Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing launches lecture series


Nationally recognized nurse researcher and gerontology professor Mary D. Naylor on Tuesday launched the inaugural Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Lecture Series: Leading Change, Advancing Health with a presentation on her development of the Transitional Care Model.

Dr. Mary Naylor meets with participants at first-ever Betty Irene Moore School of Nusring lecture.
Mary Naylor speaks with, from left, Kay Behan, R.N., a master's-degree student at the School of Nursing; Sheila Allen, R.N., Ph.D., program manager for the Yolo Healthy Aging Alliance and assistant deputy to Yolo County Supervisor Jim Provenza; and Laura Jones, R.N., a master's-degree student at the School of Nursing.

More than 150 people packed the Cancer Center Auditorium to hear Naylor present "Achieving High-Quality Transitional Care" and discuss her innovative, evidence-based approach to address the needs of high-risk, chronically ill older adults and their family caregivers.

"The purpose of the Leading Change, Advancing Health Lecture Series is to feature nurse leaders who exemplify our vision to advance health and ignite leadership through innovative education, transformative research and bold system change," said Heather M. Young, associate vice chancellor for nursing and founding dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. "Dr. Naylor is such a leader and a perfect inaugural speaker to launch this series."

According to Young, the lectures are intended as professional enrichment for faculty, students, and members of the community and as part of the school's commitment to lifelong learning for graduates and area nurses.

Naylor is the Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology and director of the NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Naylor leads an interdisciplinary program of research designed to improve the quality of care, decrease unnecessary hospitalizations, and reduce health-care costs for vulnerable community-based older adults. She is also the national program director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program, Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative, which has a goal to generate, disseminate and translate research to understand how nurses contribute to quality patient care.

In addition, and in keeping with the school's commitment to interprofessional education, leadership development and transformative research, Naylor's visit at the UC Davis Sacramento campus included a variety of meetings and discussions as opportunities to learn about her experiences and to stimulate discussion among colleagues interested in improving transitional care for our region.

Nursing faculty met with Naylor to discuss educational perspectives to leading system change. Associate Dean for Research Jill Joseph convened an interprofessional meeting of researchers, nurse leaders and medical and nursing faculty who work in the area of care transitions to discuss opportunities for increased collaboration and impact. Naylor's day-long visit concluded with a dinner with the school's doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars. The dinner was a unique opportunity for the small group to hear Naylor discuss her personal career trajectory and perspectives on how to lead system change to improve care.

Click here to watch a video recording of Naylor's presentation. For more information on the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis and the Leading Change, Advancing Health Lecture Series, visit