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.

2017 Happenings

April 17 — Nursing professor awarded seed grant for feminist project
Jessica Draughon Moret, assistant professor for clinical nursing at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was awarded a seed grant by the Feminist Research Institute for her project, “Empowerment or Further Assault on Female Autonomy? Exploring Issues of Race, Class and Power in Post-Sexual Assault HIV Prevention.” The institute provided $46,000 to six interdisciplinary feminist research projects for the 2017-18 Seed Grant Competition. The annual competition supports collaborative faculty projects that use feminist approaches to engage in transformative, transdisciplinary research. Jessica’s project builds off a previous study that examined factors associated with accepting and adhering to post-sexual assault HIV-prevention treatment. The research focuses on how issues of race, class and power impact whether post-sexual assault HIV-prevention treatment is offered, accepted and completed. The results of this study will inform the creation of an intervention to improve HIV-prevention treatment follow-up as the continuation of a developing program of research.

April 7 —School of Nursing student selected as Paul Ambrose Scholars
A second-year doctoral student from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis was selected as a 2017 Paul Ambrose Scholars. Christy Adams was among the 40 scholars selected nationwide. The Paul Ambrose Scholars Program is led by the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR). As part of the application process, health professions students representing nursing, public health, medicine, physician assistants and pharmacy select a project that addresses health promotion or disease prevention within their community or institution. For her project, Christy will develop and implement a campaign to educate physicians in the Sacramento region on fall prevention resources for community-dwelling seniors. The students have one year to complete the project and report on outcomes. Christy recently attended the Student Leadership Symposium at APTR in Savannah, Georgia, as part of her year of study. She received a $350 grant to support travel and project expenses.

April 3 — Alumna appointed to lead UC Davis nursing research center
Lori Madden, a 2014 graduate of the Doctor of Philosophy Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Degree Program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was appointed clinical nurse scientist program manager at UC Davis Medical Center. She is responsible for the development and coordination of programs, structures and processes that promote clinical inquiry at the medical center through the Center for Innovation, Evidence-Based Practice and Nursing Research, formerly called the Center for Nursing Research. The center’s research focuses on evidence-based practice, research and innovation in patient and family care. She facilitates strategic research priorities for Patient Care Services at the medical center. Previously, Lori served as a faculty member with the UCSF School of Nursing.

March 30 — Nursing, medical professor discusses high-tech tool for mental health
Alberto Odor, an adjunct professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis and a professor with the School of Medicine Health Informatics Program, presented at the one-day, statewide conference, The Way Forward: Advancing Mental Health Equity in California, in Los Angeles. He presented “Development of an Automated Language Interpreting Tool for Hispanic Mental Health Patients.” Alberto shared findings from a study he currently conducts. The conference, sponsored by the UCLA Semel Institute and the California Behavioral Health Center of Excellence, was intended to demonstrate the relevance of research to inform practice and policy in advancing mental health equity. Conference highlights included the latest research along with examples of real world applications and innovations made possible under the Mental Health Services Act.

March 29 — Assistant professor presents at national science society conference
Katherine Kim, an assistant professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, participated in a panel presentation at the Society of Behavioral Medicine 38th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions in San Diego. Katherine and five other panelists from the Scientific and Professional Liaison Council presented the three-hour seminar, “Putting Data into Action: The Use of Patient-Generated Health Data in Clinical Care and Research.” The Society of Behavioral Medicine is a multidisciplinary organization of clinicians, educators and scientists dedicated to promoting the study of the interactions of behavior with biology and the environment, and then applying that knowledge to improve the health and well-being of individuals, families, communities and populations.

March 22 — UC Davis faculty advise on physician assistant exams
Gerald Kayingo, director for the physician assistant program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, and Sampath Wijesinghe, assistant clinical professor, provided input on the development of nationwide physician assistant exams for use in educational programs and licensing. Sam was invited by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) to serve as a subject-matter expert for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) and Physician Assistant National Recertifying Exam (PANRE). In this role, Sam assists in defining the core medical knowledge and skills content that should be covered on the exams. The meeting was in Johns Creek, Georgia, the NCCPA headquarters, March 20-22. Gerald travels to Oklahoma City March 23-26 to participate in the Physician Assistant Education Association Exam Development Summit to discuss and collaborate on exams used in physician assistant programs.

