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. The list below is a sample of the breadth of such activities in 2016. Click here to view the current year's happenings.

2016 Happenings 

Dec. 28—Nursing professor inducted into international hall of fame
Jann Murray-García, an assistant adjunct professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was inducted into the Youth on the Move International Educators Hall of Fame at a special Davis event. Jann was one of 11 Davis educators inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016. The ceremony was a follow up to a larger event in November in Anaheim. The nonprofit youth organization aims to unite all generations and people from around the world in positive activities, ideas and plans. The Hall of Fame is intended to honor outstanding humanitarian educators and their legacies. Jann was recognized for her work to lead the Blacks for Effective Community Action in Davis as well as the development of the Race and Social Justice class at Davis High School. She also produced the film, “From Community to Classroom, which deals with racial issues in Davis.

Dec. 19 — Doctoral candidate publishes article in national journal
Michelle Camicia, a doctoral candidate at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, recently published an article, along with a University of North Carolina-Wilmington School of Nursing professor in the Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management. Their article, “Supporting the Needs of Stroke Caregivers across the Care Continuum,” describes issues faced by stroke family caregivers, discusses evidence-based interventions to improve caregiver outcomes and provides recommendations for clinicians caring for stroke survivors and their family caregivers. Michelle served as a supporting author with nursing Professor Barbara Lutz, who was the primary author. 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.

Dec. 13 — Alumna and professor publisher article in rural nursing journal
Lori Jagoda, a 2015 graduate of the master’s-degree leadership program, and Jeri Bigbee, an adjunct professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, published the article, "Assessing the Influences on Rural Women's Reproductive Life Plans: A Cross-Sectional Descriptive Study," in the Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care. The article is based on Lori's master's-degree thesis research conducted in Amador County. Lori and Jeri surveyed 30, 18-35-year-old rural, non-pregnant, English-speaking women in a local beauty salon about their reproductive plans, contraceptive use and pregnancy readiness. The researchers found those surveyed supported reproductive life planning; however, further study is needed to better understand the reasons some sexually active women who do not want to get pregnant choose not to use contraception.

Dec. 10 — Nursing faculty shares research with nursing home administrators
Elena O. Siegel, an associate professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, presented “Research Supporting the Role of Nursing Home Administrators” at the American College of Health Care Administrators 2016 Winter Marketplace in Las Vegas. During the session, Elena presented findings from research regarding ways the licensed nursing home administrator position is structured and supported across different provider organizations. She also led discussions exploring the role of research in supporting nursing home administrators in their roles and responsibilities. Attendees also participated in large- and small-group focus groups for Elena’s ongoing research of quality improvement in long-term care facilities.

Nov. 30 — Alumna participates in panel discussion on managing terminal illness
Leah Morris, an alumna of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, discussed what matters most to terminally ill patients and their families with 11 other experts during a panel discussion following a screening of the BS Frontline film, “Being Mortal.” Based on the best-selling book by physician Atul Gawande, the documentary explores the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness and their relationships with the physicians who treat them. Leah, a nurse with Yolo Hospice, and the panel discussed with the audience the shared responsibility of discovering and understanding what matters most to patients and families facing difficult treatment decisions and how to have these conversations. The event was presented by Yolo Hospice with support from The UC Davis Retiree Center and UC Davis Work Life and Wellness at the Walter Buehler Alumni Center on the Davis campus. Leah is a 2013 graduate of the master’s leadership and nurse practitioner programs.

Nov. 23 — Nursing professor collaborates with UC Davis experts to publish article
Jeri Bigbee, an adjunct professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, recently published an article and related video in the journal, Nursing Educator, in collaboration with two other UC Davis researchers. “Use of a Needs Assessment in the Development of an Interprofessional Faculty Development Program” highlights how Bigbee, UC Davis Schools of Health Evaluation Director Julie Rainwater and School of Medicine Professor Lavjay Butani conducted a needs assessment to inform the creation of an interprofessional faculty development program at UC Davis Health System. Through the assessment, developers learned there was strong support for the program, particularly related to teaching/learning strategies, leadership and scholarship. Nursing faculty rated some topical areas significantly higher than did the medical faculty, including innovative classroom teaching, educational technology, interprofessional education, diversity and inclusion, and mentorship of graduate students. The online article also includes a video abstract.

Nov. 22 — Nursing faculty advises on President’s Cancer Panel 2016 report
Assistant Professor Katherine Kim recently participated in a series of workshops led by the President’s Cancer Panel, which released a report Nov. 15. The workshops focused on connected health for cancer, with the goal of identifying ways to optimize the development and use of technologies to promote cancer prevention, enhance the experience of cancer care for patients and providers, and accelerate progress in cancer research. The panel convened three workshops to gather information from many stakeholders in this area, including Katherine along with patients and patient advocates as well as leaders from academia, technology, government and health care. The report, “Improving Cancer-Related Outcomes with Connected Health,” finds that while technologies were widely adopted in health care settings and among the general population, health information often remains trapped in silos. Patients, providers, caregivers, health care systems, researchers and public health agencies often lack the tools they need to access and optimally use these data. The report concludes that if technologies are developed and implemented thoughtfully, and optimized based on users’ experiences as well as evidence, connected health has significant potential to achieve three critical goals – improve the experience of care for cancer patients and their caregivers; improve the experience of the oncology workforce in providing care; and reduce the burden of cancer at the population level. Click here to view the report.

Nov. 22 — Doctoral alumni publish article exploring use of interactive patient engagement technologies
Frances Patmon and Perry Gee, both alumni of the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Doctor of Philosophy Class of 2014, recently published an article in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, an eHealth publication. The article, “Using Interactive Patient Engagement Technology in Clinical Practice: A Qualitative Assessment of Nurses’ Perceptions,” highlighted their study of nurses’ perceptions of patient engagement technology systems on their clinical practice in the acute-care setting. The team sought to identify barriers and promote factors that affect nurses’ utilization of patient engagement technology. The team concluded that with sufficient training, nurses could use these technologies as an enhancement to clinical practice; but more research is required to examine the usefulness of these systems in acute-care settings.

Nov. 16 — Nursing professor leads workshop on long-term care research
Elena O. Siegel, an associate professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, led the workshop, “Common Data Elements for International Research in Long-term Care Homes: Advancing Person-Centered Care,” with a team of long-term care experts at the Gerontological Society of America annual conference in New Orleans. The team plans to develop common data elements to facilitate data sharing and aggregation from long-term care facilities internationally. The goal, Elena said, is that through the development of common data elements, experts can explore quality improvement initiatives. The experts will convene a second workshop at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics and the Gerontological Society of America 2017 World Congress in July 2017 in San Francisco.

