Debra Bakerjian, an assistant adjunct professor and senior director for nurse practitioner and physician assistant clinical education and practice at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, was recently selected as a 2013 Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
The Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners selected 60 nurse practitioner leaders for the prestigious title. The new fellows continue the tradition of impacting national and global health through their ongoing contributions as nurse practitioner leaders.
AANP established the fellows program in 2000 to recognize nurse practitioner leaders who made outstanding contributions to health care through clinical practice, research, education or policy. Fellows of the AANP are visionaries and, as such, hold an annual think tank to strategize about the future of nurse practitioners and health care. The new fellows will continue to demonstrate leadership and contribute to the mission of the AANP.
The 2013 inductees were honoured at a ceremony during the AANP 28th National Conference in Las Vegas.
At the School of Nursing Bakerjian is responsible for leading the development, along with Jann Murray Garcia, of the innovative Community Connections course for first-year master’s-degree students at the school. She also developed interprofessional education modules in quality and safety. Most recently, she led the transition of the physician assistant and nurse practitioner programs from the School of Medicine to the School of Nursing. The two programs now offer master’s degrees through the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Group.
Bakerjian’s research is primarily focused on nurse practitioners and quality improvement practices in nursing homes; care transitions between acute-care facilities, nursing homes and assisted living centers; chronic disease management; pain management; pressure ulcers; and interprofessional education for health-care workers.
Bakerjian is active in both state and national organizations associated with the care of older adults. She serves on the Board of Directors for Advancing Excellence in American Nursing Homes’ and on the National Quality Forum’s Skilled Nursing Facility Technical Advisory Panel for Serious Reportable Events and Common Formats. She is on the Health Sciences Executive Committee of the Gerontological Society of America and the Quality Measures committee for the American Geriatrics Society. She is also chair of the Nursing Home Special Interest Group and past president of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurse’s Association. She is on the Education Committee and is president of the board of the California Association of Long Term Care Medicine (the first nurse practitioner to hold this position) She is also on the Advisory Committee for the American Medical Director’s Association Clinical Practice Guidelines.
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. For more information, visit nursing.ucdavis.edu.