Global Nursing Forum

Nurse Forum

The UCSF Global Nursing Forum (GNF) is a Registered Campus Organization (RCO), established in 2015. The GNF mission is to empower nurses in the global community in areas of practice, research, leadership and scholarship. GNF is sponsored by the UCSF SON Center for Global Health. For more information about GNF events and award applications, subscribe to the Global Health Nursing Announcements newsletter, and see below as information becomes available.

The GNF Ambassador Award

Applications closed for 2016-2017 academic year. Check back in Fall 2017 for the next cycle!

The GNF, in collaboration with the UCSF School of Nursing Center for Global Health support the global health education and experience of UCSF School of Nursing (SON) students who display interest in global health, empowerment of nurses and working with underserved populations in resource-limited settings. The GNF accomplishes this by creating an environment in which UCSF SON students and faculty can share knowledge and support the learning, empowerment and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference and improving the care of populations in the global community. The Center for Global Health supports these efforts by funding UCSF SON students with travel expenses so they may pursue rotations and other global public health projects in underserved areas, both locally and internationally. The GNF Ambassador award applications are due December 15th, 2016 and must be submitted at least 30 days before the date of travel. Students who apply for award funds on or after their date of travel/commencement of project will not be considered. The award will be presented at the January 11th , 2017 GNF annual event. For application instructions and questions, please contact either Schola Matovu, at [email protected] or Linda Gregory at [email protected]. You may also leave a message for GNF at 415-967-2646.

2016-2017 Campus Activities

During the 2016-2017 acedmic year, GNF seeks to promote professional collaborative exchange through the following activities:

  • Global Health Ambassador awards for a UCSF nursing student and a visiting scholar
  • Annual Interprofessional event
  • Speaker series presentation
  • Global Health workshop

Student Board

The UCSF Global Nursing Forum depends on its Board of current SON students to fulfill its its mission and to carry out its campus outreach activities. New members are accepted throughout the year, and the Board commitment is structured to accommodate busy student schedules. Benefits of serving on the Board include: networking with like-minded nursing scholars; contributing to the enrichment of the global health learning environment on campus; and building your own global health resume. For more information about serving on the Board, please contact GNF Founders and Board members, Schola Matovu, [email protected], or Linda Gregory, [email protected].

2016 Board Members

  • Schola Matovu, RN, BSN, MSN, PhD(c)
  • Linda Gregory, MSN, RN, PhD(c)
  • Salamah Locks, RN
  • Erica Lipschultz
  • Linda K. Ottoboni, RN, CNS, PhD (c), FHRS

Nurse-to-Nurse Global Initative

GNF co-founders Schola Matovu and Linda Gregory are also the co-Founders of Nurse-To-Nurse Global Initiative (NTNGI), an independent NGO. NTNGI is driven by a passionate belief in grass root efforts that foster collaborations and empowerment among nurses in order to advance nursing education and science, alleviate disease burden and enhance the health and dignity of underprivileged patient populations in the global community. Learn more on the NTNGI website: