Audrey Fretzin is at the University of Pennsylvania, studying nursing and business in pursuit of a dual degree in healthcare management. Her desire to bridge the worlds of business and healthcare stems from her volunteer work with Chai Lifeline, a nonprofit organization that provides social services to cancer patients and their families. As a volunteer, Audrey realized that there was a major disconnect between the clinical side and the business side in healthcare. By enrolling in the dual degree program, she is actively working to bridge this gap. Her healthcare-centered volunteer work continues now, as she is the Campus Ambassador for Gift of Life, a global bone marrow and stem cell registry, and Timmy Global Health, an organization which partners with hospitals and other health care organizations in Central and South American countries to deliver medicine and health care services. Audrey's professional interests lie at the intersection of nursing and healthcare policy, and she hopes to pursue a career that will allow her to impact how nursing care impacts hospital outcomes.
During her freshman summer, Audrey worked for the Marion County Public Health Department in Indianapolis, and had the opportunity to administer tuberculosis tests to patients who could otherwise not afford care. This experience only cemented her decision to pursue a degree in both business and nursing, as she saw how many medical decisions are predicated on policies created by people without any medical background. This led her to join the SUMR program, where she conducted research for two different departments at the University. Under the guidance of Drs. Lasater and Harrison, Audrey studied heme-onc units and patient outcomes based on NP/PA or house staff providers. Under the guidance of Dr. Eileen Lake, she prepared NICU's for data collection, and analyzed health outcomes based on nursing care and staffing.
Outside of the lab and classroom, Audrey is an avid runner and former gymnast. She is actively involved in Hillel and other organizations on campus, and is a nursing peer advisor.