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125 Innovators and Ideas

Since nursing began at Penn in 1886, we have served as leaders in the field, continuously seeking to improve healthcare around the world.  In celebration of 125 Years of Nursing at Penn, we invite you to help us compile a list of 125 innovative faculty, alumni, students and ideas.  With these stories, we hope to reflect the breadth and depth of Penn Nursing's influence on care delivery, nursing education and health policy.  Submit your nominations at!

Improving Work Satisfaction

In August, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index registered 47.1 for the category titled “work satisfaction” – the lowest it has been since the measurement was introduced in January 2008.  Scholars across the University recently took a closer look at the reasons behind these rates, including Penn Nursing professor Nancy Hanrahan, in the recent Knowledge@Wharton article "When Your Job Makes You Sick: Employees Find Little Leverage in Today's Workplace."  Professor Hanrahan claims “the magnitude of the work-stress problems is much worse than it has ever been before,” and nurses are burned out “by hospitals that do not have sufficient support in place for them to do the practices they have been taught.”   She goes on to offer some suggestions on how hospital managers can help nurses reduce their stress and improve patient care.

A Portrait of Thanks

In preparation for their anniversary in February 2012, The Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing's Future is working on the creation of a mosaic of individual nurses' photos  that will create a single image to celebrate the nursing profession.  The initiative is titled "The Art of Nursing: A Portrait of Thanks Mosaic Project." The Campaign will donate $1.00 to the Foundation of the National Student Nurses Association (FNSNA) for every photo uploaded until February 1, 2012.   Funds raised will go towards student scholarships.   We encourage you to support this great cause and ensure a strong Penn Nursing presence!


Alumni Connections


Conversation with the Artist

Have you seen Fagin Hall’s newest art installation?  For an up close and personal experience, don’t miss Conversation with the Artist: A History of the Art of Nursing on Friday, November 4, 2-3:30pm, Carol Ware Lobby, Fagin Hall. Kathy Shaver, HUP'76, Moore College of Art and Design alumna, will discuss her vision in creating, “A History of Nursing through the Lens of Art,” a new installation at Fagin Hall dedicated by the HUP Nursing Alumni Association.  Advance registration is encouraged as seating is limited.

Seeking Class Representatives

If you graduated in a year ending with a ‘2 or ‘7, mark your calendar now to celebrate your Penn Nursing Reunion on May 13-15, 2011, along with alumni from all classes and programs.  Representatives are also needed from the HUP Nursing School and Penn Nursing graduate alumni.  Want to help?  Encourage your classmates to attend and volunteer as a Penn Nursing class representative. For more information or to volunteer yourself or suggest a friend for this role, email

Honor a Penn Nursing Star

Each year, Penn Nursing recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of our alumni with the presentation of six alumni awards, including awards for recent and expert clinical practice, leadership, legacy and more. Nominate yourself or a classmate today by clicking here. Alumni and Faculty awards will be presented at a ceremony on May 11th, during Alumni Weekend.
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Support 125 Years of Nursing at Penn
As we celebrate 125 years of nursing at Penn, we revel in the extraordinary accomplishments of our alumni and the impact that they have had on healthcare.  We take great pride in knowing that we are building upon a rich legacy of nursing education and excellence that began here in 1886.  While honoring our past, we must also prepare the next generation of Penn nurses.  Your contribution to the Annual Fund provides much needed support for the healthcare heroes of tomorrow.  By giving today, you show that you believe in the School’s tripartite mission—research, education and practice—and support the unique educational experience that it provides. Your annual gift provides vital support to the School and helps to ensure that we have the resources and flexibility to provide an experience of the highest quality for our nursing students.  As we look to build on 125 years of nursing success at Penn by continuing to provide care to change the world, we hope to count you among our supporters.



Upcoming Events


October 28: Dean's annual State of the School presentation, Ann L. Roy Auditorium
November 4-5: Homecoming Weekend,  Save the Date for Penn vs. Brown football and the second annual Arts and Culture Weekend. And don’t miss, Conversation with the Artist: A History of the Art of Nursing on Friday, November 4, 2-3pm, Carol Ware Lobby, Fagin Hall.
Conversation with the Artist: A History of the Art of Nursing Kathy Shaver, HUP'76, Moore College of Art and Design alumna, will discuss her vision in creating what she has titled, “A History of Nursing through the Lens of Art,” a new installation at Fagin Hall gifted by the HUP Nursing Alumni Association. Attendees will have the opportunity to view original paintings focused on the themes of voice, inquiry, engagement, clinical judgment and global engagement in the context of interpreted historic paintings as Ms. Shaver leads a conversation with Nursing Dean Afaf Meleis. Advance registration is encouraged.
November 9, 2011, 3-5pm: "Health and Social Justice: Enemies or Bedfellows?" a lecture by Dr. Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet. Co-hosted by the Schools of Nursing and Medicine, this lecture will challenge us to think of the role of interprofessional education in being responsive to global health care needs within a justice and equity model.
November 16, 6pm: Alumni Networking Event, at Pub & Kitchen, Philadelphia, PA.  Hosted locally by Megan Mariotti, Nu’05, GNu’08.
December 2, 7-11:30pm: Red and White Ball, hosted by students in Penn Nursing’s Minorities in Nursing Organization (MNO) at the Hall of Flags. Proceeds will benefit Haven Youth Center. Contact Candace Freeman for tickets or more information at
December 7: Hillman Alumni Nurse Network Reception, New York
May 11-13: Alumni Weekend 2012
For information on any of these events, or to register, email or call 215-898-9773.


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