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  • Pam Cacchione's Partnership to Develop Robotic Support for Independent Living
    November 2014

    ​As we age, our physical, perceptual and cognitive abilities change, making it difficult to perform tasks of daily living that we learn in childhood and often take for granted. These changes often lead to the inability to live as independently as desired. A unique research partnership is leveraging the knowledge of nursing and engineering researchers, in collaboration with older adults, to develop a low cost robotic arm that assists with the daily activity needs of older adults. The “Affordable and Mobile Assistance Robot for Elderly Care” project, underwritten by an NSF grant of close to $800,000, already has the ...

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    Terri Lipman to Present at TNLC 2014
    November 2014

    ​In a time when the growing global movement of universities seeks to move beyond the ivory tower paradigm, the Talloires Network Leaders Conference (TNLC)  highlights and reinforces the compelling leadership of national, regional and international networks that are advancing university-community partnerships on all continents. Terri Lipman, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, the Miriam Stirl Endowed Term Professor of Nutrition, Professor of Nursing of Children and Assistant Dean of Community Engagement, will p...

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    The Art and Science of Hand Hygiene Behavior Change
    November 2014

    ​How could a new hand hygiene product, with recognized effectiveness at killing germs on the go without water, face so many roadblocks in its adoption by the healthcare industry? Joe Kanfer W’68, Chairman and CEO of GOJO Industries – inventors of PURELL® Hand Sanitizer – answered that question and more as he kicked off Penn Nursing’s inaugural Health Leaders, Innovators & Entrepreneurs Lecture Series. “People have known alcohol was a disinfectant for such a long time; we found a way to effectively formulate ethyl alcohol with other ingredients, such as moisturizers, to both kill germs in seconds and improve the...

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    Penn Current Profiles Dean Villarruel
    November 2014

    ​The Penn Current sat down with School of Nursing Dean Antonia Villarruel – just three months into her tenure -- to talk about some of the big policy decisions that are affecting nursing, the impact of her research, and how it feels to be back at Penn in a new role. The article can be read here. ...

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    Connie Ulrich and Julie Fairman Write for Philadelphia Inquirer Public Health Blog
    November 2014

    The Philadelphia Inquirer Public Health blog features "Ebola quarantines: nurses' perspective" written by Penn Nursing's Connie Ulrich, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor of Bioethics and Julie Fairman, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Nightingale professor of nursing and director of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing. The article can be read ...

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    Urban Women’s Health in the United Nation’s Post-2015 Agenda Roundtable
    November 2014

    ​Penn Nursing and the Penn Institute for Urban Research are pleased to host a roundtable discussion, on Urban Women’s Health in the United Nation’s Post-2015 Agenda.  This event will provide a forum for leading practitioners and researchers to a examine the proposed targets and indicators for urban women’s health and well-being to be put forward in upcoming Framework for the United Nations’ Post-2015 Agenda, known also as the Sustainable Development Goals. This event showcases Penn’s Provostial theme for the 2014-2015 academic year, Health. The keynote addr...

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    Pamela Cacchione Elected President of GAPNA
    November 2014

    ​Pamela Z. Cacchione, PhD, CRNP, BC, FAAN, the Ralston House Endowed Term Chair in Gerontological Nursing, has been elected president of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA), a national organization of advanced practice nurses, nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists who care for older adults. The organization advocates for excellence in quality care for older adults, works to  increase the numbers of advanced practice nurses prepared to care for older adults, helps to advance the s...

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    Catherine McDonald Interviewed on Common Crash Scenarios for Teens
    November 2014

    ​Catherine McDonald, PhD, RN, an assistant professor of nursing in the Family and Community Health Department at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, was recently inteviewed by The Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute's Cornerstone blog. In the interview, Dr. McDonald discusses work she did during her postdoc on the Center for Injury Research and Prevention's Simulated Driving Assesment Tool. The interview can be read ...

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    Eileen Lake Writes for RWJF Human Capital Blog
    November 2014

    Most infant deaths in the United States are due to prematurity. Eileen Lake and Jeannette Rogowski discuss their recent study linking nurse staffing and work environments to infant outcomes in a national sample of neonatal intensive care units on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Human Capital Blog. Dr, Lake's recent disparties study was also cited for a recent article on the RWJF Culture of Health blog ...

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    Therese Richmond Appointed to the State Advisory Board for the Violent Death Reporting System
    November 2014

    ​Violence is recognized as an important public health issue around the world, and is the leading cause of death for people ages 15 to 44, according to the World Health Organization. Violence-related deaths and injuries cost the United States an estimated $107 billion a year in medical care and lost productivity. Data are a key foundation for the practice of violence prevention. In 2014, Pennsylvania joined the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS), which links data from law enforcement, coroners and medical examiners, vital statistics and crime laboratories to obtain the most comprehensive data available on homic...

