UCSF Advanced Practice Providers September 2023 Newsletter

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Announcing National APP Week September 25-29, 2023

During National APP week September 25-29, 2023, there will be organized events to celebrate and appreciate UCSF APPs. There will be educational sessions, awards and acknowledgments of APP contributions through social media, newsletters and in-person gatherings.

On Wednesday September 27, 2023 there will be 12-1pm lecture by Elisabeth Gundersen, MS, ANP-BC "Building Tools for Serious Illness Communication and Resiliency into your Practice. Zoom link.

Also on this day, the 2023 Exceptional APP Awards Virtual celebration will go live on the UCSF Health Recognition site. We invite you to share in this momentous occasion by watching at your leisure or by joining us at any one of the UCSF Watch Party locations near you 5:15-7pm. Light refreshments will be served.

National APP Week sessions at 12 noon September 25-29, 2023

Monday September 25 12 noon: National APP week Kick Off Ceremony

Tuesday September 26 12 noon: Presidents Panel Discussion

Wednesday September 27 12 noon: International Organizations Greetings

Thursday September 28 12 noon Presidents Panel Discussion

Friday September 29 12 noon: National APP Awards and Closing Ceremony

Congratulations to all the APPs who were nominated for the

UCSF Health 2023 Exceptional APP Award

Aaron Pachner, PA

Alexandria Ludlow, NP

Allison Lamboy, NP

Angela Clifford, PA

Anny Su, NP

Anthony Pringle, NP

Archana Chandra, NP

Ariel Joves, NP

Bennett Lareau-Meredith, NP

Bethany Geleris, NP

Brenna Esparza, NP

Brian Dentoni-Lasofsky, NP

Cana Jenkins, NP

Christine Cadelina, NP

Christopher Acebedo, NP

Crystal Bravate, PA

Dennis Dentoni-Lasofsky, NP

Emily Hylton, CRNA

Erica Southworth, NP

Jane Pun, NP

Jeffrey Nakamaru, CRNA

Jennifer Osborn, NP

Jocelyn Malott, NP

Kacie Cooke, PA

Karen Spuller, NP

Katie Gibson, NP

Kristen Ghoussaini, NP

Lisa Catalli, NP

Lisette Paz, PA

Matthew Stephen, PA

Megan Bailey, PA

Megan Rathfon, NP

Meron Bekele, NP

MIchael Silva, NP

Michelle Rhee, PA

Molly Kenward, NP

Natalie Davis, NP

Regina Gould, NP

Roseanne Krauter, NP

Rossana Segovia, NP

Ryan Wilson, PA

Sarah Palilla, PA

Sian Mara, PA

Stephanie Feng, NP

Thomas Dodsworth, NP

Wendy Cook, PA

Won Kim, NP

Zaineh Khalil, NP

UCSF Halth 2023 Award winners will be announced during APP week

Tara Lacey named as the APP Oncology Summit 2023 APP Most Valuable Provider Award

The APP Oncology Summit (APPOS) conference was held on August 18 and 19, 2023 in San Francisco. APP Oncology Summits are developed with and for advanced practice providers including nurse practitioners (NPs), physician assistants (PAs), pharmacists, and RNs. Read more about MVP awards. Tara's essence resonates with this award--a true MVP who seamlessly blends clinical knowledge, compassion, interdisciplinary collaboration, and mentorship. In her work, Tara embodies the core values that this award symbolizes. She has also been recognized with a UCSF PRIDE award. She has published extensively on the topics of cancer care, serves as a co-instigator for numerous cancer therapy clinical trials and is the clinical site coordinator for the UCSF Cancer services APP fellowship program. Hear more from Tara's nominator, Gabe Schwartz, NP.

Cancer Center APPs representing UCSF at an Oncology Summit

Brittany Dingler, PA-C moderated a multidisciplinary head and neck oncology tumor board and served on the APPOS planning committee. The panel was an innovative education method using real world cases to illustrate the principles of head and neck cancer care and the importance of the multidisciplinary team. Laura Zitella, NP presented "Updates in Lymphoma" and also served on the APPOS planning Committee. More about APPOS.

Pediatric Trauma Surgery adds new PA

Jenny Mustard, PA is the newest team member of the BCH Oakland Pediatric Trauma Surgery Program. Since graduating from the OHSU PA program in 2018 she worked with cardiology adult and pediatric population including procedural care in cath lab and acute inpatient setting. With a strong interest in community health initiatives she partnered with the department of health in American Samoa in their prevention and treatment of rheumatic heart disease in children. When not working, she enjoys traveling around the world in the backcountry skiing and kiteboarding. Welcome Jenny to UCSF BCH Oakland and the APP community at large.

UCSF's Simulation Lab

Surgical and Critical Care NP fellows completed the annual Simulation-Based Training on August 21, 2023 at Kanbar Center for Simulation and Clinical Skills. Fellow’s practiced critical care bedside invasive procedures on task trainers and course leaders Megan Del Vecchio, AGACNP-BC and Karin Clifton, ACNP-BC developed three critical care scenarios allowing fellows to practice their procedural, knowledge, and communication skills on high-fidelity mannequins. Read more


Pediatric Grand Rounds--West Bay

Every Thursday 12-1pm. September 14, 2023 Kayla Karvonen, MD.

Confronting Racism to Advance Neonatal Health Equity. Here is there schedule. Click here for zoom link. Archive videos available here

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).

August schedule

Tuesday, September 12, 2023 TODAY

"Updated Guidelines for Prevention and Management of Obesity in Children and Adolescents". Presented by June Tester, MD, MPH

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

"Health in Pregnancy and Impacts on Childhood Development". Presented by Kimberly Larson, MD

APP Grand Rounds

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

12noon-1PM TODAY

"60 Different Measures and No Standardization: What we still need for frailty determination in advanced heart failure and durable mechanical circulatory support" presented by Sarah Schroeder, APRN Bryan Heart LVAD NP and Program Manager.

Steps to Register in Advance:  

1.Point your camera to QR code above or click here 2. To claim 1-hour CEU for RN/NP/CRNA/CNM, Preregister at Nursing Connect: Click here. Search by title "Frailty" or "Mechanical circulatory support". Archived APP Grand Rounds

Nursing Grand Rounds

Hosted by the Nursing Professional Development Council during Nursing Professional Development Week, this event will facilitate panel sessions to bring awareness of the Professional Development opportunities available within the practice of nursing.

Topics include: An overview of the Center for Nursing Excellence and Innovation (CNEI) and its vision to promote excellence, Evidence-Based Practice fellowship as a bridge to improve outcomes

September 14, 2023, 9-11am Approved for 2 contact hours by Provider CEP #12980. For more info

APP Journal Club

All are welcome to attend a collaborative journal club between Cleveland Clinic, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and UCSF Critical Care Adult APPs. Topics are not limited to journal articles.

Wednesday September 27, 2023 10am or Thursday September 18, 2023 10am

Topic: to be determined

Facilitated by Critical Care APPs Karin Clifton ACNP-BC and Kristina Kordesch ACNP-BC

For exact date/time and zoom information, please email [email protected] or [email protected]

Learn How to Create a Poster or Podium Presentation

Maria Yefimova, PhD, RN, Lead Nurse Scientist, UCSF Center for Nursing Excellence and Innovation will be facilitating a 1-hr zoom meeting to help you learn how to prepare for a poster for podium presentation with hear from colleagues as they share their own presentation experiences.

Wednesday September 13, 12-1:15pm

Meeting ID: 935 7141 2293 Password: 515114

will be recorded for distribution to those who are unable to attend the live event. Hosted by Ambulatory Professional Development Committee

PIPE Program for Interprofessional Practice

Interested in Interprofessional classroom facilitation, curriculum development or committee engagement? Read more about this opportunity to help grow interprofessional practice at UCSF. Email [email protected] with any questions.

UCSF Contemporary Issues in Advanced Practice Virtual Conference

Friday October 20, 2023 8:30am - 5pm

Come and listen to the keynote speakers and then join special interest tracks

Acute Care, Education Performance, Hot Topics, Primary Care

6 CME category 1 credits available.

For full list of speakers and to register read more.


Coming Soon: New APP Billing and Coding Module (UC Learning)

To improve APP comprehension, efficiency and implementation of billing and coding, there is a new module. Anticipated launch of the module on Monday, October 2, 2023. The due date to complete the module is Tuesday, October 31, 2023. This has been announced to your managers, and we have asked them to work with you to identify 60 minutes during October for module completion. This is applicable to UCSF and BCH Oakland NPs, PAs and midwives. Not applicable to CRNAs.

Retiring Paging System September 12, 2023

September 12, 2023 all pagers will forward to Voalte. Voalte was rolled out early 2022 to modernize and standardize inpatient clinical communication with institutional adoption of Voalte over the past 18 months. PagerBox retiring September 30, 2023

Pagers used to cover a service will be copy forwarded to the equivalent Voalte role.

Inorder to receive pages sent to a sevice pager, providers will be REQUIRED to log into the equivalent Voalte Role/Unit combinations.

Before Sept 12 go live test pager forwarding:

  1. Log into Voalte using "APP" role
  2. Confirm access to the "On-service UCSF PARN/MZ/OAK/MB" role
  3. Page yourself via CareWeb
  4. If you do not receive the page--> notifiy Clinical communications

Retirement of Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland paging system will take place in 2024.

Tip sheet for APP wRVU

wRVU measure billable work and denote your direct financial contribution to UCSF Health. They are not used for your annual APP performance evaluation and are just one of the ways value is assessed. Click here for wRVU tip sheet


Intensive Caring

Contributed by Dr. Michael Rabow

In the context of patients who are hopeless, Harvey Chochinov, MD writes about the deep importance of affirming the value of our patients.

The 5 core elements of Intensive Caring are:

Nonabandonment, Taking an interest in the patient as a person, Holding/containing hope and Dignity affirming tone of care. 5 core elements of Intensive Caring

More Communication Tips by Dr. Mike Rabow

How to update your APP information

Click here to update your information via Carelinks and outlook email profile.


Get your flu vaccination

Unless medically contraindicated, you're encouraged to get a free flue vaccine this fall in order to protect you, your family, coworkers and patients. Compliance deadline for UCSF employees is November 1, 2023. Flu vaccines are requied by public health agencies and the university of California. For the flu vaccination outreach schedule.

International Translation & Interpretation Day--September 30, 2023

Thank an interpreter today with the UCSF Recognition Thanks Program

Get to know your interpreter team. Interpreters provide a communication bridge for patients, families, providers and staff during a patient medical visit.

National Clinical Nurse Specialist Recognition Week

September 1-7, 2023

CNS provide leadership in clinical expertise, nursing practice and systems innovation. At UCSF Health, CNS practice in a variety of specialities leading interprofessional teams, driving Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI) reduction efforts, promoting shared-governance at the unit and department level and coordinating plans of care to ensure high-quality, evidenced-based, and patient centered care. Celebrate our amazing CNS.

Oakland Campus Modernization Program

The Oakland modernization program is one aspect of the many efforts for continued investments in patient care in the East Bay. Read more on the three buildings that are included in the program.

New UC Retirement Savings Program--A Roth Option

UC enhanced its UC Retirement Savings Program with a new Roth contribution option for the UC403(b) and UC 457(b) plans, giving you more flexibility to save and plan for your future through regular pretax contributions, new Roth contributions, or both. Read more.

New APPs Who Joined UCSF Health

Please extend a warm welcome to our newly hired APPs

Jamie Li, NP Pediatric Neonatal

Kayla Vaughan, NP Pediatric Neonatal

Lindo Fae, NP Vascular Surgery

Marissa Kristensen, NP Breast Surgery Oncology

Ariana Nassiri, NP OrthoSpine

Erica Gagliardi, NP General Medicine

Ilaria Mastroserio, PA Inpatient HBC

Anna Pasternak, NP Anesthesia

Laura Cicchetti, NP Obstetrics Clinic FOGG

Rosalind De Lisser, NP Med core INFD

Xander Gotowski, NP Adult Neurology

Briana Brady, PA, Breast Plastic Surgery

Are you a PA and going to CAPA Con 2023?

UCSF Talent Acquisition will be at CAPA Con 2023 in Anaheim, CA October 5,6,8 and would like to partner with you to help recruit future UCSF PAs. Email [email protected] for more information. Click here for more info on CAPA Con 2023.

APP Job Openings 

 BCH Oakland--Pediatric GI (full time) Req # 22396

For full listing of current West Bay job openings..


Applications open for the 2024 EBP Fellowship Program

This is a 9-month program March 2024 through November 2024 (zoom and in person) held at the UCSF Center for Nursing Excellence 2001 The Embarcadero, the 1st Wednesday of every month from 8:30-430pm. This program leverages concepts of decision-making, implementation science and evaluation of change. It includes participation in 55 hours of graduate level EBP didatic education. For more info. Email [email protected] with any questions. Application is here and deadline is October 13, 2023. Info sessions and more resources.

Improving APP Efficiency through EHR Personalization

Roseanne Krauter, FNP-BC, CORLN, Director of Informatics and Clinical System in the Office of Advanced Practice Providers publishes a case study on leveraging onboarding, efficiency initiatives and ongoing training to optimize APPs' workflows and enhance their EHR experience. Read more

Bedside Procedures and Soiled Instruments

Starting in September there will be new "Single Cycle Disposable Bins". These bins look out take out containers and are to be used to contain and transport dirty instruments. So if you perform any bedside procedure and uses single use instruments do not leave the instruments on the counter of the dirty utility room. Instead, notify the Charge Nurse if you are doing a procedure so the new process of using these single cycle Disposable Bin can be followed.

Another APP becomes a Lean Champion

Hani Gutierrez, MSN, RN, CPNP BCH Oakland Manager APP is the most recent APP to become a Lean champion. She is the first in her leadership cohort to reach this milestone and joins a dynamic group of interprofessional leaders who have earned this distinction. Teach back is the culmination of UCSF Health's most intensive continuous improvement training program. Participants are evaluated on knowledge and comprehension of fundamental principles.


Support the BCH APP Community

Are you looking for something new to re-invigorate you? The Benioff Children's Hospital APP Leadership Committee is looking for a new chair and co-chair and would love someone looking to develop and/or strengthen their leadership skills. For more information contact Bonnie Taft ([email protected]).

Click here for the the portal to UC Learning Center where you can find many micro videos, e-books, e-courses and more. Topics range from communication to career advancement and mentorship. Whats trending is the most popular book of the month "Orchestrating Attitude" (30min book).

Mid-Day Mindfullness

UCSF Spiritual Care invites you to pause to care for yourself, to re-center, and re-connect with what grounds you. Its just 15 minutes recurring daily: Monday through Friday 12-12:15pm. Webinar ID 926 5991 1873 Password 081257. Click here


APP Town Hall

Tuesday September 12, 2023 4-5PM TODAY

Topic: Highlighting APP Projects: David Gordon, NP, Lisa Catalli, NP, Michele Evans, NNP

Meeting ID: 937 9747 6589 Password: 117052

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

Office Hours: Office of Advanced Practice Providers

Meeting ID: 912 4155 9875 Password: 503138

Tuesday, September 12, 2023 12-1PM TODAY

Host: Tara Valcarcel, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC Director of Operations, Pediatric Services

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Cancelled due to APP week activities

NP III Application Deadlines

Initial applications are due September 29, 2023. Reappointment applications are due August 31, 2023. More info here.

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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