March 18 — Faculty, student present at statewide nurse practitioner conference
Two faculty members and a student from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis led presentations at the California Association of Nurse Practitioners 40th Annual Education Conference March 16-19 in Burlingame, California. Virginia Hass, assistant clinical professor, presented “Make Yourself Heard! Public Speaking Skills for NPs,” a three-hour workshop designed to promote the development of public speaking skills and advocacy among nurse practitioners. Elizabeth Rice, director for the UC Davis nurse practitioner program, provided two podium presentations, “New U.S. Preventive Series Task Force Guidelines to Increase Access and Quality of Perinatal and Lifespan Depression Screening and Treatment in Primary Care of Women” and “Childhood Anxiety and the Role of Trauma.” Second-year nurse practitioner student Sarah Thrasher presented “Wound Assessment, Treatment and Documentation in a Low-No Resource Setting.”

March 17 — Alumna presents thesis research at national cleft palate conference
Suzanne Beshore, a 2012 graduate of the Master of Science — Leadership Degree Program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, presented “Orthodontists and Cleft Palate Care — Identifying Barriers and Participation” at the American Cleft Palate — Craniofacial Association 74th Annual Conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Suzanne and Chuen Chie Chiang, a Sacramento orthodontist and a volunteer with the UC Davis Children’s Hospital Cleft and Craniofacial Reconstruction Program, discussed barriers to cleft palate care and how orthodontists and other specialists can work together to improve access to care for cleft palate patients. Suzanne said the presentation is a result of her thesis work at the School of Nursing. “There was data that orthodontists often felt they had not been adequately prepared to care for children with cleft lip and palate in their orthodontist training. They were unsure as to how they could acquire the expertise once they were in private practice,” she said. By presenting at the conference, she hopes to begin conversations that will better connect cleft palate specialist teams with orthodontists and dental teams to remove these barriers. Suzanne is a performance, safety and quality improvement nurse for perioperative services at UC Davis Medical Center.

March 15 — Students in quality improvement course present posters at annual forum
Physician assistant, nurse practitioner, nursing and medical graduate students from the Improving Quality in Health Care Course at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing presented 10 posters at the UC Davis Annual Healthcare Quality Forum. The forum, launched in 2011, fosters a culture of quality through active engagement of life-long, interprofessional collaborations in clinical practice improvement. Improving Quality in Health Care is an elective course offered through the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Group and led by Associate Adjunct Professor Debra Bakerjian and Sarina Fazio, a doctoral candidate teaching fellow at the School of Nursing. This winter’s course included 68 students from throughout the health professions programs at UC Davis.

March 14 — Physician assistant student and nurse practitioner student awarded scholarships
John (Jay) Hume, a second-year physician assistant student and Hayatullah Niazi, a second-year family nurse practitioner student, were both awarded $2,000 scholarships from the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Alliance in February. Each year, the alliance awards several scholarships to area nursing and physician assistant students. The scholarships support health professions students who demonstrated leadership, compassion and clinical excellence. This year, the alliance awarded $7,500 in scholarships to students at American River College, Sacramento City College and California State University, Sacramento, as well as UC Davis.

March 14 — School earns bronze award for inaugural magazine website
The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing was recognized with a bronze award for its digital version of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Magazine: Power in Partnership. The recognition came from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, or CASE, District VII, encompassing California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Hawaii, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. Power in Partnership was the first issue of the annual magazine, which publishes in fall. UC Davis received 29 Awards of Excellence — including six golds — in this year’s CASE awards recognizing development, marketing and communication efforts. More than a third of the projects UC Davis entered into the competition won an award, and the university earned more honors than any other institution in the district.

March 13 — Nursing professors, communications staff publish article about social media
Two nursing professors and two communications directors from University of California nursing schools published “Social Media Awareness and Implications in Nursing Leadership: A Pilot Professional Meeting Campaign” in the journal Policy, Politics and Nursing Practice. The article highlights the group’s work to promote Twitter among nursing leaders at the 2015 American Academy of Nursing conference and reports the implementation and evaluation of the campaign. The research team includes Candace W. Burton, assistant professor in the Sue and Bill Gross School of Nursing at UC Irvine; Monica R. McLemore, assistant professor in the Family Health Care Nursing Department at UCSF; Mona Shattell, professor in the College of Nursing at Rush University in Chicago; Laura Perry, director of communications at the UCLA School of Nursing, and Jenny Carrick, director for strategic marketing and branding at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. Laura and Jenny will present the research and tips and tools on using social media for nursing researchers at the 2017 Western Institute of Nursing Communicating Nursing Research Conference in Denver April 19-22.

