Public health systems have been placed under unique stress over the past three years. This has served as a stark reminder of the importance of strong health care infrastructure and ensuring practitioners are well-equipped to face modern challenges. Nurses occupy a unique and crucial role as a link between physicians, other health care workers, caregivers and patients. They have a tremendous impact on the quality of care people receive, and it is no surprise that nursing is regarded as one of the most influential and trusted professions.

Betty Irene Moore Fellowship for Nurse Leaders and Innovators

Since 2019, the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis and the Moore Foundation have partnered on the Betty Irene Moore Fellowship for Nurse Leaders and Innovators, a national fellowship program that helps further the development of the next generation of leaders. In 2021, the fellowship announced its second cohort of ten fellows, continuing the efforts to transform and invest in the future of nursing. The program’s initial launch came during the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, a crisis that saw nurses across the world step forward to face unprecedented circumstances in another display of the fundamental role they play in the health care system.

These early- and mid-career fellows have the potential to advance nursing science through projects across a wide range of topics focused on improving knowledge and the delivery of care. Just a few examples of what these projects focus on are optimizing technology for better accessibility, addressing health challenges in underserved communities, and improving care for those living with chronic conditions. The fellowship program works to identify qualified candidates through a rigorous application process and provides them with the resources and guidance to position them for future success. Beyond supporting projects through awards, fellows have access to professional development opportunities through skill building, mentorship and networking.

The fellows are already hard at work on exciting projects. Michelle L. Litchman from cohort two discussed her project to improve access to diabetes education and care for deaf populations. Her passion and enthusiasm for her work is apparent; at a recent meeting, she shared her personal experience with several deaf family members, and why her project is so important to not only her, but to the community at large.

A true partner to patients

Recent events have put a spotlight on modern health care systems. As the profession evolves, the role of nurses becomes more dynamic, and they are taking on more leadership roles than ever before. As a true partner to patients on a personal and emotional level, they also serve as partners within the broader health care ecosystem, serving as influential thought partners and innovators.

Through the cultivation of diverse and creative perspectives, all united by the desire to shape the future of nursing, these fellows continue to honor Betty Irene Moore’s legacy – one of genuine compassion and improving the quality of care for all.       

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