Liz Clifton, R.N., M.S.N., C.N.S., C.E.N. earned her BS in exercise and movement science with a biology minor in 2001 from the University of Oregon, where she also worked as a stroke research assistant for the Institute in Neuroscience. Liz then earned her RN and MSN as a clinical nurse specialist from San Francisco State University in 2005, completing her master’s work in psychiatric/behavioral health emergencies.

Prior to joining CPPN, Liz worked in the Emergency Department at UC San Francisco where she started as a new graduate nurse. Liz became a CN III working on education, evidence-based practice, shared governance, including magnet core councils, and quality improvement. Later, Liz became a CN IV where she ran unit-based education and training programs, mentored clinical ladder advancement, and participated in leadership and research initiatives. Liz has done a great deal of work in emergency preparedness, resulting in speaking engagements and awards, including providing leadership and support of hospital executive management in complex, multi-agency exercises and real life emergencies, including the crash of Asiana Flight 214 in 2013.

Liz is responsible for general nursing orientation for all newly hired nurses. She has a passion for educating nurses, discovering and promoting evidence-based practice and advancing the profession of nursing. She looks forward to meeting and instilling the mission, vision and values of the UC Davis Health on every nurse that comes to work here!