A world-class city filled with art and culture and an incredible campus that offers cutting edge resources–that’s what students receive at Penn Nursing. And that’s just the start. Penn Nursing and the wider university offer something for everyone, as well as a lifelong community.

Penn Nursing is globally known for educating dynamic nurses—because our School values evidence-based science and health equity. That’s where our expertise lies, whether in research, practice, community health, or beyond. Everything we do upholds a through-line of innovation, encouraging our exceptional students, alumni, and faculty share their knowledge and skills to reshape health care.

Penn Nursing students are bold and unafraid, ready to embrace any challenge that comes their way. Whether you are exploring a career in nursing or interested in advancing your nursing career, a Penn Nursing education will help you meet your goals and become an innovative leader, prepared to change the face of health and wellness.

Penn Nursing is the #1-ranked nursing school in the world. Its highly-ranked programs help develop highly-skilled leaders in health care who are prepared to work alongside communities to tackle issues of health equity and social justice to improve health and wellness for everyone.

Penn Nursing’s rigorous academic curricula are taught by world renowned experts, ensuring that students at every level receive an exceptional Ivy League education. From augmented reality classrooms and clinical simulations to coursework that includes experiential global travel to clinical placements in top notch facilities, a Penn Nursing education prepares our graduates to lead.

Announcing Penn Nursing’s 2024 Alumni Award Winners

Six Penn Nursing alumni and one graduating undergraduate student have been selected as the 2024 Penn Nursing Alumni Award recipients.

March 27, 2024

Chosen from a strong cohort of nominations, the Alumni Awards Committee and Penn Nursing Alumni are thrilled to announce this year’s Alumni Awards Winners:

Outstanding Alumni Award: Roberta Waite, GNu’93

Lillian Sholtis Brunner Award for Innovation Practice: Madelyn Trupkin Herzfeld, Nu’96, W’96

Alumni Award for Clinical Excellence: Ellen McCabe, Nu’88, GNu’91, GR’19

Alumni Spirit Award: Ian Alexander, Nu’16, GNu’20

Early Career Award for Excellence: Darina Petrovsky, GR’17

Social Justice & Health Equity Award: Susan Ayanian Pereles, Nu’86

Alumni Spirit Award for Graduating Students: Annie Ni, Nu’24



The Alumni Awards will be presented on May 17, 2024, during Alumni Weekend, where our winners will be honored along with this year’s Penn Nursing Student and Faculty award recipients. More information can be found HERE. Registration is required.


Alumni Awards nominations are open to the public each fall-winter in an effort to identify and honor the impact and work of Penn Nursing alumni across the globe.

Co-chaired by Justine Sefcik, GR’17, and Laine Mulcahy, Nu’15, GNu’19, the 2023-2024 Alumni Awards Committee reviews these nominations and has the difficult task of choosing the cohort of winners from among the many stellar nominees.

To learn more about Penn Nursing’s Alumni Awards, click HERE.

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