UC Davis nursing professors named distinguished gerontological educators

November 12, 2019

Three faculty from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis are named distinguished educators in gerontological nursing by the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE) Recognition Program.

Debra Bakerjian, left, Fawn Cothran and Kathryn Sexson Debra Bakerjian, left, Fawn Cothran and Kathryn Sexson

Clinical Professor Debra Bakerjian, Assistant Professor Fawn Cothran and Assistant Professor Kathryn Sexson were recognized at the 2019 Leadership Conference on Aging in Austin, Texas.

“This distinction recognizes the individual and collective expertise of the School of Nursing in gerontological nursing,” said Dean Stephen Cavanagh. “It’s indicative of the priorities that this school invests in as we build a world-class gerontological education, research and practice environment in which to serve our communities.”

The Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing Program is a Hartford initiative that aims to recognize the leadership of nurse educators working with students, faculty, providers and older adults in diverse settings. These educators demonstrate engagement in activities such as teaching aging courses, developing gerontological nursing curriculum or interprofessional geriatric care, and providing community education in aging or geriatric content.

Bakerjian focuses on patient safety and quality improvement practices in long-term care and interprofessional education and collaborative practice in primary care. Cothran and Sexson are both part of the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. Cothran’s research focuses on the health of African American dementia family caregivers. As lead educator for the institute, Sexson’s teaching focuses on advanced family nurse practitioner practice, pathophysiology, pharmacology, acute care, geriatrics and family caregiving.

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 nursing.ucdavis.edu.

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