The Elizabeth Wright Fund—which gave Penn Nursing its first student exchange program—has its roots in a time when post-operative hospital stays were longer, and when private duty nurses attended patients in the hospital as well as at home after discharge.
Penn Nursing’s West Philadelphia Women’s Day event will continue, thanks to a new grant from The Trustees’ Council of Penn Women (TCPW). Funding from TCPW will support Dr. Wendy Grube’s partnership with women from the medically underserved West Philadelphia community to investigate their most pressing health concerns and move forward with a second West Philadelphia Women’s Day event.
New gifts from Sandy Samberg, Nu’94, GNu’95, and her husband, Joe Samberg are supporting life changing experiences for Penn Nursing students, and opportunities for students to share those experiences with a wider audience. The Sambergs’ investments in the Global Impact Fund and the Nursing Story Slam will help our students make the most of their Penn education.
From rural areas of India to more locally in West Philadelphia, Penn Nursing’s Center for Global Women’s Health (CGWH) has an impact on health and healthcare on a global scale. In recognition of that leadership, an anonymous donor has made a $10,000 pledge, which will support the work of CGWH—at the direction of CGWH Director Dr. Wendy Grube—over the next several years.
A generous grant from The Arcadia Foundation is helping to pave the way for integrating the latest tech advancements into education at Penn Nursing. The new funding supports our School’s Learning Technology Fund, a fund that supports state-of-the-art simulation experiences and a dynamic educational curriculum to prepare Penn Nursing students with the tools and experiences they need to provide care.
Penn alums Patricia Bleznak Silverstein, C’81 and Howard A. Silverstein, W’69 are advocating for innovation at Penn Nursing through education—by dedicating one of Fagin Hall’s four high fidelity simulation suites located in the Helene Fuld Pavilion for Innovative Learning and Simulation.
Carol Lefkowitz Boas, Nu’77 and a member of the Penn Nursing Board of Overseers, and Andrew M. Boas have made the founding gift to help establish Penn Nursing’s new Community Partnership Program, one of the key initiatives for the Innovating for Life and Living Campaign.
Thanks to new funding from the Roxborough Memorial Foundation, Penn Nursing students will have access to a new source of financial aid that comes with an incentive to complete clinical service in or near the Roxborough neighborhood of Philadelphia.
Penn Nursing is committed to ensuring that our student body is as diverse as the world our graduates will serve—thanks to a new scholarship established by Professor Virginia A. Lucas, Nu’55, GNu’63, undergraduate nursing students with Italian heritage and financial need have a new financial aid resource.
When you come from a true Red and Blue family, the concept of not being able to finish your degree because of financial hardships is one that doesn’t sit well. For Robert Karsch, C’85, M’89 and Abby Bechler-Karsch, Nu’88, GNu’93, that meant creating a new scholarship—the Abby and Robert Karsch Family Scholarship Program—for low-income Penn Nursing undergraduates required to take a fifth year of classes in order to graduate.
A grant from the Independence Foundation launched Conversations with Nurse Leaders, an initiative that brings expanded leadership education opportunities to nursing students throughout the Philadelphia.
Health care entrepreneur Lauren Arnold, GNu’79, has made a leadership gift to the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research that will further support their mission.
The legacy of nutrition pioneer and Penn Nursing alumna JoAnn Nallinger Grant, HUP’62, Nu’72 continues with a new scholarship established in her honor by JoAnn’s husband, Igor Grant, MD, RES’71.
Penn Nursing is developing a new design thinking-focused curriculum targeted toward nurses and nursing students, thanks to a grant from the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation . This exciting curriculum that embraces innovation, which will be a jointly owned and branded curriculum resource, aims to be available to all schools and health care systems—wherever nurses study or practice.
Alaina Hall’s nonprofit project is a nurse-led multi-interventional health-promotion effort that aims to address the global health problem of infectious disease in children. Working in partnership with the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos orphanage in Miacatlán, Mexico, Hall will work to improve health education for children and their caregivers, strengthen infection screening and identification processes, and reduce exposure to infection-causing pathogens by providing filtered water and repairing damage to local sewage structures.
Fellowship in the ACNM is an honor bestowed upon those midwives whose demonstrated leadership, clinical excellence, outstanding scholarship, and professional achievement, and have merited special recognition both within and outside of the midwifery profession.
Placement of nasogastric (NG) tubes (feeding tubes) in pediatric patients is a common practice, however, the insertion procedure carries risk of serious or even potentially lethal complications. While there are numerous methods of verifying an NG tube has been placed correctly, none of those methods are considered universally standard.
In an upcoming article in the journal Nursing Research, a study from Penn Nursing, reports results of a web-based intervention, Cuídalos, in Puerto Rico designed to increase sexual risk communication between parents and adolescents.
Penn Medicine, Penn Nursing, and Vingroup establish a formal alliance to advance medical education and clinical care in Vietnam
Childhood obesity is a serious public health concern that can have a profound impact on children’s health and well-being. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are more likely to have obesity compared to their peers with typical development, data show. Until recently, little has been known about why children with ASD are at increased risk for developing obesity.
In the United States, the majority of women have to work. But of the 151 largest US cities, only New York and Philadelphia safeguard their rights around this issue.
A new study from a team of researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Penn Nursing found that in the previous three months, about half of parents talked on a cell phone while driving when their children between the ages of 4 and 10 were in the car, while one in three read text messages and one in seven used social media.
The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing has been re-designated as a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership for an additional four-year term. As a Collaborating Center, Penn Nursing commits to advancing the workplan of the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) related to human resource development and the sustainable development goals (SDG’s) during each four-year cycle of work.
In an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania researchers call for modernizing the way Medicare pays for training nurses, and highlight a successful new model of cost-effectively training more advanced practice nurses to practice community-based primary care.
The University of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce a gift of $1 million from Johnson & Johnson to the School of Nursing and the Wharton School. This investment launches the Nursing/Wharton Impact Scholars Loan Program, a program that will increase the number of health care leaders with expertise in both business and clinical care by offering financial aid, and provide underserved communities with greater access to health professionals.
As part of course NURS 354 - Addressing the Social Determinants of Health: Community Engagement Immersion, Penn Nursing juniors Isabel Braun and Morgan Shick spent time each week at Kensington Health Sciences Academy (KHSA) working with teenage students, and together, prepared these students for their final exam. Isabel shared her thoughts and the process behind developing the exam-prep boot camp with Morgan and reflected on the experience overall. Penn’s involvement at KHSA is part of the Penn Futures Project collaboration between Penn Nursing, GSE , and SP2 .
Over forty percent of all older adults in the United States are living with four or more chronic illnesses, receive care from a fragmented health care system, and are struggling with rising costs and uneven quality. To confront this national crisis, more than fifty health system leaders, policy makers, innovators, and scholars convened last week to identify actionable recommendations designed to transform care delivery for older adults with complex health and social needs and support their family caregivers.
The Garrison Lecturer is a scholar distinguished for contributions to medical history or other fields of science and learning, who presents original and previously unpublished research in a lecture given at the American Association for the History of Medicine ’s (AAHM) annual meeting.
FDA-approved drugs to treat diabetes and obesity may reduce cocaine relapse and help addicted people break the habit
Penn Nursing is at the forefront of developing innovative new curricula to address the growing health problem.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation gifted the University of Pennsylvania with a $2 million endowment in 2017, establishing the Calvin Bland Faculty Fellowships, and initiative that incentivizes faculty to improve the lives of young men and their families by advancing health and health care for all with an emphasis on at-risk young men and boys of color.
Penn Nursing’s Nurse-Midwifery Class of 2017 has committed to funding a scholarship for future midwives of color, an effort to diversify the workforce and improve patient outcomes.
Krista Pinola, Nu’86, and her husband Rich—both committed leaders at Penn Nursing and the greater nursing community—gave the inaugural gift in 2017 to launch the new Nursing Innovation Fund, an initiative that allows Penn Nursing to explore a variety of pathways toward building a culture of innovation.
In 2017 Penn Nursing Overseer Ralph Reynolds, W’84, and his wife Gail, a member of Penn’s Rowing Sports Board, generously endowed a new professorship, the Gail and Ralph Reynolds President’s Distinguished Professorship—a first-of-its kind President’s distinguished professorship with a preference for appointments to the School of Nursing.
