UCSF Advanced Practice Providers February 2024 Newsletter

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Samantha Shenoy Interviewed by Major News Outlets CBS Evening News, ABC Sports, NBC Bay Area

Samantha is an NP in hematology oncology and was interviewed as the provider for a 49er football linebacker coach, with a rare cancer, multiple myeloma, who is participating in a clinical trial involving immunotherapy. Click here for the CBS evening news segment and ABC Sports video story and NBC Bay Area.

Leading the CRNAs at UCSF

Amanda Fulton, MSN, CRNA started on Monday, January 21, 2024 as the CRNA manager. Amanda will work collaboratively with the Department of Perioperative Services, the Anesthesia Department, and the Office of Advanced Practice Providers to ensure alignment among all areas for patient care and CRNA APP management. Amanda graduated from Samuel Merritt University in 2006 and immediately joined the Anesthesia Department at UCSF as a CRNA, where she not only served as an advanced provider, but assisted CRNA management in its earliest stages. Amanda has been actively integrating improvement systems into her work and is credited in the development and application of systems that serve to facilitate workflow challenges for the Anesthesia Department and CRNA staff. Read more.

Focus on Mitchel Erickson-- CANPweb.org

Focus On is a Q&A style interview that highlights a California Association for Nurse Practitioner member, a conversation with an authoritative expert, spotlights an innovative program, or profiles a trend. The January Connection newsletter features Mitch Erickson, former Associate Chief of Advanced Practice for UCSF Health, as he talks about the building of and optimizing an NP consult service that promotes Age Friendly care in the Emergency Department . Read more.

APP Leaders and Continuous Improvement

APPs leaders -- Neil Weigand, PA (Manager of the General Surgery APPs) and Mardochee Val, CRNA (Nurse Anesthetist Supervisor) -- recently completed Continuous Improvement Trainings and are on a pathway to becoming Lean Champions. Lean training is UCSF Health's most intensive continuous improvement program. The trainings develop and deepen problem-solving proficiency (A3 Thinking), develop leadership skills to align teams around True North goals, communicate progress and coaching on problem-solving, and using clinical scenarios for improvement. The UCSF Health Continuous Improvement Department is an internal organizational resource that supports and facilitates the transformation of UCSF Health into a continuous improvement enterprise. The CID partners with administrative, operational and clinical leaders across UCSF to solve strategic organizational problems, reinforce a culture of continuous process improvement and innovate care delivery.

Lastest Article in the American Journal of Nursing

"Improving Discharge Teaching for Adult Patients with an Ileostomy" authored by Sophie Roeung, DNP, RN who practices in the colorectal surgery department. She and colleague Annette Carley published this article in The American Journal of Nursing on discharge teaching for adults with an ileostomy. Read more.


UCLA's 6th Annual APP Conference

UCLA Health will be hosting a 1-day APP Conference on Saturday March 9, 2024, featuring keynote speaker Cynthia Javanov, DNP, MBA, CNS, FNP-BC, ACNP-BC.

Must create UCLA account so can register for the conference. Click here for more info. CEU will be offered and the cost is $75. If questions, contact [email protected]

UCSF 2024 Clinical Inquiry Conference

11th Annual Nursing Research and EBP Conference

Wednesday, February 28, 2024 830am-430pm

Keynote Speaker: Rae Walker, PhD, RN, FAAN U. of Massachusetts Amherst "Eulogy for Artificial Intelligence: What Care Futures Will We Build for the Post-AI. Era? 50+ posters will be presented including the work of several APPs.

South San Francisco Conference Center 255 S.Airport Blvd, South San Francisco

Registration Fee $25 (UCSF), $75 (non-UCSF)

For more information. 7 contact hours.

Pediatric Grand Rounds (West Bay)

Every Thursday 12-1PM

Zoom link. full schedule and archive videos.

