Happy CNS Week!

Hello Everyone!

This week, September 1-7, 2019, is National CNS Week!  A CNS or Clinical Nurse Specialist is a licensed advanced practice nurse who provides expert clinical practice, research, education, consultation, and clinical leadership with an identified patient population or clinical specialty (CA Board of Registered Nursing).  The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) conceptualizes CNS practice as clinical expertise within three spheres of influence:  patient/family, nurses and nursing practice, and organization/systems. 

We are fortunate at UCSF Health to have so many amazing CNSs supporting Nursing care at the bedside, in our units, on our committees, and in leadership roles that guide and shape evidence-based nursing practice at UCSF!  We also want to recognize the efforts of the Advanced Practice Specialists (APS), who are part of the group and function similarly to CNSs within their specialty/population, but who have a different license. 

The Adult CNS/APS group includes:

  • Susan Barbour, Palliative Care CNS

  • Sarah Berger, Adult Critical Care CNS

  • Sasha Binford, Geriatric CNS

  • Skyler Bivens, Adult Wound and Ostomy APS

  • Mark Ciano, Stroke Coordinator CNS

  • Laura Griffith, Adult Hematology/Oncology/BMT CNS

  • Sarah Hartrick, Adult Wound and Ostomy APS

  • Amy Larsen, Adult Critical Care CNS

  • Melissa Lee, Adult Acute & Transitional Care CNS

  • Michelle Macal, Adult Acute & Transitional Care CNS

  • Bobby Robertson, Adult Wound and Ostomy APS

  • Esther Rov-Ikpah, Adult Interim Diabetes APS

  • Ben Tanner, Emergency Department CNS

  • Vickie Thun, Adult Wound and Ostomy APS


The BCH CNS Group includes:

  • Jeanne Buchanan, Pediatric Diabetes APS

  • Jeannie Chan, Intensive Care Nursery CNS

  • Shelley Diane, Pediatric Critical Care CNS

  • Lori Fineman, Pediatric Critical Care CNS

  • Mary Nottingham, Pediatric Medical/Surgical CNS

  • Elizabeth Papp, Intensive Care Nursery CNS

  • Chrissie Smith, Pediatric Wound Care CNS

  • Lisa Tsang, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant CNS


Together, the CNS and APS teams collaborate with the Clinical Nurse Educators (CNEs), Clinical Nurse Researcher (CNR), Unit Directors, Patient Care Directors, Clinical Nurses, Physicians, Pharmacists, Therapists, and other stakeholders to advance excellent patient and family care.  

Please join us in recognizing the importance of the individual efforts and the collective work the CNS and APS group does daily!  
Happy CNS Week and thanks for all you do!


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