Primary Care Faculty Development Fund
Celebrating Dr. Ann L. O'Sullivan

Nurse Practitioner Faculty at Penn Nursing
The Ann L O'Sullivan Primary Care Faculty Development Fund directly supports Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (NP) faculty at Penn Nursing with financial assistance for opportunities related to their professional development. This includes conference registrations, membership fees, course fees, and funding for their professional enrichment activities.
Often part time NP faculty are not provided with financial support for activities that would expand their teaching such as trainings, conferences, professional memberships, and other resources. These activities can energize the faculty and enhance skills and knowledge, so the most current primary care education is delivered to the graduate students.

Some NP faculty choose to pay for these professional and enrichment resources with their own money which can be financially challenging. Ann directed the Family and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Programs for many years and saw firsthand the economic impact that NP faculty experienced.

As a result, she created the Ann L O'Sullivan Primary Care Faculty Development Fund. With your help, NP faculty will be given the financial support they need to access enrichment opportunities that allow them to provide the evidence-based care necessary for tomorrow's health care leaders.
About Dr. Ann L O'Sullivan
Ann has taught and practiced for the past 49 years, mentoring faculty and students to find their professional paths thanks to her support and guidance. Ann is a loyal and enthusiastic Quaker with her Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees all conferred from Penn. Her dedication to the School of Nursing (SON) includes serving two terms as the President of the Penn SON alumni association.

As a leader of the Family and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Programs, Ann combined clinical practice with teaching and research, to bring her insights with patients into the classroom for both students and faculty. A passionate promoter of the DNP degree, Ann has been a leader in developing the program and mentoring students. Her exemplary teaching was recognized with the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2000.

Ann was a funded researcher and innovative pediatric nurse practitioner at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She is nationally and internationally known for her work with teen mothers and her focus on helping teen parents delay a second pregnancy.

Ann served as chair of the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing's advanced practice registered nurses committee, which monitored full practice authority legislation in Pennsylvania. Ann worked to develop policies that expand full practice authority for advanced practice registered nurses. She is a leading advocate for NPs to practice to the full extent of their license. She has written and lectured extensively on the need to remove scope of practice restrictions and increase professional collaborations between physicians and advanced practice registered nurses.

Ann's national efforts with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing and as president of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty was integral to the passage of the Consensus Model. This is a groundbreaking model of uniform regulation for the future of advanced practice nursing that is designed to align the interrelationships among licensure, accreditation, certification, and education. It required intense collaboration by more than 50 nursing organizations. With Ann's efforts this model has been adopted throughout the country.

Lastly, Ann has championed the Bridging the Gaps Community Health Internship Program, in which students provide health-related services in economically insecure communities. Ann has received numerous awards and recognitions for her teaching, research, practice and service to the School, the University, and the discipline of nursing.
Ann has had a lasting impact not only at Penn Nursing, but on advancing the role of the nurse practitioner throughout the country. Won't you help us honor her lifetime of nursing achievement with a contribution to this fund?

Donations are tax deductible in accordance with IRS guidelines and supported by a receipt from Penn's Treasurer's Office.

For more information, please contact: Stephanie Lin
    Donation messages
    I met Ann O'Sullivan at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children when I was in my first RN position in the early 1970s. Since that time I have experienced Ann in her role at the University of Pennsylvania both as an MSN student and later as faculty for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program. I had Ann's encouragement as I started a DNP program at another University. Ann has played an enormous role in guiding my practice and my ability to communicate about nurse practitioners at a local, state, and national level. She has guided me to pursue excellence in practice, teaching and counseling advanced practice nurses. Ann is a Leader of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners par excellence and continues to be a beacon in our profession. Ann has educated and influenced so many NPs & NP leaders throughout this country and internationally and they now spread her message to those they educate & encounter. I'm glad that other nurse practitioner educators will benefit from this fund celebrating Ann. --Ann Pron
    As I reflect on the influences Ann has had on my career and life, I realize that they have come not just through numerous direct channels in my relationship with her as my teacher, leader, and role model or through her impact on the profession as a whole, but also through the countless shaping influences she's had on every other nurse practitioner who ever taught me (or taught beside me) and on every student for whom I had the privilege to have my own hand in precepting or teaching. Such a beautiful tree she is to have grown so many branches and borne so much fruit! Thank you, Ann. --Ms. Susan Nordlof
    Thank you Ann for being an extraordinary leader, scholar, clinician, mentor and friend! You have significantly impacted our profession and all of those fortunate enough to learn from you and work with you! I am so grateful to be one of those lucky people!! You are truly a legend!! Thank you! Eileen --Ms. Eileen Campbell
    It has been such an honor to be mentored by and to work for Ann OSullivan for my entire career as a Nurse Practitioner . From the very first day of my masters education in 1986 I was influenced by Ann's professional spirit and her ability to inspire and support . She has been the rock of Penn's program in Primary Care and has guided scores of NPs to successful careers through her dedication to their education, and has acted as a steward of the profession through advocacy , legislation and research for half a century . She deserves our utmost respect and to be honored by this scholarship which recognizes her most important role as educator . Please join me in supporting this effort ! --Ms. EVE BOSNICK
    The grace, support, and kindness Ann has shown me as I have "gone rogue" professionally have provided invaluable affirmation to my efforts. She sets the standard to meet, is the mentor in times of uncertainty, and has created a legacy of NPs who each are out in the world "doing their little part" to improve healthcare. --Dr. Rebecca Bryan
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    Fundraising goal $15,000.00
    Recent donations (47 donations)
    Name DescendingX Amount
    Ann Pron
    Dr. Zvi Gellis $100.00
    Ms. Susan Nordlof
    Ms. Eileen Campbell
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    Top donors (47 donations)
    Dr. DONALD SCHWARZ This amount includes donations indented below
       Robert Wood Johnson Foundation    $2500.00
    Anonymous $2500.00
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation $2500.00
    Vicky Weill $2000.00
    Ms. EVE BOSNICK $1000.00

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