School of Nursing happenings
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.
Nov. 13 — Family Caregiving Institute director leads 2021 Gerontological Society of America conference
Terri Harvath, director for the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis and senior director for strategic initiatives at the school, led the four-day Gerontological Society of America (GSA) 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting Nov. 10-13. Terri, who serves as the 2021 GSA president, led a number of sessions at the annual meeting. She opened the conference with presidential remarks and the announcement of annual award winners. She also introduced the keynote speaker, Jessica Zitter, a physician and filmmaker who directed “Caregiver: A Love Story.” Terri also led the annual business meeting and installation of the society’s 2022 president. Finally, she served as panelist and discussant for several symposium sessions. The event concluded her year as the society’s president. She now serves as past president. GSA is the oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education and practice in the field of aging. GSA’s principal mission is to promote the study of aging and disseminate information to scientists, decision makers and the general public.
Nov. 9 — Professor elected to international nursing organization leadership role
Laura Van Auker, a family nurse practitioner and an assistant professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was elected the North American Regional Coordination — Region 1 position for the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) Board of Directors. The Sigma board of directors is responsible for managing the organization’s business and corporate affairs. The board includes the CEO and 11 voting members as well as several committee and regional coordinator positions. Directors serve a two-year term. A member of Sigma for several years, Laura has previously served in leadership roles at the chapter and regional levels. The election was part of the House of Delegates meeting at the 2021 Sigma Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, Nov. 6-10.
Nov. 3 — Family Caregiving Institute leaders, faculty present at Alzheimer’s Disease Center workshop
A team of leaders and faculty from the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing led several presentations for the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center virtual Caregiver Workshop Nov. 3. The free, half-day workshop provided caregivers with information and resources to help them navigate the complex journey of caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Heather M. Young, associate director for Strategic Partnerships at the institute and also a professor at the School of Nursing, presented the keynote address, “Family Caregivers Make a World of Difference.” Oanh Meyer, an associate professor of neurology, and Fawn Cothran, an assistant professor in the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, discussed caregiver initiatives at the Alzheimer’s Disease Center. Both Oanh and Fawn are also Family Caregiving Institute faculty. Terri Harvath, institute director and senior director for strategic initiatives at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, shared resources available at the UC Davis Health Healthy Aging Clinic. Theresa Pak, a relationship-based culture and wellness strategist and nurse manager at UC Davis Medical Center, also discussed the power of practicing gratitude. Theresa is an alumna of the School of Nursing master’s-degree leadership program.
Nov. 3 — Nursing faculty publishes article exploring impact of preventive health care on assault victims
Jessica Draughon Moret, an assistant professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, published the article, “Reclaiming Control: Patient Acceptance and Adherence to HIV Post-Exposure Prophylaxis Following Sexual Assault,” in the journal, Global Qualitative Nursing Research. The article examines why patients seeking health care after a sexual assault either do not initiate or complete the 28-day medication regiment for HIV exposure. Jessica and two nurse scientists at John Hopkins University School of Nursing interviewed sexual assault patients to better understand their decision-making process. The authors learned that making health decisions post-assault can be additionally traumatizing. They concluded that nurses treating sexual assault victims should support patient autonomy by reframing discussions about HIV prophylaxis as a means to reassert control. Jessica’s research focuses on women’s health issues. This study continued her dissertation work on sexual assault and protocol adherence.
Oct. 23 — Alumnus Aron King earns first-place award for conference poster
Aron King, a Class of 2021 alumnus of the master’s-degree leadership program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, received the first place poster award at the DNPs of Color Virtual Conference 2021 for his poster, “Microagressions: A Weight on the Success of Graduate Nursing Students of Color.” Microaggressions are those daily slights and indignities that people from a stigmatized group experience based on their identity. The poster detailed his thesis research Aron conducted as part of the graduate program at the School of Nursing. Doctors of Nursing Practice (DNPs) of Color is a nonprofit nursing organization that seeks to increase diversity in doctoral studies, clinical practice and leadership for nurses.
Oct. 9 — Associate dean leads diversity training for national nursing academy
Piri Ackerman-Barger, the associate dean for health equity, diversity and inclusion at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, led the training “Together We Advance an Inclusive Nursing Profession: A Model for Mitigating and Responding to Racism, Discrimination and Microaggressions,” at the American Academy of Nursing 2021 Health Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. Oct. 7-9. The annual conference followed a hybrid format this year with both virtual and onsite activities. The academy is a professional nursing organization that generates and disseminates nursing knowledge to contribute to health policy and practice. The training was one component of the academy’s new diversity and inclusivity efforts. Piri is widely recognized for her research and work to make both education and health care environments more diverse and welcoming.
