Clinical Nurse Specialists & Advanced Practice Specialists

Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs) are advanced practice registered nurses who are licensed as CNSs in the State of California and who are experts in the care of specific patient populations and/or conditions.

UCSF Health is proud to have our CNS colleagues work alongside other clinical experts who may not be licensed as CNSs, but who function in that role.  The CNS and Advanced Practice Specialists collaborate with the patient care leadership team, multidisciplinary colleagues, medical center administration, and patients and families to ensure safe, evidence-based quality care is consistently provided to patients and their families.  

The State of California Board of Registered Nursing defines the CNS role based on five domains of practice:

  • clinical practice
  • education
  • consultation
  • research
  • leadership

The scope of CNS practice and impact of CNS work affects three spheres of influence:  Patients and their families, nurses, and organization systems.

UCSF Health Clinical Nurse Specialists and Advanced Practice Specialists

  • Susan Barbour, MS, RN, FNP, CWON, ACHPN, Palliative Care
  • Marilyn Bazinski, DNP, RN-BC, AGCNS, Pain
  • Sarah Berger, MS, RN, CCRN, Adult Critical Care
  • Sasha Binford, PhD, MS, RN, AGCNS-BC, Geriatric
  • Skyler Bivens, RN-BC, Skin and Wound APS
  • Jeannie Chan, MS, RN, NNP-BC, CNS, Intensive Care Nursery
  • Shelley Diane, MS, RN, CCNS, CWCN-AP, PNP, CCRN, Pediatric Critical Care
  • Lori Fineman, MS, RN, CCNS, Pediatric Surgical Intensive Care
  • Sarah Hartrick, RN, BSN, CCRN, Skin and Wound APS
  • Amy Larsen, MS, RN, ACCNS-AG, CCRN, Adult Critical Care
  • Melissa Lee, MS, RN, CNS-BC, Adult Acute & Transitional Care
  • Michelle Macal, MSN, RN, CNS, Adult Acute & Transitional Care
  • Mary Nottingham, MSN, RN, Pediatric Medical/Surgical & Transitional Care
  • Elizabeth Papp, MSN, RNC, CNS, FNPIntensive Care Nursery
  • Esther Rov-Ikpah (Igu), MSRN-BC, CDE, Interim Diabetes Educator
  • Diane Sandman, MSN, RN, CWOCN, FNP, Skin and Wound APS
  • Cass Sandoval, MS, RN, CCRN, CCNS, Adult Critical Care  
  • Chrissie Smith, MSN, RN, CNS, CWOCN, Pediatric Wound Care
  • Ben Tanner, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, CNS, CEN, Emergency Department Care
  • Vickie Thun, MS, RN, FNP-BC, Skin and Wound APS
  • Lisa Tsang, MN, RN, CNS, CPHON, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant