UC Davis Today: Welcome, first nursing class grads

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Welcome, first nursing class grads

Graduates of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing will take part in UC Davis commencement ceremonies for the first time on June 14, when 25 nurses receive their Master of Science degrees in Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership.

The event marks a significant milestone for UC Davis’ newest professional school, which was launched in 2007 through a $100 million commitment from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The foundation and UC Davis share a vision to transform health care through nursing leadership, education and research.

“These graduates are prepared to work as full partners with other health care providers to deliver high-quality care,” said Heather M. Young, associate vice chancellor for nursing and founding dean. “They are ready to identify and propose solutions to problems in care environments and devise and implement plans for improvement.” 

The interprofessional Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership program prepares nurses for health-care leadership roles in a variety of settings and organizations. It also educates nurse faculty for community colleges and other educational levels.

Besides the Master of Science degree, the school offers a Doctor of Philosophy. Other nursing programs, including one to educate new nurses, will be phased in over the coming years.  

The inaugural class of nursing school graduates, who have earned their Master of Science degree, pose for a picture to mark their graduations.  (Karin Higgins/UC Davis photo)

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