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Sacramento Area Nurse's Town Hall Meeting Re: New SON at UC Davis

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Hi, not a California nurse, but the Dean of the new Betty Irene Moore School Of Nursing, at UC Davis, Heather Young was at my Uni and I think the program is going to be a very exciting one.

I am also on the school's mailing list and got the following. Figured any nurses in the Sacto area may be interested in the meeting.

UC Davis Seeks Nursing Education Input from Area Nurses

Leaders of the Proposed Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Host Town-Hall Meeting

Nurses from around the Sacramento region are invited to participate in a town-hall meeting regarding the proposed Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8 at the M.I.N.D. Institute Auditorium on the UC Davis Health System campus at 2825 50th St.

Supported by a $100 million philanthropic commitment from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the nation's largest grant for nursing education, UC Davis is launching the new school that will bear the name of visionary philanthropist Betty Irene Moore, who with her husband established the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Heather M. Young, associate vice chancellor for nursing, and founding dean of the school upon Regental approval, has organized a series of meetings with various groups interested in the launch of the new school.

"Input is very important to me," Young said. "I want to hear from as many stakeholder groups as possible to hear what they would like to see in this new School of Nursing."

Deborah Ward, the first faculty member of the new school and who is assisting Young with the development of the curriculum, will facilitate the Dec. 8 discussion with nurses alongside Young.

"We want to hear from nurses from all levels of care," Ward said. "Whether it's bedside care or nurse management, your input is important."

The new School of Nursing is being founded on a vision to transform health care through nursing research and an innovative curriculum that includes:

  • Curriculum intensity and interdisciplinary team education with nursing students learning and collaborating with students from medicine and other disciplines.


  • Scientific rigor and research emphasis, educating nurses to conduct research, think critically and make evidenced-based decisions.


  • Technology, including telehealth and simulation, providing nursing students the most advanced educational technology as well as the tools they need to apply technology innovations to improve quality and access to care.


  • Leadership education, to prepare nurses to lead health-care organizations, governmental agencies and research enterprises and to influence policy.


  • Cultural awareness and sensitivity, in keeping with the health system's commitment to addressing disparities in health care and to accommodate increasingly diverse communities and patient populations.


"We want to hear what you think the nurse of the future will need to know. We want to learn from you about how to create the best opportunities for students and current nurses," Ward said. "If you are thinking about further education, we want to hear what you would like to see."

To register for the town hall forum, send an e-mail by Dec. 6 to BettyIreneMooreSON@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu. Please include your name, degree, current employer and your e-mail address.

Once established, the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis will join professional schools of medicine, veterinary medicine, law, business and education. In addition to the funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, a mix of public funding and additional philanthropic support from other donors will be required to realize the long-term vision for the school.

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing will be part of UC Davis Health System, an integrated, academic health system encompassing UC Davis School of Medicine, the 613-bed acute-care hospital and clinical services of UC Davis Medical Center, and the 800-member physician group known as UC Davis Medical Group. To learn more about the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, visit the Web site at www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/nursing.

The school anticipates accepting its first class of 25 candidates for the Master of Science degree program and eight candidates for the Doctor of Philosophy degree program in the fall of 2010. The Bachelor of Science degree program will open in fall 2011.

Graduates will serve as educators, researchers and leaders of health-care teams that advance patient-care quality and safety, prevent and treat disease, and improve access to health care in an ever-changing and increasingly complex national health-care system.

About the University of California, Davis

For 100 years, UC Davis has engaged in teaching, research and public service that matters to California and transforms the world. Located close to the state capital, UC Davis has 31,000 students, an annual research budget that exceeds $500 million, a comprehensive health system and 13 specialized research centers. The university offers interdisciplinary graduate study and more than 100 undergraduate majors in four colleges-Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Engineering, and Letters and Science-and advanced degrees from five professional schools-Education, Law, Management, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine. The UC Davis School of Medicine and UC Davis Medical Center are located on the Sacramento campus near downtown.

About the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Established in 2000, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation operates proactively in three specific program areas: Environmental Conservation, Science and the San Francisco Bay Area, where a significant and measurable impact can be achieved. Distinct initiatives under each program employ a portfolio of grants and other activities to achieve targeted, large-scale outcomes. Achievement at this scale requires strong partnerships with communities, government entities, other nonprofit organizations and the private sector. The Foundation's Environmental Conservation Program includes the Andes Amazon, Marine Conservation and Wild Salmon Ecosystems Initiatives and its commitment to Conservation International. Its Science Program includes its Marine Microbiology Initiative and its commitment to California Institute of Technology. Its San Francisco Bay Area Program includes the Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative and support for Bay Area land protection and science and technology museums. The Foundation has awarded over $1.3 billion dollars in grants since its inception through 2006. For more information, visit http://www.moore.org or contact Chris Pallatto at Chris.Pallatto@Moore.org.

Media contact:

Jenny Carrick, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Transition Team, (916) 734-2543, jennette.carrick@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu.

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