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2013 In the news

2013 coverage

Dec. 17

Secure messaging viable for diabetes support
Clinical Endocrinology News, Bianca Nogrady

In early December, School of Nursing doctoral candidate Deborah Greenwood presented her research at the World Diabetes Congress in Melbourne, Australia. Clinical Endocrinology News interviewed her about her study to improve and provide ongoing support for patients with type 2 diabetes.

Dec. 11

Efforts to Improve the Quality of Care in Nursing Homes
ElderBranch, Samantha Hermann

ElderBranch, an online information resource for evaluating and selecting senior residence facilities, interviewed Debra Bakerjian, the senior director for nurse practitioner and physician assistant clinical education and practice at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. The online interview focuses on Bakerjian’s current research on quality of care for aging populations, particularly in long-term care facilities. She discusses her paper “Applying the Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes Circle of Success to Improving and Sustaining Quality,” which focuses on implementation of strategies to improve long-term elder care quality.

Dec. 11

UC Davis Medical Center honors Nelson Mandela
The Sacramento Bee, Stephen Magagnini

Health care professionals from South Africa, Ghana, Cameroon, Sacramento and Oakland gathered at UC Davis Medical Center Thursday to honor former South African President Nelson Mandela, saying the best way to do so is to continue his struggle for justice and equality. Dr. Heather M. Young, dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was born in South Africa the year Nelson Mandela and seven others were convicted of planning a violent revolution and promoting communism.

December

Self-management of type 2 diabetes? Yes!
The Journal of Family Practice, Deborah Greenwood

Deborah Greenwood, a Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing doctoral candidate, published a letter to the editor in the December issue of The Journal of Family Practice. The letter supports the self-management of type 2 diabetes programs. She recommends seven self-care topics for people with diabetes and encourages more engagement with health-care teams. The monthly journal publishes evidence-based medical information for practicing family physicians, family medicine researcher and other primary care clinicians.

Nov. 9

Vanguard Honors Jann Murray-Garcia for Her Work on Social Justice and Racial Equality
Vanguard Court Watch of Yolo County, David Greenwald

Jann Murray-Garcia, an assistant adjunct professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, was honored at the Vanguard Court Watch 3rd Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony as the Vanguard Activist of the Year for her community involvement promoting social justice and racial equality in Davis, Calif. The Vanguard Court Watch monitors the court system for flaws which might lead to wrongful convictions or length sentences. It is an offshoot of the Davis Vanguard, an independent news site focused on local political issues. The organization hosts an annual dinner and fundraiser event to present awards to individuals and organizations that made significant contributions to social justice in the area of judicial and legal reform.

Oct. 10

Cedars-Sinai Chief Nursing Officer Elected to Lead Nation’s Nursing Executives
Newswise.com

Linda Burnes Bolton, vice president for nursing, chief nursing officer and director of Nursing Research at Cedars Sinai, has been voted the 2014 president-elect of the American Organization of Nurse Executives Board of Directors. The 8,700-member organization is a widely respected voice in nursing and healthcare issues. Burnes Bolton was recently honored with the 2013 Excellence in Leadership Award from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at the University of California, Davis.

Oct. 8

Sacramento, Calif.-Burnes Bolton Accepts Leadership Award at UC Davis
Advance for Nurses

Linda Burnes Bolton, the nurse scientist who led the two-year initiative that resulted in the landmark Institute of Medicine's 2010 report "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health," received the 2013 Excellence in Leadership Award from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at the University of California, Davis, Sacramento, Calif. The award was presented at the school's welcoming ceremony to begin the new academic year.

Oct. 4

AONE Announces President-Elect, New Board of Directors for 2014
Advance for Nurses

The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) this week announced Linda Burnes Bolton, vice president for nursing, chief nursing officer and director of nursing research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, is president-elect of the 2014 AONE Board of Directors. Earlier this year, Burnes Bolton was honored with the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at the University of California Davis Excellence in Leadership Award, which celebrates nursing leaders who serve as role models in transforming healthcare through nursing leadership, education and research. She is the fourth recipient of the UC-Davis leadership award.

October

ANA/C Member Fighting for Clean Air in D.C.
Nursing Voice

Nursing Voice reports Phillip Bautista, a doctoral student at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, traveled to Washington D.C. in May as one of 117 Clean Air Ambassadors to participate in the 50 States United for Healthy Air campaign. The initiative was formed by Earthjustice, an environmental protection organization to petition elected officials about the importance of improving air quality in the United States. Bautista, a nurse working in California’s Central Valley, provides his clinical and personal observations of how poor air quality impacts the health of Californians and the importance of developing clean air.

October

How I Serve the Community as a Registered Nurse
Nursing Voice, Phillip Bautista

Phillip Bautista, the membership director for the American Nurses Association of California and doctoral student at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, writes how the association is a professional voice for nurses. He encourages members to explore ways to get involved: "Patient advocacy does not only occur at the bedside, but in all venues where we can raise our voice as a nurse, a leader to our community, and uphold the pledgeto 'devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care.'"

Sept. 26

Prejudice in the Workplace
Health Callings Blog

A nurse could have years of experience providing quality patient care. But what if a patient sees only the color of her skin? Health Callings reports a recent study from Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing finds nurses experience discriminatory interactions more often than one might think. Mary Lou de Leon Siantz, professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, provides insight for nurses who encounter patient discriminatory behavior.

Sept. 15

More than 70 percent of Sacramento-area boomers are overweight or obese
Sacramento Bee, Anita Creamer and Phillip Resse

The Sacramento Bee reports the number of baby boomers who are overweight or obese continues to climb, and as a group, they hit middle age much heavier than the previous generation. Debra Bakerjian, senior director for nurse practitioner and physician assistant clinical education and practice and assistant adjunct professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, discusses how people can manage their health to avoid obseity.

Sept. 3

Public health nurses should have role in universal primary care planning
The Irish Times, Lorna Siggins

The Irish Times reports delegates from 24 countries gathered at the International Public Health Nursing Conference in Galway, Ireland to discuss the role of nurses in primary health-care planning. Jeri L. Bigbee, adjunct professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, was a keynote speaker.

Aug. 28

RWJF Fellow tapped to head new diversity initiative in California
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation website

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation website provides a featured review of the work of Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Professor Mary Lou de Leon Siantz, who is also an alumni of the foundation's Executive Nurse Fellows program.

Aug. 26

Heather Young Joins as New Chief Scientist at UC Davis
CITRIS Health Care Initiative Blog

The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) Health Care Initiative blog reorts Heather M. Young, Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing and Dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, is the new Chief Scientist. The Health Care Initiative is one of four CITRIS content areas. The mission of this initiative is to both improve access and reduce significant disparities in health resources and outcomes across different regions and population groups in California. “Her expertise and energy are outstanding, and her new role reflects the growing importance of nursing within our health care agenda," said Steven DeMello, Co-Director of the CITRIS Health Care Initiative.

Aug. 22

Postdoc Advancement: Marketing Your Value
Science Magazine, Alaina G. Levine

Science Magazine writer explores the skills one learns as a postdoctoral scholar. It is a time of hard work, but also a time to learn and hone critical skills that will enable you to move into a position of independent research. Skills such as leadership and management, teambuilding, communication, fundraising, and even marketing are required to advance, and one must be adept in all of these areas to succeed in this highly competitive economic landscape. Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Postdoctoral Fellow Michelle Fennessy focuses on the important role of networking.

Aug. 9

Should California Expand Medical Duties of Nurse Practitioners?
KQED, Forum with Michael Krasny

California has a shortage of physicians, especially in rural areas. It's a problem which could worsen under federal health care reform. To help address the shortfall, the state Legislature is considering expanding the services that can be provided by nurse practitioners, pharmacists and optometrists. Host Rachael Myrow discusses the legislation with Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Senior Director for Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Clinical Education and Practice Debra Bakerjian, Senator and author of the legislation Ed Hernandez, and President of the California Medical Association Paul Phinney.

Aug. 8

UCD researchers receive grant to study depression and suicide in older men
Davis Enterprise

Researchers at UC Davis have received a three-year, $725,000 grant from the National Institute on Mental Health to develop new, creative approaches to decreasing the burden of late-life depression and the risk of suicide among older men. Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Assistant Professor Ester Carolina Apesoa-Varano conducts one of four research projects funded by the center.

August

Graduate nurse colleagues join forces to enhance cancer care across the Cancer Care Network
Tahoe Forest Health System Magazine

The new magazine of the Tahoe Forest Health System explores local health news and issues. This month's inaugural issue features the collaboration of Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing students across the Cancer Care Network. Alumna Arlette Rogers at the Tahoe Forest Hospital and alumna Terri Wold at UC Davis Medical Center work together to share resources and experiences throughout the five cancer centers in the network.

July 18

Flipping the Doctor’s Office
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation "Culture of Health" blog, Thomas Goetz

In a blog where various experts discuss the future of health and health care, the author explores the possibilities of reimagining the provider-patient experience. The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis is featured as an example.

July 5

Ultimate Fitness Inspiring Tweens and Teens (UFITT) for girls
Good Day Sacramento, Courtney Dempsey

Lori L. Miller, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Postdoctoral Fellow, developed a fitness curriculum for girls as part of her research project, Ultimate Fitness Inspiring Tweens and Teens (UFITT). The project is a combination of school health-related physical education and home economics courses, including beauty and fashion courses. Miller’s research looks at developing healthy lifestyle behaviors at an early age and explores the motivation of girls to increase their physical activity levels.

