NEWS | May 29, 2019

UC Davis nursing school graduate students showcase scholarly work

Academic symposium explores health in clinical and community settings

(SACRAMENTO)

From examining how health care teams communicate in the intensive care unit to understanding African-American men’s perceptions of male nurses, the research topics and scope of inquiry undertaken by graduate students at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis takes center stage at the 2019 Academic Symposium June 7 on the UC Davis Sacramento campus.

Doctoral candidate Emma Blackmon will share her research on communication among intensive care unit teams at the annual School of Nursing Academic Symposium. Doctoral candidate Emma Blackmon will share her research on communication among intensive care unit teams at the annual School of Nursing Academic Symposium.

For the 144 students who earn degrees through the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Degree Programs this year, the event showcases the culmination of scholarly work in the classroom, community settings and clinical fieldwork. The theses, dissertations and interprofessional research projects presented are the result of digging deep to develop new knowledge and the capstone of their School of Nursing experiences.

“This event celebrates scholarship, illustrates the culmination of students’ hard work and marks the achievement of new personal and professional goals,” said Debbie Ward, interim dean for the School of Nursing.

First-year master’s-degree leadership students will present poster presentations from their Community Connections coursework, which partners them with area agencies to develop system-wide solutions for those organizations. Interdisciplinary teams of physician assistant (P.A.), family nurse practitioner and entry-level nursing students will showcase their evidence-based work on clinical issues.

“It takes a lot to be a good nurse, P.A., provider and educator,” Ward added. “At the root lies a compassionate human being. But I believe that intellectual heavy lifting must also be a part of the equation.”

Carter Todd, a graduating master’s-degree leadership candidate and UC Davis Health pediatric ICU nurse, ventured into Sacramento-area barbershops to glean perceptions from African-American men on nursing as a profession. Emma Blackmon, a doctoral candidate and UC Davis Health nurse, conducted a high-risk, low-frequency simulation experience to examine the role of communication among health care team members.

All the students scheduled to present are in one of five School of Nursing graduate programs led by the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Group, an interprofessional team of more than 55 faculty members from various disciplines. Students working toward the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership must complete a dissertation. Master’s-degree leadership students must complete a thesis and physician assistant, family nurse practitioner and nursing graduate students in the school’s clinical programs conduct interprofessional research projects.

Symposium events run from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout Betty Irene Moore Hall at 2570 48th St. in Sacramento. Members of the UC Davis Health and Sacramento communities are invited to attend and follow the event happenings via #IAdvanceHealth on Twitter.