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From the Penn Nursing Alumni Board President

Hello Penn Nursing Alumni!

The footprint of Penn Nursing grows larger each day, representing the cumulative impact of talented nurses across clinical specialties, zip codes, and countries. Penn Nursing alumni are shaping the health of patients and communities in addition to health policy and international standards of care. Our community thrives because of your dedication to clinical excellence, rigorous research, and mentorship.

Alumni are integral members of our community, to the mutual benefit of our university, students, patients, and you – our valued graduates. We offer many opportunities to remain engaged – regionally, virtually, as well as on campus. As 2017 introduces new opportunities, challenges, and growth, please stay connected with Penn Nursing.

Stay In the Know

Have you moved recently, changed your name, or started a new job with a new email address? Keep your contact information up to date to ensure you receive updates about all the exciting news and events taking place across the university (

If you haven’t already, take a moment to check out the new Penn Nursing website, a rich source of the latest updates on programming and exciting work happening at the School. Read the profiles under Meet Our Alumni and suggest someone we can add.

Virtual and In-Person Connections

Engagement with Penn Nursing is often just one click away. Receive updates and enter the conversation by following the Penn Nursing Facebook or LinkedIn Groups or #PennNursingDean on Twitter. Join us for our webinars offered frequently throughout the year (don’t miss Wendy Grube on April 20 and our new Leadership series launching in September).

Partner with the university’s efforts to offer an interview to EVERY undergraduate applicant by joining the Alumni Interview Program, providing regional or virtual interviews to the next generation of Penn Nursing students. Join the members of the Alumni Board as Annual Givers with a financial donation to the school to support our legacy of excellence.

Meeting in person fosters incredibly rich conversations and opportunities as well. For many of you, this may take place closer to home than you think: The Dean will be in Boston on April 19. The Alumni Board is working to develop student and alumni mentorship opportunities in your neck of the woods (network in NYC in June). You could also join your fellow classmates on campus at Homecoming (Nov. 4-5), Alumni Weekend (May 12-14), or a Master’s Program Reunion. The Alumni Board works on projects year round to support our alumni from graduation onward and welcomes you to join our committees.

For each of you, the connection will look different but know that you remain an integral member of the Penn Nursing community for life. We are invested in your personal and professional accomplishments and depend upon your expertise and involvement with Penn Nursing to advance health care and educate the next generation of nurse leaders. There is much work to be done, but together anything is possible.


Ashley Z. Ritter, Nu’07, GNu’10
President, Penn Nursing Alumni Board