New assistant professor appointed to School of Nursing founding faculty
Elena Siegel, a nursing researcher with a first career as a certified public accountant and controller, has been appointed assistant professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. She began her appointment on March 1, 2010.
As an assistant professor, Siegel develops education programs, teaches and conducts research in the area of health systems. She mentors Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Group students to develop the systems and business acumen necessary for nursing leadership and research in complex health-care environments. Her research examines organizational and workforce capacity to support the care of older adults, focusing on organizational infrastructure systems and processes, and management and leadership competencies of the health-care workforce.
Before coming to the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, Siegel was an assistant professor at Oregon Health and Science University School of Nursing. There she was also honored as a Claire M. Fagin Postdoctoral Fellow, funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation, to conduct research on nursing home administrators' education, training and experiences as well as a job analysis of nursing directors in nursing homes. She also was a research assistant in gerontology at the University of Washington School of Nursing from 2002 to 2006.
Siegel earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and accounting from California State University, Northridge, in 1980 and worked for several years as a certified public accountant and controller before deciding to transition to a new career as a nurse. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2002 and went on to receive both a Master of Science in Nursing in 2003 and Doctor of Philosophy in 2006, all from the University of Washington School of Nursing. Siegel applied her background in finance to her research in care systems management and gerontology. She has been published in The Gerontologist and has participated in numerous research studies.
Spring / Summer 2010
UC Davis Health System is proud to be home to medical, nursing, family nurse practitioner / physician assistant, public health and health informatics students and to also be the internship site for pharmacy, nutrition and other programs. Improving the health of our communities requires that we bring together these perspectives, and UC Davis is well positioned to do so.