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

May 2020Milenko Martinovich

School of Nursing Honors Faculty Members, Students with Annual Awards

The School of Nursing recognized four faculty members with its 2020 Excellence in Teaching Awards, recognizing their outstanding contributions and commitment. 

The School's 2020 Student Awards honor graduating students for academic excellence, innovation and service. 

Taylor Cuffaro, Megan Grant, Katie Machado, Tessa Rubin, Kyung Mi Kim, Summer Thompson (at right)

  • Meritorious Service Award: Taylor Cuffaro, Megan Grant, Katie Machado and Tessa Rubin for their street nursing efforts
  • Distinguished Dissertation Award: Kyung Mi Kim
  • Outstanding MS Award: Katie Machado
  • DNP Outstanding Student Award: Summer Thompson

In addition, the UCSF Department of Nursing has announced that master's student Audrey Busch is the recipient of the 2020 Daisy Nurse Leader Award, which recognizes nurses for their leadership in patient care and fostering a compassionate environment. Busch, who is studying in the School's APHN specialty, is a clinical nursing supervisor in the hospital's Pediatric Dialysis Unit.

SON Faculty Embark on New Study 

Six nursing experts will lead a new study that will focus on the Rapid response Nursing Triage Outcomes for COVID-19 (RN TO COVID). Jyu-Lin Chen leads the team, which Clockwise from top left, Jyu-Lin Chen, Rosalind De Lisser, Thomas Hoffmann, Mijung Park, Jerry John Nutor, Hannah Jang. includes faculty member Rosalind De Lisser, principal statistician Thomas Hoffmann, alumna Hannah Jang, and faculty members Jerry John Nutor and Mijung Park.

UCSF has established a COVID-19 patient hotline that is headed by nurses and nurse practitioners who serve as health care navigators. This study aims to examine the impact of the RN TO COVID model on patient compliance and clinical outcomes. In addition, it aims to identify risk factors and vulnerable and marginalized populations with poorer clinical outcomes. The study will use data from the UCSF Health Center’s electronic health records system and the UCSF Office of Population Health. It has received funding support from the campus Research Grants Program Office.

In the News: SON Faculty in Ongoing COVID-19 Media Coverage

Kristen Harknett, Joanne Spetz, Charlene Harrington, Stacy Torres News reporters covering the COVID-19 crisis are continuing to tap the expertise of SON faculty members to shed light on the pandemic's impact:

Kristen Harknett and her research under The Shift Project were cited in the Vox May 7 article "Essential Workers Still Lack Basic Safety Protections on the Job."

Joanne Spetz was interviewed for the KTVU’s May 4 report “New California Nurses Jobless During Coronavirus Pandemic.”

Charlene Harrington was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle’s April 29 report “Asymptomatic Staff, Untested at Many Nursing Homes, Are Spreading the Coronavirus

Stacy Torres was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle’s April 29 article “Coronavirus and Seniors: How Life Will Change When Bay Area Shelter-in-Place Restrictions are Lifted

Abbey Alkon Leads Webinar on Child Care During Pandemic

Abbey Alkon, professor in Family Health Care Nursing, was the keynote speaker on an April 24 webinar about child care during the pandemic that drew more than 20,000 Abbey Alkon registrants and 6,000 viewers.

The webinar, “Caring for Children in Group Settings During COVID-19,” was sponsored by the Office of Head Start’s National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness. A national expert on health and safety issues in child care programs, Alkon spoke about the new health guidance for child care programs during this crisis. Watch the webinar recording, which will be archived for one month.

Monica McLemore Featured in Race and COVID-19 Town Hall

Monica Mclemore Monica McLemore, associate professor in Family Health Care Nursing, was one of six expert panelists invited to join ABC7 News’ May 4 virtual discussion “Race and Coronavirus: A Bay Area Conversation Virtual Town Hall About COVID-19 Impact on African American Community.” Watch the recording of the town hall.

Matt Tierney Shares Perspective on Caring for Patients with Chronic Pain

Matt Tierney was a featured panelist in a March 10 guided discussion, "Caring for Patients with Chronic Pain: Perspectives from Clinicians."  The session was an Matt Tierney  activity of the National Academy of Medicine's Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic, and it included a diverse panel of five clinicians. Watch a recording of the session.

Kober Lab Supports Research Community's Response to COVID-19

Kord Kober, Kiley Charbonneau In support of the research community’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the Kober Lab (led by assistant professor Kord Kober — Kiley Charbonneau, research data analyst, and Maureen Lewis, an undergraduate intern from UC Berkeley — have been performing literature reviews and providing annotations of human and viral genome mappable data for the SARS-CoV-2 Genome Browser for the Crowd-Sourced Data track. The team's effort was acknowledged in the UCSC Genome Browser News (see May 4 entry).

SON Faculty Receive New Grants to Support Research

Three faculty members have received new grants to support their research and work: 

  • Carrie Graham, associate adjunct professor in Institute of Health and Aging, received a six-month grant from the SCAN Foundation for the Master Plan for Aging. Carrie Graham, Kristen Harknett, Laura Wagner
  • Kristen Harknett, associate professor in Social and Behavioral Sciences, received additional funding through UC Berkeley to continue her research as part of The Shift Project.
  • Laura Wagner, associate professor in Community Health Systems, received a one-year grant from the Cigna Foundation to support the street nursing efforts.

Alumna Asmara Gebre Joins Emerging Leaders Program

Asmara Gebre Asmara Gebre, who graduated from our MS program in 2017, has been selected as a 2020 Emerging Leader by the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. The Emerging Leaders program is a 9-month intensive leadership development opportunity that offers 10 individuals a chance to refine their purpose, learn skills and develop strategies to transform themselves, the association and the field of nursing.

UCSF Alumni Week Goes Virtual

In place of the typical in-person gathering, UCSF will host a free series of special online events for alumni. Connect with UCSF and your fellow alumni this year – virtually — during Alumni Week from June 8-12.

See the full schedule and register today. Speakers include several SON experts including Associate Deans Julene Johnson and Maureen Shannon; faculty members Gerri Collins-Bride, Heather Leutwyler, and Shannon Smith-Bernardin; and master's student Taylor Cuffaro.

Recent Publications

Effects of a Peer Educator Program for HIV Status Disclosure and Health System Strengthening: Findings From a Clinic-Based Disclosure Support Program in Mozambique — Carol Dawson-Rose, May 6, 2020

Op-Ed Why Did It Take a Pandemic to Make Us Value the Lives of California’s Essential Workers? — Kristen Harknett, May 2, 2020

Low PrEP Awareness and Use Among People Who Inject Drugs, San Francisco, 2018 — Glenn Milo Santos, May 1, 2020

Bridging the Digital Divide Among Racial and Ethnic Minority Men Who Have Sex With Men to Reduce Substance Use and HIV Risk: Mixed Methods Feasibility Study — Glenn Milo Santos, April 29, 2020

What's Race Got to Do With It? A Close Look at the Misuse of Race in Case-Based Nursing Education— Victoria Keeton, May 1, 2020

Op-Ed: After Coronavirus, Expect High School Dropout Wave. 9/11 Was the Trigger for My Sisters — Stacy Torres, April 30, 2020

Community Transition From the Criminal Justice System for Older Adults With Schizophrenia: A Pilot Study — Erin Hubbard, Heather Leutwyler, April 29, 2020

Patients’ Use of Social Media for Diabetes Self-Care: Systematic Review —Van Ta Park, Linda Park, April 24, 2020

Study Protocol: A Cluster Randomized Trial to Evaluate the Effectiveness and Implementation of Onsite Genexpert Testing at Community Health Centers in Uganda (XPEL-TB) — Sara Ackerman, April 21, 2020

Cold Turkey and Hot Vapes? A National Study of Young Adult Cigarette Cessation Strategies — Wendy Max, April 21, 2020

Smoking Behavior in Low- and High-Income Adults Immediately Following California Proposition 56 Tobacco Tax Increase — Wendy Max, Tingting Yao, Yingning Wang, Hai-Yen Sung, April 16, 2020

Homeplace: Care and Resistance Among Public Housing Residents Facing Mixed-Income Redevelopment — Leslie Dubbin, April 20, 2020

How Collaborative Practice Agreements Impede Provision of Vital Behavioral Health Services — Beth Phoenix, Susan Chapman, April 19, 2020

Effects of Cigarette Prices on Intention to Quit, Quit Attempts and Successful Cessation Among African American Smokers — Wendy Max, Valerie Yerger, Tingting Yao, Yingning Wang, Hai-Yen Sung, April 17, 2020

Sci-Fi By The Bay: Bracing For Post-Peak Coronavirus In The Cool, Gray City Of Love — Stacy Torres, April 17, 2020

Scientists Must Share Research Findings With Participants. Here's Why — Jerry John Nutor, PhD, RN, April 14, 2020

Trajectories of Fatigue Among Stroke Patients From the Acute Phase to 18 Months Post-Injury: A Latent Class Analysis — Caryl Gay, April 15, 2020

Improving Care for Older Adults in the Emergency Department Warrants Greater Investment in Geriatric Nursing — Stat! — Lauren Hunt, April 13, 2020

Burden of Living With Multiple Concurrent Symptoms in Patients With End-Stage Renal Disease — Christine Miaskowski, April 11, 2020

Ensuring and Sustaining a Pandemic Workforce — Joanne Spetz, April 8, 2020

Screening Gender Minority People for Harmful Alcohol Use — Annesa Flentje, Matt Tierney, April 7, 2020