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Sylvia Andrade

Adjunct Professor


Dr. Sylvia Andrade, DNP, MSN, RN, a nurse of forty-one years, an extremely versatile faculty member who teaches the fundamentals of nursing to capstone levels both in undergraduate and graduate levels. She has the patience and nurturing presence to guide the students to initiate their first patient contact, preparing them to become members of the nursing community.

While working with a diverse racial/ethnic population of students, Dr. Andrade approaches each semester with professionalism, enthusiasm, and joy. She performs in a manner that embodies and exemplifies the USF mission, which incorporates the values of social justice, kindness and commitment to others. She has unyielding devotion to the highest quality of education for students and orchestrates her skills with gentleness, creative problem solving, and human compassion.


  • Known for creative and innovative strategies to enhance student learning
  • Excellent abilities to teach diverse racial/ethnic population of USF students
  • Outstanding clinical, leadership and management background
  • Clinical care expertise to care for an acute and critical care patients in all specialty areas, longterm and palliative care units included
  • Extremely versatile to teach undergraduate and graduate students

Research Areas

  • Geriatric Nursing Curriculum
  • Care of Older Adults


  • USF School of Nursing and Health Professions, Doctor of Nursing Practice, 2018
  • UCSF School of Nursing, Masters of Science in Nursing, 2010
  • Concordia College, Bachelors of Science in Nursing, 1980

Prior Experience

  • Hospital Supervisor, UCSF Medical Center
  • Patient Care Manager in Intensive Care Unit and Acute Care Medicine Unit, UCSF Medical Center

Awards & Distinctions

  • University of San Francisco Distinguished Adjunct faculty Award 2018
  • University of San Francisco PHP11 2018
  • University of San Francisco PHP1 2016