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Ranked among the nation’s best

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis ranks among the top 25 best master’s-degree nursing programs, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best Graduate Schools. The publication ranks the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing and master’s-degree leadership program as 24th, up 16 spots from last year and tied with one other program. This year 220 schools provided enough data to be included in the rankings, which are based on a weighted average of 15 indicators such as peer assessment, health care professionals’ assessment, faculty achievements, and number of faculty in clinical practice, student-faculty ratio, and research activity.

Nursing Diversity Champion

The School of Nursing is one of 12 in the country recognized as Nursing Diversity Champions by Minority Nurse, a nursing magazine by Springer Publishing. The award recognizes “a select group of colleges, universities and health care institutions across the nation that committed to recruit and retain diverse students, faculty and clinicians.”

American Academy of Nursing fellows

Five nurse leaders connected to the School of Nursing were inducted as AAN fellows this past fall for their contributions to nursing leadership. Doctoral alumnae Michelle Camicia (Class of 2018) and Sheridan Miyamoto (Class of 2014) joined Dawn Aycock, Nicholas Dionne-Odom and Melissa O’Connor — who, with Miyamoto, are inaugural fellows of the Betty Irene Moore Fellowship for Nurse Leaders and Innovators.

City of Davis Citizen of the Year

Jann Murray-García, M.D., M.P.H., a pediatrician and associate clinical professor at the School of Nursing, has earned the City of Davis’ C.A. Covell Award, more commonly referred to as ‘Citizen of the Year.’ A Davis school district teacher and a school volunteer nominated Murray-García, noting “her sustained volunteer work to promote platforms for positive discussion of race and social justice in our community.” Among her many activities, Murray-García has trained high school students to research racial disparities in students’ experiences, and mentored young people to help create a college prep level U.S. history course at Davis High about race relations

Gerontological Society of America fellow

Fawn Cothran, Ph.D., R.N., G.C.N.S.-B.C., F.G.S.A., was among the GSA’s 33 new fellows last fall. As an assistant professor in the Family Caregiving Institute, she conducts research focusing on the stresses that affect African American family caregivers. She plans to develop interventions to help reduce stress and demands on caregivers while respecting cultural values.

Best Jobs for 2021 list

According to the annual ranking by U.S. News & World Report, the physician assistant (P.A.) profession is No. 1 in the Top 100 Best Jobs and the Best Health Care Jobs. The nurse practitioner (N.P.) profession is close behind, landing at No. 3 for all professions and No. 2 in health care. The School of Nursing is one of the nation’s only to prepare students for both professions, with students learning together in a collaborative environment.