CF Diagnosis and Having a Healthy Childhood

We know that this can be an overwhelming experience so we want to make your transition to the CF clinic as smooth a process as possible. Here you can find information on what to expect at your clinic visits, meet your providers, and more about CF.

In the spotlight with Jackie Zirbes, DNP, RN, CNP, CCRC

Jacquelyn graduated with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Nursing from the College of St. Catherine. She went on to obtain a Doctorate in Nursing Practice at the University of Minnesota. Prior to her work in California, she had been working as a nurse practitioner with cystic fibrosis and lung transplant patients since 1986. She coordinated the original inhaled medication trials, had an active inpatient and outpatient clinical practice both in pediatrics and adults prior to the inception of separate adult programs, and was the coordinator of the CF newborn screening program at the University. Her research work began back in the Midwest where the old system of health care was focused on treating illness but began a new approach using an integrative interdisciplinary team model that was not working just with a child, but working with families within healthcare systems focusing on prevention and improving health of the CF community. Jackie’s clinical experience includes cystic fibrosis, other pulmonary disorders, thoracic transplant and pediatric emergency care. She joined the Stanford community in 2008 as a Clinician and Translational Researcher to apply the discoveries and concepts generated from interdisciplinary research back to the CF community.