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  • Multidisciplinary Team Investigates a TCM for Persons with Serious Mental Illness
    October 2014

    The period following discharge from the hospital is a vulnerable time for patients. When hospital-to-home transitions are poorly handled, they result in hospital readmissions with an estimated annual cost of more than $40 billion, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. People with multiple and persistent mental and physical health problems have high rates of hospital transition failures. New research points to needed modifications in the transition care model that could effectively accommodate the intense psychosocial needs of those with serious mental illness. “Coordination of care during tra...

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    Janet Deatrick’s Research Shows Link to Central Role of Family in the Care of Survivors of Brain Tumors
    October 2014

    ​Approximately 26,000 children in the United States under age 19 are survivors of brain or central nervous system tumors. These adolescents and young adults, who have complex medical conditions, are often cared for by family members. These family caregivers operate as extensions of the healthcare system, yet a gap exists in understanding how these caregivers perceive their competence. In the largest study of its kind, researchers led by Janet A. Deatrick, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Shearer Endowed Term Chair in Healthy Community Practices and Professor of Nursing at the University of Penn...

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    Dying in America: Dr. Meghani Serves on IOM Committee
    October 2014

    ​A new report released September 17, 2014 by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) identifies the need for greater understanding of the role of palliative care—by both the public and care professionals—as one of the nation’s greatest remaining challenges in the delivery of high-quality healthcare. Penn Nursing’s Salimah H. Meghani, PhD, MBE, RN, FAAN, an Associate Professor, served on the IOM committee that was formed to address key end of life issues.  ...

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    Better Nursing Resources for Critically Ill Babies Could Improve Health of 7 out of 10 Black Preemies
    September 2014

    ​In the first study of its kind about critically ill infants, a University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing  investigation shows that an insufficient number of nurses and poor work environments are associated with poorer health of infants born in hospitals that care for disproportionately many black infants. The research was published in the interdisciplinary journal Health Services Research. Lead author Eileen Lake, PhD, RN, is the Associate Dire...

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    Good Home Care by Nurses Prevents Hospital and Nursing Home Admissions
    September 2014

    ​I​n the largest study of its kind, a University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) investigation shows that home health agencies providing organizational support to their nurses get better outcomes.  The best outcomes for patients, including fewest hospitalizations and transfers to nursing homes, are achieved by home health agencies that provide supportive work environments, enabling nurses to focus on patient care.  The study, “...

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    Penn Nursing and the American Nurses Foundation announce launch of PTSD Toolkit
    August 2014

    ​The American Nurses Foundation announces the launch of PTSD Toolkit, developed in partnership with University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, in response to President Obama’s call to deliver quality health care to veterans. In conjunction with President Obama’s address to the American Legion’s 96th convention, the American Nurses Foundation (ANF), the philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association (ANA), announced the launch of an interactive, web-based post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) toolkit that was developed in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing), to help civ...

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    Eileen Lake’s Research Discovers Causes for Outcome Disparities in VLBW Patients
    August 2014

    ​​Research from Eileen Lake, PhD, RN, the Jessie M. Scott Endowed Term Associate Professor of Nursing and Health Policy, Associate Professor of Sociology and Associate Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, has determined that hospital-level disparities in very low birth weight (VLBW) infant outcomes are explained by poorer hospital nursing characteristics. This is the first study to both document that nursing characteristics v...

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    Salimah Meghani’s Research Uncovers Disparities and Provider Biases
    August 2014

    New research by Salimah H. Meghani, PhD, MBE, RN, FAAN, Associate Professor of Nursing, which investigated heuristics underlying cancer pain treatment decision-making for African Americans and whites, has uncovered disparities in that treatment and possible sources of these disparities. Her research has been published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology and has received coverage from other medical media...

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    Diane Spatz's Research in Human Milk and Lactation Featured in Advances in Neonatal Care
    August 2014

    ​​Diane L. Spatz, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, Professor of Perinatal Nursing, Helen M. Shearer Term Professor of Nutrition and internationally known expert in the field of breastfeeding and human lactation, has authored and guest edited a collection of articles in Advances in Neonatal Care. Four of the articles were authored in collaboration with Penn Nursing alumni: "...

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    Sharon Irving Discusses Nasogastric Tube Placement and Verification in Children
    July 2014

    ​Sharon Y. Irving, PhD, RN, CRNP, Nurse Practitioner in the Critical Care division at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, had a recent paper, “Nasogastric Tube Placement and Verification in Children: Review of the Current Literature,” published in the June 2014 issue of Critical Care Nurse. The abstract states: Placement of a nasogastric ente...

