NEWS | May 22, 2018

UC Davis nursing school hosts Academic Symposium

Annual event showcases graduate students' scholarly work


From preparing new moms to put their babies to sleep safely and exploring alcohol consumption in Hmong Americans to developing data to support food as a prescription for health and examining nurse leadership through cultural competence, the research topics and scope of inquiry undertaken by graduate students at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis takes center stage at the 2018 Academic Symposium June 8 at the UC Davis Sacramento campus.

For the 147 students who earn degrees through the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Degree Programs this year, the event showcases the culmination of scholarly in the classroom, community settings and clinical fieldwork. The theses, dissertations and interprofessional research projects presented are the result of digging deep to develop new knowledge and are the capstone of their School of Nursing experiences.

“Successful students in graduate programs must be willing to work hard, believe in their abilities and embrace the idea of grappling with a hard-to-solve problem for a really long time,” said Heather M. Young, founding dean of the School of Nursing. “School of Nursing graduates develop the skills and aptitude to make a difference in many settings. They leave having experienced different challenges, different victories, but a similar experience that forever shapes the leaders they become.” 

First-year, master’s-degree leadership students will present poster presentations from their Community Connections coursework, which partners them with area agencies to develop systemwide solutions for those organizations. Those from UC Davis Health and visitors from the greater community are invited to experience how these students deliver on the school’s vision to advance nursing to become leaders in clinics, communities and classrooms.

All of the students scheduled to present are in one of five School of Nursing graduate programs led by the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Group, an interprofessional team of more than 55 faculty members from various disciplines. Students working toward the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership must complete a dissertation. Master’s-degree leadership students must complete a thesis and physician assistant, nurse practitioner and nursing graduate students in the school’s clinical programs conduct interprofessional research projects.

Symposium events run from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout Betty Irene Moore Hall at 2570 48th St. in Sacramento. The school’s website features in-depth stories and videos of the students and their projects. You can also follow the event happenings via #IAdvanceHealth on Twitter.