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.
July 1 — School of Nursing faculty, team recognized with Deans’ Awards
Two Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis faculty and several staff were recognized for their outstanding performance through the 2020 Deans’ Excellence Awards. Piri Ackerman-Barger, associate dean for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion received the Excellence in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award. Associate Clinical Professor Jann Murray-García and her Interprofessional Central Valley Road Trip Team received the Team Award for Excellence in Education and Teaching. Since 2017, Jann has led more than 170 faculty, students and staff on an immersive trip through the Central Valley. Team members include postdoctoral scholar Victoria Ngo along with staff Jacqueline Dyson, Marissa Miller and Stacy Munoz.
June 23 — Center for Advancing Pain Relief team publishes article about fellowship program
Scott Fishman, director for the Center for Advancing Pain Relief, published the online article, “UC Davis Train-the-Trainer Primary Care Pain Management Fellowship: Addressing the Pain Management Education Gap,” in Academic Medicine, the Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges. The article will also be included in a future print issue of the journal. Other contributing authors include the center’s associate directors, physician David Copenhaver and Kate Lorenzen, as well as Christy Chung, the education program specialist. The article features the center’s Train-the-Trainer program, a fellowship for primary care providers to prepare providers in pain care as well as prepare them to train others. The program was developed as part of the center’s work to improve pain management training for providers, an area that is not consistently covered in health professions education. The research team followed two groups of fellows who completed the 10-month program in 2017 and 2018. Their initial studies show that six months following their completion, the fellows demonstrated improvement and sustained performance in pain competencies as well as increased recognition and understanding of pain.
June 20 — School of Nursing postdoctoral scholar publishes article on fruit and vegetable vouchers
Ronit Ridberg, a postdoctoral scholar and doctoral alumna of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, published the article, “Fruit and Vegetable Vouchers in Pregnancy: Preliminary Impact on Diet and Food Security,” in the Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition. The article highlights Ronit’s research exploring the impact of fruit and vegetable vouchers for pregnant women in San Francisco. Because women from underserved and low-income populations suffer a high risk of preterm birth, the program sought to reduce food insecurity through the provision of health fruits and vegetables. After following a group of 592 women who participated in the study, the researchers discovered the odds of preterm delivery were 37% lower for those women who used the fruit and vegetable vouchers. The study reveals that financial incentives for healthy foods may reduce disparities in preterm birth.
June 15 — School of Nursing faculty leads project selected as semifinalist in national challenge
Katherine Kim, an assistant professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, serves as the primary adviser to the user-centered design process for CareLoop’s Safe Discharge Communication Pathway, one of five semifinalists in Phase 1 of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Digital Solutions to Support Care Transitions Challenge. The project is designed to ensure safe transitions in care for patients and care teams throughout the hospital discharge to home transition in care. The innovative solution provides communication between the patient and family caregivers and hospital, primary care and community partner care teams. As part of the challenge, designers address the information-sharing needs, burdens and gaps for patients with three chronic conditions and low health-literacy and English-language proficiency. As a semifinalist, the team was awarded $20,000 to develop a model.
June 15 — Alumnus, student plan virtual brunch discussion about black men’s
Aron King, a first-year master’s-degree leadership student at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, and Carter Todd, an alumnus of the same program, led planning for a virtual discussion of the impact of COVID-19 on black men’s health. The two, along with several other School of Nursing alumni and students, helped launch the Capitol City Black Nurses Association in Sacramento, a chapter of the National Black Nurses Association. Capitol City Black Nurses Association is hosting the event with the Greater New York Black Nurses Association. The event, “Unmasked: The Impact of COVID-19 from the Black Male Perspective,” is set for 9 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time June 20. The event features nurses, physicians and public health practitioners from across the country, including Ricky Norwood, an assistant clinical professor in the family nurse practitioner program at the School of Nursing. The free event is open to the public. Attendees can register at this website.
June 2 — School of Nursing faculty awarded seed grant for COVID-19 research
Katherine Kim and Jill Joseph, both faculty members at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, are part of an all-UC-Davis team awarded a seed grant to create an innovative symptom platform to collect data to better predict COVID-19 infections. The project, “Discovery of Symptom Phenotypes and Trajectories for COVID-19 Adaptive Interventions,” also seeks to test results and apply machine learning methods to predict infection and illness. The research team also includes Xin Liu, from the UC Davis Department of Computer Science, as well as Joanne Natale, from the UC Davis School of Medicine. The project is one of 25 awarded funding from the University of California Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) and the Banatao Institute. The seed funding, about $50,000 for each project, supports technology projects designed to mitigate the COVID-19 crisis.
