Past Preceptors of the Month Awardees

In honor of the critical contributions that preceptors make to advance student learning, the UCSF School of Nursing faculty honor one preceptor each month. The award recognizes an exceptional preceptor who consistently and effectively contributes to UCSF nursing students’ clinical education.

To view the honorees for the current year, visit the Preceptor Awards webpage

The following is a list of the Preceptors of the Month for 2021 and 2023.

December 2023 Preceptor of the Month: Ijeoma Okonkwo Pope


Ijeoma Pope

Ijeoma Okonkwo Pope, AGACNP-BC, AGCCT-CNS, practices in the emergency department and clinical decision unit at Stanford Healthcare. An alumna of the UCSF School of Nursing, she has precepted for the AG-ACNP specialty since 2019.

“Learning is a lifelong journey,” Pope said. “My love for education/learning stems from my parents who were both educators in the obstetrics/gynecology and midwifery fields. My upbringing has always had a foundation of the pursuit of knowledge. I enjoy learning from my students and the fresh perspective they bring. There is also a vulnerability that comes with learning in a new space, to go from not knowing to knowing. However, I believe in the saying that failure is not fatal, but hesitation can be. As a preceptor, I enjoy the process of seeing that vulnerability blossom into confidence and growth, thus helping each student become a keen learner.”

Students note that Pope is an incredibly knowledgeable clinician and has an exceptional bedside manner with patients. She guides her students in building their differential diagnosis and treatment planning skills without overwhelming them. She is also noted for her skill in providing constructive feedback.

A 2023 AG-ACNP graduate said: "She is patient and knowledgeable and has easily identified my strengths and areas that need improvement and adapts her teaching style accordingly. She is professional and an effective communicator in all areas of her work, from her approach to patient care to her collaborations with all her interdisciplinary colleagues."

November 2023 Preceptor of the Month: Jennifer Serafin


Jennifer Serafin Preceptor of the Month

Jennifer Serafin, MS, GNP-BC, GS-C, is the November Preceptor of the Month. Serafin works in the Home-Based Palliative Care Program at Kaiser Permanente in South San Francisco. She has consistently volunteered over many years to precept home-based primary care Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner students. Serafin is also an assistant clinical professor for the Department of Physiological Nursing at UCSF.

"I precept students because I had great preceptors/clinical experiences when I attended UCSF," Serafin said. "I feel like I should continue this experience for the next generation of APRNs."

Student Yelena Libova states: "Jennifer Serafin stands out as the most exceptional mentor I've ever had the privilege of working with in my 25-year nursing career. What sets Jennifer apart is her contagious passion for nursing education, which is evident in her meticulously-structured approach to preceptorship and her unwavering dedication to the success of her students. Jennifer consistently fostered a nurturing learning environment that encouraged intellectual curiosity, critical thinking and professional growth. Jennifer cultivated an atmosphere of open dialogue and provided invaluable feedback."

October 2023 Preceptor of the Month: Nicole Sata

Preceptor of the Month Oct 2023

Nicole Sata, MS ‘16, CNM, practices at Lifelong Medical Care in Oakland and Berkeley. She has been precepting UCSF School of Nursing midwifery students at LifeLong Medical Care since 2019, providing excellent teaching and modelling in the setting of GYN care.

“Precepting nurse midwifery students is a privilege and a joy,” Sata said. “I am honored to help the next generation of midwives find their confidence and gain the clinical skills that embody the person-centered, holistic Midwives Model of Care. Just as importantly, I continue to learn and grow from the students' experiences and their knowledge of the newest, evidenced-based changes in care. I am proud to be part of the tradition of midwives teaching midwives and will continue to be inspired by their passion and dedication.”

Students praise her teaching:

  • "Nicole provides a safe amount of freedom to her students and she always makes herself available."
  • "I appreciate her patience and willingness to teach in a way that works for the learning person."
  • "She was easy to check in with when I had questions, and if I needed more assistance with a case, she was always available to help. She also gave me a lot of freedom to apply what I was learning on my own. Nicole was encouraging and gave helpful, supportive feedback."
  • "She explained complex topics and its management in really easy-to-understand bits."

September 2023 Preceptor of the Month: Marilyn Bazinski

September Preceptor of the Month

Marilyn Bazinski, DNP, AGCNS, PMGT-BC, is the pain management clinical nurse specialist (CNS) at UCSF Health. She moved from the Midwest to San Francisco in 2020 and has precepted a CNS student every term since she began her role.

“I am very passionate about the value a CNS brings to the interdisciplinary team and will take any opportunity to endorse the CNS role and highlight its three spheres of impact," she said.

Student Mark Tungol said: "Marilyn is one of the most influential people I have come across since starting my CNS training. Her teaching methods are thoughtful, and she ensures each experience during my rotation is impactful for my learning. She has been an extraordinary mentor and I value her input as I navigate life during graduate school."

August 2023 Preceptor of the Month: Diana Kobayashi

Aug 2023 Preceptor of the Month

Diana Kobayashi, NNP, who works in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, has been a longstanding leader, mentor and teacher for her colleagues who have been practicing for years as well as to students who are learning advanced roles.

“I enjoy teaching and supporting the NNP students in their learning process,” Kobayashi said. “The NNP role is so different from the roles they had prior to going back to school. I hope I am helping them with that transition. NNPs never know everything. As individuals we are always learning and growing. I try to help them have realistic expectations for themselves.”

Former preceptee Doselia Sinclair stated: “Diana was an amazing preceptor. Her calm demeanor, comprehensive understanding, and caring attitude allows her to fully compliment the teaching role. At the end of our time together, I walked away with not just practical physiology, but also practical encouragement to make me a more well-rounded individual.

June 2023 Preceptors of the Month: Claire Parker and Elizabeth Colglazier

June 2023 Preceptor of the Month

Claire Parker, MS, CPNP-AC and Elizabeth Colglazier, MS, PNP-AC, are the June Preceptors of the Month. Part of Benioff Children's Hospital’s Pulmonary Hypertension team, Parker and Colglazier have consistently trained students in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Acute Care specialty since 2015. They are always willing to precept and provide a robust and meaningful clinical experience, highlighting the NP role in interprofessional team practice and promoting professionalism when working with children, their families and the care team.

“We like the energy NP students bring,” they said. “They remind us that we do have a great job, and we are lucky to work with our patients and their families.”

Student Erin Murphy states: “Elizabeth and Claire have mastered the balance of creating a supportive and encouraging learning environment, while also challenging their students to step outside of their comfort zones. They consistently welcomed my many questions and offered constructive feedback that helped me to progress in my assessment, documentation, and communication skills. In addition to their clinical expertise, I also admired their professionalism and teamwork. Elizabeth and Claire embody many of the qualities I aspire to cultivate as I begin my own career as a nurse practitioner.”

May 2023 Preceptor of the Month: Veronica Fuata

May 2023 Preceptor of the Month

Veronica Fuata, PNP, is a clinician at the Children’s Health Center at Zuckerberg San Francisco General. In her many years of precepting Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care (PNP-PC) students, she has created a safe and supportive learning environment. She continually fosters a growth mindset and challenges students’ clinical reasoning. Faculty note that she is a role model in expert clinical care, clinical education and patient-centered clinical partnerships.

"I enjoy precepting because I remember my experiences and am grateful for what I learned and didn’t learn in some cases," she said. "These past experiences are what have made me want to share with others and also encourage them to empower themselves as they move forward."

PNP-PC student Kalmia Beets said: “Veronica navigates the delicate balance of patient care with empathy and diligence. Her thoroughness, attention to detail and patient rapport not only provide excellent holistic health care to patients but also allow her to build a unique and trusting relationship with families. She fosters relationships with patients and families that allow them to express themselves, feel validated and be unafraid to speak up. It is truly an honor and privilege to learn from such an incredible provider. Each day she pushes me to think critically, go outside of my comfort zone and develop my own style as a practitioner."


April 2023 Preceptor of the Month: Adrienne Franzese

April Preceptor of the Month

Adrienne Franzese, PMHNP, practices at the Progress Foundation in San Francisco, and has been precepting for the school's Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialty for more than 10 years. PMHNP faculty praise her for being a remarkable, supportive preceptor who has worked with learners across different clinical settings, always remaining student-centered and dedicated to student success.

“I precept to continue learning from my colleagues and stay connected to the greater nursing community,” Franzese said. “I enjoy sharing clinical pearls with students. I hope to inspire and help future nurses gain confidence to serve our community as strong leaders in the medical field.”

Master's student Alessia Alta added: “Adrienne is a wonderful preceptor! She really has a passion for teaching and has gone above and beyond to help deepen my understanding. She is very much attuned to the learning process and actively looks for opportunities for me to shadow and/or participate. I couldn't have chosen a better preceptor. Adrienne is truly an asset to the School of Nursing.”

March 2023 Preceptor of the Month: Andres Marin

March 2023 Preceptor of the Month

Andres Marin, MD, is a family physician who graduated from the UCSF School of Medicine. Marin has a clinical practice at La Clinica at the Fruitvale Transit Village in East Oakland where he has been providing culturally appropriate primary care across the lifespan to underserved, multi-lingual communities for the 13 years. He is also an attending physician at the Family Health Center at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Marin has been a committed, compassionate and inspirational preceptor in the UCSF School of Nursing's Family Nurse Practitioner specialty for the past nine years, repeatedly confirming his dedication to promoting advanced practice nursing.

"I enjoy working with students because they bring innovation and creativity to medicine and patient encounters, remaining sensitive to social determinants of health while validating and prioritizing patient values,” Marin said. “It is an honor to witness and participate in their academic and clinical journey."

Mary Massella, an assistant clinical professor, stated: "As a current FNP faculty member and former FNP student who was precepted by Dr. Marin, I appreciate his sensitivity to the patients he serves and his respect for the importance of the nurse practitioner's role as a partnership in providing primary care to our communities."

Joscelyn Armanta, a former FNP student who trained with him, added: "Andres Marin is the best preceptor I have had in the past three years. He was supportive of my learning. He helped me develop differentials and truly understand the pathophys behind certain conditions.”

February 2023 Preceptor of the Month: Dan McGuire


Dan McGuire Preceptor of the Month

Dan McGuire, MS, ACNP-BC, is a graduate of the school's Master of Science program in the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) specialty. He works at San Francisco General Hospital on the in-patient Neurosurgery Service, with a focus on traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury. McGuire sees patients across the care continuum, including initial workup and evaluation in the emergency department, critical care management in the ICU, ward management and clinic follow up.

“I’m extremely thankful for all the preceptors I’ve had along my educational journey and am honored to precept AGACNP students now,” McGuire said. “I enjoy working with them to develop and refine new clinical skills and assist in their transition to their new role as providers.”

Andrea Saito, associate professor, said: “Dan is an amazing asset to UCSF and the AGACNP specialty, both as a phenomenal preceptor for our students since 2015 and as a volunteer assistant clinical professor in the school. Some of the many ways he has contributed to the success of our students is by giving a yearly guest lecture on the diagnosis and treatment of endocrine disorders and serving as comprehensive exam reader. His enthusiasm for advanced practice nursing is apparent in all that he does.

A student added: “Dan was so incredibly wonderful as a preceptor. He introduced me to the entire neurosurgery team and explained my role. He also spent time with me prior to starting the rotation to discuss goals, both mine and his, which also provided an opportunity to discuss concerns. We set mutual goals each shift together. He challenged me daily to develop differentials, come up with treatment plans, and present patients to the team and to him individually. He gave timely feedback that was helpful in the learning process.”

January 2023 Preceptor of the Month: Edward Liu

Jan 2023 Preceptor of the Month

Edward Liu, MS, NP-BC, is an alumnus of the UCSF School of Nursing and a primary care nurse practitioner at ZSFGH Richard Fine People’s Clinic. He has been precepting for the school's Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner specialty since 2018, including through the pandemic and even taking students during the summer sessions without break. Liu has precepted AGPCNP students for a yearlong primary care placement every year, which provides continuity care with patients panel management. Faculty note that Liu has high expectations for students, which spurs them to do their best in providing high levels of support and professionalism.

"I have had the privilege of being precepted by some of the most amazing and the best NPs during my time at Glide, EBAC, City Clinic, San Rafael County Jail etc. when I was a student at UCSF," he said. "Precepting now is my way of thanking them for sharing their knowledge and love for caring with me. Hands-on experience is essential and never enough."

Alumna Janelle Silvis said: "He is an exemplary role model and learning coach. He allowed me to work independently but was always available to work through complex cases and encouraged me to grow my own clinic reasoning skills and knowledge. He always made sure I had new learning opportunities and encouraged me to challenge and push myself. ... I attribute a large proportion of my learning to my experience working with Edward. Not only did we practice in primary care settings, I was also able to practice specialties such as HCV treatment, joint injections and urgent care."

December 2022 Preceptor of the Month: Jenna Lewis

Dec 2022 Preceptor of the Month

Jenna Lewis, NP, has worked at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco since 2000, first as a subspecialist in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility for eight years and currently in generalist care. She received her master’s degree in nursing at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Lewis has precepted UCSF midwifery students every quarter for the past year and offered to precept students in future quarters. Faculty have seen how supportive she is to new students, and how she has gone above and beyond to help support the next wave of midwives.

“I enjoy seeing a student blossom," Lewis said. "When I precept, I must think critically about why I practice a certain way, how I ‘know what I know,’ and whether there are new or different ways to know. Precepting gives me the gift of critical thinking. The UCSF CNM students are interesting, dedicated and curious. I love precepting them!”

