Nation’s highest recognition for nursing excellence

UC Davis Medical Center has long been identified as a U.S. center of nursing excellence devoted to optimal, collaborative and evidence-based care. We are privileged to have been granted Magnet® recognition status by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Only about 8 percent of hospitals in the nation carry Magnet® designation, and UC Davis Medical Center is currently the only medical center in Sacramento to have earned the recognition.

IHI and DAISY Foundation honor nurses

Unit clinical nurse specialist Christa Bedford-Mu is the individual award recipient at this year’s 2021 DAISY Awards for Extraordinary Nurses in Patient Safety, presented in collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). A trained wound treatment associate, Bedford-Mu has collaborated with several surgical units across UC Davis Medical Center to spread standardized approaches to multiple types of complex wounds and skin integrity issues. Her work has contributed to significant post-operative improvements. Nurse educator Michelle Linenberger received honorable mention for her commitment to a relationship-based culture, advocacy for peer support, and contributions to care in underserved communities.

New training enhances critical thinking skills in asthma scenarios

A new immersive, hands-on escape room activity has helped PICU nurses improve and enhance their respiratory assessment skills and nursing interventions for patients with bronchiolitis, septic shock and asthma. Held by the UC Davis Center for Professional Practice of Nursing at the UC Davis Center for Simulation and Education Enhancement, the training session helps learners problem-solve and hone their skills through the use of various infant, child and adolescent-sized mannequins.

First virtual UC symposium for nurse managers

In 2021 UC Davis Children’s Hospital developed and hosted the first annual UC women’s and children’s virtual leadership symposium. More than 100 nurse leaders specializing in the care of women and children from the University of California were given the opportunity to share best practices, experiences, and challenges in health care.