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Posted May 2014

Use of Transitional Care Model Broadened through UPstart Program

​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% while producing substantial savings for hospitals and Medicare. The model assigns an Advance Practice Nurse to follow the patient through the critical transition from hospital to home. An individual nurse can manage as many as 20 p...
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Posted October 2013

Philadelphia Lagging Behind World Health Goals


​While widely known for spending the most dollars per capita on health care in the world, the United States is lagging behind World Health Organization’s (WHO) Millennium Development Goals (MDG) for women’s health and child mortality, with Philadelphia, the nation’s fifth largest city losing ground. According to new research gathered by the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, infant mortality rates have been consistently higher than the U.S. and Pennsylvania from 2000 to 2005, with African American infants falling within a 2-3 times greater risk of dying in their first year of life than any other racial or ethnic group within the city. The WHO has established...

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Posted October 2013

Science Coalition Lauds RightCare Solutions

​The Science Coalition, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of more than 50 of the nation's leading public and private research universities, named RightCare Solutions in its new report, "Sparking Economic Growth 2.0." The report cited RightCare Solutions, a software program aimed at reducing readmissions within 90 days, thus reducing hospital costs as benefiting from the "university ecosystem." The report noted it "provides critical expertise, tools and infrastructure, as well as a creative environment that can help young companies thrive." The software emanated from independent research conducted at The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing by Kathryn H. Bowles, PhD, RN, FAAN,...
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Posted February 2013

Can Breakfast Make Kids Smarter?


​New research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing has found that children who regularly have breakfast on a near-daily basis had significantly higher full scale, verbal, and performance IQ test scores.   In one of the first studies to examine IQ and breakfast consumption, researc...

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Posted September 2012

Getting the Best Healthcare at Lower Cost

On the national level, healthcare costs have increased faster than the economy as a whole for most of the past 40 years and health insurance and constitute 18 percent of the country’s gross domestic product. On the personal level, out-of-pocket costs for patients have nearly doubled in the past 10 years. With statistics like these, something has to change. “Best Care at Lower Cost: The Path to Continuously Learning Healthcare in America,” a new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), details ways to bring about more cost-effective quality care by harnessing existing knowledge and technol...
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Posted April 2012

No More Business as Usual in Health Education and Practice


The days of a patient receiving care from a single doctor at a single location have long passed. Healthcare and health information come from numerous sources, facilities, and providers. To maximize the strengths of multiple providers, improve care, and lower costs, healthcare leaders met at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing on April 17 to consider steps toward interprofessional education and practice among teams of nurses, doctors, and other health providers.    The symposium, Partners in Education and Practice: Stronger Teams, Better Health, built on calls for interprofessionalism in healthcare in two major commission reports, The Future of Nursing: Leadi...

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Posted November 2010

Penn Nursing Charges Latin America

For the fourth year, faculty members Mamie Guidera, CNM, MSN and Dawn Durain, CNM, MPH led a course-related trip to Honduras with 12 second degree BSN students, graduate MSN students and one traditional BSN student. The aim of the course is to provide students with a socio-political and cultural perspective on health and health care delivery in Latin America through service learning. Students learn about the culture, health and health care by working side by side, or shoulder to shoulder with people in Santa Lucia and Concepcion Honduras. The students were responsible for the creation of multiple health education lesson plans throughout the semester. Using popular education techniques, these lessons focused on a wide variety of health promotion subjects, and were presented while in Honduras during trainin...
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Posted February 2009

Penn Nursing ranks second place in NIH funding


Although it is one of the smaller top-ranked schools of nursing, the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing rose to second place among all the schools receiving funding from the National Institutes of Health. The School received $7.7 million compared to nearly $9 million for top-ranked University of California San Francisco for the 2008 fiscal year. Despite difficulties for national Schools of Nursing to secure funding, the amount of funding going to support Penn’s researchers increased by 12 percent over the previous year. “Our research program advancing nursing science is strong and growing despite increasing challenges in evidence-based quality care through developing and testing models of care,” said Penn Nursing Dean Afaf I. Meleis, PhD, RN, the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing. “Advancing knowledge to support the evidence for quality...

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Posted December 2008

Dr. Aiken named Ambassador for Global Health Research

Dr. Linda Aiken has just been named an Ambassador for Global Health Research in the Paul G. Rogers Society of Research!America. Dr. Aiken was selected for this honor from among the nation’s best global health research leaders. As an Ambassador, she will conduct public outreach and advocacy for global health research through Research!America. She will meet with leaders and decision-makers and promote nursing research to non-scientific audiences through her presentations and dialogues, and she will be involved with several community-level activities to engage the public. Dr. Aiken's global commitment to quality care through health outcomes research makes her an ideal candidate for this role and recipient of this major honor. She is the second Ambassador for Global Health Research from Penn Nursing. Marjorie Muecke, the assistant dean for Global Health ...
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Posted October 2008

Dr. Naylor discusses the nursing shortage and transitional care on PBS


Penn Nursing professor Mary Naylor, PhD, RN, FAAN, was featured on NOW on PBS in an episode that detailed the national nursing shortage. The video can be seen here. The full interview with Dr. Naylor, in which she details her transitional care model, can be seen on the PBS website, on the right hand column, under Video: Interview: Nursing from Hospital to Home....

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Posted September 2008

Penn Professor Receives '08 Fichter Research Grant

Associate Professor Dr. Barbra Wall has received a 2008 Fichter Research Grant from the Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR) for her study, "Clash and Compromise: Catholic Hospitals, Secularization, and the State in 20th Century America." This study researches the history of women and religion by examining Catholic hospitals from 1925 to 2000 through the lens of five religious nursing congregations, with special emphasis on discovering how religious institutions such as hospitals attempt to shape healthcare and policy in a pluralistic environment. It will compare US Catholic hospitals from 1925 to 2000. The study is done at a time when religious organizations are in the forefront of the American healthcare scene. It will add to the secularization debate by enhancing our understanding of the role that religion plays in the United States,...
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