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Marion Leary is Penn Nursing's first-ever Director of Innovation.

Marion Leary will become Penn Nursing's first-ever Director of Innovation in an effort to promote innovative nursing technologies and practices.

Leary assumed the position Feb. 1 after working part-time as an innovation specialist in the Office of Nursing Research. 

Leary’s work will focus on curriculum and programming to promote entrepreneurship and design-oriented strategy. According to Leary, her first steps as Director will involve organizing a nursing story slam event and a nursing innovation podcast. “[This programing will] teach nurses how to take their innovation to the next level and use different methodologies,” Leary said. 

Leary currently teaches an interdisciplinary course called Innovation in Health: Foundations of Design Thinking open to both graduate and undergraduate students across Penn. According to Leary, the course recognizes that innovation involves people from many backgrounds. “Innovation doesn’t happen in isolation, neither does health care,” Leary said. 

Leary is a member of the Penn Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group, serves on the Executive Board of the Penn Health Tech Committee, and has worked as a researcher at the Penn Center for Resuscitation Science. 

Her work on CPR technologies won a contest sponsored by the Penn Center for Innovation. Geekadelphia, Generocity, and Phl named her 2017 Geek of the Year.

In April 2018, Penn Nursing launched a $60 million fundraising campaign, the Innovating for Life and Living Campaign, also focused on improving innovation in nursing at Penn. 

Penn Nursing is also the first nursing school in America with an Office of Nursing Research and has been globally ranked first in the field of nursing in the world for three years in a row.