Clinical practice is central to nursing. Through Penn’s longstanding partnerships with some of the nation’s top hospitals, clinics, and research facilities, we place all of our students in clinical settings that fit their educational and professional goals.
For our students, this means they receive practical, hands-on experience and gain confidence in working within healthcare, academic, or research settings. For our faculty and researchers, the exchange of scholarly information and materials with our practice partners advances our research and enables us to develop effective academic programs.
Team care in education and practice
In the global 21st century, how will healthcare providers such as nurses and physicians work better together to improve efficiencies and allocation of resources, and positively impact patient and provider satisfaction?
Strong teams create better outcomes
Along with the Perelman School of Medicine, the School of Nursing is committed to advancing interprofessionalism and exploring team care as the pathway to better outcomes for both patients and providers. Penn Nursing and Penn Medicine are actively turning the ambition of team care into a reality by creating a working model for a new era of interprofessional education and practice in healthcare. Nurses, physicians, quality managers, and students go on rounds together and meet regularly to discuss patient progress and discharge plans. Decisions about patient care happen in real time, informed jointly by this interprofessional team.
On February 24, 2017, Dean Villarruel and co-investigator Nelson Varas-Díaz, Ph.D. of Florida International University, presented their latest findings to research participants at the University of Puerto Rico. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the implementation in Puerto Rico was under the management of Varas Díaz and his research team, composed of graduate students of Psychology and Social Work of the University of Puerto Rico.