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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.
Peragallo to speak at UC Davis nursing school
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.
New nurse fellowship will help prepare gero-focused policy leaders
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.
Viewpoints: Davis students document issues of race, test scores
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.
UC Davis is revamping its joint nurse-PA program
University of California, Davis is retooling a program that trains family nurse-practitioners and physician assistants. The only joint program in the state will move from the School of Medicine to the School of Nursing, and graduates will earn master's degrees instead of certificates of completion.
UCD to honor internment camp nurse
UC Davis is set to honor the memory of a Japanese-American nurse who cared for thousands in a World War II internment camp. Tsuru “Barbara” Yamamoto Takahashi will be honored Thursday evening during the annual welcoming ceremony for the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing.
Reflections on Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative Work
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Associate Dean for Academics and Health Sciences Clinical Associate Professor Deborah Ward led a study of a counseling intervention designed to support individuals to self-manage their pain after surgery. Study participants were individuals undergoing spine and neck surgery at UC Davis Spine Center. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative website provides more information about this and similar projects, including a highlight video. The video includes a feature about the UC Davis project approximately five and a half minutes into the 15-minute production.
The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis recognized its first master’s degree graduates in Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership at the Office of Graduate Studies commencement ceremony on June 14. Before the graduation of more than 600 graduates from 90 graduate degree programs, a schoolwide celebration honored the 25 inaugural nursing graduates and recognized the school’s founding visionaries.
Medical zero to PA hero
As a JAAPA editorial board member and a PA educator, I am intrigued by how people decide to enter our profession. One of my recent graduates from UC Davis School of Medicine's PA program, Paul Kubin, PA-C, has been publishing a blog since his early months of training that helps pre-PAs learn about PA education and careers.
West Notable Nurses
Casey Shillam, RN-BC, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis in Sacramento, Calif., was appointed to the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing faculty on May 29. Before her work at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, Shillam was an assistant professor at the University of Portland (Ore.) School of Nursing and worked in chronic-care management for assisted living facilities in Portland. While at UC Davis, Shillam was one of four leaders and the communications director for the California Action Coalition for the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action.
Battling obesity, diabetes
Just as America's diabetes epidemic began almost two decades ago, Georgia Richardson was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, the potentially life-threatening illness that affects the body's ability to process blood sugar. The good news is that unlike type 1 diabetes – an autoimmune disorder often with onset in childhood – type 2 diabetes often can be prevented by healthy lifestyle habits: walking 30 minutes five times each week and eating a balanced diet.It's a simple solution to the epidemic. But by the millions, people don't do it."We have more sedentary jobs now," said Dr. Debra Bakerjian, a UC Davis Nursing School adjunct professor and president of geriHealthsolutions, a long-term care consulting firm. "We work long hours, and many people commute. "It's hard to work exercise in there — most of us don't have jobs that allow us to be mobile. And with the time crunch, we lean toward fast food."
West Notable Nurses
Heather M. Young, RN, PhD, FAAN, was selected to serve on The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action Strategic Advisory Committee to guide the national Campaign for Action, an initiative to ensure all Americans have access to high-quality, person-centered healthcare, with nurses contributing to the full extent of their capabilities. She is Associate vice chancellor for nursing and dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis in Sacramento, Calif. Young joins 11 other nationally recognized leaders in business, healthcare, education, organized labor and consumer advocacy.
UC Davis School of Nursing receives accreditation
Just in time for graduation, the UC Davis School of Nursing received its sought-after accreditation from the independent Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Still, the accreditation must be renewed after five years, the maximum period granted to new nursing programs. "The accreditation represents a substantial achievement," said Heather Young, associate vice chancellor for nursing at UC Davis and founding dean of the school. "It means our first class graduates from a newly accredited program."
