NEWS | October 29, 2020

UC Davis nursing school leaders named fellows in American Academy of Nursing

Betty Irene Moore’s vision makes national impact


When the World Health Organization (WHO) named 2020 The Year of the Nurse, officials called on nations to strengthen nurse leadership. Today, the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis proudly acknowledges its association with five nurse leaders inducted as fellows of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) for their contributions to nursing leadership.

Nurse leaders connected to the School of Nursing named fellows in the American Academy of Nursing. Nurse leaders connected to the School of Nursing named fellows in the American Academy of Nursing.

Doctoral alumnae Michelle Camicia (Class of 2018) and Sheridan Miyamoto (Class of 2014) are among the 230 distinguished nurse leaders recognized for their significant contributions to health and health care at the academy’s annual conference, taking place virtually Oct. 29-31, 2020. Miyamoto is also an inaugural fellow of the Betty Irene Moore Fellowships for Nurse Leaders and Innovators. She is joined by three additional fellows of the program: Dawn Aycock, Nicholas Dionne-Odom and Melissa O’Connor.

Being inducted as an AAN fellow is a significant milestone in a nurse leader’s career, as their accomplishments are honored by colleagues within the profession.

“Now more than ever, we need leaders who appreciate the diverse communities we serve and can design inclusive, person and family-centered systems of care,” said Heather M. Young, dean emerita and national director, Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellows in Leadership and Innovation Program. “Our programs build capacity in the next generation of leaders and our new AAN fellows exemplify Mrs. Moore’s vision.”

In the WHO’s “State of the World’s Nursing 2020” report, authors call for nations to establish and support the role of a senior nurse in the government to drive efforts to strengthen nursing workforce data and lead policy dialogue that results in evidenced-based decision-making on investment in the nursing workforce.

“At the School of Nursing, we prepare students in all programs to lead in their individual settings, whether that’s in clinical practice, community involvement or as research faculty educators,” added Stephen Cavanagh, dean. “We want the future workforce to strengthen health care teams, work toward health equity and provide optimal health care for all. Collaboration across settings and disciplines is critical for everybody’s success.”

The new fellows with ties to the School of Nursing represent a diversity of interests and perspectives.

  • Dawn Aycock: Aycock is an associate professor and director of the Doctor of Philosophy program in the School of Nursing at Georgia State University. She is dedicated to leading primary stroke prevention science and inspiring nurses to become researchers. 
  • Michelle Camicia: Camicia serves as director of operations at Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center in Northern California. A Class of 2018 doctoral graduate, her research focuses on the experience of caregivers and what resources are available to help them as they transition a family member from the hospital back home. She developed a tool to assess that preparedness, which has garnered national attention.
  • Nicholas Dionne-Odom: As an assistant professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and co-director of Caregiver and Bereavement Support Services in the UAB Center for Palliative and Supportive Care, Dionne-Odom is dedicated to enhancing the decision support skills of family caregivers who partner in patient decision-making along the serious illness trajectory and at end of life.
  • Sheridan Miyamoto: As an assistant professor in the College of Nursing and the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network at Penn State, Miyamoto is dedicated to using telehealth technology to improve patient health outcomes. She was in the inaugural doctoral class at the School of Nursing.
  • Melissa O’Connor: Dedicated to advancing the care of older adults living in the community, O’Connor is an associate professor at Villanova University’s M. Louise Fitzpatrick’s College of Nursing, a Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing and the director of the Gerontology Interest Group. 

Academy fellows within this class represent 38 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territory of Guam as well as 13 countries. They are now encouraged to collaborate with other fellows to transform America's health system by promoting healthy aging, reducing health disparities and strengthening the nursing and health delivery system, nationally and internationally.

The academy is currently comprised of more than 2,700 nursing leaders who are experts in policy, research, administration, practice and academia and champion health and wellness, locally and globally.

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