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The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

School of Nursing happenings

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing faculty, students and scholars continually participate in lectures, speaker series, symposiums and other special events that reflect the school's vision and mission to transform health care through nursing education and research. This frequently updated list is a sample of the breadth of such activities.

2015 Happenings


April 1 — School of Nursing dean, students present at health-care quality forum
Heather M. Young, founding dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, and several current master’s-degree students participated in the Fifth Annual UC Davis Healthcare Quality Forum at UC Davis Health System. Dean Young was a keynote speaker at the event designed to share best practices and innovations in quality initiatives that include trainees and students, or that integrate into undergraduate, graduate or life-long learning programs. Ann Doherty, Brandon Duck, Jeralynn Frederick and Rebecca Forbes, all current students in the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Master of Science - Leadership program presented posters on the topic of patient safety. Their Class of 2015 classmates, Nicole Mahr and Cheryl McBeth, presented posters on high-value care and patient experience of care respectively. 

March 21 —  Doctoral student inspires students during pinning ceremony at California State University, East Bay
Claire Valderama-Wallace, a nurse and doctoral student in the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Degree Program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, served as faculty speaker during the pinning ceremony at California State University, East Bay. Claire, who teaches community health nursing, was selected by the class to address the East Bay Student Nurses' Association’s 52 students. She acknowledged the sacrifices and support of their loved ones, partners and friends and recognized the individual personalities, perspectives and experiences of the students. Claire invited the students to return to school to help advance the profession of nursing as advanced practice nurses, educators and researchers and encouraged them to hold onto the ideals that inspired them to pursue nursing in the first place.

March 16 —  School of Nursing professor publishes paper in national gerontological journal
Elena Siegel, an assistant professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, published “RNs’ Transitions into Director of Nursing Positions in Nursing Homes: Hiring Practices and Role Development” in the Journal of Gerontological Nursing. The paper discusses registered nurses’ transitions into their first nursing home director of nursing position, including hiring practice and role development. Elena’s findings highlight gaps across practice, policy and research, emphasizing the consequences of limited attention to gathering evidence of the breadth and depth of nursing director role demands and qualifications. Elena’s current research aims to develop a resource guide so nursing directors can safely and effectively delegate day-to-day tasks in nursing home settings.

March 14 —  School of nursing professor presents compassion workshop at regional convention
Philippe Goldin, an assistant professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, presented “Science and Practice of Compassion in the Modern World” at the Southwest Regional NAM Convention in San Francisco. Philippe discussed how meditation practices influence brain systems implicated in attention regulation, emotion awareness, emotion regulation, and self-views. He also focused on how those practices are being integrated into clinical interventions for a variety of psychological problems. NAM is the official lay apostolate of the Maronite Church of the United States and helps nurture interest in the church’s spiritual, cultural and ethnic roots.

March 11 —  Dean Young presents at national nurse faculty scholars meeting
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Founding Dean Heather M. Young presented “Academic Negotiations: The Move Toward Leadership” at the Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholars 2015 Leadership Meeting. The program works to strengthen the academic productivity and overall excellence of nursing schools by providing mentorship, leadership training and salary and research support to young faculty. A nationally recognized expert in gerontological nursing, Dean Young also contributed to a session to build on foundation research by connecting scholars to a larger community with a presentation on gerontology, dementia and nursing homes.

Feb. 20 —  Doctoral student presents at International Stroke Conference
Michelle Camicia, a nurse and doctoral student at the School of Nursing, presented “ The Needs of Family Members at the Bedside of Stroke Patients during Inpatient Rehabilitation: A Triangulated Study Using Art, Interview and Survey ” at the American Heart Association’s International Stroke Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. The study explored the needs of family members of stroke patients admitted to an acute inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Northern California. Michelle’s research focuses on decision making during care transitions for individuals with a disability. She also serves as director of operations for the Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center.

Feb. 19 —  Dean Young moderates panel discussion at national health conference
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Founding Dean Heather M. Young led the panel discussion “President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Report: Better Healthcare and Lower costs — Accelerating Improvement through Systems Engineering” at the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference in Orlando, Florida. The annual conference is led by the Society for Health Systems, an organization of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, one of the largest professional associations that serves industrial engineers worldwide. Dean Young was the only nurse leader on the 14-member Systems Engineering for Healthcare Working Group. The group, which included hospital CEOs, health-care leaders, physicians and other experts, completed a report to President Obama in May 2014 that focused on how to improve quality and lower costs of health care from the management and design perspectives.

Graduate students from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing visit the capitol for the legislative day event.

Feb. 18 —  Graduate nursing students spend afternoon at the capitol
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing graduate students met with legislators and their staff and also learned about the legislative process as part of annual legislative day event at the state capitol. The group of eight Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership master’s-degree leadership and doctoral students met with representatives from the University of California Office of the President Government Relations Office. They learned about effective strategies to communicate with legislators, sat in a Senate Health Committee hearing, and also met with staff from the offices of Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (D — Sacramento) and Bill Dodd (D — Napa). The school organizes the annual legislative day through a partnership with the health system’s Government and Community Relations Office.

Feb. 18 —  School of Nursing professors, graduate students publish study in national journal
Associate Professor Janice Bell and Adjunct Professor Jeri Bigbee, both from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, along with doctoral students Bronwyn Fields and Sally Moyce, published “The Impact of Insurance Instability on Health Service Utilization: Does Non-metropolitan Residence Make a Difference?in The Journal of Rural Health. The study examines how discontinuous and no health insurance are major barriers to health-care utilization. Janice, Jeri and their team discovered insurance instability is associated with higher use of emergency services and reduced use of nonhospital health-care services.

