NEWS | April 29, 2020

Examining self-care in The Year of the Nurse

UC Davis Health nurses invited to virtual chat and celebration


Nurses have always been at the forefront of saving lives and caring for people. 2020 marks a year where, on many levels, their contributions are highlighted like never before. From the COVID-19 pandemic to the celebration of the founder of modern nursing, the role of nursing takes center stage.

Nurses and self-care take center stage in a virtual town hall scheduled for May 11. Nurses and self-care take center stage in a virtual town hall scheduled for May 11.

“When they don their scrubs for a shift today or at any other time of the year, UC Davis Health nurses approach their work with great intention and compassion,” said Toby Marsh, chief nursing and patient care services officer for UC Davis Medical Center. “Each year we celebrate them during National Nurses Week, but in 2020, that celebration takes on special meaning because it’s The Year of the Nurse.”

Florence Nightingale was born May 12, 1820, making this year the 200th anniversary of the “Lady with the Lamp.” She went on to found the first scientifically based nursing school and continues to inspire nurses all over the world with her legacy of dedication and innovation.

“Nurses today, just as in the past, give care under emotionally intense conditions,” added Stephen Cavanagh, dean for the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. “By using expertise and trust, we can build a compassionate place for our patients and ourselves.”

A health risk appraisal from the American Nurses Association (ANA) concluded that 68% of the nurses surveyed said they put the health, safety and wellness of their patients before their own. From reducing stress to replenishing capacity to provide compassion, self-care is also recommended by the ANA’s Code of Ethics. So, the UC Davis Health Sciences Development and Alumni Relations, along with the advancement team at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, host a virtual town hall to share best practices among the community of nurses at UC Davis Health.

‘Self-Care in The Year of the Nurse’
Virtual Town Hall for UC Davis Health nurses
1 p.m. Monday, May 11

‘Self-Care in The Year of the Nurse’ is set for 1 p.m. May 11. The virtual town hall features Cavanagh, Marsh and discussions hosted by Elizabeth Rice, the School of Nursing’s associate dean for student and faculty success and also includes Joleen Lonigan, executive director for UC Davis Health Hospitals and Clinics and Theresa Pak, a nurse manager and an alumna from the master’s-degree leadership Class of 2013.

“Self-care is important for all health care professionals, but especially for our nurses, who spend their working hours caring for others,” Rice said. “We plan to discuss the ways to individualize self-care, as well as share some real examples of how our nurses have learned to cope during this current crisis.”

All nursing professionals within UC Davis Health are invited to register and join in the discussion during nurses week.

About the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis
The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis transforms health care through interprofessional nursing education and research. Established in 2009 through a $100 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the school offers five graduate areas of study, including doctoral and master’s-degree programs in nursing science and health-care leadership and master’s-degree programs for pre-licensure nurses, family nurse practitioners and physician assistants, with a focus on preparing primary-care providers for rural and underserved communities. The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing is part of UC Davis Health, an integrated, academic health system encompassing the UC Davis School of Medicine, UC Davis Medical Center and the UC Davis Medical Group. For more information, visit