Institute for Nursing Excellence

The mission of the Institute for Nursing Excellence (INEx) is to prepare, support, and sustain skill acquisition, life-long learning, and clinical inquiry that promotes excellence in patient and family care and the vision is to enhance, innovate, and create the best clinical practice, education and training, and research at the point of care.

INEx is a Nursing support department with three main arms:  Education, Practice, and Research.  The Education arm is comprised of Clinical Nurse Educators who create and coordinate education and training for the Department of Nursing.  The Practice arm is comprised of Adult Clinical Nurse Specialists and Advanced Practice Specialists who oversee nursing practice for the Department of Nursing.  The Research arm is comprised of Clinical Nurse Researchers, Evidence Implementation Specialists, and Clinical Research Librarians who are involved in and foster projects related to clinical inquiry, including quality improvement initiatives, evidence based practice, primary and secondary research, and innovation.  


  • Gina Intinarelli, PhD, MS, RN, Associate Chief Nursing Officier for Nursing Excellence
  • Adam Cooper, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, Interim Director, Institute for Nursing Excellence; Deputy Director for Evidence Synthesis, UCSF Centre for Evidence Synthesis & Implementation: A Joanna Briggs Institute Centre of Excellence
  • Hannah Kim, PhD, RN, CNL, PHN, Associate Chief Nurse Researcher and Clinical Inquiry Manager
  • Michael Francis, DNP, MS, RN, NEA-BC, Education and Training Manager
  • Christina Luu, BA, Analyst Supervisor
  • Linda Luu, BA, International Program Coordinator
  • Wendy Lee, BS, Education and Training Analyst
  • Esther Lejano, BS, System Administrator