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Penn nursing students receive national recognition


The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing sent nine students to the 59th annual National Student Nurses’ Association Convention in April in Salt Lake City.

The Penn students joined more than 2,000 peers from across the country and participated in the networking, professional development and organizational governance opportunities offered at the conference.

Penn students Amanda Daley and Angela Nguyen served as the school’s two allotted delegates for the state of Pennsylvania. Daley presented a resolution in support of nurses pursuing higher levels of education and training. Kaitlin Best, SNAP PR/Events Chair and Legislative Coordinator of the Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania, presented a resolution supporting increased education and awareness about the effects of caffeinated energy drink use and patterns of teenage and young adult consumption. Best’s state-level legislative work also won recognition for the Outstanding State Level Award in Legislation/Education.

SNAP adviser Diane Spatz, RN-BC, PhD, FAAN, won the NSNA Leader of Leaders Award. Spatz also made two presentations discussing the career possibilities for as a PhD-prepared nurse in the field of high-risk pregnancy, neonates and human lactation.

Associate Professor Nancy Hanrahan, RN, PhD, CS, FAAN, and Fagin Term Associate Professor of Nursing in Psychiatry Christopher Lance Coleman, APRN-BC, PhD, ACRN, FAAN, also made presentations, discussing how psychiatric nurses change lives.

NSNA recognized five outstanding Penn students with scholarships. Daley, Best, Jeffrey Lee, Candace Freeman and Lisa Gillette were awarded the Johnson & Johnson Promise of Nursing Award. They will receive a total of $23,000 in scholarship money.


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