Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing faculty, students and scholars continually participate in lectures, speaker series, symposiums and other special events that reflect the school's vision and mission to transform health care through nursing education and research. This frequently updated list is a sample of the breadth of such activities.

2018 Happenings

April 6 — School leader shares vision for the future of nursing with surgeons
Terri Harvath, executive associate dean for the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, welcomed a team of about 40 orthopaedic surgeons to the School of Nursing and provided a presentation on the school. The Wilson Box Interurban Club features members who are nominated and elected from the orthopaedic surgeon community in California. Terri presented, “Shaping the Future of Nursing Education and Practice,” where she discussed how the school develops nurses and leaders who are prepared to lead change in health care. She also provided the group of surgeons a tour of Betty Irene Moore Hall. The surgical group meets twice annually, once in Southern California and once in Northern California.

April 4 — Professor’s journal article reveals oral health program not as helpful as hoped
Sheryl L. Catz, a clinical psychologist and professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, contributed to an article recently published in the American Journal of Public Health. Led by Jennifer McClure, a researcher at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle, the article, “Oral Health Promotion and Smoking Cessation Program Delivered via Tobacco Quitlines: The Oral Health 4 Life Trial,” explored the effectiveness of a project that sought to improve oral health among smokers by providing oral health counseling along with quitting tobacco counseling through cessation phone lines. The researchers found that providing the educational information on oral health as part of the call line support for smokers did not improve dental care. However, the study is noteworthy, the article reports, “because it demonstrated the operation feasibility of working with state-funded Quitlines to promote healthy behaviors concurrent with smoking cessation.” Sheryl’s research focus is on health behavior promotion. She specifically explores how technology can be used to improve communications between people and clinicians while also improving overall care.

March 30 — Professor recognized by Bay Area community organization
Jann Murray-García, a pediatrician and assistant clinical professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was honored by the San Francisco Black Infant Health Program at its 23rd Annual Afrocentric Family and Life Conference, Reclaiming our Time, Power and Health, Friday at the Westbay Conference Center in San Francisco. Jann and Melanie Tervalon, a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital Oakland, were recognized for their work advocating for cultural humility as part of educating future health professionals. The two seek changes in educational programs where future health professionals develop a lifelong commitment to self-evaluation and self-critique to more effectively and respectfully deliver health care to increasingly diverse populations. In addition to the recognition, the conference included a variety of sessions focused on black women and mothers’ health issues. 

March 26 — National long-term care conference features work of UC Davis professor
Debra Bakerjian, an associate adjunct professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, discussed her research focused on caring for older adults at The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine 2018 Annual Conference in Grapevine, Texas, March 22-25. The society represents medical directors, physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other practitioners working in various post-acute and long-term care settings, including skilled nursing facilities, long-term care and assisted living communities, home care and hospice. Debra’s first session, “Improving Dementia Care through the Music and Memory Program: The California Experience,” highlighted her work studying the use of music to improve dementia care in skilled nursing facilities. She also served on a breakfast panel that explored trends and developments in care of the frail elderly. Debra discussed how quality can be improved through better teamwork.

March 25 — Nurse practitioner faculty share research at statewide annual conference
Two Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis faculty members presented their research, “Successful Depression Screening and Treatment for Women: A Case-Based Training with APRN Clinician Experts,” at the California Association of Nurse Practitioners (CANP) 2018 Annual Education Conference in San Diego March 22-25. Laura Van Auker, an assistant clinical professor, and Jenna Shaw-Battista, an associate clinical professor and director for the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing, led the presentation. More than 500 health professionals gather each year at the annual conference, which includes an expo and educational sessions.

March 21 — Nurse practitioner professor provides tips, tools to parents of special education children
Laura Van Auker, an assistant clinical professor at the School of Nursing and a long-time family nurse practitioner, met with parents of special education students at the Placer County Special Education Local Area Plan Community Advisory Committee meeting. In her presentation, “The Bird and the Bees: Sexuality, Safety and Your Child with Disabilities,” Laura provides Information and strategies on supporting positive sexuality and the prevention of sexual abuse for children and young adults with developmental disabilities. The communication advisory committee works to empower and equip parents of students with special needs as effective team members in their children’s education.

March 17 — Executive associate dean speaks at local women’s summit
Executive associate dean speaks at local women’s summitTerri Harvath, executive associate dean at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, spoke at the Organization of Asian Pacific Americans Advocates (OCA) Sacramento Chamber Women’s Leadership Summit. The School of Nursing served as a sponsor for the event, along with UC Davis Health. The half-day summit at Betty Irene Moore Hall included a variety of speakers and networking opportunities for Asian-Pacific-Island Americans representing a broad range of sectors and careers. Terri provided the opening remarks to kick off the summit event and welcomed the attendees to Betty Irene Moore Hall. LeShelle May, a highly distinguished computer engineer and wife of UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May, was also a panelist.

March 14 — Physician assistant, nursing and nurse practitioner students present at annual quality improvement forum
link to Quality in Health Care Forum posterPhysician assistant, nurse practitioner, nursing and medical graduate students from the Improving Quality in Health Care Course at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing presented 16 posters at the UC Davis Annual Healthcare Quality Forum. The forum, launched in 2011, fosters a culture of quality through active engagement of life-long, interprofessional collaborations in the clinical practice improvement. Improving Quality in Health Care is an elective course offered through the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Group and led by Associate Adjunct Professor Debra Bakerjian. This winter’s course included 90 students from throughout the health professions programs at UC Davis.

March 9 — Inequities in mental health care explored in article by UC Davis faculty
Jann Murray-García, a physician and assistant clinical professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, collaborated with Ruth S. Shim, an associate professor in the School of Medicine Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department, and Christine E. Kho, a resident physician, also in the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department, to write the article, “Inequities in Mental Health and Mental Health Care: A Review and Future Directions,” for the journal, Psychiatric Annals. The article explores disparities and inequities in mental health and mental health care along with factors that contribute to the present state, new evidence and novel strategies to reduce and eliminate disparities and inequities. They call for providers to expand their roles as advocates for social change to reduce mental health inequities.

March 7 — Sociologist provides briefing on aging at state capitol
Ester Carolina Apesoa-Varano, a sociologist and associate professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, presented “The Experience of Older Adults” as part of the legislative briefing, Aging in California, at the California State Capitol. Led by the University of California Office of the President State Government Relations Office, the briefing included legislative staff and elected officials. A panel of experts spoke on several aging-related topics. Carolina discussed the findings from her research exploring the experiences of older adults, including older adults with dementia and caregivers of older adults with chronic conditions. She discussed the need to address poverty and isolation, investment to support families and the revitalization of neighborhoods, especially those with growing diversity in the older adult population. She also expressed the need to support and fund multidisciplinary research related to the California State Plan on Aging 2017-2021. Her research examines health care professions and organizational structures with a focus on health disparities and underserved populations, as well as teamwork models and interprofessional collaborations in health care. Much of her research is dedicated to geriatric studies to advance health for older people.

March 1 — Alumni publish study on preparing nursing students for multitasking
Laura (Corson) Oiler and Charlie Dharmasukrit, both Class of 2015 graduates of the master’s-degree leadership program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, were recently published in the March issue of the Journal of Informatics Nursing, the official publication of the American Nursing Informatics Association. Their article, “Multipatient Simulation: Student Perceptions of Confidence and Readiness to Care for Multiple Patients,” is based on their research seeking to increase the perceived clinical competence of senior nursing students through simulation exercises where the students cared for multiple complex patient mannequins. Laura, the primary author of the article, is now a clinical informatics educator at Northbay Healthcare in Fairfield, California, where she hopes to bring the multiple-patient simulation to further prepare new graduate nurses. Charlie, a nurse at UC Davis Medical Center, is now in the School of Nursing doctoral program. Assistant Clinical Professor Piri Ackerman-Barger also contributed to the article.

Feb. 20 — Nursing professor publishes article exploring reproductive coercion among African-American women
Jessica E. Draughon Moret, an assistant professor of clinical nursing at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, served as a contributing author of the article, “Exploring Reproductive Coercion in Relationship Contexts among Young Adult, Primarily African-American Women at Three Women’s Health Clinics,” in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Mary T. Paterno of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst was the primary author. The article described the researchers’ study of 130 young-adult, mostly African-American women. The women participated in in-depth interviews to learn more about their experiences with reproductive coercion, or pressure to conceive. Jessica said the study provides further information of reproductive coercion in marginalized populations and the intersection with intimate partner violence. Understanding this, she said, will help providers tailor care and services for women. Jessica’s research focuses on structural and independent factors contributing to women’s health disparities.

