NEWS | September 20, 2013

UC Davis nursing school honors nurse scientist Linda Burnes Bolton with annual leadership award

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing admits largest group of students to date

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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,” was honored Thursday with the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis 2013 Excellence in Leadership Award. The award is part of the annual Welcoming Ceremony at the school — a celebration of a new academic year and the newly enrolled graduate students.

Dean Heather M. Young presents Excellence in Leadership Award to Dr. Linda Burnes Bolton. © UC Regents Dean Heather M. Young presents Excellence in Leadership Award to Dr. Linda Burnes Bolton. © UC Regents

Burnes Bolton advised students to find their “true north” when striving to serve as a leader.

“It’s never about the job. It’s always about the opportunity to make sure I’m acting in true alignment with what my true north is — and that is about the essence of human caring,” said Burnes Bolton, vice president for nursing, chief nursing officer, and director of nursing research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “We need the most knowledgeable, the most motivated and the most committed individuals to be about that work.”

Burnes Bolton, who served as vice chair of the Institute of Medicine Commission on the Future of Nursing, was the fourth recipient of the leadership award. When the school opened in 2010, the award was initiated to celebrate nursing leaders who exemplify the values of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and serve as role models for the enactment of the school’s vision to transform health care through nursing leadership, education and research.

Known for her innovative programs to improve both quality of care and the health of the community, Burnes Bolton is the recipient of numerous awards for her scholarly and world community service, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Organization of Nurse Executives in 2007. In 2011, she was named one of the top 25 women in health care by Modern Healthcare. In addition to faculty positions at both UCLA and UCSF, she is also a member of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing National Advisory Council.

“Leadership is a core value for the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. We honor those who came before us, demonstrating leadership and forging the way for future generations to follow. These are the leaders who built the strong foundations for the nursing profession and continue to be advocates for health,” said Heather M. Young, associate vice chancellor for nursing and dean.

The ceremony included a formal welcome to the new students from school leaders and faculty. The incoming fall 2013 classes make up the largest group to enter the school and include nine doctoral students, 21 physician assistant students, 25 master’s degree leadership students and six nurse practitioner students — increasing the school’s total enrollment to 140.

The Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Group prepares nurse leaders, primary-care providers, researchers and faculty in a unique interdisciplinary and interprofessional environment. As with other graduate groups at UC Davis, this program engages faculty from across the campus with expertise in nursing, medicine, health informatics, nutrition, biostatistics, public health and other fields. Currently, the graduate group includes more than 30 faculty from across campus.

The newly admitted classes reflect diverse expertise in multiple settings and with various populations. The classes include a variety of health-care professionals such as nurses, public health and informatics specialists and emergency medical technicians. The students work for organizations throughout the area, including UC Davis Health System, as well as a variety of large, regional health systems and small, community-based organizations.

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. Through nursing leadership, the school discovers knowledge to advance health, improve quality of care and health outcomes, and inform health policy. The school's first programs, a doctoral and a master's degree program, opened in fall 2010. Additional students and programs will be phased in over the next decade. 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, the 619-bed-acute-care hospital and clinical services of UC Davis Medical Center and the 800-member physician group known as the UC Davis Medical Group. For more information, visit