Thursday, February 15, 2024

"Upholding our PROMISE: PROmoting Med-Ed Insight into Supportive Environments" Presented by Jyothi Marbin, MD, Oriaku Kas-Osoaka, MD, Audrea Burns PhD, Candice Lucas MD, MPH FAAP and Patricia Poitevien, MD, MSc FAAP

Thursday, February 18, 2024 "Editing human genomes to decode and repair disease. Presented by Luke Judge, MD, PhD

Pediatric Grand Rounds (East Bay)

Every Tuesday 8-9AM

For Zoom login information, contact: Cristina Fernandez [email protected], 510-428-3885 ext 4343. Full schedule and archived videos (Password: CHRCO).

Tuesday, February 13, 2024 TODAY

"Pain Rehabilitation for Pediatric Primary Disorders" Presented by William Bernal, MD, MPH

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

"How Does ChatGPT Work and What Does This Mean for Medicine?" Presented by Xinran (Leo) Liu, MD, MS, FAMIA

APP Grand Rounds

Tuesday February 13, 2024 12-1PM TODAY

Empowering the APP: A Strategic Toolkit For Effective Political Advocacy in Healthcare

Presented by Rubi Alva de Hickson, MS, RN, ACNP-BC, CCRN

2 Steps to Register in Advance

  1. Point your camera to QR code
  2. To claim 1-hour CEU for RN/NP/CRNA/CNM. Preregister at Nursing Connect

Search by title "Empowering APPs" or "Strategic Toolkit". Category 2CME for PA no additional registration required.

APP Grand Rounds

Tuesday February 27, 2024 12-1PM

Wildfires and Pregnancy

Presented by Laura Weil, Assistant Clinical Professor, Certified Nurse Midwife

2 Steps to Register in Advance

  1. Point your camera to QR code
  2. To claim 1-hour CEU for RN/NP/CRNA/CNM. Preregister at Nursing Connect

Search by title "Wildfires" or "Pregnancy". Category 2CME for PA no additional registration required.

American Heart Association--Cardiogenic Shock Virtual Grand Rounds

Tuesday February 20, 2024 9-10AM

Evolving Epidemiology of Cardiogenic Shock

Presented by David Morrow, MD and Mitchell Krucoff, MD and features speakers from Brigham and Women's Hospital. Register here. Questions? Contact [email protected]. Read more

Critical Care Journal Club--open to all APPs

Tuesday February 13, 2024 4-5PM TODAY

Topic: Targeted Temperature Mangement In Patients after Cardiac Arrest

Presented by Adali Marinez, MD Critical Care Medicine Department

Zoom link

BSN Entry to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) - Advanced Nursing Focus pathway at UCSF School of Nursing

Schedule a one-on-one advising appointment with Recruitment Director Mimi Omoregie. 


  • ‌The BSN Entry to DNP pathway is a 12-quarter, hybrid program that combines in-person and virtual didactic courses with hands-on training at sites throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, arranged by the UCSF School of Nursing. 
  • ‌Students choose from 10 specialties, including multiple specialties ranked among the best nationwide. 
  • ‌Students complete an evidence-based quality improvement project that addresses health care practice issues.

‌Regular status UC employees in these eligible nursing titles with at least a 50% appointment and who meet our admission requirements are eligible for a two-thirds reduction in the Student Services Fee and Tuition when enrolled in regular session courses of up to 12 units or four courses per quarter, whichever provides the greater benefit to the employee. This tuition and fee reduction is available for UC employees enrolling in the BSN Entry to DNP pathway this summer and through spring 2026. Application deadline March 1, 2024.


Monovalent Covid-19 Vaccine due by March 1, 2024

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, all members of the UCSF community, including employees of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, are required to obtain the latest monovalent COVID-19 vaccineor decline vaccination by March 1, 2024. To meet the requirement and align with University of California policy, please take one of the following actions: 

  • Use the Digital Screener to attest that you have received the vaccination or plan to receive it, or upload documentation of vaccination to the Occupational Health Portal (VPN required). 
  • Complete a declination either through the Digital Screener or OHS Portal. 

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Compliance Gap Identified on Use of Restraints

from CMO Nerys Benfield

A gap in compliance with training on the safe use of restraints was identified after an unfortunate patient safety event. Inorder to come into compliance we are asking providers who are most likely to order restraints to complete this mandatory training. UCSF Health has set a threshold such that all clinical services that have written greater than 10 restraint orders/year will require training.

In the next couple of weeks, you may receive an automated message from Learning Management Systems asking you to complete the Restraint Use Training. You will have 30 days to complete the training, after which you will be out of compliance.

This training is required on an annual basis and will be assigned to you by your department as part of a list of mandatory trainings. If you have questions or believe you do not fall into the category of providers that are likely to order restraints, lease contact your department lead to discuss.

Pediatric APPs -- 8-hr Course So You Can Renew Your DEA

In April 2023, the DEA announced a new one-time requirement for all providers to complete 8 hours of continuing education on the topics of treatment and medication management of patients with opioid and other substance use disorders (SUD).

This requirement affects all APPs with a DEA registration – including full-time, part-time, and per diem employees. This requirement must be completed prior to your next DEA registration renewalbeginning with renewal dates of June 27, 2023

UCSF offers a free course through CME California that has a pediatric focus that will satisfy the 8-hour course needed for renewal.


As a service to the UCSF community, we are also making this Pediatric focused course available for free for CME credit and MOC points (for participating specialty boards) to UCSF faculty members and trainees.  


To access this course at no cost: 

  1. Visit https://cmecalifornia.com/lms/ucsf and create an account or sign in to the CME California e-learning portal with a UCSF or SFDPH email address. 
  2. Navigate to the UCSF section and select the "Multimodal Treatment of Pediatric Pain to Avoid Addiction and Opioid Use Disorder” course. (Course #MED27053) 
  3. Launch the course and register. 
  4. Enter the discount code on the payment screen. Use the discount code: UCSFMATE23 (Under Fee, click the Use a Discount Code..." to open the box to enter the code and click “Apply”)  

Renew your BLS, ACLS, and PALS

Don't wait to the last minute to renew your BLS, ACLS or PALS. Sign up for a course at any of the 45 locations throughout the bay area with Safety Training Seminars (STS). UCSF will cover the cost of the course (if required on your job description). Use NEW promo code: UCSFAP


The Black Caucus was founded in 1968 from the direct action of UCSF staff who advocated for change. As the oldest culturally-based affinity group in the UC System, the Black Caucus is built on the foundation of social justice advocacy. They serve as an instrument for the formation of a Black consensus on those racial matters that affect every person on this campus. On February 10, 2024, the Caucus held its 32nd Annual Black Heritage Gala and attended by APP leaders Alisa Yee (left) and Erna Josiah-Davis (right). Keynote speaker Cynthia Barginere, Senior Vice President and President of Adult Services spoke about the importance of mentoring while maintaining authenticity, courage, and optimism.


Welcome Reception for CNE Maddy Pearson

Maddy Pearson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC is the new UCSF Health Chief Nursing Executive, Vice President for Patient Care Services, Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, School of Nursing. She joins us from Brigham and Women's Hospital where she was senior Vice President of patient care services and Chief Nursing Officer.

