NEWS | May 31, 2012

UC Davis nursing postdoctoral scholar joins Hopkins nursing faculty


Casey Shillam, a recent Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Postdoctoral Fellow, was appointed to The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing faculty on May 29. The Hopkins Nursing graduate programs are ranked No. 1 by U.S. News & World Report.

Photo of Casey Shillam, copyright UC Regents
Casey Shillam

"We are so proud and pleased that Dr. Shillam, an alumna from our third cohort of postdoctoral scholars, will be joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing," said Heather M. Young, associate vice chancellor for nursing and founding dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. "Dr. Shillam joined our team in fall 2010, and has made important contributions to our research, graduate education, and leadership in California during her tenure. She exemplifies the values of our school and its vision to transform healthcare through nursing leadership, education, and research and will be a wonderful asset to Johns Hopkins."

Shillam earned a doctoral degree in Nursing with an emphasis in Geriatric Nursing from the Oregon Health & Science University.  Prior to her work at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, Shillam was an assistant professor at the University of Portland School of Nursing and worked in chronic-care management for assisted living facilities in Portland, Ore.  Her research has been published in a variety of journals and academic books.

While at UC Davis, Shillam was one of four leaders and the communications director for the California Action Coalition for the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. California was one of the first five states selected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and AARP's Center to Champion Nursing in America to lead the national effort to implement the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine report, "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health."  She is sharing the experience she gained at the California Action Coalition and is now helping Campaign for Action support new action coalitions throughout the country by providing consultation on how to establish the new coalitions' organizational structures.

 "Dr. Shillam has a strong history of commitment to improving the health of older adults through clinical practice, scholarship, and teaching," said Marie Nolan, chair of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Department of Acute and Chronic Care.

Shillam said several factors led her to Johns Hopkins, such as the value the school places on student learning and mentorship as well as the resources the school offers.

"As a gerontological nurse researcher, the school's new Center for Innovative Care in Aging was a draw," she said.

About The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing is a global leader in nursing research, education, and scholarship.  The School and its baccalaureate, master's, PhD, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs are recognized for excellence in educating nurses who set the highest standards for patient care and become innovative national and international leaders.  Among U.S. nursing schools, the Hopkins Nursing graduate programs are ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report. For more information, visit

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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 631-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