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Michele Connell ’86 BSN, ’14 MSN, FNP-BC, CEN, CPEN

Female nurse wearing PPE in a tent.

Michele McGarvey Connell ’86 BSN, ’14 MSN, FNP-BC, CEN, CPEN

Nurse Practitioner, Emergency Department
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, PhiladelphiaDoctor of Nursing Practice student, Fitzpatrick College of Nursing

April 2, 2020

I am a DNP student at Villanova, working at the frontline as a CRNP in the Emergency Department of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
I have always been a passionate advocate for my chosen profession, but I can honestly say I have never been prouder to be a nurse than I am today. Working with all my amazing colleagues as they step up to this unprecedented challenge has been a privilege.

Yes, we are scared for ourselves, our families and our patients; however, the true face of courage is doing what needs to be done despite the fear.  
Villanova nurses are well prepared for the critical thinking, leadership, flexibility and heart that will help to win this battle.

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