Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Student Milestones

January 2019Diana Austin
Linda Franck

Linda Franck Co-Authors Survive and Thrive Global Report on Newborns

Every year, nearly 30 million babies are born too soon or too small or become sick and need specialized care to survive. Yet with nurturing care, these babies can live without major complications, according to Survive and Thrive: Transforming Care for Every Small and Sick Newborn, a report commissioned by UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO), with support from partners including the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Save the Children, and the Gates Foundation. 

The report's key findings, released in December 2018, provide an overview of what will be presented in the full report, including a clear call to action to accelerate progress towards ensuring every newborn has the chance to live a healthy and productive life. The full technical report will be released soon. Professor and Jack & Elaine Koehn Endowed Chair in Pediatric Nursing Linda Franck is a co-author on this landmark report.

Franck also contributed to a recent brief on the essential role of family participation in the care of the inpatient newborn published by the global USAID-supported group Every Preemie–SCALE for World Prematurity Day on November 17, 2018. The brief is part of the group’s Do No Harm Technical Brief series, which provides “stakeholders with evidence-based information regarding safe and effective inpatient care in low-resource settings as an important step to avoid harm and improve health outcomes for newborns.”

Laura Wagner Receives Three-Year Grant for FirstGenRN Program

Laura Wagner Community Health Systems Associate Professor Laura Wagner has been awarded a $250,000, three-year grant from the California Wellness Foundation to implement and evaluate the FirstGenRN program in three California nursing schools that offer nursing licensure programs to a high proportion of under-represented minority, first-generation-to-college nursing students.

The project, which aims to provide support to nurses who are the first in their families to attend college, will be implemented at UCSF School of Nursing, California State University East Bay and Hartnell College.

Maureen Shannon Arrives as Associate Dean for Academic Programs

Maureen Shannon As of January 1, 2019, Maureen Shannon became associate dean for academic programs at UCSF School of Nursing.

A graduate of the School’s PhD degree program, Shannon returns to UCSF from the University of Hawaii’s School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, where she served as a professor, the Frances A. Matsuda endowed chair, the nursing graduate chair and the PhD program director. She is also a certified nurse-midwife, a fellow in the American College of Nurse-Midwives and a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. While working in a highly diverse and intentionally inclusive environment, Shannon gained administrative experiences in the development of a Doctor of Nursing Practice program, the incorporation of interdisciplinary offerings into programs of study, and leadership of her institution’s reaccreditation effort.

Alpha Eta Chapter Members Among New Sigma Foundation for Nursing’s Heritage Society Fellows

The Sigma Foundation for Nursing has named new fellows to its Heritage Society, which recognizes individuals who invest in nursing by supporting the foundation, including a group of eight alumni, faculty and former faculty from the School of Nursing:

The new fellows are members of the School’s Alpha Eta Chapter of Sigma, which aims to advance world health and celebrates nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership and service.

Leslie Dubbin Speaks on Improving Outcomes for Subsidized Housing Residents

Leslie Dubbin Leslie Dubbin, associate adjunct professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, was an invited panelist at the fall research conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management in Washington, DC. The panel was entitled “Improving Outcomes for Residents of Subsidized Housing: Using Administrative Data to Inform Policy and Program Implementation.” Dubbin joined panelists from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Urban Institute, and the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania to explore the benefits and challenges of using data across various sectors, including public health (hospital utilization and diagnosis data), education, employment and the criminal justice system, to improve outcomes for publicly subsidized housing residents.

Joanne Spetz on Strengthening Our Workforce

Joanne Spetz Professor of Health Policy Studies Joanne Spetz published a Health Affairs Blog post, “Strengthening the Workforce for People with Serious Illness: Top Priorities from a National Summit,” with alumna Nancy Dudley (PhD) on November 15.

The piece includes discussion of the recommendations that emerged from a May 2018 summit that aimed to accelerate progress toward an adequate workforce in three to five years.

Stacy Torres in The Journals of Gerontology and the Sacramento Bee

Stacy Torres Assistant Professor Stacy Torres, from the School’s Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, had two publications in December 2018. Her study in The Journals of Gerontology“Aging Alone, Gossiping Together: Older Adults’ Talk as Social Glue” – found, “Higher rates of divorce and lifelong singlehood, coupled with increased longevity, will compel greater numbers of older adults to construct alternative support networks. My findings suggest that more will draw these connections from unconventional venues such as neighborhood public places.”

In addition, in the December 21 Sacramento Bee, Torres penned an op-ed that examined the decline of brick-and-mortar department stores and the way those institutions once fostered an in-person sense of community that crossed cultural and political divides, especially during the holiday season. The article makes a plea for “using public-private partnerships to convert empty anchor stores in dying malls into accessible public atriums and community spaces. We should protect retail workers so they can take care of themselves and their families, in turn bolstering their ability to provide customer service that makes visiting stores more attractive. Consumer patterns might have changed, but the need for pleasure and connection remains.”

Sandra Domeracki to Serve on VHA, CECRAOHN Boards

Sandra Domeracki Sandra Domeracki, associate professor in the Department of Community Health Systems, was selected as the primary representative of Veterans Integrated Service Network’s Sierra Pacific Network (VISN 21) to the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Employee Occupational Health Change Advisory Board.

In addition, Domeracki has been elected to the California El Camino Real Association of Occupational Health Nurses board as incoming director of communications.

In Memoriam: Frances “Pat” Kessler

Pat Kessler The UCSF community mourns the passing of School of Nursing alumna Frances “Pat” Kessler (BSN ’58).

Kessler was a tireless champion for the School, serving as president of the Alumni Association of UCSF and as a regent of the University of California during a time when the UC system was grappling with the state’s 1996 ban on affirmative action. As she told this publication in a 1998 interview, “The vote on affirmative action occurred at my first official meeting, which started at 8 a.m. and ended at 9 p.m. Affirmative action was a continuing theme for the next six to eight months.”

In 1998, Kessler received the school’s Jane Norbeck Distinguished Service Award for her contributions to the school.

Kessler, whose mother was also a nurse, leaves a legacy of caring in the form of two more generations of nurses: her daughter Ellie (also a School of Nursing alumna) and a granddaughter, who practices in Southern California.

Recent Publications

Impact of California’s Safe Patient Handling Legislation on Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Among Nurses (Soo-Jeong Lee, Joung Hee Lee), January 2019

Learning from Data to Predict Future Symptoms of Oncology Patients (Chris Miaskowski, Bruce Cooper, Xiau Hu, Kord Kober, Steve Paul), December 31, 2018.

Living Wills: One Part of the Advance Care Planning Puzzle (Daniel David), December 3, 2018

Survival Now Versus Survival Later: Immediate and Delayed HIV Risk Assessment Among Young Jamaican Men Who Have Transactional Sex with Men (Orlando Harris), November 16, 2018

The One-Minute Preceptor Model: A Systematic Review (Elizabeth Gatewood), November 9, 2018

Quantifying Sexual Orientation Among Homeless and Unstably Housed Women in a Longitudinal Study: Identity, Behavior, and Fluctuations over a Three-Year Period (Annesa Flentje), November 7, 2018