Welcome Reception Dates (RSVP here)

  • Feb 14, 6:30am-8:00am – Mount Zion (H3805)
  • Feb 15, 6:30am-8:00am – Parnassus (M286)
  • Feb 16, 6:30am-8:00am – Oakland (Bertha Wright Boardroom)
  • Feb 22, 6:30am-8:00am – Mission Bay (Oberndorf Auditorium)

APP Town Hall

Tuesday, February 13, 2024 4:10PM-5PM TODAY

Presented by Roseanne Krauter, FNP-BC, CORLN Director of Informatics and Clinical Systems

Professional Billing Updates: Documentation, Regulatory Requirements and Billing Credentials

  • .APPNOTE Current Workflows and Upcoming Changes
  • Documentation Integrity
  • ProcDoc Capturing Procedures Inpatient
  • G2211 Longitudinal and Complex Care
  • Billing for Discharge
  • ADT orders
  • Confirming your Billing Credentials 

Meeting ID: 980 3886 3418 One click to join or call in (669) 900 6833 

Click here to complete a short Qualtrics survey on APP Town Halls.

Nominate! Nominate!

Nominate your peers for the Nursing Excellence Awards. These awards recognize extraordinary professional nurses or colleagues exemplifying practice to merit recognition from peers and other professional colleagues at UCSF Health (including East Bay, West Bay and APP areas). Find the eligibility requirements, categories, award criteria and nomination portal on the Nursing Excellence Award 2024 webpage. Reference the Nursing Excellence Awards category list.  for all the eligibility and scoring guidelines.

Nominate! Nominate!

Nominate for the UCSF Program for Interprofessional Practice and Education (PIPE) 2nd Annual Interprofessional Collaboration Award. The goal of this award is to recognize outstanding interprofessional teams at UCSF Health. Nominations are open and awardees will be announced in April to coincide with National Interprofessional Healthcare Month. Teams can be clinical teams or systems improvement teams and should be comprised of a least 3 members from a minimum of 3 different health professions. At least half of the team members should be employees at UCSF Health, BCH-SF or BCH-Oakland. Please consider nominating an interprofessional team by completing this formThe deadline for nominations is March 8th, 2024. If you have questions or if you are interested in serving on the Award Selection Committee, please contact Wendy Brown ([email protected]).

Cancer Center APP Fellowship

Application deadline for UCSF Cancer Services Advance Practice Providers Fellowship is March 1, 2024. Questions? Email [email protected]

APPs Who Joined UCSF Health

Please extend a warm welcome to our newly hired APPs

Ryan Beckwith, CRNA Anesthesia

Hali Gilbert, PA Peds Ortho Surgery

Jessica Knapp, NP Breast Medical Oncology

Gabrielle Manton, NP CT Surgery

Sydney Taylor, PA Critical Care Adult

APP Job Openings (West Bay and East Bay)

There are many positions open for both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Click here for February's full listing of West Bay job openings.

Click here for February's full listing of East Bay job openings.


Win $50,000 Funding For Your Improvement Idea

FY25 Caring Wisely Contest deadline March 1, 2024

All UCSF, UCSF Health and BCH Oakland employees are eligible

Submit a proposal that improves Health care value at UCSF Health in any one of these areas:

  • Improve Hospital Throughput and Reduce Excess Inpatient Bed Days
  • Improve Outpatient, Inpatient or Perioperative Clinical Access
  • Reduce Hospital Acquired Conditions and Infections
  • Reduce Unnecessary Testing

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Patient's Comments about APPs from Press Ganey Survey

Dept of Internal Medicine: "Natalie Davis is an amazing NP"

Lakeshore Primary Care: "Susan Thompson was great: knowledgeable, informative, a good listener. This was my first appt with her and she's a gem!"

Kidney Transplant--Pediatric: "NP Susan Diaz explained everything and followed up later in the day with a call to update medication changes"

OHNS Mission Bay--Pediatric : "PA Pamela Chan was great. She explained in detail the process to care for my daughter. She was patient and answered questions.

APeX updates for Providers

Are you curious to know what are the latest APeX updates for the Ambulatory setting? Read more.

Are you curious to know what are the latest APex updates for the Inpatient setting?

Read more.

COVID-19 Practice Update Go-Live 2/1/2024

For inpatient and outpatient adult and pediatric clinical setting--Aerosol Generating Procedure Update Read more

Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice (virtual) 


This workshop provides the foundational concepts of the EBP process to answer a clinical question. Topics include clinical inquiry, PICOT, searching principles and strategies, critical appraisal, implementing and sustaining change, evaluating outcomes, and disseminating results. Register here for one of the following workshops or search for “Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice” in Nursing Connect. 

02/14/24 – 9:00am-12:15pm (virtual) 

03/14/24 – 9:00am-12:15pm (virtual)

EBP Workshop Series - Micro-Learning Sessions (virtual)

These workshops separate each of the EBP steps into digestible sessions. You can hand-pick which session you want or register for them all. This type of learning experience is great for those who need a refresher or just want to concentrate on honing specific EBP skills. This learning experience includes practice time with an EBP mentor Register here for one of the following sessions or search for “EBP Workshop Series - Micro-Learning Sessions” in Nursing Connect. 

3/28/24 – Integrating the Evidence with Implementation Strategies (9:00am-12:00pm, virtual) 


International Women's Day March 4-8, 2024

Celebrate and honor the community of amazing women at UCSF. All genders welcome. Scan the QR code for daily activities. Presented by the Office of Diversity & Outreach, the Committee on the status of women, WIT@UCSF & Women of UCSF Health.

Paint Night at Mission Bay Pub Lounge

Wednesday March 6, 2024

All materials provided, Just bring yourself and your creativity. Space is limited. UCSF badge required. RSVP by February 23, 2024. Read more.

Activities and Events Discounts - UCSF Campus Life Services

Save up to 20% off tickets to Cirque du Soleil (Kooza) or California Academy of Sciences. Get discounted tickets to Warriors games on Feb 14 (Lunar New Year) or March 6 (Women's Empowerment Night). Read more.


2024 AANP National Conference

UCSF APP Annika Ehrlich is planning an informal gathering for UCSF NPs at the AANP National Conference in Nashville, TN June 25-30, 2024. If you will attending, then contact her for further details: [email protected]

 Conference registration information

Deadline to Renew NPIII February 29, 2024

Reappointment for NPIII occurs every 3 years. Applications are accepted twice a year on the last business day of February and August.

Want to know more about submitting an application for an initial NPIII promotion?

Email [email protected] to request a meeting with an NPIII on the clinical ladder promotion committee. Check out exemplar applications here. Initial applications are accepted twice a year on the last business day of March and September.

UCSF APP Advisory Board

The advisory board is comprised of 23 seats occupied by APPs representing all of UCSF. They build the systems for the functioning programs, decide which programs need to be eliminated and what services need to be initiated. Read the minutes from their meetings here and if you have questions or want to get involved, contact Advisory Board Chair [email protected]. Photo taken during their January 2024 social gathering at SPARK SocialSF.

Office Hours: Office of Advanced Practice Providers

every 2nd Tuesday at noon and every 4th Wednesday at 8:00 AM

Meeting ID: 912 4155 9875 Password: 503138

Tuesday, February 13, 2024 12-1 PM TODAY

Host: Ivette Becerra-Ortiz, Chief of Advanced Practice Providers

Wednesday, February 28, 2024 8-9 AM

Host: Brandon Sessler, Director of Professional Practice, Fellowship Coordinator

The Office of Advanced Practice Providers is here to support you.

Email us at [email protected]

Read archived APP newsletters

Visit the UCSF APP website

Ivette Becerra-Ortiz, DNP, MPH, NP, RN, NEA-BC, C-PNP Chief of Advanced Practice Providers

Kurstan Del Rosario Senior Operations Analyst

Tara Valcarcel, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC Director, Pediatric Operations Advanced Practice Providers 

Roseanne "Rosie" Krauter, FNP-BC, CORLN Director of Clinical Systems

Brandon Sessler MMS,PA-C

Director of Professional Practice Fellowship Coordinator

Alisa Yee, MSN, ACNP-BC

Director, Adult Operations Advanced Practice Providers

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