Our mission is to prepare students from culturally diverse backgrounds to assume leadership roles in nursing clinical practice, teaching, research, and community service by advancing knowledge and clinical excellence and disseminating it into practice and policy. Faculty members in this department are engaged in cutting-edge research that is improving the quality of care of persons with acute and chronic conditions.
Creative intervention studies are being done with patients with cardiovascular disease, cancer, renal failure, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. These studies are focused on testing nursing interventions that decrease symptoms, improve functional status and improve the quality of life of patients with these chronic conditions.
In addition, faculty members are engaged in research activities that focus on the management of specific symptoms or clinical problems, including pain, fatigue, dyspnea and wound healing. Several faculty members in the department utilize animal models to investigate important questions that affect the care of patients.
Opportunities abound for students to work with faculty members to conduct significant research studies that will improve the scientific basis of nursing practice and improve the care of patients with acute and chronic conditions in whatever setting patients receive their care.
Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (including Critical Care and Oncology options) are areas of specialization and instruction/teaching.
Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners (AG ACNP) help assess and manage acutely ill patients within the inpatient/hospital setting and across hospital-to-clinic settings, including the emergency department, intensive care unit, specialty labs, acute and sub-acute care wards, specialty clinics, or any combination of the above. Not open for MEPN Applications. Only nurses with specific experience will be considered for Post-Masters.
Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialists (AG CNS) care for the complex health-care needs of adults and seniors in clinical practice settings. Limited MEPN and Post-Masters options may be available.
Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist - Critical Care / Trauma (AGCNS-CCT). Because inpatient care focuses increasingly on treating the sickest of the sick, the need for advanced practice nurses to provide and coordinate care in emergency departments, trauma, critical care, and intensive care units has never been greater. Clinical nurse specialists in critical care, emergency and trauma settings fill that role. Limited Post-Masters options available. Not open for MEPN applications.
For adults with cancer, advanced practice clinical nurse specialists play critical roles in prevention and detection, as well as in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of new ways of caring for oncology patients. Post-Masters options are NOT offered. Limited MEPN options may be available.
Doctoral education in this department focuses on the study of prevention, measurement, and treatment of physiological and biobehavioral responses to health, illness/disease and aging. Psycho-physiological interrelationships and interventions also are studied. The focus may be on individuals, families or groups. Research spans all phases of the health/illness trajectory including people who are healthy, critically ill, living with a chronic illness, and those at the end of life.
Examples of research programs are the following: testing of nursing interventions with patients with heart disease and their families during acute and chronic phases of illness; cardiac electrophysiology involving patients with cardiac arrhythmias or myocardial ischemia; innovative strategies to improve the efficacy of continuous ECG monitoring in hospital and pre-hospital settings; help-seeking delay in acute myocardial infarction and heart failure; patient education in heart failure; factors related to re-hospitalization in heart failure; the study of nutritional interventions in the presence of cardiovascular risk factors, i.e., hypercholesterolemia, hypertension in children and adults; study of cardiovascular risk factors with physiological and molecular biology/genetic measurements; nursing interventions to prevent or manage the side effects of cancer treatment and facilitate self-care practices of patients with cancer and their families.
Further examples of research programs are the following: clinical and basic science investigations in pain management; end of life and palliative care; stigma in lung cancer; smoking cessation; management of symptoms in pediatric oncology patients; physical functioning in schizophrenic adults; quality of care and quality of life issues in institutions for elderly people (cross-cultural); caregiving, sense of control, hearing impairment and type 2 diabetes mellitus in older adults; primary, secondary and tertiary prevention through nursing interventions to reduce cardiovascular disease risk factors; testing interventions to improve sleep in older adults and people with chronic neurological diseases; quality measurement and benchmarking; exploring links between nurse staffing effectiveness and patient safety and outcomes; translating research into practice; innovation diffusion; and clinical process/performance improvement.
The Department houses the UCSF Center for Research & Innovation in Patient Care and the UCSF /John A. Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence.
These Centers, as school-wide assets, expand departmental research opportunities in translational research, outcomes-related measurement and multi-site methods, evidence-based practice capacity development and interdisciplinary research.
Clinical faculty in the Department of Physiological Nursing (DPN) maintain independent clinical practices in their specialty areas and several faculty member are able to precept students in addition to their teaching responsibilities. Second year students are precepted in outpatient clinic settings and also in home visits. Acute Care students have completed specialty rotations in the Trauma Service at San Francisco General Hospital and in UCSF's Emergency Departments. Many graduates from our specialty programs have found employment in acute and chronic care clinical settings throughout the greater Bay Area. After gaining valuable experience they agree to precept students as their way of giving back to the school and community. We are proud that more than 50% of our specialty preceptors are past graduates.
Some selected clinical faculty members in the department of Physiological Nursing and their areas of emphasis/specialization:Rosalie Bravo, RN, MS, ACNP; Assistant Clinical Professor
(Acute Care Nurse Practitioner)
Doranne Donesky, RN, PhD; Associate Adjunct Professor
(Adult-Gero. Clinical Nurse Speciaist, Critical Care / Trauma)
Roxanne Garbez, RN, PhD, ACNP-BC, CNS; Associate Clinical Professor
(Triage, Emergency / Trauma)
Lynda Mackin, RN, MS, ANP-BC, CNS; Associate Clinical Professor
(Adult-Gero. Clinical Nurse Specialist, Oncology)
Hours 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday