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

Zachary Johnstone,​ RN, BSN, CHPN, University of California, San Francisco Medical Center

Zachary Johnstone has been caring for inpatient oncology patients for 7 years with the last 5 years at UCSF Medical Center. In 2018, he completed the yearlong Practice-PC (Palliative Care) course through the UCSF School of Nursing and obtained his… Read more »

Sarah Hirx​, MSN, RN, CNOR, Manager of Education for the Interventional Platform at Stanford Health Care

Sarah Hirx, MSN, RN, CNOR is the manager of education for the Interventional Platform at Stanford Health Care. She leads a diverse team of educators to deliver initial and ongoing training to employees in the operating rooms, interventional suites, endoscopy,… 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 »

Susan Barbour, RN, MS, FNP, CWON, ACHPN, UCSF Medical Center

Barbara is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative Care at UCSF Medical Center. Her work focuses on supporting and educating nurses at the bedside in advancing primary palliative care. She previously worked for many years at UCSF as the CNS… Read more »

Mary E. Foley,​ RN, PhD, FAAN, Clinical Professor, University of California San Francisco School of Nursing

Mary Foley, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a Clinical Professor at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Nursing. She is Interim Director for the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing and served as Assistant Director since 2014. Mary taught… Read more »