Faculty Profile

Hyacinth Mussenden
Adjunct Instructor
ABSN SF Peninsula

Doctorally prepared Registered Nurse with a broad range of experiences: CEO and Founder of Sync Opp, Inc., psychiatric inpatient nursing, psychiatric emergency nursing, nursing administration, community health, research, and academia. Dedicated to empowering the career development needs of healthcare professionals by building a supportive professional network. Have had 20 years of mentorship experience, 10 of which have been among healthcare professionals in various fields and career stages.

Career empowerment of healthcare professionals through knowledge, skill, and resource development.

N460 Quality, Safety, & Leadership I

N129 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing Clinical Instructor

Gillard, E.R., Leon-Olea, M., Mucio-Ramirez, S., Coburn, C.G., Sanchez-Islas, E., de Leon, A.,Mussenden,H.,Bauce, L.G., Pittman, Q.J., & Curras-Collazo, M.C. (2006). A novel role for endogenous pituitary adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide (PACAP) in the magnocellular neuroendocrine system.Endocrinology, 147(2),791-803.

Honorable Mention:

Curras-Collazo, M.C., Gillard, E.R., Jin, J., & Pandika, J. (2003). Vasopressin and oxytocin decrease excitatory amino acid release in adult rat supraoptic nucleus. Journal of Neuroendocrinology, (15), 182-190.

Curras-Collazo, M.C. (n.d.). Exposure to fire retardant chemicals before birth can permanently harm the neuroendocrine system, body water regulation, and cardiovascular function. [Power Point slides]. Retrieved from


Post-doctoral Kirschstein-NRSAGrant - 2012
National Institute of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research

Pre-doctoral Traineeship Grant in HIV/AIDS Prevention - 2007 & 2008
National Institute of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research

National Heart Association - 2001


Humanitarian Award:California State University, Long Beach (2005)
Certificate of Recognition: National Mental Health Association of Greater Los Angeles (2005)
Certificate of Recognition: Model Hispanic Health Career Opportunity Program (1996, 1997 & 1998)

Public and Community Service:

Health Initiative for Youth (HIFY)- Treasurer and Board Member (Present)

Nursing Excellence Committee: SFGH - Co-Chair (2012-2013)

Violence Reduction Initiative Committee: SFGH - Psychiatric Nurse Repesentative and Patient Advocate (2007-2009)

The Village: Mental Health Association – Volunteer (2005)

AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) – Volunteer (2005–2006)

Town Meeting: Health and Community Impact on Goods Movement - PHN Representative (2005)

Women’s Resource Center: California State University, Los Angeles – Counselor (1998 – 2000)

Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, California: Volunteer (1998 – 1999)

Professional Memberships:

Facilitating Change
Institute for Healthcare Improvement
International Society for Urban Health
National Association of Hispanic Nurses
The Emotional Intelligence Network
The Patient Experience
UNIFEM: United Nations Fund for Women


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11 years 2 months

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