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.

2020 Happenings

Nov. 19 — UC Davis Facebook Live to feature Family Caregiving Institute director
In a normal year, the holidays are a time to gather with family and friends. But 2020 isn’t a normal year and elderly people are especially at risk from COVID-19. How can we safely mark the holidays while supporting older relatives and their family caregivers? UC Davis offers a Facebook Live discussion at 11 a.m. Nov. 19 to discuss these issues. Terri Harvath, senior director for strategic initiatives and director for the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, is one of two UC Davis experts who will discuss holiday safety during the pandemic. Natascha Tuznik, an assistant clinical professor in the UC Davis Health Department of Internal Medicine, is the other featured expert. She is an infectious disease specialist and former hospitalist who specializes in general infectious diseases and infection control practices. The conversation begins at 11 a.m. Nov. 19 on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Questions can be submitted via Facebook and Twitter either in advance or during the show.

Nov. 2 — School of Nursing associate dean for diversity featured in Johns Hopkins magazine
Piri Ackerman-Barger, the associate dean for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was recently featured in a question and answer article in the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing magazine, On the Pulse.  In the article, “Q&A with Dr. Kupiri Ackerman-Barger: Skills to Become Equity-Minded,” Piri discussed her journey into nursing, health equity and social justice. She visited the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing to lead a three-part series, Excellence in Diversity, Inclusion and Health Equity: Skills to Become Equity-Minded Nurses. The workshops were offered to support the school’s faculty through difficult conversations about health equity and diversity. Piri is nationally recognized for her research and work to create diverse and inclusive learning environments for students in the health professions.

Toby and CaleneOct. 28 — Nursing doctoral student recognized by Sacramento nurse leadership group
Calene Roseman, a first-year Doctor of Philosophy student at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was recently recognized by the Sacramento Sierra Chapter of the Association of California Nurse Leaders. She received the group’s Diversity and Inclusion Award for her leadership mentoring colleagues and future colleagues at UC Davis Health in her role as a nurse manager at UC Davis Medical Center and as a doctoral student. Toby Marsh, chief nursing and Patient Care Services officer at the medical center, as well as president of the Sacramento Sierra nurse leaders association, presented Calene with the award.

Oct. 16 — Nursing professor named to national minority fellowship program advisory group
Mary Lou de Leon Siantz, a professor emeritus at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was appointed a member of the Minority Fellowship Program National Advisory Committee for a two-year term beginning in 2021. The program, which is led by the American Nursing Association, was created to offset a lack of ethnic and minority diversity in mental health and substance abuse services for underserved minority populations. The organization seeks to reduce these health disparities by increasing the number of behavioral health professionals available to these populations in the public and private non-profit sectors, as well as in clinical and community-based organizations and institutions. The program is led and governed by the National Advisory Committee. Mary Lou is nationally recognized for her interdisciplinary efforts to prepare health and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals in leadership and policy, as well as internationally respected for her research in migrant population health.

Oct. 2 — AARP collaboration releases six new caregiving videos
The Home Alone Alliance, a collaboration led by AARP, recently released six new videos supporting family caregivers. The series, developed in part by leaders in the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, is funded by RRF Foundation for Aging. The Home Alone Alliance, which first launched in 2016, provides resources for caregivers performing complex nursing tasks, including the how-to videos and resource guides on everything from preparing special diets to wound care to managing medications. Six new videos were recently added to the collection and topics include using oxygen equipment, using a nebulizer, using a mechanical lift for transfers, managing home infusion and more. The vides run about 5 to 10 minutes each and are available on the Home Alone Alliance website.

Oct. 1 — Postdoctoral scholar receives early career award
Schola Matovu, a Heather M. Young Postdoctoral in the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, recently joined the UCSF Institute for Global Health Sciences Faculty Affiliate Program. The program connects and provides resources for faculty engaged in global health projects. It also builds collaborations and increases the collective impact of the university’s global health work. Schola is the first affiliate recognized by her peers in the group as the inaugural recipient of the Early Career Global Health Award. Also, an assistant professor in the UCSF School of Nursing Department of Physiological Nursing, Schola focuses her research on the promotion of health, overall well-being and quality of life of older family caregivers.

Sept. 28 — Alumna’s article detailing tool to asses caregiver readiness garners recognition
An article by Michelle Camicia, a 2018 graduate of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis doctoral program, and a team of nursing faculty, was recently recognized by two organizations for the authors’ scientific contributions. The article, ”Development of an Instrument to Assess Stroke Caregivers’ Readiness for the Transition Home,” was originally published online in January 2019 in Rehabilitation Nursing, a journal of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN). It was recently published in the September-October print version of the journal. Following the print publication, ARN noted the article was one of three hot topic articles for the issue and was featured in an ARN Newswise research alert. In the first week that it was published, the alert generated more than 11,000 hits and it appeared at the top of the news on Google News in searches related to instruments and stroke. The article highlights Michelle’s research to develop a measure to assess stroke caregivers’ commitment and capacity to assume the caregiving role prior to patients’ discharge. 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. The article was selected for the American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing (CVSN) 2020 Stroke Article of the Year. Michelle is the director of the Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center in Vallejo. The center supports those recovering from stroke, brain or spinal cord injury.

Sept. 24 — Sociologist publishes book exploring aging for women
carolina book coverEster Carolina Apesoa-Varano published the book, When Older Women Speak: Aging, Emotional Distress and the Self, with her husband, sociologist Charles S. Varano. Carolina is a sociologist and associate professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis and Charles is a professor in the Department of Sociology at California State University, Sacramento. The book is based on the couple’s interviews with mostly working-class, depressed, older women and explores the interaction of gender, class, race and ethnicity, as well as aging, in the depression experience of older women. The book seeks to address a lack of understanding of late-life depression in women, especially in ethnic minorities, that range from detection and efficacy of treatment to informal influences, such as family, on formal depression care. Carolina is a researcher in the Family Caregiving Institute at the School of Nursing and she focuses her research on advancing health for older people.

Sept. 22 — Doctoral alumnus contributes to national hoor society resiliency resources
Perry Gee, a 2014 alumnus of the doctoral program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, contributed to “Find Your Way Forward: Resources for Advocacy and Resilience,” part of the Nursing Centered website led by Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, or Sigma. The website offers videos, handouts and podcasts to support nurses and their work to advocate for change within their health care systems. Perry, whose research includes nurse burnout, developed two of the resilience videos featured, “Nurse Burnout Amid a COVID-19 Pandemic,” and “Using Personal Resilience to Enhance Nurse Well-Being.” Perry is a nurse scientist at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City and an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Utah.

Sept. 14 — Doctoral candidates win award for recently published journal article
Victoria Keeton and Jonathan Trask, two doctoral candidates in the Class of 2021 at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, were awarded the Edna Stilwell Writing Award from the Journal of Gerontological Nursing for their article, “Overburdened and Underprepared: Medical/Nursing Task Performance Among Informal Caregivers in the United States.” The article, published in the journal’s September issue, explores how performing nursing tasks impacts family caregivers. The study revealed that caregivers who perform nursing tasks, such as maintenance of feeding tubes or dressing and bathing, report a higher risk of emotional stress, physical strain and a high burden of care. The authors conclude that new approaches are needed to understand caregivers’ willingness, availability and ability to perform nursing tasks. Robin Whitney, a 2016 alumna of the doctoral program, contributed to the article, along with Associate Dean for Research Janice Bell. The journal developed the award in recognition of the contributions of nurse scientist and former editor Edna M. Stilwell to the journal. She was editor from 1974 to 1997. The award continues her tradition of mentoring and recognizing authors in the field of gerontological nursing. The School of Nursing team is the 23rd recipient of the award, which was first bestowed in 1998. The authors receive a $500 cash prize and a plaque.

Sept. 10 — Nurse practitioner alumna accepted to Mayo Clinic fellowship
Laura Schaffer, a Class of 2020 graduate of the family nurse practitioner program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, was selected for the Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix. Each year, the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences selects one nurse practitioner or physician assistant recent graduate for the program. The fellowship seeks to develop leaders to advance palliative medicine. Fellows work in a number of rotations at both Mayo Clinic and Hospice of the Valley, the largest not-for-profit hospice in the nation. Rotations include inpatient and outpatient palliative medicine and hospice care as well as oncology, cardiology, hospital internal medicine and additional electives. Laura’s fellowship started in September. In June, she earned the School of Nursing’s Excellence in Interprofessional Education at a virtual end-of-school celebration.

July 15 — Nursing faculty pens editorial with international team examining nursing home staffing during pandemic
Elena O. Siegel, an associate professor and associate director for the Betty Irene Moore Fellowship Program for Nurse Leaders and Innovators at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, collaborated with an international team of 22 long-term care experts to write the editorial, “Uncovering the Devaluation of Nursing Home Staff During COVID-19: Are We Fueling the Next Health Care Crisis?” in the July edition of the Journal of Post-acute and Long-term Care Medicine (JAMDA). The editorial outlines the need to better protect the frail, older adults living in nursing homes, along with their family members and the staff providing care. Elena’s international collaborations stem back to 2010, when she joined a group leading a series of conferences focused on registered nurses in long term care. In 2016, the group expanded and established a new, international consortium, Worldwide Elements To Harmonize Research In long-term care liVing Environments (WE-THRIVE). The WE-THRIVE goal is to develop an international long-term care research infrastructure that supports person-centered and directed care and quality. Elena serves in three key WE-THRIVE leadership roles: steering committee member, chair of the External and Organizational Context sub-committee and co-convener of Systems Research in Long-Term Care, a Gerontological Society of America (GSA) special interest group. 

July 4 — Doctoral alumnus publishes article exploring adaptations of existing devices to manage diabetes  
Perry Gee, a 2014 alumnus of the doctoral program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, collaborated with a team of researches from Utah, Washington and California, to analyze social media examining patient do-it-yourself innovations. The team published the online article, “Patient-Driven Diabetes Technologies: Sentiment and Personas of the #WeAreNotWaiting and #OpenAPS Movements,” in the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology in July. The team explored Twitter data of tweets with #WeAreNotWaiting and #OpenAPS between 2014 and 2017 to examine patient-led innovation. The study of more than 46,000 Tweets revealed a fast-moving, patient-led movement, supported by health care providers, to bring technology to people with diabetes. The authors concluded that those patients should be part of conversations with health professionals and researchers to expand technologies into diabetes self-management and care. Perry is a nurse scientist at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City and an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Utah.

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 25 — Nursing professor provides keynote at virtual international conference
Philippe Goldin, an associate professor and psychologist at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, provided the keynote presentation at the International Conference on Mindfulness 2020 Global Online Event June 25. Philippe, an expert in mindfulness, presented, “The Effects of Compassion Cultivation Training and Tibetan Buddhist Feeding Your Demons Meditation,” to begin the day of sessions featuring experts from all over the world. Philippe, who spent four years living in the Dalai Lama’s monastery in Dharamsala, India, studied Sanskrit, Buddhist philosophy and mediation techniques. Those studies underlie his insights into cognitive-affective neuroscience in search of effective therapies for psychological disorders. The online conference, sponsored by the Dansk Center for Mindfulness at Aarhus University in Denmark, focused on the state of mindfulness research in the midst of crisis. Speakers came from Japan, Australia, Africa, Finland, Israel, Iran, Columbia, the Caribbean and the U.S.

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.

Undergraduate engineering students design tools to support caregivers 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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