Nurse Practitioner, University of California San Francisco
About Diane Higash
Twice the recipient of the Clinical Nurse III Recognition Award for her professional excellence, Diane Higashi provides patient care as a nurse practitioner at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Unlike the other campuses in the University of California system, UCSF devotes its mission entirely to the health field in its pursuit of biomedical research, teaching, and medical care services. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks UCSF among the leading institutions in education and medical service. Diane Higashi is one of approximately 23,000 highly trained staff employed by UCSF.
In her nurse practitioner role, Diane Higashi collaborates closely with primary care physicians and specialists, employing a team approach to the care of her patients. Her routine responsibilities include obtaining patient health histories and conducting physicals. Based on these health assessments, Higashi diagnoses patient conditions, provides direct care, and makes referrals to other medical professionals. An important aspect of her work is providing health and self-care education to her patients.