Oct. 7 — Alumnus honored as one of Sacramento Business Journal’s 40 Under 40
Carter Todd, a 2019 graduate of the master’s-degree leadership program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, is one of 40 honorees for the Sacramento Business Journal 2021 “40 Under 40” recognition. Each year, the publication recognizes business leaders who are under the age of 40 for their professional achievements, leadership qualities and contributions to the community. Honorees are selected by former 40 Under 40 recipients along with the paper’s editorial team. The group will be recognized with an event Oct. 28. Carter, an assistant nurse manager with Kaiser Permanente Roseville, was nominated for his work as president, and founding member, of the Capitol City Black Nurses Association.
Oct. 6 — Professor nominated for international nursing organization leadership role
Laura Van Auker, a family nurse practitioner and an assistant professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, is one of two nominees for the North American Regional Coordination — Region 1 position for the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) Board of Directors. The Sigma board of directors is responsible for managing the organization’s business and corporate affairs. The board includes the CEO and 11 voting members as well as several committee and regional coordinator positions. Directors serve a two-year term. A member of Sigma for several years, Laura has previously served in leadership roles at the chapter and regional levels. Sigma members vote prior to the House of Delegates at the 2021 Sigma Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, Nov. 6-10. Election results are announced at the convention.
Oct. 5 — UC Davis Health nurse leaders publish article on antiracism training
A team of Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis faculty and UC Davis Health nurse leaders penned the article, “Cultural Humility Meets Antiracism in Nurse Leader Training,” that was published online for Nurse Leader, the official journal of the American Organization for Nursing Leadership. The article will appear in the October print edition of the journal. The article features the Anti-racism and Cultural Humility Training (ARC) the group developed in 2020 for nurse leaders at UC Davis Health. The training focuses on nursing care, workforce diversity, research and organizational leadership to achieve health equity. Article authors include School of Nursing Associate Professor Jann Murray-García, postdoctoral scholar Victoria Ngo, Associate Dean for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Piri Ackerman-Barger and Dean Stephen J. Cavanagh. UC Davis Health nurse leader authors include Chief Nursing Officer Toby Marsh and nurse manager Theresa Pak, who is also a master’s-degree alumna of the School of Nursing.
Oct. 5 — Doctoral alumna appointed to American Heart Association subcommittee
Michelle Camicia, a Class of 2018 alumna of the Doctor of Philosophy Degree Program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was recently appointed vice chair for the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Scientific Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing (CVSN) — Stroke Nursing Committee. The CVSN Council accelerates the discovery, interpretation and application of science to enhance cardiovascular health and treat cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Michelle also reported news of a research publication and two presentations. She is the lead author of “Improving Caregiver Health through Systematic Assessment and a Tailored Plan of Care” in the September issue of Western Journal of Nursing. She gave the podium presentation “Implementing a Caregiver Assessment and Plan of Care in Clinical Care: Challenges, Facilitators, Benefits and Results” at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine 2021 Virtual Annual Conference. At the same conference, she presented the poster, "Psychometric Properties of the Preparedness Assessment for the Transition Home (PATH) in Caregivers of Patients with Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Orthopedic Trauma and Neurological Conditions.” Michelle is currently the director of the Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center in Novato, California.
Oct. 2 — Clinician educator honored with excellence award from regional organization
Ron Ordona, an assistant professor and clinician educator at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, recently received the Excellence in Clinical Practice Award from the Gerontological Advance Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA) at the group’s 2021 annual conference in San Diego Sept. 30 through Oct. 2. The award recognizes Ron for his outstanding clinical practice and commitment to geriatric clinical practice. As a clinician educator, Ron mentors family nurse practitioner and physician assistant students while also providing care. He is a family nurse practitioner at the new Healthy Aging Clinic at UC Davis Health.
Aug. 26 — School of Nursing professor leads virtual discussion on vaccines and fertility
Jann Murray-García, an associate professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, led the panel discussion, “Baby Talk: Addressing COVID Vaccines and Fertility,” for the Northern California National Council of Negro Women (NCNW). The discussion focused on women’s concerns regarding COVID-19 vaccines and their fertility. Panelists included physicians Oliver T. Brooks of Watts Healthcare Corp. and Sara Whetstone of UCSF, as well as Kimi Watkins Tartt, the director for the Alameda County Public Health Department. The event was part of the NCNW Good Health Women’s Immunization Networks (Good Health WINS), an initiative to educate communities and address health disparities through increased vaccination rates. NCNW is comprised of 300 campus and community-based sections along with 32 national women’s organizations that seek to lead, empower and advocate for women of African descent, their families and communities. Jann was invited to moderate the event by Jacqueline Dyson, a School of Nursing administrative assistant and long-time NCNW member. Jann said staff members play an important role in connecting faculty with national efforts, especially in under-represented communities, such as the NCNW event.