June 2 — Physician assistant awarded nationwide foundation scholarship
Mohamed Jawara, a first-year physician assistant (P.A.) student at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was awarded a $2,000 P.A. Foundation scholarship through the American Academy of P.A.s (AAPA). The foundation is the philanthropic organization of the professional organization and provides P.A.s and P.A. students with philanthropic opportunities and resources. The organization recently awarded 22 scholarships to P.A. students across the country. Mohamed is the only UC Davis student to receive an award. Mohamed, who is originally from Sierra Leone and came to the P.A. program from Loma Linda, California, is interested in working in underserved communities and resolving health disparities.
May 26 — Nursing professor publishes article exploring pandemic’s impact on policy
Heather M. Young, nursing professor and internationally recognized expert on aging issues, recently published an article in the Journal of Gerontological Nursing summarizing significant federal and state policy changes in response to COVID-19 to improve health care access for older adults. The article, “COVID-19 Pandemic Spurs Policy Changes Benefiting Older Adults,” highlights the need for policy changes to meet new demands of health systems due to the pandemic. Specifically, the article explores the need to permanently increase older adults’ access to health care through advanced practice nurses and nurses. Heather wrote the article with several other recognized gerontological experts, including Winifred Quinn, Andrea Brassard, Claudio Gualtieri and Susan Reinhard.
May 20 — School of Nursing postdoctoral scholar publishes article with research team
Victoria Ngo, a 2019 alumna of the Doctor of Philosophy Degree Program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, published the article, “The Personal Health Network Mobile App for Chemotherapy Care Coordination: Qualitative Evaluation of a Randomized Clinical Trial,” in the journal, JMIR mHealth and uHealth. The article highlights the evaluation of the Personal Health Network, a mobile app developed to provide chemotherapy care coordination. Victoria, who is currently a postdoctoral scholar at the School of Nursing, interviewed 27 patients to evaluate their experiences using the app during chemotherapy. The researchers discovered the combination of care coordination by nurses with the technology of the application led to improved communication and patient access to information. Other authors include Cindi Matsumoto, a 2020 graduate of the doctoral program, and Sarah Reed, a Class of 2018 doctoral alumna, along with faculty members Jill Joseph, Janice Bell, Richard Bold and Katherine Kim. The article reflected Victoria’s dissertation research.
May 20 — Nursing professor featured on two websites
Debra Bakerjian, a clinical professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, was featured recently for her expertise by two different websites. In April, Debra wrote the article, “Coronavirus Disaster 2019 and Safety of Older Adults,” for the Patient Safety Network (PSNet) of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The article, considered a primer, provides several resources for health care professionals caring for older adults in long-term care facilities. The article explores the vulnerabilities in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic and offers guidance for residential care facilities. Additionally, Debra was featured in the Ask a Professor blog of NPSchools.com, a website highlighting U.S. nurse practitioner programs. In the article, “Supervisory Requirements for NPs in California,” she explores the restrictive practice environment for California’s nurse practitioners and the work by those providers to lift some of the more cumbersome requirements, which say physicians must sign off or approve certain treatments performed by nurse practitioners. Debra is a recognized expert in patient safety and quality improvement practices in long-term care as well as interprofessional education and practice.
May 13 — Nursing professor contributes to American Heart Association Scientific Statement
Julie Bidwell, an assistant professor with the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, worked with a multidisciplinary research team to develop an American Heart Association Scientific Statement on family caregiving in heart failure. The statement, “Family Caregiving for Individuals with Heart Failure: A Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association,” was published in the association’s journal, Circulation. According to an associatian news release, the statement presents an overview of the challenges faced by unpaid family members who are caregivers for people with heart failure. The statement calls for health care providers to be more inclusive of caregivers when working with heart failure patients.