Nov. 16 — Dean Young presents keynote address at national conference
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Dean Heather M. Young led the Fourth Annual Norman Volk Discourse at the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence 2016 Leadership Conference in New Orleans. The session is named after Norman Volk, the immediate past chairman of the John A. Hartford Foundation Board and an avid supporter of the Hartford Geriatric Nursing Initiative. The session is intended as futuristic, yet also anchored in real world challenges, to prepare attendees to think in new leadership directions to advance care for older adults. Heather was joined by three internationally recognized nurse scientists: Claudia Beverly, Ginette Pepper and Sarah Szanton. Together, the group identified issues that will drive health care in the years to come and the opportunities they present for clinicians, educators, scientists and administrators. Such topics included population health trends that drive demand and approaches to care; healthy aging, with a particular focus on partnerships among individuals, family and health care teams in health systems; the use of care coordination and technology to optimize aging in place and preparing tomorrow’s workforce.

Nov. 16 — UC Davis nursing faculty highlighted at nursing education conference
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, continued a series of talks on diversity in education at nursing conferences throughout the country. She led “Best Practices in Diversity Equity and Inclusion” at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Academic Progress in Nursing meeting in Miami Beach, Florida, Nov. 14-16. Kupiri seeks to prepare nurse leaders and nurse educators with the capability and desire to promote diversity in nursing school as a mechanism for increasing nursing workforce diversity. She conducts research and serves as a national consultant and speaker on strategies to optimize student success for underserved and underrepresented groups in health professions.

Nov. 15 — Faculty leads sessions on health disparities at two national conferences
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Assistant Adjunct Professor Jann Murray-García led a series of talks on identifying and eliminating health disparities at two national conferences this month. She presented “Linking Racial Disparities in Schooling to Racial Disparities in Health” at the Latino Health Forum in Santa Rosa, California, Nov. 10. She presented “Cardiovascular Disease and Health Disparities” at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in New Orleans Nov. 13-15. Jann’s research focus is the elimination of health disparities. Other interests include the impact of racial stratification and racial-identity development on the health and health-related decisions of youth and adults.

Nov. 14 — Nursing faculty leads session at informatics conference
Tae Youn Kim, an associate professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, led the discussion “Developing a Harmonization Process between a Nursing Reference Terminology and a Classification System” at the American Medical Informatics Association 2016 Annual Symposium in Chicago. Tae Youn’s research exams how to enhance the quality of health-care terminologies essential to promote coherent communication among health professionals. For her talk, she proposed a harmonization process that would support interoperability between two health-care coding systems.

Nov. 8 — Doctoral candidate leads podium presentation at public health conference
Ronit Ridberg, a candidate in the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Doctor of Philosophy Degree Program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, presented the podium presentation, “An Innovative Prescription Program’s Impact on Child Fruit and Vegetable Consumption and Weight Status,” at the 2016 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Expo in Denver Oct. 29-Nov. 2. The poster highlighted Ronit’s study of the effectiveness of a clinic-based fruit-and-vegetable prescription program for obese children. Through her study, she found more than half of the participants increased fruit-and-vegetable consumption and decreased their Body Mass Index (BMI) scores over the course of a four-to-six month program. Ronit is a member of the doctoral Class of 2018.

Nov. 8 — Nursing faculty discuss use of virtual reality in surgery
Alberto Odor, an adjunct professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, led the session, “Presurgical Psychological Preparation: Integrating Mindfulness, CBT, and Biofeedback to Optimize Surgical Outcome,” at the Western Association for Biofeedback and Neural Science 42nd Annual Conference in Burlingame, California.  Alberto, along with fellow presenter Amir Ramezani, discussed research that has shown presurgical psychological preparation improves multiple postsurgical outcomes. Their presentation detailed the role that behavioral health care providers can play in the preparation of surgical candidates. A surgeon with a background in biomedical informatics, Alberto’s research and teaching interests at the School of Nursing include clinical health informatics — such as the design, implementation and evaluation of electronic health records — and the use of virtual environments for diagnosis, treatment and as training tools for health care professionals.

Nov. 7 — Physician assistant student awarded national scholarship
Daria Evans, a second-year master’s-degree physician assistant student at the Betty Irene School of Nursing at UC Davis, was awarded a $2,000 National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCP) Endowed Scholarship through the PA Foundation. The scholarship is one of three awarded annually to underrepresented minority or economically or educationally disadvantaged students across the nation. The scholarships were developed with a goal to develop a diverse workforce that will improve health care delivery to underserved populations and reduce health disparities. Over the years, the PA Foundation has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to physician assistant students, benefitting more than 1,400 students. Daria, who is interested in both emergency medicine and surgery, is a member of the Master of Health Services Degree — Physician Assistant Studies Class of 2017.

Nov. 7 — Doctoral student presents poster at public health conference
Claire P. Valderama-Wallace, a student in the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Doctor of Philosophy Degree Program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, presented the poster “Critical Discourse Analysis of the Integration of Social Justice in Nursing’s Foundational Texts” at the 2016 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Expo in Denver Oct. 29-Nov. 2. The poster was featured in the Public Health Nursing section. The poster highlighted Claire’s research of the integration of social justice, a core professional value of nursing, in the latest editions of the American Nurse Associations’ “Social Policy Statement, Scope and Standards of Practice” and “Code of Ethics.” These documents play a vital role in the conceptualization and ability of the nursing profession to uphold the value of social justice. Claire is a member of the doctoral Class of 2018.

Nov. 4 — Doctoral candidate presents at national rehabilitation conference
Michelle Camicia, a doctoral candidate at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, led two sessions at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine annual conference in Chicago Oct. 30 through Nov. 4. She presented an all-day, interprofessional preconference workshop on mild strokes, Care Transitions for Mild-Stroke Survivors. Michelle also led an oral presentation on her scientific paper, “Impact of Seven-Day per Week Treatment on Length of Stay and Outcomes,” a study of the transition to a full, seven-day rehabilitation hospital, compared to the prior six-day treatment program. Findings of this study illustrated that seven-day therapy is associated with a reduction of inpatient rehabilitation facility length of stay and an increase in function. Michelle is a member of the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership doctoral Class of 2018.

Nov. 3 — 2016 graduate appointed to postdoctoral fellowship at University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ellen Goldstein, a 2016 alumna of the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Doctor of Philosophy Degree Program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was recently appointed to a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Primary Care Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing and School of Medicine and Public Health Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. As part of this position, she serves as a teaching assistant. According to Ellen, she's most proud of her teaching work in a class for undergraduate nursing students, which explores implications for mental health in nursing. She teaches nursing students empathy skills and how to inquire about and respond to disclosures of trauma.

Nov. 2 — Doctoral alumni lead Twitter chats for World Diabetes Month
Perry Gee and Deborah Greenwood, Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Doctor of Philosophy Degree Class of 2014 alumni, will lead a series of four Twitter chats this month to empower individuals with diabetes to better manage the disease. The chats are offered as part of World Diabetes Month. Perry and Deborah, both nurse researchers for Sutter Health, developed the Intercultural Diabetes Online Community Research Council as part of a two-year project, Intercultural Diabetes Online Community Research Council. The group explores the use of social media for advocacy and educational outreach to support those with diabetes. Twitter Chats are planned for Nov. 3, 14, 15 and 29. For more information about the Twitter chats, visit the Sutter Health diabetes education web page.

