Mount Mercy Associate Professor of Nursing Cathy Penn has been selected to present at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Annual Baccalaureate Education Conference on November 19-20 in Chicago.
The presentation, “Got Public Health?” details advances in city planning, sanitation and immunization, and illustrates the contemporary issue of health protection from an interdisciplinary approach. More than 500 attendees are expected to participate in the national conference.
Penn will outline Mount Mercy’s redesigned core curriculum, Reflection and Action, and describe the essential role of portal courses in the first semester freshman “Mercy Experience.” The presentation will include information on how Mount Mercy structured its recently redesigned core curriculum to include portal courses and introduce freshmen students to the concerns of the Sisters of Mercy, including the importance of service and how first semester freshmen can find resources for success embedded in contemporary issues. Penn will also address the institution’s new holistic health domain as a part of the redesigned core curriculum.
Penn has been a member of Mount Mercy’s nursing department since 1998. Prior to joining Mount Mercy she served as a clinical nurse specialist for medical nursing division, a nurse manager for in-patient rehabilitation unit and as the supervisor for physician-hospital quality improvement initiatives. Penn holds a Master of Arts from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Science from Mount Mercy.