Sally Poliwoda
Disclosures: Nothing to disclose


7153 Anderson Street

Philadelphia, PA 19119 


Sally P. Poliwoda




Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia 

Community Nursing Fellowship Coordinator


  •       Recruit, interview, and mentor nurses from around The Children’s Hospital network who will spend one year exploring the role of nurse in the community
  •       Oversee all aspects of CNAF budget and payroll
  •       Coordinate all fellowship experience in the community
  •       Mentor fellows through their advocacy project
  •       Monitor nursing retention based on participation in the CNAF program
  •       Conduct education for nurses, staff, community members, and families
  •       Nursing Leader:  CHOP Homeless Health Initiative



Staff Nurse:  Emergency Department


  •       Provide immediate care for acutely ill children and their families
  •       Instruct patients and families on principles of well childcare and trauma prevention.
  •       Prioritize patients according to severity of illness
  •       Provide unit-based education for Emergency Department Nursing staff
  •       Function in the role of Charge Nurse in the emergency department
  •       Provide customer service education for Emergency Department nurses, physicians, and clerical staff.


Clinical Level IV Nurse, Emergency Department

1994-Presently working per diem in the ED

  •       Recruit and interview nursing and paramedic staff for the Emergency Department
  •       Served as a representative of The Children’s Hospital at various community activities and functions.
  •       Developed new standards and practices in the Emergency Department to guarantee patient, family, and staff satisfaction by emphasizing principles of family-centered care and customer service.
  •       Provided staff opportunities for team building and stress debriefing by incorporating appropriate hospital and community based organizations.
  •       Provided nursing continuing education on various topics:  in hospital, locally, and internationally

Staff Nurse:  Cardiac Care Unit                                                                                                                                    


Provided care for infants and children with congenital heart defects and heart  transplants 



SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner): 


  •       Provide direct patient care services to victims of sexual assault
  •       Perform forensic exam and interview
  •       Document injuries in writing as well as with digital photography
  •       Testify in court as needed on cases


International Experiences

  •       1990  St. Jude Hospital,  St. Lucia, West Indies, Nurse Volunteer
  •       1996, 1997, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017  Operation Smile:  Missions to Kenya and Nicaragua, and Colombia, Honduras, Mexico (Toluca and Guadalajara, Chiapas), USN Comfort, Dominican Republic and Madagascar (respectively) Pre-Post-Operative Nurse Volunteer
  •       1996 Guest Lecturer on Pediatric Primary Care:  Cape town, South Africa
  •       2004 Guest Lecturer on Pediatric Emergency Nursing:  Uruguay
  •       2005 Member of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Global Health team: Dominican Republic
  •       2009 Member of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Global Health team, Conducted Pediatric Nursing Needs Assessment:  Botswana
  •       2011 Habitat for Humanity Global Village Construction Volunteer, Dominican Republic

Additional Professional Activities/Certifications

  •       Certified in the following:  Basic Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Trauma Nursing, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner
  •       Nursing licenses held in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, both in good standing



1983-1987  Villanova University             

  •       Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  •       2002 University of Pennsylvania:  Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner
  •       2004 University of Pennsylvania: Pediatric SANE Course 
  •       2014-present BLS Instructor
  •       2015 – present PEARS Instructor (Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization)


Spanish Language School

  • 2012-Present
  • Weekly semi-private Spanish language lessons
  • Present level :  Basic Conversational


Other Interests



Habitat for Humanity Construction Volunteer

  •       2004-Present
  •       Monthly volunteer at Philadelphia Habitat construction projects
  •       2016 Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia Volunteer of the Year


Habitat for Humanity Special Event Volunteer

  • 2012-Present
  • Coordinating as annual multi-day fundraising and advocacy bicycle tour
  • Recruiting riders, donors, sponsors, as well as legislative contacts to meet in Harrisburg, PA to discuss the importance of affordable housing
  • Event raised over $40,000.00/year for Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia Ride for Homes is in its seventh year


Puentes de Salud

  •       2012-Present

Present Puentes de Salud nursing volunteer.  Puentes is a low cost clinic serving the Hispanic community in Philadelphia with a health clinic for adults and children.