Inpatient Practice Areas

Adult Clinical Nurse Specialists and Advanced Practice Specialists

Marilyn Bazinski

Marilyn Bazinski, DNP, RN-BC, AGCNS

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Pain Management

Dr. Bazinski serves as a nurse expert in the assessment and treatment of pain, consultant, educator, and mentor for the nursing and interprofessional teams at UCSF Medical Center.  She is passionate about mentoring nurses and teaching the importance of providing comfort and mitigation of suffering as integral to safe and high-quality nursing care. Marilyn is a leader in incorporating non-pharmacologic methods in pain and symptom management and has a clinical and leadership interests in pain management with a focus on geriatrics, transitions of care, and the value and outcomes associated with the Pain Management CNS role in healthcare systems.

 

Sarah Berger

Sarah Berger, MS, RN, ACCNS-AG, CCRN

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Adult Critical Care

Sarah serves as a critical care nursing expert, consultant, educator, and mentor for the nurses and teams in the adult medical-surgical ICUs.  She collaborates with the interdisciplinary team to coordinate care for complex critically ill patients with multiple organ dysfunction, ARDS, sepsis, AKI, liver dysfunction, and oncologic conditions.  Sarah leads the adult CRRT nursing program in collaboration with nephrology and critical care medicine colleagues.

 

Sasha Binford

Sasha S. Binford, PhD, MS, RN, PHN, AGCNS-BC

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Geriatrics

Dr. Binford serves as a geriatric nursing expert, consultant, educator, and mentor for the nursing and interprofessional teams at UCSF Medical Center.  She is the Director of Nursing for the Age-Friendly Health System program and collaborates with interdisciplinary teams to ensure evidence-based care that aims to reduce delirium, support physical and cognitive functional status, and ensure successful transitions in care across the continuum.

 

Skyler Bivens

Skyler Bivens, BSN, RN-BC, CWOCN

Wound Ostomy Care Nurse

Skyler provides expert care and consultation for care of complex wounds and ostomies.  She provides education on prevention and treatment of pressure injuries to patients/families, nurses, and provider colleagues.  She and the WOCN team lead performance improvement initiatives and implementation of evidence-based practice for HAPI prevention and wound/ostomy care across the adult hospitals.

 

 

 

 

Sarah Hartrick

Sarah Hartrick, BSN, RN, CCRN

Wound Ostomy Clinical Nurse

Sarah provides expert care and consultation for care of complex wounds and ostomies.  She provides education on prevention and treatment of pressure injuries to patients/families, nurses, and provider colleagues.  She and the WOCN team lead performance improvement initiatives and implementation of evidence-based practice for HAPI prevention and wound/ostomy care across the adult hospitals.

 

Amy Larsen

Amy Larsen
MS, RN, CCRN, SCRN, ACCNS-AG

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Adult Critical Care

Amy serves as a neuroscience critical care nursing expert, consultant, educator, and mentor for the nurses and teams in the adult neuroscience ICUs.  She collaborates with the interdisciplinary team to coordinate care for complex critically ill patients with neurologic, neurovascular/stroke, and neurosurgical injuries and illness. Amy leads harm prevention evidence-based practice initiatives and supports the teams that provide advanced stroke nursing care to patients/families contributing to the Comprehensive Stroke Center designation at UCSF.

 

Melissa Lee

Melissa Lee, MS, RN, PCCN, GCNS-BC

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Adult Acute and Transitional Care

Melissa serves as an acute and transitional care nursing expert, leader, consultant, educator, and mentor for the nurses and teams for adult medical-surgical patients across the adult hospitals.  She collaborates with the interdisciplinary team to coordinate care for complex medical-surgical patients/families. Melissa leads safety and quality clinical practice initiatives, has expertise in nursing informatics, and serves as an expert resource for peritoneal dialysis therapy across the adult hospitals.

 

Michelle Macal

 

Michelle Macal, MSN, RN, CNS, PCCN

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Adult Acute Care

Michelle serves as an acute and transitional care nursing expert, leader, consultant, educator, and mentor for the nurses and teams for adult medical-surgical patients across the adult hospitals.  She collaborates with the interdisciplinary team to coordinate care for complex medical-surgical patients/families. Michelle leads the safe mobilization and fall prevention initiatives and leads collaborative practice initiatives to ensure safe continuous monitoring and suicide risk screening across the adult hospitals.

 

Esther Rov-Ikpah

 

Esther Rov-Ikpah, MS, RN-BC, CDCES

Diabetes Care and Education Specialist

Esther provides expert consultation an education to patients, families and nurses on diabetes care and management of complex diabetic patients in the adult hospitals. She leads quality and safety initiatives aimed to optimize patient outcomes and prevent harm. 

 

Cass Sandoval

Cass Sandoval, MSN, RN, CCRN, CCNS

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Adult Critical Care

Cass serves as a cardiovascular critical care nursing expert, consultant, educator, and mentor for the nurses and teams in the adult intensive cardiac care units.  She collaborates with the interdisciplinary team to coordinates care for complex cardiothoracic, cardiology, and vascular critically ill patients. Cass leads harm prevention evidence-based practice initiatives and supports the nursing team who manage advanced life support therapies including ECLS/ECMO, VADs, IABP, and CRRT.

 

Diane Sandman

Diane Sandman, MSN, RN, CWOC, FNP

Wound Ostomy Clinical Nurse

Diane provides expert care and consultation for care of complex wounds, ostomies, and continence issues.  She provides education on prevention and treatment of pressure injuries to patients/families, nurses, and provider colleagues.  She and the WOCN team lead performance improvement initiatives and implementation of evidence-based practice for HAPI prevention and wound/ostomy care across the adult hospitals.

 

Benjamin Tanner

Benjamin Tanner, MSN, RN, CNS, FNP-BC, CEN

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Emergency Department

Ben serves as an emergency nursing care expert, consultant, educator, and mentor for the nurses in the emergency department.  He collaborates with interdisciplinary teams to ensure evidence-based care of the behavioral health and geriatric patients with emergency care needs. Ben serves on the medical center’s Transfusion Committee and supports safe transfusion practices.

 

Vickie Thun

 

Vickie Thun, MS, RN, FNP-BC

Wound Ostomy Clinical Nurse

Vickie provides expert care and consultation for care of complex wounds and ostomies.  She provides education and support to surgical oncology patients with ostomy care needs.  She and the WOCN team lead performance improvement initiatives and implementation of evidence-based practice for HAPI prevention and wound/ostomy care across the adult hospitals.

 

 Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialists #Pediatric CNS

 

Jeannie Chan, MS, RN, NNP-BC, CNS

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Intensive Care Nursery

 

 

Shelley Diane, MS, RN, CCNS, CWCN-AP, PNP, CCRN

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Pediatric Critical Care

 

 

Lori Fineman, MS, RN, CCNS

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Pediatric Surgical Intensive Care

 

 

Mary Nottingham, MS, RN

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Pediatric Medical/Surgical & Transitional Care

 

 

Elizabeth Papp, MSN, RNC, CNS, FNP

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Intensive Care Nursery

 

 

Chrissie Smith, MSN, RN, CNS, CWOCN

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Pediatric Wound Care

 

 

Lisa Tsang, MN, RN, CNS, CPHON

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant