Nancy K. Etzel, RN, ACNP-BC

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Nancy K. Etzel, RN, ACNP-BC, is the Director of Global Pediatric Education with the Department of Global Medicine at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. 

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Nancy K. Etzel, MSN, CRNP is Director of Global Pediatric Education at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She received her BA in International Studies and Spanish from Niagara University, and later earned her BSN and MSN from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, where she pursued a number of volunteer opportunities focusing on international and local community collaboration. Nancy worked for several years in dental insurance administration, and began her nursing career as a surgical critical care nurse on the Rhoads 5 Trauma and Surgical ICU at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Nancy later practiced as a Neurosurgery nurse practitioner in the University of Pennsylvania Health System. In 2014, she returned to the division of Traumatology, Surgical Critical Care and Emergency Surgery as a nurse practitioner, where she practiced clinically until starting at CHOP Global Pediatric Education in 2019. Nancy has been active in nursing education within the Penn system, as well as in international locations including Mexico, Guatemala, Botswana, and Colombia.

Education and Training

Board Certification

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner - Board Certified (ACNP-BC)
Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses (ATCN)
Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)
Basic Life Support (BLS)
Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN)

Undergraduate Degree

BA - International Studies and Spanish, Niagara University, Niagara Falls, NY

BS - Nursing, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA

Graduate Degree

MS - Nursing, Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA

Titles and Academic Titles

Director of Global Pediatric Education

Departments and Services


Posters and Presentations


Etzel, N., Weissenburger, J., Pasternack, R, Dalton, K., and Ballinghoff, J. Education of trauma nurses at Princess Marina Hospital in Gaborone, Botswana – a one-week lecture series on care of the injured patient.

Etzel, N. “The role of the advanced practice nurse in Trauma: A round table discussion.” Presented (in Spanish) at the Sociedad Panamericana de Trauma, Cartagena, Colombia


Etzel, N. “Putting it all together: The “why, how and when” of nursing care of the complex trauma patient.” Lecture series presented to the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center Trauma RNs, Philadelphia, PA.