Feb. 15 — School of Nursing professor releases white paper with informatics association
Katherine Kim, an assistant professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, co-authored the white paper, “Redefining Our Picture of Health: Toward a Person-Centered Integrated Care, Research, Wellness and Community Ecosystem,” with a team of health informatics experts in the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). The white paper emerged from the 2017 AMIA Policy Invitational and details new policy and a framework to encourage more unified care. The paper includes draft recommendations that highlight ways in which the federal government might facilitate these changes. AMIA, a professional association for informatics professionals, assesses the effect of health innovations on health policy and advances the field of informatics.

Jan. 31 — Physician assistant alumnus receives national recognition
Tom Easter, a certified physician assistant who graduated in 2008 from the UC Davis physician assistant program, was recently awarded the specialty credential, the Certificate of Added Qualifications, from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Tom received the credential in emergency medicine, a distinction earned by meeting licensure, education and experience requirements and then passing a national exam in the specialty. He works at Camarena Urgent Care in Madera, California, and is an Army Reservist with the 7234th Medical Support Unit in Vallejo, California.

Jan. 24 — Nursing doctoral candidate presents research poster at international stroke conference
Michelle Camicia, a doctoral candidate at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, presented the poster, “Assessing Caregiver Commitment and Capacity,” at the 2018 International Stroke Conference in Los Angeles Jan. 24-26. The poster captured the research of Michelle and co-investigator Barbara Lutz, a University of North Carolina-Wilmington School of Nursing professor. The two conduct research focused on the issues faced by family caregivers of stroke survivors. Their poster highlights the effectiveness of an assessment tool used to measure the preparedness of stroke survivors and their caregivers for the transition home. Michelle, who is in the Doctor of Philosophy Degree Program Class of 2018, is a nurse and director of operations at Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center in Vallejo.

Jan. 25 — Nursing school dean collaborates with AARP to continue series of article for family caregivers
Heather M. Young, founding dean for the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was a supporting author of the article, “Preventing Falls and Fall-Related Injuries at Home,” in the January 2018 edition of The American Journal of Nursing. The article is part of a series, “Supporting Family Caregivers: No Longer Home Alone,” published with the AARP Public Policy Institute, to help nurses provide caregivers with the tools they need to manage their family members’ health care at home. This installment explains the principles for promoting safe mobility that nurses should reinforce with caregivers. The articles include tip sheets as well as links to instructional videos.

Jan. 12 — Washington nursing commission invites UC Davis faculty to present research
Elena O. Siegel, an associate professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, presented her research to the Washington State Department of Health Nursing Commission at a recent business meeting in Turnwater, Washington. Elena’s research focuses on building capacity of nursing home management teams to enhance quality and value. Her talk, “Delegation Guidelines for Nursing Home Directors of Nursing,” highlighted a study funded by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing to develop and test guidelines for directors of nursing to use a resource in their role managing nursing practice, specifically delegation.

Jan. 8 — School of Nursing dean serves on expert panel at Alzheimer’s Association event
Heather M. Young, founding dean for the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, served as one of four experts who discussed the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on women at the Alzheimer’s Association Alzheimer’s Women’s Initiative Jan. 8 at the California Museum in Sacramento. Heather highlighted the need for additional community resources to support people living with Alzheimer’s disease, along with their caregivers. The event provided an opportunity for Alzheimer’s Association leaders to outline priorities for the 2018 California state legislative session. Liz Hernandez, journalist and TV personality, moderated the panel. Other panelists were Jennifer Kent, director for the California Department of Health Care Services; Pam Montana, an Alzheimer’s Association national early stage adviser; and J. Kaci Fairchild, a professor at Stanford University.

Jan. 3 — Doctoral candidate publishes study in rehabilitative nursing journal
Michelle Camicia, a doctoral candidate in the Doctor of Philosophy Degree Class of 2018 at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, published the article, “Determining the Needs of Family Caregivers of Stroke Patients During Inpatient Rehabilitation Using Interview, Art and Survey,” as an online article in the Rehabilitation Nursing Journal. The article will also be published in the March/April edition of the print publication. The article highlights a study that explores the needs of family members of stroke patients admitted to rehabilitation facilities. The family members’ needs were determined through interviews, art therapy and surveys. The tools revealed the need for increased family-centered care with assistance for preparing for discharge, staff relationships with family members, communication and trust. Michelle said the findings will inform new interventions at rehabilitation centers. Michelle is the director of operations at the Vallejo Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center.

Past Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Happenings

2017 Happenings