Student Stacy Wu said: “I've learned so much about what it means to provide attentive and thorough care from my short time working with Jenna. In just a brief patient visit, she holds space in a way that allows people to truly feel heard about their health concerns and health achievements. Even on the most hectic days, she encourages me to ask questions and provides opportunities for me to grow as a provider.”

Student Courtney Minor added: “Jenna extended her knowledge of the profession with high expertise. She is knowledgeable in hospital practices and in community practices. The care she gives and respect she shows her patients is a gift that was so valuable to see as a student.”

November 2022 Preceptor of the Month: Colleen Theologis

November 2022 Preceptor of the Month

Colleen Theologis, MS, ACCNS-AG, PCCN, is a sought-after preceptor for the Master of Science program’s Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist track. She is an experienced clinical nurse specialist in the acute care setting, and currently in charge of several medical-surgical units at Stanford Healthcare. She has precepted for the UCSF School of Nursing for five years and always receives glowing reports from students. She is active in the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists and in shared governance opportunities at her home institution. Her commitment to her patients, interdisciplinary team, institution and professional organization is a great role model for students.

One student shared the following: “Colleen demonstrated that not only does she have clinical skills and knowledge, but also knows how to operate professionally at the systems level to advocate for nurses and the nursing profession. I often observed how Colleen moved within different circles and how she went about problem solving and can honestly say I'm going to walk away from this clinical with new skills, including being more deliberate and patient in my problem-solving approach. I will always remember to build strong relationships with my teammates the way Colleen clearly has done.”

October 2022 Preceptor of the Month: Jacklin Tong

Oct 2022 Preceptor of the Month

Jacklin Tong, MS, NNP, has consistently precepted students since graduating from the UCSF School of Nursing's Master of Science program. She is actively sought out by students who know her to precept them. As the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital facilitator for clinical placements, Tong has repeatedly gone above and beyond to ensure UCSF nursing students have clinical rotations at Stanford. In addition, Tong recently came to UCSF to perform a hands-on lecture with an ultrasound machine for neo students on POCUS (point of care ultrasound). The students would not have had the exposure to ultrasound techniques and its applications if it were not for Tong's advocacy for the education.

“Precepting is my expression of gratitude for the mentors and teachers that have and continued to believe in me when I didn’t believe in myself," Tong said. "I enjoy precepting because I find it fulfilling when I see others flourish in advanced education and professional development.”

September 2022 Preceptor of the Month: Emelie Menard, MS, PNP

Sept 2022 Preceptor of the Month

Emilie Menard graduated from the UCSF School of Nursing Master of Science program in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Acute Care (PNP-AC) specialty in 2013 and launched her nurse practitioner career in the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital PICU, building on her experience as a pediatric critical care nurse. Since that time, she has precepted numerous PNP-AC students. As the lead nurse practitioner in the PICU and Transitional Care Unit, she has continued to support the School of Nursing by recruiting additional preceptors, providing training support to new graduate NPs, and serving as a guest lecturer in which she shares her expertise on critical care pediatric topics.

“I precept to support NP students as they develop into NPs,” Menard said. “I remember many of my preceptors and appreciate the time they gave and the impact they had on my career development. I consider it an honor to provide that same opportunity to more NP students.”

Fostering the growth of students and new graduates through preceptorship has been a rewarding experience that has also helped her grow as an acute care pediatric nurse practitioner.

Her former instructor Sandy Staveski, an assistant professor at the School of Nursing, said, "As Emilie's advisor during her PNP-AC studies, it has been excellent to see all of her successes as lead NP at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Mission Bay. The very best part is to be colleagues with her and conduct research together."

August 2022 Preceptor of the Month: Mark Thomas

Mark ThomasMark Thomas, MS, PNP, is the school's August Preceptor of the Month. A UCSF alumnus and volunteer faculty member, Thomas has been precepting for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care specialty since 2018. He has often taught two to three students per quarter, providing full age range, full scope primary care pediatrics to a diverse patient population in the East Bay. Students thrive with his clinical teaching and strive to emulate his warm rapport with families. As students progress, his development of their autonomy and opportunities for clinical confidence is unparalleled. In addition to his precepting, he has supported didactic teaching on campus and contributed to the redesign of the specialty's clinical evaluations to a progressive, competency-based format. Thomas is a consummate educator and clinician with a talent for quickly assessing a student's level and providing a challenging and supportive learning environment.

Graduate Aparna Upadhyaya, MS '22, noted her appreciation of Thomas' timely, constructive feedback after every visit. He engages in discussion regarding assessment and plan and gently guides to the plan if needed.

June 2022 Preceptor of the Month: Aurora Ortiz

Aurora Ortiz


Aurora Ortiz, MS, RN, PMHNP-BC, an alumna of the school’s MEPN program who received her master’s degree in 2011, provides psychiatric services to students at UC Berkeley’s University Health Services, as well as to children and adolescents at La Clinica de la Raza in Oakland. She has a deep interest in clinical teaching, and enjoys supporting the next generation of PMHNPs. Her clinical interests include Latinx mental health, immigrant mental health, transgender mental health, complex trauma, ADHD and integrative mental health.

Her preceptee Lauren Friedman, MS, PMHNP, notes: “Aurora is an incredibly compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner. She is dedicated to improving the lives of those around her, which is evident in the care she provides to her patients as a provider and the support she offers to her students as an educator. As my preceptor, Aurora created every opportunity she could to promote my growth as a future psychiatric nurse practitioner. I learned so much from Aurora and I will continue to implement the valuable insights I have gained throughout my career.”

May 2022 Preceptor of the Month: Erika Young

Erika Young May 2022 Preceptor

Erika Young is a graduate of the School of Nursing's Master of Science program in the family nurse practitioner specialty. A nurse practitioner at the San Mateo Health Center Ron Robinson Senior Care Center, she provides holistic primary care for patients over 60 and models interprofessional work by providing care within a multidisciplinary team while addressing complex physical and social needs of seniors.

Young consistently provides a year-long placement for students to better understand chronic disease management. She provides a supportive learning environment and constantly seeks opportunities to grow as a preceptor, including by taking several Teach for UCSF training courses. She is an exemplar of UCSF alumni caring for vulnerable and underserved populations and teaching the next generation of nurse practitioners.

"I love precepting because I feel like I learn just as much, if not more, from the students as they might from me," Young said. "I love to see how much the students grow into their own practice and playing a small role in this.”

Student Beth Passey said: "From our very first interaction, Erika impressed me with her concern for her patients, her passion for teaching, and her clinical knowledge and skill. She has the ability to connect quickly, often laughing or teasing, but always ready with a hand squeeze of comfort and support. Her desk is stacked with reference material for her students, and she expects us to use them. She insists on thorough preparation for each encounter, with a good grasp of past medical history, current treatments and goals for the patient. She allows time to focus, both before and after the visit, and expects a clear, thorough, organized report with appropriate differentials and plans. Uncertainty is met with the counsel to "look it up!" helping to instill the habit of evidence-based care while increasing the self-reliance and self-confidence needed for transition to practice."

April 2022 Preceptor of the Month: Tania Yarema

Apr 2022 Preceptor of the Month

Tania Yarema, ACNP-BC, an acute care nurse practitioner, is the April 2022 Preceptor of the Month. She graduated in 2008 from the UCSF Master of Science program in the ACNP specialty, and currently works at Sutter California Pacific Medical Center with the Critical Care Service. Yarema has shared her clinical expertise with numerous AGACNP students for more than 10 years. In addition, she is a volunteer associate clinical professor in the School's Department of Physiological Nursing and lectures for course N288F. She is a generous, enthusiastic and kind preceptor who challenges her students to do their best.

AGACNP student Austin Balk said: "My time with Tania was one of the highlights of my educational and professional careers. She went out of her way every day to share her incredible passion, skill and knowledge every time that we were together. Tania was approachable and genuinely cared about her team and about me as a learner. She pushed me to move beyond my comfort zone and she made sure that I was successful. I am so fortunate and thankful to have had the opportunity to learn from her. She made my rotation at CPMC the richest learning experience that I have had during my AGACNP training."

March 2022 Preceptor of the Month: Angelina Caserta


Preceptor of the Month March 2022 Angelina Caserta


Angelina Caserta, ANP-BC, is a 2011 graduate of UCSF's Adult/OEH-NP specialty. She has been the clinical manager at Concentra Urgent Care in downtown San Francisco for the past seven years, where she directly treats patients with work-related injuries as well as urgent care patients. Despite the demands of a fast-paced urgent care clinic, Caserta consistently takes one or two students from the AGPCNP specialty every quarter and has done so for many years. Students are consistently excited about their learning at the site and consistently express that it is a very valuable experience.

Caserta says: “Precepting is one of my most rewarding accomplishments. It's both a passion and a privilege to participate in teaching, as well as learning from UCSF NP students over the years.”

Alumna Ashley Johnson shared her experience with Caserta as her preceptor: "Angelina Caserta is a dedicated, constructive and inspirational preceptor. As the clinical director and main NP preceptor of Concentra Urgent Care, Angelina always made time during her day to check in with me as a first-year NP student on how I was doing. She asked me what type of feedback I prefer. She wanted me to describe opportunities and skills that I was interested in learning, and she showed me how to work collaboratively with the other disciplines at the clinic. I am truly blessed to have worked with Angelina and know that if I needed anything, I could count on her support and guidance."

February 2022 Preceptor of the Month: Sheri L. Foote


Sheri Foote, Feb 2022 Preceptor of the Month

Sheri L. Foote, CNM, Associate Clinical Professor in the UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Services, has been precepting UCSF midwifery students since 2020. She exemplifies clinical and teaching excellence in both the antenatal clinic and the labor and delivery unit at UCSF Mission Bay. Foote has been a dedicated educator with her students, striking the balance between support and encouraging independent thought.

“I precept to shape and influence our next generation of healthcare providers,” Foote said. “My desire is to model respectful, culturally competent, evidence-based maternity care.”

In addition to working as a certified nurse-midwife at UCSF Mission Bay, Foote is part of EMBRACE, a Centering group [prenatal care] specifically for Black birthing people to help support them during their pregnancy and provide a safe space.

Midwifery student Jordan Smith notes: “It is important to recognize Sheri’s efforts to support and keep the black patients safe at the clinic she works at. It has been proven that the outcomes are better for Black patients when being cared for by a Black provider, as Sheri is. Black [birthing] people die 3-4 times more than any other race despite their income or social status. Black birthing people are a vulnerable population, and it is important that the care received is free of implicit bias.

“In addition to all the work Sheri does to serve Black birthing people, she has been such a wonderful educator. As a Black midwifery student, she has provided me a learning experience that cultivates safety, trust, constructive feedback and great skill developing teaching. She understands the importance of passing on all the knowledge. How she approaches being a preceptor reflects that. In the beginning, Sheri and I discussed my goals and how she can be supportive of those. This is very important to my growth as a provider and has shown in my growth from the first day of being with her. She gives me hands-on autonomy during clinic, while guiding me and giving me feedback in a supportive way to help sharpen my skills. In addition to my learning experience, I have first-hand witnessed her supporting the growth of my classmates and ensuring that they also felt supported in their learning experience even if they weren’t her preceptee.”

January 2022 Preceptor of the Month: Piera Wong

Piera Wong Jan 2022 Preceptor of the Month


Piera Wong, MS, RN, AOCNS, is an oncology clinical nurse specialist at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. She was appointed as volunteer assistant clinical faculty in the Department of Physiological Nursing of the UCSF School of Nursing in 2011. Over the past decade, she has precepted countless learners in the complex and ever-changing arena of oncology advanced nursing. Her endless energy and enthusiasm for clinical nurse specialist practice and teaching is without compare. This characteristic, coupled with a deep knowledge in oncology and nursing care, provides an exceptional residency experience for students in the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist-Oncology specialty. Wong has been a powerful role model and has inspired scores of oncology-focused CNSs in practice today. Piera says: "I teach and precept students because I know that the clinical education is a significant part of the learning and it's my contribution to shaping quality future leaders in nursing."

Former student Vivian Huang, BSN, RN, OCN, said: “I was so fortunate to have Piera as a preceptor at ZSFG. As an integral part of the oncology team, Piera gives preceptees invaluable opportunities to work on innovative and impactful projects. She is trusted by providers, nurses and patients alike to go above and beyond in providing evidence-based and patient-centered care to a complex patient population, setting an example for future nurses."

December 2021 Preceptor of the Month: Janet Godfrey

Janet Godfrey Dec 2021 Preceptor of the Month


Janet Godfrey, RN, NNP, PNP-AC, is a 2014 graduate of the UCSF School of Nursing's Master of Science program in the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner specialty. Since graduation, she has been committed to providing outstanding care to her patients and supporting the development of future NNPs through precepting. She practices at Natividad, a public health system committed to providing outstanding care to all. She is committed to teaching students and supporting their growth. One student commented that she felt challenged by her questions and that she provided valuable information for working as an NNP. Further, she has a desire to improve patient care through her participation in process improvement opportunities. In a fast-paced setting like the Neonatal ICU, preceptors like Godfrey provide the support to develop future clinicians.

November 2021 Preceptor of the Month: Monica Mafla

Nov 2021 Preceptor


Monica Mafla, MS, RN, PNP-AC, is a graduate of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Acute Care (PNP-AC) specialty at UCSF. She joined the Advanced Practice Provider (APP) team at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in 2013 and quickly adjusted to the APP role, becoming one of the most respected APPs in the Pediatric Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU). Mafla has been consistently willing to precept PNP-AC students and support presentations for PNP-AC courses. She believes that a good precepting experience can be one of the starting points to a successful career in a specific area.

Her experience in precepting led to her interest in training new providers and she is now responsible for onboarding new APP team members in the CVICU. She has revamped the CVICU onboarding process into one of the most successful onboarding programs in the hospital. This past spring, Mafla developed and led a  successful skills day to help train new providers in skills such as intubation, line placement, chest tube placement and suturing. She consistently goes the extra mile to support learning of complex concepts and skills for her colleagues in CVICU and for students in the PNP-AC specialty.  

October 2021 Preceptor of the Month: Dena Cuyjet

Dena Cuyjet October Preceptor of the Month


Dena Cuyjet, DNP, PNP, IBCLC, is a graduate of UCSF’s MS program (Pediatric Nurse Practitioner specialty) and DNP program. She was a PNP/IBCLC at Kaiser Permanente in the newborn nursery for 25 years, and transitioned five years ago to the UCSF Benioff Hospital to work in the Birth Center/ICN. She has three college age children, all born by midwives (two at home) and is married to her college love who is also a UCSF NP.

Cuyjet notes: “Teaching is one of the most important aspects of my life. I am committed to creating equitable, inclusive learning environments for students, and have a deep passion for working with birthing families and newborns. I have so much gratitude and energy for the teaching opportunities at UCSF and truly adore the students.”

Former student Katie Woods comments: “Dena is the dream preceptor! It's obvious to me that she loves her job and loves to teach; her enthusiasm and passion for what she does is authentic. She made me feel welcome and supported throughout my clinical rotation with her. At the very beginning, she helped me with my newborn physical exam, then she gradually gave me autonomy to see patients independently and do my own clinical reasoning. She answered all of my questions thoroughly and enthusiastically, and gave me feedback on all of my chart notes. Her communication was clear and I always knew what was expected of me. I feel so lucky to have had the chance to work with Dena!”

Cuyjet also precepts for the midwifery specialty, and has shown great dedication to both the PNP and midwifery specialties.

September 2021 Preceptor of the Month: Nana Efua Adabie

Sept 2021 Preceptor of the Month


Nana Efua Adabie, DNP, MSN, PMHNP-BC, is a UCSF-trained PMHNP and DNP who is a preceptor in the PMHNP specialty. She has worked with underserved populations and the LGBTQ+ community as a PMHNP in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2018. Adabie has clinical experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings, diagnosing and treating and managing adults with psychiatric illnesses. She advocates for whole person-centered care and promotes a healthy lifestyle, in addition to psychopharmacotherapy. Adabie has a passion for working in mental health and is on a mission to de-stigmatize mental illness and advocate for more diversity in mental health care. Born and raised in Ghana, Adabie moved to the United States in 2006. She hopes to continue to translate evidence-based practices into clinical settings and improve health care outcomes.

Her clinical interests include treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, ADHD, perinatal and postpartum mental health, leadership, health policy, and teaching and precepting students.

Cristely Urena, a former preceptee, said: "Dr. Nana is a wonderful preceptor. I am so grateful to have been paired with her. She has a wealth of knowledge and she wasn't shy about pushing me to do my best. I enjoyed every moment of my experience alongside her. She is everything I could've asked for in a preceptor."

August 2021 Preceptor of the Month: Anna Kuo


Anna Kuo


Anna Kuo, RN, ANP/WHNP, is a leader and exemplar in clinical teaching. Kuo currently precepts at the Curry Senior Center and provides holistic primary care to elders as part of the San Francisco Department of Public Health. She works with all levels of learner and precepts UCSF family nurse practitioner students for a yearlong rotation. At Curry Senior Center, she empowers students to gain competency in care of complex patients.

In her clinical preceptor role, Kuo acts as mentor and advocate. She works with the students to gain confidence and address imposter syndrome. Her former preceptees highlight her incredible clinical and teaching skills: “Anna Kuo, NP is a superb guide, mentor, role model, and teammate. The ability for her to be so comprehensive in charting and managing a patient encounter yet also efficient has given me a solid challenge to match. She integrated me into the clinic very well and offered me behind-the-scenes perspectives on how her whole care team operates. I also feel comfortable asking questions, adding my opinion, and I value her feedback tremendously. Her rapport with her patients is astounding and her demeanor/manner offer a fantastic model. Anna has been an immense and positive impact on myself from which my future patients will constantly benefit.”

Kuo helps to develop clinical knowledge and skills while maintaining a busy, complex clinical practice. She provides support, trusts her students, and provides honest constructive criticism. She creates a welcoming, safe learning environment for students while pushing them  to grow and succeed. She is a model of family nurse practitioner care and precepting.

    June 2021 Preceptor of the Month: David Gordon


    David Gordon


    David Gordon, DNP, ACNP-BC, ANP-BC, is a nurse practitioner with the Advanced Lung Disease Service at UCSF, where he manages and cares for patients on the continuum from complex pulmonary diseases through lung transplantation. He holds an appointment as a volunteer assistant clinical professor. Students and faculty alike recognize his skill and excellence as a clinical educator. Gordon believes that the continued advancement of the nurse practitioner role and expansion in our health care system is dependent on the next generation of providers who are reliant on our mentoring and clinical preceptorship.

    Student comments: 

    • “Dave is so smart and professional. He made a point to bring up clinical pearls and boards questions to help prepare me for my future. My favorite thing about working with Dave is that he was so encouraging which made me feel more confident as a student.”
    • “Dave Gordon is a wonderful mentor and preceptor. He is so dedicated to the NP profession and brings incredible energy, insight, experience and knowledge to educating his students. Dave’s style of teaching is direct with high expectations, but he always gives you a safe place to land, make mistakes and ask questions. He is an example of an NP that is insanely smart, fights endlessly for his patients, and his passion comes through each day. Having a mentor like Dave during my clinicals showed me the intense fulfillment and purpose one can have in a career as an NP.”

    Faculty comment:

    • “David Gordon is simply exceptional. He is a consummate teacher, preparing students to be exemplary clinicians caring for complex patients in an ever-changing environment.”

    May 2021 Preceptor of the Month: Jerry Saliman

    Jerry Saliman


    Jerry Saliman, MD, retired from Kaiser South San Francisco after a 30-year career and is now a volunteer internist at Samaritan House Medical Clinic in San Mateo. He has precepted UCSF AGPCNP students for many years and has made a huge impact on students, who have remarked on his generosity, kindness, patience, compassion, wealth of knowledge, expertise, commitment and thoughtfulness.

    Some quotes from students:

    • "He is a thoughtful and committed mentor -- always taking the time to assess my knowledge base and ensure that I am providing the best care that I can."
    • "I find him approachable and can discuss any topic with him at ease."
    • "He is an excellent practitioner and educator whose extensive medical experience and community service efforts encouraged the practice of meaningful health care."
    • "He constantly shares his knowledge and experience with me and with other clinical staff. And he uses evidence base approach to care for his patients."
    • "He inspires me to learn more and to become a competent NP in the future. He is well respected by his peers and loved by all of his patients."

    April 2021 Preceptor of the Month: Gabrielle Westergren

    April 2021 Preceptor of the Month


    Gabrielle (Gabby) Westergren, MS, CNM, graduated from the UCSF Nurse-Midwifery Education program in 1998. She is a volunteer clinical faculty member at the School and works at Zuckerberg San Francisco General where she has been precepting students for over a decade. She has contributed to mentoring a generation of midwives who continue to hear her calm and steady voice in their clinical practice. Her evaluations from students have been consistently outstanding.

    Comments from some of her students:

    • “Gabby has taught me so much on how to best serve our patients.”
    • “I appreciate her kindness and patience.”
    • “I love her positivity and her ability to control the stress of busy days in clinic without it affecting me as a student or my performance.”
    • “I appreciate all of the knowledge, attention to detail, and thoroughness she brings to her work and imparts upon those around her in the clinic setting!”
    • “I really hope every student has an experience to be paired with a preceptor like Gabby.”

    March 2021 Preceptor of the Month: Lynn Martin

    Lynn Martin


    Lynn Martin, MS, PMH, CNS, volunteer assistant clinical professor at the School, has served as a clinical preceptor for numerous learners in UCSF's adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist specialty over the past decades. She has consistently left a lasting, positive impression on each learner she has worked with. Her practice in the Community Living Center of the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center provides the ideal setting for close mentorship and CNS skill development. She is a strong APRN role model in practice and leadership. Her enthusiasm for the work she does and the population she serves is absolutely infectious. Her mentorship has inspired many CNS careers. She consistently goes out of her way to assure the learner has the best possible experience. Learner evaluations of her performance as a clinical preceptor have been consistently outstanding.

    "Lynn Martin inspires future nurse leaders in geriatric mental health," a leader wrote. "She offers learners a safe environment to explore their interests and nurtures an excitement for systems innovation, education, research, and the care of vulnerable populations."