Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Faculty

Full-Time Faculty


Mary Katherine Donnelly DNP, MPH, CNL, FNAP, ACNP-BC, ANP- BC

Department Chair

Dr. Mary Donnelly, DNP, MPH, FNAP, ACNP-BC, ANP-BC is an Assistant Professor in the Master's Entry MSN and the Chair of the Graduate Nursing Department at the School of Nursing and Health Professions. Her current research interests include Application of Voice Thread Technology in Graduate Education, and the teaching of genetics/genomics in Nursing curriculum. In 2015, Dr. Donnelly was elected to Distinguished Fellowship in the National Academies of Practice (NAP) and received the John Hopkins...

Education:

2011, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA | 1983, Masters in Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD | 1982, Master of Science in Nursing, SUNY at Buffalo Graduate School, Buffalo, NY | 1975, Certificate ANP, University of Rochester School of Nursing, Rochester, NY | 1971, Bachelor of Science, VIllanova University, School of Nursing, Villanova, PA

Courses:

Assessment Across the Lifespan, Introduction to Nurse Leader Role, Health Assessment, Fundamentals of Nursing: Learning and Reasoning, Clinical Outcomes Manager Practicum, Applied Assessment and Fundamental Skills Laboratory, Management of Common and Acute Health Problems

Cathy Coleman DNP, RN, MSN, CNL, CPHQ, OCN

Program Director
(415) 823-3441

Dr. Coleman’s professional career includes decades of experience across multiple settings in breast oncology and comprehensive breast center development in the United States; performance improvement and healthcare informatics. Her research interests are primarily in the areas of team effectiveness, leadership and quality improvement. In the scope of health care reform, her interests include the redesign of primary care practice; and breast cancer care from prevention to palliation, especially...

Education:

DNP, Nursing, Healthcare Systems Leadership, University of San Francisco | Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), University of San Francisco | Diploma, Nursing, Thomas Jefferson School of Nursing

Courses:

Transitions to Graduate Education, Healthcare Systems Leadership, Clinical Outcomes Manager Practicum, Healthcare Informatics, Healthcare Policy and Ethics, Nurse Leader Roles Synthesis, Internship, Practicum I: Leading Quality Improvement Initiatives, Practicum II: Quality Improvement and Outcomes Management, Precepted Practicum, Qualifying Project, DNP Project, Practicum II Focus: MicroSystem, Practicum III: Meso-System, Practicum IV: Macro-System, Practicum V: Synthesis Integrated and Complex Organizations, DNP Residency

Susan Mortell DNP, RN, CNL

Program Director
(415) 640-4251

Dr. Susan Mortell is Assistant Professor and current Director of the Online RN-MSN Program. She teaches Ethics and Health Care Policy, Community...

Education:

DNP, University of San Francisco | MSN, California State University | AS, Cabrillo College

Expertise:

nurse educator for home infusion, Clinical and Theory Instructor (BSN and MSN programs), Psychiatry, Community Health, Medical Surgical nursing, oncology, Home infusion, Healthcare organizational leadership

Courses:

Nursing in the Jesuit Tradition I, Graduate Writing and Research, Transitions to Graduate Education, Community Health Nursing, Community Health Nursing Practicum, Introduction to Nurse Leader Role, Educator Role, Healthcare Policy and Ethics, Internship, Practicum I: Leading Quality Improvement Initiatives, Special Topics

Nancy Taquino DNP, RN, MSN, CNL

Program Director

Education:

Master of Science in Nursing Administration, University of San Francisco, 1996 | Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of San Francisco 1975

Courses:

Kaiser Work Study Internship, Directed Study, Introduction to Nurse Leader Role, Healthcare Systems Leadership, Educator Role, Clinical Outcomes Manager Practicum, Nursing Inquiry, Nurse Leader Roles Synthesis, Internship, Practicum I: Leading Quality Improvement Initiatives, Practicum II: Quality Improvement and Outcomes Management

Michael Bueno

Instructor

Mike has been a nurse for over 9 years and has worked in areas such as medical-surgical, telemetry, and step-down. For the past three years he has been working in acute care dialysis at one of the largest trauma hospitals in Orange County providing care throughout all levels of the hospital including Med-surg, telemetry, oncology, emergency, ICU, psychiatric, and mother/baby units. He is a certified Clinical Nurse Leader with a passion for technology, innovation and education to improve the...

Education:

Master of Science, Nursing Education, California State University, Fullerton | Bachelor of Science, Nursing, Sonoma State University

Courses:

Introduction to Nurse Leader Role, Healthcare Systems Leadership, Educator Role, Medical-Surgical Nursing I - Clinical Lab, Health Assessment, Fundamentals of Nursing: Learning and Reasoning, Clinical Outcomes Manager Practicum, Medical-Surgical Nursing II - Clinical Lab, Healthcare Informatics, Integration and Evaluation of the Clinical Leadership Role, Nurse Leader Roles Synthesis, Internship, Applied Assessment and Fundamental Skills Laboratory, Graduate Directed Study

Candace Campbell DNP, RN, CNL, CEP, FNAP

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-6681

Candace (Candy) Campbell is a committed and experienced academic leader serving as Professor of Nursing at the University of San Francisco. She provides leadership in research, education, and service as a valued contributor to the School of Nursing and Health Professions. She serves the university and community by developing and delivering presentations in connection with advanced interprofessional communication techniques in healthcare and education. Dr. Campbell demonstrates a passion for...

Education:

DNP, University of San Francisco | MSN-HCSM, Loyola New Orleans | BSN, Loyola New Orleans | AARN, El Camino College | BA, Speech Communication/Theatre, University of Puget Sound

Courses:

Clinical Lab V: Medical-Surgical Nursing: Care of Women and Children - Simulation Lab, Principles of Epidemiology, Healthcare Systems Leadership, Nursing Research, Nursing Inquiry, Childbearing Families Clinical Laboratory, Childbearing Fam Cl Sim Lab

Elena Capella EdD, MSN/MPA, RN, CNL, CPHQ, LNCC

Assistant Professor; MSN for Registered Nurses
(831) 423-3145

Dr. Elena Capella has been teaching at the School of Management and the School of Nursing and Health Professions since 1997. Her experience as a healthcare director of quality assurance, risk management, and compliance informs her work as an educator. Inspired by her love of life-long learning, she works with students who are completing their doctorates in nursing. Dr. Capella's doctoral research is on the challenges physician leaders face in transitioning from clinicians to administrators.

Education:

Ed.D., University of San Francisco

Courses:

Nurse Leader Roles Synthesis, Internship, Graduate Directed Study, Theoretical Foundations of Population Health, Legal and Risk Management in Administrative Practice, Project Management for the Executive Leader, Strategic Leadership and Innovation for the Executive Leader, Qualifying Project, Qualifying Project, Policy and Ethical Implications for Healthcare Outcomes, DNP Project, Practicum I: Micro-System, Practicum II Focus: MicroSystem, Practicum II Focus: MicroSystem, Practicum III: Meso-System, Practicum III: Meso-System, Practicum IV: Macro-System, Practicum IV: Macro-System, Practicum V: Synthesis Integrated and Complex Organizations, DNP Residency

Erica Hooper-Arana DNP, RN, PHN, CNS, CNL

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4729

Erica Hooper-Arana has nursing experience working in the areas of geriatrics, pediatrics, primary care, public health, leadership, program development, and education. She has a BSN degree and DNP in Health Care Systems Leadership from the University of San Francisco. She also has an MSN in Advanced Community Health and International Nursing with a minor in Education from the University of California San Francisco. She has been teaching nursing at the University of San Francisco since 2005. At...

Education:

DNP-University of San Francisco | MSN-University of California, San Francisco | BSN-University of San Francisco

Courses:

International Health Care Immersion, Cultural and Linguistic Preparation for Healthcare, Cultural and Linguistic Preparation for Healthcare Immersion, Wellness: Mind, Body, and Spirit, Community Health Nursing, Medical-Surgical Nursing I - Clinical Lab, Fundamentals of Nursing: Learning and Reasoning, Clinical Lab IV: Community and Mental Health, Internship, Applied Assessment and Fundamental Skills Laboratory, Precepted Practicum

Mahmoud Kaddoura PhD, CAGS, MSN, APRN, NP-C, CNE

Assistant Professor

Dr. Mahmoud Kaddoura has over 25 years of experience in nursing education and clinical practice. Before joining USF, Dr. Kaddoura taught Undergraduate and Graduate levels at Duke University and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He currently teaches pathophysiology, pharmacology and medical surgical courses in the Master's Entry, MSN program. Dr. Kaddoura’s expertise in using technology and designing innovative educational strategies to adapt to student learning styles and...

