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  • Rosemary Polomano Receives 2014 Norma M. Lang Award
    October 2014

    ​Pain is the world’s oldest medical problem. And while much of what modern science knows about its physiology is relatively recent, newer yet is the understanding of the physical and mental aspects of pain and the safe use of pain interventions. Rosemary Polomano, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor of Pain Practice, is on the forefront of that science, and was awarded the 2014 Norma M. Lang Award for her distinguished and scholarly practice in pain research. “I am most proud of my ability to be able to info...

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    Selfies Inspire Unique Research into Mental Health Recovery
    October 2014

    ​Most people with mental health problems can get better. That’s good news for the approximately 57.7 million Americans who experience a mental health disorder annually, and for the one in 17 who lives with a serious mental illness. “When a person receives a diagnosis of mental illness, it’s often a very negative experience, despite the fact that there are a lot of reasons to be hopeful,” explains Nancy Hanrahan, PhD, RN, CS, FAAN, the Dr. Lenore H. Kurlowicz Term Associate Professor of Nursing. To underscore that hope, Dr. Hanrahan led a team in a unique research ...

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    Linda Aiken Receives Lienhard Award for Outstanding National Achievement
    October 2014

    ​Linda Aiken, PhD, RN, FAAN, FRCN, is the recipient of the prestigious 2014 Gustav O. Lienhard Award from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) for her research demonstrating the importance of nursing care and work environments in achieving patient-centered, affordable health care. The Lienhard Award recognizes outstanding national achievement in improving personal health care services in the U.S. The award consists of a meda...

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    Kathryn Bowles’ Company Secures Major Funding and Corporate Partnership
    October 2014

    RightCare Solutions, a medical technology company co-founded by Kathryn Bowles, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, the van Ameringen Chair in Nursing Excellence, has recently secured major capital investment and entered into a partnership with a healthcare communications company to further commercialize the company’s software solutions that reduce readmissions and optimize post-acute care delivery. RightCare Solutions has partnered with Emmi Solutions, a...

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    Rutgers Nursing Alumni Honors Jamille Nagtalon-Ramos as 'Rising Star'
    October 2014

    ​Jamille Nagtalon-Ramos, MSN, CRNP, WHNP-BC, IBCLC, Associate Director of the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, has been chosen by the Rutgers School of Nursing Alumni Association as the recipient of their 2014 Rising Star Alumni Award. Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, Ms. Nagtalon-Ramos, a third generation nurse, earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing from Rutgers University. Her passion for women's health lead her to pursue a...

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    Five Penn Nursing Faculty and Alumni Inducted as Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing
    October 2014

    ​Five Penn Nursing faculty members and alumni have been inducted as fellows in the American Academy of Nursing (AAN), recognizing their significant contributions to nursing and healthcare. The Academy’s more than 2,000 fellows are among nursing's most accomplished leaders in education, management, practice, and research.  The 2014 Penn Nursing inductees are:• Deborah Becker, PhD, ACNP, BC, is Associate Professor of Nursing and the Division Chair of the Helene Fuld Pavilion for Innovative Learning and Simula...

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    Penn Nursing Alumna Wins FNINR Award for Innovative Approaches to the Older Adult with TBI
    October 2014

    ​Hilaire Thompson, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, CNRN, FAAN,  has received the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR) Protégé-Protegee Award. The award honors distinguished nurse investigators who show great early career promise in advancing science. Dr. Thompson’s research focuses on preventing and improving outcomes from traumatic brain injury, with a particular emphasis on older adults. She is investigating how the immune response to traumatic brain injury is influenced by age and its relationship to out...

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    Loretta Sweet Jemmott Wins FNINR’s Prestigious Ada Sue Hinshaw Award for Distinguished Research in HIV/AIDS Prevention
    October 2014

    ​Loretta Sweet Jemmott, PhD, FAAN, RN, van Ameringen Professor in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing and Director of the Center for Health Equity Research, has received the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR) 2014 Ada Sue Hinshaw Award for her distinguished research in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention among African American adolescents. Dr. Jemmott’s work is acknowledged by her colleagues as the vanguard in health promotion and disease prevention, particularly in the field of...

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    Connie Ulrich Receives Funding for Bioethics Training Project in Tanzania
    October 2014

    ​A Dartmouth College/University of Pennsylvania collaboration is working to establish new and strengthen existing expertise in research bioethics among research scientists, faculty, health care providers and other professionals at the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) in Tanzania. Connie M. Ulrich PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Professor of Nursing and Associate Professor of Bioethics in the Department of Medical Ethics, School of Medicine, co-investigator in the study, has received a $50,000 supplemental award from Fogarty International for the project. The Da...

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    Rosemary C. Polomano to Receive Annual Norma M. Lang Distinguished Award
    October 2014

    ​Rosemary C. Polomano, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor of Pain Practice at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care (Secondary) at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, has been chosen as the 2014 recipient of the Norma M. Lang Distinguished Award for Scholarly Practice and Policy. Named for Professor and Dean Emeritus Norma M. Lang, this award is given annually to a University of Pennsylvania nursing faculty member or a graduate from the School’s doctoral program who has made a distinguished contrib...

