On March 21st, Dean Villarruel traveled to Washington D.C. to share the School’s vision with local Penn alumni and friends. The event was held at the popular restaurant, RPM Italian, and, in front of a packed house, the Dean discussed the various ways that nurses and nursing can maximize impact.
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Between 60 and 70 percent of patients who undergo a thoracotomy, or a surgical incision into the chest wall, experience some sort of long-term, post-surgical pain. So that patient population was a natural fit for a study focused on pain management, led by the University of Pennsylvania and taking place at Peking Union Medical College Hospital and Peking University People’s Hospital in China.
The American Academy of Nursing (AAN), through a grant received from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), partnered with the RAND Corporation to examine ways in which Edge Runner initiatives – nurse developed care models that demonstrate significant, sustained clinical and financial outcomes – could improve national health.
The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) was formed to address rapidly growing health care costs.