Oct. 18 — Physician assistant director leads session at national education conference
Gerald Kayingo, the director for the physician assistant program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, led the session “Patient-centered Medical Homes and PA Education” at the National Conference for PA Educators 2016 Education Forum Oct. 13-16 in Minneapolis. During the session, Gerald discussed the findings of a national survey of physician assistant programs that explored the extent to which students are exposed to the elements of Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs). The survey revealed that student exposure to the PCMH is associated with a greater likelihood of entering primary care after gaining licensure. The Physician Assistant Education Association hosts the annual conference. A national survey of PA programs examined the extent to which PA students are exposed to the elements of Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs). This session highlights the survey's findings, which show that exposure of PA students to the PCMH is associated with a greater likelihood of entering primary care. A national survey of PA programs examined the extent to which PA students are exposed to the elements of Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs). This session highlights the survey's findings, which show that exposure of PA students to the PCMH is associated with a greater likelihood of entering primary care.

Oct. 18 — Doctoral student serves on Medicare technical expert panel
Michelle Camicia, a Class of 2018 doctoral student at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was selected to serve on a technical expert panel to determine standardized quality measurements for Medicare post-acute-care providers. New legislation that went into law in 2014 requires post-acute-care providers, such as rehabilitation centers, to report patient assessment data. Michelle was assigned to a panel tasked with the development of the processes and measures related to cognitive function. The panel met in Baltimore Oct. 17-18 to begin its work. The panel is made up of 11 cognitive experts from around the country and includes nurses, physicians, physical therapists and other specialists. Michelle is a director of operations for a rehabilitation center.

Oct. 17 — UC Davis physician assistant students selected for education fellowship
Tiffany Ha and Ryan Fong, students in the Master of Health Services — Physician Assistant Studies Degree Program, were selected as Future Educator Fellows for the 2016 Physician Assistant Education Association Education Forum. Students from roughly 200 programs nationwide applied for the opportunity to serve in the cohort and attend the conference in Minneapolis. The Future Educator Fellowship is intended to enhance physician assistant students’ understanding of health education and academic careers in physician assistant education. Tiffany and Ryan are in their second year of studies at the School of Nursing.

Oct. 10 — Alumnus leads session at Montana geriatrics conference
Perry Gee, a 2014 alumnus of the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Doctor of Philosophy Degree Program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, led the session, “Examining the Role of eHealth Technologies in Promoting Engagement and Chronic Disease Self-management for the Older Adult” at the Managing Chronic Disease in Older Adults conference at the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana. During his presentation, Perry outlined the consumer health technologies now available and also described the use of eHealth tools in the management of chronic disease. The annual continuing education conference is led by the Montana Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program of the Montana Geriatric Education Center at the university.

Oct. 10 — Alumna awarded grant to continue study using telehealth for assault exams
Sheridan Miyamoto, a Class of 2014 alumna of the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Doctor of Philosophy Degree Program, was awarded a $1.14 million grant from the Office for Victims of Crime for the Pennsylvania Sexual Assault Examination and Training Center. Sheridan, who is an assistant professor at the Pennsylvania State College of Nursing, first explored the application of telehealth in sexual abuse exams when she served as a forensic nurse practitioner at the UC Davis Child and Adolescent Abuse Resources and Evaluation (CAARE) Center. After she earned a doctorate at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, Sheridan accepted the faculty position at Penn State. Sheridan is the primary investigator for this study. The Office for Victims of Crime is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

Oct. 8 — Physician assistant student selected as ambassador for statewide event
Tiffany Ha, a second-year physician assistant student at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was selected as a student ambassador for the 40th Annual California Association of Physician Assistants (CAPA) Conference in Palm Springs. Student Ambassadors serve in a variety of functions that include being door and room monitors, runners and audio-visual liaisons. In exchange for their service, student ambassadors receive complimentary lodging and registration for the annual statewide physician assistant conference.

Oct. 6 — Student honored with regional service award
Christy Adams, a Class of 2019 Doctor of Philosophy student at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was awarded the Sacramento County Domestic Violence Prevention Collaborative Symbol of Service by WEAVE, the primary provider of crisis intervention services for domestic violence and sexual assault in Sacramento County. Christy, who is a nurse and coordinator for UC Davis Health System Trauma Prevention Program, received the award along with her colleague Catherine Morris, who is coordinator for the health system’s Child Passenger Safety Program. WEAVE’s Cibonay Cordova said she nominated the duo for the collaborative’ s annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month Awards Ceremony because of their work to ensure victims of domestic violence can access appropriate car seats for their children.

Oct. 5 — Assistant professor leads UC Berkeley colloquium
Philippe Goldin, an assistant professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, presented “Emotional Regulation: Elucidating Brain, Behavioral and Clinical Features” at the UC Berkeley Institute of Personality and Social Research Colloquium Speaker Series. He shared his research on the brain and behavioral features of a variety of different emotion regulation strategies. Philippe also discussed how these strategies compare and differ in healthy adults and adults with social-anxiety disorder. A clinical neuroscientist at the School of Nursing, he teaches, conducts research and mentors students in the areas of health promotion, clinical psychology and cognitive-affective neuroscience.

Oct. 2 — Doctoral candidate awarded funding for research at national nursing conference
Michelle Camicia, a doctoral candidate in Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis was awarded $28,465 by the Rehabilitation Nursing Foundation at the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses REACH 2016 Conference Sept. 28-Oct. 1 in Philadelphia. The funding supports Michelle’s dissertation research, “Preparedness Assessment for the Transition Home after Stroke (PATH-s): Testing of Psychometric Properties.” While at the conference, Michelle was also awarded the Clinical Article Award for the article, “Length of Stay at Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility and Stroke Patient Outcomes,” which was published earlier this year in the journal, Rehabilitation Nursing. She also presented two studies at the conference, “Needs of Family Members at the Bedside of Stroke Patients: Using Interview, Survey and Art” and “Spinal Cord Injury Wellness: A Nurse-led Clinic.”

Oct. 2 — Clinical professor discusses use of mobile phones for violence prevention
Jessica Draughon Moret, an assistant professor for clinical nursing at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, led three talks at the International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice in Denver Sept. 29-Oct. 2. Jessica’s presentations included “Using Mobile Phone Apps to Address Campus Sexual and Dating Violence Response, “Revisiting the Science on Alcohol-Induced Memory Loss and a Review of Affirmative Consent Laws” and “There’s an App for That: A Review of Mobile Apps for Violence Prevention and Response.” A forensic nurse since 2007, Jessica’s research focuses on the intersection of gender-based violence and HIV risk, including the comorbidities of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse.

Sept. 30 — Professor leads multiple workshops on diversity in nursing
Kupiri Ackerman-Barger, assistant director for the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing and an assistant adjunct professor for the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, led several discussions about diversity in the nursing profession and education at two different statewide nursing conferences. Kupiri focuses her work on the preparation of nurse leaders with the capability and desire to promote diversity in nursing school as a mechanism for increasing nursing workforce diversity. She discussed “Valuing a More Diverse Workforce” and “Diversity in Education” at the Annual Idaho Nursing Leadership in Education and Practice Conference Sept. 22-23. She presented “Diversity: Complex Realities and Elegant Solutions” at the Michigan Nursing Summit Sept. 29-30.

Sept. 26 — School of Nursing professor to direct new health technology program
School of Nursing Assistant Professor Katherine Kim was appointed program director for the Person-Centered Health Innovation Research with the UC Davis Health System Center for Health Technology. In this role, Katherine will contribute to a new initiation focused on Healthy Aging in the Digital World as well as other new initiatives to advance technology-enabled care. Additionally, Katherine was named a senior scientist with the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) Health, a five-campus University of California institute that develops information technology solutions for society’s most pressing challenges.

Sept. 22 — Doctoral candidate publishes article in Stroke journal
Michelle Camicia, a doctoral candidate at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, published the article, “Nursing’s Role in Successful Transitions across Settings,” in Stroke, the journal of the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. Michelle, who served as primary author, wrote the article with Barbara J. Lutz, a professor at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington School of Nursing. The two examined nurses’ roles in transitioning stroke patients from setting to setting. They also discovered nurses could improve the overall quality of care of stroke patients by identifying and documenting transition issues early, implementing strategies to address concerns and communicating the transition plan to the next level of care. Michelle is a candidate with the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Doctor of Philosophy Degree Program Class of 2018.

Sept. 21 — Associate dean for research speaks at National Academy of Sciences summit
Associate Dean for Research Jill Joseph discussed the evaluation of a community-based project at the Third Annual National Summit on Advanced Illness Care in Washington, D.C. Jill presented with Reverend Cynthia Carter Perrilliat, executive director for the Alameda County Care Alliance, about the church-based care navigator program in the Oakland, California, area. The school partnered with the alliance to design an evaluation method of the program to refine and then replicate the model in other communities. The summit, organized by the National Academy of Sciences, is intended to provide participants a better understanding of the shifting forces affecting advanced illness care and how they can play vital roles in changing how such care is experienced in the United States.

Sept. 18 — Doctoral alumni participate in Stanford Medicine X panel
aging panelFrances Patmon and Perry Gee, both alumni of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Doctor of Philosophy Class of 2014, discussed how technology can address the health needs of aging adults at the Stanford Medicine X 2016 conference. The duo, along with two other experts on the panel dedicated to aging issues, also discussed the importance of engaging and educating aging adults and their families. Medicine X, first launched in 2012, is a three-day academic health conference open to a wide variety of participants including patients, health professionals, providers, researchers, students and policy leaders — “anyone and everyone with an interest in shaking up and shaping the future of health care.”

Sept. 9 — School of Nursing professor helps develop online, interpretation tool
Alberto Odor, an adjunct professor with the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, is one of several UC Davis Health System researchers awarded a $1.9 million grant by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to study the effectiveness of an automated, online interpreting tool for Hispanic patients with limited English proficiency. Peter Yellowlees, who is the director for the UC Davis Health Informatics Graduate Degree Program, serves as the principle investigator for the project, which is expected to launch by the end of this month and run through July 2021. As a co-investigator, Alberto will conduct Spanish-language evaluations, lead audio and video recording training, support the development of the applications, evaluate the difference between output of interpreters and translation system as well as contribute to final analysis and publication preparation.

Sept. 1 — Doctoral candidate awarded funding for dissertation research
Sujuan Cai, a doctoral candidate at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was awarded a $3,000 grant from the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Bay Area and Western Chapter to support her dissertation research on health problems among veterans with spinal cord injury or disorder in the first year after discharge from rehabilitation. The funding allows Sujuan to collect data from both VA and other health systems, which is critical, since many veterans in the region rely on non-VA health care. Sujuan, who is a member of the Doctor of Philosophy Class of 2017, is a nurse practitioner at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.

Aug. 23 — School of Nursing alumna appointed to new leadership role
Karyn Leavitt Grow, an alumna from the Class of 2013 Master of Science — Leadership Degree Program, was appointed director of care coordination training for Caravan Health, which provides business and systems support to more than 150 hospitals and 200 health organizations. In this role, Karyn works with Accountable Care Organization partners to develop care-coordination programs, implement best practice health initiatives and decrease costs. Previously, Karyn, who lives in Reno, served as the care coordination program coach for the National Rural Accountable Care Consortium.

Aug. 13 — School of Nursing students help lead national health equity conference
Andrea Vega-Breaux, a master’s leadership student at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, worked with two UC Davis medical students to plan the second UC Davis Health Equity Conference. This year’s event, “Health Equity and Community-based Learning: Students as Advocates,” highlighted how interprofessional health professional, student and community collaborations can improve neighborhoods. School of Nursing students were involved in the student-led event through their collaboration with medical students of Partners in Transforming Community Health (PITCH). The student interest group aims to improve community health through interprofessional efforts, with an ultimate goal to transform educational programs so teamwork is further emphasized. School of Nursing students from the leadership, doctoral, nurse practitioner and physician assistant programs participated in the the two-day conference, which included keynote speakers and student-led workshops in several community locations. The conference was selected by the American Medical Association Accelerating Change in Medical Education as its annual National Health Equity Conference, drawing more than 200 medical students and educators from across the country. The consortium of 32 medical schools works to create the medical school of the future and transform physician training.

Aug. 5 — Nursing professor participates in think tank with Mexican consulate
Nursing Professor Mary Lou de Leon Siantz participated in a think-tank event to discuss higher education for Mexicans, which was organized by Alejandra Garcia Williams, the Consulate General of Mexico in Sacramento. Eunice Rendon Cardenas, chief of the Institute for Mexicans Abroad led the work session focused on Mexican and Mexican-American academics who are interested in collaborating with colleges and universities in Mexico. The goal of the meeting was to exchange ideas about potential projects that could occur in California to support and empower Mexican and Mexican-American youth and students. Mary Lou’s current research explores the impact of migration on the health and development of U.S. Latino migrant and immigrant infants, children, adolescents and their families. She is also director of the Center for Advancing Multicultural Perspectives on Science (CAMPOS), which is focused on the recruitment, retention and promotion of Latina women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Aug. 1 — Alumnae publish journal article about care coordination for school nurses
A class of 2012 alumna and an alumna postdoctoral scholar from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis published the journal article, “Building Student and Family-Centered Care Coordination Through Ongoing Delivery System Design: How School Nurses Can Implement Care Coordination,” in the NASN School Nurse, the journal of the National Association of School Nurses. Dian Baker, who served as a postdoctoral scholar at the school from 2009 through 2011 and later also was a consulting faculty member for the school, was the primary author. Dian now coordinates the Graduate Program in School Nursing at California State University, Sacramento. Jody Johnson, an alumna of the Master of Science — Leadership Class of 2012, also contributed to the article along with Lori Anderson, a clinical professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Jody has more than 25 years of experience in public and school health settings. She currently serves as a school nurse in a rural district.