May 1 — Nursing professor publishes article exploring racial microagressions among students
Piri Ackerman-Barger, an associate clinical professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, published the article, “Seeking Inclusion Excellence: Understanding Racial Microaggressions as Experienced by Under-represented Medical and Nursing Students,” in Academic Medicine, a journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges. The article highlights a study Piri led with three medical professors from Yale and Regina Orozco, a doctoral student at the School of Nursing. Over a year, the team conducted focus groups and individual interviews with medical and nursing students at both universities who self-identified as under-represented to explore their experiences with racial microaggressions. The team discovered consistent instances of those microaggressions across both schools and professions and that those incidents impacted students’ learning, performance and personal wellness. The group concluded additional leadership, policies, practices and instructional strategies should be implemented to grow diversity and better serve all students.
April 23 — Master’s-leadership alumna featured in UC Alumni Career Network event
Sheree Criner, a 2018 graduate of the master’s-degree leadership program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was featured as one of four alumni speakers in the UC Alumni Career Network virtual session, “Professional Success in Health Care + Medicine.” The lunch-hour panel conversation included a neurologist, a health care administrator and Sheree. The UC alumni discussed how health care professionals can position themselves for long-term professional success. Panelists offered insights and advice to help attendees prepare for their next career steps. The UC Alumni Career Network provides graduates with professional development advice and resources to help them make an impact in their careers.
April 23 — Three women who launched School of Nursing recognized as Remarkable UC Davis Women
As part of the 150 Years of Women at Berkeley, a year-long series of events and activities celebrating the 150th anniversary of the 1870 resolution to open the University of California to women, three women who led the launch of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis were recognized as Remarkable UC Davis Women. Professor Heather M. Young, founding dean of the school from 2008-2018 and Debbie Ward, the school’s first faculty member, are both noted for their contributions to UC Davis. Claire Pomeroy, the first female dean and vice chancellor for the UC Davis School of Medicine, is also included. She forged the partnership with the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation that led to the establishment of the School of Nursing.
April 16 — Two alumnae, professor publish article exploring use of electronic health records to improve critical care
Sarina Fazio, a 2018 alumna of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis doctoral program, published the article, “Quantifying Mobility in the ICU: Comparison of Electronic Health Record Documentation and Accelerometer-Based Sensors to Clinician-Annotated Video,” in the April 2020 edition of Critical Care Explorations, a journal of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. The article describes a study of the accuracy of electronic health record documentation, sensor data and video observation to measure the mobility of intensive care unit (ICU) patients. Through the study of 30 UC Davis Medical Center ICU patients, the research team found the combination of the various data will help advance early mobility interventions for ICU patients, leading to improved outcomes. Amy Doroy, a 2016 doctoral alumna, and Professor Heather M. Young also contributed to the study. The UC Davis Health research team also included a physical therapist, a physician and an informaticist.
April 15 — Faculty member appointed co-principal investigator in study of diversifying the physician assistant workforce
Gerald Kayingo, an associate clinical professor and physician assistant (P.A.) at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was named co-principal investigator for the annual Faculty-Generated Research Grant of the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA). Gerald joins principal investigator, Carolyn Bradley-Guidry, an associate professor and P.A. at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, for the project, “What’s Working? A National Assessment of Best Practices in Diversifying the Physician Assistant Workforce.” The research team hopes to address two aims. First, they seek to identify P.A. programs that are considered top performers in contributions to an ethnic and racially diverse workforce. They also seek to identify the characteristics and strategies that attribute to the success of these top programs. The PAEA Faculty-Generated Research Grant is a competitive grant that provides $50,000 for a project that has the potential to expand the body of knowledge on P.A. education or the profession.
April 8 — Nursing professor pens editorial on impact of COVID-19 on frail, older adults and caregivers
Heather M. Young, a professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, published the editorial, “Public Health and Ethics Intersect at New Levels With Gerontological Nursing in COVID-19 Pandemic,” on the Journal of Gerontological Nursing website. The editorial, co-authored by Donna M. Fick, a professor at Penn State College of Nursing, describes how the COVID-19 pandemic underscores the unique needs for caregivers of older, frail patients with chronic disease. The authors discuss that while the pandemic presents many challenges, creative solutions are also emerging to improve the care of older persons. Heather is a nationally recognized expert in gerontological nursing, a co-leader of the Healthy Aging in a Digital World initiative at UC Davis Health, a co-director for strategic partnerships for the Family Caregiving Institute at the school, and national director for the Betty Irene Moore Fellowship Program for Nurse Leaders and Innovators.
April 7 — Master’s-degree leadership alumnus publishes article about thesis work
Carter Todd, a 2019 graduate of the Master of Science leadership program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, published the article, “Barbershop Talk: African American Men's Perceptions of Nursing as a Career,” in the winter 2019 edition of the Journal of National Black Nurses Association. The article, co-written by Associate Clinical Professor Piri Ackerman-Barger, details Carter’s work exploring African American men’s views of the nursing profession. Carter conducted a series of interviews in community barber shops and learned that many men were unaware of both the need for African American nurses as well as how to pursue a nursing career. The study concluded that nursing schools develop strategies to recruit African American men to the profession while also more actively portraying African American male nurses.
April 6 — Graduates appointed to UC Davis Health residencies, fellowships
Several 2019 Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis graduates recently accepted positions as UC Davis Health advanced practice providers and nurse residents. Both the Advanced Practice Fellowship Program for new nurse practitioners and physician assistants and the UC Davis Health Nurse Residency program for new registered nurses provide new clinicians support and training in their critical first year of practice. Advanced Practice Provider Fellows include family nurse practitioners Nicole Gunadi and Andrew Thompson along with physician assistant Patrick Ma. Nurse Residents include 2019 Master’s Entry Program in Nursing graduates Irene Cisneros-Fong, Emerald Francisco, Serena Garza, Mona Keramatikhahmasouleh, Maria Lozano Vazquez, Abraham Musallam and Jamie Pet.
March 23 — Practical tips for caregivers concerned about coronavirus
For the past five years, researchers at the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing have partnered with AARP to provide a series of videos to support caregivers as they navigate tasks such as managing medicines and caring for wounds. The team at AARP recently published the webpage, “Practical tips for caregivers concerned about coronavirus,” as a resource to caregivers. The Family Caregiving Institute also shares this resource to help caregivers prepare and reduce exposure to the virus.
March 10 — Retired professor publishes editorial in nursing journal
Mary Lou de Leon Siantz, a professor emeritus at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, recently published the editorial, “Living in Crisis: Latino Children held at the Southern Border,” in the Journal of Pediatric Nursing. Mary Lou, a nationally recognized expert on immigrant issues, discusses the scenario at the nation’s southwest border where thousands of immigrant children are separated from their families. She explores how the treatment of the children today may influence their ability to contribute to society later in life. “The situation is a call to action for all nurses working with immigrant children and families to advocate for immigration policy that will end family separation…” she wrote. As a retired professor, Mary Lou continues her research and work to encourage diversity in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professions. She recently led the session, Leading Transformation in the Health of Latino/Hispanic Communities, at the third annual National Association of Hispanic Nurses Latino Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C., Feb. 7-9. She was also awarded a $3,000 seed grant from UC Davis Global Affairs to continue her exploration of migration and the mental and reproductive health of rural Mexican migrant adolescent girls in California’s Central Valley and Jalisco, Mexico.
March 5 — School of Nursing awarded UC Davis Global Affairs sustainable development grant
Laura Van Auker, Gerald Kayingo and Debra Bakerjian, all clinical professors at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, were awarded a $7,000 UC Davis Global Affairs Advancing Sustainable Development Goals Grant. The grants are provided for projects that address the United Nations’ 17 goals for sustainable development, such as ending hunger and ensuring clean water. The School of Nursing team’s project, Forming Interprofessional Teams to Advance Health and Well-being in California and Kenya, is a partnership with the University of Nairobi in Kenya. The project seeks to develop curriculum that prepares UC Davis and University of Nairobi students and faculty to provide culturally sensitive care, model interprofessional education and team-based health care, and advance good health and well-being in communities in California and Kenya.
Feb. 24 — Family Caregiving Institute research team publishes journal supplement
Faculty and alumni from the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis recently published a special supplement, “Advancing Family Caregiving Research,” to the journal, The Gerontologist, which is produced by the Gerontological Society of America. Associate Professor Elena Siegel served as an editor of the supplement and wrote the editorial, “New Directions to Advance Family Caregiving Research,” with Ken Hepburn, a professor at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University. The supplement includes four articles that explore the research of the Family Caregiving Institute and highlight the group’s initial findings. Authors include faculty Terri Harvath, Julie Bidwell, Fawn Cothran, Kathryn Sexson, Heather M. Young, Janice Bell, Ester Carolina Apesoa-Varano and Katherine Kim. Doctoral alumnae Robin Whitney, Ronit Ridberg and Sarah Reed also contributed to the journal.
