School of Nursing happenings
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing faculty, students and scholars continually participate in lectures, speaker series, symposiums and other special events that reflect the school's vision and mission to transform health care through nursing education and research. This frequently updated list is a sample of the breadth of such activities.
Sept. 17 — Leadership alumnus appointed to UCSF nursing faculty position
Jerry John Nutor, a 2015 graduate of the master’s-degree leadership program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was recently appointed assistant professor in Family Health Care Nursing at the UCSF School of Nursing. Jerry John, whose research interests include global health, HIV/AIDS and women’s health, completed one year as a postdoctoral fellow in the Global Health Program at Princeton University in New Jersey prior to his UCSF appointment. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree at the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions in Philadelphia.
Sept. 11 — UC Davis physician assistant student selected for national fellowship
Michelle Kimbell, a second-year student in the physician assistant (P.A.) program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was selected for the 2019 Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) Student Health Policy Fellowship. The program was designed to provide students the skills necessary to serve as effective leaders on behalf of P.A. education and the profession. The 2019 program launched with a three-day intensive workshop in Washington, D.C. Sept. 8-11, where fellows learned about advocacy and policymaking processes, interacted with leaders and met with elected representatives and staff on Capitol Hill. Over the next year, Michelle will develop an advocacy project that demonstrates a positive impact on the P.A. profession, local or state community, or P.A. programs.
Aug. 28 — School of Nursing receives grant to develop nutrition program for immigrants
UC Davis Global Affairs announced the School of Nursing would receive a $1,000 grant as part of its inaugural Campus Global Theme program. The funding allows the school to develop a three-piece program — Food for Health, Food as Medicine — that prepares future physician assistants (P.A.s) and family nurse practitioners to better understand the impact of culture when providing nutritional counseling for patients with chronic health conditions, specifically among Hmong, Afghani and Ukrainian immigrant populations. The modules include a classroom session for students, a faculty development session and also a session at the Sacramento County Health Center, where P.A. and nurse practitioner students complete primary care rotations. This year’s theme, Food for Thought: Feeding Ourselves, Feeding the Planet, called for projects that are rooted in nourishing the world.
Aug. 19 — Nursing faculty showcases interprofessional clinical education program at summit
School of Nursing Clinical Professor Debra Bakerjian led two presentations at the Nexus Summit in Minneapolis Aug. 18-20. In both presentations, Debra highlighted the initiative she leads at UC Davis. System-transforming, Patient-centered, Longitudinal, Interprofessional, Community-based Education (SPLICE) provides an interprofessional practice curriculum for family nurse practitioner, physician assistant and medical students along with residents and staff. In her first presentation, “SPLICE Initiative — Managing Challenges of Interprofessional, Clinic-based Experiences,” Deb discussed the many collaborations required to successfully lead the program. In her next presentation, “Taking Simulations Outside of the Simulation Suite: How to Adapt Simulations for Primary Care Environments,” she outlines the use of simulation, both high-tech suites and low-tech table-top exercises, to improve teamwork. Led by the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, the Nexus Summit brings faculty and experts together to expand and elevate the conversation and study of interprofessional education models.
Aug. 15 — Nursing professor appointed to new statewide aging committee
Heather M. Young, professor and dean emerita for the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was appointed to the recently established California Master Plan for Aging Stakeholder Advisory Committee. The group is tasked with the development of a roadmap for all Californians to grow old safely, with dignity and independence. Heather is one of 34 members who come from a variety of experiences and varying levels of expertise. The committee was formed after Gov. Gavin Newsom called for its creation. The group is expected to issue a master plan by Oct. 1, 2020.
Aug. 15 — Research team explores improving self-management of heart failure
Katherine Kim, an assistant professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, recently co-authored a journal article about a study that explored the use of health coaching and goal setting to improve self-management of heart failure. The article, “Patient Commitment to Health (PACT-Health) in the Heart Failure Population: A Focus Group Study of an Active Communication Framework for Patient-Centered Health Behavior Change,” was recently published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. The research team set out to learn if health coaching and other strategies might improve self-management of heart failure. The researchers learned that patients struggle with medications and lack of instruction on diet and exercise from care providers. Through focus group studies with heart failure patient groups in Oakland and Los Angeles, the researchers learned patients sought both more information as well as structured goal setting and peer accountability. The team included researchers from USC, Kaiser Permanente, UCSF and stickK.com, a goal-setting online application.
Aug. 11 — UC Davis faculty, students participate in annual statewide physician assistant conference
A team of five physician assistant (P.A.) students and a P.A. faculty member from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis traveled to San Diego to participate in the California Academy of P.A.s (CAPA) 2019 Summer Conference Aug. 8-11.The annual event offers P.A.s, students and faculty opportunities to learn through three days of lectures and presentations. Students Sarah Peffer, Antonio Sandoval, Haylee Degrood and Emily Sever represented the school in the annual Student Challenge Bowl, where student teams from P.A. programs across California compete to display their medical expertise, quiz-show style. Gerald Kayingo, an associate clinical professor at the School of Nursing, also presented a lecture on sepsis. CAPA is the statewide, professional association for P.A.s with a vision to enhance, educate and empower P.A.s for the benefit of patients.
Aug. 8 — School of Nursing professor lectures on healthy brain aging
A six-part lecture series at the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center, “Managing Stress as We Age,” recently included a presentation by Philippe Goldin, an associate professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. Philippe’s presentation Aug. 8, “Psychological and Brain Bases of Mindfulness and Compassion Practices to Enhance Emotional Resilience and Well-Being in Family Caregivers of Dementia,” provided techniques and skills in self-care, compassion and well-being for caregivers. Philippe said by improving their self-care, caregivers can powerfully impact the quality of life of those for whom they care. Philippe teaches, conducts research and mentors students in the areas of health promotion, clinical psychology and cognitive-affective neuroscience.
Aug. 3 — Nursing faculty lead workshops at statewide geriatrics conference
Debra Bakerjian, a clinical professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, led two workshops at the 17th Annual Leadership & Management in Geriatrics Conference in Carlsbad, California, Aug. 2-3. Debra led the sessions, “Interprofessional Teams in Geriatrics” and “Implementing QAPI in Nursing Homes.” She is well known for her work to improve the quality of care for aging populations. Her research focuses on patient safety and quality improvement practices in long-term care, particularly nursing homes; and interprofessional education and collaborative practice in primary care. The conference, led by the California Association of Long-Term Care Medicine, provides clinicians and leaders opportunities to work in small groups to develop and implement quality improvement plans for long-term care.
July 29 — Physician assistant professor collaborates with Yale team to publish journal article
Gerald Kayingo, an associate clinical professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, collaborated with a team of scientists from Yale University and other institutions in the discovery of a previously unknown genetic mutation that predisposes people to heart diseases and diabetes. Their work, “CELA2A Mutations Predispose to Early-Onset Atherosclerosis and Metabolic Syndrome and Affect Plasma Insulin and Platelet Activation,” was recently published in the journal, Nature Genetics. Gerald said the discovery is an important step toward finding appropriate therapies. The research team included a variety of professions in various departments within the Yale School of Medicine, where Gerald previously was a faculty member in the physician assistant program.
July 29 — Nursing faculty, students present at international nursing conference
Susan Adams, an associate clinical professor, along with two graduate nursing students from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, presented research posters at Sigma’s 30th International Nursing Research Congress in Calgary, Canada, July 25-29. Susan presented a poster highlighting her work with fellow nursing faculty Jessica Draughon Moret and Piri Ackerman-Barger, “Exploring Master’s Entry Program in Nursing Students’ Poverty Simulation Experience.” Kao Kang Kue Vang, a second-year Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership doctoral student, presented “Culture and Health Disparities: Hmong Health Beliefs and Practices in the United States.” Second-year Master’s Entry Program in Nursing student Maria Tran presented “Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Veterans with PTSD.” Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, now known as Sigma, seeks to advance world health and celebrate nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership and service. Members are baccalaureate and graduate nursing students or nursing leaders who are invited to join based on their scholarly or leadership achievements. Sigma includes more than 135,000 active members in more than 90 countries.
July 22 — Nursing professor hosts podcast discussing interprofessional roles in long-term care
Debra Bakerjian, a clinical professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was interviewed for the podcast, “The Evolving Role of the Advanced Practice Provider in Post-Acute Long-Term Care,” on the American Medical Directors Association (AMDA) — Society for Post-Acute Long-Term Care (PALTC) podcast channel. Debra discussed team-based care in nursing home facilities and the impact on the roles of physician assistants (P.A.s) and nurse practitioners. Debra, a nationally recognized geriatrics and quality improvement expert, leads a unique program at the School of Nursing where medical, P.A. and nurse practitioner students learn together and also complete clinical experiences together. The podcast is part of the series, AMDA On-the-Go, that features post-acute and long-term care expert interviews, journal article reviews and news. AMDA — PALTC is a specialty society representing more than 50,000 medical directors, physicians, nurse practitioners, P.A.s and other practitioners in the various post-acute and long-term care settings.
July 20 — Alumni, students reenergize local chapter of National Association of Hispanic Nurses
A team of Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis alumni and students led the redevelopment of a Sacramento chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN). Sandra Calderon, an alumna of the family nurse practitioner program Class of 2016, worked with two students, Jason Ramos, a second-year Master’s Entry Program in Nursing student and Gemekia Morales, a second-year family nurse practitioner program student, to re-establish a local chapter to support Hispanic nurses in the Sacramento region. The chapter had previously fallen inactive due to lack of leadership. The new chapter’s mission is to “advance the health in Hispanic communities and to lead, promote and advocate the educational, professional and leadership opportunities for Hispanic nurses.” NAHN has been the nation’s leading professional society for Latino nurses since 1975 and includes 46 chapters across the U.S.
July 17 — Nursing students build hundreds of toiletry kits for area women
Students from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis built 240 feminine hygiene kits and delivered them to the Sex Workers Outreach Project, Sacramento (SWOP Sacramento) for distribution to their clients, many of who are homeless. The group, made up of members of the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing Class of 2019, created the Flower Project last year after they heard a presentation from SWOP in their Social Determinants of Health Course and learned that women make up 32% of the region’s homeless population. The group met with SWOP to better understand the needs of this population. After conducting fundraisers for the past year, the group purchased supplies and then gathered to assemble 240 kits of feminine hygiene products, toothbrush and cover, toothpaste and wipes. They donated the kits to SWOP July 17.
July 16 — Alumna launches first nursing grand rounds with student presentation
Three master’s-degree leadership students from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing were invited to present their Community Connections research project at the first-ever Nursing Grand Rounds at Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento. Community Connections, a required course for all first-year leadership students, pairs teams of students with a community organization to study and address a system problem. Rowena Chimbee Joven, Andrea Shaw and Kaprice Sistrunk completed a project where they developed a photo and story book for Joshua’s House, a planned hospice for terminally ill homeless in Sacramento. The book highlights the experiences of many homeless in the region and their sometimes-dehumanizing experiences trying to access health care in the region. Stacy Alves, a Class of 2014 alumna of the leadership program, is a nurse manager at the Kaiser facility who led the development of the nursing grand rounds there and invited fellow nurse and student Kaprice to present her group’s project.
July 16 — Nursing professor authors two chapters for geriatric care textbook
Debra Bakerjian, a clinical professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, wrote two chapters for the recently released textbook, Inpatient Geriatric Psychiatry: Optimum Care, Emerging Limitations and Realistic Goals. The book offers mental health guidelines for health professionals who face the emerging challenges presented by an aging population worldwide. Debra, who is an expert in long-term and geriatric care, wrote the chapters, “Interdisciplinary Roles and Interface” as well as “Placement, Coordination and Follow-Up.” She authored the last chapter with two co-authors from Canada.
June 25 — Dean emerita gives keynote address at caregiving conference
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Dean Emerita and Professor Heather M. Young presented the keynote speech, “Caregiving Collaborations: Increasing Family and Community Capacity” at Caregiver Conversations: A Day of Learning, Support and Information Exchange in Pleasant Hill, California. Heather, a caregiving expert and a co-author of the recent AARP report, “Home Alone Revisited: Family Caregivers Providing Complex Care,” discussed the critical need to better prepare and support the rapidly growing number of family caregivers who provide complex care for millions of family members. The free, day-long event for caregivers, along with others seeking to learn more about caregiving, was provided by the Family Caregiver Alliance and Contra Costa County Area Agency on Aging.
June 20 — Pediatrician discusses navigating power dynamics with philanthropists
Jann Murray-García, a pediatrician and an assistant clinical professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, led an interactive session on power dynamics and humility at the 2019 Family Philanthropy Conference in Los Angeles. The session, “Unpacking the Power Dynamics in Your Personal Work: How Cultural Humility Helps Us Lead,” focused on the specific mindsets and tools philanthropists need to develop an interpersonal stance that is open to other people from multiple cultures. Jann initially coined the concept of cultural humility with Melanie Tervalon as part of an article in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved in 1998. Offered by the Southern California Grantmakers, this year’s Family Philanthropy Conference focused on how privilege affects family philanthropy at a personal, family and community level and how philanthropists can confront these issues and promote racial equity.
June 6 — UC Davis Health Pain Medicine group recognizes P.A. student for excellence
Naileshni Singh, a physician and associate professor in the UC Davis School of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, presented Neal Thaker, a second-year physician assistant (P.A.) student with the 2019 Outstanding Student Award in Pain Medicine. Neal completed a clinical rotation at the pain medicine clinic this spring. According to Naileshni, the department’s faculty “felt unanimous in their nomination” of Neal. This marks the first time any student, either P.A. or nursing, from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis was recognized with an excellence award from the pain medicine group.
June 1 — P.A. student, pharmacist publish article exploring use of beta-blockers to halt melanoma
A second-year physician assistant (P.A.) student and a pharmacist, both from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, published an article in the June issue of the Journal of American Academy of P.A.s. Student Jason Kao and Brent Luu, an assistant clinical professor at the school, wrote the article, “Can Propranolol Prevent Progression of Melanoma?.” The two explored evidence of propranolol’s anticarcinogenic effects on melanoma and how the beta-blockers and other agents are used to decrease melanoma progression. \The authors also noted previous studies that demonstrated the success with beta-blockers to slow cancer progression in patients with prostrate and breast cancers.
May 28 — Nursing faculty presents at National Conference on Race and Ethnicity
Piri Ackerman-Barger, an assistant clinical professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, presented a poster and a symposium discussion at the National Conference for Race and Ethnicity (NCORE) in Portland, Oregon, May 28-June 1. She presented the poster, “Understanding the Risk for Racialized Incivility in Small Group Learning.” She also led the workshop, “Seeking Inclusion Excellence by Understanding Microagressions in Health Professions Students.” Piri presented the workshop with Darin Latimore, a deputy dean for diversity and inclusion at Yale School of Medicine, and Down Boatright, an assistant professor also at Yale. Piri provided several similar workshops with the Yale team over the past several months. She also discussed microagressions in health professions students on a national webinar event as well as a special lecture led by the UC Davis Center for a Diverse Healthcare Workforce. Since its inception in 1988, NCORE provides a comprehensive national forum on issues of race and ethnicity in American higher education.
May 28 — School of Nursing faculty launches study exploring methods of heart failure prediction
Assistant Professor Katherine Kim at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis was recently awarded seed funding from the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) for the pilot study, “New Patient-Centered Visualization Methods for Predictive Learning Algorithms: a Pilot Study in Heart Failure Decision Support.” Katherine leads the project along with Kwan-Liu Ma, a computer science professor in the UC Davis College of Engineering. Their project aims to develop patient-centered, uncertainty-aware visualization methods for displaying predictions in context to uncover early warning signs and communicating decision support insights for both clinicians and patients. The CITRIS seed funding program provided 10 competitive teams from UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, UC Merced and UC Davis a one-time award of up to $60,000 for interdisciplinary work that can lead to larger research programs.