Feb. 19 — Doctoral alumna appointed to Diabetes Hands Foundation board
Diabetes Hands Foundation announced the election of Deborah Greenwood, a 2014 doctoral graduate of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, to its board of directors. The foundation works to connect, engage and empower people affected by diabetes. The foundation leads three key programs: a social network, TuDiabetes.org; an educational program, the Big Blue Test; and an advocacy program, Diabetes Advocates. Deborah led the American Association of Diabetes Educators as president in 2015-16 and served on its board from 2010-2012. She worked for Sutter Health for more than 10 years, most recently as clinical performance improvement consultant, research scientist and system diabetes education program director. She is now president of Deborah Greenwood Consulting.

Feb. 17 — Doctoral alumna speaks at international diabetes scientific conference
Deborah Greenwood, a 2014 graduate of the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Doctor of Philosophy Degree Program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, presented at the 10th International Conference on Advanced Technologies and Treatments for Diabetes in Paris. Her presentation, “Engaging People with Type 2 Diabetes: Clinical Decision Support Analyzes Structured Glucose Data to Support Self-Management,” focused on a study where diabetes patients used in-home glucose monitors. Results were transmitted to a remote portal and then recommendations were delivered to participants. Deborah said 96 percent of participants agreed or strongly agreed they were more involved in their care and 93 percent reported their health was better following the intervention.

Feb. 11 — Doctoral candidate featured in regional exhibit celebrating the Hmong community
May Ying Ly, a doctoral candidate at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, is featured in the Hmongstory 40 Exhibit at the Sacramento City Unified School District Enrollment Center on 47th Street. The exhibit is a collaboration between three California cities — Fresno, Merced and Sacramento — and is managed by volunteers. The year 2015 marked 40 years of the Hmong migration from Laos and Thailand to the United States. To commemorate this anniversary, an exhibition of photographs, stories, fine art and artifacts was created to showcase the Hmong refugee experience. The exhibit’s first showing was in December 2015 in Fresno. The exhibit traveled to Merced in May 2016 and completes its last exhibition show in Sacramento Feb. 11 through 25. May Ying, a licensed social worker and a Hmong refugee herself, is featured as a Sacramento Hmong leader for her work to provide culturally sensitive support to the Hmong community. She helped found the Hmong Women Heritage Association in 1999 and served as its founding executive director for 13 years. She is a member of the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Doctor of Philosophy Class of 2017.

Feb. 7 — Nursing professor discusses health equity, social justice at Tulane University
Kupiri Ackerman-Barger, the assistant director for the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, presented “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Health Professions” at Tulane University in New Orleans. The hour-long presentation was part of the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine 2017 Thought Symposium. Kupiri’s research focuses on increasing diversity in the nursing workforce through the preparation of nurse leaders and educators with the capability and desire to promote diversity. She plans to provide similar discussions throughout the spring at nursing schools across the country.

Feb. 2 — Nursing professors, doctoral alumna and doctoral candidate work recognized with book award
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Associate Professor Janice Bell, Assistant Professor Katherine Kim, doctoral alumna Robin Whitney and doctoral candidate Sarah Reed were recently recognized for their book chapter in Oncology Informatics: Using Health Information Technology to Improve Processes and Outcomes in Cancer. The book won the best clinical medicine book award from the PROSE Awards for Excellence. The awards were announced during the annual Professional and Scholarly Publishing Conference in Washington, D.C. Janice, Katherine, Robin and Sarah collaborated to write the chapter, “Coordination at the Point of Need.” The 2017 PROSE Awards for Excellence winners were chosen from 53 book, reference, journal and eProduct categories.

Jan. 30 — Nursing assistant professor awarded big data fellowship
Katherine Kim, an assistant professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was awarded the Data Science Rotations for Advancing Discovery fellowship through the National Institute of Health Big Data to Knowledge Training Coordinating Center. The fellowship supports a short-term residency in the lab of Rayid Ghani at University of Chicago. He is a data scientist who specializes in machine learning techniques. Together, the two will explore adaptive interventions with a goal to develop a specific model for heart failure. The Data Science Rotations for Advancing Discovery were launched to foster new collaborations among junior researchers and senior data scientists to address the challenge of translating complex data into new knowledge. Katherine plans to complete her two-to-three-week rotation in April.