July 25 — Dean presents research at international nursing conference in South Africa
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Dean Heather M. Young presented the latest results of her research at the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing 27th Annual Nursing Congress in Cape Town, South Africa. Her talk, “Engaging Persons with Diabetes in Nurse Coaching with Enabling Technology to Improve Health,” focused on the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)-funded research program on nurse coaching and emerging mobile technologies to enhance and improve the lives of persons living with diabetes. The annual international event draws more than 800 nurse researchers, students, clinicians, and leaders who are committed to evidence-based research.

July 21 — Nursing professor, doctoral alumna present at international conference
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Adjunct Professor Jeri Bigbee and 2016 doctoral alumni Bronwyn Fields both presented at the International Rural Nursing Conference in Rapid City, South Dakota, July 19-21. Jeri, an expert on rural population health issues and advanced-practice nursing, provided the keynote address, “Interprofessional Rural Practice, Education and Research.” Bronwyn, who studied rural nursing issues for her dissertation research, led the session, “Choosing between Jobs: What Matters to Rural and Urban Nurses.” More than 300 health professionals, researchers and educators attended the annual conference to discuss various topics of importance related to rural health.

July 14 — Alumna takes on new nurse educator role at UC Davis Medical Center
Emma Blackmon, a 2015 graduate of the master’s leadership program as well as a current doctoral student at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, was recently appointed as a critical care educator at UC Davis Medical Center. Emma has more than 10 years of critical care nursing experience, most of it at UC Davis. Her first position at UC Davis was in the medical intensive care unit in 2006. Most recently, she served as the nurse residency program facilitator since June 2014. In addition to being a facilitator, Emma is a member of the UC Davis Peer Review Committee and was a coordinator of Innovations in Critical Care Conference. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the international honor society for nursing.

July 8 — Nursing professor leads workshop at international conference
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Assistant Professor Philippe Goldin led the preconference workshop, “Mindfulness and Compassion with Children, Students and Family” at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice 2016 Conference at Bangor University in the United Kingdom. Philippe said the goal of the day-long experiential workshop was for participants to explore how different mindfulness and compassion contemplations work and how they might be modified to meet the needs of different groups, such as children and parents.

July 5 — Nursing professor named president of international commission
George Rodway, an associate professor of clinical nursing for the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was named president of the medical commission for the Swiss-based International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation. An active, high-altitude mountaineer since the late 1970s, George’s scientific interest in high-altitude physiology began when he worked as a nurse practitioner on high-altitude ranger patrols for the U.S. National Park Service in Denali, Alaska. Prior to his new role as president, George previously served as vice president for the medical commission for the past five years. The mission of the medical commission is to increase the knowledge about mountain medicine. Commission members collect, evaluate and discuss health data, while working to reach an international consensus on difficult issues of prevention and treatment of illness and injuries.

June 30 — Two School of Nursing faculty present at international conference
Assistant Professor Katherine Kim and Associate Professor Tae Youn Kim were selected to present at the Nursing Informatics 2016 Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, from June 25 to June 29. Tae Youn was one of five panelists discussing “Harmonising ICNP and SNOMED CT: a Model for Effective Collaboration.” The panelists provided a variety of approaches to collaborative work within health and nursing informatics, specifically how to harmonize the technologies of the International Classification for Nursing Practice (ICNP) and SNOMED Clinical Terms. Katherine led two, 20-minute break-out sessions: “A Mobile Care Coordination System for the Management of Complex Chronic Disease” and “A Personal Health Network for Chemotherapy Care Coordination: Evaluation of Usability Among Patients.” More than 1,000 nurses and health professionals from around the world attended the 13th International Congress in Nursing Informatics.

June 29 — Assistant professor teams up with students, staff to publish e-books
Sarah Haynes, a junior specialist at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, and Assistant Professor Katherine Kim recently published “A Mobile Care Coordination System for the Management of Complex Chronic Disease,” an article in the e-book Nursing Informatics 2016. The article outlines the duo’s research exploring design options for a mobile application for care coordination for people with chronic heart disease. Sarah and Katherine found that such an application would allow for shared, comprehensive care plans accessible by patients, their families and all providers that could improve both health and quality of life. Katherine also published “A Personal Health Network for Chemotherapy Care Coordination: Evaluation of Usability Among Patients,” in the same e-book, with Associate Professor Janice Bell, doctoral students Victoria Ngo and Sarah Reed, and Richard Bold, a surgical oncologist with the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. In this article, the writers explore the use of the Personal Health Network — a personalized social network built around chemotherapy patients for collaboration with clinicians, care-team members, family and others designated by the patient. Early results show individuals undergoing chemotherapy felt more connected to health care teams through the application; however, improvements are needed in navigation, connectivity and integration with electronic health records.

June 21 — School of nursing assistant clinical professor leads team to Honduras

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From left, Elaine Maala, Melissa Su and Alicia-Jay Esposo in Honduras

Jon Siiteri, a physician assistant and assistant clinical professor at the School of Nursing, led four physician assistant and nurse practitioner graduate students on a UC Davis Medical Brigade to Honduras. A partnership between UC Davis, UCLA and UC Riverside’s Public Health Brigade, the nine-day Hybrid Brigade combined the aspects of medicine and public health. During the clinic portion of the brigade, volunteers took vitals and patient history in triage, shadowed licensed doctors in medical consultations and assisted in a pharmacy under the direction of licensed pharmacists. The students included Ryan Fong, Alicia-Jay Esposo, Elaine Maala and Melissa Su. Medical Brigades at UC Davis is a chapter of Global Brigades, the world's largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization.

June 16 — Nursing faculty publishes study in wilderness journal
George Rodway, an associate professor of clinical nursing for the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, published the article “Sildenafil and Exercise Capacity in the Elderly at Moderate Altitude” in Wilderness & Environmental Medicine, the official journal of the Wilderness Medical Society. George and an interprofessional team of researchers from the University of Utah School of Nursing, the Intermountain Medical Center and the University of Utah School of Medicine, aimed to learn if sildenafil, also known by the brand name of Viagra, improves exercise capacity in seniors at moderate altitude. According to George, the study was designed to explore how seniors living in high altitudes might improve their exercise. The study included exercise testing of 12 participants 60 and older who regularly exercise at various elevations up to 9,450 feet in a hypobaric chamber after ingesting sildenafil. The drug is an inhibitor that can be effective for hypertension. The group found the medication did not improve exercise capacity of those examined. However, they concluded further study at higher elevations is warranted.

June 13 — Nursing professor travels overseas to provide mountain medicine preparation
George Rodway, an associate professor of clinical nursing for the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, traveled to Hathersage, United Kingdom, to present a series of talks for the University of Leicester/Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh Diploma in Mountain Medicine Advanced Course. George, who has such mountain medicine courses around the U.S. for the last several years, led the talk “Joint Replacement in the Aging Athlete.” He also led a discussion about the aging mountain athlete.

