NEWS | February 8, 2012

Association of California Nurse Leaders honor School of Nursing dean for contributions to education


Heather M. Young, associate vice chancellor for nursing and founding dean at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was honored with the 2012 Best Practice Education Award by the Association of California Nurse Leaders.

Young received the award at the 34th Annual Association of California Nurse Leaders Conference Awards Banquet Luncheon Feb. 7 in Rancho Mirage. The award recognizes a nurse for excellence in nursing leadership. Young was specifically recognized for her contributions in the area of nursing education.

Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing Heather M. Young
Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing Heather M. Young.

The Association of California Nurse Leaders is a professional nonprofit organization that works to develop nurse leaders, advance professional practice, influence health policy and promote quality and patient safety. The organization serves as a voice for nurse leaders throughout the state.

"I am honored to receive this award from my colleagues throughout California," Young said. "I look forward to many contributions of UC Davis nursing faculty to nursing education in our state."

A nurse leader, educator and scientist, Young is a nationally recognized expert in gerontological nursing and rural health care. As the founding dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, she leads the launch of the school at UC Davis, development of a thriving graduate program, and the recruitment of the founding team of faculty and staff.

Young was nominated for the award by Ginger Manss, 2012 president of the association and director of Cancer Services at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Stockton, Calif. In her nomination, Manss cited Young's leadership and other contributions as deserving of recognition.

"Heather Young is a phenomenal nurse leader who is literally changing the landscape of higher nursing education in California," Manss wrote.

In addition, Manss applauded Young's collaborative work with others and participation in association events.

"She has spoken at Association of California Nurse Leader meetings throughout the state and most recently served as the keynote speaker for the California Student Nursing Association October 2011 Annual Conference," Manss wrote. "She has worked tirelessly with other association leaders in providing leadership for the California Action Coalition work on the Institute of Medicine 'Future of Nursing' report by serving on the Executive Committee for this important work."

The executive committee leads California efforts to implement the report's recommendations. "The Future of Nursing" outlines a series of strategies to improve the nation's health-care system and advance health through nursing, a goal that is consistent with the vision of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. The California Regional Action Coalition is one of 36 statewide coalitions to pilot implementation of the report's recommendations.

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