Students pursuing doctoral and master’s degrees at UC Davis’ Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing presented their work at the 2015 Academic Symposium June 5 at the school’s Sacramento campus. For the 56 students who earned degrees from the nursing science and healthcare leadership graduate degree program this year, the event represents the culmination of their studies and the final step before graduation, according to a news release.
“The diversity of research, community projects and health studies conducted by our students speaks volumes as to their talent, knowledge and passion to lead real change in healthcare,” Debbie Ward, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate dean of academics, said in the release. “Those within the health system and visitors from the greater community will be amazed at how each and every one of these students delivers on the school’s vision to advance nursing and become leaders in clinics, communities and classrooms.”
Presentations included such diverse topics as hospital readmission rates and simulation training, family planning for rural women and pediatric triage assessment.
All of the students presenters were in one of four School of Nursing graduate programs led by the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Group, an interprofessional team of more than 50 faculty members from various disciplines. Students working toward their PhD in nursing science and healthcare leadership must complete a dissertation. Master’s-degree leadership students, physician assistant and nurse practitioner graduate students in the school’s clinical programs must complete a thesis.
Presentation examples include the following:
“Student Nurses’ Perceptions of Self-Efficacy, Readiness and Perceived Clinical Judgment Through the Use of Multipatient Simulation: A Pilot Study,” by master’s students Laura Corson and Charlie Dharmasukrit. The study aims to increase student awareness to safely and effectively prioritize, delegate and implement care for multiple people in a clinical setting.
“Infant Mortality Rates in African-Americans,” by Nicole Smith, a nurse manager pursuing a master’s. Smith recognized that African-American babies die at a rate of 2-times more than Caucasian babies. She interviewed providers on their experiences and found that most felt they didn’t have enough information or training from their employers on infant mortality, health disparities or cultural competence.