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Applying to Penn Nursing? Read this first.

By Monica Muzzi, Nu’93

I’m in the process of interviewing applicants for Penn Nursing and, invariably, the question of my own experience at Penn Nursing is raised. In reply, I always use one word: tough. And it was. The curriculum was rigorous and the clinicals were long. By junior year, we were going into the hospital twice a week from 7 am to 3 pm, every college student’s nightmare. Most of my roommates’ classes didn’t start until 10:30 and they had, maybe, 2 classes a day. At times, when I was tired from studying the previous night, but had to be to the hospital for clinicals early the next morning, and expected to answer questions intelligently, I wondered why I was choosing this profession. I would prepare extensively for these clinicals, not wanting to embarrass myself or disappoint my preceptor or professor only to have some question my choice to ‘limit myself’ to nursing. I can’t count the number of times I was asked, “you seem so smart, why not go on to become a doctor,” as if nursing is just a segue or pause before moving onto medical school and not its own unique field. Also, as you can imagine, the early morning clinicals curbed or precluded some fun, well, ‘college experiences’ the night before. I think the first medication that I learned about in nursing school was Pepto Bismol.  But I made it through and even went back for my Master’s.

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Photo from The Compass shows Monica Muzzi as a nursing student.

Now, twenty years later, I am still a nurse (I did not ‘go on’ to become a doctor). I’ve worked in clinical care, as a manager, an educator and am an entrepreneur. In every job, I’m asked where I get my drive, grit, and passion for patient care and nursing education. And, I think back to the tough times at Penn, that instilled resilience in us. I greatly appreciate the caliber of the faculty and staff and how they taught us, through their own actions, that we could accomplish anything. Meeting and exceeding potential was expected. Empowering others (both patients and colleagues) wasn’t just suggested, it was implied as a necessary component of a nurse leader. And we are all leaders in our own way, no matter our path, no matter our position or earnings. Telling an infertility patient that she is pregnant is as meaningful and inspiring to me now as it was 20 years ago. If I had to pick five words to describe the essence of me, who I am, what I believe in, one of these words would be Nurse. Without a doubt or hesitation. This I also relate to the high school applicants. How many can say the same? #grateful.

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Angela Sabatino Collingwood, Truc Vo and Monica Muzzi, all Nursing ’93, line up for Penn Commencement in May 1993

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

The weekend of December 15 – 16, 2017, marked 21 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 14, 2018)! Meet us at the Button!

Join us we count down the weeks to our reunion #93tothe25th:

  • Do you have old photos or mementos from our time at Penn? Photos of Spring Fling? Football at Franklin Field? Classes at DRL? We are taking a trip down memory lane and would love for you to share your memories with our class in a future post. Please email us upenn1993@gmail.com!
  • Follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.
  • Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.
  • Donate to The Penn Fund in honor of our reunion! We want to break the 25th reunion participation giving record and every gift matters!

Book Your Hotel Room for Alumni Weekend NOW!

The Marriott Downtown (where we had a Penn 1993 and a Penn Alumni room block) is sold out for Alumni Weekend. There are alternative hotels near by. We recommend booking ASAP! Please see our class website for additional details.

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A Day in the Life of Penn, 2013

Author: Janell Wiseley

More than 80 photographers submitted 500 images of campus life to the University’s Flickr pool.  In addition, photographers participating in the project posted 172 images on Instagram, as well as 260 tweets on Twitter, #PennDayinLife.

Members of the Penn community also sent images from the campus outposts of Botswana, Guatemala, and Seattle.

10:53 a.m. Jacqueline Harper and Linda Schnolis examine a neonate lying in a baby warmer shortly after its birth. Ms. Harper and Ms. Schnolis are second degree nursing students enrolled in the Nursing Care of the Pediatric Patient course.  Photograph by Steven Minicola, University Communications. 6H0A7960

10:53 a.m. Jacqueline Harper and Linda Schnolis examine a neonate lying in a baby warmer shortly after its birth. Ms. Harper and Ms. Schnolis are second degree nursing students enrolled in the Nursing Care of the Pediatric Patient course. Photograph by Steven Minicola, University Communications.
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11:26 a.m. - Veterinary nurse practitioner Jessica Bosco comforts her patient in the fluids ward. Photo by John Donges

11:26 a.m. – Veterinary nurse practitioner Jessica Bosco comforts her patient in the fluids ward. Photo by John Donges

