NEWS | January 6, 2012

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis launches lecture series

Nurse-researcher Mary Naylor to discuss transitional care


Nationally recognized nurse researcher and gerontology professor Mary D. Naylor will launch the inaugural Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Lecture Series: Leading Change, Advancing Health at 4 p.m. Jan. 31 at the UC Davis Cancer Center Auditorium.

Naylor will present "Achieving High-Quality Transitional Care" and discuss her development of the Transitional Care Model, an innovative evidence-based approach to address the needs of high-risk, chronically ill elders and their family caregivers.

Mary Naylor ©
Mary Naylor

The public is invited to attend Naylor's lecture. It is a free event with refreshments served at a reception following the lecture at the UC Davis Cancer Center Auditorium, 4501 X St. Register online at or call (916) 734-2145. Space is limited.

Naylor is the Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology and director of the NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Naylor leads an interdisciplinary program of research designed to improve the quality of care, decrease unnecessary hospitalizations, and reduce health-care costs for vulnerable community-based elders. She is also the national program director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program, Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative, which has a goal to generate, disseminate and translate research to understand how nurses contribute to quality patient care.

She was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2005. She also is a member of the RAND Health Board, the National Quality Forum Board of Directors and chairs the Board of the Long-Term Quality Alliance. She was recently appointed to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

Naylor's talk is part of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Lecture Series: Leading Change, Advancing Health, which brings nationally recognized leaders to the UC Davis, Sacramento campus, to illuminate academic, research and clinical topics that advance health, ignite leadership and promote bold system change. It is sponsored in part by the UC Davis Academic Geriatric Education Program.

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About the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis
For 100 years, UC Davis has engaged in teaching, research and public service that matters to California and to transform the world. The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis was established in March 2009, UC Davis' first major initiative to address society's most pressing health-care problems in its second century of service. The school was launched 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 will discover 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 the UC Davis Health System, an integrated, academic health system encompassing UC Davis School of Medicine, the 645-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