Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing faculty, students and scholars continually participate in lectures, speaker series, symposiums and other special events that reflect the school's vision and mission to transform health care through nursing education and research. This frequently updated list is a sample of the breadth of such activities.

2021 Happenings

March 1 — Nursing faculty, postdoctoral scholar awarded ‘Paper of the Year’
A paper written by Katherine Kim, an associate professor with the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, and Victoria Ngo, a Class of 2019 alumna of the school’s doctoral program and now a postdoctoral scholar at the school, was named the Sarah Mazelis 2020 Paper of the Year by the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). The article, “Native American Youth Citizen Scientists Uncovering Community Health and Food Security Priorities,” was published in the January 2020 issue of Health Promotion Practice. The article showcased a project led by Katherine with youth from the Karuk Tribe in rural Northern California. Katherine trained the Karuk youth to serve as researchers in their community. Together, they developed a survey and used mobile devices to interview community members about access to fruits and vegetables in their isolated community. Through their research, the youth discovered the need to develop community gardens. As a result, gardens were developed at two elementary schools, a senior center and a community center. Additionally, the tribe convened workshops to help youth and their families improve food production and processing. The award will be presented at the SOPHE 2021 digital awards ceremony April 8.

Feb. 25 — School of Nursing postdoctoral fellow selected for global leadership group
Schola MatovuSchola Matovu, a Heather M. Young Postdoctoral Fellow at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was admitted to the WomenLiftHealth second cohort of Woman Leaders in Global Health (WLGH). The initiative seeks to promote gender equality within global health leadership. The program is hosted by Stanford University Center for Innovation in Global Health and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The leadership journey is a fully funded year-long experience for mid-career women leaders. The program is designed to provide women leaders the tools — confidence, networks, understanding of barriers — along with peer, mentor and coach support, to use their leadership skills for health impact. Schola’s foundational research explored the experiences and psychosocial well-being of Ugandan grandparent-caregivers for grandchildren affected by HIV/AIDS in Uganda. Her current research goals include designing and testing person-centered, community and family-based, culturally appropriate psychosocial interventions tailored to the well-being of grandparent-caregivers. She also co-founded and is the executive director of Nurse-to-Nurse Global Initiative, a nonprofit whose mission is to promote health and dignity of marginalized patient populations by empowering and advancing the leadership and professional development of the nurses that serve them.

Feb. 20 — Nursing professor serves as panelist for Alzheimer’s Association event
Fawn Cothran, an assistant professor for the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was a panelist for “Black Women and Dementia: Two Sides of the Story,” a virtual discussion led by the Alzheimer’s Association. The one-hour moderated panel discussion focused on the dementia realms that frequently impact Black women. Black women are diagnosed with dementia at disproportionately higher rates than white women. They also frequently take on the role as lead caregiver in many Black families, carrying the responsibility for all aspects of care for a family member diagnosed with dementia. Fawn addressed the impact of caregiver stress on mental and physical wellness for Black women serving as dementia caregivers. Another panelist, physician Anafidelia Tavares, shared the impact of health disparities and other factors resulting in higher rates of dementia in Black women. The online event was sponsored by the Capitol City Black Nurses Association, the Bay Area Black Nurses Association, Inc., and the Rho Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

Feb. 13 — School faculty, student provide vaccination at drive-through clinic
Gordon Worley and Jeanette OngGordon Worley, a family nurse practitioner and assistant professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, and Jeanette Ong, a first-year physician assistant student at the school, volunteered to provide COVID-19 vaccinations at a Sacramento County Public Health drive-through clinic at La Familia Maple Community Center in South Sacramento Saturday. The goal of this particular clinic was to provide vaccinations in communities and neighborhoods hit hard by the coronavirus. Gordon and Jeanette helped provide 150 vaccinations to seniors, health care workers and farmworkers that day. They return in four weeks to provide the second doses. Volunteers from UC Davis Health, Dignity Health and other community partners provided more than 1,500 vaccinations at similar drive-through clinics throughout Sacramento County Feb. 13 in an attempt to reach the region’s most vulnerable populations. The weekend clinics are expected to continue in the months ahead.

Feb. 8 — Family Caregiving Institute releases study of state caregiver center expansion
A team of researchers from the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis is providing research support for a $30 million project to expand and improve California’s 11 Caregiver Resource Centers. Heather M. Young, associate director for strategic partnerships at the institute; Janice Bell, institute faculty; and Jennifer Mongoven, administrative director; recently completed their first-year study exploring how technology can help the centers provide caregivers with better, more targeted services. The team reported that the first year of the project was successfully implemented, even with the pandemic, which forced the implementation to go remote immediately. In assessing the data already gathered, the team discovered that caregivers are younger with many in the sandwich generation of caring for parents and children. Heather recently provided an interview with the Family Caregiver Alliance to share the results of the report and discuss future implications.

Feb. 5 — Master’s Entry Program in Nursing alumna recognized with DAISY Award
Kiana-HoodKiana Hood, a Class of 2019 graduate of the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was recognized recently with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Kiana is neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) nurse at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. She was honored for her partnership with colleagues to ensure that her patient’s special needs were met. The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses recognizes the super-human work nurses do every day. The award was established by the DAISY Foundation, a foundation for the elimination of Diseases Attacking the Immune System in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Mr. Barnes' parents established the foundation in Patrick's memory because they had experienced first-hand the skills as well as the caring and compassion of many nurses. The award is given monthly to outstanding nurses in hospitals across America.

Feb. 5 — School of Nursing alumnus featured in Black Futures series
UC carter todd quoteIn celebration of Black History Month, the University of California is featuring the voices of Black students, alumni, staff and faculty from across the UC system, including an alumnus of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. Master’s-degree leadership alumnus, and UC Davis Medical Center nurse, Carter Todd was featured on UC social media channels for his leadership of the Capitol City Black Nurses Association. The series kicked off this week with a video message, shared on social media, from UC President Michael V. Drake. He reflected on the Black workers, scholars, artists and activists who have propelled the University of California – and the world – ever forward toward the ideals of equality, inclusion and justice.

Annie Tat Daisy with UC Davis nurses

Feb. 1 — Master’s-degree leadership alumna recognized for her work supporting transplant patients
Annie Tat, a Class of 2016 graduate of the Master of Science Leadership program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was recognized recently with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Annie is nurse in the transplant and metabolic department in Tower 8 at UC Davis Medical Center. She was recognized for her work in Tower 8 along with her advocacy of relationship-based care and volunteer work to promote social justice and racial equity in Sacramento County. Her nomination includes a story from a transplant recipient whom Annie cared for before and after a kidney transplant. The award was established by the DAISY Foundation, a foundation for the elimination of Diseases Attacking the Immune System in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Mr. Barnes' parents established the foundation in Patrick's memory because they had experienced first-hand the skills as well as the caring and compassion of many nurses. The award is given monthly to outstanding nurses in hospitals across America.

Jan. 22 — Nursing faculty, staff showcase School of Nursing virtual patient project in conference publication
A team of researchers from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis published the article, “Learning Analytics with Virtual Patient Data Reveals Subgroup of Students who Miss Pertinent Findings,” in the Innovative Learning Summit 2020 publication. Andrew Corbett, who provides instructional design for the School of Nursing, partnered with Assistant Professor Cara Sandholdt and Professor Deb Bakerjian, to write the article for the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) annual summit. The article outlines the school’s use of virtual patients, where students use computer-based simulations of clinical experiences, to assess their critical decision-making during patient interactions. Andrew and team used learning analytics to understand the overall progress of School of Nursing physician assistant and family nurse practitioner students using the simulations and also allowed educators to further delineate student performance into groups and sub-groups and assess students’ diagnostic reasoning.

Jan. 5 — School of Nursing faculty publish reference guide for clinical students
Advanced PharmacologyBrent Luu, a pharmacist and an assistant professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, collaborated with two former School of Nursing faculty to write the reference guide, “Advanced Pharmacology for Prescribers.” Gerald Kayingo, a physician assistant and former associate professor, along with Virginia Hass, a nurse practitioner and retired associate professor, worked with Brent to publish the unique resource, which serves as a reference guide for advanced-practice students and clinicians. The three faculty members taught together in the school’s family nurse practitioner and physician assistant programs. They developed the guide to serve as “a bridge between standard, lengthy pharmacology texts and quick pocket references that lack information regarding key pharmacotherapy principles.” The print version of the book is set to publish Feb. 15 and the digital version is online now.

Jan. 5 — Nursing doctoral student leads UC Davis Health NICHE membership
Anna Satake, a third-year Doctor of Philosophy student at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, recently led a team of UC Davis Health nurses toward membership in the NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) program of The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University College of Nursing. The team identified an interdisciplinary team, completed an analysis of current strengths and weaknesses, identified the top two priorities for improvement at UC Davis Health and conducted a return on investment (ROI) analysis. As a NICHE member, UC Davis Health now gains access to resources and tools to implement the NICHE program and achieve — and sustain — better care and outcomes for older adults. Anna is a geriatric clinical nurse specialist whose research focus is improving care for geriatric patients.

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