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Penn Nursing is Leading to a Healthier Future

On March 21st, Dean Villarruel traveled to Washington D.C. to share the School’s vision with local Penn alumni and friends.

The event was held at the popular restaurant, RPM Italian, and, in front of a packed house, the Dean discussed the various ways that nurses and nursing can maximize impact, including:

  • Removing barriers to practice and care and allowing nurses to practice to the full extent of their education;
  • Developing leadership who share the nursing perspective;
  • Building inter-professional teams to redesign healthcare and advance health;
  • Encouraging nurses to take an active role in helping people lead healthier lives; and
  • Thinking differently about the ways in which we educate nurses, encouraging them to achieve higher levels of education.

In addition to the Dean’s presentation, guests also heard from alumna and faculty member Dr. Robin Stevens, Director of the Health Equity & Media Lab at the School of Nursing, current student Erin Hartman, Nu’18, and new faculty member, Dr. Peggy Compton, the van Ameringen Chair in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing and Associate Professor of Nursing.

Many thanks to Penn Alumni, the Penn Alumni Club of D.C. and the Wharton D.C. Alumni Club for their partnership and to our host committee for their warm hospitality and assistance in putting together such a wonderful evening!


Host Committee

Christine M. Becer, Nu’07
Patricia Flatley Brennan, GNu’79
Eileen P. Engh, GNu’97
Karen Hansch, Nu’09
Paule V. Joseph, Gr’15
Adam Levenson, C’12
Ashley Darcy Mahoney, GNu’09, Gr’10
Melanie Nussdorf, CW’77 
Susan Pereles, Nu’86