Aug. 21 — School of Nursing alumni partner to host pre-nursing conference for students of color
Several Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing alumni led efforts to host a pre-nursing conference for Black and Latinx prospective nursing students. The Capitol City Black Nurses Association and the Sacramento Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) conducted Breaking Down Barriers Aug. 21. The live, virtual event aimed at promoting the nursing profession in Black and Latinx communities and highlighted the importance of representation in health care. Attendees explored options for nursing education with representatives from Sacramento City College, UC Davis, Samuel Merritt University and Sacramento State University. The event also included panel discussions with nursing specialists, nursing leaders, and nursing entrepreneurs. Speakers included School of Nursing faculty Jann Murray-García and Piri Ackerman-Barger. Alumni involved in both planning and presenting included doctoral graduate Regina Orozco; Master’s Entry Program in Nursing graduates Jason Ramos, Maria Lozano-Vazquez and Irene Cisneros-Fong; master’s-degree leadership graduates Misara Bambao and Aaron King; and family nurse practitioner program graduate Sandra Calderon. Daniela Regalado, a current entry-level nursing student also participated. The two local nursing organizations were launched through the efforts of many of the same alumni.
Aug. 17 — Doctoral alumna publishes multiple articles, provides several presentations
Michelle Camicia, a Class of 2018 alumna of the Doctor of Philosophy Degree Program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, recently published three research articles and presented at several international virtual conferences. “Implementing a Caregiver Assessment and Tailored Plan: An Emerging Case Management Competency” was published in the July-August issue of Journal of Professional Case Management, the official journal of the Case Management Society of America. Previously, she had published several articles on the development and psychometric properties of the Preparedness Assessment for the Transition Home after Stroke (PATH-s) instrument, which Michelle developed during her dissertation studies. Michelle’s experience leading the Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center in Novato, California, over the course of the coronavirus pandemic also led to publications and presentations with colleagues. She published the article, “COVID-19 and Inpatient Rehabilitation Nursing Care: Lessons Learned and Implications for the Future,” in Rehabilitation Nursing, a journal of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses. A third article, “Prevalence of Depression and Anxiety Disorders following Mild Traumatic Brian Injury,” was published in PM&R, a journal of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Michelle co-authored this article with other Kaiser researchers. She presented at the Aging Well in the Era of COVID-19 virtual conference, the EuroHeartCare virtual conference presented by the Association of Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professionals and the 2021 International Stroke Conference, a scientific meeting led by the American Heart Association. Michelle said her doctoral preparation at the School of Nursing “enabled me to contribute to the advancement of nursing science through my research, leadership and dissemination of my work.”
Aug. 10 — School of Nursing postdoctoral scholar co-authors journal article
Ronit Ridberg, a postdoctoral scholar at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and manager of the UC Davis Health Precision Nutrition Program, co-authored the article, “Survey Fraud and the Integrity of Web-based Survey Research,” in the American Journal of Health Promotion. The article documents the increase of false responses to online surveys and the risk to data integrity for research. Ronit, along with UCSF’s Ronli Levi, lead author, and Melissa Akers, were conducting an online survey study to gather data for a study examining the impact of fruit and vegetable vouchers for pregnant women. The trio discovered a surge of responses from respondents who weren’t part of the study. The experience led to an investigation and the safeguards adopted. Ronit is a 2018 alumna of the school’s Doctor of Philosophy program whose research focuses on the intersection of nutrition, food policy and health care. Her dissertation focused on the effectiveness of produce prescription programs; work she continues in her postdoctoral research.
Aug. 6 — School of Nursing leader appointed associate editor for patient safety website
Amy Nichols, interim associate dean for academic affairs and professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, was appointed associate editor for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Patient Safety Network (PSNet). A national web-based resource featuring the latest news and essential resources on patient safety, the site offers weekly updates of patient safety literature, news, tools, meetings and related research. According to School of Nursing Professor Deb Bakerjian, who is co-editor in chief for the website, Amy brings to the editorial board, “her expertise in patient safety, research, and maternal child health to the editorial team, which has been a gap in the past two years.” The editorial board includes several UC Davis Health faculty and clinicians from both the School of Nursing and the School of Medicine.
Aug. 6 — School of Nursing faculty, fellows and alumni present at national conference
Faculty, fellows and alumni from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing presented at the virtual National Black Nurses Association 49th Annual Conference Aug. 4-8. Fawn Cothran, an assistant professor, teamed up with three nursing fellows to present “Developing Black Nurse Scientists: The Undeniable Role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).” Fawn, Dawn Aycock, Kamila Alexander and Schenita Randolph are inaugural fellows in the Betty Irene Moore Fellowship for Nurse Leaders and Innovators. All four graduated from HBCUs and are now nurse scientists at top-ranked nursing schools across the country. They discussed the importance of HBCUs to the health of the nation because they provide foundational baccalaureate education, which is essential to the development of strong leaders in the field. The four discussed their research and implications for the roles of Black nurses in promoting optimal health in Black communities. In addition, Aron King, a 2021 master’s-degree leadership alumnus, led the presentation “Microagressions: A Weight on the Success of Graduate Nursing Students of Color.” He was joined by Piri Ackerman-Barger, associate dean for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the School of Nursing. Microaggressions are those daily slights and indignities that people from a stigmatized group experience based on their identity.
Aug. 3 — Doctoral alumnus promoted to Kaiser Permanente regional director position
Rayne Soriano, a 2015 alumnus of the Doctor of Philosophy Degree Program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was recently appointed regional director for Nursing Professional Practice and Operations for Kaiser Permanente (KP) Hawaii. In his new role, Rayne is responsible for nursing practice, development and education, as well as the Magnet journey for all of KP Hawaii. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to work with new communities to infuse the interprofessional leadership and collaboration as well as lead transformative approaches to high quality care that I learned at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing,” Rayne said. Most recently, Rayne was regional director of professional development and education for KP Northern California Regional Patient Care Services and the KP Nurse Scholars Academy.
July 21 — School of Nursing professor publishes article in national psychiatric journal
Philippe Goldin, a neuroscientist and professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, published an article in the peer-reviewed journal, JAMA Psychiatry. The article, “Evaluation of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy vs. Mindfulness Mediation in Brain Changes During Reappraisal and Acceptance Among Patients with Social Anxiety Disorder,” focused on a clinical trial Philippe led with researchers from Stanford University. The study included 108 adults diagnosed with social anxiety disorder. It explored if cognitive behavior group therapy and mindfulness-based stress reduction reduce symptoms. By studying brain scans of the participants during and up to one-year post treatment, the researchers found both treatments reduced social anxiety symptoms. JAMA Psychiatry is an international peer-reviewed journal for clinicians, scholars, and research scientists in psychiatry, mental health, behavioral science and related fields. Philippe’s research uses brain scans, or functional neuroimaging, to explore how different types of interventions impact brain activity, emotion reactivity and regulation, attention regulation and self-views.
July 14 — UC Davis Health nursing leaders, faculty put their anti-racism training on national stage
The team of UC Davis Health nurse leaders and Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing faculty who developed the Anti-racism and Cultural Humility Training (ARC) last year presented their work at the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) Virtual Conference July 14. Toby Marsh, chief nursing and patient care services officer at UC Davis Health, and nurse manger Teresa Pak, who is also an alumna of the school’s master’s-leadership program, joined Associate Professor Jann Murray-García and Victoria Ngo, a postdoctoral scholar and alumna of the school, to present “Cultural Humility Meets Anti-Racism in Nurse Leader Training.” The group discussed how the ongoing national conversation on racial inequality led to their unique partnership and the training. ARC focuses nursing care, workforce diversity, research and organizational leadership to achieve health equity. AONL is a national professional group of more than 10,000 nurse leaders.
July 13 — Nurse practitioner faculty selected for journal editorial board
Ricky Norwood, an assistant professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was recently selected to serve as an editorial board member for the Journal for Nurse Practitioners. The journal is a monthly peer-reviewed online journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. As an editorial board member, Ricky provides ideas for upcoming issues as well as feedback on policies. He also supports the journal as an author, reviewer and reader. After a two-year associate term, he can seek to be an editorial board member contributor who serves as a department editor, guest editor or frequent author. Ricky is a clinician educator at the School of Nursing and divides his time by providing clinical services at the Sacramento County Health Department as well as leading classroom instruction and precepting students at the nursing school.
