NEWS | December 13, 2019

VIDEO: UC Davis nursing students mark end of graduate program with traditional pinning ceremony


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Carolina Paredes, center, receives her pin from clinical instructor Robert Montgomery, while School of Nursing Dean Stephen Cavanagh looks on. Carolina Paredes, center, receives her pin from clinical instructor Robert Montgomery, while School of Nursing Dean Stephen Cavanagh looks on.

(SACRAMENTO) — Students from the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis celebrated the end of their formal education their symbolic entry into the nursing profession at a pinning ceremony Thursday night. The 48 students from the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing Class of 2019 are now prepared to take the national licensing examination to become registered nurses.

“While you may think of this as the end of your nursing school journey, I want to encourage you to see it as a start,” said Shanna Ruggenberg, entry-level nursing program director. “This is the beginning of your opportunity to be a change agent and make the difference so desperately needed in health care.”

The Master’s Entry Program in Nursing is an 18-month, accelerated-degree program that offers the quickest route to registered nursing licensure for adults who already completed an undergraduate degree in another discipline as well as prerequisite courses. Graduates earn Master of Science in Nursing degrees.

“Many things have changed in the 150 years of this tradition, including how nurses are educated, the makeup of our communities and the roles we take in caring for them,” added Jessica Draughon Moret, assistant program director. “As you leave the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, we’ve prepared you to deliver sophisticated care in a modern and fast-paced environment with a range of technologies and diverse colleagues.”

Guided by the School of Nursing’s core values of leadership development, interprofessional and interdisciplinary education, transformative research, cultural inclusiveness and innovative technology, the entry-level graduate nursing program prepares new nurses as leaders in quality and safety, advocates for diverse patient populations, and agents of change for healthier communities.

To learn more about the amazing personal odds that one graduate overcame to complete this program, view this video.

About the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis
The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis transforms health care through interprofessional nursing education and research. Established in 2009 through a $100 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the school offers five graduate areas of study, including doctoral and master’s-degree programs in nursing science and health-care leadership and master’s-degree programs for pre-licensure nurses, family nurse practitioners and physician assistants, with a focus on preparing primary-care providers for rural and underserved communities. The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing is part of UC Davis Health, an integrated, academic health system encompassing the UC Davis School of Medicine, UC Davis Medical Center and the UC Davis Medical Group. For more information, visit nursing.ucdavis.edu.