Feb. 12 — School of Nursing graduate receives Heroes and Heart Award
Maya Vasquez, a master’s-degree alumna from the School of Nursing, was named a 2015 recipient of the Heroes and Heart Award from the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation. Honorees were recognized at a luncheon on Feb. 12 for demonstrating exceptional service and leadership within the community. As a registered nurse and a board-certified lactation consultant, Maya’s dedication to breast-feeding education led to the hospital’s certification as the only Baby Friendly Hospital in San Francisco. Maya earned her Master of Science - Leadership in Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership in 2013.

Feb. 9 — Physician assistant graduate publishes acupuncture findings
Ben Kavoussi, a 2014 graduate of the School of Nursing’s physician assistant certificate program, published “Acupuncture for Low Back Pain: Ritual Healing or Medicine? ” in Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies, an affiliate of the British Royal Pharmaceutical Society. The study is a synopsis of selected articles in the last decade and provides evidence that acupuncture is no more effective for lower back pain than various forms of non-invasive controls, including pricking the skin with a toothpick at non-acupuncture points. Ben is a former Army Medic who currently teaches a recertification course to California Army National Guard medics.

Feb. 5 — Doctoral graduate publishes study on diabetes self-management and remote monitoring
Deborah Greenwood, a nurse and doctoral graduate from the School of Nursing, published "Better Type 2 Diabetes Self-Management Using Paired Testing and Remote Monitoring” in the American Journal of Nursing. The purpose of this randomized clinical trial was to determine how, with clinician telehealth support, a patient learns from pre- and post-meal glucose data. The study combined paired testing, a structured glucose monitoring method and nurse care coordination with the technology component. Deborah is part of the inaugural Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Doctor of Philosophy program at the School of Nursing, which graduated in June 2014. Deborah is a program coordinator and diabetes clinical nurse specialist at Sutter Health Integrated Diabetes Education Network and serves as president of the American Association of Diabetic Educators.

Jan. 28 — Master’s-degree student presents at hospital conference
Mary Ann Barnes-Daly, a first-year student in the School of Nursing’s master’s-degree leadership program, presented at the Michigan Hospital Association (MHA) Keystone Center Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She discussed “ICU Liberation: An Interprofessional Team Approach to the ABCDEF Bundle.” The MHA Keystone Center operates projects focused on care transitions, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, emergency rooms, intensive care units, obstetrics, safe care, sepsis and surgery. The center is also a co-leader in three national projects aimed at eliminating specific hospital-associated infections.

Jan. 23 — Doctoral student publishes study on stroke, editorial on care transitions
Michelle Camicia, a nurse and doctoral student at the School of Nursing, co-published “Early Inpatient Rehabilitation Admissions and Stroke Patient Outcomes” in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. The study uses national data to examine the time from stroke onset to inpatient rehabilitation facility admission and patient outcome. Camicia also published her first editorial, “Transforming Health Care through Improving Care Transitions: A Duty to Embrace,” in Rehabilitation Nursing. Camicia’s research focuses on decision making during care transitions for individuals with a disability. She also serves as director of operations for the Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center.

Jan. 20 — Doctoral student publishes study in Public Health Nursing journal
Sarah Brown Blake, a nurse and current doctoral student at the School of Nursing, was published in the journal Public Health Nursing. Her study, “Spatial Relationship among Dairy Farms, Drinking Water Quality and Maternal-Child Health Outcomes in the San Joaquin Valley,” explores the geographic relationships among dairy farms, nitrate levels in drinking water, low birth weight and socioeconomic data at the ZIP-code level in the San Joaquin Valley. She conducted the study for her thesis as a master's degree student at the School of Nursing. Sarah earned a Master of Science — Leadership in Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership in June 2014. Her doctoral research focuses on environmental health disparities and social determinants of health.

Jan. 15 — Assistant professor presents at UC Davis School of Medicine wellness lecture
Philippe Goldin, an assistant professor at the School of Nursing, discussed findings of his recent research on the mechanisms and impact of contemplative practices, including a variety of mindfulness and compassion meditation techniques, at the School of Medicine. The Wellness Lecture series is offered by the Office of Student Wellness to support students in achieving and maintaining optimal physical and emotional health. Philippe teaches, conducts research and mentors students in the areas of health promotion, clinical psychology and cognitive-affective neuroscience.

Jan. 9 — Clinical professor publishes article in physician assistant journal
Gerald Kayingo, assistant clinical professor at the School of Nursing, published “Patient-Centered Medical Homes and Physician Assistant Education: Preparing the PA Student for the Practice of the Future,” in the Journal of Physician Assistant Education. As part of a three-year, national, cross-sectional study, Gerald collaborated with two other physician assistant professors to investigate to what extent PA students are exposed to patient-centered medical homes during the didactic and clinical phases of their education. Gerald’s research focuses on patient-centered outcomes, team-based care, and quality and safety. The peer-reviewed journal, published quarterly by the Physician Assistant Education Association, provides a forum for sharing ideas and innovations to enhance PA students’ education.

Jan. 7 — Assistant professor awarded Jack Cole Society Award from his alma mater
Gerald Kayingo, an assistant clinical professor at the School of Nursing, was awarded the Jack Cole Society Award from the Yale School of Medicine Physician Associate Program for his significant contribution in support of the physician associate profession. The mission of the Jack Cole Society is to foster academic achievement, clinical excellence and professional leadership in physician associate students. Prior to joining the School of Nursing, Gerald was a faculty member at the Yale School of Medicine Physician Associate Program, the same program from which he earned his Master of Medical Science-Physician Assistant Degree.

Past Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Happenings
2014 Happenings
2013 Happenings
2012 Happenings 
2009-2011 Happenings