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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, UC Davis;
Dean and Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Measuring our impact: leadership development and collaborative partnerships

Four years ago, we began a journey focused on the future. We developed a vision for the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis where we would transform the future of health care through nursing leadership, education and research. I am delighted to share with your our most recent news. Our vision to advance health, improve the quality of care and shape policy extends beyond the walls of this school.

This vision is shared by all of UC Davis, many of you, and health professionals nationwide as we implement the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine report on the Future of Nursing.

It is rewarding to see our early ideas come to life as we further develop research and education programs. I’m especially pleased to see the continued alignment of our programs with the Future of Nursing report recommendations. We are actively involved in leading the changes our nation needs to improve health care.

The Future of Nursing Campaign for Action is based upon three pillars: advancing education, removing barriers to practice and care, and nursing leadership. The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing is distinctive because our programs are fully aligned with these foundational values. To measure our success, we’ve identified two areas of critical impact: leadership development and collaborative partnerships.

This school is designed to develop transformative leaders who enact innovative improvements at the system level. We prepare leaders who change the way care is provided. Our graduates lead these changes across settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, government agencies and business.

Perhaps one of our most exciting recent milestones was the June graduation of our inaugural class of 25 master’s-degree students. Our first graduates are taking on new leadership roles in settings throughout the region. Nearly half of our first class of alumni now serve in new positions, many in areas specifically focused on quality and safety improvement. Read more about how our students and graduates lead change.

We also are forging imaginative partnerships with others to advance innovative solutions to complex health and health-care problems. For the past two years, our master’s-degree students successfully completed year-long field-work projects in health-care systems, government agencies and community organizations throughout the region. Their task was to conduct improvement projects where they sought solutions to complex, system-level problems. Both years, the results were impressive. A testimony to the value of the students’ work, many site mentors asked to host future students and projects. Our doctoral students are connecting with research faculty across UC Davis as they begin their dissertation work and benefit from the rich interdisciplinary environment this campus affords.

In addition to teaching and conducting their individual research, nursing faculty also pursue collaborative opportunities. A School of Nursing team is working with faculty in medicine and engineering on the Initiative for Wireless Health and Wellness at UC Davis. This project is one of several designed to promote large-scale interdisciplinary research at UC Davis. Other nursing researchers are working to launch an interprofessional Latino Aging Research Resource Center at UC Davis. This center will focus on cognitive health among older Latinos. Read more about our research collaborations.

Our impact continues to increase as the educational programs at the School of Nursing grow. We collaborated with our colleagues in the School of Medicine to explore how we might transition the Family Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Program from a certificate program to a master’s degree program. I’m excited to announce the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Group will accept applicants beginning summer 2013 for the Master of Science Degree for nurse practitioner students and the Master of Health Services Degree for physician assistant students.

The school launched its third academic year Sept. 28 with 73 graduate nursing students. As they have in previous years, the 33 new master’s-degree and eight doctoral students reflect diverse expertise in multiple settings and with various populations from throughout the region. Many have extensive backgrounds in nursing, health care or research. They all share a strong sense of commitment and the passion to make a difference. It is always inspiring to watch our students’ transitions to the leadership roles they assume as graduates. Read more about our current students.

We are joined in our vision by others who also seek to transform health care in our nation. Over the past decade, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation enacted a Nursing Initiative, including the launch of our School of Nursing with its $100 million commitment. The foundation announced in August an ongoing commitment to health care with a new Patient Care Program. The Patient Care Program focuses on both meaningfully engaging patients and their families in their own health care and developing a systems approach to reconfigure interprofessional teams, processes and technology to support that engagement. Learn more here.

We have achieved much since we admitted our first class to the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing in fall 2010 and I personally look forward to our continued journey as we create a healthier world.

You are our valuable partners. Thank you for supporting the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. Together, we ARE unleashing the power and passion of nursing.

Warm regards,


Heather M. Young, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing, UC Davis
Dean and Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis

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