July 3

Nursing Professor Inducted as 2013 Fellow of AANP
Advance for Nurses

Debra Bakerjian, an assistant adjunct professor and senior director for nurse practitioner and physician assistant clinical education and practice at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, was recently selected as a 2013 Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

June 28

Experts Launch Pain Management Competency Program
Pain Medicine News

Pain experts, looking to expand on recommendations made in a 2011 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, have published consensus core competency recommendations they believe could greatly improve pain management if followed by clinicians. The pain management educational program called for in the paper is a result of the Expert Summit for Interprofessional Consensus on Pain Management...which was launched by University of California (UC) Davis pain experts Scott Fishman, MD, and Heather M. Young, PhD, and sponsored by the Mayday Fund.

June 17

Nursing Prof. de Leon Siantz Named Director of CAMPOS Initiative
News-Line.com

Professor Mary Lou de Leon Siantz was recently appointed by UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi as director for the new Center for the Advancement of Multicultural Perspectives on Science (CAMPOS). The center is part of a new effort, led by Katehi, to increase the participation of women, especially Latinas, in academic science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers.

June 17

UC Davis establishes NIH-funded research center for aging Latinos
Nurse.com

Assembling a nationally respected team of nurse, physician and mental-health leaders with broad expertise in brain health and minority aging, UC Davis in Sacramento, Calif., has established the Latino Aging Research Resource Center through a five-year, $3 million grant from the National Institute on Aging.

June 10

UC Davis switches to master's program for nurse practitioners, physician assistants
Sacramento Business Journal, Kathy Robertson

The University of California Davis School of Nursing will expand its graduate programs this summer to include master’s degrees for nurse practitioners and physician assistants. The university has revamped its joint nurse practitioner-physician assistant certificate program at the medical school, turned it into a master’s degree program and moved it to the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing.

June 10

Job Front: Nursing program for rural areas
Sacramento Bee, Darrell Smith

UC Davis' nursing school is offering two new master's degree programs this summer for nurse practitioners and physician assistants, with an eye toward bolstering primary care in rural and underserved communities. The two-year nurse practitioner program and a 27-month master's degree program through the university's Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing hope to groom leaders of health care teams to provide care where it's needed most, Heather Young, the school's dean, said in a statement. "The new curriculum offers a broad education in understanding how health systems and health care work as well as how to improve quality, lead teams and deal with the business aspects of care," Young said in the statement.

April 29

Florida nurse scientist inspires nursing students during UC Davis lecture
Nurse.com

One of the nation’s foremost researchers in HIV/AIDS risk reduction and prevention in Latinos spoke recently at the University of California, Davis in Sacramento. On March 6, nurse scientist Nilda "Nena" P. Peragallo, RN, DrPH, FAAN, discussed health disparities and the recruitment and retention of minority scientists during the 2013 Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Lecture Series, called Leading Change, Advancing Health.

April 22

Nurse Sees Education As Reshaping Healthcare In Sacramento
CBS Sacramento

Terri Wolf is in a newly created position as the nursing and quality coordinator at the UC Davis Cancer Care Network. She was previously an oncology nurse and healing arts educator. Wolf earned a master’s degree in nursing science and health care leadership in Sacramento after getting her RN and a BS degree in nutrition and communications. Wolf says that her education was vital to her successful career.

March 5

Peragallo to speak at UC Davis nursing school
Advance for Nurses

Nurse scientist Nilda (Nena) Peragallo, one of the nation's foremost researchers in HIV/AIDS risk reduction and prevention in Latinos, will discuss health disparities and the recruitment and retention of minority scientists as the featured speaker at the 2013 Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Lecture Series: Leading Change, Advancing Health from 4 to 5 p.m. March 6 at the UC Davis Sacramento campus.

Feb. 19

New nurse fellowship will help prepare gero-focused policy leaders
The John A. Hartford Foundation Health AGEnda, Rachael Watman

The Gerontological Society of America’s National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence has joined with The Atlantic Philanthropies’ Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program to create a fellowship for nursing professionals to gain the experience and skills necessary to develop and implement health policies that affect our aging society. Note: The article features a photo sidebar of Assistant Professor Elena Siegel, a former Hartford Foundation scholar.

Jan. 15

Viewpoints: Davis students document issues of race, test scores
Sacramento Bee, Jann L. Murray-García

What can a high-performing school district in the relatively affluent, university community of Davis teach the nation about educational equity? It turns out we have just as much to learn, if not more, than other communities about racial disparities in schooling outcomes.