July 9 — Nursing faculty recognized for community engagement efforts
Two School of Nursing researchers received a UC Davis Health Deans’ Award for Excellence. Professors Janice Bell and Jill Joseph were recognized for excellence in diversity, specifically in the area of community engagement. Since 2014, the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing researchers have partnered with the Alameda County Care Alliance (ACCA) to develop and support advanced illness planning. The ACCA Advanced Illness Care Program is a faith-based, person-centered, lay care navigation intervention serving predominantly African American adults with advanced illness and their caregivers, bridging the gap between health delivery systems, community organizations and faith-based communities. Each year, the UC Davis Health Deans’ Excellence Awards recognize the outstanding contributions of faculty, staff and teams across the UC Davis School of Medicine and the School of Nursing. Winners are recognized for their exceptional achievements and dedication to advancing excellence in education innovation, leading-edge patient care, groundbreaking research and transformative community partnerships.
July 8 — School of Nursing alumnus named Sigma Rising Star Presenter
Aron King, a 2021 graduate of the master’s-degree leadership program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was awarded the Sigma Congress 2021 Rising Star Presenter badge by Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing. The badge is awarded to nursing students nominated by their university to present their scholarly project as part of the Rising Stars of Research and Scholarship student posters at Sigma’s Virtual International Nursing Research Congress 2021 July 21-23. Aron will present, along with Associate
Dean for Health Equity, Diversity and Leadership Piri Ackerman-Barger, his poster, “Microaggressions: A Weight on the Success of Graduate Nursing Students of Color.” Sigma is a nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership and service. Founded in 1922, Sigma has more than 135,000 active members in more than 90 countries and territories. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and others.
June 12 — Alumni organize coast-to-coast men’s health event
Carter Todd and Aron King, both alumni of the master’s-degree leadership program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, led the development of a Black men’s health event, the “Barbershop Health Talks,” that streamed live June 12. The event was a coast-to-coast platform bringing important topics in Black men’s health to the barbershop. Mental health, COVID-19, preventive health, fatherhood and pathways to careers in health care were some of the many topics discussed. Hosted by comedian Lance Wood and featuring live sets from DJ Supe, the West Coast coverage streamed live from the historic Guild Theater in Sacramento, California, and was hosted by the Capitol City Black Nurses Association, a group both Carter and Aron helped launch. The East Coast coverage was led by the Greater New York Black Nurses Association. A recording of the three-and-a-half-hour event is available on YouTube.
June 10 — Professor recognized for compassion, courage during pandemic
Professor Heather M. Young of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis was one of six UC Davis Health professionals recognized as 2021 Champions of Humanistic Care by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. More than 200 health care team members were selected from the foundation’s member institutions and companies for their compassion and courage during the COVID-19 pandemic. The champions were recognized at the Gold Foundation’s virtual gala June 10. Heather, the school’s founding dean, honored for her work in the school’s Family Caregiving Institute leading awareness and policy changes aimed at improving the systems meant to support older adults and their caregivers. The Gold Foundation works to infuse the human connection into health care. Through engagement with schools, health systems, companies and clinicians, the foundation empowers members to create systems and cultures that support humanistic care for all. Heather currently serves as the Family Caregiving Institute’s associate director for strategic partnerships as well the national program director for the Betty Irene Moore Fellowship for Nurse Leaders and Innovators.
June 9 — School of Nursing professor speaks at annual Brain Health Forum
Heather M. Young, a professor and dean emerita at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was a guest speaker at the Brain Health Forum: A Look at Caregiving Challenges at Multiple Levels. The sixth annual forum, hosted by U.S. Representative Ami Bera, included an update on research and legislation related to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. It also focused on challenges in long-term caregiving. Heather, who is an associate director for the Family Caregiving Institute at the school, discussed her work serving on the stakeholder advisory committee for the California Master Plan for Aging. She also spoke about the Family Caregiving Institute and other services that UC Davis Health provides for caregivers.
May 26 — Postdoctoral fellow presents at first national conference in nation of Georgia
Tina Kilaberia, a Heather M. Young Postdoctoral Fellow at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, presented an online presentation for a first-ever national conference on social work in Georgia, a country located in the Caucasus region at the juncture of Asia and Europe. Tina presented, “Broadening Social Work Research in Georgia,” where she spoke about gerontological social work in the United States. The virtual conference, “Social Work: A Science for Social Change,” was attended by faculty at universities in the nation’s capital city of Tbilisi. Tina, who earned a doctoral degree in social work with a minor in gerontology, focuses her research on care systems and older adults. She’s currently involved in the evaluation of new technology implementation at California caregiver resource centers. She is also involved with a number of projects focused on supporting caregivers.
