Transforming health care through nursing education and research
Through a commitment of $100 million, we launched the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at the University of California, Davis. This gift represents the nation’s largest grant for nursing education and aligns with our founders’ vision to improve the quality of patient care. The school cultivates academic excellence through immersive, interprofessional and interdisciplinary education and research in partnership with the communities it serves. Its graduates will serve as educators, researchers and leaders who promote health, advance quality of care and safety and shape policy.
The school cultivates academic excellence through immersive, interprofessional and interdisciplinary education and research in partnership with the communities it serves.
In 2010, the school admitted its first classes in master’s and doctorate degree programs. Three years later the school enhanced nurse practitioner and physician assistant programs to offer master’s degrees, given the important role that these positions play in our nation’s new models for providing health care.
Today, the school of nursing is part of the UC Davis Health System, an integrated, academic health system encompassing UC Davis School of Medicine, the 619-bed-acute-care hospital and clinical services of UC Davis Medical Center and the 800-member physician group known as the UC Davis Medical Group. In 2017, the school of nursing opened the Family Caregiving Institute and Betty Irene Moore Hall to further its mission to cultivate academic excellence through immersive, interprofessional and interdisciplinary education and research in partnership with the communities it serves.
The Family Caregiving Institute
Through the Family Caregiving Institute, nurse leaders aim to discover and disseminate knowledge to improve systems of support for caregivers, building upon the foundation laid by the school’s current scholarship in the area of family caregiving, including a collaboration with AARP, a partnership with families in Alameda County and research on obstacles faced by Latinas caring for family members suffering from dementia.
One in five American households is involved in a wide range of caregiving activities that vary in their intensity from checking on aging parents to providing total care to a disabled family member. AARP conducted a national survey of family caregiving and identified that many family caregivers struggle with tasks that nurses typically perform, referred to as “medical/nursing tasks.” These include management of medications, administering injections, dressing wounds and more. Through the Home Alone Alliance, AARP, the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and others, have created a series of educational videos to help family caregivers with some of these tasks. The videos, produced in English and Spanish, are available here.
The Family Caregiving Institute will help family caregivers by equipping them with knowledge and tools to deliver quality care. Another goal of the institute is to improve abilities of health care professionals to partner with and support family caregivers. For example, nurse leaders at the school will work to develop resources for practicing health professionals that will equip them to be more effective in anticipating and meeting the needs of caregivers.
Betty Irene Moore Hall
A state-of-the-science facility that supports health sciences education at UC Davis, Betty Irene Moore Hall is designed as a place where students are engaged through dynamic learning environments, where education sparks innovation and where leaders grow.
The 70-thousand-square-foot, $50 million academic building, is home to the school of nursing. It features collaborative learning spaces rather than traditional classrooms and simulation suites that engage students through interactive learning platforms. Betty Irene Moore Hall helps further the school’s capacity to advance health and transform health care and provides flexible spaces needed to prepare future health professionals in nursing, medicine, health informatics, public health and more.
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