Nancy Taquino, DNP, RN, MSN, CNL; Assistant Professor, School of Nursing and Health Professions, USF

Nancy Taquino, DNP, RN, MSN, CNL

Associate Professor

Full-Time Faculty
Cowell Hall 220


Nancy Taquino is a nursing leader with extensive experience in clinical practice, education, and quality who has held various leadership roles. Her leadership and nursing practice are grounded in nursing disciplinary knowledge and  Jesuit values with the goal of improving patient care outcomes and creating a healthy work environment for the patients, communities, students, and faculty we serve.

Research Areas

  • Academic practice partnerships
  • Nursing disciplinary knowledge


  • Director, Kaiser Permanente/USF Academic Practice Partnership
  • Program Director, Kaiser/USF MSN Program
  • Lead Champion, AACN Essentials Leadership Team
  • Co-Chair, School of Nursing 
  • Curriculum Committee


  • Doctor of Nursing Practice, University of San Francisco, 2016
  • Master of Science in Nursing Administration, University of San Francisco, 1996
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of San Francisco, 1975

Prior Experience

  • Adjunct Faculty, Nursing USF 
  • Director, Kaiser Permanente/USF Academic Practice Partnership
  • Program Director, Kaiser/USF MSN Program 
  • Regional Quality Leader, Kaiser Permanente Northern California 
  • Maternal Child Service Director Kaiser San Francisco

Awards & Distinctions

  • 2018, AACN Exemplary Academic Practice Partnership Award

  • 2016, University of San Francisco, Dean's Award for Contributions to the Profession

  • 2011, KP National Voh’s Award-NCAL Sepsis Program –regional team member recipient
  • 2006, San Francisco Quality/Service Award-NICU
  • 2005, Lawrence Patient Safety Award for Dedication to Perinatal Patient Safety Project
  • 2004, San Francisco Pyramid Award for Departmental Pride and Morale
  • 2003, San Francisco Perinatal Patient Safety Award
  • 1998, HOIP Best Practice Unit NICU-Most Cost Effective/Quality Outcomes 2001 San Francisco Pyramid Award for Quality-NICU

Selected Publications

  • Innovation through an Academic Practice Partnership: A New Clinical Nurse Leader Implementation Model (2016)

Additional Information


  • NIDCAP Certification, Stanford University, NIDCAP Training Center, 1996
  • Graduate: Institute for Health Care Improvement Improvement (IHI) Advisor Program, 2010
  • BMGI Black Belt Certification Program (expected certification 2014)

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Member, AWHONN, NCAAN

Large Audience Presentations

  • 2012. The Power of a Collaborative-Improving Breast feeding Rates in NCAL. Presentation. KP National Quality Forum
  • 2007. Comfort Theory-A Holistic Approach to Nursing Practice. Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco. Grand Rounds
  • 2003. National Kaiser Permanente Perinatal Safety Team Conference. Characteristics of Highly Reliable Perinatal Units
  • 2001. Neonatal Nurses of Northern California Conference. Implementation of a Developmentally Supportive Care Program