May 20 — School of Nursing program director selected for UC Women’s Initiative
Shana Ruggenberg, director for the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing and an associate professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, was selected for the 2021-22 UC Women’s Initiative for Professional Development. The program is a unique, experiential, University of California-systemwide professional development program for mid-career woman-identified professionals. The program includes participants from every UC location and includes faculty, academic personnel and staff. The program features six groups of 30 participants who meet together virtually in four interactive, day-long sessions over the course of the year from September through June. As director for the school’s Master’s Entry Program in Nursing, Shana leads and oversees the program, curriculum development and development of learning experiences. She also teaches courses in the program.
May 19 — Postdoctoral scholar named finalist in Big Bang! competition
Schola Matovu, a Heather M. Young Postdoctoral Fellow in the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was named one of 17 finalists for the 2021 Big Bang! Competition. Schola is the team leader for the project, “Nurse-to-Nurse Global Initiative,” which seeks to empower marginalized nurses through leadership and professional development. This year’s business competition, which is led by the UC Davis Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, includes 45 teams representing 135 aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs. The competition will award up to $100,000 in prize money at a May 27 Facebook Live awards show. To register for the awards show, and to vote for the People’s Choice award, visit the event website. Voting ends May 21.
May 14 — School of Nursing faculty elected president of regional nursing association
Victoria Jackson, an assistant professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was recently elected president of the Northern California Chapter of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (NCC GAPNA) for 2021-22. The association works to promote high standards of health care for older persons through advanced gerontological nursing practice, education, advocacy and research. As a clinician educator, Victoria provides health care as a family nurse practitioner (FNP) at the UC Davis Health Midtown Clinic, where she also precepts students. Victoria, who is an alumna of the school’s FNP program, also teaches clinical skills workshops and small groups at the school. Another School of Nursing clinician educator, Ron Ordona, was the 2020-21 president for NCC GAPNA. He now services as past president.
May 6 — Doctoral alumnus receives professional education award
Rayne Soriano, a Class of 2015 graduate of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Doctor of Philosophy Program, was recognized by the Sacramento Sierra Chapter of the Association of California Nurse Leaders with the 2021 Professional Education Award. Toby Marsh, chapter president and UC Davis Health Patient Care Services director and chief nursing officer, said Rayne developed innovative virtual opportunities to support the education of nurses in 21 medical centers along with partnering with other leaders throughout the nation to further nurse education during the pandemic. The annual award recognizes best practices in staff, patient or education. Rayne is the regional director of patient care services for Kaiser Permanente Northern California. He’s also an adjunct professor for the University of San Francisco.
May 1 — Leadership alumnus selected for inaugural cohort of advocacy fellows
Carter Todd, a Class of 2019 graduate of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis master’s-degree leadership program, was recently selected as one of five inaugural fellows of the American Association of Nurses California Advocacy Institute. The fellowship is an immersive program designed to help nurses develop the skills and knowledge to lead advocacy initiatives affecting legislation, regulations and policies in California. During their one-year experience, fellows are expected to engage a variety of stakeholders to create sustainable change in nursing. Carter is a nurse shift manager for Dignity Health. He’s also the president and a founding member of the Capitol City Black Nurses Association.
April 24 — UC Davis School of Nursing team awarded top poster at national conference
A team of faculty from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis was named a 2021 poster award winner at the 47th annual National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) Conference: New Frontiers for Nurse Practitioner Education. Professor Deb Bakerjian and Assistant Professors Charleen Singh, Victoria Jackson and Hannah Spero presented the poster, “Educating Students on Opioid Use Disorder Management Using Simulation.” The poster focused on the past three years of simulation training the school offered through the SPLICE program (System-transforming, Patient-centered, Longitudinal, Interprofessional, Community-based Education). The team compared improvement in student outcomes and the difference between online and Zoom simulations. This special simulation experience is now integrated in the school’s clinical skills curriculum. View a video presentation of the award at the virtual conference. More than 60 posters were presented at the virtual conference this year with two posters receiving award recognition. NONPF is the only organization devoted to promoting high-quality nurse practitioner education.
April 24 — Doctoral alumnus pens article on improving nurses’ well-being
Perry Gee, a Class of 2014 alumnus of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Doctor of Philosophy Degree Program, collaborated with two nurse leaders to publish the article, “A Nurse Leader’s Guide to Reducing Burnout: Strategies to Improve Well-being,” in the journal, Nurse Leader. The article explores a variety of evidence-based practices to improve nurse well-being, especially in light of the current coronavirus pandemic, which has exacerbated stress for many nurses. According to the article, nurse leaders recognize fundamental system changes are necessary to better support an exhausted and traumatized workforce. Nurse Leader is the journal for the American Organization for Nursing Leadership. Perry is a nurse scientist for Professional Practice and Learning at Intermountain Healthcare in Utah. He’s also an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Utah. He collaborated with Lesly Kelly, a nurse scientist at CommonSpirit Health in Phoenix, and Marla J. Wetson, a nurse scientist and CEO for Weston Consulting in Washington, D.C. to publish the article.