Jan. 30 — Nursing professor publishes article exploring sexual assault victims’ acceptance of preventive medication
Jessica Draughon Moret, an assistant professor of clinical nursing at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, published the article, “Nonoccupational Postexposure HIV Prophylaxis: Acceptance Following Sexual Assault,” in the latest edition of Nursing Research. Jessica, the primary author, worked with three other nursing faculty members at schools across the country to explore factors associated with sexual assault victims accepting a series of two to three antiretroviral medications to decrease the likelihood of HIV infection. The medications are initiated within 72 hours following exposure and taken for 28 days. In this exploratory study, 44 percent of patients accepted the medication regimen. The researchers found a strong association between high-risk exposure and acceptance of the medication. The findings provide further insight about the care process for sexual assault victims that will allow experts to improve interventions that may improve acceptance and medication adherence.

Jan. 27 — Professor tapped to lead nationwide network to expand pediatric research
Jill Joseph, a physician and professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was recently named chairwoman of the Institutional Development Awards Program States Pediatric Clinical Trials Network, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The program was established to provide an opportunity for children in rural and underserved locations to participate in state-of-the-art clinical trials, enhance pediatric clinical trial capacity and facilitate implementation of well-designed clinical trials in pediatric populations. The initiative is one of several that make up the NIH Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes Program. As chairwoman, Jill also serves on the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes External Scientific Board, which directly advises the NIH director.

Jan. 20 — Nursing professor speaks at international conference in Paris
Debra Bakerjian, an associate adjunct professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, spoke at the inaugural seminar for the chair of Health Management in the School of Higher Education in Public Health, France’s highest-level public health university. Debra presented “Care Transitions for Patients Discharged from Hospital to Skilled Nursing Facilities: Nurse Practitioner Perspectives to Reduce Avoidable Hospital Readmission.” She also presented on the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, its academic programs and research priorities, in an effort to discover potential areas of collaboration among the two universities. UC Davis School of Medicine Professor Patrick Romano also attended the seminar and presented “What Can We Learn from Case Control Studies of Avoidable Adverse Events in Hospitals?” and provided an overview of the UC Davis Center for Healthcare Policy and Research, which he leads. While in Paris, Debra visited the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which promotes policies to improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. The international organization provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. There, she learned from international health ministers their top health priorities.

Jan. 19 — Nurse practitioner student awarded scholarship from California Association of Nurse Practitioners
Saijun Ma, a first-year nurse practitioner student at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was awarded one of three $1,000 scholarships by the Sacramento Chapter of the California Association for Nurse Practitioners. The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage nurse practitioner students in Yolo, Placer, Solano, Sacramento, El Dorado, Amador and Alpine counties to participate in the state and local professional organization. Scholarship applicants are evaluated based upon evidenced leadership, volunteerism, professional goals and activities, and also academic standing. The scholarship covers a one-year membership to both the statewide and local association groups as well as registration fees, lodging and travel to attend the annual statewide education conference in March in Burlingame, California.

Jan. 18 — Alumna named ‘Rising Star’ by health care publication
Emily Torres, a 2014 graduate of the Master of Science — Leadership Degree Program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was named one of six Rising Stars by Modern Healthcare as part of its 2017 Excellence in Nursing Awards. Emily, who is a nurse manager with UC Davis Medical Center, was recognized for her work to improve patient safety and outcomes by reducing ventilator-associated pneumonia. The awards program was developed in 2016 to recognize the importance of both nursing leadership and grassroots activity. More than 120 nominations were submitted.

Jan. 17 — Nursing program director contributes to new birthing guidelines
Jenna Shaw-Battista, director for the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and a fellow in the American College of Nurse-Midwives, worked with a team of maternity-care experts to publish the first-ever guidance on hydrotherapy during labor and birth. Four leading providers of maternity care services, American College of Nurse-Midwives, the American Association of Birth Centers, Midwives Alliance of North America and National Association of Certified Professional Midwives, assembled the most current information and best practices available to outline various roles and responsibilities for caring for women who labor and give birth in water. It was published in the January/February 2017 issue of the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health.

Jan. 11 — Physician assistant graduate certified in orthopaedic surgery
Krista Kathleen (Scherbart) Bartlett, a certified physician assistant who graduated in 2012 from the UC Davis physician assistant program, was recently awarded the specialty credential, a Certificate of Added Qualifications, from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Krista, who works at EmergeOrtho in Durham, North Carolina, received the certification in orthopaedic surgery, a distinction earned by meeting licensure, education and experience requirements and then passing a national exam in the specialty. She is one of only four physician assistants in North Carolina to receive the orthopaedic surgery certification since the program’s inception in 2011.The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants is the only certifying organization for physician assistants in the United States.

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