Feb. 18 — Graduate nursing student named UC Davis Grad Slam finalist
Kristina Rodriquez, a second-year master’s-degree leadership student at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, is one of 10 finalists for the 2020 Grad Slam competition at UC Davis. Students across the university compete to sum up their research in three minutes or less in the annual UC Grad Slam. Kristina presented her project, “Resilience and Burnout Among Intensive Care Unit Nurses: The Development of a Debriefing Resource Tool,” at a qualifying round at the UC Davis Sacramento campus Feb. 10. The winner of the UC Davis Final Round on April 7 competes at the UC-wide competition May 8.
Feb. 6 — Undergraduate engineering students design tools to support caregivers
Several UC Davis undergraduate engineering students are designing tools to help family caregivers as part of their term project, or design challenge, for the Introduction to Engineering Design Course. The students toured the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing recently to learn more about the needs of caregivers and the people they care for at home. The students are teaming up to design tools addressing a number of problems ranging from communication and safety to sleep issues and positive interaction. The teams present their final designs at showcase event in March.
Feb. 5 — Physician assistant professor supports launch of Irish program
Felix Emond, a physician assistant (P.A.) and assistant clinical professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, developed course content and gave two lectures at a P.A. program recently launched at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), known as a physician associate program there. Felix spent a week in Dublin, Ireland, to develop musculoskeletal curriculum for the new program as well as lead two lectures. RCSI is the first and only P.A. program in Ireland. Felix is a fellowship-trained P.A. in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He has more than 30 years of clinical experience in outpatient, inpatient and operative care of individuals with musculoskeletal conditions.
Feb. 5 — UC Davis physician assistant student awarded scholarship
Sarah Peffer, a second-year physician assistant (P.A.) student at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was awarded the 2020 Ray Dale Memorial Scholarship by the California Academy of Physician Assistants (CAPA). Each year, the organization awards four $2,000 scholarships to student members of the organization who demonstrate good academic standing and who pursue activities to promote the P.A. profession in California. CAPA works to enhance, educate and empower the profession with the ultimate goal of improved health care for patients.
Jan. 30 — Family nurse practitioner professor inducted into English emergency medical group
Gordon Worley, an assistant clinical professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was recently inducted as a member of the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care in the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in England. Pre-hospital care is a well-established specialty in the United Kingdom that includes emergency and trauma care along with rural health care. Gordon was invited to be part of the group when he visited the college while leading a workshop on snakebites at the World Extreme Medical Conference 2019 in Edinburgh, England, in November. Gordon, a former emergency department nurse practitioner, search and rescue volunteer and disaster responder, said the international invitation provides him and the school opportunities to learn new perspectives and health care solutions from other health-care professionals around the world. He added that such international collaborations also open doors for future student exchange programs.
Jan. 1 — Faculty, postdoctoral scholar publish article about project led by youth in Northern California
Katherine Kim, an assistant professor with the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, and Victoria Ngo, a Class of 2019 alumna of the school’s doctoral program and now a postdoctoral scholar at the school, published the article, “Native American Youth Citizen Scientists Uncovering Community Health and Food Security Priorities,” in the January 2020 issue of Health Promotion Practice. The article showcased a project led by Katherine with youth from the Karuk Tribe in rural Northern California. Katherine trained the Karuk youth to serve as researchers in their community. Together, they developed a survey and used mobile devices to interview community members about access to fruits and vegetables in their isolated community. Through their research, the youth discovered the need to develop community gardens. As a result, gardens were developed at two elementary schools, a senior center and a community center. Additionally, the tribe convened workshops to help youth and the family improve food production and processing.
Jan. 5 — Nursing faculty publish article focused on simulation training for educators
Amy Nichols, director of clinical simulation and clinical professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, collaborated with three other nursing faculty to publish the article, “Exploring Faculty Perceptions about Simulation Training: Influence on Career, Confidence, Knowledge and Skill Acquisition and Competence,” in the International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship. The article highlights Amy’s research with two University of San Francisco nursing faculty and the director of a non-profit focused on hospital quality. The team explored the need for faculty development for simulation education. While simulation programs are used in nursing schools across the country, little research exists addressing the preparation of faculty to provide such education. The team discovered that faculty support development programs that enhance teaching and simulation programs overall.
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