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    Linda Hatfield Launches Epigenetics Study of Infants
    October 2014

    ​Linda Hatfield, PhD, NNP-BC, assistant professor of Evidence-Based Practice and director of Research and Evidence-Based Practice at Pennsylvania Hospital, has launched a new study at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in pain epigenetics, a new field that investigates how injury and experience influence the way genes behave and how that modification in gene behavior may affect pain sensitivity, pain tolerance or the development of chronic pain. Dr. Hatfield has secured a grant from the ...

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    Linda Aiken’s Research Receives $3 Million in Funding from NINR
    October 2014

    ​Improving healthcare quality and safety to create better outcomes and greater value for patients and communities is a priority in today’s hospitals, nursing homes and home health agencies. A new study from Penn Nursing will deeply explore the impact of change in nursing factors on patient outcomes, with the intent to inform patient care policy in healthcare organizations. Linda Aiken, the Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor in Nursing, Professor of Sociology,  Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Polic...

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    Washington Post Features Article on Vaccine Refusal Co-Authored by Alison Buttenheim
    October 2014

    ​Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA, assistant professor of Nursing, has co-authored with Malia Jones, an article on washingtonpost.com regarding the increasing number of California parents opting out of vaccinating their school age children, and how the practice affects the “herd immunity” of the population as a whole. As a preeminent researcher in maternal-child health interventions as well as vaccine hesitancy and vaccine refusal in the US, she is uniquely qualified to discuss the implications of th...

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    Diane Spatz to Deliver Keynote at International Conference
    October 2014

    Diane Spatz, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, Professor of Perinatal Nursing and the Helen M. Shearer Term Professor of Nutrition, will be a keynote speaker at the Neo-BFHI international conference in Uppsala, Sweden in May 2015. The conference will formally expand the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative to Neonatal Wards (Neo-BFHI) to support, promote and protect breastfeeding of preterm, low birth weight and sick infants requiring neonatal intensive/special care around the world.   Dr. Spatz’s presentation, “Human Milk & Breastfeeding in Vulnerable Infants-Exemplary...

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    Study to Investigate How Treatment of Symptom Clusters Improves Outcomes
    September 2014

    ​In patient care, the presence of multiple co-occurring symptoms can have an adverse effect on patient outcome and may have an effect on predicting patient morbidity. In a new study at Penn Nursing, investigators will determine whether assessing and treating labored breathing, fatigue and sleep disturbance may have a more favorable impact on health outcomes for people with pulmonary arterial hypertension. The study, “Mechanisms of a Symptom Cluster: Dyspnea, Fatigue and Sleep Disturbance in Chronic Illness,” is led by Lea Ann Matura, PhD, RN, assistant professor o...

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    Tanja Kral Awarded More than $1.7 Million to Investigate Strategies to Prevent Obesity in Children
    September 2014

    ​More than one third of children and adolescents in the United States are overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In a first-of-a-kind study, investigators led by Tanja Kral, PhD, associate professor of Nursing, will identify obesogenic eating phenotypes in children in order to move primary obesity prevention strategies in a new direction. The study will use an integrative approach to concurrently study select eating behaviors under states of hunger and satiety and to assess the impact of short-term appetite and intake regulation ...

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    Alison Buttenheim’s Research Receives More Than $2 Million in Funding From NIH
    September 2014

    ​ ​Alison M. Buttenheim, PhD, MBA, assistant professor of Nursing, has received funding exceeding $2 million from the National Institutes of Health, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD) for her study “Improving participation in vector control campaigns.” Dr. Buttenhiem is the co-principal investigator in the study along with ...

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    Medical and Nursing Education History Seminar Series Announced
    September 2014

    ​ The Barbara Bates Center and Drexel University College of Medicine announce new colloquial series on the history of professional medical and nursing education in American healthcare.  The lessons of the past can sometimes be the best road map to navigating the challenges of today.  A new colloquial series entitled Enduring Issues in American Health Care: New Dialogues for the Present Using the Past, will attempt to do just that. Bringing together medical and nursing students, practitioners, educators and sc...

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    Matthew McHugh Receives ANF Award to Study Magnet Credentialing
    September 2014

    ​Research has long indicated that hospitals designated as Magnet facilities by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) achieve better patient outcomes. While the Magnet seal of approval marks such hospitals as providing excellent nursing care, it is difficult to ascertain whether better outcomes are truly due to a hospital undertaking steps to become Magnet certified, or if high-quality hospitals are the typical applicants for certification.     ...

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    Winners of the 2014 Penn Nursing Alumni Awards Announced
    September 2014

    ​​The Penn Nursing Alumni Awards Committee is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Penn Nursing Alumni Awards. The awards ceremony was held on May 16, 2014. Outstanding Alumni Award   Jane H. Barnsteiner, Nu'70, GNu'73, PhD, RN, FAAN is the recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award, which recognizes a Penn Nursing graduate who is a leader with an outstanding career that has advanced the profession of nursing. Dr. Barnsteiner is Professor Emerita and internationally recog...

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