Physiological Nursing

The Department of Physiological Nursing (PN) integrates science, education and clinical practice to improve the care of adults with complex acute and chronic conditions. Faculty members partner with UCSF Health and other Bay Area health networks to develop new knowledge and meet workforce needs. Populations of particular interest include oncology, cardiovascular disease, neurology, diabetes, gerontology and trauma. The department is committed to fostering equity in acute and chronic care outcomes and we seek diversity in our faculty, staff and learners.

Physiological Nursing is a department in the School of Nursing.


PN supports the continuum of nursing education from pre-licensure to doctoral education and post-doctoral training with a focus on complex care. Our faculty teach the medical-surgical and gerontological content in the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing. In addition, we are home to two advanced practice registered nursing (APRN) specialties: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) and Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS). At the doctoral level, faculty teach didactic courses and supervise research studies in the PhD program and evidence-based practice projects in the DNP program. Post-doctoral trainees participate in sponsors’ programs of research and launch their own research careers.


Research in the PN focuses on a broad range of complex conditions using cutting edge approaches and research methods. The department has long-standing research in oncology, cardiovascular disease, acute illness, gerontology, diabetes and obesity. Emerging research areas include serious mental illness and palliative care. An evaluation of social determinants of health is integrated into all of our research studies with these clinical populations. Growth areas for the department are neuroscience and regenerative medicine. The research approaches and methods used by department faculty include artificial intelligence, algorithm-driven care, biomarkers and molecular mechanisms, predictive risk modeling, behavioral interventions, symptom management, qualitative and mixed methods, big data and data mining.

Clinical Practice

Clinical faculty in PN are experts in optimizing the health of patients with complex care needs. All clinical faculty members maintain individual clinical practices and/or work in health care systems. They work in a variety of acute care settings including critical care, internal medicine, oncology, cardiology and trauma. In addition to serving as PN's core faculty, the department has a robust volunteer faculty network of more than 100 clinical professors who contribute to the education and training of students in the clinical specialties.



Nicholas Marley, administrative analyst, assistant to the Chair
Anne McGuire, administrative assistant

Contact Us

Physiological Nursing
UCSF School of Nursing
2 Koret Way, Rm 631
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (415) 476-6929