May 22 — Physician assistant faculty, students present at national academy conference
A team of five physician assistant (P.A.) students and faculty represented the P.A. program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis at the 2019 American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) 2019 Annual Conference May 18-22 in Denver. Second-year P.A. student Faith Ann Genove presented the poster, “Developing a Protocol for Initiating Buprenorphine in the Emergency Department.” Gerald Kayingo, an associate clinical professor at the school, presented the poster, “iBreath: an Education Intervention to Improve Lung Health in Uganda,” along with the related podium presentation of the same name. He also presented another poster, “Assessing the Demand of Doctoral Prepared P.A. Faculty Using Job Advertisements.” Second-year student Devon Gersh served as the UC Davis representative for the AAPA Student House of Delegates.
May 20 — School of Nursing faculty, nursing and physician assistant students discuss clinical partnerships
A panel of Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis students, faculty and staff discussed successful academic clinical practice partnerships with community-based clinics at the 14th Annual California Medical Best Practices Conference May 20-22, hosted by the California Area Indian Health Service and the California Rural Indian Health Board, Inc. Panelists included Matthew Worrick, a physician assistant (P.A.) student, Clinical Professor Debra Bakerjian and staff member Jason Sowa along with Shingle Springs Tribal Health Center family nurse practitioner Johanna Kay and P.A. Marlene Rubio-Damian. School of Nursing staff member Marissa Miller moderated the discussion, which highlighted the school’s partnership with the Shingle Springs Tribal Health Center. The health center provides P.A. and family nurse practitioner students clinical rotation opportunities. The partnership exposes students to clinical practice in areas where providers are most needed while also providing preceptors opportunities to educate future providers.
May 14 — UC Davis graduate nursing students inducted into international honor society
More than two dozen Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis graduate nursing students were inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing, at a joint ceremony led by the Zeta Eta Chapter in Sacramento. The Zeta Eta Chapter is a joint chapter of both UC Davis and California State University, Sacramento. The 31 UC Davis students inducted included master’s-degree leadership, family nurse practitioner and entry-level nursing students. The honor society is one of the largest international nursing organizations and works to foster, develop and connect nurses worldwide to improve health care. The group promotes nursing excellence through its initiatives in research, leadership, an electronic library, programming and publications, as well as its work to develop and distribute nursing knowledge for use in practice. Membership in Sigma Theta Tau International is by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship as well as nurse leaders who demonstrate exceptional achievement in nursing.
May 13 — School of Nursing professor provides keynote at Chinese health summit
Katherine Kim, an assistant professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis who explores the innovative use of technology to improve health, was the keynote speaker at the Xianghu Healthcare Summit in Hangzhou, China, May 9-10. Her presentation, “From Mobile Health to Precision Health: Artificial Intelligence for Prediction and Treatment Planning in Heart Failure and Cancer,” was based on research she’s been involved with over the past year as part of the Healthy Aging in a Digital World initiative. In addition to the keynote, Katherine also spoke on the panel, “Opportunities and Challenges of Online Health Care.”
May 8 — Local tobacco coalition invites students to share projects
Two student groups were asked to present their innovative solutions to quit smoking at the May Sacramento County Tobacco Control Coalition meeting. The projects, developed by Master’s Entry Program in Nursing students at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, were part of the Technology and Innovations in Health Care Course. Students teamed up with former smokers and UC Davis Health tobacco treatment experts to design innovative solutions. One group developed a program to prevent fourth- through sixth-grade students from consuming vaping products. The program incorporated super heroes and the slogan, “Wear a cape, don’t vape!” This group included students Colleen De Le Vega, Irene-Cisneros Fong, Mona Keramatikhahmasouleh, Brenda Owings and Peggy Nguyen. Another group created a targeted marketing campaign, “Breaking the chains in tobacco addiction,” to help address smoking and smoking cessation in minority and low socioeconomic communities by addressing some of the unique challenges faced by these populations to remain tobacco free. This group included students Rebecca Dalton, Jessica De La Peña, Chioma Ibeabuchi, Maria Lozano Vazquez, Jenny Phan, Alyssa Pharn and Octavia Taylor. One of the coalition members, Saving Our Legacy, African Americans for Smoke-Free Safe Places, seeks now to test the Breaking the Chains campaign in focus groups with community members from around the region. The Sacramento County Tobacco Control Coalition is a standing committee of the Sacramento County Public Health Advisory Board.
May 9 — Kaiser Permanente names alumna regional nurse leader of the year
As part of its annual National Nurses Week celebration, Kaiser Permanente Northern California honored 13 area nurses who “exemplify the best in nursing at Kaiser Permanente,” including Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Alumna Stacy Alves. A 2014 graduate of the master’s-degree leadership program, Stacy was named the Regional Nurse Leader of the Year for her work as the director for clinical education, practice and informatics at the South Sacramento Medical Center. A Kaiser Permanente nurse for 12 years, Stacy says she enjoys her job because of the “amazing culture of leadership.” Kaiser Permanente’s 24,000 Northern California nurses deliver care in hospitals and clinics, on the phone and at members’ homes.
May 8 — School of Nursing leader spends day at California state capitol
Debbie Ward, interim dean for the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was one of 15 UC Davis leaders, students and alumni who spent the day at the California State Capitol May 8 as part the annual UC Day, a day of advocacy. The group connected with 28 legislative offices and discussed with elected officials or their staff the importance of UC Davis and the UC system, the institution’s economic impact around the Sacramento region and state, and also shared issues or concerns important to students, parents and alumni, such as student basic needs, housing, and deferred maintenance needs. The goal of the event is to encourage ongoing and increased investment to maintain instruction and programmatic support and grow student access. The full-day event was conducted the day before Gov. Gavin Newsom was scheduled to release his revised 2019-2020 budget proposal, known as the May Revise.
April 29 — Faculty, alumna both honored with UC Davis Health Deans’ Excellence Awards
Jessica Draughon Moret, the assistant director for the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing and an assistant professor of clinical nursing at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, and Sheree Criner, alumna, were both honored at the annual UC Davis Health Deans’ Excellence Awards April 29. The awards reward the outstanding performance of School of Medicine and Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing faculty and acknowledge their contributions as transformative leaders in our collegial community. Faculty and staff nominated their peers for the honors. Jessica accepted the 2018 UC Davis Health Deans’ Excellence Award in Education and Teaching. She was recognized for the conception and implementation of innovative approaches to active learning that teach students to critically think, make decisions and see themselves as part of a health care team. Examples include her use of simulation and an online/in-class hybrid approach to teaching, as well as the wildly popular Case-A-Thon. This event is a fun and energetic crowd-sourcing approach to build diverse clinical and community cases for health science learners. Sheree, a 2018 alumna of the master’s-degree leadership program, received the 2018 Deans’ Award for Excellence in Staff Mentoring. Sheree is a former nurse leader at the UC Davis Spine Center Neurology Clinic, where she was recognized for demonstrating integrity, both professionally and personally, through teaching, patient care, leadership and professional development.
April 25 — Nursing professor presents, leads discussions at Denmark conference
As part of an ongoing partnership between the University of California and Aalborg University in Denmark, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Assistant Professor Katherine Kim presented her research and also led discussions at the Transatlantic Telehealth Research Network Seventh Conference April 25-27 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The two-day conference on artificial intelligence and entrepreneurship was designed for researchers to share knowledge on the latest research within health artificial intelligence (A.I.) and innovative telehealth technologies, products and methods. Katherine presented “A.I. for prediction and treatment planning: examples in Heart Failure and Cancer.” She also led workshops on generating business and value through health artificial intelligence. The Transatlantic Telehealth Research Network (TTRN) was founded in 2012 by Aalborg University, Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) and UC Davis Health to develop cutting-edge research and innovation within telehealth.
April 19 — Physician assistant professor publishes article about ‘boogeyman’ in ICUs
Gerald Kayingo, a physician assistant and associate clinical professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, discusses how routine handwashing and other preventive measures can reduce infections, the leading cause of death in noncardiac intensive care units (ICUs). The article, “Bacteria and Viruses: The Bogeymen in the Intensive Care Unit” was first published online in Physician Assistant Clinics, a website and print publication that provides updated clinical information for several specialties. The article appeared in the April print publication. Gerald’s article highlights that infections and sepsis account for about 40 percent of all ICU expenditures. He outlines methods, such as handwashing, use of protective equipment and regular surveillance to reduce infections.
April 9 — Nursing professor leads national nursing diversity initiative
School of Nursing Assistant Clinical Professor Piri Ackerman-Barger, who co-directs the UC Davis Center for a Diverse Healthcare Workforce and is a recognized expert in diversity and inclusion for health professions, led a nationwide webinar on microaggressions and also published a related blog post for the Center to Champion Nursing in America. Piri serves as an adviser on diversity issues for the center and its Campaign for Action initiative. She wrote “Improving student wellness by understanding microaggressions” to promote the webinar and related diversity activities. In the April 9 webinar, Piri shared data from a study of students in health professions who experienced racial microaggressions that affected their learning, academic performance and wellness. The data, she said, provides important insights for educators about racial climate. She also provided strategies to support students and create institutional inclusion. Piri leads related presentations and workshops through the UC Davis Center for a Diverse Healthcare Workforce and the Interprofessional Teaching Scholars Program as well.
April 5 — Nursing professor speaks at international transplant scientific meeting
Julie Bidwell, an assistant professor in the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was an invited panelist for a symposium session on end-of-life care at the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation 39th Annual Meeting and Scientific Session in Orlando April 3-6. Julie was one of nine presenters for the symposium, “Matter of Life and Death: Palliative and End-of-Life Care in Transplant Medicine.” The symposium explored ways in which organ failure and transplant patients are cared for at the end of life. The panelists discussed emotional support for patients, collaboration with ethics and palliative care teams, pharmacological management, palliative care for congenital heart disease populations, as well as religious and cultural diversity in end-of-life care. Julie’s 15-minute presentation focused on provider burn out and self-care. Julie is well recognized for her research exploring the management of chronic cardiovascular illness.
March 27 — Nursing professor speaks at One Health international conference in the Philippines
Tae Youn Kim, an associate professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, led a presentation at the Third Pan Asian One Health International Conference 2019 March 26-28 in Manila, Philippines. The University of the Philippines and UC Davis hosted the event for researchers at the two universities to discover ways they might work together to design and implement initiatives to achieve better public health outcomes in food safety, control of diseases and combating antibiotic resistance. Tae Youn led the discussion, “One Health and the Opportunities for Technology,” where she detailed progress to date of the work of a multidisciplinary research team from the two institutions who are working to develop a technology-enabled surveillance program for early detection and prevention of a disease outbreak in resource-limited settings. An expert in health informatics, Tae Youn’s research focuses on the identification and use of specific terminologies in electronic health records to improve data collection.
March 27 — Family Caregiving Institute director provides keynote at memory loss conference
Terri Harvath, the director for the Family Caregiving Institute and executive associate dean for the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, gave one of three keynote presentations at Understanding Memory Loss: The Fifth Annual Education Conference for Family Caregivers and Professionals March 27 in Fairfield, California. Terri presented “Recognizing and Reducing Family Caregiving Stress.” She discussed the increasing numbers of family caregivers in California and across the United States and the new developments available to better support these caregivers. She also discussed the work underway at the Family Caregiving Institute to research additional tools as well as education for health professionals to support caregivers. The conference, hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association, is a six-hour event for family members and professionals that covers many topics related to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
March 22 — Master’s leadership alumna presents at national conference
Krystle Banfield, a 2014 alumna of the master’s-degree leadership program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, led a podium presentation at the 2019 Quality and Safety in Children’s Health Conference in Atlanta March 17-22. Along with physician partner Zoey Goore, Krystle presented, "Partnering with Patients and Families as Equals to Transform Care."
The two discussed a new approach they designed, CoDesign, which allowed them to incorporate input from patients and their families to make improvements to care at Kaiser Permanente Roseville Women's and Children’s Center. The initiative resulted in improved patient experience scores at the center. Krystle is an assistant nurse manager at the pediatric intensive care unit at Kaiser Permanente, Roseville. The conference, led by the Children’s Hospital Association, brings together pediatric quality and safety professionals across the country to share discoveries and collaborate to lead improvements in children’s hospitals.
March 18 — Nurse practitioner faculty present at statewide conference
Two Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing family nurse practitioner faculty presented at the 42nd Annual California Association for Nurse Practitioners (CANP) Educational Conference in San Diego March 14-17. Ricky Norwood, an assistant clinical professor who also practices and mentors students in the Sacramento County Health Center, presented the poster, “PTSD Screening with a Focus on Refugees,” with his fellow clinicians from the county and a refugee health clinic. The poster detailed the group’s study of a screening tool used to identify post-traumatic stress disorder among Middle Eastern and Afghan male refugees. The providers determined the tool was successful in the prevention, identification, education and early treatment of PTSD and enabled providers to improve the quality of primary care for these individuals. Assistant Clinical Professor Gordon Worley, a wilderness first aid expert, presented “Humanitarian Volunteering on a Real-World Schedule,” where he shared his experiences volunteering to drive supplies and care for patients in free clinics in Mexico. He also presented “My What Big Teeth You Have: The Assessment and Current Pharmacologic Treatment of Western Venomous Snakebites.”
March 6 — Associate dean outlines nursing school’s approach to education at Dublin conference
Elizabeth Rice, associate dean for student and faculty success at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, discussed approaches to active learning at the Trinity Health and Education (THE) International Research Conference March 6-7 at the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Trinity College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland. Elizabeth’s presentation, “A Program for Faculty Development with Active Learning,” focused on her work leading active learning fellows, an initiative with five faculty members at the school who receive high-tech tools, such as tablets, and specialized training in active learning methods and planning. THE international conference addresses contemporary issues in health and health care education. The event also provides a forum for academics, clinicians, researchers, policy makers and consumers to present and discuss their research to explore innovation in practice.
March 3 —Nursing researcher co-authors article with team studying Kawasaki disease
The journal, Contemporary Clinical Trials, published an online article co-authored by Katherine Kim, an assistant professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. Katherine is co-principal investigator with Jane C. Burns at UC San Diego of a $2.8 million grant exploring the effectiveness of different therapies for children with Kawasaki disease. The study also assesses the burden of the treatments on the children and their families. The article, “The Kawasaki Disease Comparative Effectiveness (KIDCARE) trial: A phase III, randomized trial of second intravenous immunoglobulin versus infliximab for resistant Kawasaki disease,” focuses on the protocols for that study. The researchers seek to compare the effectiveness of therapies for Kawasaki disease for those children, about 10 to 20 percent of patients, who are resistant to the most commonly used treatment, immunoglobulin. In addition, they partner with the parents, who collect data about their experiences.
Feb. 28 — Nursing professor lectures at Cal Poly Center for Health Research
Jann Murray-García, an assistant clinical professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, continued her cultural humility presentations as a guest lecturer at the Cal Poly Center for Health Research in San Luis Obispo. Jann presented “Cultural Humility: Interrupting Our Scripts of Racial Inequality” as part of the 2018-2019 Seminar Series on Health Disparities. A pediatrician, Jann developed the concept of cultural humility with fellow physician Melanie Tervalon when the two published a journal article citing the need for cultural humility, which goes beyond cultural competency, in order to address and eventually eliminate health disparities. The Cal Poly Center for Health Research conducts transdisciplinary research in the prevention and treatment of obesity and related chronic diseases. The center’s research spans from cellular to socio-ecological and promotes health equity.
Feb. 27 — Clinical professor recognized by UC Davis chancellor for diversity efforts
UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May honored Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Assistant Clinical Professor Jann Murray-García at the annual Chancellor’s Achievement Awards for Diversity and Community. Jann, who received the Academic Federation individual award, was honored based on her ongoing work of cultural humility, a critical distinction in defining outcomes in multicultural education. Established 16 years ago, the awards honor achievements that contribute in substantial ways to the development and well-being of a diverse and evolving UC Davis community. The event included student, staff, faculty, department and special recognition awards.
