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  • Epidemiology Simulations in Community Nursing
    December 2014

    ​In preparing future nurses to provide care to change the world, Penn Nursing faculty consistently innovate new curriculum, better equipping students for their careers while continuing to set the standard in nursing education. In Community Nursing (Nursing 380), undergraduate seniors are afforded the unique opportunity to participate in epidemiology simulations in addition to their standard clinical simulations. Epidemiology is the study of cause, effect and dispersal of disease within a population, and is not typically a focus of undergraduate nursing curricula. “There are three aspects of this simulation that are novel,”...

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    Connie Ulrich Leads New Investigation Into How to Make Cancer Trials More Effective
    December 2014

    ​A new research study from Penn Nursing will focus on understanding the concerns and motivations of patients who participate in cancer research studies, and results are expected to improve the research infrastructure of cancer clinical trials. Connie M. Ulrich, PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Professor of Nursing, is lead investigator of the study, and has be awarded more than $2 million in funding from the National Cancer Institute for the five-year project titled "Retention in Cancer Clinical Trials: Modeling Patients' Risk Benefit Assessments.” Dr. Ulrich’s study...

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    Discussing End-of-Life Issues With Patients
    December 2014

    ​Salimah Meghani, PhD, MBE, RN, FAAN, who helped produce the Institute of Medicine’s Dying In America report, was recently interviewed by the Philadelphia Inquirer on how healthcare provides often struggle when discussing end-of-life issues with patients. The article can be found here....

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    Teaching the Immune System To Fight Back Against Cancer
    December 2014

    ​Immunotherapy is a relatively new form of cancer treatment that boosts and redirects the immune system to kill cancer. Yvonne Paterson, PhD, Associate Dean for Research and Professor at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Nursing became one of the first pioneers of tumor immunology in the early 1990s. Recently, Fox News interviewed Dr. Paterson regarding her research. The video and article can be found here. ...

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    Kathleen Brown’s Breaking the Cycle Program Featured on Philly.com
    December 2014

    ​Kathleen Brown, CRNP, PhD, FAAN, Associate Professor of Nursing, has spent her career helping society’s most at-risk populations, including sexual-assault survivors and prison inmates. Her Breaking the Cycle is profiled in a Philly.com article found here....

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    Building a Healthy West Philadelphia
    December 2014

    ​Penn Nursing’s Healthy in Philadelphia initiative held its second meeting, focused on building a healthy West Philadelphia community, on November 20.  The meeting was attended by residents of West Philadelphia, School of Nursing and other Penn faculty and staff, and local government and community leaders.   The meeting was led by Terri H Lipman, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, the Assistant Dean for Community Engagement and Rebecca Snyder Phillips, MSN, RN, Director, Healthy in Philadelphia.  Welcome remarks were given by Glenn B...

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    Sunny Hallowell Named 2014 Jonas Policy Scholar
    December 2014

    ​Sunny G. Hallowell, PhD, PPCNP-BC, IBCLC, a research fellow in Penn Nursing’s Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, has been named by the American Academy of Nursing as one of six Jonas Policy Scholars. Dr. Hallowell was selected from a competitive round of applications for the inaugural class of this program. She will serve for two years on the expert panel on breastfeeding. Dr. Hallowell is a post-doctoral research fellow focused on the effect of nurse staffin...

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    Barbara Medoff-Cooper's NINR Director's Lecture Available Online
    December 2014

    ​Dr. Barbara Medoff-Cooper, PhD, RN, FAAN, delivered the second 2014 National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) Director’s Lecture on Tuesday, September 16. In her talk, “Innovations in High-Risk Infant Care: Creating New Pathways,” Dr. Medoff- Cooper discussed her research on infant development, feeding behaviors in high-risk infants, infant temperament, and developmental care of infants with complex congenital heart disease. This lecture was part of the NINR’s ...

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    Wendy Grube Receives Nightingale Award
    November 2014

    ​Dr. Wendy Grube, PhD, CRNP, received the Nursing Educator – Academia  Award at the 25th Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet of the Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania. The award is given annually to an individual who is an inspiration to students and cultivates a supportive learning environment, with an emphasis on scholarly research and dissemination of research through education. As director of the Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner program...

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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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