Invitation to Cover
Judge Rendell, Award-Winning Journalists,
and Penn Leaders
Kick Off National Nurses Week at New Photo Exhibit
Exhibit Highlights Critical Role – and Need – of
(PHILADELPHIA) – Judge Marjorie O. Rendell, First Lady of Pennsylvania,
will be on-hand to kick off National
Nurses Week at the Hospital
of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). She will attend
a ceremony showcasing the new Just a Nurse photography exhibit,
a unique “inside” view of nursing’s rewards and challenges. Additional
guests and speakers include the award-winning journalists and nursing
advocates, as well as some of the nurses who are featured in the exhibit.
Marjorie O. Rendell, who has served as Chair of
the Board of Overseers of the University
of Pennsylvania School of Nursing since 1999, is a member
of the Board of Overseers of PENN Medicine, and is a former
Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Visiting
Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia. Judge
Rendell is a strong and long-time advocate for greater recognition
of nurses’ extensive training and commitment. As
First Lady of Pennsylvania, she has supported Governor
Rendell’s many initiatives to improve health care
and help address the nursing shortage through increased opportunities
for nursing education and career development.
Dotter, who has been cited for “leading
the way in portraying the dignity of working people,” received
Patterson Albright Fellowship, was featured in the Columbia
Journalism Review and has received honors from the American
Public Health Association and Robert
F. Kennedy Book Awards.
Gordon, a national expert on nursing, who has
written or commented for The
New York Times, Boston
Philadelphia Inquirer, Washington
Radio News, American
Public Media, and other media. She is the author
of six books and co-editor of the Cornell
University Press series “The
Culture and Politics of Health Care Work.”
Rich, PhD, RN, FAAN, Chief Nursing Officer for the Hospital
of the University of Pennsylvania, who has spearheaded
numerous initiatives to raise awareness of the importance of
the nursing profession. An acknowledged expert on patient
safety and staff dynamics, she frequently presents at national
and international conferences and has published in such leading
journals as the Nurse
of Emergency Medicine, Critical
Pathways in Cardiology and American
Journal of Nursing.
Monday, May 7
4 – 5:30 p.m.
Reception (for invited guests only; media welcome) immediately
Note: Judge Rendell is scheduled to arrive
at 5:30 p.m.
(Exhibit runs through May 18, 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. daily)
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania [driving
3400 Spruce Street, Ravdin Mezzanine [floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Nurses from all 40 HUP
units were photographed and interviewed through the fall and winter.
The exhibit illustrates the wide range of roles and responsibilities
nursing entails, and the intense day-to-day pace of a major, 772-bed
urban academic medical center.
According to the American
Hospital Association, U.S. hospitals need more than 100,000 registered
nurses and have a vacancy rate of 8.5 percent. The January/February
2007 issue of Health
Affairs reports that the nursing shortage is expected to triple
by 2020, to 340,000.
- Photos from the exhibit are available for media use
- Media wishing to attend the reception following the public ceremony
should contact Marc Kaplan at (215) 349-5660 or firstname.lastname@example.org
PENN Medicine is a $2.9 billion enterprise dedicated
to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and
high-quality patient care. PENN Medicine consists of the University of
Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in 1765 as the nation's first
medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.
Penn's School of Medicine is ranked #2 in the nation for receipt of NIH research funds; and ranked #3 in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's most recent ranking of top research-oriented medical schools. Supporting 1,400 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the School of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education and training of the next generation of physician-scientists and leaders of academic medicine.
The University of Pennsylvania Health System includes three hospitals,
all of which have received numerous national patient-care honors [Hospital
of the University of Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's
first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center]; a faculty practice
plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty satellite facilities;
and home care and hospice.