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.

2018 Happenings

March 14 — Physician assistant, nursing and nurse practitioner students present at annual quality improvement forum
link to Quality in Health Care Forum posterPhysician 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 16 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 the 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. This winter’s course included 90 students from throughout the health professions programs at UC Davis.

March 9 — Inequities in mental health care explored in article by UC Davis faculty
Jann Murray-García, a physician and assistant clinical professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, collaborated with Ruth S. Shim, an associate professor in the School of Medicine Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department, and Christine E. Kho, a resident physician, also in the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department, to write the article, “Inequities in Mental Health and Mental Health Care: A Review and Future Directions,” for the journal, Psychiatric Annals. The article explores disparities and inequities in mental health and mental health care along with factors that contribute to the present state, new evidence and novel strategies to reduce and eliminate disparities and inequities. They call for providers to expand their roles as advocates for social change to reduce mental health inequities.

March 7 — Sociologist provides briefing on aging at state capitol
Ester Carolina Apesoa-Varano, a sociologist and associate professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, presented “The Experience of Older Adults” as part of the legislative briefing, Aging in California, at the California State Capitol. Led by the University of California Office of the President State Government Relations Office, the briefing included legislative staff and elected officials. A panel of experts spoke on several aging-related topics. Carolina discussed the findings from her research exploring the experiences of older adults, including older adults with dementia and caregivers of older adults with chronic conditions. She discussed the need to address poverty and isolation, investment to support families and the revitalization of neighborhoods, especially those with growing diversity in the older adult population. She also expressed the need to support and fund multidisciplinary research related to the California State Plan on Aging 2017-2021. Her research examines health care professions and organizational structures with a focus on health disparities and underserved populations, as well as teamwork models and interprofessional collaborations in health care. Much of her research is dedicated to geriatric studies to advance health for older people.

March 1 — Alumni publish study on preparing nursing students for multitasking
Laura (Corson) Oiler and Charlie Dharmasukrit, both Class of 2015 graduates of the master’s-degree leadership program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, were recently published in the March issue of the Journal of Informatics Nursing, the official publication of the American Nursing Informatics Association. Their article, “Multipatient Simulation: Student Perceptions of Confidence and Readiness to Care for Multiple Patients,” is based on their research seeking to increase the perceived clinical competence of senior nursing students through simulation exercises where the students cared for multiple complex patient mannequins. Laura, the primary author of the article, is now a clinical informatics educator at Northbay Healthcare in Fairfield, California, where she hopes to bring the multiple-patient simulation to further prepare new graduate nurses. Charlie, a nurse at UC Davis Medical Center, is now in the School of Nursing doctoral program. Assistant Clinical Professor Piri Ackerman-Barger also contributed to the article.

Feb. 20 — Nursing professor publishes article exploring reproductive coercion among African-American women
Jessica E. Draughon Moret, an assistant professor of clinical nursing at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, served as a contributing author of the article, “Exploring Reproductive Coercion in Relationship Contexts among Young Adult, Primarily African-American Women at Three Women’s Health Clinics,” in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Mary T. Paterno of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst was the primary author. The article described the researchers’ study of 130 young-adult, mostly African-American women. The women participated in in-depth interviews to learn more about their experiences with reproductive coercion, or pressure to conceive. Jessica said the study provides further information of reproductive coercion in marginalized populations and the intersection with intimate partner violence. Understanding this, she said, will help providers tailor care and services for women. Jessica’s research focuses on structural and independent factors contributing to women’s health disparities.

Feb. 15 — School of Nursing professor releases white paper with informatics association
Katherine Kim, an assistant professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, co-authored the white paper, “Redefining Our Picture of Health: Toward a Person-Centered Integrated Care, Research, Wellness and Community Ecosystem,” with a team of health informatics experts in the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). The white paper emerged from the 2017 AMIA Policy Invitational and details new policy and a framework to encourage more unified care. The paper includes draft recommendations that highlight ways in which the federal government might facilitate these changes. AMIA, a professional association for informatics professionals, assesses the effect of health innovations on health policy and advances the field of informatics.

Jan. 31 — Physician assistant alumnus receives national recognition
Tom Easter, a certified physician assistant who graduated in 2008 from the UC Davis physician assistant program, was recently awarded the specialty credential, the Certificate of Added Qualifications, from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Tom received the credential in emergency medicine, a distinction earned by meeting licensure, education and experience requirements and then passing a national exam in the specialty. He works at Camarena Urgent Care in Madera, California, and is an Army Reservist with the 7234th Medical Support Unit in Vallejo, California.

Jan. 24 — Nursing doctoral candidate presents research poster at international stroke conference
Michelle Camicia, a doctoral candidate at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, presented the poster, “Assessing Caregiver Commitment and Capacity,” at the 2018 International Stroke Conference in Los Angeles Jan. 24-26. The poster captured the research of Michelle and co-investigator Barbara Lutz, a University of North Carolina-Wilmington School of Nursing professor. The two conduct research focused on the issues faced by family caregivers of stroke survivors. Their poster highlights the effectiveness of an assessment tool used to measure the preparedness of stroke survivors and their caregivers for the transition home. Michelle, who is in the Doctor of Philosophy Degree Program Class of 2018, is a nurse and director of operations at Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center in Vallejo.

Jan. 25 — Nursing school dean collaborates with AARP to continue series of article for family caregivers
Heather M. Young, founding dean for the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was a supporting author of the article, “Preventing Falls and Fall-Related Injuries at Home,” in the January 2018 edition of The American Journal of Nursing. The article is part of a series, “Supporting Family Caregivers: No Longer Home Alone,” published with the AARP Public Policy Institute, to help nurses provide caregivers with the tools they need to manage their family members’ health care at home. This installment explains the principles for promoting safe mobility that nurses should reinforce with caregivers. The articles include tip sheets as well as links to instructional videos.

Jan. 12 — Washington nursing commission invites UC Davis faculty to present research
Elena O. Siegel, an associate professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, presented her research to the Washington State Department of Health Nursing Commission at a recent business meeting in Turnwater, Washington. Elena’s research focuses on building capacity of nursing home management teams to enhance quality and value. Her talk, “Delegation Guidelines for Nursing Home Directors of Nursing,” highlighted a study funded by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing to develop and test guidelines for directors of nursing to use a resource in their role managing nursing practice, specifically delegation.

Jan. 8 — School of Nursing dean serves on expert panel at Alzheimer’s Association event
Heather M. Young, founding dean for the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, served as one of four experts who discussed the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on women at the Alzheimer’s Association Alzheimer’s Women’s Initiative Jan. 8 at the California Museum in Sacramento. Heather highlighted the need for additional community resources to support people living with Alzheimer’s disease, along with their caregivers. The event provided an opportunity for Alzheimer’s Association leaders to outline priorities for the 2018 California state legislative session. Liz Hernandez, journalist and TV personality, moderated the panel. Other panelists were Jennifer Kent, director for the California Department of Health Care Services; Pam Montana, an Alzheimer’s Association national early stage adviser; and J. Kaci Fairchild, a professor at Stanford University.

Jan. 3 — Doctoral candidate publishes study in rehabilitative nursing journal
Michelle Camicia, a doctoral candidate in the Doctor of Philosophy Degree Class of 2018 at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, published the article, “Determining the Needs of Family Caregivers of Stroke Patients During Inpatient Rehabilitation Using Interview, Art and Survey,” as an online article in the Rehabilitation Nursing Journal. The article will also be published in the March/April edition of the print publication. The article highlights a study that explores the needs of family members of stroke patients admitted to rehabilitation facilities. The family members’ needs were determined through interviews, art therapy and surveys. The tools revealed the need for increased family-centered care with assistance for preparing for discharge, staff relationships with family members, communication and trust. Michelle said the findings will inform new interventions at rehabilitation centers. Michelle is the director of operations at the Vallejo Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center.

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2017 Happenings