Ann L. O'Sullivan, PhD, FAAN, CRNP, Dr. Hildagarde Reynolds Endowed Term Professor of Primary Care Nursing, has recently been named one of the top 25 professors of nurse practitioner programs by NursePractitionerSchools.com.
Dr. O’Sullivan is a nationally known and an internationally consulted expert on working with teen mothers, particularly those under 17 years of age. For the past 15 years, her scholarship on the special needs of teen mothers and their young children has evolved in response to questions that emerged from practice-based experiences. Her work was recognized with the receipt of the 1998 American Nurses Association Honorary Practice Award.
Dr. O’Sullivan’s thirty years of experience as a practicing Pediatric Nurse Practitioner have helped her develop a Primary Care Program that combines academic skill and research with real life application. The graduates of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care Program enter their practice environment with the ability to function effectively in today’s health care climate. Dr. O’Sullivan is actively involved in all aspects of the program, regularly lecturing, advising as well as grading papers and projects. Dr. O’Sullivan has attained a reputation as a teacher of impact and lasting influence that is attested to by both students and colleagues. She was recognized by the University as a distinguished teacher through her selection as a Lindback Awardee in 2000. Her graduates over the past fifteen years have a 99% pass rate on the National Certifying Exams.
As a Clinician Educator since 1987, she has practiced at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia a minimum of 30% per week, and with research funding (1987-02) an additional 20% each week as Director of the Teen Mother-Baby Program. She took calls weekly for the entire Primary Care Practice until 1998, when it decreased to once per month. Because of her special concern for young mothers and their infants, providers from throughout the community, including foster care agencies, refer teen mothers and their infants to her for care.
NursePractitionerSchools.com (NPS) seeks to provide rich, informative content that addresses specific education questions in fields such as nursing, and nurse practitioner schooling in general. Their team looks to build responses to frequently asked questions about advanced nursing and nurse practitioner education, requirements, salaries, the difference between specializations, and more. In identifying the top 25 professors of nurse practitioner programs, NPS looked for professors who have gone above in beyond in national research publication and who hold leadership positions at their top ranked schools of nursing.