April 23 — Nursing faculty present session at statewide nurse practitioner conference
A team of nurse practitioner faculty from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis presented a session at the virtual California Association for Nurse Practitioners (CANP) 43rd Annual Educational Conference April 22-24. Assistant Professors Laura Van Auker, Amber Ramage and Kathryn Sexson presented “2020 Update: Allergic Rhinitis Best-Practice Guidelines for Improved Health and Quality of Life.” During the virtual session, the team provided an overview of new best-practice guidelines for management of allergic rhinitis, or seasonal allergies. The team used a case-based format for the presentation. The new guidelines from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American College of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology are the result of studies that show 35 to 40% of people with seasonal allergies report at least moderate impact on daily function due to symptoms. The annual CANP conference is a three-day event featuring education, networking and advocacy for the nurse practitioner profession.
April 16 — Doctoral student to serve on American Delirium Society Board of Directors
Kerri Maya, a Class of 2018 alumna of the master’s-degree leadership program and a first-year Doctor of Philosophy student at the School of Nursing, was recently invited to serve as a member of the 2021 American Delirium Society Board of Directors. The American Delirium Society (ADS) fosters research, education, quality improvement, advocacy and implementation science to minimize the impact of delirium on short- and long-term health and well-being of patients. Kerri, a UC Davis Health clinical nurse educator, previously served as a co-chair for the organization’s education committee. The ADS invited Kerri to serve based on her significant contributions to the group, including the coordination of workshops and webinars. Her area of research interest focuses on care for individuals with acute cognitive impairment, or delirium.
April 15 — Family Caregiving Institute director provides keynote address at national conference
Terri Harvath, the director of the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was a keynote speaker for the 2021 Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders (NICHE) annual conference Driving Geriatric Nursing Excellence, which was offered online. Terri discussed how to assess family caregiver preparedness at discharge planning and also about how to alleviate the different sources of stress. She was one of four keynote speakers for the event. NICHE, a nursing organization, seeks to impart principles and tools to stimulate changes in clinical practice to achieve patient-centered nursing care for older adults in health care facilities. The vision of NICHE is that all older adults, ages 65 and over, receive age-friendly, exemplary nursing care.
April 9 — Family Caregiving Institute director pens column on safety and quality of life
Terri Harvath, the director for the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and president for the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), published the column, “Safety vs. Autonomy and Quality of Life,” in the April issue of Gerontology News. In her column, Terri discusses the importance of both protecting older adults from health risks while also ensuring that quality of life and autonomy are also protected. She suggests including input of older adults while developing plans to ensure their safety and well-being. As president of GSA, Terri writes a column regularly for the monthly publication.
March 26 — School of Nursing staff, faculty volunteer at vaccine clinic
While most of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing staff and faculty had the day off from work March 26, some team members used that time to volunteer at area vaccine clinics. UC Davis Health partnered with a number of area health providers, the county and community groups to provide pop-up clinics in underserved areas throughout Sacramento and Yolo counties. Maricel Lumaquin, a data analyst at the school, and Brent Luu, a pharmacist and assistant professor, teamed up to support a vaccination clinic at Samuel and Bonnie Pannell Community Center in South Sacramento. More than 700 individuals were vaccinated at the clinic that day.
March 25 — Family Caregiving Institute director speaks at Commonwealth Club online forum
Terri Harvath, director of the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was a guest speaker for the Commonwealth Club’s online event, “Healthy Society Series: 10,000 a Day Turn 65 in America. The Rise of Family Caregivers of the Elderly.” During the event, Terri discussed how optimizing home-based care requires a systematic approach. Terri was joined by Susan Reinhard, AARP Public Policy Institute Director, and Jonathan Davis, founder and CEO for Trualta, a personalized, skills-based training platform for family members caring for older adults at home. The Commonwealth Club of California is the nation’s oldest and largest public affairs forum. The group presents more than 450 events annually that focus on a broad range of topics.
March 25 — Nursing professor discusses COVID-19 vaccinations in underserved communities
Piri Ackerman-Barger, associate dean for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, served as one of three UC Davis Health panelists at a CalEndow Live webinar exploring the race to vaccinate the state’s hardest hit communities. Piri joined UC Davis School of Medicine Associate Professor David Tom Cooke and third-year resident physician Zola Afua Mansa Chihomboria Quao to discuss inequities in health systems, the science behind the COVID-19 vaccines and the health care community’s role in building trust with communities of color. “The Race to Vaccinate: Protecting the Most Vulnerable Californians from COVID-19” was provided by CalEndow Live, the public programs arm of The California Endowment. Piri is nationally recognized for pioneering teaching techniques that transcend cultural boundaries to cross the urban-rural divide.
March 23 — School of Nursing associate dean serves as guest editor for journal supplement
Piri Ackerman-Barger, the associate dean for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, served as guest editor for a supplement recently published by the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. The supplement, first published online in November and now released in print, was developed to disseminate efforts to address health disparities and health equity through the transformation of health care education and primary care. The articles are the result of a collaboration between the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and six national projects to improve clinical teaching and research in primary care training through systems-level research, the distribution of best practices and resources and community of practice activities. Paul D. Juarez, a professor at Meharry Medical College, was also a guest editor with Piri. The issue includes a feature on the work of the UC Davis Health Center for a Diverse Healthcare Workforce. Piri is a researcher with the center.
March 18 — School of Nursing professor discusses eliminating racial discrimination in podcast
Jann Murray-García, an associate professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, discusses the elimination of racial discrimination in a special podcast for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 2021. The podcast, produced by RELX Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Resource Centre, features both Jann and Jerome Nriagu, a professor emeritus for the Center for Human Growth and Development at the University of Michigan. Both experts discussed their work to end racism. Jann leads a number of initiatives at UC Davis Health, including an anti-racism training, to educate health professionals and students about health disparities, especially in underserved communities. RELX, which develops information-based analytics and decision tools, provides the SDG Resource Centre to aid researchers and the public with information on the global issues set out by the United Nations goals established in 2015. The 17 goals aim to stimulate action in areas of critical importance to humanity and the environment.
March 9 — Nursing professor serves as panelist for briefing on telehealth accessibility
Katherine Kim, an associate professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was one of three panelists who discussed the policy implications of their research to improve digital health equity, workforce development, and digital health interventions for Black and Latinx Californians who suffered disproportionately from the coronavirus pandemic. The California Initiative for Health Equity and Action (Cal-IHEA) convened the expert panel to share research evidence relevant to expanding digital health solutions. Katherine currently leads the Accountability, Coordination and Telehealth in the Valley to Achieve Transformation and Equity (ACTIVATE) initiative to bring telehealth services to underserved rural residents in California’s Central Valley. She discussed findings from this project and the unique needs of Central Valley residents accessing digital health platforms, including telehealth platforms.
March 4 — School of Nursing postdoctoral scholar co-leads effort to enhance specialty crops
Ronit Ridberg, a postdoctoral scholar at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and manager of the UC Davis Health Precision Nutrition Program, leads a new initiative to enhance competitiveness of California specialty crops, such as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts and dried fruits. She leads the project along with Frederick Meyers, director of the UC Davis Center for Precision Medicine and Data Sciences. The two-and-a-half year project is expected to expand opportunities to partner UC Davis Health with small and mid-scale growers who focus on these crops, which is part of an effort to build a farm-to-hospital model that provides clean, seasonal and sustainable foods to patients, visitors and staff. Ronit is a 2018 alumna of the school’s Doctor of Philosophy program whose research focuses on the intersection of nutrition, food policy and health care. Her dissertation focused on the effectiveness of produce prescription programs.
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 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, 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 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
In 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.
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 — Family Caregiving Institute associate director pens editorials on care of older adults
Heather M. Young, the associate director for strategic partnerships at the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, recently published two editorials in gerontological journals. She collaborated with two nurse scientists to publish an editorial in the January issue of the Journal of Gerontological Nursing. In “The Time is Always Right to Do What is Right: Revisiting Our Societal Values and Strategies in the Care of Older Adults in 2021,” the three authors challenge the gerontological community to take three key actions address inequalities in the care of older adults. Heather teamed up with Donna Fick, the journal’s editor, and Ann Kolanowski, a professor emerita from The Pennsylvania State University College of Nursing. The three authors suggest experts reflect on their own biases, communicate and advocate for older adults and renew their commitment to prepare professionals to care for older adults. In addition to her role with the Family Caregiving Institute, Heather also lead’s the national program office for the Betty Irene Moore Fellowships for Nurse Leaders and Innovators and is the editor of the journal Research in Gerontological Nursing. Her first editorial in that magazine, also in January, stressed the increasing importance of gerontological research. “The Infection Point: Increased Urgency for High Impact Gerontological Nursing Research” calls for researchers to “cast the collaborative widely” to publish work that take innovations to the next level.
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
Brent 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.
Past Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Happenings