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    Neville Strumpf Offers Perspective About How the National Village Movement Leads to Stronger Communities
    November 2014

    ​Neville E. Strumpf, PhD, RN, FAAN Professor of Nursing, and past Interim Dean of the School of Nursing, had an editorial published in the Philadelphia Inquirer underscoring the importance of the national village movement that supports independent living for the elderly. “There is power to these grassroots organizations that tailor their services to local needs. They help all of us make a reality of the dream to stay in our own homes, and be a...

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    Bart De Jonghe to Present Research at Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting
    November 2014

    ​Nausea is a sensation controlled and manifest in the brain, and although it's a basic human sensation, the brain controls and regulators of nausea are not well-known and receive little research attention. Chemotherapy-induced nausea is not well understood or well-treated, and severely impacts quality of life in millions of cancer patients. Bart De Jonghe, PhD, Assistant Professor of Nursing, is senior-author of a nanosymposium presentation at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meet...

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    Nurses: Take Action to Support American Military Service Members and Their Families During Transition
    November 2014

    Active duty military service members, reservists and veterans endure multiple transitions throughout the military experience. Family and significant relationships influence and are impacted by these transitions and associated stress. Everyone responds differently to transitions which have the potential to magnify military stress-related injury and illness. Join ANA, American Nurses Foundation and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association on Wednesday Nov. 12 at 12PM ET for a free webinar on how to support military service members, their families, and their support networks during these times of transition. ...

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    Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing Launches Preserving Our Future Campaign
    November 2014

    ​$750,000 fundraising goal to illuminate nursing history and its influence on healthcare practice, education, science and policy. In 1904, a student nurse from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing – Louise Geary – rushed to the aid of patients in Butler, Pennsylvania, a town ravaged by a typhoid epidemic which had begun the previous year. More than a century later, researchers can use Geary’s journals and records to understand how policy decisions such as...

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    Barbara Medoff-Cooper to Serve as UCONN School of Nursing Commencement Speaker
    November 2014

    ​Dr. Barbara Medoff-Cooper who will be honored by the University of Connecticut with the honorary degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa, and will serve as the School of Nursing’s commencement speaker this spring. UConn’s criteria for conferring an honorary degree indicate that such recognition be awarded to distinguished individuals “in recognition of extraordinary and lasting distinction. The award should represent the highest intellectual and moral values; it should reflect the very character and quality of the University itsel...

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    Terri Lipman’s Research Accepted for Presentation at Diabetes Technology Society’s Annual Meeting
    November 2014

    ​For the 200 million diabetes patients worldwide, diabetes-focused research that informs technological advancement is a lifeline to help them receive medical care, better manage their condition on their own, and extend their lives. Terri Lipman, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, the Miriam Stirl Endowed Term Professor of Nutrition, Professor of Nursing of Children and Assistant Dean of Community Engagement, has two abstracts accepted for presentation at the Diabetes Technology Society’s Annual Meeting in November. Dr. Lipman is the senior author of a study entitled, "My...

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    Right Care Solutions Selected as a Finalist in Startup Competition
    November 2014

    ​RightCare Solutions, a medical technology company co-founded by Kathryn Bowles, PhD, RN, FAAN, the van Ameringen Chair in Nursing Excellence, was selected as a finalist in the 2nd Annual UHC Startup Challenge: Innovation Delivered. The competition gave five digital health startups the opportunity to pitch a new healthcare innovation in front of a live audience of more than 1,800 healthcare professionals at “Revolution,” UHC’s 2014 Annual Conference, for a chance to win $10,000. RightCare Solutions helps hospitals and health systems reduce readmissions and optimi...

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    Linda Aiken Addresses Welsh National Assembly
    November 2014

    ​As nations struggle with enacting legislation to help healthcare organizations increase patient satisfaction and health outcomes, one area typically debated is the  appropriate number and mix of nursing staff for better quality patient outcomes. Recently, Welsh leaders have been debating a safe nurse staffing bill and consulted with Linda Aiken, PhD, FAAN, FRCN, RN, the Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor in Nursing, Professor of Sociology, and Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, (pictured with M...

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    PTSD Toolkit Can Help Veterans
    November 2014

    A veteran commits suicide every 65 minutes of every day.  Almost half of returning military members has trouble transitioning to civilian life and many do not seek help.  This is a major public health problem and nurses can have a significant impact on changing these conditions.  Nurses are the largest and most trusted health care workforce—3.1 million—in every possible health care setting. Jointly with the American Nurses Foundation, we developed a web-based learning tool for all nurses to hone their skills at detecting PTSD symptoms, assessing and facilitating help...

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    Diane Spatz to Present on Breastfeeding at Penn Family Resource Center
    November 2014

    ​Diane Spatz, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, Professor of Perinatal Nursing and the Helen M. Shearer Term Professor of Nutrition, is the special guest speaker for the November 5 meeting of the Penn Family Resource Center’s Student Parent Discussion Group. Her presentation, “Let’s talk about breastfeeding,” will inform a discussion about breastfeeding, resources for student parents and their partners on the Penn campus, and success tips. The event is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Family Resource Center, 3615 Locust W...

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