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Dr. Pinto-Martin Named Interim Executive Director
Penn Nursing's Jennifer Pinto-Martin, PhD, MPH, was recently named the Interim Executive Director of the Penn Center for Public Health Initiatives.  She has been actively involved with CPHI since its founding in 2007, the same year she became Director of Penn's Master of Public Health Program. 
In addition to being the Viola MacInnes/Independence Professor of Nursing and Chair of the Department of Biobehavioral Sciences at the School, Dr. Pinto-Martin is a Senior Scholar in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, a Senior Fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics, and Director of the Pennsylvania Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Research. 
Study Shows Nurses Are Barometers of Hospital Quality
A new study by Penn Nursing Assistant Professor Matthew D. McHugh affirms the correlation between nurses' perception of hospital quality of care with the quality indicated by patient outcomes and other such long term effects.  This study looked at more than 16,000 nurses in nearly 400 hospitals in California, Florida, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, four of the nation's largest states.  The study has been published online in Research in Nursing and Health, and more information on Dr. McHugh's work can be found here.
Higher Nurse Workloads Impact Black Patients More
Penn Nursing Assistant Professor J. Margo Brooks Carthon recently led a study that showed older black patients are three times more likely than older white patients to suffer poorer outcomes after surgery when cared for by nurses with higher workloads. Dr. Carthon and her team looked at more than 548,000 patients ages 65 and older who underwent general, orthopedic, or vascular surgery in 599 hospitals in California, Florida, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.  According to Dr. Carthon, "these results suggest that improving the quality of postsurgical outcomes of older patients, particularly older black patients, means putting more nurses on the floor."   
Alumni Connections
Student-Alumni Networking at Homecoming
Will you be on campus for Homecoming Weekend?  If so, consider attending the Nursing Networking event, to be held at the QuakerFest Tailgate on the Green, on Saturday, October 27.  Share your experiences and career networks with current Penn Nursing students and fellow alumni in an informal setting.  Register at  QuakerFest registration is not required.
Project-oriented? Join a Nursing Alumni Committee
Are you interested in giving back to Penn Nursing with your time and skills?  Consider joining a working committee and focus on alumni awards, events or student-alumni connections.  Participation is open to all alumni, on an annual basis.  These are non-elected positions, working alongside Alumni Board members, to further alumni involvement and connection.  And, these positions can be filled by alumni from around the country and the globe, participating remotely.  For more information, see our website or email for more information. 
Planning Ahead for Alumni Weekend and Your Reunion
If you graduated in a year ending with a '3 or '8, or graduated from the Health Care Administration or Leadership programs, mark your calendar now to celebrate your Penn Nursing Reunion on May 10-12, 2013.  Make sure your class and program are represented by volunteering as a class representative.  For travel information, including hotel blocks, click here.  For more information or to volunteer yourself or suggest a friend for a class rep. role, email 
Interested in Global Health?
Penn Nursing is exploring a series of events and programs aimed at highlighting global health opportunities and discussions.  Alumni with an interest in global health are invited to email to receive emails (weekly or biweekly, during the academic year) with more detailed information. 
Make an Investment in the Future


Answer the Call - Make a Pledge

The Penn Nursing Annual Giving Campaign plays a large role in maintaining and expanding the School's ability to support its students - graduate and undergraduate - directly through scholarships, innovative curriculum and research opportunities.  It allows us to be responsive to the changing needs of healthcare.  This fall a Penn student will call you and ask you to join with your fellow alumni, parents, and friends to make an impact on the lives of others - our students, their patients and healthcare worldwide.  Pledge to make a difference in the future of healthcare.  Your gift - no matter what size - really makes a difference.  Thank you for your support!


Upcoming Events


October 18, 3pm: Inaugural Norma M. Lang Distinguished Award for Scholarly Practice and Policy honoring Dr. Terri Lipman.  Register here or call 215-898-8283.

October 20, 11:30am: HUP Alumni Fall Luncheon, Cock 'n Bull Restaurant, Lahaska, PA

October 24, 12-1:00pm: Antonia M. Villaruel, Professor, Nola J. Pender Collegiate Chair and Associate Dean for Research and Global Affairs at the University of Michigan School of Nursing, will speak on "Health Promotion and Latino Youth: A Focus on Sexual Health."  Claire M. Fagin Hall, Room
213.  Light refreshments will be served.

October 26-27: Homecoming featuring Arts & Culture Weekend, Penn's campus

November 28: Healthy Cities: Healthy Women Los Angeles Conference, featuring Academy Award-winning actress and activist, Halle Berry; Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Jonathan E. Fielding; President and Chief Executive Officer of The California Endowment, Robert K. Ross; and Penn Nursing Dean Afaf I. Meleis, among others.

April 4, 3-5pm:  Claire M. Fagin Distinguished Researcher Award Lecture, Ann L. Roy Auditorium.  To be followed by a reception in the Carol Elizabeth Ware Lobby from 5-7pm.

May 10-12: Alumni Weekend 2013! Save the Date!


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