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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.

Penn Nursing 1993 graduates

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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Healthy Cities: Healthy Women Los Angeles

Author: Kiera Reilly, C’93  @KieraReilly

This week, I attended the Penn Nursing sponsored conference Healthy Cities: Healthy Women in Los Angeles. This is the fourth conference in this series of day-long discussions about the health of urban women (conferences on this topic were previously held in Philadelphia, New York and Miami).

Afaf Meleis, PhD, DrPS(hon), FAAN, Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing at Penn, visited Los Angeles in January and energized a group of Penn alumnae, parents and friends to organize a conference that addressed the needs of women in Los Angeles. Meeting monthly, this fantastic group of volunteers, led by conference chair Julie Beren Platt, C’79, PAR’05, PAR’08, PAR’12, amazed me with their enthusiasm, dedication and can-do attitude – and action! Their efforts led to a packed ballroom at the Loews Hollywood Hotel on Wednesday, where local residents heard from experts about problems and solutions facing women in urban environments, and specifically Los Angeles.

Attenees check-in at the registration desk at the Loews Hollywood Hotel

Attenees check-in at the registration desk at the Loews Hollywood Hotel

Instead of summarizing the day, I’ll instead include this link to a blog post at The Family Savvy written by one of the conference attendees. In short, there are many challenges facing women, and the many speakers at the event represented city and county officials, non-profit leaders and academics. All shared their experiences, expertise and thoughts about how we can help women be healthy and care for their families in urban environments.

Local organizations in the Community Impact Area provided attendees information on their services and ways to get involved.

Local organizations in the Community Impact Area provided attendees information on their services and ways to get involved.

Johnathan E. Fielding, MD, MPH, MBA, WG’77, Director and Health Officer, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, opens the conference.

Johnathan E. Fielding, MD, MPH, MBA, WG’77, Director and Health Officer, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, opens the conference.

All the speakers were interesting, informed, and inspiring. Sue Dunlap, the CEO of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, encouraged everyone to be “outspoken nurses,” and advocate for women’s health. Dean Afaf Meleis addressed the group from the future – 2022 – and talked about all the advancements made since we met here ten years prior. The last speaker, Dr. Robert K. Ross, C’76, M’80, G’92, President and CEO, The California Endowment, brought the room to a standstill when he read a poem from a survivor of incest. The poem was heartbreaking, but he shared that this young woman was now working to help others in similar situations. He said that women are the cohort that will help solve the sexual abuse and trafficking problem and charged us to help.

Penn Nursing’s Healthy Cities: Healthy Women conference is next going to Washington, DC, and London. If you live in one of those cities, I encourage you to get involved with the conference planning, to attend and encourage your friends, neighbors and fellow citizens to participate.

Follow Penn Urban Women’s Health on Facebook or Twitter for more updates.

Thank you to the organizing committee:

Nancy Bergmann, C’89

Lisa Block Cohen, C’85, PAR’15

Gaby Cosgrove, C’91

Carolyn Enenstein, C’95

Jory Goldman Feldman, PAR’15

Terri Cox Glassen, Nu’91

Laurie Burrows Grad, CW’66, PAR’91

Jane Gutman, CW’73, PAR’14, PAR’16

Beth Kean, ENG’89

Jodi Kirkbride, PAR’13

Gloria Lee, C’97, G’98, WG’07

Deborah Marrow, CW’70, GR’78

Ashley Damron Mohan, W’98

Donna Shralow Nadel, C’82, PAR’13, PAR’15

Julie Beren Platt, C’79, PAR’05, PAR’08, PAR’12 – Conference Chair

Pamela Petre Reis, CW’70

Kathryn Tong, WG’07

Lynn Wagmeister, PAR’13

Denise Green Winner, W’83

Melissa Wu, C’98

Thank you to the conference sponsors:

Keynote Sponsors:

Dean Kehler, W’79, and Elizabeth Kehler

Panel Sponsor:

 UCLA School of Nursing

 Gift bag donations:

The Planning Committee stocks gift bags before the conference.

The Planning Committee stocks gift bags before the conference.



Luna Bars

Neuro Drinks



Penn Nursing Science

Perky Jerky

Snak Club

Tempted Apparel

Volunteers distribute the bags to conference attendees.

Volunteers distribute the bags to conference attendees.

These organizations were showcased in our

Community Impact Area – engage with them and get involved!

American Red Cross

CAST LA (Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking)


Girls and Gangs

Girls on the Run of LA

Impact Personal Safety

Inner-City Arts

Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles

L.A. Family Housing

Minds Matter LA

Planned Parenthood Los Angeles

Providence Little Company of Mary, Community Health Department

Rape Treatment Center

Union Station Homeless Services

YWCA Santa Monica/Westside

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