primary focus from the moment students arrive at the School of Nursing each September. Next week, the second cohort of 25 Master of Science and eight doctoral Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Students arrive at the Sacramento campus and will participate in a week-long leadership immersion experience to launch their scholarship journey.
More than an orientation seminar about logistics, this immersion week is an intensive opportunity for students to closely examine the leaders they want to become and the changes they hope to make in health care. It starts with extensive self-assessment of readiness and strengths as well as the identification of areas for professional growth. The self appraisal and development of goals will form the basis for each student’s leadership growth experience throughout the program.
This focus on leadership purposefully enacts our vision to advance health and ignite leadership through innovative education, transformative research and bold system change. The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing embraces and advocates for the values of leadership within every initiative and activity as we prepare the nurse leaders of the future in research, teaching, health-care delivery and policy.
This past year, we developed and launched an in-depth evaluation plan to measure our success at developing health-care leaders. We started with impact, identifying our expectations for long-term success. Through an iterative process with our team and with National Advisory Council members, we identified our aspiration that the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing be known and recognized for:
- the development and engagement of transformative leaders who enact innovative improvements in systems of health care and
- imaginative, transdisciplinary partnerships and collaborations in solutions to complex problems in human health.
As we welcome our second cohort this fall, we continue to expand this focus on leadership and partnerships – in our educational programs and beyond.
Last month, the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing hosted a special town-hall forum of the California Action Coalition with more than 120 health-care consumers, health-care professionals and partners to discuss the Institute of Medicine’s report on the Future of Nursing. Sponsored by the Future for Nursing Campaign for Action, AARP and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, the event increased awareness of efforts to improve health in California and optimize the role of nurses in this goal. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in partnership with the Center to Champion Nursing in America at AARP, appointed the California Action Coalition to lead implementation of the IOM report recommendations in our state. The coalitions are the driving force of the overall initiative to move key issues forward at local, state and national levels.
This event was led by scholars and students of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and demonstrates the role the UC Davis Schools of Health play in the development of health-care leaders. Casey Shillam, a postdoctoral scholar at the School of Nursing serves on the seven-member executive committee for the California Action Coalition and coordinated most aspects of the forum and other associated activities while doctoral and master’s-degree students planned the town-hall program as an assignment for a leadership course. In addition to the town-hall, our team continues to support the Future of Nursing Initiative in California, specifically with input in the area of leadership and the promotion of nurse leadership.
Next week, we will honor an outstanding nurse leader at the 2011 Welcoming Ceremony with the Excellence in Leadership Award. This award recognizes those health-care professionals whose leadership exemplifies the vision of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. Nancy Donaldson, a clinical professor at the UCSF School of Nursing and director of the UCSF Centre for Evidence-based Patient Care Quality Improvement, is an internationally recognized leader in nursing quality measurement, nurse staffing effectiveness and clinical patient safety.
In early 2012, we will launch the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Lecture Series: Leading Change, Advancing Health. This series will feature outstanding leaders who will inspire discussion about leadership among students, faculty, and staff across the Schools of Health.
We have the opportunity to measure the effectiveness of our master’s-degree educational program in October. Three representatives of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), a division of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing will conduct a site visit at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing as part of the accreditation process of the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Master of Science Degree Program. We look forward to a productive exchange with our colleagues during that visit.
Thank you for your commitment to the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and its vision to advance health and transform health care. Together, we will meet our collective goal for a healthier world.
Heather M. Young, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing, UC Davis
Founding Dean, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis