KT Waxman Inducted as AONL Fellow

May 2022School of Nursing Communications
KT Waxman


KT Waxman, DNP, RN, FAAN, professor and director of the School’s DNP program, was inducted as a fellow in the American Organization for Nursing Leadership at its annual conference April 11-14. The fellow designation recognizes exemplary nurse leaders who have made significant and sustained contributions to nursing leadership and AONL.

In addition, Waxman delivered the presentation “Disseminating Your Work Through Publication: A Conversation With Editors” at the conference. Waxman is the editor-in-chief of Nursing Administration Quarterly.

At the subsequent American Nurses Association California Conference on April 24, Waxman delivered a keynote address focused on simulation and health equity.

Jose Gutierrez Jr. Joins SON as Health Equity Scholar

Jose Gutierrez Jr.Jose Gutierrez Jr. Jose Gutierrez Jr., PhD, FNP-BC, is joining the School of Nursing faculty as the first in a series of hires of Health Equity Scholars. He will be appointed as an assistant professor, effective July 1.

Gutierrez is completing a postdoctoral fellowship at UCSF as part of the National Clinician Scholars Program in which he was sponsored by the VA. A board-certified family nurse practitioner, he has broad experience in research, teaching and clinical work, with a focus on infectious disease, behavior/decision science, and military/veteran health.

Faculty, Postdocs and Students Engage at WIN Conference

School faculty, postdocs and doctoral students shared their expertise as honorees and presenters at the 2022 Western Institute of Nursing (WIN) Conference, held April 6-9 in Portland, Oregon. See additional photos in this slideshow.

  • Kathryn Lee, PhD, RN, professor emerita, was honored with the prestigious Distinguished Research Lectureship Award, which recognizes a senior investigator whose research career has made substantial and sustained contributions to nursing.
  • Monica McLemore, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor, delivered the "State of the Science" address.
  • Annette Carley, DNP, RN, professor, led the presentation "Excelling at DNP Curricular Mapping."
  • Sandra Weiss, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, along with PhD student Shaimaa Elrefaay, MS, RN, postdoctoral scholar Sarah Richoux, PhD, RN, and past postdoc Rebecca Salomon, PhD, RN, presented on "Symptoms of Women's Emotional Distress and Glucocorticoid Exposure During Pregnancy: Implications for Maternal and Infant Biology."
  • The deans of the four UC nursing schools — Catherine Gilliss, PhD, RN, FAAN, (UCSF), Stephen Cavanagh, PhD, RN, FAAN, (UC Davis), Mark Lazenby, PhD, RN, FAAN, (UC Irvine) and Lin Zhan, PhD, RN, FAAN (UCLA) — hosted a joint reception on April 7 at the conference location to celebrate the continuing contributions of nursing faculty and alumni.

Faculty Present at NONPF Conference

School faculty members presented at the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties’ 48th Annual Conference: Driving Change in NP Education and the DNP, from April 6-10 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

  • Elizabeth Gatewood, DNP, FNP, and Lisa Mihaly, FNP: “Facilitating Innovative Strategies & Accountability to Advance DEIB in APN Education" symposium.
  • Gatewood and Angel Kuo, PNP, and Michelle Buchholz, FNP — "Driving Change: Empowering Preceptors to Support Learner Belonging Through a Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Clinical Environment"
  • Kate Melino, PMHNP: “Reproductive Mental Health: Innovations in PMHNP Curriculum Through Healthcare Simulations”

Andrew Penn Discusses Psychedelics Studies

Andrew PennAndrew Penn Andrew Penn, MS, PMHNP, associate professor, was among the experts on an April 19 panel during Bicycle Day, an exploration of psychedelics in art, culture and medicine. Penn discussed current psychedelics studies taking place at UCSF.


Faculty Secure New Grants to Fuel Research

  • Ji Won Choi, PhD, RN, assistant professor in the Institute for Health & Aging, received a $311,886 grant from Duke University for the project "Facilitating COVID-19 At-Home Collection Testing Among Korean American Families Through Korean Schools in Northern California."
  • Kim Dau, MS, CNM, associate professor in Family Health Care Nursing, received a $649,981 grant from the California Healthcare Foundation for the project "Midwifery Re-Diversification for Health Equity in California."
  • Annesa Flentje, PhD, associate professor in Community Health Systems, received a $230,966 grant from Stanford University for the project "PRIDEnet 2 for the All of Us Research Program."
  • Orlando Harris, PhD, MPH, FNP, assistant professor in Community Health Systems, received a K23 mentored research career development award from the NIH. This five-year grant will fund the project "Jamaica CARES Project: Connecting HIV/AIDS Resources to Engage Jamaican Sexual and Gender Minorities." The year 1 funding will total $201,150.
  • Soo-Jeong Lee, PhD, ANP, associate professor in Community Health Systems, received a two-year R21 grant from the NIH for her project "Impact of COVID-19 on Disinfectant Exposure and Associated Health Effects." The current year funding amount is $242,250.
  • Glenn-Milo Santos, PhD, MPH, associate professor in Community Health Systems, was awarded a K24 mid-career investigator award from the NIH. The five-year grant will support Santos' project "ASTERISK: Alcohol and Substance Use Treatment and Engagement Research on Intervention Studies Among Key Populations." The year 1 funding will be $187,604.
  • Jarmin Yeh, PhD, MPH, MSSW, assistant professor in the Institute for Health & Aging, received a California Department of Social Services grant for $300,000 for her project "Developing an Operational Plan for California Adult Protective Services Under the American Research Plan Act of 2021."

April Preceptor of the Month

Tania YaremaTania Yarema Tania Yarema, ACNP-BC, an acute care nurse practitioner, is the April 2022 Preceptor of the Month. She graduated in 2008 from the Master of Science program in the ACNP specialty, and currently works at Sutter California Pacific Medical Center with the Critical Care Service. Yarema has shared her clinical expertise with numerous AGACNP students for more than 10 years. In addition, she is a volunteer associate clinical professor in Physiological Nursing and lectures for course N288F. Read more on the Preceptor Portal.

Faculty In the News

Charlene Harrington, PhD, RN, FAAN, was among the experts quoted in the April 13, 2022 article “Nursing Home Pay Rule Reveals CMS Strategy on Minimum Staffing” in McKnight’s Long-Term Care News.

Joanne Spetz, PhD, shared her expertise in the April 12, 2022 article “Should Advanced Practice Nurses in NC Have More Independence From Physicians?” in NC Health News.


Self-Weighing Behaviors of Diverse Community-Dwelling Adults Motivated for a Lifestyle Change — Yoshimi Fukuoka, PhD, RN, FAAN, April 26, 2022

Mobile Medical Clinics in the United States Post-Affordable Care Act: An Integrative Review— Angela Coaston, MS, RN, Soo-Jeong Lee, PhD, RN, ANP, Julene Johnson, PhD, Sandra Weiss, PhD, RN, FAAN, Caroline Stephens, PhD, FAAN, April 25, 2022

Symptoms of Maternal Psychological Distress During Pregnancy: Sex-Specific Effects for Neonatal Morbidity — Sandra Weiss, PhD, RN, FAAN, April 18, 2022

Using Retrofit, Reform, and Reimagine to Advance Toward Health Equity — Monica McLemore, PhD, RN, FAAN, April-June 2022

Persistent Disparities in COVID-19-Associated Impacts On HIV Prevention and Care Among a Global Sample of Sexual and Gender Minority Individuals — Glenn-Milo Santos, PhD, MPH, Natalie Wilson, DNP, PhD, MPH, Jerry John Nutor, PhD, RN, Orlando Harris, PhD, MPH, FNP, April 17, 2022

The Collaborative Approach for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Research and Education (CARE): A Recruitment Registry for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias, Aging, and Caregiver-Related Research — Van Ta Park, PhD, MPH, Marian Tzuang, Bora Nam, April 14, 2022

The Short Form Effort−Reward Imbalance: Measure of Occupational Stress for Firefighters— Dal Lae Chin, PhD, RN, Minjung Kyung, MPH, RN (PhD student, not pictured), Stephanie Phelps, PhD, RN, Oi Saeng Hong, PhD, RN, FAAN, April 11, 2022

Addressing Suicide Risk in Patients Living With Dementia During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond — Elena Portacolone, PhD, MBA, MPH, April 2, 2022

Water Access and Adherence Intention Among HIV-Positive Pregnant Women and New Mothers Receiving Antiretroviral Therapy in Zambia — Jerry John Nutor, PhD, RN, Thomas Hoffmann, PhD, April 1, 2022

Emancipatory Visions: Using Visual Methods to Co-construct Knowledge With Older Adults— Jarmin Yeh, PhD, MPH, MSSW, April 1, 2022

Enablers and Barriers to HIV Services for Gay and Bisexual Men in the COVID-19 Era: Fusing Datasets from Two Global Online Surveys Via File Concatenation with Adjusted Weights — Glenn-Milo Santos, PhD, MPH, Thomas Hoffman, PhD, April 1, 2022

Sexual Behaviors, Substance Use, and Quality of Life Among Individuals Using PrEP in San Francisco During the COVID-19 Pandemic Shelter-In-Place Orders: A Cross-Sectional Survey — Carrie Chan, MS, RN, April 1, 2022

Leadership In Action

March 2022School of Nursing
Carol Dawson-Rose

Celebrating the 40th Helen Nahm Research Lecture

Professor Carol Dawson-Rose, PhD, RN, FAAN, presented the 40th Helen Nahm Research Lecture on March 11, 2022 to an audience of faculty, staff, students and guests at UCSF’s Parnassus Heights campus. Her lecture was titled "HIV Prevention and Treatment Needs of People Living With HIV,” and was followed by an outdoor reception with refreshments. See the photo slideshow from the event and watch the recording of her lecture.

The School of Nursing presents the Helen Nahm Research Lecture Award annually to an individual in honor of their outstanding contributions to nursing science and research.

Sandy Staveski Launches Pediatric Cardiac ICU Nurse Residency Program

Sandra StaveskiSandra Staveski Sandy Staveski, PhD, RN, FAAN, assistant professor, and Children's HeartLink are launching a remote-learning Pediatric Cardiac ICU Nurse Residency Program for Low-Middle Income Countries, with four hospitals in India and one in Malaysia. It is a train-the-trainer model in which they will teach about five nurses at each institution how to use the remote platform. Then the nurses who are trained can use the open access platform to train others at their home institution. The first set of learning modules starts this month.

Emancipatory Sciences Lab Launches

Jarmin Yeh, Jennifer James, Nicholas DiCarlo, Carroll EstesClockwise from left: Jarmin Yeh, Jennifer James, Nicholas DiCarlo, Carroll Estes The new Emancipatory Sciences Lab at UCSF launched this year to uplift the work of scholars and practitioners who are challenging power structures and building knowledge of anti-oppression for justice/healing. The network spans across departments, divisions and schools at UCSF and beyond, nationally and internationally. Founded by professor emerita Carroll Estes, PhD, FAAN, the lab is led by three co-directors: assistant professors Jarmin Yeh, PhD, MPH, MSSW, and Jennifer James, PhD, MS, MSW, and project policy analyst Nicholas DiCarlo, LCSW.


Celebrating Preceptors: Angelina Caserta, Sheri Foote

Angelina Caserta and Sheri Foote The School of Nursing recognizes its preceptors for the important contributions they make to prepare tomorrow's nurse leaders. The School's March Preceptor of the Month is Angelina Caserta, MS, ANP-BC, clinical manager at Concentra Urgent Care in downtown San Francisco. Despite the demands of a fast-paced urgent care clinic, Caserta consistently precepts students in the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner specialty.

The February Preceptor of the Month was Sheri L. Foote, CNM, associate professor in the UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Services. Foote has been precepting UCSF midwifery students since 2020. Foote has been a dedicated educator with her students, striking the balance between support and encouraging independent thought.

Read more about Caserta, Foote and other preceptors on the Preceptor Portal.

Monica McLemoreMonica McLemore Monica McLemore Named Editor-in-Chief

Monica McLemore, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor, was named editor-in-chief of Health Equity. The peer-reviewed open access journal provides authoritative information about health disparities and health equity among vulnerable populations.


Faculty Share Expertise in Regional, National and Global Presentations

The UCSF-Bay Area Center for AIDS Research spotlighted the UCSF School of Nursing’s faculty expertise at its March 2 seminar:

  • Carol Dawson-Rose, PhD, RN, FAAN, chair of Community Health Systems, provided welcome remarks and the introduction.
  • Natalie Wilson, PhD, DNP, MPH, assistant professor in Community Health Systems, delivered the presentation “Healthy Outcomes for People Everywhere (HOPE): Delivering a Status Neutral Approach Through Mobile Health Clinic Services.”
  • Orlando Harris, PhD, MPH, FNP, assistant professor in Community Health Systems, presented on “Reconceptualizing Gender and Gender Expressions in Jamaica: Challenges and Opportunities for HIV Prevention and Treatment Among Jamaican Women of Trans Experience.”
  • Jerry John Nutor, PhD, RN, assistant professor in Family Health Care Nursing, led a presentation on “Examining the Factors Influencing Adherence to Antiretroviral Treatment Among HIV+ Postpartum Women in Southwestern Uganda.”
  • Annesa Flentje, PhD, associate professor in Community Health Systems, presented on “Reducing Minority Stress to Optimize the Health of Sexual and Gender Minority Individuals Living With or at Risk for HIV.”

In addition, Jarmin Yeh, PhD, MPH, MSSW, assistant professor, was a featured speaker at a Feb. 15 event as part of the Manchester Urban Research Group’s “Conversation on Urban Ageing” series.

Andrew Penn, MS, PMHNP, associate professor, delivered a Feb. 3 talk titled “What Happens in Psychedelic Therapy? When Caring Science Meets Psychedelic Treatments” as part of the University of Pennsylvania's School of Nursing series “A Journey Through the Psychedelic Revival.”

Mica Estrada Appointed to NASEM Study

Mica EstradaMica Estrada Mica Estrada, PhD, associate professor, has been appointed to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine consensus study “Advancing Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in STEM Organizations.” The interdisciplinary committee of experts will develop a report with recommendations for actionable antiracist mechanisms to advance diversity, equity and inclusion.

New “Climate Change, Health and Social Justice” Course To Begin This Spring

Orlando Harris and Susan ChapmanOrlando Harris and Susan Chapman Orlando Harris, PhD, MPH, FNP, assistant professor, and Susan Chapman, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, have been awarded $4,000 in UCSF Innovations Funding to create the new course “Climate Change, Health, and Social Justice," starting spring 2022. Spurred by student requests for more content, the course will focus on the impacts of climate change and other extreme weather events on health, and make the link between climate change and social justice, disparities in health, inequities, and other social vulnerabilities.

UCSF Nursing Faculty Featured in the News


Implementation of a Multisite Financial Reimbursement Program in Cancer Clinical Trials Integrated With Patient Navigation: A Pilot Randomized Clinical Trial — Tracy Lin, PhD, Feb. 23, 2022

Trends in Total Fertility Rate in Ghana by Different Inequality Dimensions From 1993 to 2014 — Jerry John Nutor, PhD, RN, Feb. 23, 2022

Evaluation of HIV Infection in Febrile Patients Visiting Health Centers in Lagos, Nigeria— Jerry John Nutor, PhD, RN, Feb. 19, 2022

Health Equity Tourism: Ravaging the Justice Landscape — Monica McLemore, PhD, RN, FAAN, Feb. 12, 2022

Serine, N-Acetylaspartate Differentiate Adolescents With Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Compared With Healthy Controls: A Metabolomics Cross-Sectional Study — Kimberly Lewis, PhD, Elena Flowers, PhD, RN, Feb. 10, 2022

Beyond Inclusion: Enacting Team Equity in Precision Medicine Research — Janet Shim, PhD, Feb. 7, 2022

Incidence of Potentially Disruptive Medical and Social Events in Older Adults With and Without Dementia — Lauren Hunt, PhD, RN, Feb. 5, 2022

Quality of Life of Colorectal Cancer Survivors Participating in a Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of Physical Activity Trackers and Daily Text Messages — Yoshimi Fukuoka, PhD, RN, FAAN, Christine Miaskowski, PhD, RN, FAAN, Feb. 4, 2022

Financial and Quality Metrics of a Large, Publicly-Traded U.S. Nursing Home Chain in the Age of COVID-19 — Charlene Harrington, PhD, RN, FAAN, Feb. 4, 2022

Integrating LGBTQ+ Health Into Medical Education — Kristen Clark, PhD, Sean Luong, Annesa Flentje, PhD, Feb. 3, 2022

The Roles of Parental Absence, Life Skills and Personality Traits in Mental Health Status Among Adolescents in Rural China — Jyu-Lin Chen, PhD, RN, FAAN, Feb. 3, 2022

"You Have To Be Sure That the Patient Has the Full Picture": Adaptation of the Best Case/Worst Case Communication Tool for Geriatric Oncology — Francesca Nicosia, PhD, Feb. 2, 2022

A New Trauma Frontier: Exploratory Pilot Study of Platelet Transcriptomics in Trauma Patients — Kord Kober, PhD, Feb. 1, 2022

Effects of Naturalistic Psychedelic Use on Depression, Anxiety and Well-Being: Associations With Patterns of Use, Reported Harms and Transformative Mental States — Andrew Penn, MS, NP, Feb. 1, 2022

How Ought Decisions That Weigh on Life and Death Be Justly Informed and Governed to Benefit More Than the Privileged Few with Access to a Trusted Clinician? — Julia Brown, PhD, Barbara Koenig, PhD, RN, February 2022

Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Developmental Service Delivery in Children With a History of Neonatal Seizures — Linda Franck, PhD, RN, FAAN, February 2022

How UCSF is Working to Recruit and Retain Nurses

January 2022By Pat Patton and Gina Shuler
Gina Shuler, Pat Patton

Pat Patton is Chief Nurse Executive, Chief Nursing Officer for Adult Services as well as the Vice President for Patient Care Services at UCSF Health. Gina Shuler is Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs in the UCSF School of Nursing, Associate Chief Nursing Officer for Nursing Excellence and Chief Population Health Officer for UCSF Health.

Nurses are the backbone of any organization’s care delivery infrastructure. We have seen many organizations struggle with meeting care delivery demands due to nursing staffing shortages and outages due to COVID.

As an academic medical center that serves a population of specialized high acuity patients, the recruitment, retention and development of clinically excellent and caring nurses remains a top priority for UCSF. The COVID pandemic and the workforce shifts we have seen in nursing require innovative thinking and strategic planning in a way that feels urgent and different from our approach in the past. Ours is a multi-pronged strategic approach that focuses on wellness and retention, workforce pipeline and professional development.

Providing Wellness Resources

Wellness is so key during this pandemic and being forward thinking about different strategies is tantamount to meet the many needs of our nursing, ancillary and faculty’s needs. UCSF and UCSF Health offers wellness resources for our staff:

  • Like many organizations, we offer an employee assistance program. Our Faculty and Staff Assistance Program provides free sessions to anyone who calls and connects them with a counselor to listen and assess their need. If further assistance is needed for the employee, the counselor will refer them to another professional for further counseling.
  • UCSF also offers the COPE program, which was created by UCSF faculty during the COVID-19 pandemic. After the employee completes a short online needs survey, the employee is connected to web-based resilience tools that include online resources, apps and webinars. You can learn more about this resource here: https://tiny.ucsf.edu/cope.

In addition, UCSF Health is participating in a research study with the University of Pennsylvania around Caregiver First Aid. This study is looking at the best ways to support frontline caregivers and how to notice those who need assistance.

Supporting Nurse Retention and Recruitment

As we continue to look at our workforce planning strategy, the organization decided, even through the pandemic, to increase its hiring of new graduates to twice a year. UCSF Health hires 50-70 new nurses twice a year now and places them in a six-month Transition to Practice program that is accredited by the American Nursing Credentialing Center. This program ensures our new graduate nurses are prepared and ready to practice as they enter the workforce. The program consists of didactic classes as well as strong preceptors. The program has been a huge success, as evidenced by the high retention rate (98%) of the new graduate nurses in our organization after one year.

The UCSF Center of Nursing Excellence and Innovation (CNEI) is the centralized office that oversees nursing clinical practice, evidenced-based implementation, nursing research, nursing quality and analytics, and nursing professional development. As a critical support structure for nursing, we worked on several key strategies to support nursing recruitment and retention this year:

  • Understanding our workforce: We performed a comprehensive workforce assessment and landscape analysis to understand our experiential level of nurses, turnover rates and retirement projections by individual unit. This has allowed us to focus resource support and succession planning on those units at highest risk for vacancy due to retirement or those units that need significant practice support due to a significant ratio of novice nurses.
  • Accreditation and expansion of our nursing residency program (new graduate training): We doubled our volume of new graduate nurses in 2021 and plan to expand again in 2022. This requires not only offering more training programs, but also investing in the expansion of the post-graduate infrastructure for practice support by strategically hiring more clinical nurse specialists and nursing professional development specialists and educators.
  • Creating flexible and innovative models for education and practice support: For example, we completely revamped our evidence-based practice training program (EBP) to meet the demands for didactic content, theoretical application and implementation support, essentially creating a tiered structure. Our new program, which is set to launch spring 2022, will allow three levels of entry into EBP training, which will make EBP content, training and support available to the entire nursing workforce.
  • Launching our new Leadership Institute: The new UCSF Leadership Institute, a partnership between the UCSF School of Nursing and the Center for Nursing Excellence, provides leadership development at all levels of nursing. By enabling nurses to develop their skills, we will develop and retain our nursing workforce, and give them the technical and leadership skills to work on succession planning and workforce development and engagement. The institute is led by director Justin Pohl and co-director KT Waxman.
  • Workplace accommodations and flexibility: Within the CNEI, we have challenged the traditional methods of how we work. We offer remote work-from-home days, much more virtual learning, and the use of surveillance data to help our clinical nurse specialists identify and focus on the highest risk patients or pockets of nursing support needs.

Tapping Expert Nurses From Retirement

While we have increased the number of new graduates we hire, UCSF Health has also challenged itself by looking at other workforce strategies that could bring nurses back into the practice setting. The first successful strategy was to reach out to our retired nurses to garner their interest in returning and we were able to bring back five nurses full or part time to assist with our COVID response.

In addition, we reached out to our nurses who had been out of the workforce for over a year to see if they were willing to re-enter the role of a bedside RN. We had over 35 applications for nine spots we advertised in this space, showing a huge interest among nurses wanting to come back and serve.

With the current national nursing shortage projected to continue for the next few years, organizations must think creatively and plan strategically. UCSF Health and the UCSF School of Nursing will continue to work together in the future to determine more successful strategies around wellness, retention and recruitment.



Leadership in Action: Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Student Milestones

November 2021School of Nursing Communications
Monica McLemore

Monica McLemore Honored for Leadership, Advocacy

Monica McLemore, associate professor in Family Health Care Nursing, is the recipient of the 2021 Outstanding Leadership/Advocacy Award from the American Public Health Association's Maternal and Child Health Awards Committee.

The award recognizes McLemore for her significant contributions to improving mothers' and children's health, and for advancing pointed conversations around postpartum Medicaid coverage, racism as a public health crisis, a re-envisioned Black maternal health research, social and structural determinants of health inequities in maternal health, reducing adverse birth outcomes, access to life-saving abortion care, access to reproductive healthcare for immigrants, the maternal mortality crisis, and the health inequities of the pandemic.

McLemore also was among the featured experts at the California Black Nurses’ Summit on Oct. 23. The summit focused on a review of the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 report with some of the top nurse experts in the profession.

Ana Delgado Receives Chancellor Award  Ana Delgado

Alumna and volunteer faculty member Ana Delgado is one of three recipients of the Chancellor Award for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership. The award recognizes people who demonstrate outstanding commitment and service to diversity, equity and inclusion. 

View a video honoring Delgado and her achievements on YouTube.

Jerry John Nutor Jerry John Nutor Leads International Health Conference

The Africa Interdisciplinary Health Conference, co-created by Jerry John Nutor, assistant professor in Family Health Care Nursing, welcomed 150 international researchers on Sept. 22-24.

The conference, now in its fourth year, focuses on interdisciplinary collaboration and examines effective strategies to promote safety for patients within health care systems. This year’s conference was a hybrid event: Researchers from Rwanda gathered in person while the rest attended virtually. The conference has motivated attendees to form research support groups at universities in Ghana and Liberia, continuing important discussions on interdisciplinary collaboration. Nutor said these groups will aim to produce research articles on interdisciplinary collaboration.

Nutor is grateful to Associate Dean Catherine Waters for providing funding through the Sally Bates Endowed Chair in Health Disparities.

School of Nursing Researchers Receive More Than $2 Million in Funding 

School of Nursing researchers, leading projects ranging from tobacco use cessation to music's impact on brain function, were awarded more than $2 million in Year 1 funding to conduct these innovative projects.

  • Stella Bialous, professor in Social & Behavioral Sciences, received $734,496 from the National Cancer Institute for her project, "Integrating Tobacco Use Cessation Into Family AIDS Care and Education Services (FACES) in Kisumu, Kenya."
  • Julene Johnson, associate dean of research, received $558,475 from the National Institute on Aging, for her project, "Impact of Music Improvisation Training on Brain Function and Cognition Among Older Adults." 
  • Laura Wagner, associate professor in Community Health Systems, received $499,715 for her project, "FirstGenRN — Rural Eldercare Advancement Program." The project will train first-generation nursing students to provide high-quality elder care in rural populations.
  • Glenn-Milo Santos, associate professor in Community Health Systems, received his third R01/R01-equivalent NIH grant ($329,820 for 2021 fiscal year) as a principal investigator for his new study, "The ION+EMI Study: Intermittent Oral Naltrexone Enhanced With an Ecological Momentary Intervention for Methamphetamine-Using MSM." Santos has also served as the site-PI for six R01/R01-equivalent grants.
  • Matt Tierney, professor in Community Health Systems, received $149,845 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Center for Mental Health Services, for his project, "Closing the Opioid Treatment Gap Through Advance Practice Nursing Activation." 
  • Yoshimi Fukuoka, professor in Physiological Nursing, received the Computational Innovator Faculty Research Grant Award ($100,000) as part of UCSF's Initiative for Digital Transformation in Computational Biology & Health.
  • Additionally, clinical research coordinator Fion Ng received $22,586 from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for her project.

Celebrating Trailblazers

In honor of Diversity Month in October, the School of Nursing celebrated the “Trailblazers” in its community. The School invited those who are the “first” to achieve success in a certain area to briefly share their journey. These are their stories — and the School thanks them for opening the door and leading the way for others.

Barbara Koenig Barbara Koenig Co-Chaired Subcommittee on Responsible Use of Artificial Intelligence

Barbara Koenig, professor emerita in the Institute for Health & Aging and former director of the UCSF Bioethics Program, served as co-chair of the health subcommittee for a new UC report that developed principles to oversee the ethical use of artificial intelligence. UC President Michael Drake adopted the recommendations in mid-October. Read the UC story and access the report.

Michelle Buchholz, Amanda Ling Michelle Buchholz, Amanda Ling Named IP Humanistic Teaching Fellows

Michelle Buchholz, assistant professor in Family Health Care Nursing, and Amanda Ling, assistant professor in Community Health Systems, have been selected for the 2021 UCSF cohort of the Interprofessional Humanistic Teaching Fellowship. The year-long fellowship is funded through the Kern Institute’s Collaboratories to Transform Medical Education, and began in September. 

Faculty and Postdoc Presentations

Andrew Penn and Beth Phoenix co-presented a session at the American Psychiatric Nurses Association national meeting titled “When a Pandemic Hands You Lemons, Make Lemonade: How We Used Evidence-Based Teaching Strategies to Improve Our Psychiatric Assessment and Management Course as We Transitioned to Remote Learning.” Penn also presented a separate session titled “What Can Nursing Teach Us About How To Be a Psychedelic Therapist? A Care-Informed Model for Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy." Penn also presented the talk, “Reunited and It Feels So Good: Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Magnify Each Other With Psychedelics” at the Psych Congress on Nov. 1 in San Antonio, Texas.

Soo-Jeong Lee presented her study, “Patient Handling Injuries in California, 2007-2016: Analysis of Workers’ Compensation Data” at the American Public Health Association Conference from Oct. 24 to 27.

Postdoctoral scholar Kimberly Lewis was the featured speaker at the Oct. 27 Brain Talks, a series hosted by the UCSF Kavli Institute for Fundamental Neuroscience. She presented her latest work, "The Nervous System-Specific Metabolite, N-Acetylaspartate (NAA), Differentiates Adolescents with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis From Healthy Controls: An Untargeted Metabolomics Study.”

Angel Kuo and Lin Lin, both professors in Family Health Care Nursing, delivered a virtual presentation titled “Adjustment of Clinical Nursing Education in the U.S. Under the Impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic” to the Taiwan Nurses Association on Oct. 1. More than 140 nurses and nurse educators attended the presentation, which was delivered mostly in Chinese and included a lively Q&A session.

Dena Cuyjet October Preceptor of the Month: Dena Cuyjet

Dena Cuyjet, a graduate of the School's MS program (pediatric nurse practitioner specialty) and DNP program, has been selected as the SON October Preceptor of the Month. She was a PNP/IBCLC at Kaiser Permanente in the newborn nursery for 25 years, and transitioned five years ago to the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital to work in the Birth Center/ICN. 

Cuyjet says: “Teaching is one of the most important aspects of my life. I am committed to creating equitable, inclusive learning environments for students, and have a deep passion for working with birthing families and newborns. I have so much gratitude and energy for the teaching opportunities at UCSF and truly adore the students.” Read more, including a comment from a past student, on the Preceptor Portal.

Recent Publications

Improving Behavioral Health Services in the Time of COVID-19 and Racial Inequities — Matthew Tierney, Nov. 1, 2021

The Limits of Personalization in Precision Medicine: Polygenic Risk Scores and Racial Categorization in a Precision Breast Cancer Screening Trial — Jennifer James, Barbara Koenig, Oct. 29, 2021

Features and Impact of Trust-Based Relationships Between Community Health Workers and Low-Resource Perinatal Women with Chronic Health Conditions — Renee Mehra, Oct. 21, 2021

Improving Health and Economic Security by Reducing Work-Schedule Uncertainty — Kristen Harknett, Oct. 19, 2021

“My 9 to 5 Job Is BirthWork”: A Case Study of Two Compensation Approaches for Community Doula Care — Renee Mehra, Oct. 14, 2021

Job Satisfaction Among Healthcare Workers in Ghana and Kenya During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Role of Perceived Preparedness, Stress and Burnout — Jerry John Nutor, Akua Gyamerah, Oct. 13, 2021

Characterizing Shared and Distinct Symptom Clusters in Common Chronic Conditions Through Natural Language Processing of Nursing Notes — Christine Miaskowski, Oct. 12, 2021

"Nine Perfect Strangers" Mistakes Catharsis for Therapy — Andrew Penn, Oct. 12, 2021

What "Nine Perfect Strangers" Got Wrong About Psychedelics — Andrew Penn, Oct. 7, 2021

Changes In Older Adults' Life Space During Lung Cancer Treatment: A Mixed Methods Cohort Study — Christine Miaskowski, Oct. 7, 2021

Preschool-Age Children's Pesticide Exposures in Child Care Centers and at Home in Northern California — Abbey Alkon, Oct. 7, 2021

Evaluating the Risk of Psilocybin for the Treatment of Bipolar Depression: A Review of the Research Literature and Published Case Studies — Andrew Penn, October 2021

Interventions for Addressing Trauma Among People With HIV: A Narrative Review — Carol Dawson-Rose, Oct. 6, 2021

Working Status and Seasonal Meteorological Conditions Predict Physical Activity Levels in People Living With HIV — Carol Dawson-Rose, Carmen Portillo, Oct. 6, 2021

Patient-Reported Reasons for Stopping Care or Switching Clinics in Zambia: A Multisite, Regionally Representative Estimate Using a Multistage Sampling-based Approach in Zambia— Nancy Padian, Oct. 5, 2021 

Don’t “Waive” Goodbye to Education for Opioid Use Disorder — Matt Tierney, Oct. 4, 2021

Respiratory Nurses Have Positive Attitudes But Lack Confidence in Advance Care Planning for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Online Survey — Doranne Donesky, Oct. 1, 2021

Treatment of Dyspnea in Advanced Disease and at the End of Life — Doranne Donesky, Oct. 1, 2021

Updated Report: Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Facts and Figures in California: Current Status and Future Projections — Leslie Ross, Matthew Beld, Jarmin Yeh, Oct. 1, 2021

Depression, Healthcare Utilization, Missed Work and Health Behaviors Among U.S. Young Workers: Data From the 2015 National Health Interview Survey — Cherry Leung, Soo-Jeong Lee, Oct. 1, 2021

Policy Opportunities to Improve Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Perinatal Mental Health Conditions — Monica McLemore, Oct. 1, 2021

The Association of Race, Ethnicity and Wages Among Registered Nurses in Long-Term Care— Laura Wagner, Joanne Spetz, Oct. 1, 2021

Evaluating the Risk of Psilocybin for the Treatment of Bipolar Depression: A Review of the Research Literature and Published Case Studies — Andrew Penn, October 2021

Reimagining Perinatal Mental Health: An Expansive Vision For Structural Change — Ifeyinwa Asiodu, Monica McLemore, October 2021

Pre-Appointment Nurse Navigation: Patient-Centered Findings From a Survey of Patients With Breast Cancer — Jennifer James, Oct. 1, 2021

Relationship Between Social Support and Post-Discharge Mental Health Symptoms in Mothers of Preterm Infants — Laurel Haeusslein (PhD student), Caryl Gay, Linda Franck, Sept. 29, 2021

Frequency of Basic Public Health Services Utilization by Married Female Migrants in China: Associations of Social Support, Discrimination and Sociodemographic Factors — Lisa Lommel, Sept. 28, 2021

TeleBBD: Telehealth Management of Bladder Bowel Dysfunction – A Provider Survey of Benefits and Limitations — Angel Kuo, Bethany Geleris, (DNP student), Anne Arnhym, Sept. 25, 2021

Mediator Roles of Social Support and Hope in the Relationship Between Body Image Distress and Resilience in Breast Cancer Patients Undergoing Treatment: A Modeling Analysis — Jyu-Lin Chen, Sept. 24, 2021

Stability of Symptom Clusters in Patients With Gynecologic Cancer Receiving Chemotherapy— Bruce Cooper, Kord Kober, Steven Paul, Christine Miaskowski, Sept. 23, 2021

Rural-Urban Dimensions of the Perception of Malaria Severity and Practice of Malaria Preventive Measures: Insight From the 2018 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey — Jerry John Nutor, Sept. 17, 2021

What More Evidence Is Needed? Remove Menthol Cigarettes From the Marketplace Now — Valerie Yerger, Sept. 16, 2021

There's a Time to Work and a Time to Grieve. Mourning Is Its Own Kind of Labor. — Stacy Torres, Sept. 15, 2021

How I Joined the Secret SSRI Circles of 1985 — Andrew Penn, Sept. 14, 2021

Projecting Health Labor Market Dynamics for a Health System in Transition: Planning for a Resilient Health Workforce in Saudi Arabia — Tracy Lin, Jenny Liu, Sept. 14, 2021

Women Veterans' Experiences With Integrated, Biopsychosocial Pain Care: A Qualitative Study — Francesca Nicosia, Natalie Purcell, Sept. 8, 2021

Traditional Health-Related Practices of Russian-Speaking Immigrants — Teri Lindgren, Sept. 7, 2021

Climate Change and State of the Science for Children's Health and Environmental Health Equity — Karen Duderstadt, Sept. 5, 2021

Characteristics Associated With Inter-Individual Variability in Financial Distress in Patients With Breast Cancer Prior to and for 12 Months Following Surgery — Bruce Cooper, Steve Paul, Kord Kober, Christine Miaskowski, Sept. 3, 202 

Meaningful Activities and Sources of Meaning for Community-Dwelling People Living With Dementia — Julene Johnson, Sept. 2, 2021

Applying Mobile Technology to Sustain Physical Activity After Completion of Cardiac Rehabilitation: Acceptability Study — Abdelaziz Elnaggar, Linda Park, Sept. 2, 2021

Occurrence and Perceived Effectiveness of Activities Used to Decrease Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy Symptoms in the Feet — Steve Paul, Kord Kober, Christine Miaskowski, Sept. 2, 2021

Refractory Angina Confounded by Preexcitation Syndrome — Michele Pelter, Sept. 1, 2021

Leadership in Action: Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Student Milestones

September 2021School of Nursing Communications
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Kathryn Lee Honored With WIN Distinguished Research Lectureship Award

Professor emerita Kathryn Lee is the recipient of the Western Institute of Nursing’s prestigious 2022 Distinguished Research Lectureship Award. The award recognizes a senior investigator whose research career has made substantial and sustained contributions to nursing.

Lee's research focuses on sleep, fatigue and circadian rhythms, with an emphasis on women's health. She has authored more than 150 publications, and is the recipient of numerous awards for her work. She will receive the Distinguished Research Lectureship Award at the WIN Conference, which is slated for April 6-9, 2022.

Ifeyinwa Asiodu, Naomi Jay to be Inducted as New AAN Fellows

Ifeyinwa Asiodu, assistant professor in Family Health Care Nursing, and Naomi Jay, volunteer faculty in Community Health Systems, will be inducted as fellows into the American Ifeyinwa Asiodu, Naomi Jay Academy of Nursing in October.

Induction into the Academy is a significant milestone in a nurse leader’s career in which their accomplishments are honored by their colleagues within and outside the profession. Fellows are selected based on their contributions and impact to advance the public’s health. Read AAN’s announcement here.

Faculty Secure Another $1.2 Million in Research Grants

Yoshimi Fukuoka, Jennifer James, Laura Wagner SON faculty members recently secured over $1.2 million to support research projects examining diabetes, health care in women's prisons, and dementia care:

  • Yoshimi Fukuoka, professor in Physiological Nursing, received a five-year grant from the PHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, including $398,606 in year 1 funding, for her project, "Impact and Sustainability of a Digitally-Based Diabetes Prevention Program."
  • Jennifer James, assistant professor in the Institute for Health & Aging, received a four-year grant from the Greenwall Foundation, including $260,991 in year 1 funding, for her project, "Healthcare Decision-Making in California Women's Prisons: Historical Legacies of Injustice and Modern Regulatory Constraints."
  • Laura Wagner, associate professor in Community Health Systems, received a five-year grant from the National Institute on Aging, including $545,918 in year 1 funding, for her project, "Relationships of Dementia Care Workforce Experiences, Training and Work Environment to Resident Outcomes in Skilled Nursing Facilities." Faculty members Susan Chapman, Soo-Jeong Lee and Joanne Spetz are co-investigators.

SON Faculty Named Hellman Fellows

Orlando Harris, assistant professor in Community Health Systems, Jennifer James, assistant professor in the Institute for Health & Aging and Shannon Smith-Bernardin, Orlando Harris, Jennifer James, Shannon Smith-Bernardin assistant professor in Social Behavioral Sciences, have been named recipients of the 2021-2022 UCSF Society of Hellman Fellows Award. The Hellman Fellows Program is designed to assist promising early career faculty in their research. The scholar will each receive a $50,000 award.

Oi Saeng Hong Honored as Fulbright Scholar

Oi Saeng Hong Oi Saeng Hong, professor in Community Health Systems, is the recipient of the Fulbright Award. Serving as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar, Hong will work with her multidisciplinary research collaborators at the China Medical University in Taiwan to test mobile tech-based health interventions with employees of multinational companies. Her team also received the research funding from the Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology.

Christine Miaskowski, Karen Schumacher Honored for Research Paper’s Excellence

Professor Christine Miaskowski, and her team received the Annual Research Award for 2021 from Cancer Nursing for a longitudinal qualitative study co-led by Christine Miaskowski, Karen Schumacher Karen Schumacher, professor in Physiological Nursing.

The study resulted in the article, “The Experience of Complex Pain Dynamics in Oncology Outpatients: A Longitudinal Qualitative Analysis,” which published in March-April. This article was selected for the award among papers that were published in Cancer Nursing’s last three issues of 2020 and first three issues of 2021.

Monica McLemore Appointed Thelma Shobe Endowed Chair

Monica McLemore, associate professor in Family Health Care Nursing, was appointed the Thelma Shobe Endowed Chair on July 1.

Monica McLemore The Thelma Shobe Chair in Nursing was established by Thelma Shobe Cook as an endowment to support research and teaching related to ethical and spiritual dimensions of nursing practice. Most recently, the interpretation of a traditionally narrow definition of these areas was expanded to include contemporary ethical concerns, including social justice and the influences to disparate health outcomes. This appointment is accompanied by the Thelma Shobe Endowed Lectureship to support lectures on ethical/spiritual issues of health care at the Chair’s direction.

She was also a special guest on Evidence-Based Birth’s Aug. 4 podcast in which she spoke extensively about postpartum justice and the importance of Medicaid coverage for the postpartum year. Listen to the podcast.

Faculty in the News 

Charlene Harrington was quoted in Time Magazine’s Sept. 2, 2021 article “Nursing Home COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates Protect the Most Vulnerable, But Pose a Hidden Threat Charlene Harrington, Joanne Spetz to Residents” and The Hill’s Sept. 4, 2021 article “Nursing Homes Warn Vaccine Mandate Could Lead to Staff Shortages.

Joanne Spetz was quoted in the Sept. 7, 2021 Marketplace article “High Pay for Traveling Nurses a Symptom and Cause of Staff Shortages” and the Sept. 6, 2021 Florida News Times article “California Faces Short-Term Nursing Shortage From COVID-19 Retirement.” Spetz and her research around nurse staffing levels was cited in an Aug. 19 U.S. News article “Strapped by Shortage and Hit With Departures, Nurse Corps Swamped by Another COVID Wave.”

Garrett Chan, Karen Duderstadt Co-Author Report on AB 890 Implementation

Garrett Chan, Karen Duderstadt Garrett Chan and Karen Duderstadt were among the co-authors of a California Health Care Foundation report, analyzing “existing statutes that, without review and action, may inhibit full realization of the promise of AB 890,” which allows NPs to work without physician supervision. Read the full report here.


Kristen Harknett and Co-Authors Receive W. Richard Scott Award

Kristen Harknett, associate professor in Social Behavioral Sciences, and her co-authors received the 2021 W. Richard Scott Award from the Kristen Harknett American Sociological Association's Section on Organizations, Occupations and Work for their article "What Explains Racial/Ethnic Inequality in Job Quality in the Service Sector?" which published in The American Sociological Review in 2020.

Ulrike Muench, Anna Oh Named New Scholars at Pepper Center

Ulrike Muench, Anna Oh Ulrike Muench, associate professor in Social Behavioral Sciences, and postdoctoral scholar Anna Oh have been selected to join the 2021-2022 cohort of scholars in the Pilot and Exploratory Studies Program. The program is part of the UCSF Pepper Center, which identifies, supports and nurtures investigators who are working to expand aging research.

Van Park Speaks on Advancing Equity in AAPI Communities

Van Park, associate professor in Community Health Systems, was among the featured speakers at a July 29 talk titled “Conversation on Van Park Cancer: Advancing Equity in Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Communities: Racism and Injustice.” Hosted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Oncology Center of Excellence, the talk explored racism and hate crimes against AAPIs that is often linked to rhetoric blaming AAPIs for the spread of COVID-19. Watch the recording.

Kara Birch Joins Deborah Johnson in Leading UC PMHNP Program

Kara Birch, Deborah Johnson Faculty member Kara Birch joins Deborah Johnson at the helm of the UC Multi-Campus Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate Program. Birch will serve as Program Director, and Johnson will continue as Director of Recruitment and Development. Read the full message from Carol Dawson-Rose.


SON Faculty Honored for Teaching Excellence

Elizabeth Castillo, assistant professor, and Kristen Sligar, associate professor, both of Family Health Care Nursing, and Matt Tierney, professorElizabeth Castillo, Kristen Sligar, Matt Tierney in Community Health Systems, received “Excellence in Teaching” awards from the Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators

Tierney received the peer-nominated 2021 Excellence in Interprofessional Teaching Award while Castillo and Sligar received the Excellence in Teaching Award for General Teaching. The peer-nominated awards recognize educators who demonstrate daily their dedication to education and create an encouraging and intellectually stimulating environment that promotes critical thinking and learning.

September Preceptor of the Month: Nana Efua Adabie

Nana Efua Adabie Nana Efua Adabie is the School of Nursing September Preceptor of the Month. Adabie has worked with underserved populations and the LGBTQ+ community as a PMHNP in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2018. She has clinical experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings diagnosing and treating/managing adults with psychiatric illnesses. She seeks to de-stigmatize mental illness and advocate for more diversity in mental health care. Read more about Adabie and a comment from a preceptee on the Preceptor Portal.

Andrew Penn Co-Chairs Symposium on Psychedelic Medicines

Andrew Penn, associate professor in Community Health Systems, served as co-chair of Sana Symposium, a multidisciplinary continuing education event Andrew Penn focusing on the clinical use of psychedelic medicines. The symposium was held virtually Sept 17-19.

Recent Publications

Building an Advocacy Model to Improve the Dementia-Capability of Health Plans in California— Brooke Hollister, Jarmin Yeh, Leslie Ross, Sept. 2, 2021

Mentoring and Support for Underrepresented Nursing Faculty: An Integrative Research Review — Elizabeth Gatewood, Lisa Mihaly, Andrea Kuster, September 2021

Family-Centered Care for Children and Families Impacted by Neonatal Seizures: Advice From Parents — Linda Franck, September 2021

Circulating MicroRNAs Predict Glycemic Improvement and Response to a Behavioral Intervention — Elena Flowers, Aug. 23, 2021

Pain Treatment and Functional Improvement in Home Health Care: Relationship With Dementia — Ulrike Muench, Aug. 21, 2021

Op-Ed: I Lost My Father to Cancer — And My Sister to Vaccine Refusal — Stacy Torres, PhD, 2021

A Review of the Literature on the Accuracy, Strengths, and Limitations of Visual, Thoracic Impedance, and Electrocardiographic Methods Used to Measure Respiratory Rate in Hospitalized Patients — Linda Bawua, Christine Miaskowski, Michele Pelter, Aug. 18, 2021

Managing the Tension Between Caring and Charting: Labor and Delivery Nurses' Experiences of the Electronic Health Record — Catherine "Kit" Chesla, Joanne Spetz, Audrey Lyndon, Aug. 16, 2021

Advancing Health Equity Through a Theoretically Critical Implementation Science — Francesca Nicosia, Aug. 13, 2021

Racial Disparities in Financial Security, Work and Leisure Activities, and Quality of Life Among the Direct Care Workforce — Ulrike Muench, Joanne Spetz, Charlene Harrington, Aug. 13, 2021

Online Health Information Seeking, Health Literacy, and Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Among Transgender and Gender-Diverse People — Micah Lubensky, Annesa Flentje, Aug. 12, 2021

Symptom Profiles of Women at Risk of Mood Disorders: A Latent Class Analysis — Sandra Weiss, Bruce Cooper, Aug. 12, 2021

Occurrence and Characteristics of Pain After ICU Discharge: A Longitudinal Study — Kathleen Puntillo, Aug. 12, 2021

Ignoring Our Elders: Tobacco Control's Forgotten Health Equity Issue — Ruth Malone, Janine Cataldo, Aug. 12, 2021

Age-friendly for Whom? An Aperture to the Lived Experiences of Older San Franciscans — Jarmin Yeh, Aug. 11, 2021

Cancer-Related Cognitive Impairment Is Associated With Perturbations In Inflammatory Pathways — Kate Oppegaard, Carolyn Harris, Joosun Shin, Steven Paul, Bruce Cooper, Christine Miaskowski, Kord Kober, Aug. 10, 2021

Ending Intimate Partner Violence Among Women Living With HIV: How Attachment and HIV Stigma Inform Understanding and Intervention — Katy Davis, Carol Dawson-Rose, Yvette Cuca, Aug. 9, 2021

Distinct Employment Interference Profiles in Patients With Breast Cancer Prior to and for 12 Months Following Surgery — Bruce Cooper, Kord Kober, Steve Paul, Christine Miaskowski, Aug. 2, 2021

Our Losses Take Many Forms — Andrew Penn, August 2021

Tobacco Imagery in the 20 Best-Selling Video Games of 2018 — Susan Forsyth, Patricia McDaniel, Aug. 4, 2021

COVID-19 mRNA Vaccination in Lactation: Assessment of Adverse Effects and Transfer of Anti-SARS-Cov2 Antibodies From Mother to Child — Caryl Gay, Ifeyinwa Asiodu, Aug. 3, 2021

Op-Ed: Why is American Health Care So Inaccessible? It Only Got Easy When My Dad Was Dying. — Stacy Torres, Aug. 3, 2021

The Necessity of a Trauma-Informed Paradigm in Substance Use Disorder Services — Lydia Bartholow, Aug. 2, 2021

Olive Garden’s Expansion Of Paid Sick Leave During COVID-19 Reduced The Share Of Employees Working While Sick — Kristen Harknett, August 2021

Association Between Household Exposure and Cycle Threshold in COVID-19 Infected Health Care Workers — Sandra Domeracki, August 2021

Aligning Nurse Practitioner Statutes in California — Garrett Chan, Karen Duderstadt, July 30, 2021

The Association of COVID-19 Infection in Pregnancy With Preterm Birth: A Retrospective Cohort Study in California — Monica McLemore, Elena Flowers, July 31, 2021

Achieving Racial and Ethnic Equity in COVID-19 Vaccination: From Individual Readiness to Health System Readiness — Orlando Harris, July 30, 2021

Designing Drug Shops for Young Women in Tanzania: Applying Human-Centred Design to Facilitate Access to HIV Self-Testing and Contraception — Jenny Liu, July 27, 2021

Behavior Characteristics and Risk for Metabolic Syndrome Among Women in Rural Communities in China — Jyu-Lin Chen, Chen-Xi Lin, Kathy Lien, July 23, 2021

Tobacco Retail Availability and Cigarette and E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Adults: A Scoping Review — Patricia McDaniel, July 22, 2021

Real Time Remote Symptom Monitoring During Chemotherapy For Cancer: European Multicentre Randomised Controlled Trial (Esmart) — Christine Miaskowkski, July 21, 2021

Prevalence, Progress, and Social Inequalities of Home Deliveries in Ghana From 2006 to 2018: Insights From the Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys — Jerry John Nutor, July 21, 2021

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders’ Perspectives on Participating in the CARE Recruitment Research Registry for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias, Aging, and Caregiving Research — Van Park, Bora Nam, July 19, 2021

Development of an Online Curriculum for California Early Care and Education Providers on Healthy Beverages — Roberta Rose, Abbey Alkon, July 13, 2021

Quality of Antiretroviral Therapy Services in Ghana: Implications for the HIV Response in Resource-Constrained Settings — Jerry John Nutor, July 12, 2021

SARS-CoV-2 PCR and Antibody Testing for an Entire Rural Community: Methods and Feasibility of High-Throughput Testing Procedures — Kimberly Baltzell, July 7, 2021

COVID‐19, Masks, and Hearing Difficulty: Perspectives of Healthcare Providers — Irene Cole, PhD, RN, Margaret Wallhagen, July 6, 2021

Subgroups of Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy With Distinct Cognitive Fatigue And Evening Physical Fatigue Profiles — Lisa Morse, Kord Kober, Carol Viele, Bruce Cooper, Steve Paul, Christine Miaskowski, July 4, 2021

Health Without Filters: The Health and Environmental Impacts of Cigarette Filters — Stella Bialous, July 2, 2021

ECG Alarms During Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) Therapy in the ICU — Kevin Watanakeeree, (alumnus), Sukardi Suba, (alumnus), Lynda Mackin, Fabio Badilini, Michele Pelter, July 1, 2021

Exercise-Induced Arrhythmias — Michele Pelter, July 1, 2021

Guys and Dolls: Two Case Reports of Spontaneous Interactions With Dolls in Male Veterans With Dementia — Francesca Nicosia, July 1, 2021

Barriers and Facilitators of Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Participation in Medication Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder — Joanne Spetz, Susan Chapman, Matt Tierney, Bethany Phoenix, July 1, 2021

Sharing Biomedical Data: Strengthening AI Development in Healthcare — Michele Pelter, June 30, 2021

Opening the Black Box: Evaluating the Care of People With Serious Illness in Medicare Advantage — Lauren Hunt, June 30, 2021

Smoking-Attributable Doctor Visits and Emergency Room Utilization and Costs by California's Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Community — Wendy Max, Hai-Yen Sung, June 29, 2021

Distinct Sleep Disturbance Profiles in Patients With Gastrointestinal Cancers Receiving Chemotherapy — Bruce Cooper, Steve Paul, Christine Miaskowski, June 28, 2021

Distinctions Between Self-Report and Performance-Based Measures of Physical Function in Older Patients Prior to Chemotherapy — Steve Paul, Christine Miaskowski, June 28, 2021

Multiple Gastrointestinal Symptoms Are Associated With Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea in Patients With Breast Cancer — Kord Kober, Steve Paul, Bruce Cooper, Christine Miaskowski, June 28, 2021

Anxiety Profiles Are Associated With Stress, Resilience and Symptom Severity in Outpatients Receiving Chemotherapy — Kate Oppegaard, Carolyn Harris, Joosun Shin, Steve Paul, Bruce Cooper, Kord Kober, Christine Miaskowski, June 26, 2021

Universal Health Care for the United States: A Primer for Health Care Providers — Amy Alspaugh, Nikki Lanshaw, June 24, 2021

Advances in Health Policy Led by UCSF Nurses

July 2021By Milenko Martinovich and Katherine Tam

From the birth of Medicare to the phasing out of tobacco sales, faculty and alumni at the UCSF School of Nursing have played pivotal roles in advancing equitable and impactful health policies. Read about some of these major health policy triumphs that impact health care for all.