June 7 — School of Nursing alumna selected for Hartford policy institute
Leah C. Morris, a 2013 graduate of both the master’s-degree leadership and nurse practitioner programs, was one of 20 scholars nationwide selected for the John A. Hartford Foundation Change AGEnts Initiative Policy Institute. Over the 2.5-day event, participants increased their knowledge of the policy process, learned to frame their practice change from a policy perspective, and increased their understanding of how to use stakeholders, coalitions and grassroots efforts to advance their policy change. Leah met with representatives of Medicare as well as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to discuss the recently launched Medicare Care Choices Model allowing Medicare enrollees to receive hospice-like support services while concurrently receiving curative care. Unlike hospice, patients receiving palliative care are not defined as end-of-life and are entitled to continue disease directed therapy. The Change AGEnts Initiative is a program of the John A. Hartford Foundation and The Gerontological Society of America. Leah serves as the director of policy and payor relations for the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California and also as a nurse practitioner for Yolo Hospice.

June 4 — Doctoral student facilitates workshop at national race conference
Claire Valderama-Wallace, a doctoral student at the School of Nursing, facilitated a 90-minute workshop at the 29th Annual National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education, featuring experiential activities. Claire designed the session, “Fostering Social Justice Identities through Health Professions Education,” to discuss the current state of social justice work within counseling, psychology and nursing, explore various ways to integrate social justice principles across a curriculum and in a stand-alone course. She also examined barriers to fostering social justice identities among health professions students and reviewed strategies to engage future counselors, nurses and other allied health professionals in social justice work. Claire is a nurse and community health nursing clinical instructor at California State University, East Bay, in Hayward, California. Her research focuses on fostering social justice identities among nursing students and promoting collaboration to address pressing community health concerns, such as violence, human trafficking and the cycle of incarceration and recidivism.

May 23 — Nursing professor leads mountain medicine training program
George Rodway, an associate professor of clinical nursing at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, led courses at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine Diploma in Mountain Medicine program. He also provided the keynote presentation, “Tales from the Hypoxic Side: High Altitude Rescue and Research,” at the week-long session. The Diploma in Mountain Medicine course includes nearly 200 hours of education in mountain rescue for health care professionals. Students gain a thorough understanding of commonly encountered wilderness pathologies and spend hours simulating complex patient care in extreme environments and difficult terrain. This training equips health professionals with the knowledge and skills to adapt their clinical practices to the mountains.

May 18 — School of Nursing faculty, students awarded best poster
Katherine Kim, an assistant professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, was awarded best poster at the Health Data Exploration Network annual meeting in San Diego. The poster, “Personal Health Network: Person-generated Data to Improve Chemotherapy Care Coordination,” was developed by Katherine and School of Nursing Associate Professor Janice F. Bell, UC Davis School of Medicine Professor Richard Bold, doctoral students Victoria Ngo and Sarah C. Reed and Associate Dean for Research Jill G. Joseph. The poster detailed the group’s study of the Personal Health Network, a mobile application and nurse-coaching project for chemotherapy patients. Katherine also presented “Using Community-Generated Data to Enhance Food Security in the Karuk Community,” which explored her experiences collecting health data with Native American youth in an isolated, rural Northern California community. The Health Data Exploration Project is a network of researchers, organizations and others who strategize, coordinate and experiment with using personal health data to better understand health.

healthcare_tipping.jpgMay 18 — Nursing professor publishes textbook chapters with other UC Davis faculty
Debra Bakerjian, an associate adjunct professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, recently published two chapters in the newly released textbook, On-Call Geriatric Psychiatry: Handbook of Principles. Debra served as primary author of the chapter “Residential Medical Settings.” She collaborated with Glen L. Xiong, an associate clinical professor with the School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She also was primary author on the chapter “Subacute or Intermediate Medical Settings.” She collaborated with UC Davis School of Medicine faculty member Calvin H. Hirsch on that article.

May 17 — Doctoral student selected for orthopaedics scholarship
Charlie Dharmasukrit, a doctoral student at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis and a 2015 alumnus of the master’s leadership program, was awarded the Inez Willett Orthopaedics Memorial Scholarship along with two other UC Davis Health System nurses. The annual scholarship is available for registered nurses who provide nursing care for patients with musculoskeletal disorders in either an inpatient or outpatient setting. The $1,000 scholarship is for professional development, education, research or other professional orthopaedic educational experience. Charlie said he plans to use the funding for to attend the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses Congress in 2017 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He hopes to present his dissertation findings in leveraging technology, in particular the electronic health record, to assist nurses in the early prevention, detection and treatment of delirium in the geriatric population. Charlie is a registered nurse with the Orthopaedic Trauma Unit at UC Davis Medical Center.

May 11 — Doctoral alumna selected for Jonas Center advisory council
Deborah Greenwood, a Class of 2014 alumna of the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Doctor of Philosophy Degree Program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was one of 10 alumni selected through a competitive process to serve on the new Jonas Scholar Alumni Council. The 10 alumni are all doctoral graduates and alumni of the Jonas Scholars Nurse Leaders Program and the Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program. The group is charged with leading and organizing communication and events for the more than 600 Jonas Scholar alumni across the country. Deborah currently serves as a clinical performance improvement consultant, research scientist and diabetes program director for Sutter Health.

May 11 — Professor provides keynote presentation at neuroscience meeting
Philippe Goldin, an assistant professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was one of eight featured speakers at the second Science of Change: Meeting on Neuroimagaing Mechanisms of Change in Psychotherapy for Addictive Behaviors in Atlanta. Philippe discussed "Investigating how Psychosocial Interventions for Social Anxiety Disorder Impact the Brain Correlates of Socio-emotional Reactivity, Emotion Regulation and Self-processing.” The goal of this meeting is to provide an innovative and synergistic forum to foster cross-disciplinary collaboration between neuroscientists and clinicians in conducting research on mechanisms of behavior change.

May 6 — School of Nursing alumni present at national health technology conference
Frances Patmon and Perry Gee, School of Nursing alumni who currently lead Dignity Health’s Nursing Research and Clinical Informatics program, presented at the iHealth 2016 Conference in Minneapolis. iHealth, part of the American Medical Informatics Association, is the educational program where clinical informaticians convene, share and learn about implementing team-based, integrated health care driven by data and evidence to improve the future state of health information technology. The duo’s abstract, “Introducing iPET: Interactive Patient Engagement Technologies,” examines technologies that hospitals and health systems use with patients in acute-care settings. Perry and Frances defined different systems that best promote patient engagement then examined how patients and nursing staff are using the technologies. Perry and Frances both graduated in the inaugural Doctor of Philosophy class of the School of Nursing in 2014.

May 2 — Doctoral alumni publish eHealth chapter in national diabetes magazine
Perry Gee and Frances Patmon, alumni from the Doctor of Philosophy Class of 2014 at the School of Nursing, published “Leverage the Power of eHealth” in the American Association of Diabetes Educators in Practice. Perry and Frances investigate how people with diabetes and their caregivers rapidly adopt eHealth technologies and how many of those technologies currently do, or will in the future, share data and information with electronic health records. They argue that diabetes educators and clinicians must evaluate the eHealth tools available to be sure they are the correct fit for patients. As nurse scientists, Perry and Frances currently lead Dignity Health’s Nursing Research and Clinical Informatics program.

