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College of Nursing Launches Susan D. Flynn Oncology Nursing Fellowship

VILLANOVA, Pa. – The College of Nursing has introduced the Susan D. Flynn Oncology Nursing Fellowship, named in memory of the wife of Stamford, Conn., businessman Frederick C. Flynn Jr. Susan passed away in 2013 following a three-year battle with ovarian cancer. The eight-week summer fellowship is offered to a rising senior. The College’s inaugural fellow is NyAsia White of Upper Darby, Pa., who was selected after a competitive process.

This oncology nursing externship program—one of about 10 in the country—pairs top nursing schools with top hospitals. In the Philadelphia region, it has forged a relationship between the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), the Villanova University College of Nursing, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

"I am very excited to receive the fellowship," said White. "Not only am I interested in the care of oncology patients and the services that are used to help diagnosis and manage their health, I am also interested in being a supportive figure in their lives."  

The fellowship was created to stimulate career interest in oncology nursing and to foster professional development by:

  • enhancing the student’s core clinical education through direct observation of oncology patient care and exposure to related patient care duties and services that typify oncology nurses’ valuable role.
  • providing opportunities to attend pertinent internal educational programs and meetings with key staff members at the HUP that provide additional learning experiences for the student.

During the course of the fellowship, students will be mentored by nurses, have special observational experiences and complete a research or quality improvement project.

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