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Second Annual Story Slam

On Wednesday, February 12, nurses (and one “non-nurse” who has been on a personal journey alongside many nurses for 20 years) from Penn Nursing and Penn Medicine came together to share their true, personal, and heartfelt and inspiring stories of courage in front of a sold out crowd at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

Made possible through the support of Penn Nursing Advisor Sandy Samberg, Nu’94, GNu’95, and her husband Joe Samberg, and in partnership with First Person Arts, the Story Slam is the brainchild of Penn Nursing’s Director of Innovation, Marion Leary.

“After the success of our inaugural Story Slam last year, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to make this an annual event,” said Leary. “To be able to bring our nurses together, work with them as storytellers, and hear their incredible stories that span the depth and breadth of nursing is a humbling experience.”

Participants this year included current Penn Nursing students, nurses on staff within the University of Pennsylvania Health System, as well as alumni from Penn Nursing, the HUP School of Nursing, and the University of Pennsylvania.  

“It was my privilege to be part of such a powerful evening of storytelling. What a healing opportunity for me to be among fellow nurses [who] represent the qualities that make me grateful every day to be a nurse,” shared storyteller Amy Edgar, APRN, CRNP, FNP-C, GNu’96, founder of Children’s Integrated Center for Success. “Here’s to the Year of the Nurse and Midwife!” 


StorySlam 2020 Compilation: Influence

StorySlam 2020 Compilation: Courage

StorySlam 2020 Compilation: Nurses Take on the World



Molly Kaplan Bronstein, BSN, RN, CNOR, DMEP



Amy Edgar, MSN, CNS, CRNP, FNP-C



Kate Hanselman, RN, MSc, MSN



Susan Houck, RN, BSN, MSN, FNP



Christine Parkinson, BSN, MBA, RN



Colleen Seeber-Combs, MSN, RN


Heather Snyder, BSN, RN



Karen Sylvester, MSN, RN, CEN



Suzanne Van Kirk, MSN, PNP-BC



Albert Freedman, PhD



Full event video, with footage from the workshop and interviews