About Us

About the Association of California Nurse Leaders (ACNL)


ACNL is the premier professional organization for nurse leaders in California, with over 1400 members spanning the entire state. Sixteen local chapters work to further the organizational mission of developing nurse leaders, advancing professional practice, influencing health policy and promoting quality health care and patient safety throughout the state.

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About the Greater San Francisco Chapter


Our Greater San Francisco Chapter is a vibrant, engaged group of nurse leaders spanning clinical practice, academia, and industry that meet monthly to connect, network, and dicusss the top nursing issues of the day. Our members include nurse managers, nurse executives, nursing consultants, nursing professors, and emerging nurse leaders as well. In addition to a focus on professional development, our chapter also prioritizes community outreach, with our current initiatives revolving around elder care and placement.

Chapter Board of Directors


President: Virginia Terra Hodge, RN, MS, NE-BC
Administrative Director, Adult Urology Faculty Practice, UCSF Health System


Virginia Terra Hodge RN, MS NE-BC holds a Master’s of Science in Nursing Administration from UCSF and is Board certified as a Nurse Executive via ANCC. Her clinical experience spans Cardio thoracic, Vascular Med-Surg and Critical Care. Her management experience is equally varied spanning med-surg, intensive care, periop, Cardiac Cath and Electrophysiology. Her involvement in ACNL has been primarily at the State level, either as a committee member or committee chairperson.


Her specialized interests include healthy workforce environments and mentoring.


President-Elect: Colleen Hurst, MSN, RN
Unit Director – Adult Catheterization Lab & Electrophysiology Labs UCSF Medical Center



Vice-President: Colleen R. Watters, MS, RN, CNS, ACCNS-AG, PCCN
Adult Medical Clinical Nurse Specialist
Stanford Health Care


Secretary: Janette V. Moreno, DNP, RN, CCRN-K, NEA-BC
Clinical Practice Coordinator/Shared Leadership Program Manager
Stanford Health Care


Treasurer: Patricia Forsberg, DNP, MBA, RN, NE-BC
Patient Care Manager, 10CVT
UCSF Medical Center


Pat was born in Los Angeles.  Her father was an architect and her mother was a professor of nursing. After high school, she spent time in Japan as a foreign exchange student sponsored by Rotary International.  She graduated from Cal State Long Beach with her BSN back when nurses wore white uniforms & caps, (Picture!)   Her clinical experience was in critical care nursing and her past positions included nursing recruitment, staff development, and leadership.  Pat quickly experienced the increasing demands of nursing management and the need for better fiscal understanding so she went back to school and got her MBA in 1983.


She was mainly in Southern California until she met her husband, Richard, an Auburn native 12 years ago.   She and Richard, a retired sprint car driver, enjoy traveling and supporting Richard’s son Andy who continues the Forsberg racing tradition.  Pat completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice at USF in 2014 and when not working, or at the races, she enjoys riding her champion Tennessee Walking Horse, Wyatt in the beauty of the Auburn foothills.


Pat is the Unit Director of the 45 bed Cardiovascular & Thoracic unit at UCSF Medical Center.  The patient population consists of Cardiac Surgery patients including LVAD, heart and lung transplant, Cardiac medicine, Pulmonary Hypertension, and Vascular Surgery.  She quotes: “The staff of 10CVT and UCSF Medical Center is the most sophisticated and intelligent that I have had the privilege of working for.  The patients are the most challenging and complex and have the greatest need for expert nursing care. Who could ask for anything better? “