July 2022 Newsletter
APP Spotlight
CRNAs Contributing To The Literature
Congratulations to CRNAs Gloria Lai (left) and Sarah Zhang (right) for having their article, Demystifying Buprenorphine with Current Evidence--Based Practice in Acute and Chronic Pain Management published in the June edition of the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology Journal.
Pediatric and Adult Transplant APPs Shine
Three cheers for the five transplant APPs that showcased their work in Boston, at the American Transplant Congress. Its the leading solid organ transplant meeting for the exchange of new scientific and clinical information. These APPs moderated, organized sessions, presented posters or were invited to talk. For those that applied for the APP Academic stipend, up to $1000 of their traveling expenses were reimbursed. Click here to learn more about the stipend.

Poster entitled "Utility of four point mycophenolate mofetil testing in a pediatric kidney transplant population" by Jessica Brennan, CPNP (top right photo)

Poster entitled "Is a single dose of steroids in adult Living donor liver transplant safe? A cohort analysis" by Claudia Praglin, NP, Eliana Agudelo, PA, Ana Marie Torres, NP (bottom right photo)

Talk on "Improving access and ensuring successful outcomes in the undocumented pediatric population by Marilyn McEnhill, PNP (no photo)
NP Travels to Germany to Talk About Her Role
Janet Wu, NP, on the Mechanical Circulatory Support Team, spoke on her role as the UCSF Ventricular Assist Device Coordinator at the 16th European Mechanical Circulatory Support Summit International Society for Mechanical Circulatory Support held in Germany. She also chaired the Summit session on the "Technical supervision in times of COVID-19." Click here to also read her recently published paper entitled "Impact of Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy on Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy in Left Ventricular Assist Device Patients".
APP Education News
APP Grand Rounds
Thursday July 28, 2022 12-1 PM

July 28th is World Hepatitis Day

Topic: Management of Hepatitis B and C

Speaker: Amanda Chaney, DNP, APRN, AF-AASLD Chair, APP Subcommittee, Mayo Clinic

2 steps to register in advance.
  1. Click here to register
  2. To claim 1 hr CEU, must preregister at Nursing connect by click here.
Category 2 CME for PA, no
additional registration required
Thursday, August 11, 2022 12-1 PM

Topic: Gender Love and Care: Everything You Never Knew You Needed to Know

Speaker: Alexander Gilmer, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist

2 steps to register in advance.
  1. Click here to register
  2. To claim 1 hr CEU, must preregister at Nursing connect by click here.
Category 2 CME for PA, no
additional registration required
APP Town Hall

Tuesday July 19, 2022 4-5 PM
"UCSF Time Study: Department of Health Care Services requirement for all APPs"

Meeting ID: 972 2606 8095 Password: 456084

The Office of Advanced Practice hosts monthly Town Halls to provide important updates to you firsthand. Click here for the prior Town Hall recording, "APP Utilization: Billable and Non-Billable Work" (must log into BOX).

Email [email protected] to suggest topics that would be of interest to all APPs.
Grand Rounds Oakland

Every Tuesday 8-9 AM

July 12, 2022 “Eating Disorders in the Pandemic Era”
Presented by Sara M. Buckelew, MD, MPH

July 19, 2022 “Improving Health Care Access for Black and Spanish-speaking patients with Down Syndrome”
Presented by Albert Pless Jr. MS AND Brian Skotko, MD, MPP

Contact [email protected] for log-in information
Palliative Care
Learn more about Palliative Care and increase your comfort and expertise in caring for this patient population.
Thursday August 25, 2022 9 AM-3 PM (zoom)
Tuesday August 30, 2022 9 AM-3 PM (in person Health Sciences West)
Please plan to attend both days

Click here for more information on the topics presented by speakers Catherine Saiki RN, NP, ACHPN, Enver Rahmanov MA, MTS, Elisabeth Gundersen RN, MS, ANP Reba Hsu SW, Tawnya Napoli MS, RN, CHPN, CCRN
Click here to register. 12 contact hours if you attend both days, 6 contact hours if you attend one day.
APP Standards & Compliance News
Time Study

Physician Non-Physician Practitioner (PNPP) Supplemental Reimbursement Program is a Certified Public Expenditure (CPE) program, which provides supplemental reimbursement to eligible government-operated hospitals, for the uncompensated Medicaid costs of providing physician and non-physician practitioner professional services to Medicaid beneficiaries. The California Department of Health Care Services mandates that we periodically track providers’ professional activity in order to accurately capture uncompensated Medicaid costs. This is called the PNPP Time Study. Starting in July all UCSF Health and Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland Advanced Practice Providers will need to complete a learning module on how to complete the PNPP Time Study. The roll out of the Time Study will begin in August and will be completed electronically.

Log on Tuesday July 19th 4-5:00 PM to hear more about
"UCSF Time Study: Department of Health Care Services requirement for all APPs"

Meeting ID: 972 2606 8095 Password: 456084
Standardized Procedures

Where can I find a list of standardized procedures? Click here.
Please review your standardized procedures and if any updates are needed to reflect your current practice contact the Director of APP Professional Practice, [email protected].
Diabetes Mellitus
Mandatory Modules

The UCSF inpatient diabetes team has created a series of inpatient diabetes management mini modules that are in the UC Learning Center. The modules are mandatory for one time completion (not annual) for all adult inpatient and adult hybrid inpatient/outpatient APPs. There are 10 mini modules that take approximately 7-10 minutes each. For more information click here. Deadline was July 1. If you did not complete the module, expect to receive an email reminder.
Justice, Equity and Inclusion News
Racial Equity in Healthcare

Want to build on your skills of promoting racial equity in healthcare?
Attend a half-day workshop that builds on the fundamentals of relationship-centered communication. You will explore the impact of stereotype threat and unconscious racial bias on communication between patients and other members of the health care team.
For more information, please visit: https://cech.ucsf.edu/
Register using the following links
Equality for All

Come and join the UCSF contingent in AIDS Walk San Francisco on Sunday, July 15. You can choose to join any UCSF team, donate funds and take a walk in the park to raise money to benefit Bay Area programs and services that serve those living with HIV/AIDS. Those who donate $25 get a free "Equality for All" commemorative T-shirt. Event features food, dancing and fun. Read more here.
Professional Development News
Mentorship Matters: For All Things that Matter With Mentorship

Mentorship, A Safe Place to Make Mistakes
In healthcare, we are taught to be meticulous. We are taught to double check. We build in redundancy. We work in teams supporting others and making sure nothing falls through the cracks. We have to do this. We care for people. We care for families. We have to care enough to double check.
For every medical error, there are teams of people who look at the systems that let the error happen. It is well recognized that it is rarely one person’s sole responsibility. Medicine becomes dangerous if it is one person, alone, not on a team.
Mentorship offers a unique place to learn about perfection. Having a mentor means there is someone there to point out the patterns of behavior or of thoughts. Being a mentor allows a reminder of how far we have come and how much further there is to go.
I made a mistake recently in the mentorship application. It took months to understand why so many of them have come back blank. Working with my team, we feel that we have found a solution. I share this for two reasons. If you have applied or are interested and have not heard back from the mentorship committee, please refill out the application here. And, to show a situation where making mistakes can be a safe and a place to grow. Working with my mentors, we developed new strategies going forward. It has been a great lesson on the power of intentional relationships.
 If interested in the program, please let us know by filling out this form 

Email [email protected] or [email protected] with any questions.
A Message from CMO, Adrienne Green, MD, SFHM, FACP
Beginning July 1st 2023 we are excited to embrace a new model of care in several of our adult critical care units to improve patient safety, communication and efficiency of care. Read more here.
A Message from Regulatory Affairs
The Joint Commission (TJC) Survey is a 5-day unannounced visit that occurs every 3 years to evaluate the hospital's compliance with the accreditation participation requirements. TJC Process and Communication Plan includes the following information and much more. Click here for the full plan.
Survey Overview
Day #1 notification
Reminders on survey etiquette
Sample 5-day Survey Agenda

Survey Tips
These notes types and documentation are frequently subject of review
Consent: needs to be complete, including section on interpreter use
Pre-op History and Physical and 24-hour interval update
Immediate post-op note: assure timeliness and complete all elements
A Message from VP, CNO BCH
Judie Boehmer, MN, RN, NEA-BC, FABC
Congratulations to UCSF BCH and UCSF Health Entire Team
US News and World Report Lists UCSF Benioff Hospitals Among Best Children's Hospitals in All 10 Specialties Surveyed, reflecting the caliber of specialty care the hospitals provide. Read more here.
New APPs Who Joined UCSF Health

Please extend a warm welcome

Laurie Nguyen, NP ICU
Jessica Der, PA Clinical Decision Unit
Mellanie Merrit, PA Urology
Manisha Gupta, NP Cardiology
Nicholas Healt, PA Cardiology
Brenda Aceves, NP Cardiology
Jennifer Johnson, NP Neurosurgery Neuro Oncology
Sarah Lee, NP Otolaryngology
Connie Li, NP GI Medical Oncology
Amanda Ling, NP Psych
APP Job Corner

Refer an APP colleague to work at UCSF and potentially earn $2000 for yourself. For more info: referral program
Be sure they note your name at time of application submission. There are over 100 available positions and many with $10K sign on bonus for external applicants.
Wellness News
The 7 Pillars of Wellness

Emotional Physical * Social * Financial * Environmental * Career * Spiritual

This month features resources for Environmental--is how to actively participate in thriving community, culture, and environment.

To find out more about telework guidelines, click here.

What is a Virtual Meeting Wellness Guide? The guide shares considerations to keep in mind when scheduling virtual meetings. Click here for the guide.
Let your voice be heard
Discuss With Us, What Matters To You

Come and chat with your Chief and Directors of Advance Practice Providers during their office hours.

Every 2nd Tuesday 12-1:00 PM ---Today July 12th!!
Every 4th Wednesday 8-9:00 AM

Meeting ID 916 4136 5715 Password 478753
The Office of Advanced Practice Providers is here to support you.

Email us at [email protected]

Ivette Becerra-Ortiz, DNP, MPH, NP, RN, NEA-BC, C-PNP
Chief of Advanced Practice Providers
Kurstan Del Rosario, Senior Operations Analyst
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 of Operations
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