Graduate students at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis showcase their scholarly work at the 2016 Academic Symposium. In panel discussions, summaries of doctoral dissertations, podium presentations and research poster displays, this year’s master’s-degree students and doctoral candidates engage the community and illustrate their passion for leadership in health care.


Confronting implicit bias in kindergarten

Confronting implicit bias in kindergarten

Research suggests kindergarten may be fertile ground for implicit bias that unfairly targets African-American boys and feeds America’s school-to-prison pipeline. The problem prompts two nurse practitioner graduate students at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis to relive personal experiences with enhanced perspective as researchers.

Role confusion among staff nurse leaders

Role confusion among staff nurse leaders

Staff nurses are the backbone of the health care system, yet how leadership roles are defined and understood brings confusion within health care systems. A master’s-degree leadership student at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis uses her thesis to explore how providers formalize and structure the staff nurse position with leadership and management responsibilities.

Promoting oral health

Promoting oral health

Poor oral health correlates with many systemic ailments, such as cardiovascular and gastrointestinal diseases. Yet students in most health care professions report that they lack the necessary education and training to conduct basic oral exams. One physician assistant student at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis hopes to spark a new enthusiasm for the topic in UC Davis’ student-run clinics.


Preparing seniors for when emergency strikes

Promoting oral health

The Butte fire in Amador and Calaveras counties in September 2015 left a trail of destruction and lingering fears of vulnerability for those living in rural areas. The incident also illuminated an area where local community organizations could improve preparedness for residents and offered a learning opportunity for master’s-degree leadership students at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis.

Brokering student well-being

Brokering student well-being

Doctoral candidate Samantha Blackburn pairs her nursing profession with a passion for health promotion in schools for a qualitative study to investigate the work of a group of school health administrators in California. She explores their job pathways and responsibilities, factors influencing their work and how they accomplish that work with limited funding.