A Message from the Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing, UC Davis; Dean and Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing
Celebrate nurse leaders who pave way for healthier future
Each year, I look forward to National Nurses Week, May 6-12, to celebrate the profession of nursing as well as the nation’s 3 million-plus nurses who work in numerous roles to advance health for individuals, families and communities. This year, as our nation continues to focus on improving health care and advancing the health of our communities, I pay special tribute to our nurse colleagues who practice across multiple settings, from hospitals and clinics, to government agencies and corporate businesses, to lead the changes that are essential to deliver high-quality, high-value care. These nurse leaders are paving the way for a healthier future.
At the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis we aim to transform health care through nursing leadership, education and research. Reaching this vision requires exceptional leadership at all levels. UC Davis nursing faculty prepare highly skilled and educated nurses to practice, teach, discover and lead. Our students will be leaders committed to lifelong learning and working in new ways, in different and more complex settings and with more diverse populations.
As we celebrate National Nurses Week, I particularly want to celebrate the nurse leaders who fulfill this vision today. We envision innovations in care and systems that are not simply a matter of cutting costs, but redesigning systems. New habits must be honed including exceptional leadership, flexibility and nimbleness, effective communication and collaboration skills, the ability to form new kinds of coalitions, teams and strategic partnerships, the use of new technology, research that leads to meaningful application and a strong commitment to engaging those we serve.
I am proud of the impact students and faculty from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing have already made on health care in our region. Students and graduates lead in a variety of new nursing roles that directly influence quality, cost and access to care.
For example, care coordination is an emerging role where nurses help individuals and families navigate among health-care providers and systems, manage chronic conditions and more. Arlette Rogers, a 2012 alumna, is in rural Truckee, Calif., working with cancer patients and their families, as well as the health-care team, to deliver and ensure quality cancer care.
Several of our students and graduates develop, implement, monitor and maintain systems that improve safety and reduce or eliminate errors or other unwanted results, such as infections. For example, five UC Davis nursing graduates and students work as nurse champions at UC Davis Medical Center. These nurse champions improve the overall safety and quality of care by examining the interconnected processes that together comprise health-care delivery. They educate staff about best practices, policies and procedures, reinforce these practices and collaboratively troubleshoot challenging patient care situations.
Faculty, postdoctoral scholars and students also contribute important research on the effectiveness of new nursing approaches. Doctoral candidate Sheridan Miyamoto joined our team of investigators to determine the impact that nurse coaches using telehealth could have on the skills and motivation of rural adults with diabetes in managing their health.
Our vision can only be enacted with interprofessional collaboration. Engaging with other disciplines, such as computer science, engineering, community development and cultural studies, will expand knowledge and enable research that matters. This is why Associate Dean for Research Jill Joseph is collaborating with an interdisciplinary team including experts from the Comprehensive Cancer Center at UC Davis, health informaticians, data analysts, epidemiologists, physicians, nurses, and private business partners to develop novel health technology. Together, this team will identify opportunities for reducing preventable demand for cancer services while promoting community-based, high-quality cancer care. The team seeks novel solutions that incorporate patient and family perspectives, as well as innovative technologies to promote home-based care delivery and effective care team communication.
Our collaborative efforts also ensure we prepare future researchers and clinicians who work effectively and primarily in teams, with a commitment to fully engage communities we serve. For example, Professor Mary Lou de Leon Siantz, Assistant Professor Ester Carolina Apesoa-Varano and I are pleased to join several School of Medicine faculty to launch the Latino Aging Research Resource Center, funded by the National Institute on Aging. This center provides new opportunities for partnership with members of the Latino community, facilitates research to address issues prioritized by older Latinos and develops the next generation of Latino researchers.
The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis prepares health-care leaders for the present and the future. Just as nurses practice in many settings, leaders from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing lead in areas beyond clinical environments. As we celebrate the contributions of the nation’s nurses during National Nurses Week this year, join me in applauding these leaders who are contributing to advancement of health in our communities.
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Together, we ARE unleashing the power and passion of nursing!
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