NEWS | April 9, 2014

UC Davis nursing faculty, student research highlighted at regional conference


More than two dozen UC Davis nursing faculty and students will present their scholarly work focusing on improving and advancing health at the Western Institute of Nursing 47th Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference in Seattle from April 9-12.

A team of two faculty, Assistant Adjunct Professor Debra Bakerjian and Assistant Professor Elena Siegel, and three graduate nursing students, Sarina Fazio, Amy Doroy and Jacqueline Stocking, kick off the conference today with a three-hour workshop focused on their recent research on the development of interprofessional education and research opportunities designed to improve quality and safety in the delivery of care.

The four-day conference features faculty and student research as either symposium presentations or poster sessions. Topics range from studies exploring the role of nurses in improving health outcomes to the use of technology and other innovative means to advance health. Other UC Davis presentations explore interprofessional education and methods of improving nursing education to better prepare nurses, thus improving care delivery.

“It is remarkable for a graduate nursing program just five years old to have such a significant presence at a regional research conference,” said Heather M. Young, associate vice chancellor for nursing and founding dean. “I’m proud of our faculty and students for the impact they have today on nursing education, research and practice.”

In addition to the individual presentations, UC Davis doctoral candidates and faculty were selected to moderate various lecture-style events. Other program highlights include networking lunches planned for Friday and Saturday. Young will continue an annual conversation about the collaborative research opportunities offered through Clinical Translational Science Awards in the region. Assistant Adjunct Professor Kupiri W. Ackerman-Barger will lead a luncheon discussion related to her research presentation — inclusion and equity in nursing education and health care.

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 here, on the school’s website at

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