About Daphne Stannard


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Associate Professor

College of Health and Social Sciences



At SF State Since:



Dr. Daphne Stannard received her BSN at Vanderbilt University and her Masters and PhD in Nursing from the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF).  She has over 25 years of clinical experience in critical care and perianesthesia nursing, serving in a variety of roles, including as a direct care nurse in adult ICUs and adult and pediatric PACUs, as well as the Perianesthesia Clinical Nurse Specialist at the UCSF Medical Center.  Daphne also served as the Chief Nurse Researcher and founding Director of the Institute for Nursing Excellence at UCSF Medical Center from 2012-2019.  Concurrently, Daphne served as the Director of the UCSF JBI Centre for Evidence Synthesis & Implementation:  A Joanna Briggs Institute Center of Excellence. 


Daphne joined the academic ranks as an Assistant Professor in the San Francisco State University School of Nursing upon completion of her PhD in 1997.  She was promoted to Associate Professor and tenured, when she returned to UCSF Medical Center to resume clinical practice.  Daphne retired from UCSF in 2019 and returned to SFSU School of Nursing, where she currently works as a tenured Associate Professor teaching Medical-Surgical/Critical Care Nursing and EBP.  Her research program focuses on EBP and clinical practice issues and her research expertise is in qualitative research methodologies, implementation science, and synthesis science. 


As a clinical scholar, Daphne demonstrates her research expertise through the 25 completed or in-progress research studies as both a principal investigator or co-investigator or as part of a larger research team.  Eleven of the studies received external funding for a total of over $2 million dollars.  Additionally, Daphne has assumed a major role in teaching and supervising clinical implementation projects using the JBI approach, as well as creating two stand-alone evidence based practice (EBP) programs, which, when taken together, have resulted in over 100 quality improvement projects led by direct care nurses.


Throughout her career, Daphne has been very involved in professional organizations, including the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN), Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI), and the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), to name a few.  She is currently a Member of the Standards & Guidelines and Clinical Inquiry Committees for ASPAN.  Daphne is a member of the Qualitative, Implementation, and Textual Synthesis Methods Groups and the Convenor of the Surgical Services Node for JBI.