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Advanced Practice Providers

The year 2019 has been a productive and exciting year for the Center for Advanced Practice at Stanford Health Care (SHC). As advanced practice continues to grow within the organization, the Center for Advanced Practice has remained committed towards developing and supporting robust structural empowerment initiatives, in alignment with the goals of the organization.

Center for Advanced Practice Expansion


One of the remarkable highlights of 2019 was the opening of the new Stanford Hospital at 500 Pasteur Drive in Palo Alto. In anticipation of staffing needs for the new hospital, the number of advanced practice providers (APPs) has expanded.

  • The Center for Advanced Practice is honored to announce that 119 new hire APPs joined Stanford in 2019.

  • Advanced practice leadership has also expanded in the organization, with various Lead, Manager, and Director positions introduced to promote APP professional fulfillment and alignment of the APP reporting structure.

APP Administrative Fellowship Program 

The year 2019 also welcomed the new leadership role of an APP Administrative Fellow. The APP Administrative Fellowship program began in September 2019 and welcomed its inaugural Fellow, Salma Mansour, NP. This unique 12-month program aims to prepare experienced APPs to transition into a healthcare leadership role and develop advanced practice leadership skills and knowledge.

2019 marked the expansion of Shared Leadership Council into the ambulatory care settings.

APPs (S.H.I.N.E.) Initiative

In addition to the expansion of advanced practice clinicians and leadership, the Center for Advanced Practice dedicated 2019 to the development of structural empowerment initiatives to support APP engagement and wellness. The momentum for such programs stemmed largely from the APP Strategies to Heighten INtegration & Engagement of APPs (S.H.I.N.E.) initiative, which was launched in 2018. The S.H.I.N.E. initiative identified 5 areas of opportunity to improve APP integration and engagement: Leadership Support, Top of Licensure Practice, Professional Development, Role Clarity/Work Load, and Self-Compassion.

APP Professional Excellence Program

Support from executive leadership and the S.H.I.N.E. initiative led to the enhancement of the APP Mentorship program as well as the implementation of the APP Professional Excellence Program (PEP) on May 2019. As part of PEP, a specific amount of time known as “PEP Time” is allocated to APPs (Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Clinical Nurse Specialists, and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists) within their current work schedule for educational, scholarly, and professional activities outside of clinical duties. In addition, the activities and projects proposed for PEP time must be aligned with the mission of the organization. The Center for Advanced Practice found that since the program’s launch, over 25 PEP applications have been submitted, with over 90 hours of PEP Time recorded. These outcomes support the idea that APPs in the organization are invested in developing their professional growth.

APP Professional Excellence Program




Not only was 2019 defined as a time of development, it was defined as a time of empowerment and recognition. The Center for Advanced Practice welcomed various team honors and awards:

  • Accreditation with Distinction as a Practice Transition Program by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

  • Employer of Excellence by the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)

In addition, individual accomplishments were celebrated. For example, Charlene Platon, Manager of Advanced Practice, was selected as one of 12 inaugural Johnson & Johnson Nurse Innovation Fellows, and numerous APPs had successfully published articles in prominent journals.

APPs (S.H.I.N.E.) Initiative

Overall, 2019 was a year of transition, change, development, and accomplishment for advanced practice. In 2020, the Center for Advanced Practice will continue to build on the successes and momentum of the prior year. Specifically, the Center for Advanced Practice plans to continue to build upon mechanisms to further advance APP top of licensure practice and support models of care. The Center for Advanced Practice is excited for the future and the continued successes of advanced practice at Stanford Health Care.

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