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Celebrating 50 years of the BSN
Celebrating 50 Years of the BSN at Temple
Celebrating 50 years of the BSN
Celebrating 50 Years of the BSN at Temple
Celebrating 50 years of the BSN
Celebrating 50 Years of the BSN at Temple

Celebrating 50 Years of the BSN at Temple

In 2017, we're marking 50 years of BSN education at Temple—celebrating the impact that our faculty, students and alumni have had on the lives of countless individuals throughout the Philadelphia region, the country and the world.

Health in the 21st Century: Reimagining Nursing as Community-Based

Join us to celebrate 50 years of BSN education at Temple with keynote speaker Carolyn Jones, award-winning documentary filmmaker and creator of The American Nurse Project, along with a panel of local experts for a conversation about community-based nursing. Be part of the conversation as we reimagine community health, next steps and new partnerships!

Thursday, April 5, 2018
4:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Keynote at 5:45 p.m.

Medical Education and Research Building
Temple University Health Sciences Center
3500 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140

Complimentary parking will be available at the Carlisle West Garage
3423 N. 15th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140

Reception and book signing with Carolyn Jones to follow keynote speech and conversation with local leaders.

The event is free, but seating is limited.

Reserve your seat now!


3:15 p.m. / Special TED Talk screening for BSN students (A Tribute to Nurses)

4 p.m. / Doors open for main event

4:30 p.m. / Networking reception

5:30 p.m. / Welcome remarks and introductions

5:45 p.m. / Keynote: Carolyn JonesThe American Nurse Project

7 p.m. / Conversation: Reimagining Nursing as Community-Based

7:30 p.m. / Dessert reception and book signing

Leading our conversation on Community Health:

Elizabeth Craig, DNP, CRNP, FACHE
Vice President Patient Services
Chief Nurse Executive
Temple University Hospital

Dr. Craig has served as the Vice President for Patient Services and the Chief Nursing Executive at Temple University Hospital since 2011. Dr. Craig is the Executive Sponsor for two Temple University community health strategy Implementation Teams addressing: 1) Plan to improve health of Moms and Newborns; and 2) Plan to reduce obesity and overweight.

Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake, MGA
President, Independence Blue Cross Foundation
Vice President, Community Affairs, Independence Blue Cross

Rev. Marshall-Blake is credited with helping to define the mission of the $60 million IBC Foundation at the time it was launched: “leading solutions for healthier communities.” In addition to addressing solutions for communities, by supporting primary care for vulnerable populations and addressing the opioid epidemic, the IBC Foundation has supported both graduate and undergraduate nursing education.  Rev. Marshall-Blake has been inducted as an Honorary Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

Rev. Renee McKenzie, PhD
Vicar, Church of the Advocate
Chaplain, Temple University

Rev. McKenzie-Hayward began her ministry at the Church of the Advocate in 2011. Working within the Cecil B. Moore neighborhood of North Philadelphia, she shared this message in the Episcopal News Service (December 11, 2017): “Fighting for the life of this community, we want to maintain the African-American rich cultural history. The Advocate is central for that. It’s a hub for that.” The congregation is well known for its involvement in social change, education and the arts. In addition to being the Vicar of this congregation, she is Chaplain to Temple University.

Terri Lipman, PhD, CRNP, FAAN
University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing
Miriam Stirl Endowed Term Professor of Nutrition
Professor of Nursing of Children
Assistant Dean for Community Engagement

Dr. Lipman is a pediatric nurse practitioner at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and an internationally recognized clinical nurse researcher, studying racial disparities in children with endocrine disorders. She created and has maintained the Philadelphia Pediatric Diabetes Registry since 1990 and serves as the Associate Director of the Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Dr. Lipman is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

Anniversary Stories

We're marking the 50th anniversary of the BSN with stories of Nursing students and alumni who have used their Temple education to impact their communities.

BSN student Mary Saunders: A passion for healing

Mary Saunders knew she had a passion for helping people even before she came to Temple. Now a sophomore in the BSN program, she sees nursing as the "heart of healing" and is excited for the many opportunities a Temple degree can provide her.


BSN student Aaron Wasser: A broader view of nursing and community health

Aaron Wasser was excited to begin a BSN program in an urban environment, and Temple seemed like a great fit right away. By the end of his first semester, he was sure he made the right choice.


Explore all the stories here.


Support Temple Nursing

Over the last 50 years, Temple’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program has enabled countless nurses to positively impact their communities and deliver quality care across cultures. Join us to help the next 50 years of graduates.

To learn more about how you can contribute to the Department of Nursing, click here.

To make your gift now, click here.


From Our Alumni

"I am so grateful for the sound nursing education I received from my baccalaureate experience at Temple. It prepared me for a great nursing career at Temple Hospital and the opportunity to become an advanced nursing professional. Congratulations on your 50th!" — Tamika Spady, DNP, CRNP (BSN '96, DNP '16)