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 Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital are 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.

Benioff Children's Hospital Clinical Nurse Specialists and Advanced Practice Specialists

  • Shelley Diane, RN, MS, CCNS, CWCN-AP, PNP, CCRN, Pediatric Critical Care
  • Lori Fineman, RN, MS, CCNS, Pediatric Surgical Intensive Care
  • Molly Killion, RNC-OB, MS, CNS-BC Birth Center
  • Barbette Murphy, RN, MSN, CPNP, Pediatric Medical/Surgical & Transitional Care
  • Sue Peloquin, RN, MSN, Intensive Care Nursery
  • Chrissie Smith, RN, MSN, CNS, CWOCN, Pediatric Wound Care
  • Lisa Tsang, RN, MN, CPHON, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant

UCSF Medical Center Clinical Nurse Specialists and Advanced Practice Specialists

  • Susan Barbour, RN, MS, FNP, CWON, ACHPN, Palliative Care
  • Sarah Brynelson, RN, MS, CNS, Pain
  • Amy Dunne, RN, MS, ACCNS-AG, CCRN, Adult Critical Care
  • Laura Griffith, RN, MSN, AOCNS, Adult Malignant Hematology/Oncology/BMT
  • Melissa Lee, RN, MS, CNS-BC, Adult Acute & Transitional Care
  • Heidemarie Windham MacMaster, PharmD, CDE, FCSHP, Diabetes Management Specialist
  • Michelle Macal, RN, MSN, CNS, Adult Acute & Transitional Care
  • Cass Piper Sandoval, RN, MS, CCRN, CCNS, Adult Critical Care
  • Octavia Struve, RN, MSN, BSN, DNP, CNL, OMS, WCC, Wound Care
  • Ben Tanner, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, CNS, CEN, Emergency Department Care