The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis welcomed 29 graduate students Thursday at a ceremony to mark the beginning of their Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Degree Programs. Faculty welcomed five students embarking upon a four-year journey to earn Doctor of Philosophy degrees and 24 registered nurses pursuing master’s degrees in leadership.
“We are probably at the most critical time when our health care system is in need of people who are leaders,” said Dean Stephen Cavanagh to the crowd gathered in Betty Irene Moore Hall on the UC Davis Sacramento campus. “Between the faculty and yourselves, we’re going to make a lasting impact on the lives of so many people in the future.”
The incoming classes range in age from 24 to 55 and work at major health systems across the region, including UC Davis Health. They speak a combined 12 languages and represent 14 ethnicities. Faculty say this is a community of scholars with diverse perspectives and experiences. They are eager to build on the students’ strengths and further develop their leadership and research skills.
“Over the course of your time here, you will see the value of partnership and focus on areas that are essential to advancing health including system change, quality improvement, community-based health promotion and interprofessional practice,” added Terri Harvath, executive associate dean. “In these roles, each of you has important and valuable contributions to make as students and later, as graduates.
Cindi Matsumoto, a fourth-year doctoral student, offered advice to the incoming Classes of 2021 and 2023, comparing the educational experience to riding a rollercoaster.
“Get buckled in. There will be times when you have your hands in the air and other times you will be hanging on to the safety bar,” Matsumoto said. “I look forward to seeing the amazing things you do.”
Many School of Nursing students – those entering this fall in the leadership programs and clinical students who began their studies in June – receive financial assistance thanks to generous donors. This year, scholarship funds supported additional awards to 39 students totaling more than $156,000.
Learn more about the graduate programs at the School of Nursing by visiting nursing.ucdavis.edu.