UC Davis Today
Nursing graduates lead improvements in health care
The inaugural master’s degree graduates from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis are already advancing health care across a wide range of fronts.
Charley Johnston, a graduate of the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Master of Science program, is just one example of how the school’s alumni are already improving health care.
During the second half of his graduate education, Johnston transitioned into a new job as a quality and safety nurse champion in UC Davis Medical Center’s burn intensive care unit. In this role, Johnston focuses on improving the overall quality and safety of care throughout the hospital unit, rather than providing direct care to individuals.
Johnston is just one of the recent School of Nursing graduates who have new leadership roles throughout Northern California. Nearly half of the first class has already progressed in their careers, either through promotions or new positions.
Equipping health-care professionals with the knowledge and skills to prompt meaningful change is just what the nursing school was founded upon.
The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, which has a mission to transform health care through nursing education and research, was established in March 2009 through a $100 million commitment — the nation’s largest grant for nursing education — from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
The School of Nursing is an essential part of UC Davis Health System efforts to further interprofessional education—or the collaborative education of multiple types of health-care professionals together—as one key way to improve health care for all.
Charley Johnston (center), a School of Nursing alumnus, is shown with Miguel Medina and Emily Torres, two current students at the School of Nursing who also work at UC Davis Health System. Bill Santos/UC Davis photo