NEWS | November 1, 2018

UC Davis nursing research dean named fellow in American Academy of Nursing


Janice F. Bell, associate dean for research at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, is named a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She is among the 195 highly distinguished nurse leaders inducted during the academy's annual policy conference Nov. 1-3 in Washington, D.C.

Associate Dean for Research Janice F. Bell Associate Dean for Research Janice F. Bell

“I am delighted to recognize this outstanding class of nurse leaders as academy fellows," said Academy President Karen Cox. "Along with the rest of the fellowship, I look forward to celebrating their array of talents and impressive accomplishments at our policy conference, and then working with them to apply our collective knowledge to transforming health policy.”

The academy fellows, with the addition of this newest class, represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 29 countries. Fellow selection criteria include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care, sponsorship by two current academy fellows and to what extent the nominee's nursing career has influenced health policies and the health and wellbeing of all.

“I am honored to be recognized as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing alongside so many esteemed nursing leaders, including my own role models and mentors,” Bell said. “My career as a student, clinician, teacher and researcher is devoted to improving health care services and outcomes for individuals and population groups that disproportionately experience health disparities. It means a great deal to me that the academy recognizes these contributions.”

An accomplished health services researcher, Bell joined the School of Nursing in 2012. She is a co-founder of the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, which is dedicated to advancing system supports for family caregivers. In her current research with the Alameda County Care Alliance, she developed deep partnerships with the faith-based community to co-create an innovative model for care navigation within congregations, reaching older adults with advanced illness. She also led the scientific review for a national panel defining an implementation framework for serious illness care and contributed to national work defining an implementation framework for serious illness care and related supports for family caregivers.

Bell currently serves as director of the doctoral program at the School of Nursing. In 2015, she received the UC Davis Deans' Excellence in Mentoring Award.

“Janice is expert in a very important scientific area—health services research. With her experience as a nurse in community-based practice and her high scholarly productivity, she brings breadth and depth to her role leading our research endeavors,” said Debbie Ward, interim dean of the School of Nursing. “We are so fortunate to have her heading our research team. They are going to lead us to new levels of focus and impact.”

The academy is currently comprised of more than 2,500 nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy and research. Academy fellows include hospital and government administrators, college deans and renowned scientific researchers.

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