Our memories tell meaningful stories that provide unique and powerful insights. They teach us. They help us. And through these stories, we have the ability to change the lives of others.
There are young physician assistants and nurse practitioners out there hungry and ready to create meaningful change in the world. A real connection or timely word from an experienced individual, like you, could go a long, long way.
They need to hear that they're not sailing uncharted waters. That there are nurse practitioners and physician assistants who have been where they are, and are now unparalleled leaders in primary care in California.
Only your stories will do. You've been there. You've seen it all. And you've got a lot to share.
Simply put - they need you.
Good news. The UC Davis you remember attending is alive and very well. But there's even better news - we've evolved.
In 2007, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation made the nation's largest grant for nursing education by establishing the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis.
This change couldn't be more apropos, either. An advocate of improved patient safety and health-care delivery, Betty Moore brings a passion for advancing the quality of care and leadership in today's professionals that meshes extraordinarily well with the core values already in place at UC Davis. Leadership development, interdisciplinary education, transformative research, cultural inclusiveness, innovative technology - they are all aspects you know so well.
Of the many changes, the physician assistant and nurse practitioner programs have transitioned from the School of Medicine to the School of Nursing. And, with a shift from certificate programs to master's-degree programs, students learn beyond the basics of clinical preparation and develop a deeper understanding of health care and health systems.
We also firmly believe that the interprofessional development of students is crucial to creating future leaders in health care, which is why students in the School of Nursing learn right alongside medical, public health, and informatics students in the School of Medicine. That is refreshingly unique. As the only combined physician assistant and nurse practitioner programs in the nation - and the only University of California program for physician assistants - it can still all be found right here at UC Davis.
You are a part of a rich legacy of over 1,800 nurse practitioners and physician assistants who have graduated from UC Davis during the last 40 years. Of those, a remarkable 67 percent work in primary care for underserved areas - far exceeding figures of any other program in the nation.
We continue to cultivate academic excellence through immersive, interprofessional and interdisciplinary education and research in partnerships with the communities we serve. Just as before, we remain committed to improving the availability of culturally relevant primary care to populations that need it the most, and educating clinicians to deliver care as a member of an effective team. And graduates are more prepared than ever to meet those goals.
Now all we need ... is you.
We're making strides to connect the 1,800 alumni who share the same passion, values, and mission as you do. Our shared memories could have a monumentally positive impact on the new generation of professionals.
But first, we want to get back in touch. To get to know you all over again. By providing your name and email address, you'll be on your way to making a powerful connection with those who have gone through the same hallowed halls as you.
Welcome back to UC Davis. And welcome to the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing.