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Neurosurgical Nurses

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Our neurosurgical nurses have advanced educational and clinical experiences that contribute to our academic programs. They treat all patients with kindness and respect, and offer information services that promote healing and lead to healthier life styles.

Teresa Bell-Stephens, RNTeresa Bell-Stephens, RN

Teresa has worked with the Department since 1990. She has an extensive background in critical care, and her current focus is on coordinating the cerebrovascular surgery program. She has been a co-investigator or study coordinator on numerous clinical trials evaluating therapeutic agents in treatment of cerebral vasospasm and severe head injury. Teresa is a regular lecturer for Bay Area nurses on various neuroscience nursing topics and has presented many papers at the annual meetings of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN) and the World Federation of Neuroscience Nurses (WFNN). She has published several articles in nursing journals regarding cerebrovasuclar nursing issues.

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Nursing Coordinators

Elizabeth Lee, RN, NP, MSN

Elizabeth Lee, RN, NP, MSNElizabeth has been a neurosurgery nurse practitioner at Stanford Medical Center for five years. She obtained her undergraduate and masters degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles. She currently focuses on radiosurgical treatments for brain and spinal cord tumors, lecturing regularly to Bay Area nurses about such treatment options. She has received two Friends of Nursing grants to support educational projects for Brain Tumor and Parkinson’s Disease support groups, and currently facilitates a monthly South Bay Tumor Support Group.

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Kay McGuire, RN, BA, BSN

Kay McGuire, RN, BA, BSNKay has worked at Stanford University for twenty years. Her extensive background includes trauma, surgical, and oncological nursing and she has also served as a staff nurse and case manager. Kay was recently the Acting Director for Clinical Neurosciences. Her publications include articles in Nursing Research and Stanford Nurse about various patient care management topics, and she is co-contributor to Neurology Magazine on deep brain stimulators and their outcomes. She currently coordinates the Stanford Movement Disorders Program for Clinical Neurosciences, and the Functional Neurosurgery Program.

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Michelle Mitchell, RN, MSN, NP

Michelle Mitchel, RN, MSN, NPMichelle recently joined the department after receiving her master's degree in nursing and nurse practitioner certificate, specializing in family health, from Holy Names College in Oakland, CA. She received her undergraduate degree in nursing from Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT. Michelle has four years of experience as a staff nurse in maternal/newborn health in the intensive care nursery. Her current focus is on diseases of the spine and spinal cord injury.

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Candice Osuga Lin, RN, NP, MSN, CS, CCRN

Candice Osuga Lin, RN, NP, MSN, CS, CCRNCandice joined Stanford Hospital and Clinics five years ago as a staff nurse in the medical, surgical intensive care unit (E2ICU). She defected to the Department of Neurosurgery nearly two years ago as a nurse practitioner. Candice earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California at Davis, and her Master of Science degree as an acute care nurse practitioner from Vanderbilt University. Candice has been active with multiple sub-specialties in neurosurgery, including neuro-oncology, spine, and movement disorders.

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Hannah Zare, RN, NP

Hannah Zare, RN, NPAfter five years as a pediatric oncology nurse practitioner at Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, Hannah joined the Neurosurgery Department in June 2001. She graduated from McGill University, then gained extensive experience in the field of adult surgical and cardiovascular nursing as a staff nurse and assistant nurse manager. She was awarded a professional graduate degree from Samuel Merritt College as a family nurse practitioner with a focus on anthracycline-induced cardiomyopathy in survivors of childhood leukemia. Hannah has been an active member of the Children’s Oncology Group, and has participated in and coordinated different aspects of phase I, II, III and IV clinical trials and patient therapeutic regimens. She received several recognition awards from the Department of Pediatrics for her contributions to patient care and protocol development. Hannah is dedicated to the Department’s internationally recognized pediatric neurosurgical diseases and clinical research.

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Research Nurses

Desiree Luu, Research RN

Desiree received her undergraduate degree in nursing from California State University, Hayward, then joined the Stanford Stroke Center as a research assistant in 1996, where she worked for two years. She then transferred to the telemetry floor and neurology/med-surgery/oncology-gynecology for two and a half years before joining the Neurosurgery Department as a a research nurse in June 2001.

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