NEWS | June 26, 2014

UC Davis nursing professor named to prestigious nursing academy fellowship

Debra Bakerjian honored as one of 11 California inductees


The American Academy of Nursing announced this week that 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 selected as one of 168 nurse leaders nationwide for fellowship in the prestigious academy.

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The Academy consists of more than 2,200 nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy and research. Fellows include hospital and government administrators, college deans and renowned scientific researchers. Bakerjian joins five other UC Davis faculty who are also fellows in the Academy: Dean Heather M. Young, Associate Dean Deborah Ward and Professors Mary Lou de Leon Siantz, Theresa Harvath and Jeri Bigbee. However, they were inducted to the academy prior to their appointments at UC Davis. Bakerjian is the first Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing faculty member to be selected for fellowship as a member of its faculty.

Bakerjian joined the School of Nursing in 2009 as a postdoctoral scholar and in fall 2010 was appointed an assistant adjunct professor. Along with School of Medicine faculty, she led the transition of the UC Davis nurse practitioner and physician assistant programs to the School of Nursing. In 2012, she was selected as a fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

“The American Academy of Nursing welcomes the stellar cohort of new fellows,” said Academy president Diana Mason. “As clinicians, researchers, educators, executives and leaders in all sectors of our society, they are joining the nation’s thought leaders in nursing and health care.”

Selection criteria include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care and sponsorship by two current Academy fellows. Applicants are reviewed by a panel comprising elected and appointed fellows, and selection is based, in part, on the extent the nominee’s nursing career has influenced policies and the health and well-being of all. The Class of 2014 fellows will be inducted during the Academy’s Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference on Oct. 19 in Washington, D.C.

About the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis was established in March 2009 through a $100 million commitment from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the nation's largest grant for nursing education. The vision of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing is to transform health care through nursing education and research. The school’s first programs, doctoral and master’s degrees, opened in fall 2010. Master’s degree programs for nurse practitioners and physician assistants, with a focus on preparing primary-care providers for rural and underserved communities, opened in summer 2013. The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing is part of UC Davis Health System, an integrated, academic health system encompassing the UC Davis School of Medicine, UC Davis Medical Center and the UC Davis Medical Group. For more information, visit