April 30 — School of Nursing professor serves as panelist for national Latino event
Mary Lou de Leon Siantz, a professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, spoke as one of five experts providing current data and trends on the well-being of Latino children at El Día de los Niños in Washington, D.C. The National Latino Children’s Institute (NLCI) convenes the annual gathering of national Latino leaders and children’s advocates to discuss the “Status of Latino Children in the U.S.” In 1999, NLCI launched a national campaign to establish El Día de los Niños in the U.S. to draw attention to the importance of children and their role in society. Today, the National Latino Children’s Institute serves as the national steward organization for El Día de los Niños.

healthcare_tipping.jpgApril 27 — Professor serves on expert panel exploring single-payer health system
Jeri Bigbee, an adjunct professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, served as the sole expert health educator on a panel discussion in Stockton, California. Hosted by Single Payer San Joaquin, panelists discussed the potential impact of a single-payer health system. Jeri, whose research examines access to health care in rural areas, also discussed the implications of a single-payer system on the education of future health care professionals. The panel discussion was offered before the viewing of Fix It: Health Care at the Tipping Point, a documentary that provides an in-depth look at the current health care system in the U.S. Single Payer San Joaquin advocates for fair and equitable access to health care for all, independent of the health insurance industry.

April 21 — Nurse practitioner professor provides tips, tools to parents of special education children
Laura Van Auker, an assistant clinical professor at the School of Nursing and a long-time family nurse practitioner, met with parents of special education students at the Placer County Special Education Local Area Plan Community Advisory Committee meeting. In her presentation, “The Bird and the Bees and More,” Laura provides Information and strategies on supporting positive sexuality and the prevention of sexual abuse for children and young adults with developmental disabilities. The communication advisory committee works to empower and equip parents of students with special needs as effective team members in their children’s education.

April — Team of School of nursing faculty, students publish book chapter
A team of Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing faculty and students conducting research on the impact of care coordination for cancer patients recently published a chapter in the book, Oncology Informatics: Using Health Information Technology to Improve Processes and Outcomes in Cancer. Assistant Professor Katherine Kim, Associate Professor Janice Bell and doctoral candidates Sarah Reed and Robin Whitney together wrote the chapter, “Coordination at the Point of Need.”

April 12 — Doctoral alumna elected to American Association of Neuroscience Nurses board
Lori Madden, a 2014 alumna of the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Doctor of Philosophy Degree Program, was elected to the board of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN) during the association’s 48th Annual Educational Meeting in New Orleans. Lori joins the board as a director-at-large. After practicing as an acute-care nurse practitioner at UC Davis Medical Center in Neurological Surgery for 17 years, she recently transitioned to UCSF as a clinical nurse Researcher.

April 3 — Dean provides keynote speech at Pennsylvania State University event
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Dean Heather M. Young presented “Healthy Aging: Healthy Systems in the 21st Century” at the fourth annual Hartford Center Alumni and Friends Spring Brunch. Established in 2007, the Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence at Penn State responds to the national nursing faculty shortage by preparing faculty members who possess broad expertise in the care of the country’s rapidly growing population of older adults and are committed to teaching the next generation of nurses, especially in underserved rural areas. Dean Young discussed how geriatric nurses promote the health and well-being of older adults.

April 1 — Professor publishes research findings on impact of violence, drug use among Cambodian sex workers
Jessica E. Draughon Moret, an assistant clinical professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, was the primary author of an article recently published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence. The article, “The Impact of Violence on Sex Risk and Drug Use Behaviors Among Women Engaged in Sex Works in Phnom Penh, Cambodia,” detailed the work of a team of seven researchers. The team examined data of 220 female sex workers in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The researchers discovered physical and sexual violence is prevalent among these women and associated with subsequent sexual risk and drug-use behaviors. This information will be used to determine best methods of HIV/AIDS prevention among sex workers.

April 1 — Doctoral alumnus promoted to new role
Rayne Soriano was recently promoted to the position of regional director for Medicare operations and clinical effectiveness for Kaiser Permanente Northern California. Rayne is responsible for the development of a team of local Medicare operations leads to partner with medical center leadership teams and physician colleagues to ensure that the Medicare strategy work is effectively implemented in each service area across the Northern California region. This team is focused solely on work devoted to improving care for Medicare beneficiaries. Rayne is a 2015 graduate of the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Degree Program.

March 23 — Doctoral candidate appointed regional editor of health journal
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing doctoral candidate and nurse Bronwyn Fields was recently appointed as the North America regional co-editor for the Rural and Remote Health Journal. This international, electronic journal aims to provide accessible, peer-reviewed, international evidence to inform improvement in rural health service delivery and health status in rural communities. As a regional co-editor editor, Bronwyn, who is also an assistant professor at the School of Nursing at California State University, Sacramento, serves on the journal’s international editorial board and the North American editorial panel. She begins her editorial role following her anticipated June graduation from the School of Nursing.

March 16 — Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing faculty recognized with excellence awards
Three School of Nursing faculty members received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in recognition of their contributions in the core mission areas of research, education, clinical care and community engagement. The purpose of the award is not only to reward the outstanding performance of an Academic Federation or Academic Senate member, but to acknowledge his or her contribution as a transformative leader. UC Davis Health System Faculty Development administers the awards. Each fall, faculty leaders invite chairs, vice chairs, division chiefs and section heads to nominate Nursing and Medicine faculty who demonstrate transformative leadership qualities. Janice F. Bell received the Award for Excellence in Mentoring at Early to Mid-Career Level, Jann Murray-Garcia received the Team Award for Excellence for her work on the Street Medicine Team and Kupiri Ackerman-Barger received the Promoting Inclusion, Cognitive Diversity and Health Equity through Faculty Development Team Award.

March 10 — Doctoral student named to two leadership roles
Michelle Camicia was recently appointed to the National Quality Forum (NQF) Neurology Standing Committee. The National Quality Forum is committed to helping achieve better and affordable care across the nation as well as improving the overall health of Americans. The Neurology Standing Committee evaluates new measures and measures undergoing maintenance review for the forum’s Neurology Project 2015-2016. The committee makes recommendations for which measures should receive endorsement as consensus standards for accountability and quality improvement as they relate to addressing conditions, treatments, interventions or procedures relating to neurological conditions such as stroke, brain and spinal cord injury and other neurologic conditions. She was also recently elected as a Fellow of the American Heart Association. This election recognizes excellence, innovative and sustained contributions in the areas of scholarship, practice and education, and volunteer service and leadership within the American Heart Association. Michelle is a member of the Doctor of Philosophy Class of 2018.

