Dr. Rebecca O'Connor Selected as UC Davis Health Fellow Nurse Leader

Congratulations to Dr. Rebecca O’Connor who was selected as one of 11 UC Davis Health inaugural Betty Irene Moore Fellow Nurse Leaders.

The Betty Irene Moore Fellowships for Nurse Leaders and Innovators is a national program to develop the next generation of nurse leaders and innovators. The fellowship program recognizes and advances early-career nursing scholars and innovators with high potential to accelerate leadership in nursing-science research, practice, education, policy and entrepreneurship. This fellowship positions nurse scholars to be full partners in improving health care delivery and advancing health by developing skills and confidence in leadership and innovation.

Dr. O’Connor’s proposed project aims to provide future RNs and ARNPs with the awareness and skills to mitigate the impact of their personal attitudes, beliefs and biases on the care they provide, thus empowering them with agency to contribute to reducing health inequities. This project will shift the paradigm of clinical nursing education by re-conceptualizing awareness of self as a first and ongoing step of the nursing process, leverage state-of-the-art technology to allow for exploration of the impact implicit bias has on clinical decision-making, and provide opportunities to practice skills that mitigate this impact in clinical encounters.