What are you currently doing?

I am working at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) as a clinical nurse on a medicine unit specializing in GI and pulmonary populations.

How did NHCM prepare you for your current role or life after graduation?

I consider the dual degree program to be a critical foundation for a future career in healthcare management and a launchpad for a myriad of possible future opportunities. I am primarily drawing on the nursing degree in my current role, but my foundation in healthcare management and business mindset honed through studies at Wharton allow me to think critically about broader implications for operations and value in the hospital and healthcare system, even as I go through my day-to-day activities at the bedside and in unit improvement initiatives.

As a student, the mentorship of older students in the NHCM program and examples of diverse career paths forged by program alumni challenged me to think more broadly about available career options after graduation. I continue to draw upon this network today.

What was your favorite aspect of the NHCM program?

My favorite part of the NHCM program was the diverse curriculum, drawing from multiple fields of study. I was continually challenged to examine problems and ideas from diverse viewpoints, which helped me develop a broader, integrative understanding of the healthcare. As a student, this diversity added interest to my routine and made learning more exciting. The ability to draw connections between my classes kept content fresh, and I loved the variety that came with running between hands-on clinicals at the hospital, simulation lab activities, discussion-based classes, and business lectures.

What were you involved in as a student at Penn?

I held leadership roles in a number of academic activities and student-based communities. I was a venture coordinator and advisory board member of Wharton Leadership Venture, a member of the Admissions Dean’s Advisory Board, the nursing representative for a multidisciplinary healthcare improvement group, and on the executive board of the Canada Club. I was also involved extensively in student mentorship initiatives, as a college house resident advisor, nursing peer advisor and a Wharton Peer Advising Fellow. I was also actively involved in developing an advisory board for the NHCM program.

What do you think you’ll be doing five years from now?

I thoroughly enjoy direct patient care and practicing as a clinical nurse, but I see myself ultimately transitioning to a role that incorporates broader perspectives in healthcare, whether in health system management or large-scale public health projects.