Carol L. Boas, Nu’77 and Andrew M. Boas’ generous 2018 gift to Penn Nursing will create the Boas Community Partnership Program—and establish a permanent linkage from Penn Nursing into the Philadelphia communities we serve.
Penn Nursing senior Alaina Hall is among the nine winners of the 2018 President’s Engagement and Innovation Prizes. University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann made the announcement today. Awarded annually, the President’s Engagement and Innovation Prizes provide $100,000 in funding for Penn seniors to design and undertake post-graduation projects that make a positive, lasting difference in the world.
Teenage drivers ages 16 to 19 are three times more likely to get into fatal accidents than their older counterparts. In this age group, around twenty percent 20 in the United States have been affected by symptoms associated with mental health disorders, including 9 percent with a lifetime history of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). What’s the relationship between these well-documented conclusions?
The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) is again the number one nursing school in the world according to a recent ranking by QS World University . The rankings highlight the world’s top universities in 48 different subject areas (as of 2018) based on academic reputation, employer reputation, and research impact. This is the third consecutive year that Penn Nursing has taken the top spot.
The Deans of the School of Nursing (Penn Nursing), the Graduate School of Education (GSE), and the School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) are appointing two faculty leaders to the Penn Futures Project (PFP) in order to build upon and accelerate the successes of the program since its inception.
For older adults with multiple chronic conditions and complex care requirements, transitioning between levels of care and across care settings is common. It is well understood that high-quality transitional care is important for both the well-being of the older adult and for family caregivers. While there has been an increased focus on person-centered models of care transition for cognitively intact older adults from hospital to home, little is known about the core elements of successful transitions in care specifically for persons with dementia.
While cervical cancer – one of the most common cancers in women – has significantly decreased in the United States, it is still the second most common cancer in women who live in less developed countries, according to the World Health Organization. Women in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) have the largest age-standardized incidence and mortality rates of this potentially preventable and non-communicable disease due to the difficulty in implementing prevention, screening, and treatment programs.
The HERstory/HIStory mentorship program was founded during the 2016-17 academic year by Penn students, faculty, and staff at W.E.B. Du Bois College House, including Penn Nursing’s Robin Stevens, PhD. Students of color at the House serve as mentors to African-American schoolchildren at Samuel Powel Elementary School, a K-4 public elementary school in West Philadelphia.
Studies have shown that talking with teens about sex-related topics is a positive parenting practice that facilitates important sexual health outcomes with heterosexual adolescents. But for LGBTQ youth, the topic of sexuality and sexual health is often ineffectively addressed at home.
Researchers – including a team from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania – have identified gaps in pain-related education for health care providers that leave out important aspects of safe and effective pain management competencies, including those specific to opioid safety. These findings may help explain one reason for the current public health crisis of inappropriate pain management and prescription drug abuse.
Pressure-related skin injuries, a nurse-sensitive quality indicator in hospitals, are associated with increased morbidity and higher costs of care. There’s been much attention focused on hospital-acquired pressure injuries (HAPI) in the adult population. However, while preventable, immobility-related and medical device-related pressure injuries (MDPI) also occur in hospitalized infants and children.
Research in Nursing & Health is a top-tier, peer-reviewed journal that publishes a wide range of research to inform the practice of nursing and other health disciplines.
Penn Nursing alumni Deborah Marrington, GNu’01, Sarah Aloise, GNu’98, and Eileen Campbell, GNu’98, and their colleagues travel to Haiti to provide medical care and partner with the community.
Injuries are a major public health problem in the United States, accounting for nearly 60 percent of all deaths among Americans between the ages of 1 and 44 years. Survivors of traumatic injuries often face significant physical and mental health challenges, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Satisfaction with care in hospitals declines when patients believe there are not enough nurses on wards, according to a new study based on the NHS Inpatient Survey published in the BMJ Open .
Children who eat fish at least once a week sleep better and have IQ scores that are 4 points higher, on average, than those who consume fish less frequently or not at all, according to new findings from the University of Pennsylvania recently published in Scientific Reports , a Nature journal.
NCSP aims to offer unparalleled training for clinicians as change agents driving policy-relevant research and partnerships to improve health and healthcare.
Within the context of the current epidemic, opioids used in postoperative and discharge settings are under increasing examination for the role they play during and after surgery.