Director, Helene Fuld Pavilion for Innovative Learning and Simulation
Program Leadership and Initiatives Ms. Brennan relocated to Philadelphia, and after several years of clinical work as well as teaching, she received certification in simulation from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). In 2012, she became a simulation specialist at Penn Nursing and has been working with both faculty and students ever since. In her current role as simulation education specialist, she works on simulation curriculum development as well as integrating simulation into undergraduate course content. In addition to simulation curricular development and oversight, she is responsible for the recruitment, hiring, and training of over fifty simulation faculty per year. The simulation program continues to grow with Ms. Brennan’s innovative approach. Among other initiatives, she has introduced experienced practicing professional (content experts) to the simulation environment which serves to increase realism and create partnerships with practicing nursing professionals in the community. And most recently, Ms. Brennan has collaborated with faculty from both Penn GSE and Sp2 on an accepted grant application for the Penn Futures Project. Their goal is to collaboratively offer an interdisciplinary simulated experience to educate students in the schools of Graduate Education, Nursing, and Social Work on the mental and medical health needs of LGBTQ youth.