This fall marks a new chapter in the history of UC Davis Health System as the inaugural classes of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing began studies here in September. Please join me in welcoming the first cohort! Our first classes comprise eight doctoral students and 25 master’s degree students in the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Degree Program.
For nearly two years I have been sharing news about the launch of this innovative school with a vision to transform health care through nursing leadership, education and research. With students now taking classes and nursing research under way, I’m pleased to say the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing has launched! Since the 2007 announcement of the $100 million commitment from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, so many of you have contributed to making the vision a reality.
The inaugural classes began their journey in the interprofessional and interdisciplinary Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Degree Program with a week-long leadership immersion experience. During this time, the students learn more about the program, themselves, their professors and more. They explore their strengths and identify their priorities for growth and development during the program. They learn about each other and determine how they want to function as a learning community together. It is an immersion into the culture of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing – a place where students and faculty develop leaders, work and learn as teams, apply the science of nursing to improve health and involve communities, all with an engaging and interactive approach.
"It is an immersion into the culture of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing – a place where students and faculty develop leaders, work and learn as teams, apply the science of nursing to improve health and involve communities, all with an engaging and interactive approach."
Perhaps what makes this most exciting is that this is just the beginning. Not long after these students start classes Sept. 24, we will prepare for our second admissions process and hope to open applications for next year’s group in mid-October. Like last year, thanks to the generosity of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, each student admitted to fall 2011 classes will receive generous financial support to cover tuition and fees. More information about the application process is available on the school’s website at http://nursing.ucdavis.edu.
As we grow, we continue to seek the best nursing faculty from around the nation to join our team to develop our research programs, specifically in the areas of aging, rural health and diverse communities. For example, in this issue of UC Davis Health magazine, we introduce Associate Professor Holli DeVon, the newest member of the founding faculty team.
Dr. DeVon, who is a nationally recognized expert in cardiovascular care, conducts research on symptoms, social inequality and improving knowledge and outcomes in at-risk patients. This work is a perfect fit for the nursing school’s research agenda to promote healthy systems and healthy people. This fall we will conduct additional faculty interviews with a goal to appoint two more professors who will extend the school’s connections both within the UC Davis community and beyond.
As we see our vision for an interprofessional, innovative nursing school take shape, we should pause to reflect and celebrate the progress made thus far. Everyone who supports UC Davis Health System and its commitment to fulfill the health needs of our society has played a role in launching the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. We thank you for your partnership and your ongoing interest!
The need is significant. More than 81 million Americans over age 20 have one or more types of cardiovascular disease such as high blood pressure, coronary heart disease or congestive heart failure. Peripheral vascular disease is estimated to affect up to 10 million Americans. UC Davis Health System is improving cardiovascular health through state-of-the-art patient care, cutting-edge research, education and outreach.