4:30 P.M. Quiet on the quad- image by Ian McCurry

4:30 P.M. Quiet on the quad- image by Ian McCurry

5:15 PM- Designer and social activist Kenneth Cole stops by Penn to discuss his new book with College Fashionista founder Amy Levin.  Photo by Jillian Kaltman

5:15 PM- Designer and social activist Kenneth Cole stops by Penn to discuss his new book with College Fashionista founder Amy Levin. Photo by Jillian Kaltman

6pm: Studying at Starbucks in 1920 Commons, image by Sarah Tinsley

6pm: Studying at Starbucks in 1920 Commons, image by Sarah Tinsley

10:36 p.m. - Nighttime Laundry. No matter what time of the day it is, all the washing machines always seem to be in use. Photo by Hannah Rosenfeld.

10:36 p.m. – Nighttime Laundry. No matter what time of the day it is, all the washing machines always seem to be in use. Photo by Hannah Rosenfeld.

To view the entire collection of images submitted by photographers, visit the University’s Flickr group pool.

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Locust Walk Talk: Healthy Cities, Healthy Women

Author: Casey Ryan, C’95

Penn Nursing is in the middle of executing their biggest symposium tour, around a topic that Dean Afaf I Meleis, PhD, DrPS(hon), is extremely passionate – urban women’s health. Urban women’s health is the intersection of women’s health, the practice of public health and the related effects of living in an urban environment. While much is known about these topics individually, the junction of these topics needs more inspection.  The Healthy Cities: Healthy Women conference series aims to promote discussions about re-envisioning our communities to make them universally safer, healthier and more livable.

Penn Nursing in Botswana

Since its launch in 2009, Penn Nursing has taken their symposia to Miami (November 20, 2009), New York City, (May 5, 2011) and Los Angeles (November 18, 2012). Starting with a city-centric focus, the events featured local experts like Dr. Divina Grossman, Dean, Florida International University College of Nursing & Health Sciences, in Miami, Nicholas D. Kristof, a two-time Pulitzer Prize columnist for The New York Times in New York and Paula Daniels, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Mayor Villaraigosa in Los Angeles.  Yet their messages were global: discussing what the future of Health Care Reform holds for women, combating a “pervasive human rights violation, the oppression of women and girls in the developing world,” and the shedding light on the world-wide issues of domestic violence, poverty and human trafficking. For a taste of the discussion so far, Penn Nursing has created a Healthy Cities, Healthy Women youtube page.

Honorary Committee Member and Former U.S. Commissioner of the Social Security Administration Dr. Shirley Sears Chater with Dean Meleis and Dean Courtney Lyder of the UCLA School of Nursing

The next stop for Healthy Cities, Healthy Women is London on September 17.  Penn Nursing has partnered with The Lancet and King’s College London to bring this discussion to Europe.  Endorsed by the Mayor of London, Healthy Cities, Healthy Women will spotlight the issues of preventing violence against women, providing increased access to services, improving health through improving the built environment and identifying ways to build and sustain a healthy life cycle within a healthier urban community. The message that “women are the pillars of society, playing important and multiple roles as mothers, leaders, students, decision-makers, scholars, lawmakers, business executives, voters, and workers” will be a critical theme to the day’s discussion, as mentioned in Dean Meleis’ recent blog entry for The Lancet. Registration is open for this incredible event.

Invisible Walls: Women, Violence and Safety Panel featuring Dr. Sommers, Dr. Adey Nyamathi, Ms. Kay Buck, and Dr. Anne Teitelman

On the heels of London, the tour returns to the States in Washington, DC – the center of health policy. Focused on the unique challenges and key roles that women play in maintaining good health practices in an increasingly urban world, Healthy Cities, Healthy Women Washington will provide an opportunity to discuss the need to improve the urban environment to strength the health of women, their families and the communities in which they contribute as well as creating practical solutions to improve health through improving the built environment.  The conference aims to address the impact of cities on the health of women and their families. Registration is open for this event as well.

Nick Kristof sharing heartbreaking and inspiring stories at Healthy Cities: Healthy Women.

The last stop of the symposia tour will be in Philadelphia on May 15, 2014 with Health Cities, Health Women: The Global Future.  The details will be forthcoming; please bookmark and return to Penn Nursing’s Healthy Cities, Healthy Women site for information in the near future.

Please note, all of the photos in this entry are available on Penn Urban Women’s Health Facebook page.

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