Why it’s urgent
The average debt load of a nursing graduate student is almost $90,000, which is a heavy burden of debt on a typical nurse’s salary. Increasing scholarships (especially at the graduate level) and non-tuition support for students is critical to helping us broadly diversify our study body and the nursing field at-large. We need experts in educational innovation to lead faculty as academic entrepreneurs, ensuring Penn Nursing sets the pace for nursing curricula globally. Finally, we must maintain state-of-the-art classrooms and simulation technologies to support new ways of teaching and learning, and offer unrestricted support for the Dean’s other highest priorities.
Sample giving opportunities:
- A named/endowed degree program
- A named/endowed scholarship fund for exceptional students
- Endowed support for cutting-edge, learning technology
- Endowed innovation experts (e.g. an innovation specialist)
- Term support for learning technology, individually named/endowed scholarships
- Non-tuition support for first generation and/or underrepresented students
- The Annual Fund
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Innovation in action
Over half of the recipients of Penn’s university-wide prize for engagement are either Penn Nursing students or mentored by Penn Nursing faculty. In the words of President Gutmann, Penn Nursing prizewinners “tackle timely, consequential challenges with innovative, inspiring solutions.” Our students and faculty are pioneering solutions to crucial issues like the lack of health care access for the homeless, a dearth of after-school programs for teen Latinos, and the short time frame of benefits for the formerly incarcerated after reentry into the community.
A grant from the Independence Foundation launched Conversations with Nurse Leaders, an initiative that brings expanded leadership education opportunities to nursing students throughout the Philadelphia.
The legacy of nutrition pioneer and Penn Nursing alumna JoAnn Nallinger Grant, HUP’62, Nu’72 continues with a new scholarship established in her honor by JoAnn’s husband, Igor Grant, MD, RES’71.
Penn Nursing is developing a new design thinking-focused curriculum targeted toward nurses and nursing students, thanks to a grant from the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation . This exciting curriculum that embraces innovation, which will be a jointly owned and branded curriculum resource, aims to be available to all schools and health care systems—wherever nurses study or practice.