The Increasing Impact of Penn Nursing
Dear reader: The start to another academic year always brings with it change, and this fall is no different. From the 365 new students now beginning their education at Fagin Hall, to the four full-time and 44 part-time faculty who have recently joined our leadership, to the very pages of this newly redesigned magazine, Penn Nursing is changing and growing every day. What remains constant, however, is our commitment to being a national leader in advancing health and health care, and working across our School community and beyond to accomplish our goals. It is this type of collaboration which brings you our new magazine, created as a result of feedback from students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends.
We hope this magazine better tells the story of Penn Nursing, a story of ever- expanding impact. With the continued investment of so many throughout our community, Penn Nursing is leading the way to a healthier future for all. Our nurses are developing the science and models of care that are making an immediate difference in the lives of individuals, families, and communities. One example can be found on page 18, where you will read about the innovative work of our faculty, students, and alumni to advance the management of pain while seeking methods to address opioid overuse and addiction. This is a complex, national issue faced by growing numbers across our country, and we at Penn Nursing are dedicated to leading efforts to develop solutions.
Our leadership continues to extend beyond the lab and classroom, to the local and national policy stage. As nurses, we are uniquely positioned to help fill the widening gaps in health care, but we must be able to practice to the full extent of our education. In Pennsylvania, this means enacting new laws that expand scope of practice, and you can read more about this on page 26. Last April, I had the pleasure of speaking alongside Pennsylvania legislators and the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners at a rally in Harrisburg, calling for full practice authority for NPs. There is still much work to be done to move legislation forward, and Penn Nursing remains at the forefront—providing the evidence to support this important policy change—locally and nationally.
The examples above are just two ways in which Penn Nursing is making a lasting impact on the future of care, and there are many more stories yet to be discovered of our alumni making a difference to improve health around the world. Please, share your stories with us. We would love to feature YOU in the next issue of Penn Nursing magazine.
None of our work would be possible without the support of our friends and partners throughout the health system and across all disciplines. It is because of our many partnerships and engagement with the community, both local and global, that Penn Nursing continues to be able to educate leaders and transform practice and policy. For your commitment to the School, I thank you. I look forward to hearing what you think of our new magazine, and the many exciting stories featured within.