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New Chair for Irving

Penn Nursing’s Sharon Y. Irving, PhD, CRNP, FCCM, FAAN, FASPEN, Associate Professor in the Clinician Educator track and Vice-Chair of the Department of Family and Community Health, has been appointed the Miriam Stirl Endowed Term Chair in Nutrition. She also practices as a pediatric nurse practitioner at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), where she provides patient care in the pediatric intensive care and progressive care units.

Irving’s scholarship focuses on the nutrition status of critically ill children. Her work in this area has changed practice at both CHOP and other children’s hospitals around the country. For example, Irving co-founded and led a multi-disciplinary ICU-Pediatric Nutrition Team (ICU-PNuT) in designing and implementing the first nutrition pathway to improve nutrition delivery to infants and children during and immediately following critical illness at CHOP. Her work has led to more careful placement of feeding tubes while simultaneously reducing the amount of radiation exposure these vulnerable children receive.

Irving has been recognized for the impact of her scholarship with the American Society for Parental and Enteral Nutrition’s Distinguished Nutrition Support Nurse Service Award, and induction as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (2016); and induction as a fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine and the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN).