Update your knowledge and earn 6 CE’s per day in the field of Medical-Surgical Nursing at this Conference presented by Bay Area Educators and Healthcare Facilities

About Us


After much thought, we regret to inform you that we made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 conference due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

We are hoping to plan for a 2021 Conference in some format, and will update the website as soon as we are able.

We would also like to take this opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to all of you who are at the forefront of this outbreak. Many of us on the Planning Committee are in the same situation at our own organizations. Whilst none of us can predict how this will play out, please know that your hard work and dedication to patients is always appreciated.

Please email us at [email protected] for any questions.
Stay safe,

For 30 years the Medical Surgical Nursing Conference has been an annual event in the Bay Area. The conference was first held in 1990, the brainchild of a group of volunteer nurse educators who wanted to contribute to the professional growth of bedside nurses working in the med-surg specialty. Their mission was to provide an opportunity for these nurses to update their knowledge, to network with one another, and to have an occasion to celebrate their profession.

The mission of the succeeding conferences has remained unchanged but over the years the participant base has broadened to include nurses from around the nation and even international attendees. Amazingly, some of the educators involved in the very first event remain on the planning committee for the 2020 conference.

We encourage you to take a look at the upcoming agenda and register early for the conference.
Looking forward to seeing you in September.

The Planning Committee
Medical Surgical Nursing Conference, 2020
For general info please email [email protected]

Spotlight on our speakers

Sue Peterson, RN, MSN, ​Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital & Trauma Center

Sue Peterson has been a registered nurse for nearly 35 years. She received her undergraduate nursing degree from California State University Chico and Master’s Degree in Nursing from Benedictine University. he started her nursing career as a Med-Surg nurse at… Read more »

Rachel Baker, RN, MSN, PHN, PCCN, University of California San Francisco Health

Rachel is a certified clinical nurse at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Health, where Rachel cares for acutely ill cardiac, vascular, and thoracic medical and surgical patients including such specialties as heart/ lung transplants, ventricular assist devices, and limb salvage surgeries. At the University of California San Francisco, Rachel has… Read more »

Pamela Leonard, RN, MS, CPPS, Senior Director for National Patient Care Services at Kaiser Permanente

Pamela leads Quality, Safety and Experience as a Senior Director for National Patient Care Services at Kaiser Permanente. In this role, she is accountable for driving the nursing strategy to deliver industry-leading performance and reduce unwarranted variation in member experience… Read more »

Ruchika Mishra, PhD, Sutter Health Bay Area’s Program in Medicine and Human Values based at CPMC, San Francisco

Dr. Mishra is the Bioethics Program Director for Sutter Health Bay Area’s Program in Medicine and Human Values based at CPMC, San Francisco. She completed a Bioethics Fellowship at CPMC. She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy, specializing in Medical Ethics,… Read more »

Grace Benlice, BSN, RN, CCM, Director, Care Coordination and Palliative Care, Clinical Lead for Integrated Care Team, El Camino Health

Grace Benlice is a Director for Care Coordination and Palliative Care at El Camino Health, who partners with the hospitalists, clinical managers, the executive team and community providers to provide the best possible care for their patients and ensuring a… Read more »