Unique Scientist: Marion Leary

Time to meet Marion Leary (She/her)! Marion is a nurse innovator, the Director of Innovation at Penn Nursing, resuscitation science researcher, and part-time PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in the USA!

What kind of scientist are you?
I am a nurse innovator and resuscitation science researcher at the University of Pennsylvania. I have focused my research, education, and science communication over the past twelve years on cardiac arrest and CPR [Cardiopulmonary resuscitation] quality with the current goal of developing innovative strategies to improve bystander response and CPR training. As the Director of Innovation at Penn Nursing, I also create curricula focused on nursing innovation and the foundation of design thinking. Helping other nurses create innovative solutions to health and healthcare problems. I am also in a part-time PhD program at Penn.

What made you want to become a scientist?
I love asking and answering questions!

“I have always been unique, ever since I was a little kid. […] I love breaking the stereotype of what a scientist should look like.”

Marion Leary

What makes you a #UniqueScientist?
I have always been unique, ever since I was a little kid. I am part of the LGBT+ community, I also do not look like a scientist “should”, I have lots of tattoos including a few #sciencetattoos. I love breaking the stereotype of what a scientist should look like. Thank you for what you are doing!

What’s something cool you do outside of work?
I am an activist first and foremost. I love to bike and lay in my hammock and read. I love spending time with family and friends.

If you had one wish and could change anything in science, what would it be?
Making it accessible to everyone!

“I am an activist first and foremost.”

Marion Leary

Who has inspired you the most in your journey to where you are now?
The amazing Unique Scientists on Twitter inspire me on the daily!

Let’s end on a high note! What’s something you’ve done this week that you’re proud of?
In May I had the honor of going to the UN to represent a new nursing society, SONSIEL, and nursing’s influence on health policy. It was truly inspiring!


#WomenInSTEM, #QueerInSTEM

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