Graduate students at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis showcase their scholarly work at the 2017 Academic Symposium. In panel discussions, summaries of doctoral dissertations, podium presentations and research poster displays, this year’s master’s-degree students and doctoral candidates engage the community and illustrate their passion for leadership in health care.


Health care emergency preparedness goes mobile

Health care emergency preparedness goes mobile

The attacks on 9/11 changed Americans’ day-to-day habits and altered the way emergency response agencies prepare for disasters. The events of that day made a profound impact on Wendin Gulbransen as well. Nearly 16 years later, Gulbransen gets one step closer with her master’s-degree thesis at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis.

Community Connections: Restoring dignity for homeless women

Community Connections: Restoring dignity for homeless women

On any given night, nearly 2,700 individuals experience homelessness in Sacramento County. Beyond the data lie hundreds of women whose basic needs of hygiene go unmet. A team of master’s-degree leadership students at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis shine light on the problem through coursework that also changes their perspectives on nursing.

Mining data to uncover stories, improve outcomes

Mining big data to uncover stories, improve outcomes

Two out of three American adults experienced trauma as a child. Those are the numbers. Embedded in those raw statistics are countless stories. Master’s-degree leadership student Victoria Conlu set out to learn the stories of some of the people whose lives are embedded in that statistic, in the hope of determining if and when intervention might mitigate poor outcomes in the long run.


Infusing research with cultural understanding

Infusing research with cultural understanding

A leader in the Hmong community and a Hmong refugee herself, May Ying Ly embarked on her pursuit of a Doctor of Philosophy degree at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis to develop tools to solve cultural problems. With the help of mentors who inspired and pointed the way for her, Ly mined data and leveled cultural barriers to end health disparities.

Beyond blood pressure: Teamwork that takes research a step further

Beyond blood pressure: Teamwork that takes research a step further

Hypertension is the cause or a contributing factor in the deaths of 1,000 people every day in the United States. Graduate students joined forces to discover if home monitoring improves outcomes and to learn how other members of the interprofessional care team work toward solutions.