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Photo by Betty Irene Mooe School of Nursing at UC Davis

A group of nursing students gather outside to take part in the Nursing Month celebrations at the Betty Irene Mooe School of Nursing at UC Davis

When asked what being a Bruin Nurse means to second-year UCLA nursing student Joseph Meza, he answered, “To me, being a Bruin Nurse means working hard, providing compassionate care, and going above and beyond to be of service to our patients.” 

As we look back on National Nurses Month, we have to agree. 

UC employs more than 19,000 nurses who provide vital medical services at the five UC medical centers, 10 campus student health centers and numerous outpatient clinics throughout the UC system. And nurse educators teach the nearly 1,600 students enrolled at UC’s four nursing schools, which are some of the top nursing schools in the state and the country. 

Throughout May, UC Health joined the schools of nursing and the medical centers in honoring the care, expertise and dedication of nurses across the profession. As UCSF Dean and Styles Professor of Nursing, Carol Dawson-Rose, PhD, RN, FAAN, shares in a recent Science of Caring School of Nursing newsletter: “Nurses' voices are essential to improving health, strengthening patient care, shaping health policy and advancing health equity in California, across the country and around the globe. As nurses, we have the responsibility to show up and bring our expertise to decision-making tables.” 

Stories from across the UC system provide an opportunity to learn more about the profession now and where it is headed for the future. Listen to nurses' experiences, learn about nursing student perspectives, watch videos about innovative health care delivery practices and read about the role nurses have within the health care system. 

Listen: The nurses whose advocacy changed patient care during the AIDS crisis | UCSF School of Nursing

Cliff Morrison, the nurse who launched the country's first in-patient AIDS unit in 1983, and UCSF Dean Carol Dawson-Rose, an early leader in international patient-centered AIDS prevention and care, share their experiences about providing care at the height of the AIDS crisis — and what nurses today should do to be strong advocates — in the school’s latest podcast episode.

Listen to the UCSF School of Nursing podcast.

Learn: Celebrating the impact of nursing | UCLA Nursing

Throughout the month of May, the UCLA School of Nursing has been celebrating the impact and contributions of Bruin Nurses through a series of events, seminars and a “What Does being a Bruin Nurse mean to you” digital campaign. This month-long celebration serves to honor the dedication, excellence, and expertise of nurses across the profession, past, present, and future. 

Learn what being a Bruin Nurse means to students on the UCLA Nursing website.

Watch: Nursing and veterinary students partner to provide care in health care deserts | Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis

Thanks to a partnership between the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, humans and their pets can receive preventive care and treatment side-by-side at UC Davis Veterinary Medicine’s Knights Landing One Health Clinic. While veterinary students and faculty veterinarians work as a team to tend to the furry family members, nursing students, under the guidance of nursing faculty, provide preventive health care screenings and health education for human family members. They offer blood pressure screenings, blood glucose checks and education on topics such as general blood pressure management, healthy diet and smoking cessation.

Scroll to the bottom of the article to watch what innovative health care delivery looks like in the UC Davis Health video.

Read: Nursing’s role in the positive experience of living long | The UCI Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing

The recent issue of Humanitas, a magazine from UCI’s Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing, looks at nursing’s role in the positive experience of living long. The feature article (page 18) confronts ageism, examining how the profession must act against pejorative assumptions and assert the unique humanity of the older patient, for the good of us all.

Read the latest issue of Humanitas magazine.

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Photo by UCI Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing.

UCI staff pose at a professional development event during Nursing Month.

About University of California Health

University of California Health comprises six academic health centers, 20 health professional schools, a Global Health Institute and systemwide services that improve the health of patients and the University’s students, faculty and employees. All of UC’s hospitals are ranked among the best in California and its medical schools and health professional schools are nationally ranked in their respective areas.