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

  • Jeannie Chan, RN, MS, NNP-BC, CNS, Intensive Care Nursery

  • Shelley Diane, RN, MS, CCNS, CWCN-AP, PNP, CCRN, Pediatric Critical Care

  • Lori Fineman, RN, MS, CCNS, Pediatric Surgical Intensive Care

  • Mary Nottingham, RN, MSN, Pediatric Medical/Surgical & Transitional Care

  • Elizabeth Papp, MSN, RNC, CNS, FNP, Intensive Care Nursery

  • Chrissie Smith, RN, MSN, CNS, CWOCN, Pediatric Wound Care

  • Lisa Tsang, RN, MN, CNS, 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 Berger, RN, MS, CCRN, Adult Critical Care

  • Sarah Brynelson, RN, MS, CNS, Pain

  • Mark Ciano, RN, MSN, CNS, Stroke Coordinator

  • Laura Griffith, RN, MSN, AOCNS, Adult Malignant Hematology/Oncology/BMT

  • Sarah Hartrick, RN, BSN, CCRN, Interim Skin & Wound APS

  • Amy Larsen, RN, MS, ACCNS-AG, CCRN, Adult Critical Care

  • Melissa Lee, RN, MS, CNS-BC, Adult Acute & Transitional Care

  • Michelle Macal, RN, MSN, CNS, Adult Acute & Transitional Care

  • Robert (Bobby) Robertson, RN, CWS, Wound Care

  • Ben Tanner, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, CNS, CEN, Emergency Department Care