Professional Development

The team of dedicated Nursing Professional Development generalists and specialists (NPDs) are committed to providing Nursing staff with the orientation, training, continuing education, and professional development needed to provide excellent patient care and to support the attainment of their professional goals. The NPDs work with Nursing staff to promote life-long learning through a variety of education and training modalities and are part of the Institute for Nursing Excellence.

The Institute for Nursing Excellence, Nursing Professional Development Arm, supports the Medical Center’s Mission, Vision, and Values by guiding nurses through the continuous process of learning that is instrumental to improved professional practice and exemplary patient and family care outcomes.  

The roles and responsibilities of the generalists and specialists (NPDs) are based on the Association for Nursing Professional Development (ANPD) Scope and Standards. Together, the team functions as educators, facilitators, change agents, consultants, researchers, and leaders in the UCSF Department of Nursing.  This NPDs are actively involved in the creation and facilitation of many education and training  initiatives, including Nursing orientation, continuing education, new nurse residency programs, internal career development training programs, primary and secondary clinical research, and ongoing partnerships with local schools of nursing. The team provides education and training at both the unit and department-wide levels and collaborates with various disciplines to provide continual professional development and educational offerings and programs.


NPD Specialist, Adult Acute & Transitional Care

Lauren Frahm, BSN, RN-BC

NPD Generalist, Student Coordinator

Sherrie Nameth, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CCRN

NPD Specialist, Pediatric Critical Care

Joseph Phillips, MPA

Simulation Lab Coordinator

Dawn Pizzini, MSN, RN

NPD Generalist, Pediatric Acute Care

Anjal Pong, MSN, RN-BC, NPD-BC, CNOR

NPD Specialist, Peditric Operating Room

Mary-Ann Rich, MS, RN-BC, NPD-BC, CNOR

NPD Specialist, Adult Operating Room

Michael Rogers, RN

NPD Generalist, Adult Critical Care

Anthony Scott, MSN, RN, CNL

NPD Specialist, Procedural

Meghan Sharron, MSN, RN

NPD Generalist, Adult Acute & Transitional Care

Michelle Sison, MSN, RN-BC

NPD Generalist, Clinical Care Partners