Research & Scholarship
We promote & facilitate nurse-driven research.

The UCSF Health Department of Nursing is proud of its strong culture of clinical inquiry. Nurses spearhead research, quality improvement, evidence-based practice, and innovation projects across patient care settings at UCSF Health -- from the ambulatory clinics to the critical care areas, and in neonatal patients to geriatric patients. They share their successes with wider audiences through professional presentations and peer-reviewed publications, advancing scholarship within the nursing profession. These activities are recognized as part of nursing excellence through the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Recognition Program®.

The Research & Scholarship team at the Center for Nursing Excellence & Innovation is composed of PhD-prepared nurse scientists who support nurses at all levels in their clinical inquiry – from brainstorming ideas and developing research proposals; to assisting with data collection and analysis; and disseminating results through abstracts, posters, and manuscripts. The team includes UCSF Health and School of Nursing faculty members, who are part of our academic-practice partnership.

Nursing Research & Scholarship Opportunities

UCSF nurses can request a consultation with the Research & Scholarship team by filling out a brief survey.

Research & Scholarship Team

Hildy Schell-Chaple, PhD, RN, CCRN-K, CCNS, FAAN
Director of Clinical Practice and Research, UCSF Health
Clinical Professor, Department of Physiological Nursing, UCSF School of Nursing


Maria Yefimova, PhD, RN
Lead Nurse Scientist, UCSF Health
Adjunct Professor, Department of Physiological Nursing, UCSF School of Nursing


Christine Miaskowski, PhD, RN, FAAN
Adult Complex Care Nurse Scientist, UCSF Health
Professor, Departments of Physiological Nursing. UCSF School of Nursing and Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care, UCSF School of Medicine


Sandra Staveski, PhD, RN, CPNP-AC, FAAN
Pediatric Complex Care Nurse Scientist, UCSF Health
Professor, Department of Family Health Care Nursing, UCSF School of Nursing


Laura M. Wagner, PhD, RN, GNP, FAAN
Scholarship Development Specialist, UCSF Health
Professor, Department of Community Health Systems, UCSF School of Nursing