Professional Service Nursing

Interventional Pulmonology Unit

Pulmonary Nurses
As the only academic medical center in San Diego, UC San Diego Medical Center’s Interventional Pulmonology Unit proudly provides a specialized and nationally recognized pulmonary program. We are the only medical center in San Diego to provide rigid bronchoscopy procedures. Our patients come from the local community as well as from other parts of the US and from various places around the world. Our collaborative team includes physicians, a nurse practitioner, RN’s and a senior surgical technician. In addition, we work closely with respiratory therapists on a regular basis. 

Scope of Service

The Interventional Pulmonology Unit provides a variety of inpatient and outpatient services. Some of the procedures we do include flexible and rigid bronchoscopy, laser, thoracentesis, pleural biopsy, transbronchial biopsy, Endobronchial ultrasound, airway stent placement, total lung lavage and percutaneous tracheostomy. We also work closely with the OR and Nurse Anesthetist staff for many of these outpatient and inpatient procedures. We see some inpatients in our unit, and we also have portable equipment that allows us to travel to ICU patients to perform procedures at bedside. 

Special Nursing Relationships

Our nurses have many years of experience and a variety of backgrounds; we are proud to have one nurse working with us since the inception of the Interventional Pulmonology Unit, with 50 years of nursing experience, she was in the very first graduating class of nursing at SDSU. Our nurses develop relationships and special bonds with the patients and families who return to our unit over the course of many years, receiving care for chronic conditions such as cancer, Wegener’s Granulomatosis, tracheal stenosis, tracheomalacia, lung transplant, alveolar proteinosis and others. Our nurses have the opportunity to be involved in research, to be active in educating our patients and their caregivers and to be able to grow professionally through the many educational offerings here at UC San Diego Health. The challenges and rewards of caring for people with airway disease provide inspiration for the staff of the Interventional Pulmonology Unit on a daily basis! 

Gastrointestinal Motility & Physiology Lab

Gastrointestinal Nurses
The GI Motility and Physiology Department of UC San Diego Medical Center is one of the only medical centers in San Diego and North County area to provide a full scope of motility procedures. Our patients come from our local community as well as various parts of southern California.

The GI Motility and Physiology Department provides a variety of outpatient services:
  • Esophageal Manometry
  • Ambulatory pH Recording (catheter based), for reflux symptoms.
  • Bravo (wireless) pH monitoring, for reflux symptoms
  • Anal Manometry
  • Anal Sphincter Electromyography )
  • Biofeedback Anorectal training
  • Colon Transit Study (Sitz marker)
  • H-Pylori Breath Test for Helicobacter Pylori
  • Hydrogen Breath Test for lactose/fructose malabsorption and bacterial overgrowth
In December 2007, we acquired the novel, state-of-the-art High Resolution Manometry System from Sierra Scientific Instruments, the latest development in the field of esophageal manometry. The system has thirty six (36) closely spaced circumferential sensors that automatically capture all relevant motor function from the pharynx to the stomach.

We pride ourselves in the fact that we can give special care to our patients on a one-on-one basis. We pay special attention to provide a friendly, calming atmosphere by playing soft, soothing background music, since most of our patients are apprehensive and scared about the procedure. Thorough patient education to lessen their fears is our mission and we provide that by mailing detailed instructions and follow-up phone calls.

Our Nurses

Our nurses have many years of experience and special training in the field of manometry and motility studies. Membership to professional organizations and attending additional training courses is highly encouraged. Our nurses are involved in the national and local Society for Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates (SGNA) as well as the International Society for Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates (SIGNEA). 

Imaging Services

Radiology Nurses
Patients come to the hospital with healthcare questions that will be answered through their visit to UC San Diego’s Imaging Department. Studies and procedures are performed in a variety of settings, such as CT, MRI, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, Diagnostic, and Vascular and Neuro Interventional Radiology. Imaging Services provides both diagnostic and interventional procedures. Nursing plays a vital role as a team member in providing patients with answers and solutions through advanced imaging. 

Who We Are

The nursing staff of Imaging Services comes from varied backgrounds. Some come from ICU, some from the Emergency Department, and some are from other procedural areas. Many of the procedures and exams that are performed in the different modalities of Radiology are complex and involve varying degrees of risk therefore the nursing staff must possess a broad skill set to address rapidly changing clinical pictures. All nurses must maintain CPR and ACLS certification and must be proficient in moderate sedation. 

Scope of Service

The key role of the Imaging Nurse is to provide a safe, compassionate, and comforting environment for the patient. We care for each patient through monitoring, assessment and the provision of sedation when necessary. We care for both inpatients and outpatients and assume responsibility for their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being throughout their stay within our department. We are committed in the continued advancement of our profession which in turn provides our patient population with highly skilled, highly qualified nursing care.