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.
March 4 – Adjunct professor publishes research in rural health journal
Jeri Bigbee, an adjunct professor at the School of Nursing, co-authored the article“Development of the Nursing Community Apgar Questionnaire (NCAQ): a Rural Nurse Recruitment and Retention Tool,” recently published in Rural and Remote Health. Researchers developed a tool for rural communities and critical access hospitals to measure strengths and weaknesses related to nurse recruitment and retention. This research coincides with Jeri’s current two-year research project funded by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing to examine whether more nurses per capita leads to healthier communities. The Australian-based online Rural and Remote Health journal provides a worldwide forum for health information to support rural and remote communities. Click here to view full article.
March 3 — Study: Oral Hygiene Can Save Patients' Lives
Dian Baker, a 2009-20011 Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Postdoctoral Fellow and a consulting faculty member, is featured on Capital Public Radio news for her oral hygiene study. She and a team reduced hospital acquired pneumonia by 37 percent through basic oral care in a Northern California hospital system.
Feb. – Doctoral candidate publishes two diabetes research articles
Deborah Greenwood, a School of Nursing doctoral candidate, published two articles in peer-reviewed diabetes journals this month. The first, “Telehealth Remote Monitoring Systematic Review: Structured Self-monitoring of Blood Glucose and Impact on A1C,” was published in the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology. The article reflects Deborah’s current dissertation research which investigates nurse-coordinated diabetes patient self-monitoring. The second, “Adapting the Group Lifestyle Balance Program for Weight Management within a Large Health-care System Diabetes Education Program,” was published in The Diabetes Educator. This study evaluates the feasibility and effectiveness of weight management in diabetes education programs for overweight and obese individuals. Deborah is a diabetes clinical nurse specialist who recently was nominated president-elect for the American Association of Diabetes Educators.
February – School of Nursing student leads Quality Improvement Student Interest Group study
Sarina Fazio, a member of the UC Davis Student Interest Group in Health Care Quality Improvement, led a team of students and medical residents in a survey to identify current student and resident knowledge of health-care quality improvements and patient safety. The group, which included family nurse practitioner program graduate Jeremy Meis and second-year physician assistant studies student Lonna Hampton, supports additional education examining quality improvement. As a master’s-degree leadership student at the School of Nursing, Sarina is researching quality improvement and plans to present her research at the 2014 UC Davis Healthcare Quality Forum in March. In April, Sarina will co-present “Integrating Research, Education and Practice to Improve Quality and Safety in Health Care,” along with School of Nursing faculty, at the 2014 Western Institute of Nursing pre-conference in Seattle.
Feb. 18 – School of Nursing participates in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender student interest group discussion
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing faculty member Shelly Henderson and doctoral student Kris Himmerick joined a panel of health-care providers to discuss health-care disparities facing lesbian communities. Shelly and Kris discussed their experiences in health care as part of an LGBT community of women working in medicine. LGBT People in Medicine, who hosted the lunch-time event, focuses on educating student peers about the unique medical and social issues that affect the LGBTQI communities.
Feb. 17 — School of Nursing professor speaks at Duke University Health Equity Colloquium
Mary Lou de Leon Siantz, a professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, is one of six 2013-2014 lunch-time presentations for Duke University School of Nursing’s Health Equity Colloquium. She spoke to School of Nursing faculty, staff and students about “Strategies for Integrating the 3Ds and Cultural Sensitivity and Competency throughout Academic Curriculum, Instructional Activities and Clinical Experiences.” The event was developed to enhance the Durham, N.C. community’s awareness, understanding and commitment to health equity concepts. Mary Lou is a nationally recognized expert on the impact of migration on the health and development of Hispanic migrant and immigrant children and families.
January – Another former School of Nursing postdoc earns a faculty position
Tara Sharpp, a former Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Postdoctoral Fellow, was recently appointed to a tenure-track position at California State University, Sacramento. Tara joined the faculty as an associate professor for the Sacramento State School of Nursing, where she teaches classes in nursing research, leadership and gerontology for the registered nurse to Bachelor of Science nursing program. Her research focuses on gerontology with an emphasis in quality of care for dementia patients in assisted-living facilities as well as caregiver mental and physical health. Previously, Tara served as a part-time faculty member at CSU, Sacramento. Click here to read more about how the school prepares nurse faculty!
January — Assistant professor contributes to a 2013 award-winning textbook
A book co-authered by Tae Youn Kim, an assistant professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, won the American Journal of Nursing 2013 Book of the Year Award in the information technology/informatics category. Tae Youn co-authored a chapter in the textbook Health Informatics: An Interprofessional Approach. Her chapter, “Standards,” focuses on health-care data terminology standardization. At the School of Nursing Tae Youn’s research concentration is interdisciplinary informatics and enhancing the quality and standardization of health-care terminologies. Award winners from 17 different categories are featured in January’s issue of the American Journal of Nursing. Read more about the award recipients here.
Jan. 20 — Master’s-leadership student promoted to director of public health nursing
Congratulations to Cynthia Wilson, a master’s-degree leadership student at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, who this week was appointed director of public health nursing for the Nevada County Public Health Department. Cynthia has worked for the Department for the last five years as a public health nurse. As part of her thesis project research, the second-year master's-degree leadership student is examining the perceptions of vaccine-hesitant parents within her county. She expects to graduate in June.
Doctoral candidate first student to earn tenure-track faculty appointment
Doctoral candidate Perry Gee, a member of the inaugural class of doctoral students and a graduate assistant at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, was recently appointed to a tenure-track position at California State University, Chico. He was appointed as an associate professor of nursing at the College of Natural Sciences at CSU Chico with a focus on informatics and simulation. Beginning Jan. 17 with the class Issues and Ethics in the Delivery of Health Care, he will teach primarily graduate-level courses in leadership, health-care policy, ethics and informatics. Some instruction will be conducted online. Previously, Perry served as a faculty at Simpson University in Redding, Calif. He anticipates graduating from the doctoral program in June. Read more about Gee here.
January – School of Nursing doctoral candidate begins her presidency for the American Association for Diabetes Educators
Congratulations to Deborah Greenwood, a doctoral candidate at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, on the commencement of her one-year term as the 2014 president-elect for the American Association of Diabetes Educators. We look forward to her term as president of the organization in 2015. Deborah’s doctoral research focuses on diabetes self-management with the use of technology applications to enable patients to maintain normal blood glucose levels. She is expected to graduate as part of the inaugural Ph.D. class in June 2014. Deborah is a diabetes clinical nurse specialist and American Diabetes Association and American Association for Diabetes Educators program coordinator for Sutter Medical Foundation, Granite Bay, Calif.