Nurses Week 2018

Happy belated 2018 Nurses Week and congratulations to all of our 2018 Nursing Awards nominees and winners! Click here for the 2018 Nurses Week Awards album. 

Excellence in Acute & Transitional Care Nursing Award

Winner : Yin Lo, RN, BSN- 14 Moffitt Medical/Surgical High Acuity Unit

Amy Kangwankij, RN; C5 Transitional Care Unit
Susan Moore, RN CN II; Central Resource Group Medical Surgical Resource Team
Eugene Ramos, RN, CN II; General Surgery 13 Long
Lauri Nelson, RN, BSN; Pediatric Case management
Jessica Julio, RN; Pediatric Case management, ICN


Excellence in Advanced Practice Nursing Award

Winner : Lisa Tsang, BScN, MN, RN, CPHON- Hematology/Oncology/BMT unit

Tara Lacey, RN, NP, CNS, AOCNP, CGNP; Oncology Inpatient Consult Service
Chrissie Moreno Smith, RN, CWOCN, CNS; Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco
Michelle Klosterman, RN, RD, MSN, MS, PNP-C; Pancreas Program


Ambulatory & Home Health Nursing Award Winner

Amanda Schnell-Heringer, RN, CN III- Advanced Heart Failure & Pulmonary Hypertension Program


Sheila Mann Excellence in Cardiovascular Nursing Award

Winner : Katherine Finlay, RN, CN III - PCICU

Nominee: Caroline Lau, RN, CNII- 10ICC


Colleague of Nursing Award

Winner : Andrea Baird, MSW, LCSW- Social Work, Pulmonary Hypertension and Lung Transplant

Liu Feng Zeng, PCA; BCH C5 MSP
Soledad Vasayllaje, Staffing Coordinator; CRG, Staffing Office and Float Pool
Elizabeth Manning, MSW, Social Worker; 9/13 ICU


Clifford K. and Avola Wilson Memorial Excellence in Critical Care Nursing Award

Winner:  Amy Manidis, RN, BSN, CCRN, CN III- Critical Care Resource Team Central Resource Group

Caitlin Koulakis, RN, BSN, CCRN, CN III; 10 ICC
Michele Abella, BSN, RN,CN II; 10 ICC
Caroline Lee, RN, BSN, CCRN; 9/13 ICU
Sarah Berger, BSN, RN, CCRNM, CNIII; Medical/Surgical ICU
Charles Hood, RN, CFRN, CNIII; Pediatric Critical Care Transport Team


Helen B. Ripple Excellence in Neuroscience Nursing Award Winner

Winner: Lindsay Neville, RN, BSN, CNRN, CN II- 8L

Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award

Marisa A. Quinn, RN, MBA - Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, Infusion Center
Bart Reyes, BSN, RN- C6 Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and BMT Units

Erin Espinoza, RN, BSN, CCRN, CNIII; Critical Care Resource Team
Megan Yee, RN; C5 Children's Med/Surg and Transitional Care Unit
Janelle Heineman, BSN, RN, CCRN; 9/13ICU
Joanna Delong, RN, MS, NP; UCSF Heart & Vascular Center


Jeanne Yalon Excellence in Oncology Nursing Award

Winner:  Kayo Tsuruta, CN III- Cancer Center, Urology Oncology Surgery

Sigrid Tarroza-David, RN; Genitourinary (GU) Medical Oncology Department
Mitchelle Valera, RN; 6 West Infusion
Jennifer McGlennon, RN, BSN, CHPON; C6- Pediatric Hematology Oncology BMT

Excellence in Perinatal Nursing Award Winner

Amber Mason, RN- Intensive Care Nursery


Excellence in Perioperative Nursing Award

Winner: Elizabeth Borczynski, RN, CNII- Perianesthesia Care Unit ML

Nominee: Pamela Terry, RN- Mission Bay Adult Operating Room

UCSF 2017 Flu Summit

INEx & Occupational Health host an annual Flu Summit to kick off the Flu Season. The goal of the Flu Summit is to provide information on this season’s flu vaccine and to train new flu deputies on the vaccination workflow (i.e. how to navigate questions about the vaccine, how to order vaccines, how to administer vaccines, and how to document administration or declination of the vaccine).

Each year we select speakers to come and teach us about the latest information on influenza and the strains that were selected to be included in this season’s vaccine.  During the Flu Summit, we have a panel of VIPs who receive their flu shot.  New deputies participate in the “Give One, Get One” session at the end of the Summit where they receive and give a flu shot to their peers to become “deputized”.

The goal of having flu deputies is to improve employee vaccination compliance by making it more accessible and convenient for staff.  Flu deputies act as a resource for staff, provide employee vaccinations in their practice areas, and are the point person for any updates from Occupational Health regarding this year’s flu season.

UCSF Nurses Recognized Nationally for Excellence in Patient Care and Innovation

By Kristen Bole on October 20, 2017

UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco have earned the prestigious Magnet Recognition® designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), acknowledging their excellence in nursing, quality of patient care and innovations in professional nursing practice. It is the highest level of recognition awarded by ANCC.

In announcing the credential, ANCC officials noted that UCSF met the 98 standards for excellence with no deficiencies and outperformed national benchmarks the majority of the time for indicators that reflect nursing quality. Those include falls, pressure ulcers, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, patient satisfaction and nurse satisfaction.

“This recognition is a testament to the outstanding and exemplary professional practices of our nurses, nurse leaders and interprofessional colleagues,” said Tina Mammone, PhD, RN, CENP, NEA-BC, vice president and chief nursing officer of UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco. “The Magnet designation not only recognizes UCSF nurses, but all of our staff and providers for their tremendous teamwork and interdisciplinary care.”

Only 8 percent (469) of the more than 5,500 hospitals registered with the American Hospital Association have achieved ANCC Magnet Recognition® status, according to the ANCC. California claims 33 of those hospitals, including five University of California medical centers. UCSF is the only hospital in San Francisco to hold this distinction.

UCSF received its initial Magnet designation in 2012 and was reevaluated over the course of the past year for the four-year designation. The extensive review, which included more than 3,000 pages of documentation and a four-day onsite visit, evaluated such areas as leadership, empowerment, exemplary practice, and improvements and innovations.

“The requirements to achieve Magnet status are rigorous and reflect years of hard work on the part of our entire team to establish and maintain the highest standards of nursing care,” said Sheila Antrum, RN, MSHA, senior vice president and chief operating officer of UCSF Health. “It was essential that we not only maintain, but continually improve our structures, processes and outcomes from the previous four years to meet the rigorous requirements of the program.”

Since the ANCC launched the Magnet program in 1994, the designation has become a standard for nurse recruitment efforts and patients seeking the best care. According to the ANCC, studies assessing links between the work environment for nurses and the patient safety climate find that Magnet hospitals experience increased patient satisfaction; decreased mortality rates; decreased pressure ulcers and falls; and improved quality and patient safety.

In a letter to staff, Mark Laret, president and CEO of UCSF Health, commended the UCSF nurses, interprofessional care teams, staff, and nurse leadership, and noted that designations like Magnet are becoming increasingly important as patients look for information about where to get their care.

“Our nursing teams elevate the practice of nursing to new levels and serve as models for all health care professionals,” Laret wrote. “It is truly impressive that our nurses achieved this while at the same time caring fo record numbers of patients, advancing health care policy and discovery, and educating our students.”

UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals are ranked among the top hospitals in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report, which uses Magnet status as a primary indicator in its hospital assessments. UCSF Medical Center/Moffitt-Long Hospitals also earned an A for patient safety in 2017.

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Happy Nursing Professional Development Week!

Please join me during National Professional Development Week (September 24-30, 2017) in thanking the Clinical Nurse Educators (CNEs; also known nationally as Nursing Professional Development Specialists) for all that they do for the Department of Nursing!  The Association of Nursing Professional Development Specialists (ANPD) has identified four major domains of practice for the CNE:  

  • Partner for practice transitions
  • Learning facilitator
  • Change agent
  • Mentor


In addition, the entire INEx team in our INEx model (including the CNEs) provides four critical services to ensure excellent nursing practice:

  • Provides education and training
  • Fosters clinical inquiry
  • Enhances skill acquisition
  • Promotes professional development

We are fortunate to have such a stellar group of CNEs represent the entire enterprise:

  • Christine Andrade, Student Coordination & Ancillary Staff
  • Lindsay Bolt, Adult Acute & Transitional Care
  • Sabina Gonzalez, Adult Critical Care
  • Sherrie Nameth, Pediatric Critical Care
  • Dawn Pizzini, Pediatric Acute Care
  • Anjal Pong, Pediatric OR
  • Mary-Ann Rich, Adult OR
  • Michele Sibley, Ambulatory

Please join me in thanking them for their endless enthusiasm, clinical expertise, and skilled facilitation of learning! 

Adam Cooper
Education Manager, Institute for Nursing Excellence; Deputy Director for Evidence Synthesis, UCSF Centre for Evidence Synthesis & Implementation:  A Joanna Briggs Institute Centre of Excellence