Penelope McDonald, PhD, RN
Title(s): Clinical Assistant Professor
Organization(s): University at Buffalo, School of Nursing
Hometown: Knoxville, TN
"I have always wanted to be a nurse — I had two aunts that were nurses and one who was an Army nurse who landed at Normandy on D-Day with the first wave of nurses who began addressing the needs of the wounded survivors. She was my mentor for the profession, and she showed me how to meet anyone and everyone on their terms, and to respect their humanity and their needs that we as nurses can address. I have always been excited about the ways human beings respond to a diagnosis or situation, and how nurses can facilitate their adaptation to their changing health.
"I was drawn to UB School of Nursing as a TA -- I have always been impressed with the quality of teaching and learning that I have experienced here. The programs here are well developed and they meet students' needs, whether they are in the classroom or learning from distances. It is exciting to be part of an institution where we have students and faculty from all across the globe. The cultural diversity is energizing and strongly enhances learning."