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    Incidence of Type 1 Diabetes in Children Nearly Doubled in Some Populations
    July 2014

    ​Terri Lipman, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, Miriam Stirl Endowed Term Professor of Nutrition, Professor of Nursing of Children, and Assistant Dean for Community Engagement, recently presented at the American Diabetes Association’s 74th Scientific Sessions from June 13-17, 2014 in San Francisco. Her presentation centered on her ongoing...

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    Penn Nursing Receives One of the First Future of Nursing Scholars Grants to Prepare PhD Nurses
    July 2014

    ​University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing is one of only 14 schools of nursing nationwide to be among the first to receive a grant from a new Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) program to increase the number of nurses holding PhDs. As an inaugural grantee of the Future of Nursing Scholars program, Penn Nursing will select two nursing students to receive financial support, mentoring, and leadership development over the three years of their ...

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    Even Low Lead Levels Increase Child Emotional and Behavior Problems, Penn Nursing Study Finds
    July 2014

    ​New research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, published in the current issue of JAMA Pediatrics, indicates that low lead levels, even at concentrations lower than the previously defined Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) level of concern, are associated with increased child emotional and behavior problems. Until now, most studies have focused on the effect of lead on children’s IQ and their externalizing behavior. Lead is understood to lower children’s IQ at commonly encountered e...

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    Study: Nursing School Diversity Initiatives Mostly Successful
    May 2014

    ​As outlined in a post on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation website, many nursing school officials are interested in increasing the diversity of their student bodies, but do the “pipeline programs” that aim to do that actually work? The answer is ‘Yes...but,’ according to a new study by J. Margo Brooks Carthon, PhD, APRN, an assistant professor of nursing at the University of...

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    Use of Transitional Care Model Broadened through UPstart Program
    May 2014

    ​The University of Pennsylvania UPstart Program announces TransCare Partners LLC to broaden the use of the Transitional Care Model developed at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. The Model, developed over 20 years by Mary Naylor, PhD, FAAN, RN, has been clinically proven to reduce hospital re-admissions by up to 30% wh...

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    California Schools Need More Support to Implement New Immunization Law
    April 2014

    ​Alison M. Buttenheim, PhD, MBA, Assistant Professor of Nursing in the Department of Family and Community Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, was recently published online in the journal Vaccine, the pre-eminent journal for those interested in vaccines and vaccination. Dr. Buttenheim's research, entitled “Ready or not? School preparedness for California's new personal beliefs exemption law,” co-authored with Marissa Wheeler, focuses on elementary school officials’ aware...

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    Better Nurse Staffing and Education Reduces Patient Deaths in European Hospitals
    February 2014

    ​The Lancet reported today the results of a study in 9 European countries documenting that hospital nurse staffing and the proportion of nurses with bachelor’s education are associated with significantly fewer deaths after common surgery. A team of researchers led by the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in the U.S. and Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, found that every one patient increase in patient to nurse ratios was associated...

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    Penn HIV Researchers Deploy Large-Scale Intervention Project in South Africa
    January 2014

    A large-scale human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) intervention/education effort aimed at helping South African men take a proactive role in the prevention of that disease has proven successful, an important development considering that country has the largest number of HIV infections in the world. Researchers, led by Prof. John B. Jemmott, III, Annenberg School for Communication and the Perelman School of Medicine; and Loretta Sweet Jem...

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    Cancer Increasing as Baby Boomers Age
    November 2013

    ​As 10,000 baby boomers reach 65 each day, the incidence of cancer is increasing, estimated to increase by 67% between 2010 and 2030, bringing attention to the nation’s response to cancer care. Cancer is diagnosed at a higher rate, accounts for more survivors, and results in more deaths than in younger patients. “The increase in the number of older adults, the association of cancer with aging, the workforce shortage, and the financial stressors across the health care system and family networks all contribute to a crisis in cancer care that is most pronounced in the older p...

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    Surviving Survival
    November 2013

    ​With advances in the treatment of childhood brain tumors, more children, some say up to 70 percent, survive and the numbers of caregivers have increased as have the demands placed upon them. Usually their caregivers are their mothers and other family members, especially for those survivors who do not gain independence in terms of their ability to live on their own, find work, make friends, and form partner relationships. In the largest study of its kind, researchers led by the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing have investigated the caregivers of 186 mothers to c...

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