Feb. 22 — School of Nursing team publishes article calling for family caregiving education for health providers
A team from the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis published the article, “Are We Ready for the CARE Act? Family Caregiving Education for Health Care Providers,” in the March issue of the peer-reviewed Journal for Gerontological Nursing. Lisa Badovinac, assistant dean for education at the school, authored the article in collaboration with Lori Nicolaysen, student services director, and Executive Associate Dean Terri Harvath. The article details the trio’s study of the impact of the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act on educational programs for health providers. The CARE Act requires hospitals to identify and include family caregivers during admission and discharge of patients. According to the team’s research, nurses and health care professionals receive little formal education on how to support family caregivers, creating challenges in complying with the new policy.
Jan. 22 — Alumna tapped for national nurse manager fellowship
Cheryl McBeth, a 2015 alumna of the master’s-degree leadership program, was selected as a 2019 participant in the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Nurse Manager Fellowship program. This first-of-its-kind program targets the unique leadership-development needs of nurse managers. The year-long fellowship provides an in-depth learning environment that prepares nurses to lead change in advancing health care. Each fellow participates in five in-person meetings and completes a capstone project, while working to strengthen their skills, master new competencies and continue the lifelong learning needed for the next generation of successful nurse leaders. Cheryl, who is manager of the pediatric and cardiac UC Davis Medical Center Intensive Care Unit and the UC Davis Children’s Hospital Critical Care Transport Team, developed a project that focuses on reducing the bloodstream infection rates in the hospital by returning to the basics of “scrub the hub,” a process to sanitize injection ports. Cheryl’s strategies include introducing better and more time-efficient products for scrubbing the hub, as well as providing education of the process and its importance.
Feb. 26 — Nursing professor teams up with other faculty to pen opinion editorial
Jessica Draughon Moret, an assistant professor of clinical nursing at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, recently collaborated with several other nurses, midwives and public health researchers to publish the opinion editorial, “No Deal: Providers Sound Off on Trump’s Domestic Gag Rule,” in Ms. Magazine Blog. The column speaks out against U.S. President Trump’s new domestic gag rule that bars providers who, through Title X, offer counseling, referring or performing abortion services. The authors claim the gag rule destroys the fragile balance between power and trust for providers and patients. The authors, who call themselves Concerned Clinicians and Public Health Scholars Dedicated to Comprehensive Reproduction Services, is a team of providers and experts from 10 universities, hospitals and clinics.
Feb. 21 — First-year physician assistant student awarded scholarship
Megan Bailey, a first-year student in the master’s-degree physician assistant (P.A.) program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was recently awarded the Ray Dale Memorial Scholarship by the California Association of P.A.s (CAPA). The $2,000 scholarship honors Ray Dale and is awarded to a student demonstrating good academic standing and pursuing activities to promote the P.A. profession in California. Megan is a UC Davis alumna who majored in biochemistry and molecular biology. She also worked as a medical assistant in pediatrics, primary care and urgent care. She seeks to work as a P.A. in either family medicine or pediatrics.
Feb. 20 — Doctoral alumna publishes article about dissertation work
Michelle Camicia, a 2018 graduate of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis doctoral program, recently published an article on the journal website, Rehabilitation Nursing. The article, ”Development of an Instrument to Assess Stroke Caregivers’ Readiness for the Transition Home,” highlights her research to develop a measure to assess stroke caregivers’ commitment and capacity to assume the caregiving role prior to patients’ discharge. The article is scheduled for printing in an upcoming publication. Other contributing authors included Barbara Lutz of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington School of Nursing along with UC Davis School of Nursing faculty Terri Harvath, Katherine Kim and Jill Joseph. Michelle is the director of the Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center in Vallejo. The center supports those recovering from stroke, brain or spinal cord injury. She also was a contributing author for another recent article, “Nurse Author: Who Me? Yes, You!” on the Rehabilitation Nursing website. She joined a team of nine authors from various rehabilitation centers and nursing schools to provide strategies to help inexperienced writers develop and hone skills for journal publication.
Feb. 5 — Professor, postdoctoral scholar and student team up to write book chapter
A team from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis authored a chapter in the recently published book, Consumer Informatics and Digital Health: Solutions for Health and Health Care. Associate Professor Katherine Kim, former postdoctoral scholar Sakib Jalil and doctoral candidate Victoria Ngo wrote the chapter, “Improving Self-Management and Care Coordination with Person-Generated Health Data and Mobile Health.” The book explores the impact of consumer technology on health care and the patient experience. The UC Davis team’s chapter details the increase of person-generated health data, such as medication logs, family history or symptom screening tools. They also discuss mobile health applications, such as fitness and health tracking devices, smart phone applications and other personal devices, such as glucose meters or blood pressure cuffs. The team discusses current research on how the data and tools can be used to improve health care.
Jan. 22 — Professor publishes studies
Philippe Goldin, a clinical psychologist, cognitive neuroscientist and associate professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, recently published two articles. The first paper, “Feasibility of a Therapist-Supported, Mobile-Phone-Delivered Online Intervention for Depression: Longitudinal Observational Study,” was published online Jan. 22 in the eHealth Journal of Medical Internet Research Formative Research. This study examined the feasibility of a newly developed mobile application to support people who are depressed. The data suggest that the intervention significantly reduced depression symptoms. Furthermore, the amount of daily practice and group-chat use during the intervention predicted increased reduction of depression symptoms. The second paper, “Acceptance vs. Reappraisal: Behavioral, Autonomic and Neural Effects,” was published Jan. 17 on the journal website, Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience. This article described a study that compared the effects of two emotion regulation strategies, cognitive reappraisal and acceptance, which are considered important skills for enhancing mental well-being. Findings suggest that both strategies proved to be effective in reducing negative emotions in response to negative self-beliefs.
