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.

2022 Happenings

May 19 — Nursing educator and leader present to statewide organization
Two Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis team members presented at the Directors of Public Health Nursing (DPHN) Spring Conference, a virtual conference conducted throughout the month. Cindy Wilson, a clinical nurse educator with the school, presented “The Benefits of Simulation Learning in Nursing Education for Current and Future Public Health Nurses” as an educational session May 17. The presentation highlighted the benefits of simulations in the preparation and enhancement of the public health nursing workforce’s capacity, competencies and skills. Piri Ackerman-Barger, the school’s associate dean for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, presented the keynote presentation May 19, “The Role of Nurses in Advancing Health Equity: The Future of Nursing 2020-2030.” DPHN is an affiliate group for California public health nursing directors from various county and city health departments. The group advocates for and advances public health nursing practice throughout California.

May 17 — UC Davis graduate nursing students inducted into international honor society
More than three dozen Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis graduate nursing students were inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma), 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 37 UC Davis students inducted included doctoral, family nurse practitioner and entry-level nursing students. Sigma 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 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.
UC Davis Sigma inductees

May 4 — Professor publishes article outlining role of advanced practice nurses in nursing homes
Deb Bakerjian, a professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, published the online article, "The Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Leadership Role in Nursing Homes: Leading Efforts Toward High Quality and Safe Care," for the journal, Nursing Clinics of North America. The article outlines the leadership role of advanced practice registered nurses in the care of older adults who live in nursing homes. However, Deb said the information also applies to advanced practice registered nursing more broadly. She described it as an excellent resource for new advanced practice nurses who are learning to be leaders as well as a refresher for leaders with experience. The quarterly journal is considered a consulting source for nurses in hospitals, private practice, clinics and other settings. The article is scheduled to be published in a future print version.

April 27 — School of Nursing faculty publish article exploring microagressions and depression among nursing students
Piri Ackerman-Barger, associate dean for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, published the article, “Microaggressions, school satisfaction and depression: a national survey of nursing students,” in the journal, Nursing Outlook. Piri wrote the article with School of Nursing Professor Philippe Goldin and Assistant Professor Jessica Draughon Moret. The article highlights the national study the team did of microagressions among nursing students to determine if microagressions predict lower satisfaction with nursing training and if they are associated with higher rates of depression. The authors found that compared to white nursing students, underrepresented nursing students reported more microagressions, lower training satisfaction and higher potential depression rates. They concluded that strategic action to mitigate microagressions and promote inclusion is needed. An online version of the article was published April 27 and is set to appear in an upcoming print edition of Nursing Outlook. The publication is a peer-reviewed, bimonthly journal exploring issues, research and more in the nursing profession.

April 19 — School of Nursing diversity leader speaks at health equity consortium
Piri Ackerman-Barger, the associate dean for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was an expert panelist for the Together We  Can: Solutions to Address Health Equity consortium in Anaheim, California, April 19.  Piri was one of four experts discussing “Eliminating Structural Barriers to Accessing Health Care.” The consortium, presented by the Illumination Foundation, offered several sessions focused on solutions, trends and best practices for serving vulnerable groups to promote health equity. The Illumination Foundation is a Southern California non-profit agency that provides targeted, interdisciplinary services for the most vulnerable homeless adults and children in an effort to disrupt homelessness.

April 18 — School of Nursing doctoral student accepted into UC Davis public scholars program
Amelia Lawless, a licensed clinical social worker and doctoral candidate at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, is one of 11 UC Davis Doctor of Philosophy students accepted into the 2021 Public Scholars for the Future program. The program seeks to integrate community-centered theories, methods and techniques into the practice of the next generation of public scholars. The program includes a 10-week seminar along with one-on-one mentoring by UC Davis faculty. Students who successfully complete the program receive $750 for research support. To apply, students must be doctorial students whose research includes a community-engaged component. Amelia’s research focuses on understanding and improving the conditions that clinicians work in and inmates experience in incarceration settings. She is a member of the school’s Class of 2022 and set to graduate this spring.

April 15 — Nursing journal recognizes nursing professor with award for 2021 article
Piri Ackerman-Barger, associate dean for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, received the Dare to Share Writing Award from the peer-reviewed journal, Nurse Educator. The award is for her article, “Promoting a Culture of Civility in Nursing Learning Environments,” which was published in the journal’s July 2021 edition. The article explores strategies for promoting a culture of civility in nursing learning environments. She wrote the article with co-authors Jane K. Dickinson, a lecturer at Columbia University, and Louisa D. Martin, an adjunct faculty member at Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia. The Dare to Share Writing Award was established in memory of Kathleen T. Henrich, a nurse educator and journal editor who was passionate about creating a positive work environment and culture of collegiality in nursing programs. The award recognizes nurse authors who published an article in Nurse Educator that reflects excellence and writing along with Heinrich’s values, beliefs and philosophy.

April 14 — Postdoctoral scholar recognized for ‘high impact’ article in nutrition journal
Ronit Ridberg, a postdoctoral scholar at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis and an alumna of the school’s Doctor of Philosophy Class of 2018, was awarded a 2022 High-Impact Award from the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior for her 2019 article, “A Pediatric Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program Increases Food Security in Low-Income Households.” According to the journal editor, Karen Chapman-Novakofski, the 2022 awards were given to authors of papers published in 2019 that were highly cited since publication. Ronit’s article is one of five articles recognized and reflects her dissertation research. She analyzed the impact of clinic-based fruit and vegetable prescription programs for 578 low-income families and discovered 72% of the participating households improved their food security scores. Food security scores are used to measure consistent, dependable access to food. Ronit’s co-authors include Janice Bell, associate dean for research; Heather M. Young, professor and associate director for Strategic Partnerships at the Family Caregiving Institute; and Daniel Tancredi, a researcher with the UC Davis Center for Healthcare Policy and Research. In addition to her postdoctoral scholar role at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, she also manages the Precision Nutrition Program that’s part of the UC Davis Health Center for Precision Medicine and Data Sciences.

April 8 — Doctoral student named president of the American Burn Association
Ingrid ParryIngrid Parry, a second-year Doctor of Philosophy student at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was named president of the American Burn Association (ABA) for the 2022-23 year. She is the first president who is not a physician or surgeon to lead the organization. A physical therapist and researcher at Shriners Children’s Northern California, Ingrid is recognized for her rehabilitative clinical and research work with burn injury patients. The ABA is dedicated to promoting and supporting burn-related care, prevention, education and research. Ingrid assumed the president role at the 2022 annual meeting April 5-8 in Las Vegas.

April 3 — Nurse practitioner faculty present at statewide association conference
Several faculty from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis presented at the 44th Annual California Association for Nurse Practitioners (CANP) Educational Conference March 31 through April 3 in Pasadena, California. Mary Gallagher, a clinician educator, and Elizabeth Rice, associate dean for student and faculty success, gave the podium presentation, “Trauma-informed Care, ACES and Resilience: An Educational Approach for Nurse Practitioners.” The presentation focused on the need for advanced practice providers to educate themselves on the impact of trauma in combination with the current COVID-19 pandemic. Another team of faculty including family nurse practitioner program director Kathryn Sexson, along with clinician educators Amber Ramage and Jill Saberman, also provided a podium presentation. In “An Overview of Key Takeaways from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) 2021 Sexually Transmitted Infection Treatment Guidelines Update,” the trio addressed changes issued by the CDC regarding evidence-based prevention, diagnostics and treatment recommendations for sexually transmitted infections. The CANP annual conference brings together nurse practitioners and health care leaders from across the state to collaborate, educate and advocate for the advance practice nursing profession.

April 1 — Nursing professor, physician team launch updated nursing home quality website
Deb Bakerjian, a professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, partnered with UC Davis Health physician and health care quality expert, Patrick Romano, to launch the Cal Long-Term Care Compare, a website that compares California nursing homes and other long-term care organizations on quality of care. Information provided includes staff, organizational characteristics, deficiencies and fines. The website was funded by Cal Healthcare Compare (CHC), previously known as Cal Hospital Compare. Deb and Patrick developed the website to be used by consumers so the materials are easy to understand and navigate. They modeled it after a similar website, CalQualityCare, that was closed in 2016 due to lack of funding. Deb is recognized as a national expert in long-term care and former president of California Association of Long-Term Care Medicine (CALTC). Deb and Patrick are also the co-editors-in-chief of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) online journal, Patient Safety Network, or PSNet.

March 30 — Nursing faculty publish first-ever adult-gerontology textbook for nurse practitioners
Textbook of Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NursingA team of Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing faculty and UC Davis Health clinicians published the first-ever adult-gerontology textbook, Textbook of Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nursing. According to Deb Bakerjian, a professor at the School of Nursing, the textbook provides comprehensive, evidence-based practice approaches to both common and complex health issues advanced practice nurses may face in primary care. Deb, who co-edited the book with Debra Hain, a professor at Florida Atlantic University, said the book is organized with five distinct sections that incorporate the full adult-gerontology nurse practitioner role to include fundamentals of practice, practice in various settings, special health conditions, systems management and disease-specific conditions. She edited 16 of 28 chapters. Several of those chapters were written by School of Nursing faculty, including Amy Nichols, Jennifer Edwards, Gordon Worley, Kathryn Sexson, Hannah Spero, Laura Van Auker and Sumathi Sankaran-Walters. Several UC Davis Health practicing clinicians also contributed. “Their expertise is an essential contribution that integrates the best available evidence with a current clinical practice application and a focus on high quality, cost-efficient, person/family-centered, safe care,” Deb said.

March 17 — Nursing professor recognized as psychiatric mental health pioneer
Women's her story Month2022Mary Lou de Leon Siantz, a professor emeritus at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was recognized as one of 20 psychiatric mental health pioneers by the Minority Fellowship Program at the American Nurses Association. The 20 women were highlighted as part of Women’s HERstory Month 2022, an annual event spotlighting women who made significant contributions to psychiatric and mental health care. Mary Lou, an alumna of the fellowship program, was recognized for her research on migrant health and her work to prepare health professionals for leadership and policy. Her feature story was included in the March 17 HERstory newsletter. The Minority Fellowship Program at the American Nurses Association is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The program seeks to increase the number of rigorously educated nursed from under-represented ethnic minority groups.

March 14 — Alumna featured on KVIE’s “Studio Sacramento” TV show  
Sacramento Studio ScreenAndrea Vega-Breaux, a 2017 graduate of the master’s-degree leadership program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, was one of three UC Davis Health experts who shared perspectives on KVIE’s “Studio Sacramento.” Andrea, a registered nurse in the medical ICU, joined Chief Wellness Officer Peter Yellowlees and Michelle Linenberger, coordinator of the Support U Peer Responder Program, to share perspectives on what it has been like for health-care providers during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about the show

March 7 — Nursing professor pens chapters for book about barriers faced by Latinas in education
Uprooting Bias in the AcademyMary Lou de Leon Siantz, a professor emeritus at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, co-authored several chapters in a book recently published by UC Davis faculty, Uprooting Bias in the Academy: Lessons from the Field. This open-access book presents the processes and approaches used to identify barriers to inclusion. The authors also examine those barriers faced by Latinas and other underrepresented groups in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Mary Lou co-authored the chapters “Seeing Self: The CAMPOS Model,” “Advice Not Taken,” and “Leadership and Organizational Structure.” The book was developed by faculty leaders of UC Davis ADVANCE, an institutional transformation grant project from 2012 to 2019 that aimed to increase the participation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers. One result of the initiative was the development of the Center for the Advancement of Multicultural Perspectives on Science (CAMPOS), which seeks to expand the presence of women and underrepresented faculty in STEM at UC Davis. Mary Lou was the founding director of CAMPOS.

Advance your career-go beyond

March 1 — School of Nursing magazine, advertising win awards
The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis was recognized with three awards in the 37th Annual Educational Advertising Awards announced March 1. The school was recognized with a merit award in the external publications category for its 2021 magazine, Charting Our Course, a silver award in the online publication category for the online version of the 2021 magazine and a gold award for its Go Beyond advertising campaign that promotes the school’s educational programs. The Educational Advertising Awards is the largest, oldest and most respected educational advertising awards competition in the country. This year, more than 2,000 entries were received from over 1,000 colleges, universities and secondary schools from all 50 states and several foreign countries. In addition to the School of Nursing, UC Davis Health Public Affairs and Marketing also garnered three awards and UC Davis Strategic Communications collected 17 awards.

Feb. 27 — Alumna presented Black History Month Legacy Award of Excellence
sheree criner awardSheree Criner, a 2018 graduate of the master’s-degree leadership program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was presented the Black History Month Legacy Award of Excellence at the 34th Annual Sacramento Black Expo. Sheree was recognized for her achievements in building equity in health care opportunities “so our families can have access to a better life of fulfillment, which transcends into a more sustainable Black community.” For the past 34 years, the two-day Sacramento Black Expo has provided workshops, exhibits, seminars and more in recognition of February as Black History Month. The expo concluded with the awards dinner where Sheree received her award. Sheree is director of Surgical Specialties at Kaiser Permanent South Sacramento. She is also vide president of the Capital City Black Nurses Association, which she helped establish with several other School of Nursing alumni.

Feb. 22 — Alumnus authors journal article on burnout in the nursing profession
Perry Gee, a Class of 2014 graduate of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Doctor of Philosophy Degree Program, recently published the article, “Beyond Burnout and Resilience: The Disillusionment Phase of COVID-19,” in the journal  AACN Advanced Critical Care, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. The article explores burnout in the nursing workforce and how the COVID-19 pandemic led to additional trauma to health care workers due to the repeated surges of critically ill patients. The article describes psychological responses to the pandemic so that nurse leaders can better identify resources and interventions to support nurses. Perry is a nurse scientist for Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah. The primary author of the paper, Perry collaborated with a team of three other leaders to prepare the article.

Feb. 10 — Doctoral alumnus leads session at health care summit
Perry Gee, a Class of 2014 alumnus of the Doctor of Philosophy Degree Program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, led a discussion on nurse burnout amid the COVID-19 pandemic at the virtual Healing Healthcare Summit Feb. 8-10. Perry, along with three other nurse scientists, discussed nurse well-being and their concerns that the pandemic has led to issues for nurses beyond burnout that is often seen in health care professionals. Their research found many nurses suffer from secondary trauma, moral distress, PTSD, cumulative grief and compassion fatigue. The free summit, which is available to view through Feb. 20, included top experts in organizational and trauma-informed mindfulness, along with health care executives, neuroscientists and frontline health care professionals. Perry is currently a nurse scientist with Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah. He’s also an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Utah College of Nursing. Last fall, he was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

Feb. 9 — Associate Dean provides keynote speech at California nursing conference
Piri Ackerman-BargerPiri Ackerman-Barger, the associate dean for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, provided the keynote address, “Promoting Inclusion Excellence through Nursing Leadership,” at the 44th Annual Association of California Nurse Leaders (ACNL) Annual Program in Anaheim. During her presentation, Piri discussed the meaning of inclusion excellence and its value in enhancing organizational outcomes. She also shared with the nursing audience how inclusion excellence is central to leveraging the benefits of diversity, what it means for nursing care and patient outcomes, and the role of nurse leaders in promoting it. ACNL is a professional organization for nurse leaders in California. It is made up of about 1,200 nurse managers, nurse directors, chief nursing officers, nurse educators and others throughout the state.

Feb. 9 — Professor’s reference guide awarded third place in Book of the Year program
third place in the American Journal of Nursing 2021 Book of the Year ProgramBrent Luu, a pharmacist and an associate professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was awarded third place in the American Journal of Nursing 2021 Book of the Year Program for the book he published with two former School of Nursing faculty last year. The reference guide, “Advanced Pharmacology for Prescribers” serves as a unique tool for advanced practice students and clinicians. Brent teamed up with Gerald Kayingo, a physician assistant and former associate professor, along with Virginia Hass, a nurse practitioner and retired associate professor, to write the book. Brent said they developed the guide to serve as “a bridge between standard, lengthy pharmacology texts and quick pocket references that lack information regarding key pharmacotherapy principles.” The book was awarded third place in the advanced practice nursing category. The journal has published an annual list of the best in nursing publishing since 1969. Experts serve as judges in 20 categories and select up to three winners for each category. The 2021 awards include 48 books.

Feb. 8 — Nursing faculty, doctoral alumna publish article exploring violence prevention apps
Jessica Draughon Moret, an assistant professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, and Angela Todd, a 2021 graduate of the Doctor of Philosophy Degree Program, published the article, “Mobile Phone Apps for Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Prevention and Response: Systematic Search on App Stores,” in the February edition of JMIR Formative Research, a peer-reviewed journal that focuses on research of the design of health-related research and technology innovations. Jessica, Angela and three other nurse researchers examined and evaluated 132 mobile apps that provide resources and support for intimate partner and sexual violence prevention and response. The study revealed that not only do the apps vary widely in quality, they are challenging to find for users. The authors suggested health providers be aware of the available resources in order to recommend appropriate apps to patients. Jessica and Angela previously worked together when Jessica served as Angela’s dissertation chair for her doctoral research.

Jan. 26, 2022 — Nursing professor collaborates to publish article in nursing leadership journal
Deb Bakerjian, a professor and director for multiple education programs at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, collaborated with a team of nursing leaders at HealthImpact, the California nursing workforce center, to publish the article, “The Importance and Impact of Nurse Leader Engagement With State Nursing Workforce Centers: Lessons From the COVID-19 Pandemic,” in the December special issue of the journal, Nurse Leader. The article explores the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the nursing workforce and outlines strategies and interventions, such as state workforce centers, to improve the health and supply of a strong nursing workforce. Deb collaborated on the article with HealthImpact CEO Garrett K. Chan and other members of the HealthImpact Board of Directors. She serves as board chair. HealthImpact seeks to shape health care through workforce strategy, stakeholder convening and policy advocacy. The board of directors works to advance these efforts through a variety of initiatives, including publication of their efforts in various leadership and nursing journals. At the School of Nursing, Deb is the principal investigator and director for three grant projects focused on interprofessional, team-based primary care education for family nurse practitioner, physician assistant and medical students as well as nurse practitioner and medical residents. She is the chair of the education committee for the UC Davis Health Healthy Aging Initiative. She is also the co-primary investigator and co-editor-in-chief for Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Patient Safety Network website.

Past Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Happenings

2021 Happenings