NEWS | April 19, 2017

UC Davis nursing dean, faculty, student research showcased at regional conference

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.)

More than two dozen UC Davis nursing faculty, researchers and students will present their scholarly work focusing on family caregiver experiences, data challenges and healthy nursing workforce promotion at the Western Institute of Nursing 50th Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference in Denver today through Saturday.

Heather M. Young, founding dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, delivers the State of the Science Address at  the Western Institute of Nursing 50th Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference.  Heather M. Young, founding dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, delivers the State of the Science Address at the Western Institute of Nursing 50th Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference.

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Founding Dean Heather M. Young will deliver the “State of the Science Address: The Next 50 Years of Nursing Leadership in the Western States: Visionary Education as Multiplier for WIN.”

“We continue to redesign and refine our approaches to research and education, to address important health priorities in our communities,” Young said. “With our five programs, we contribute to the nursing workforce in several ways: clinicians who candeliver care at the individual, family, community and global levels; researchers who advance nursing science and inform practice and education; educators who optimize learning; and leaders who advance organizations, programs and policy.”

The four-day conference features faculty, staff and student research at either symposium presentations or poster sessions. Topics include examining inconsistencies in social justice, commuting and its impact on nurses in rural areas, aging with the diabetes online community and hacking case-based learning.

“Our research program continues to evolve with a focus on person-centered, technology-enabled, goal-oriented care,” Young said. “This conference enables our faculty and students to illustrate our mission to transform health care through bold systems change, from both the experiences of individuals and the challenges that impede quality and safety at a health-systems level.”

In addition to the individual presentations, UC Davis doctoral candidates and faculty were selected to moderate various lecture-style events. Associate Professor Elena Siegel’s presentation, “Development and Testing of Delegation Guidelines for Nursing Home Directors of Nursing” was selected by the Western Institute of Nursing Gerontological Special Interest Group as the 2017 Best Gerontology Policy Presentation. The innovative research and educational perspectives cultivated in the School of Nursing aim to further the conference goals to develop science researchers, create better networking for clinicians and to make graduate education collaborative and accessible.

The Western Institute of Nursing is one of four U.S. regional nursing research organizations. Its mission is to embrace nursing education, practice and research leading to improved patient care. New and emerging nursing knowledge is featured at the annual research conference, which is the oldest conference of its kind in the United States. The institute has continuously offered the event since 1968.

A program listing all of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing presentations and participants is available on the school’s website. Follow the school on Twitter at @UCDavis_Nursing and #WINcon50 to see live updates from the conference Thursday through Saturday.