Continuing its commitment to improving the quality of patient care and fostering nursing excellence through education, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation this summer announced $100 million in founding support to launch the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis.
The commitment will help in establishing a professional nursing school in Sacramento that emphasizes leadership, scientific rigor and multidisciplinary education. The goals are to graduate nurse leaders, educators and researchers who will make positive, long-term systemic impacts to health care in California and throughout the nation.
The funding, to be allocated over 11 years, is the largest philanthropic grant to UC Davis and one of the largest in the history of the University of California. It is also the largest philanthropic gift in the nation in support of nursing education.
Pending approvals from the University's Academic Senate, the UC Board of Regents, the Board of Registered Nursing, the California Postsecondary Education Commission and other entities, UC Davis anticipates admitting its first students in master's and doctorate programs to the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing in the fall of 2008. Once all students are enrolled, the school is expected to serve 456 students.
Share a vision
"UC Davis and the foundation share a vision to face our nation's health-care problems by integrating the best of health care and scientific practices with multiple disciplines in higher education for nurses. However, additional funding and broader partnerships are needed to make this vision a reality," says Ed Penhoet, president of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. "We are confident that UC Davis will ensure that the most comprehensive training will be provided to students and significantly advance nursing research. We encourage leaders in the health-care community and donors to join us in supporting UC Davis."
The school will bear the name of Betty Irene Moore, who with her husband established the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in 2000. Betty Irene Moore is an advocate for patient safety, quality nursing care and education and is the impetus behind the San Francisco-based foundation's Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative. Mrs. Moore's advocacy has ignited a movement around these issues, which will be further amplified through the new school's approach to nursing education.
Gordon Moore is the co-founder, past CEO and chairman emeritus of Intel Corp. A chemist and physicist, Gordon Moore is most widely known for "Moore's Law," the guiding principle for predicting the delivery of more powerful computer chips for semiconductors..
'Our long-held vision'
"We are most grateful to the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for partnering with UC Davis to help us take the first step toward realizing our long-held vision to expand our education of health-care leaders," says UC Davis Chancellor Larry Vanderhoef.
"For several years, UC Davis has been studying the possibilities for expanding our nursing education program, and the foundation's generosity will help make those aspirations a reality. We are honored that the school will bear Betty Irene Moore's name. We share her personal interest in improving the outcomes of patient care for everyone. Her passion matches our own tradition of serving the public and our desire to make health care safer and more accessible."
Once established, the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis will join professional schools of medicine, veterinary medicine, law, business and education.
In addition to the funding from the foundation, a mix of public funding and additional philanthropic support from other donors will be required to realize the longterm vision for the school.
Located in Sacramento
The nursing school is to be located at the Sacramento campus of UC Davis, sharing existing facilities with the UC Davis School of Medicine. The school would be the fourth professional nursing program in the University of California system, joining schools of nursing at UCLA and UC San Francisco, and a nursing program at UC Irvine.
Legislators and other opinion leaders have been calling for an expansion in the number of nurse educators in California, where thousands of qualified applicants are denied entry into nursing education programs due to a lack of faculty to teach them. Researchers also have identified the need for nurse leaders to help improve health-care delivery.
Large health-care workforce
"Nurses represent one of the largest health-care workforces and are essential for safe and efficient patient care. They can and should play a critical role in improving our nation's health care system," says Helen Kim, chief program officer for the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
Plans for the school include rigorous admissions standards, a curriculum that would be integrated with both UC Davis' School of Medicine and Graduate School of Management, and residency training for bachelor's degree candidates. All degree programs would also incorporate UC Davis' expertise in public health, telemedicine and health technology.
"We are looking forward to working with members of the nursing community and collaborating with our faculty colleagues in the Academic Senate as we develop our admission standards and curriculum to create a top-ranked nursing school," says Claire Pomeroy, UC Davis vice chancellor for human health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine.
"We are excited to move forward to achieve our goal of educating the nursing leaders of the future."