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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