Education:

PhD, Simmons College, Boston, MA | Post-Master's Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA | CAGS (Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies) Simmons College, Boston, MA | MSN, MEd, University of Natal, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates | BSN, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Courses:

Introductory Pathophysiology and Pharmacology, Medical-Surgical Nursing I, Medical-Surgical Nursing I - Clinical Lab, Medical-Surgical Nursing II, Medical-Surgical Nursing II - Clinical Lab, Advanced Pathophysiology and Pharmacology

Jo Loomis DNP, RN, FNP-C, CHSE, NCMP, ANLC, CLC, CNL

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6394

Dr. Jo Loomis is a Family Nurse Practitioner and an Assistant Professor at the University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions. Dr. Loomis received her DNP from the University of Minnesota and has maintained certifications in the women’s health areas of lactation and menopause as well as certification as a Simulation Healthcare Educator (CHSE).

Education:

DNP, University of Minnesota | MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner, San Jose State University | BSN, University of Missouri

Expertise:

Primary Care, Maternal/Child, Simulation, Healthcare for Vulnerable Populations, Physiologic Childbirth, Lactation Support

Courses:

Childbearing Fam Cl Sim Lab, Precepted Practicum, Evidence-Based Scholarship I, Evidence-Based Scholarship II, Primary Health Care: Community Partnerships Practicum, Advanced Physical Assessment and Health Promotion for the Advanced Practice Nurse Practicum, Community-based Health Promotion and FNP Role Development Practicum, Community-based Health Promotion and NP Role Development, Qualifying Project, NP Qualifying Project: Manuscript Development, NP Qualifying Project: Prospectus Development, Management of Common and Acute Health Problems Clinical Practicum, Mgmt Chron Hlth Prob Prac Prec, Management of Complex Health Problems Clinical Practicum, DNP Project, Practicum I: Micro-System, Practicum II Focus: MicroSystem, Practicum III: Meso-System, Practicum IV: Macro-System, Practicum V: Synthesis Integrated and Complex Organizations, DNP Residency, Directed Study

Germielynn (Gigi) Melendez DNP, MSN, RN

Associate Professor, Assistant Director
(714) 221-6206

Dr Melendez is an experienced educator, with expertise in perinatal and community health nursing and over 30 years in nursing. Her work on inter-...

Education:

Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP), Capella University, Minneapolis, MN | Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), University of Illinois, Chicago, IL | Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), University of Illinois, Chicago, IL

Courses:

Health Promotion of Families and Individuals, Introduction to Nurse Leader Role

Marcianna Nosek

Associate Professor
(415) 422-2019

Dr. Nosek's education includes an ADN/RN from Cabrillo Community College; BA from CSUMB; MPH in Maternal/Child and International Health from UC Berkeley; MS and Certified Nurse Midwife from UCSF; and Ph.D. in Nursing from UCSF. She worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery for 17 years and started teaching at USF in 2007. Since starting at USF, she has taught in multiple programs including the BSN, DNP, MSN, and MPH. As a tenured, Associate Professor, she currently teaches in the MSN...

Education:

PhD, Nursing, University of California, San Francisco | MS, Certified Nurse Midwife & Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, University of California, San Francisco | MPH, Specialty Area of Maternal/Child Health, Minor in International Health, University of California, Berkeley | BA, Integrated Studies, International Health, California State University, Monterey Bay | ASN, Registered Nurse, Cabrillo College

Courses:

Introduction to Public Health for Clinicians, Introduction to Public Health and Health Promotion, Communicating for Healthy Behavior and Social Change, Maternal and Infant Child Health, Public Health Fieldwork Internship, Public Health Capstone Seminar, Directed Study:, Health Promotion of Families and Individuals

Danijela Pavlic

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4703

Courses:

Introduction to Nurse Leader Role, Healthcare Systems Leadership, Financial Resource Management, Healthcare Policy and Ethics, Nurse Leader Roles Synthesis, CNL Role: Synthesis (with Korea Immersion trip), Internship

Stefan Rowniak

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4702

Dr. Stefan Rowniak has been teaching at USF since 2011 after a long career as a Registered Nurse and a Family Nurse Practitioner. He started his nursing career with a BSN from the University of San Francisco in 1985 when the HIV/AIDS epidemic was decimating the local community. Subsequently, he joined the frontlines of the fight against the AIDS epidemic by arranging his senior preceptorship at the newly opened “AIDS Ward” at San Francisco General Hospital. After graduating with his BSN, he...

Education:

Post-Doctoral Student, University of California, San Francisco | PhD, Nursing, University of California, San Francisco | MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner, University of California, San Francisco | BS, Nursing, SF State University, San Francisco | Certificate, Alcohol Studies, Seattle University, Seattle | BA, Anthropology, University of Washington, Seattle

Courses:

Sexual Health in Public Health Practice, Perspectives in Transgender and Gender Identities, Healthcare Policy and Ethics, Precepted Practicum, NP Qualifying Project: Manuscript Development, NP Qualifying Project: Prospectus Development

Prabjot (Jodie) Sandhu DNP, FNP-C, PA-C, CNL

Assistant Professor | Director of Clinical Training - NP Programs
(415) 422-4244

Dr. Jodie Sandhu, is Director of Clinical Training for the NP Programs, and Assistant Professor in the FNP-DNP Department. Dr. Sandhu is a Family Nurse Practitioner, with clinical experience in Family Medicine, Urgent Care, Women's Health, Infertility, and Sleep Medicine. She has been involved in patient care across the lifespan for over 16 years. Her past and current clinical experiences provide a strong foundation for the integration of education and practice for all nursing students. Dr....

Education:

DNP, University of San Francisco | MSN, University of San Francisco | NP/PA Primary Care Family Medicine Program: Stanford University | BSN, Jacksonville University | RN, Modesto Junior College

Courses:

Assessment Across the Lifespan, Introduction to Nurse Leader Role, Educator Role, Precepted Practicum, Diagnosis and Management of Acute and Common Conditions for the Advanced Practice Nurse, Community-based Health Promotion and FNP Role Development Practicum, Community-based Health Promotion and NP Role Development, Qualifying Project, NP Qualifying Project: Manuscript Development, NP Qualifying Project: Prospectus Development, Management of Common and Acute Health Problems Clinical Practicum, Management of Common and Acute Health Problems, Management of Chronic Health Problems Practicum, Mgmt Chron Hlth Prob Prac Prec, Management of Chronic Health Problems, Management of Complex Health Problems Clinical Practicum, DNP Project, Practicum II Focus: MicroSystem, Practicum III: Meso-System, Practicum IV: Macro-System, Practicum V: Synthesis Integrated and Complex Organizations, DNP Residency, Directed Study

Nancy Selix

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4159

Areas of Interest - Postpartum Mood Disorders; Health Care Policy and Advocacy; Integration of Mental Health and Primary Care; Maternal and Infant Health; Interdisciplinary Education and Collaboration - Projects and Authorship - Wellness Works! Grant content expert on maternal mental health in the occupational setting; Mental Health America Position Statement 38 Perinatal Mental Health (2013). Co-authored national policy on maternal mental health.

Education:

DNP, University of San Francisco | MSN, Nurse Midwifery Certification, Emory University | FNP Certificate, Georgia Southern University | BSN, Georgia Southwestern University | ADN, Abraham Baldwin College

Courses:

Precepted Practicum, Evidence-Based Scholarship I, Professional Roles for the Nurse Practitioner, Community-based Health Promotion and FNP Role Development Practicum, Qualifying Project, NP Qualifying Project: Manuscript Development, NP Qualifying Project: Prospectus Development, Management of Common and Acute Health Problems Clinical Practicum, Nursing Leadership within Current and Future Healthcare Delivery Systems, Mgmt Chron Hlth Prob Prac Prec, Management of Complex Health Problems Clinical Practicum, DNP Project, Practicum III: Meso-System, Practicum IV: Macro-System, Practicum V: Synthesis Integrated and Complex Organizations, DNP Residency

Part-Time Faculty


Sally Higgins

Professor, Emerita / Adjunct Faculty
(415) 422-6681

Courses:

Senior Seminar, Senior Seminar: Exit HESI Review, Integration and Evaluation of the Clinical Leadership Role

Joan Mersch

Adjunct Faculty
(415) 422-6681

Education:

B.S.N., College of St. Teresa, Winona, MN | M.S.N., University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Courses:

Medical-Surgical Nursing II - Clinical Lab, Internship

Alyce O'Shea

Adjunct Faculty
(415) 422-6681

Courses:

Clinical Lab IV: Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing - Management of Comprehensive Adult Patient Care, Clinical Lab IV: Medical Surgical Nursing Simulation Lab

Emeriti Faculty


Sally Higgins

Professor, Emerita / Adjunct Faculty
(415) 422-6681

Courses:

Senior Seminar, Senior Seminar: Exit HESI Review, Integration and Evaluation of the Clinical Leadership Role