Title: Oncology Educator
Company: Centura Health
Location: Highlands Ranch, Colorado, United States
Penne McPherson, EdD, RN-NPD, OCD, Oncology Educator at Centura Health, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education.
Ms. McPherson attended Regis University in Denver, Colorado from 2004 to 2006, graduating with a Master of Science in nursing. She subsequently earned a doctorate in interdisciplinary education from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska in 2017. She returned to Regis in 2004 to serve as an affiliate faculty nurse, a position she has held since 2004. Since 2012, she has been an oncology educator for Centura Health in Centennial, Colorado.
Ms. McPherson has been honored with many awards and tokens of esteem. She was a Florence Nightingale Medal nominee in 2002 and 2007 and received Good as Gold employee recognition from Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. She earned a full scholarship to attend Regis University in 2004 and while there, was honored with the Outstanding Masters of Science Student Award in 2006. In 2012, she was awarded the Outstanding Affiliate Faculty recognition from Regis University.
Ms. McPherson is a member of several professional groups, including the Oncology Nurses Society, the Association for Nursing Professional Development, Inc., the Colorado Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association. She attributes her career success to her own driving passion to make things better. She was drawn to oncology because it affects all areas of the body. One career highlight in her life occurred while she was working as a case manager for a Denver insurance company, in which she was responsible for contacting patients across the U.S. when one patient’s story deeply touched her and the two became friends, with the patient ultimately providing funds in her will for Ms. McPherson to deliver her eulogy.
Specializing in oncology, Ms. McPherson has been in nursing for 45 years and plans to continue on this career path. She currently teaches oncology to other nurses and oversees programs across 19 hospitals and four clinics. She advocates for her patients and for her staff as an educator and leader among her peers. She is also a community leader who spent 10 years working directly with the homeless and worked on a project to clean and renovate an abandoned synagogue in the community to turn it into a halfway house.
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