The world is our classroom, laboratory, and clinic. Penn nurses study and practice in a wide variety of locations and environments from resource-poor communities to the most modern, cutting-edge facilities all over the world.
As a World Health Organization Collaborating Center in Nursing and Midwifery Leadership, we are at the forefront of global health initiatives and policy, and we collaborate with many other institutions around the world in pursuit of better healthcare for all.
Our own study abroad programs, Center for Global Women’s Health, and curriculum—including an undergraduate and graduate Global Health minor, all serve to open the door for students and faculty to engage globally. And we complement these programs by bringing international visiting scholars to Penn.
Our focus on the social determinants of health is leading to better ways to care for a rapidly changing global population. By broadening healthcare perspectives and fostering diversity, our students become prepared to go out and make a difference in patient care wherever they are needed.
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.
On the southern shore of Lake Atitlán in the western highlands of Guatemala is Hospitalito Atitlán, a small, private non-profit hospital serving the 75,000 resource-poor Tz’ulujil Maya people of the community of Santiago Atitlán.
We are delighted to celebrate the 20th anniversary of our exchange program with Oxford Brookes University in the UK. To mark the occasion, Penn Nursing hosted a celebratory tea in Fagin Hall on Monday, April 10, well attended by representatives from both Penn Nursing and Oxford Brookes as well as current students and alumni. Like most universities in the UK, the Oxford Brookes University program partnership emphasizes a self-directed approach to course work, allowing students to carve out their own path. Offered during the fall semester, while abroad, Penn students take the equivalent of Nursing 245 (Nursing Care of the Adult) and Nursing 255 (Nursing Care of the Older Adult). And with prior approval, students may also be able to complete one additional course fulfilling a free elective, sector requirement, or independent study.