(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.
Judge 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
Photographer Earl Dotter, who has been
cited for “leading the way in portraying the dignity
of working people,” received a Josephine
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.
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania [driving
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
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.