UCSF Advanced Practice Providers August 2023 Newsletter

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Matt Tierney, ANP, PMHNP, CARN-AP, FAAN named Medical Director of Inpatient Substance Use Management at UCSF Health. Matt is a clinician in the Addiction Consult Service within the Division of Hospital Medicine. The scope of the role will be to oversee staffing needs, provider documentation and monitoring of the addiction consult service, developing relationships with community partners, create systems for data collection surrounding substance use at UCSF Health and improving transitions in care for addicted patients through programs such as addiction-focused after-discharge phone call program. He also serves as the chair the Inpatient Substance Use Management Committee. Recent publications include Nursing Outlook 2023 "Enhancing engagement between legislators and nursing to increase buprenorphine access". Click here for his APP Grand Rounds talk on Revolutionizing Access to Person-centered mental Health Care.

Nicole Corwin, ACPNP is the newest member of the Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland Vascular Access team. She brings a breadth of wonderful pediatric acute care experience. Having previously worked at Stanford Children's Health in the Neurology department, specializing in white matter disease and rare genetic disorders, which is a field she has great passion for. With a pediatric Emergency Nursing background, she completed her NP clinical training with an emphasis inpatient and outpatient Pediatric orthopedics and Pediatric Anesthesia/Pain management. When not at work she enjoys camping with her family and cooking and baking. Please help us welcome Nicole to UCSF.

Since 2017, Lucille Huang, MSN, CPNP has been working in pediatric urology. As an NPIII, she sees a variety of patients in clinic and is an integral member of the multidisciplinary spina bifida clinic. She started a biofeedback program to support patients with voiding dysfunction. and also spearheaded a caregiver support group for patients with chronic urologic needs. Outside of clinic work, she serves on the APP clinical ladder committee, Mentorship committee, and precepts NP students on a quarterly basis. She recently presented at a national Pediatric Urology Nurse Specialist Meeting (PUNS) and is the newest board member of PUNS and is planning their annual conference. In 2020 Lucille initiated the extension of the pediatric clinic to the San Mateo location, and more recently she is expanding the department to include Redwood Shores. Read more about Redwood Shores.


Pediatric Grand Rounds--West Bay

Every Thursday 12-1pm. September 7, 2023 speaker TBD.

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 crfernandez@ucsf.edu, 510-428-3885 ext 4343. Full schedule and archived videos (Password: CHRCO).

August schedule

Tuesday, August 8, 2023 TODAY

"What's keeping you up at night? A discussion about discrimination and interpersonal violence". Presented by Denise Caramagno, MA, LMFT and Kendra Hypolite, MSW, ASW. Co-Directors of CARE Program

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

"Desensitization to Use of Medical equipment for Children with Developmental disabilities"/ Presented by: Linda Patel, PsyD University of Colorado SOM

APP Grand Rounds

Tuesday, August 8, 2023

12noon-1PM TODAY

"Oncology for the Non-Oncology APPs". Presented by Mary Petrofsky, MS, RN, ACNP-BC, AOCNP

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.

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

Thursday August 31, 2023 2-3PM

Topic: Ketamine use in ICU

Facilitated by Critical Care APPs Emily Kelly, Rubi Hickson and Laurie Nguyen

Location: Parnassus Campus M286 Conference Room (down the hallway from Peet's Cafe on 2nd floor) or virtual zoom meeting ID 955 5582 6225

Password 839568. All are welcome to attend.

Contemporary Issues in Advanced Practice Virtual Conference

Friday October 20, 2023 830AM - 530 PM

For more info


Standardized Procedures

Do you want to perform a procedure but don't know if there is a standardized procedure? Check out the list of UCSF Health Standardized Procedures here.

Don't see a procedure listed? Contact Brandon.Sessler@ucsf.edu, Director of Professional Practice for more information.

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.

S.2418 Improving Care and Access to Nurses (ICAN) Act

ICAN promotes patient access to health care be removing outdated Medicare and Medicaid barriers on nurse practitioners and other advanced practice registered nurses. This bill was introduced in the senate July 20, 2023. It would authorize nurse practitioners to order cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, certify when patients with diabetes need therapeutic shoes, have their patients fully included in the beneficiary attribution process for the Medicare Shared Savings Program, refer patients for medical nutrition therapy, certify and recertify a patient’s terminal illness for hospice eligibility, perform all mandatory examinations in skilled nursing facilities and more. If you would like to support ICAN, reach out to your members of Congress

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Releases Proposed Fee Schedule

On July 13, 2023, CMS released the proposed rule for calendar year 2024 Medicare Fee schedule. For more info.



Contributed by Dr. Michael Rabow

In the setting of a discussion about what is not yet certain, Dr. Back makes 3 recommendations:

  1. Name the emotion. This can reduce the intensity of the emotion
  2. Talk about "what if" This allows you to put the discussion in terms of "possibility" and allows the patient a chance to figure out how they might cope. Then you can talk about the next step
  3. Model the kind of conversation you want to have when its the actual, serious conversation. This can be an important reassurance to your patient.

For 2 minute video on uncertainty

For more readings on the basic principles for good communication:

A scoping review of practice recommendations for clinicians' communication of uncertainty

More Communication Tips by Dr. Mike Rabow

Trauma Informed Care Training

October 26, 2023 12-4pm. For more info.

An Inquiry into Racism and Health Inequities Lecture Series

Thursday August 31, 2023 4-5PM

"Culturally Appropriate Services at Mujeres Unidas y Activas"

Register here


Dr. Matt Aldrich named Interim senior physician executive, capacity and throughput

Matt's 9 years of experience (more info) in Critical Care Medicine give him a unique enterprise-wide perspective that will be invaluable as we work to improve patient flow. The Patient Care Management Center focuses on maximizing our capacity to see patients and ensure a smooth journey through the health system.

UCSF Acquisition of St. Mary's Medical Center and St. Francis Memorial Hospital

For more info

California Nurses Association Bargaining Update

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland ratifies a new 3 year contract with CNA. For more info.

New APPs Who Joined UCSF Health

Please extend a warm welcome to our newly hired APPs

Olivia Chan, NP Pediatric/Neonatal

Susannah Ewing, NP OBGYN

Katie Gibson NP Primary Care China Basin

Nick Keeler, NP Cardiology

William Moore, NP Division of General Medicine

Andrea Raider, NP OBGYN

Gabrielle Westergren, NP OBGYN

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 Michelle.Graves@ucsf.edu for more information. Click here for more info on CAPA Con 2023.

APP Job Openings

Do you want to work in the ED, CT surgery, ICN, PICU, Critical Care or Vascular team? For more listings, click here and use the requisition numbers below to read more about these new opportunities on the UCSF Job homepage.


Zero Harm 2.0 Dashboard

The Zero Harm Dashboard has undergone a major renovation, some new features include rates, Oakland data, demographic data for hospital Acquired Infections, improved data visualizations. Click here to view Falls, Cdiff, CLABSI, CAUTI rates for your inpatient teams.

What are UCSF True North Goals and How Are We Doing?

Find out more about the organizational priorities and performance. For more info.


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 (Bonnie.taft@ucsf.edu).

2023 Go Red BetterU Challenge

Free 12-week program, locally sponsored by UCSF Health, focuses on womens' overall health and well being. Through the weekly classes, participants will learn tools to set them on a path to longer and healthier lives.

Program dates: August 23 - November 8, 2023.

Every Wednesday from 12noon-1pm or 530-630pm

For more info. Application deadline Friday August 11, 2023.

Join UCSF for the American Heart Association Heart walk September 28, 2023. For more info.

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APP Town Hall

Tuesday August 15, 2023 4-5PM

Topic: Student attestation, ED Fellowship, updates from Office of Advanced Practice Providers

Meeting ID: 995 3908 2993 Password: 583634

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, August 8, 2023 4-5PM TODAY

Host: Brandon Sessler MMS, PA-C, Director of Professional Practice

Wednesday, August 23, 2023, 8-9AM

Host: Roseanne Krauter FNP-BC, CORLN, Director of Clinical Systems

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 advancedpractice@ucsf.edu

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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