March 8 — School of Nursing graduate student receives social justice award
Roneka Muhammed, a master’s-degree leadership student at the School of Nursing, received the Award for Seeding Improvements in Education Policy and Practice at the 2016 Social Justice Celebration of the UC Davis Equity Task Force. Each year, summit organizers bring together experts from a range of disciplines and perspectives to address pertinent issues and formulate solutions for deepening strategies that advance social justice. Roneka serves as a supervising registered nurse at Folsom State Prison and Folsom Women’s Facility for California Prison Health Care in Folsom, California.

March 7 — Students and faculty present at local honor society roundtable
Several graduate students from the School of Nursing presented their current nursing research at a roundtable hosted by the Zeta Eta At-large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Randi Arias-Losado, a master’s-degree leadership student at the School of Nursing, led the podium presentation discussion on “Experiences of Survivors of Suicide in a Rural Community with Limited Access to Care.” Those who presented posters include doctoral candidates Samantha Blackburn, Sally Moyce and Robin Whitney, master’s-degree leadership students Nicole Hernandez and Carel Troutman, along with Adjunct Professor Jeri Bigbee and Assistant Clinical Professor Laura L. Van Auker. The mission of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership and service.

March 1 — Postdoctoral scholar alumna, dean partner to publish study
Tara J. Sharpp, a postdoctoral fellow at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing from 2008 through 2011, and Dean Heather M. Young recently published “Experiences of Frequent Visits to the Emergency Department by Residents with Dementia in Assisted Living” in the journal Geriatric Nursing. Their study included interviews with staff members and family members of residents of two specialized dementia units of large, chain-affiliated assisted living communities in northern California. Based on their findings, they recommended interventions and falls-prevention training to reduce hospital emergency department visits among assisted living residents who have dementia. Tara is now a faculty member at the California State University, Sacramento, School of Nursing.

Feb. 29 – Doctoral alumnus authors chapter in professional nursing textbook
Perry Gee, a 2014 doctoral alumnus and current volunteer faculty member of the School of Nursing, authored the chapter, “The Use of Social Media in Nursing: Pitfalls and Opportunities” in Professional Issues in Nursing: Challenges and Opportunities. This textbook examines professional issues facing contemporary nursing, including nursing shortages, mandatory staffing ratios, violence in nursing, legal and ethical issues, plus best practices. Perry’s chapter focuses on nurses’ roles with both social media and social networking in practice, administration, education and research as well as consumers, who use the tools for self-management support and health promotion. Perry currently serves as a research scientist for Dignity Health.

Feb. 8 ― Physician assistant graduate student awarded grant from national academy
Ashley Bynum, a physician assistant graduate student at the School of Nursing, received a travel award grant from the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) to attend its annual conference May 14-18 in San Antonio, Texas. Ashley, along with fellow students Nicole Davis, Amanda Echeverria and Andrea Quintana, established the first UC Davis chapter of the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants in October of 2015, to encourage involvement with AAPA and participation in the challenge bowl at the annual AAPA conference. The $500 grant will enable Ashley to attend the conference and represent UC Davis on a national level.

Feb. 8 ― Leadership graduate student publishes manuscript in national burn journal
Anna Olszewski, a master’s-degree leadership student at the School of Nursing, published “Development and Implementation of an Innovative Burn Nursing Handbook for Quality Improvement” in the Journal of Burn Care and Research. Anna and two co-workers conducted a year-long quality improvement project in the burn unit at UC Davis Medical Center assessing staff members’ pre- and post-knowledge of burn nursing topics. They also sought to implement innovative educational tools to enhance staff competency and improve the quality of care. Anna, a member of the master's-degree  Class of 2017, also recently received the Clinical Research Award from the American Burn Association for a poster presentation on this topic last year at a national conference.

Jan. 21 ― Assistant professor provides valuable input to national academy
Katherine Kim, an assistant professor at the School of Nursing, attended a meeting of the Leadership Consortium for Value and Science-Driven Health Care at the National Academy of Medicine. Sponsored by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), the “Accelerating Clinical Knowledge Generation and Use” meeting brought together experts to discuss strategic priorities for improving health systems using large scale health data. Katherine currently conducts research on a PCORI-funded grant exploring the connectivity of three networks serving more than 21 million patients. The meeting sought to explore the views of health system leaders on the highest priority questions to be addressed, including the value of standardized data collection, and identify common priorities to help improve synergy and expand strategic priorities.

Jan. 13 ― Assistant professor publishes health technology adoption study in managed care journal
Katherine Kim, an assistant professor at the School of Nursing, published "Health Information Technology Adoption in California Community Health Centers" in The American Journal of Managed Care. Katherine led the study, which examined the adoption of Electronic Health Records, health information exchange and patient engagement by California community health centers. Researchers hoped to systematically assess the impact of these initiatives by quantifying the level of adoption and key factors associated with adoption. They found that greater continued support of technology infrastructure may be needed in rural areas to further leverage health technology to improve health care. Katherine currently is part of a research team developing PCORnet, a national patient-centered clinical research network. She also works on a team investigating how tablet computers and reimagined social-networking software can improve the experience and outcome for all who become ill.

Jan. 13 ― Assistant professor discusses neuroimaging with psychiatry team
Philippe Goldin, an assistant professor at the School of Nursing, discussed his recent research with members of the UCSF Department of Psychiatry. Philippe described how psychosocial interventions, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, impact behavioral and brain indicators of socio-emotional reactivity, emotion regulation and self-referential processing in adults with generalized social anxiety disorder. He focused on how functional neuroimaging can help reveal change, as well as how neuroimaging may contribute to treatment by identifying brain patterns that predict shorter- and longer-term outcomes.

Jan. 7 ― School of Nursing doctoral alumna assumes new leadership role at Sutter Health
Deborah Greenwood, a 2014 doctoral alumna of the School of Nursing and 2015 president of the American Association of Diabetes Educators, has transitioned to the department of Quality and Clinical Effectiveness, Office of Patient Experience, at the Sutter Health System Office in Sacramento, California. In her new role, Deborah leads systemwide change in developing a diabetes clinical improvement community. She will lead engagement in the national Diabetes Together 2 Goal campaign through the American Medical Group Foundation to improve outcomes in people with type 2 diabetes. Deborah also serves as program director for Sutter Health Integrated Diabetes Education Network, a network of diabetes self-management education and support programs and is a scientist engaging in research to transform care for people with diabetes focusing on digital technology, telehealth, social media and patient engagement.

Jan. 6 ― Assistant Professor presents research to biotech company
Philippe Goldin, an assistant professor at the School of Nursing, presented “Functional MRI investigations of Emotion Regulation and Psychosocial Clinical Interventions for Anxiety (and Chronic Pain) Disorders” to a group gathered at Genetech, a biotechnology company in Sacramento, California. According to Philippe, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) are well-proven psychotherapeutic approaches that reduce suffering, yet the approaches do not provide success treatment for all people. Understanding the underlying psychological and biological mechanisms of change of CBT and MBSR is fundamental to achieve better outcomes. Non-invasive neuroimaging tools let the brain inform scientists of how, why and for whom specific clinical interventions work. Though in the early stages of this this clinical “neurodetective” endeavor, Philippe reports exciting and promising results.