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Study Results
Posted September 2014

Good Home Care by Nurses Prevents Hospital and Nursing Home Admissions

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, “Home Health Agency Work Environments and Hospitalizations,” is published in the October issue of the leading scientific journal ...
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Psychiatric/Mental Health
Posted August 2014

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

​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 civilian registered nurses (RNs) better assess and treat PTSD in the nation’s veterans and military service members. The ...

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Cancer
Posted August 2014

Salimah Meghani’s Research Uncovers Disparities and Provider Biases

​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 including the American Society of Clinical Oncology, ...
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Pediatrics
Posted August 2014

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

​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: "An Ethical Case for the Provision of Human Milk in the NICU," co-authored with alumna Elizabeth B. Froh, MS, RN, PhD(c), advocate...

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Pediatrics
Posted July 2014

Sharon Irving Discusses Nasogastric Tube Placement and Verification in Children

Sharon Y. Irving, PhD, RN, CRNP, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Nursing and 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 enteral access device (NG-EAD), often referred to as a nasogastric tube, is common practice and largely in the domain of nursing care….This article p...
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Study Results
Posted July 2014

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

​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 analysis of the pediatric population in Philadelphia, and showed that the rate of type 1 diabetes is increasing, with some populations and age groups increasing greatly since the first cohort from 1985 to 1989....

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Awards
Posted July 2014

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

​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 PhD programs. The Future of Nursing Scholars progra...
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Pediatrics
Posted July 2014

Even Low Lead Levels Increase Child Emotional and Behavior Problems

​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 exposures and to increase aggressiveness and bullying. This study shows that even low lead levels in children are also associated with internalizing behavior problems and can help scientists better understand early heal...

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