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Penn Nursing Alumni Awards

Each year, Penn Nursing recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of our alumni.  Nominations are accepted each winter and are presented each May during Alumni Weekend.    A list of past Alumni Award winners can be found here. 

Here is the complete list of 2013 recipients:




Ginette G. Ferszt, GNu’78 is the recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award for Leadership in Nursing. A Professor at the University of Rhode Island and a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, Ginette G. Ferszt PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC continues to practice at the Rhode Island State Women’s Correctional Facility in addition to her teaching and research.  Since 1998, Dr. Ferszt’s research and practice has focused on improving the health care of incarcerated women.  She continues to collaborate with the Rebecca Project for Human Rights to eliminate the use of shackles and restraints with pregnant incarcerated women in US prisons.  

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Kathryn E. Roberts, Nu’91, GNu’98 is the recipient of the Expert Alumni Award for Clinical Excellence. Kathryn E. Roberts, RN, MSN, CNS, CCRN, CCNS, earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Nursing in 1991 and 1998 respectively from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently a Clinical Nurse Specialists in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Additionally, she is currently serving a one-year term as President on the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses board of directors from July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013.
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Anthony Shamoun, GNu’06 is the recipient of the Lillian Sholtis Brunner Award for Innovative Practice in Nursing. He is Chief Clinical Nurse Specialist and Neuroscience Clinical Nurse Specialist at the American University of Beirut Medical Center- Lebanon. Anthony is an Academic Associate at AUB- School of Nursing. He earned BSN from AUB in 2001 and MSN from University of Pennsylvania in 2006.He is a Certified Adult ACNP and CNS. He is a Member of the Sigma Theta Tau International XI Chapter and other specialty organizations, and a guest speaker at national and international conferences.

Sarah Collins, Nu’03 is the recipient of the Recent Alumni Award for Clinical Excellence. A Nurse Informatician at Partners Healthcare Systems, Sarah Collins, RN, PhD is also an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  She holds a PhD in Nursing Informatics from Columbia University School of Nursing and was an NLM Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Columbia University’s Department of Biomedical Informatics.  She received her BSN from Penn, minored in Health Care Management, and is an experienced critical care nurse.  Dr. Collins’ research is focused on informatics tools and methods for knowledge development and care coordination.

Jean C. Whelan, GR’00, GR’02 is the recipient of the Legacy Award.  An Adjunct Associate Professor, Jean C. Whelan, PhD, RN is also Assistant Director of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing. Her research focuses on the history of the nursing profession, workforce issues shaping nursing’s development and policy implications involved in maintaining adequate nurse services. She has led two innovative digital projects on nursing which are currently available on the School’s website. Dr. Whelan is President of the American Association for the History of Nursing.
Irina Pekareva-Kochergina, Nu’10, GNu’13 is the recipient of the Student Alumni Award. For the past 3 years, Irina has chaired Nurses PUSH, focusing her leadership on promoting social justice in healthcare.  Irina is a regular speaker at various courses and events at schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work, where she trains students and faculty in healthcare for LGBTQ, transgender and gender nonconforming individuals. Currently, Irina is a clinical instructor in undergraduate Women’s Health course, and an RN at UPenn Student Health, where she helped develop and start the Transgender Health program.
2013 Penn Nursing Honorary Alumni Award Winners
Ann Baiada
Mark Baiada
Berton Korman