Setting the Standard

Our national standards for certifying nurses in pediatrics, cardiology and other specialties could not have been possible without nurse pioneer Margretta Madden Styles, Margretta Madden Styles EdD, RN, FAAN.

Styles, who served as dean of the UCSF School of Nursing from 1977 to 1987, spearheaded the first comprehensive study of nursing credentialing in the 1970s. She lectured and wrote extensively on the issue, and helped establish the national standards for certifying and credentialing nurses in numerous specialties that ensure patients receive quality care.

Providing Care to the Underrepresented

Catherine Waters More San Franciscans have access to quality, affordable health care coverage, thanks to the San Francisco Health Commission which included UCSF School of Nursing Associate Dean Catherine Waters, PhD, RN, FAAN.

As a commissioner — and particularly as a board member of the SF Health Plan (Healthy SF) — Waters helped craft quality, affordable health care coverage for San Francisco’s underserved population. Launched in 2007, Healthy SF now provides access to health coverage to 14,000 uninsured city residents. Waters also helped to secure funding for the only nurse-run clinic in the San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium, part of a network that provides care to more than 100,000 people in the city’s most vulnerable neighborhoods.

Expanding the Role and Impact of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse-Midwives

In 2020, two landmark California bills that expand the scope of practice for nurse practitioners (NPs) and nurse-midwives became law, paving the way for these professionals to help close the access to care gap across the state. UCSF nursing faculty provided research findings and data that built the case for their passage.

Joanne Spetz, PhD, ​FAAN, and Garrett Chan, PhD, RN, FAAN, served as subject matter experts to California State Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa) and his staff Joanne Spetz, Garrett Chan as Wood introduced AB 890, a bill that allows NPs to practice without physician supervision. Spetz produced a series of briefs on scope of practice issues with the California Health Care Foundation. In addition, she and associate professor Ulrike Muench authored a study that found California NPs can help close the state’s primary care gap, and that state leaders, nursing educators and health care organizations should collaborate to expand education programs, increase the diversity of the NP workforce, and empower NPs to fully use their skills without physician supervision.

Spetz and Chan, who advocated for the bill’s passage through his work as president and chief executive officer of HealthImpact, also spoke at an educational event ​for legislators and legislative staff in 2020 on the topic. AB890 was signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sept. 29, 2020.

Kim Dau In a parallel effort, Spetz and Kim Dau, RN, MS, CNM, lent their expertise to expanding the role of nurse-midwives in California. The pair co-authored a paper, with the California Health Care Foundation, that found that women cared for by nurse-midwives are less likely to have cesarean births, have similar health outcomes to those cared for by physicians, and report greater satisfaction with their care. In September 2020, California passed Senate Bill 1237, allowing certified nurse-midwives to independently provide midwifery care.

Currently, faculty members Susan Chapman, PhD, RN, FAAN, Beth Phoenix, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Matt Tierney, MS, NP, FAAN, are collaborating on studies aimed at expanding scope of practice for psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners. 

Fighting to End Tobacco 

Advocates continue to wage war against tobacco use — and UCSF nurse experts are leading these battles at regional, national and international levels.

Among them, professor Ruth Malone, PhD, RN, has conducted research on the tobacco industry for decades and is workingRuth Malone on formulating a “tobacco endgame” strategy. She has provided educational workshops and expert guidance to California communities working to enact policies that change the structural, political and social dynamics that perpetuate the tobacco epidemic. For example, in the last few years, Malone worked with advocates in Beverly Hills and Manhattan Beach, two communities that were the first in the nation to pass ordinances phasing out tobacco sales. Malone has also served as an expert consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Justice and the World Health Organization.

Valerie Yerger Meanwhile, professor Valerie Yerger, ND, has dedicated two decades to exposing the tobacco industry’s predatory marketing of menthol cigarettes in Black communities. In June 2020, the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council, which she co-founded, and Action on Smoking and Health sued the FDA for failing to carry out its statutory duties and add menthol to the list of prohibited characterizing flavors to force the removal of menthol-flavored tobacco products from the marketplace. The American Medical Association and National Medical Association later joined as co-plaintiffs. On April 29, the FDA announced its commitment to issue a rulemaking process to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars. Yerger encourages continued work at the state and local levels to ban the sales of menthol cigarettes and all other flavored tobacco products, as it could still be years before the FDA removes these products from the marketplace. 

On a global level, professor Stella Bialous, DrPH, RN, FAAN, has worked with numerous countries, including Brazil, South Stella Bialous Africa, Jamaica and the Solomon Islands, on developing tobacco control policies. She contributed to the United Nations’ WHO (World Health Organization) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, a treaty developed in response to the global tobacco epidemic that “reaffirms the right of all people to the highest standard of health.” Bialous, who received the WHO’s World No Tobacco Day Award (2015) for her work in tobacco control, has collaborated with the WHO and other international agencies in developing monographs and white papers on tobacco, cancer and the role of the tobacco industry in undermining public health.

Protecting Older Adults 

Dorothy Rice UCSF nurse scholars have helped ensure the care and economic security of the rapidly increasing population of older adults.

The need for older adults to have health insurance gained attention through the research and advocacy of professor emerita Dorothy Rice, BA. As an analyst in the U.S. Social Security Administration in the 1960s, she exposed the fact that half of people ages 65 and older lacked health insurance — and many were unable to afford it. Her work contributed significantly to the creation of Medicare, as well as Medicaid and Social Security. Later, as director of the National Center for Health Statistics, she led the development of the National Death Index, which is the country’s central index of death record information and a valuable resource for researchers.

The federal Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), which provides comprehensive medical and social services Jennie Chin Hansen to older adults who continue to live in their communities, got its start under alumna Jennie Chin Hansen, MS ‘71, RN. As CEO of the San Francisco non-profit On Lok, Hansen led the organization as it advanced innovation in whole person care. On Lok’s pioneering program of comprehensive care for the elderly became the prototype for the 1997 federal law that incorporated PACE into Medicare and Medicaid programs. Hansen also served six years as a federal commissioner of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission that reported to Congress. 

Charlene Harrington In the 1980s, Congress requested that the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) examine the quality of nursing homes. Professor emerita Charlene Harrington, PhD, RN, FAAN, contributed significantly to a 1986 report outlining critical improvements necessary to improve nursing homes. This led to the passage of the Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987, which established federal standards for these facilities to ensure they deliver quality care.

To enhance the lives of older adults, Carroll Estes, PhD, FAAN, dedicated decades of research and advocacy to improve the health and economic security of older people as well as women, LGBTQ Carroll Estes individuals, people of color and people with disabilities. She served as a consultant to U.S. Commissioners of Social Security and to U.S. Senate and House Committees on Aging for three decades. Estes also founded the Aging Health Policy Center at UCSF, later known as the Institute for Health & Aging. She is actively engaged in research and publishing on COVID-19 and its risk and impact on inequalities among the aging and disabled. She recently published Aging A-Z (2019), and Precarity USA in Generations Today, co-authroed with School of Nursing assistant professor Jarmin Yeh and analyst Nicholas DiCarlo.

The Fight Against HIV/AIDS

For decades, UCSF nurse scholars and clinicians have advocated for individuals with HIV and AIDS, influencing policy through their testimony and authoring critical standards of care to prevent the disease’s spread. 

Carol Dawson-Rose Carol Dawson-Rose, PhD, RN, FAAN, worked as an HIV home hospice nurse through 2000, but her service did not stop there. She has continued to champion the rights of people living with AIDS and those caring for them through letter-writing campaigns and personal appeals to Congress. She has been a consistent advocate for reauthorization of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program — the largest federal program dedicated to providing care and treatment to low-income people with HIV — and the benefits of syringe exchange. She has also directed policy training for people living with AIDS, accompanying them on legislative visits to Sacramento and Washington D.C. She currently serves as president of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, which promotes the health and rights of people living with HIV worldwide.

During the AIDS epidemic, Florence Stroud, RN, authored guidelines concerning the prevention of prenatal transmission ofFlorence Stroud HIV and the care of mothers and children infected with AIDS. She twice served as interim director of the San Francisco Department of Public Health and was the first African American to serve as health director for the City of Berkeley.

Standing Up for Maternal Health

Through research and testimony, UCSF nurse scholars are addressing the U.S. maternal mortality rate, which is the worst among developed countries.

Monica McLemore Among them, Monica McLemore, PhD, RN, FAAN, testified before the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations in 2019 on Title X, the nation’s federal family planning program, and participated in a 2017 Congressional briefing on maternal mortality. McLemore, whose research has been cited in four amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court, also served as a health policy advisor to Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA). She has also been advocating for the Biden Administration to create the Office of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Wellbeing, under the Domestic Policy Council.

Diana Taylor, PhD, RN, FAAN, helped develop training and research to support a law allowing nurse practitioners, certified Diana Taylor nurse-midwives and physician assistants to perform what are called first-trimester aspiration abortions. In addition, she has helped develop women’s health care delivery models, interdisciplinary education programs, practice standards and evidence-based practice guidelines.

Protecting Workers’ Rights

Workplace disparities that affect worker wellbeing, their families, and those they serve are being addressed, thanks to studies led by nurse faculty.

Kristen Harknett The research of Kristen Harknett, PhD, in collaboration with The Shift Project, was cited by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who reintroduced The Schedules That Work Act of 2019.  The bill aims to prevent workers from dealing with unstable and unpredictable work schedules. Harknett has also provided her expertise to the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Population and the California State Assembly as well as the city councils of Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Seattle, and Emeryville, California, on workers’ rights.

Ulrike Muench, PhD, RN, FAAN, has revealed the earnings gap between male and female nurses, showing that men earn anUlrike Muench average of $5,100 more annually. Muench’s findings and similar research have led to hospital managers re-evaluating pay structures and have helped pave the way for the reintroduction of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which aims to eliminate wage discrimination. (The bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives in April).

Leadership in Action: Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Student Milestones

May 2021School of Nursing Communications
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Oi Saeng Hong to be Inducted Into Sigma’s Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame

Oi Saeng Hong, professor in Community Health Systems, will be inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society’s Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. Hong is one of 20 world-renowned nurse researchers who will be inducted this year at Sigma’s 32nd Nursing Research Congress in July.

Hong is an internationally recognized expert in occupational and environmental health through multidisciplinary intervention research to prevent occupational disease and injuries, as well as health promotion and risk reduction in underserved racial/ethnic minority populations.

Valerie Yerger Leads Effort Culminating in FDA Proposal to Ban Menthol Cigarettes 

For 20 years, Valerie Yerger, professor in Social and Behavioral Sciences, has exposed the tobacco industry’s predatory marketing of menthol cigarettes in the Black Valerie Yerger community. She and the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council (AATCLC), which she co-founded, have been advocating for local, state and federal policies that would ban menthol.

After waiting 10 years for the Food and Drug Administration to ban menthol, the council and Action on Smoking and Health sued the FDA for inaction. The American Medical Association and National Medical Association later joined as co-plaintiffs. On April 29, the FDA announced its proposal to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars. Learn more in the AATCLC announcement.

School of Nursing Celebrates Accomplishments at Virtual Awards Celebration

Faculty, students, alumni and predeptors were honored at the School's Awards Celeberation on May 18. View the full list of honorees.

UCSF Graduate Division, Academic Senate Recognize School of Nursing Faculty

Annesa Flentje, Julene Johnson, Andrew Penn Annesa Flentje, associate professor in Community Health Systems, has been named Outstanding Faculty Mentor of the Year, an award that is presented by the Associated Students of the Graduate Division. Flentje will be honored as part of the Graduate Division's Virtual Commencement on May 27. 

Julene Johnson, associate dean for research, is the recipient of the UCSF Distinction in Mentoring Award in the category of Full Professor, and Andrew Penn, associate professor in Community Health Systems, is the recipient of the UCSF Distinction in Teaching Award. These awards are conferred by the UCSF Academic Senate. Johnson and Penn will be honored May 25. 

New Research and Scholarship Team to Advance Nursing Science, Clinical Practice at UCSF

Three School of Nursing faculty members — Christine Miaskowski, professor in Physiological Nursing, Sandy Staveski, assistant professor in Family Health Care Nursing and Christine Miaskowski, Sandy Staveski, Laura Wagner Laura Wagner, associate professor in Community Health Systems — joined the Research and Scholarship Team at the Center for Nursing Excellence and Innovation at UCSF Health.

The team will create an infrastructure that optimizes consultation for nurse-led research, research utilization and scholarship activities that advance nursing science and clinical practice at UCSF.

Faculty Secure Grants to Advance Research and Education

Linda Park, Michele Pelter Linda Park, associate professor in Community Health Systems, and Michele Pelter, associate professor in Physiological Nursing, have been named the 2021 recipients of the Lipps Research Funds. 

Park will receive $150,000 in phase 2 funding for her pilot project “Tap iT! Development of a Novel Medication Adherence System: Phase II.” Pelter will receive $150,000 for her pilot study, “Evaluation of an Algorithm Based Solution to Reduce False Ventricular Tachycardia Alarms in the Intensive Care Unit."

The fund is made possible through a generous gift from Randy and Kathy Lipps in honor of one of their daughters, Sarah Lipps.

Monica McLemore Moderates Panel

Monica McLemore, associate professor in Family Health Care Nursing, moderated a fireside chat with members of Congress titled “How the Momnibus Seeks to Improve Black Monica McLemore Maternal Health Outcomes.” The April 14 chat was with Rep. Alma Adams, Rep. Lauren Underwood, Joia Crear Perry of the National Birth Equity Collaborative, and Angela Doyinsola Aina of the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, and coincided with Black Maternal Health Week.

Garrett Chan Honored With NP of Distinction Award

Garrett Chan Garrett Chan, associate adjunct professor in Physiological Nursing, is the 2021 recipient of the Nurse Practitioner of Distinction Award from the California Nurse Practitioners Association. He was honored at the organization’s 43rd annual conference April 22-24.


Van Park, Linda Park Share Findings About COVID-19-Related Discrimination in AAPI Community

Faculty members Van Ta Park and Linda Park published a brief on key findings from a nationwide survey of more than 5,000 Asian Americans and Pacific Van Park, Linda Park Islanders (AAPI) about COVID-19-related discrimination and mental and physical health effects on AAPI. The brief was drafted at the request of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.

Among the key findings, three in five respondents experienced discrimination in the past six months. When asked how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed their life, 41% said they have experienced some (mild/moderate/severe) changes in their experience with racial discrimination. In addition, 59% believe the country has become more dangerous for their ethnic group. See additional key findings

Faculty-Alumna Team Honored for Best Research Article

Faculty members Monica McLemoreAudrey Lyndon, and Linda Franck, along with alumna Talita Oseguera, are the 2021 Clockwise, from top left, Monica McLemore, Audrey Lyndon, Talita Oseguera, Linda Franck recipients of the Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health's Best Research Article award.

The team received the honor for their article, “Listening to Women: Recommendations from Women of Color to Improve Experiences in Pregnancy and Birth Care.” The virtual award ceremony is May 24.

Gerri Collins-Bride Co-Chairs Conference on Developmental Disability for 20th Year

Gerri Collins-Bride Gerri Collins-Bride, professor emerita in Community Health Systems, and professor Lucy Crain of the School of Medicine are celebrating 20 years of co-chairing the annual UCSF CME conference, Developmental Disabilities: Update for Health Professionals. The conference, which was held virtually March 25-26, drew a record 380 attendees nationwide. Its theme was health equity, inclusion and advocacy for people with developmental disabilities. Collins-Bride also delivered a podium presentation on virtual health care for this population.

Jerry Saliman Named Preceptor of the Month

Jerry Saliman is the May Preceptor of the Month. Saliman retired from Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco after a 30-year career, and is now a volunteer internist at Jerry Saliman Samaritan House Medical Clinic in San Mateo. He has precepted AGPCNP students for many years and has made a major impact on students, who have remarked on his generosity, kindness, patience, compassion, wealth of knowledge, expertise, commitment and thoughtfulness. In honor of the critical contributions that preceptors make to advance student learning, the UCSF School of Nursing faculty are honoring one preceptor each month. 

Linda Franck Joins Bixby Faculty

Linda Franck Linda Franck, professor in Family Health Care Nursing, has been appointed Affiliate Faculty with the UCSF Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, which integrates research, training, clinical care and advocacy to advance reproductive autonomy, equitable and compassionate care, and reproductive and sexual health worldwide.

Rosalie Bravo to Present at Teaching Institute Conference

An abstract by Rosalie Bravo, professor in Physiological Nursing, on “Evaluation and Treatment of Severe Community-Acquired Pneumonia: A Review of the Rosalie Bravo 2019 ATS/IDSA Guidelines” has been accepted for the National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Expo 2021 conference. Bravo will be presenting between May 24-27.

Carrie Chan Presents at NAPNAP Conference

Carrie Chan Carrie Chan, assistant professor in Family Health Care Nursing, delivered two presentations at the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners’ virtual conference from March 24-27: “Preventing HIV Just in Time – Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) 101 and Lessons Learned from a Pilot Telehealth PrEP Program” and “Advancements in Conservative Management of Idiopathic Scoliosis.”

Andrea Saito to Present at Critical Care Nurses Institute 

An abstract by Andrea Saito, assistant professor in Physiological Nursing, on "Implementing Evidence-Based Sedation Methods" has been accepted for Andrea Saito presentation at the American Association of Critical Care Nurses National Teaching Institute 2021. She will be presenting on May 26.

Lisa Guertin's DNP Project to be Featured in Poster Presentation, Journal Publication

Lisa Guertin Lisa Guertin, associate professor in Physiological Nursing, recently graduated with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Rush University College of Nursing.

Her DNP work was accepted as a poster presentation at the 2021 International Society of Heart and Lung Transplant conference and is being published in the Journal of Nursing Care Quality. The title of her work is "Post-Heart Transplant Care Pathway's Impact on Reducing Length of Stay."

Additionally, Guertin was a presenter at the Virtual Classroom 2021: Cardiovascular Care Update through the University of Washington Continued Nursing Education.

Featured Publications

Op-Ed: How to Change an American Medical System That Harms Black Maternal Health — Monica McLemore, May 9, 2021

Diversify Your Emotional Assets: The Association Between the Variety of Sources of Emotional Support and Thoughts of Death or Self-harm Among US Older Adults — Mijung Park, May 6, 2021

An Episode of Mania Following Self‐Reported Ingestion of Psilocybin Mushrooms in a Woman Previously Not Diagnosed With Bipolar Disorder: A Case Report — Andrew Penn, May 2, 2021

“Little Red Flags”: Barriers to Accessing Health Care as a Sexual or Gender Minority Individual in the Rural Southern United States: A Qualitative Intersectional Approach — Orlando Harris, May 2021

Structural Racism and Social Distancing: Implications For COVID-19 — Renee Mehra, Linda Franck, May 2021

A Review of the State of HIV Nursing Science With Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity/Expression Peoples— Kristen Clark, Carol Dawson-Rose, May-June 2021

President's Message—The International Nursing Network for HIV Research — Yvette Cuca, Carol Dawson-Rose, May-June 2021

A Review of the State of the Science of HIV and Stigma — William Holzemer, May-June 2021

A State of the Science on HIV Prevention Over 40 Years Among Black and Hispanic/Latinx Communities — Carmen Portillo, May-June 2021

The Psychosocial Predictors and Day-Level Correlates of Substance Use Among Participants Recruited via an Online Crowdsourcing Platform in the United States: Daily Diary Study — Carol Dawson-Rose, Thomas Hoffmann, Glenn-Milo Santos, April 27, 2021

Advancing Health Equity Through a Theoretically Critical Implementation Science — Francesca Nicosia, April 27, 2021

A Preliminary Investigation of Psychoneurological Symptoms in Low-Income Mothers — Rebecca Salomon, April 27, 2021

Parenting Interventions and Secondary Outcomes Related to Maternal Mental Health: A Systematic Review— Rebecca Saloman, April 27, 2021

A Needs-Based Methodology to Project Physicians and Nurses to 2030: The Case of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia — Tracy Lin, Jenny Liu, April 26, 2021

HIV Prevention at Drug Shops: Awareness and Attitudes Among Shop Dispensers and Young Women About Oral Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis and the Dapivirine Ring in Shinyanga, Tanzania — Jenny Liu, April 26, 2021

Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy Practices and Human Caring Science: Toward a Care-Informed Model of Treatment — Andrew Penn, April 23, 2021

Post-Stroke Fatigue: An Exploratory Study With Patients and Health Professionals to Develop A Patient-Reported Outcome Measure — Caryl Gay, April 21, 2021

Relationship Between Symptoms, Barriers to Care, and Healthcare Utilization Among Children Under Five in Rural Mali — Tracy Lin, Nancy Padian, Jenny Liu, April 18, 2021

What Parents Want to Know About Caring for Their Preterm Infant: A Longitudinal Descriptive Study — Stephannie Furtak, Caryl Gay, Linda Franck, April 17, 2021

A Retrospective Comparison of Guidelines to Assess Hospital-diagnosed Urinary Tract Infection in Nursing Home Residents — Laura Wagner, April 16, 2021

Treatment of Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema Using Negative Pressure Massage: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial — Christine Miaskowski, Judy Mastick, April 16, 2021

Mobile Health Intervention Promoting Physical Activity in Adults Post Cardiac Rehabilitation: Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial — Linda Park, Abdelaziz Elnaggar, April 16, 2021

Inadequate Preparedness for Response to COVID-19 is Associated With Stress and Burnout Among Healthcare Workers in Ghana — Jerry John Nutor, Akua Gyamerah, April 16, 2021

Differences in COVID-19 Vaccine Concerns Among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders: The COMPASS Survey — Van Ta Park, Bora Nam, Marian Tzuang, Linda Park, April 14, 2021

The 21st Century Cures Act and Challenges to Adolescent Confidentiality — Naomi Schapiro, Lisa Mihaly, April 14, 2021

Envisioning a More Expansive Future for Multidisciplinary Nursing Scholarship and Education — Joanne Spetz, April 12, 2021

The Risk of Preterm Birth Among Women With a History of Leukemia or Lymphoma — Monica McLemore, April 8, 2021

Gender Differences in Experience and Reporting of Acute Symptoms Among Cleaning Staff — Soo-Jeong Lee, Minjung Kyung, Cherry Leung, Oi Saeng Hong, April 3, 2021

Stimulant Use for Self-Management of Pain Among Safety-Net Patients With Chronic Non-Cancer Pain — Glenn-Milo Santos, April 2, 2021

The Association Between Scope of Practice Regulations and Nurse Practitioner Prescribing of Buprenorphine After the Opioid Bill — Ulrike Muench, Joanne Spetz, April 1, 2021

Opportunities and Challenges for the Computational Interpretation of Rare Variation in Clinically Important Genes — Julia Brown, Matthew Norstad, Barbara Koenig, April 1, 2021

The Low-Wage Essential Worker: Occupational Concerns and Needs in the COVID-19 Pandemic-A Round Table — Sandra Domeracki, March 31, 2021

Associations Between Food Insecurity and Depression Among Diverse Asian Americans — Mijung Park, March 31, 2021

A Proposed Ninth Essential: Supporting Doctor of Nursing Practice Students With Current or Anticipated Roles in Nursing Education — Annette Carley, Marianne Hultgren, March 29, 2021

Supporting Parents as Essential Care Partners in Neonatal Units During the SARS‐Cov‐2 Pandemic — Linda Franck, March 26, 2021

Creativity, Resilience and Resistance: Black Birthworkers’ Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic — Jennifer James, March 25, 2021

Estimating Long-Term Health Utility Scores and Expenditures for Cardiovascular Disease From the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey — Wendy Max, March 25, 2021

Assessment of Arm Volume Using a Tape Measure Versus a 3D Optical Scanner in Survivors with Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema — Judy Mastick, Steve Paul, Kord Kober, Bruce Cooper, Christine Miaskowski, March 23, 2021

Hospital Admissions Associated with Cancer Pain in Older Adults with and Without Dementia — Ulrike Muench, March 23, 2021

Community Acceptance of Reactive Focal Mass Drug Administration and Reactive Focal Vector Control Using Indoor Residual Spraying, a Mixed-Methods Study in Zambezi Region, Namibia — Kimberly Baltzell, March 22, 2021

Is the Tobacco Industry’s Human Rights Makeover Growing Bolder? — Stella Bialous, March 21, 2021

Person-Centered Mental Health Care Access, Equity and Justice — Matt Tierney, March 21, 2021

Race, Pain, and Opioids Among Patients With Chronic Pain in a Safety-Net Health System — Glenn-Milo Santos, March 18, 2021

Violence and Hate Against Asian Americans is a Health and Safety Crisis for Everyone — Stacy Torres, PhD, March 17, 2021

The Costs of Delivering Emergency Care at Regional Referral Hospitals in Uganda: A Micro-Costing Study — Tracy Lin, March, 16, 2021

Identifying Profiles of Multisystem Physiological Activity Across Early Childhood: Examining Developmental Shifts and Associations With Stress and Internalizing Problems — Abbey Alkon, March 12, 2021

Comparing Substance Use and Mental Health Among Sexual and Gender Minority and Heterosexual Cisgender Youth Experiencing Homelessness — Matthew Beld, Ladan Khoddam-Khorasani, Annesa Flentje, Adam Leonard, Carol Dawson-Rose, March 11, 2021

We Must Extend Postpartum Medicaid Coverage — Ifeyinwa Asiodu, Renée Mehra, Amy Alspaugh, Toni Bond, Linda Franck, Monica McLemore. March 11, 2021

Community-Engaged Curriculum Development in Sexual and Reproductive Health Equity: Structures and Self— Monica McLemore, March 10, 2021

Feasibility of Universal Screening for Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders Among Caregivers of Infants Hospitalized in Nicus: A Systematic Review — Laurel Haeusslein, Linda Franck, March 10, 2021

COVID-19: A Catalyst for Change in Telehealth Service Delivery for Opioid Use Disorder Management — Shannon Smith-Bernardin, March 8, 2021

Psychological and Physiological Stress and Burnout Among Maternity Providers in a Rural County in Kenya: Individual and Situational Predictors — Sandra Weiss, March 6, 2021

Motivation to Participate in Precision Health Research and Acceptability of Texting as a Recruitment and Intervention Strategy Among Vietnamese Americans: Qualitative Study — Van Ta Park, March 2021

Newcomer Central American Youth: Informing our Practice in School-Based Health Centers — Naomi Schapiro, March 2021

Emotion, Embodiment, And Reproductive Colonialism in the Global Human Egg Trade — Diane Tober, PhD, March 6, 2021

Abortion Attempts Without Clinical Supervision Among Transgender, Nonbinary and Gender-Expansive People in the United States — Annesa Flentje, Micah Lubensky, March 4, 2021

Affirming Arrhythmia Diagnosis Using All Available Electrocardiography Leads — Michele Pelter, March 1, 2021

Salivary Cytokine Cluster Moderates the Association Between Caregivers Perceived Stress and Emotional Functioning in Youth — Victoria Keeton, March 1, 2021

The Impact of Smoking on Annual Healthcare Cost: An Econometric Model Analysis in China, 2015 — Tingting Yao, Feb. 28, 2021

Teleprecepting: A Timely Approach to Clinical Education During COVID-19 — Deborah Johnson, Elizabeth Gatewood, Amanda Ling, Angel Kuo, Feb. 24, 2021

Student Debt is Driving More Americans to Donate Their Eggs — and Some Suffer Lasting Complications — Diane Tober, Feb. 15, 2021

UCSF School of Nursing Ranks No. 1 Among Public Institutions in NIH Funding

March 2021Katherine Tam

The UCSF School of Nursing is the top public recipient of 2020 federal research funding, capturing $11.5 million in competitive grants that fuel research aimed at transforming human health and health care. Visit the School's News page to learn more.

California Has a Shortage in Mental Health Providers. How UC’s Bold New Initiative Will Address It.

January 2021Milenko Martinovich

More than half of Californians suffering from mental health issues are not receiving the psychiatric care they need. Within the next decade, the state is expected to see the number of psychiatrists decline by 34 percent.  

A bold initiative to solve this growing crisis began this month as the UCSF School of Nursing, in partnership with the UC Davis and UCLA Schools of Nursing, launched a remote-learning Post-Master’s Certificate Program that will train 300 new psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners (PMNHPs) within the next five years. The initiative, supported by a $1.4 million grant from the California Health Care Foundation, is an expansion of the existing Post-Master’s Certificate Program at UCSF that is projected to nearly double the state’s current pipeline of PMHNPs.

“We’re seeing a downtrend in the number of psychiatrists and that’s contributing to incredible workforce needs,” said Co-Director Rosalind de Lisser, associate professor at the UCSF Rosalind de Lisser School of Nursing. “This certificate will help us build a new pipeline for California’s mental health workforce.”

"Many Californians in need of behavioral health support seek care where these NPs are already in practice. Preparing the NPs to address the mental health needs of their patients improves care and avoids further burdening an understaffed mental health system,” added UCSF School of Nursing Dean Catherine Gilliss, whose clinical credentials included preparation as a specialist in psychiatric mental health nursing and as a primary care NP. “Not only are we preparing additional providers but we are working to distribute them more widely within the state.”

The first of its kind in California, the UC Multi-Campus Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate will greatly expand the state’s current PMHNP workforce of about 1,200.

The one-year program combines remote-learning education with in-person clinical training. The flexibility of the program allows students to remain working in their communities, including rural areas where access to mental health care is even more difficult. Many applicants have been recruited from these underserved areas, with the goal that they will be able to apply their newfound skills and expertise in their communities.

“The curriculum was designed to develop health care citizens, responsive to structural barriers to mental health care while also supporting clinician well-being,” de Lisser said. 

Kara Zertuche Family nurse practitioner Kara Zertuche, who began the program this month, lives in Humboldt County where she worked at a federally funded rural health clinic for seven years, serving patients with MediCal or no insurance.

“The vast majority had substance use or mental health issues or both,” she said. “So often I wanted to help them, but those issues were out of my scope. That experience really motivated me to want to specialize in the psychiatric aspect of a nurse practitioner.”

Upon certification in one year, Zertuche plans to apply her new skills in a primary care setting where she strongly believes mental health care should be integrated. A more holistic approach — caring for mind and body — could help stem this mental health crisis, she said.

“We can’t just focus on people’s physical health without the mental health component. It’s hard to make progress that way,” she said. “There are legacies of trauma and abuse that run through underserved populations. I feel passionate about health care justice. Everyone has a right to health care, and I want to be a part of that.”

Tonia Jones knows the gravity of California’s mental health crisis. As a nursing supervisor within the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, she assists the administration in Tonia Jones providing oversight to 48 county-wide facilities. For Jones, who has a PhD in nursing from UCLA and more than 30 years of nursing experience, the new certificate program offers the opportunity to enhance her expertise.

“This program aligns with my philosophical viewpoint as it emphasizes the importance of promoting awareness of mental health conditions, self-care and wellness,” said Jones, who was named the 2020 Outstanding Nurse of the Year for LA County’s Department of Mental Health.

The program’s significance has increased with the COVID-19 pandemic, Jones said. The pandemic has resulted in depression, anxiety, job loss, food insecurity and other challenges that are taxing Americans’ mental health.

“This program is very much forward thinking,” Jones said. “There is going to be a lot of fallout from COVID for years to come and finding coping strategies is very timely.”

Deborah Johnson Applications from well-qualified nurse practitioners far exceeded the number of available seats in the program’s first year, reflecting the demand for programs of this kind. The program will increase admissions for the January 2022 cohort, with the application cycle now open through March 1.

“There has been a groundswell of interest,” said Co-Director Deborah Johnson, associate professor at the School. “Applicants are drawn by the reputation and proven success of our MS program and the accessibility of this model. This will help meet the needs of the state."

Honoring Nursing Pioneers

November 2020Katherine Tam

For more than a century, faculty, students and alumni from the UCSF School of Nursing have overcome obstacles to introduce innovative change that has transformed health care for the better. Their commitment has advanced nursing education and expanded health care for communities across this country and around the globe.

This #UCSFNursePioneers video honors a selection of pioneering leaders from the School. They were the first to establish programs and services, conduct new research to meet a critical need, or lead changes that forever shaped health care.

This feature is part of a continuing series honoring influential leaders from the UCSF School of Nursing.