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January 2012
School News
Interprofessional Expert to Lead New UCSF Center and Nursing Research
Scott Reeves, PhD, a world-renowned British social scientist, is the new director of UCSF’s Center for Innovation in Interprofessional Healthcare Education, and will also hold a faculty appointment in the School of Nursing.

The new center will be scholarly in its approach, and Reeves hopes people will work together to develop curricula and robust assessment tools that focus on quality and safety. He will rely heavily on faculty champions, including Kathleen Dracup, DNSc '82, former nursing dean, Tina Brock, EdD, and Lisa Kroon, PharmD, of the School of Pharmacy, Susan Hyde, DDS, PhD, of the School of Dentistry, Helen Loeser, MD, and Maria Wamsley, MD, of the School of Medicine, Louis Reichardt, PhD, of the Graduate Division, and Kimberly Topp, PhD, from Physical Therapy. Learn more.
Membership Opportunities on the Alumni Association Board of Directors
The Nursing Alumni Association (NAA) is a vital organization that works in close collaboration with UCSF on programs that support the mission of the School of Nursing and engage its more than 8,500 alumni worldwide. Volunteer your leadership by serving as an officer of the NAA’s Board of Directors. Board members develop events, mentor students and help recognize the accomplishments of the nursing community. To nominate yourself for a two-year term, please contact Megan Smith, director of alumni relations, at before April 15, 2012. Voting will occur during the NAA’s annual meeting on April 21 at 10:30 am at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. All alumni are invited and encouraged to attend. For more information, including the current slate of nominees, click here.
Joining Forces: African-American Nurses Answer the Call to Serve Military Families

Photo courtesy of U.S. Army

On February 10 the UCSF School of Nursing will present the 2nd Annual Florence Stroud Black History Month Conference from 8 am to 6:30 pm at the UCSF Mission Bay Campus Conference Center. Six continuing education credits are offered.

First Lady Michelle Obama recently announced that more than 100 medical schools have committed to step up training on how to treat PTSD and traumatic brain injury, to increase research for these conditions, and to share new information and best practices. In recognition of Mrs. Obama’s initiative, this year’s program will examine how nurses contribute to the care of veterans. Nanny “Nan” Green, a former UCSF faculty member and a founding member of the UCSF School of Nursing Black Nurses Conference, will receive the 2012 Flo Stroud Award.

Learn more by contacting Shirley Manly-Lampkin, RN, PhD, at 415/476-9710 or
University News
UC Regents Hear the Chancellor's Vision for UCSF

On Jan. 19, Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH, presented the UC Regents with UCSF’s vision of becoming the world's preeminent health sciences innovator. She focused her remarks on the goal of creating a financially sustainable, enterprise-wide business model and on sharing the results of an analysis from an in-depth look at UCSF's financial scenario over the coming decade.

Watch the Chancellor's presentation here.
Listen to the Chancellor's follow up interview on KQED radio here.
Learn more about the UCSF strategic plan.
UCSF Tops Public Institutions in NIH Biomedical Research Funds
UCSF received more research funds from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) than any other public institution in 2011 and ranked second among all institutions nationwide, according to new figures released by the NIH. "This broad-based support of UCSF research, in the context of increasingly competitive funds, is testament to the caliber of scientific discovery in each of our schools and the graduate division," says Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH. Learn more.
Faculty News
Susan Kools Recognized for Advancing Diversity at UCSF
On Jan. 26, Susan Kools, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor in the Family Health Care Nursing department, received the 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award for her exceptional leadership in advancing the goal of achieving greater ethnic and cultural diversity at UCSF. Learn more.
Student Spotlight
Student Scholarships Offered by the Nursing Alumni Association
Thanks to the tremendous generosity of the Nursing Alumni Association (NAA), students can apply for several $3,000-$4,000 financial awards from the NAA’s endowed scholarship fund. Find the application online at and submit your completed form via email to Cheryl Kemp at Application materials include a 350-word professional direction statement and description of scholarly activities that articulate "who you are, what you've done and what you will do." Scholarship recipients will be recognized at the annual nursing alumni program on April 21.
Get Involved
School of Nursing Seeks Preceptors

Remember the nurses who served as your preceptors when you were a graduate student at UCSF? Their expertise and commitment to nursing and patient care inspired you and helped you develop the skills to become the excellent advanced practice nurse that you are today. Please share your expertise with the next generation of advanced practice nurses. If you are interested in exploring this opportunity, send your name, email address, name of employer, position, specialty and year of graduation to Linda Sawyer, academic services coordinator, at
Upcoming Events
Deans' Reception
February 8
Los Angeles
Alumni and friends from UCSF and Johns Hopkins' schools of nursing are invited to an evening reception with Dean David Vlahov and Dean Martha Hill. This event will be a great opportunity to socialize and network, and hear how two of the greatest institutions for nursing science are preparing future generations of professionals. Learn more and RSVP.
Pain Management
February 17
Smith Ranch Homes
Marin County
Catch up on the latest research on pain management with Christine Miaskowski, Sharon A. Lamb Endowed Chair in Nursing and associate dean. This special afternoon talk is graciously sponsored by Arlene Banks, MS '79. Learn more and RSVP.
Nursing Alumni Weekend – Registration Coming Soon!
April 20-21
San Francisco
The inaugural UCSF Alumni Weekend will be held at the Palace Hotel and UCSF Parnassus and Mission Bay campuses. Complimentary buses will shuttle guests to these locations and discounted hotel rooms are offered at the Palace Hotel. To make your reservation at the Palace Hotel, click here or call 888/627-7196 and reference the UCSF guestroom block for April 19-22.
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Class Notes
Susan Alves-Rankin, MS ’87, assistant director of Patient Services and Service Excellence for the UCSF Medical Center, was honored by UCSF for her commitment to those in our communities with disabilities at a special ceremony on January 24.
Pamela Klein, MS '95, has helped establish Boston's first clinic dedicated to caring for transgendered homeless patients at the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP). Through her work at BHCHP, Klein began to realize the need for such a health care facility and validated her findings through a community needs assessment. The clinic opened in November 2008. Learn more.
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