UC Davis graduating its first class of nurses
Nurse Charley Johnston, 32, finds goodness in all corners of his career: in his challenging new nursing job, in his two years at the UC Davis School of Nursing – even in the future of health care in general. But ask Johnston what he finds most inspirational and he'll go right back to the very beginning. That's when, five years ago, philanthropist Betty Irene Moore came to donate $100 million to UC Davis, moving the School of Nursing from dream to reality. Thanks to Moore's contribution, Johnston and 24 other nurses are part of a small elite cadre of nurses graduating Thursday with UC Davis' first masters of science in nursing education and health care leadership.
Health Care Heroes: Heather Young, The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing
The 2012 Health Care Heroes special publication is a a salute to 17 practitioners who routinely go beyond the call of duty in the Sacramento region. Setting up a nursing school from scratch was “a chance of a lifetime,” said Heather Young, founding dean of The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. Not only could Young start with a clean slate, but she also has had the opportunity to really make a difference. In addition to supplying the region with more nurses, The Betty Irene Moore School is creating future faculty, the shortage of which has been a bottleneck in easing the national nursing shortage.
Analytics is not only one of the hottest fields for new graduates, it is also used by educational institutions to improve administration, teaching and learning. In acknowledgement of the importance of analytics in education, SAS has recognized the first SAS Excellence in Education award. The 2012 SAS Student Ambassadors were also honored at SAS(R) Global Forum. These students are using SAS in innovative ways that benefit their respective industries and research. Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Postdoctoral Fellow Lori Miller is one of the 2012 SAS Student Ambassadors.
Several doctoral and master’s degree students from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at University of California, Davis in Sacramento, Calif., spent Feb. 22 at the state Capitol to learn more about the legislative process.
Viewpoint: Veterans and the Affordable Care Act
Armed conflict has been a frequent occurrence throughout US history. During the last century, the United States has fought 8 wars that together span more than 35 years, not counting numerous conflicts that are not officially considered wars. In view of the many health consequences of war, the potential effect of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on health care for veterans warrants careful consideration.
Movers and Shakers
Dr. Nancy Donaldson was awarded the 2011 Excellence in Leadership Award from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. Donaldson is chairwoman and chief scientist for Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes, which is located in San Ramon.
Nurse Advocates Blaze Trail in California
California leads the nation in areas such as technology, agriculture and entertainment. A group of nurse leaders is working to add one more thing to that list: health care. And they are making considerable headway. In 2010, California became one of the first states in the nation to have an Action Coalition—a diverse group of stakeholders working at the state and local levels to transform the nursing profession to improve health and health care. At the same time, the coalition listened to the goals of the foundations and funders and identified shared priorities. “It’s not just them listening to us, it’s us listening to them, too,” noted Casey Shillam, PhD, RN-BC, the nurse co-lead of the California Action Coalition and a postdoctoral fellow at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at the University of California, Davis.
Sacramento woman, 96, gives family the gift of planning her own peaceful death
It was December when Jeanada Nolan told her family the time had come. She was 96, a longtime breast cancer survivor who had lost her eyesight to macular degeneration in 1997, but it took more than blindness to slow her down. Last fall, she developed excruciating neck and back pain, the result of almost a century of wear and tear, and physical therapy proved unhelpful. "The public often has a romanticized feeling about what it's like to resuscitate somebody," said Debra Bakerjian, a UC Davis nursing school adjunct professor and vice chairman of the UC Davis Medical School's family medicine department. "People know what they've seen on TV, but the reality is quite different. And people are confused about what it is to die a natural death."
Betty Irene Moore SON Launches Lecture Series
Nationally recognized nurse researcher and gerontology professor Mary D. Naylor, PhD, RN, FAAN, will launch the inaugural Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Lecture Series: Leading Change, Advancing Health at 4 p.m. Jan. 31 at the UC Davis Cancer Center Auditorium.
The ABCs of the ACA: Health care education may need an Rx
As health care administrators around the country prepare to implement the Affordable Care Act, educators are also tasked with preparing the next generation of managers — for the unknown. No one knows yet just how health care reform is going to change the daily routine for practitioners and administrators, but all agree that business decisions, from purchasing supplies to the cost of follow-up care, are going to look different.
Telehealth awards to help California organizations reach remote, at-risk populations
Fifteen community organizations across California are receiving more than $5 million in funding to improve telehealth access to some of the state’s most underserved populations, with a goal of improving access to healthcare and reducing costs. The Broadband Adoption Model eHealth Communities Awards, announced on August 18, are being issued through the University of California-Davis Health System and the California Telehealth Network. The groups receiving the awards were chosen through a strict selection process that included an emphasis on providing care to medically underserved regions, older adults, at-risk people and children.
Nurses aim to take more effective role in health care
Armed with a law, a report and a plan, California nurses are angling for action. Federal reform will transform the way health care is delivered in this country and nurses can — and should — play a fundamental role in the transformation, a report by the Institute of Medicine concluded last year. California is one of five states selected to champion the effort. Nurse leaders and supporters gathered for a town-hall meeting at the University of California Davis Health System campus in Sacramento last week to discuss priorities and talk about what’s next.
Nurses Must Lead: California nurses are called to local, regional and national action
Nationally, the proposals for healthcare reform and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, the Initiative on the Future of Nursing are a rallying call to action that can unite the nursing profession, mobilize support from all stakeholders in health and catalyze meaningful advances in healthcare delivery. This will ultimately result in improvements in the health of the individuals, families and communities we serve.
UC Davis Health team gets pain management grant
A team of UC Davis Health System faculty was recently awarded a $290,000 grant to research and develop a pain-management curriculum for nursing and medical students, as well as current practitioners. The grant comes from the Mayday Fund, a New York-based organization dedicated to alleviate human physical pain and its consequences.
Gerontology a new focus for registered nurses
In a small way, the two of them are pioneering the geriatric care of the future. Retired corporate executive George Gabel, 72, regularly sits in front of the computer in his Truckee home to chat via videoconferencing technology about how exercise has helped ease his type 2 diabetes symptoms. In a research center at the UC Davis Health Science Center, Sheridan Miyamoto coaches and encourages him. As a registered nurse, she has worked in an Olivehurst family practice clinic and a Sacramento child abuse clinic. But as a doctoral student at UC Davis' Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, she's learning that gerontology is a core discipline of health care.
California is in demand of nurses. Are nursing programs too small for the demand? Are they equipping them well enough for technological changes in the future? Why are some nursing graduates still finding it hard to find jobs? Capitol Public Radio talks about this with Tanya Altmann with the Sacramento State Nursing Department; Monica Small, regional director of Clinical Workforce Development at Sutter; and Holli DeVon, associate professor of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis.
Push to remake nursing profession
As health care reform is rolled out across the country, there's also a push to change the role the nation's nurses play in providing care. A recent report from The Institute of Medicine calls for an overhaul of the nursing profession to meet upcoming changes to the system, which will face added stress when some 32 million people gain health coverage under the new law. Host Tara Siler talks to Dr Heather Young, Dean of the UC Davis Nursing School and a member of the panel planning to implement the recommedations here in California.
Researchers at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at University of California, Davis (UC Davis) explored the relationship between Hmong and Mein communities and the lack of knowledge within each community about how to pursue services for their developmentally disabled children. The study focused on the Hmong and Mien populations in Central Valley, an area of Sacramento, Calif. For this study, entitled “Understanding Developmental Disabilities in Families of Southeast Asian Origin,” UC Davis partnered with local groups, including the Hmong Women’s Heritage Association and the United Iu-Mien Community, to interview representatives from the communities. These representatives were Hmong and Mien Asian American individuals with mentally/physically impaired children.
Ethnic groups battle varying health issues
African-Americans are two to three times more likely than other populations to be hospitalized for preventable health conditions — including diabetes, asthma and heart disease — according to a new report by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development.
Nursing a Quandry: A worker shortage with no jobs?
California might be facing a long-term nursing shortage of epic proportions, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to find a job. Blame it on the Great Recession, but for new nurses it’s harder than ever to get a foot in the employment door. Nursing jobs are so scarce that it’s taking many new nurses months to find work, and when they do, they are often moving to new cities or out of the state. Some have given up the search all together and, despite their degrees, are now working outside of health care.