Jan. 22 — Documentary filmed at School of Nursing now available for download
To Err is Human, a documentary filmed partially at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis and includes interviews with school faculty, is now available for download on iTunes and Amazon. To Err is Human examines patient safety in the United States: the No. 3 leading cause of death in the nation. Studies show 1.7 million Americans experience a preventable mistake during health care and these mistakes lead to as many as 440,000 deaths annually. Directed by the son of late patient-safety pioneer and physician John M. Eisenberg, this in-depth documentary is about a silent epidemic and those working behind the scenes to create a new age of patient safety. Through interviews with leaders in health care, footage of real-world efforts leading to safer care and one family’s journey, the film provides a look at the future of the health care system’s ongoing fight against preventable harm. Sections of the documentary, which was filmed at UC Davis Health in December 2016, highlight some of the content in courses that prepare future providers, as well as the simulation resources for students to practice and experience opportunities to prevent patient harm. The school presented a screening to students in April.
Jan. 18 — Family nurse practitioner graduate transitions to practice at UC Davis Health
Victoria Jackson, a 2018 graduate of the family nurse practitioner program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was recently appointed as a practitioner in Cardiology Outpatient Services at UC Davis Medical Center. Her specialty is electrophysiology. In this role, she manages the Pacemaker and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Device Clinic.
Jan. 17 — School of Nursing research team publishes article about nurse-led intervention
A research team from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis recently published the article, “More than A1C: Types of Success Among Adults with Type-2 Diabetes Participating in a Technology-Enabled Nurse Coaching Intervention,” in the January issue of Patient Education and Counseling. Sarina Fazio, a 2018 doctoral graduate from the school, was the lead author. She was supported by Jennifer Edwards, a 2018 master’s-degree leadership graduate; Sheridan Miyamoto, a 2014 doctoral alumna; UC Davis Health researcher Stuart Henderson; Associate Professor in Residence Madan Dharmar and Dean Emerita Heather M. Young. The article highlights the team’s research of the use of health technology combined with nurse coaching to manage diabetes. The researchers found success at reducing glycated hemoglobin. The team also learned that other areas could be measured as well, including changes in behaviors, mindset and other health indicators.
Jan. 16 — Physician assistant alumnus appointed as UC Davis fellow
Patrick Nguyen, a 2018 graduate of the physician assistant program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis and newly certified physician assistant, was recently appointed a UC Davis Medical Center Advanced Practice Fellow. The fellowship program was developed by the medical center’s Advanced Practice group to support new physician assistants and nurse practitioners in their first year of practice. The program seeks to support the fellows develop relevant, practical skills in critical thinking and evidence-based practice as well as procedural skills in specific areas of interest. Fellowships are offered in trauma surgery, neurosurgery or interventional radiology. Patrick is a radiology fellow and will focus on developing a career in a hospital-based radiology group.
Jan. 13 — Nursing faculty provides volunteer health care in Baja, Mexico
Gordon Worley, a nurse practitioner and an assistant clinical professor at the Betty Irene School of Nursing at UC Davis, returned Jan. 14 from a three-day volunteer mission to San Quintin, Baja California, Mexico, as a member of the Flying Samaritans organization. The Flying Samaritans is a volunteer organization which operates free health clinics in Baja California, Mexico. Doctors, dentists, nurses, translators, pilots and support personnel drive or fly to clinics in private aircraft. Gordon traveled to the Alma Luminosa clinic which provides health and dental services. Gordon has supported Flying Samaritans missions for several years now. The Flying Samaritans seek to fulfill four basic missions - primary care, specialty care, education and emergency care.
Jan. 11 — Doctoral alumna promoted to director position at Stockton medical center
Jacquie DeMellow, a 2018 graduate of the Doctor of Philosophy Degree Program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was recently promoted to director of quality at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton, California, a Dignity Health facility. In this role, she leads the delivery of safe, effective patient-centered care at the medical center. Previously, Jacquie served as a sepsis coordinator and critical care quality facilitator at the same hospital. Jacquie’s dissertation research focused on outcomes of mechanically ventilated patients in intensive care units as well as the performance of their provider teams. A clinical nurse specialist in critical care for more than 20 years, Jacquie is passionate about improving outcomes and implementing evidence-based practices in critical care environments. She is scheduled to present her dissertation research at a number of upcoming conferences.
Jan. 7 — Alumna pens chapter for public health nursing textbook
Karyn Grow, a graduate of the master’s-degree leadership program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, recently authored a chapter for a nursing educational textbook. She wrote the chapter on case management for the seventh edition of Community/Public Health Nursing: Promoting the Health of Populations. She also made a number of presentations at professional conferences this past fall. She discussed her team’s efforts to develop behavioral health and substance use disorder programs in her rural community at the Caravan Health Symposium last month in Phoenix. She presented “Decreasing Readmissions Utilizing an Integrated Care Management Process at the Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes (CALNOC) Navigating the Future Conference in October in San Diego. Karyn is the administrative director of case management and care coordination for Tahoe Forest Health System.
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