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Penn Nursing Student Updates - Week of August 30th

Dear Penn Nursing Students,

Please take a moment to review important updates below.

Information Updates:

COVID-19 REMINDERS: All Penn Nursing students are expected to:

  • SUBMIT PennOpen Pass daily to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread within the Penn community. In the event that you report symptoms, exposures, positive test results, or notification of quarantine, all students must also:


  • HONOR RED PENNOPEN PASS STATUS: If you receive a RED PennOpen Pass, you are not to attend in-person class, simulation, or clinical experiences. Students can call the telephone number provided by PennOpen Pass for questions or concerns.


  • WEAR MASKS. Consistent with the University’s message sent on August 5th, all members of the Penn community and visitors are required to wear masks while indoors or in public or shared spaces. Detailed information about the exceptions can be found on our Public Health Guidance page. Information about types of masks can be found at: Universal Mask and Cloth Face Covering Precautions. We have also implemented a process for reporting non-compliance with the mask mandate through a simple online form.


  • UPLOAD PROOF OF VACCINE to Complio, Penn Nursing’s system of record for compliance. Note* only students engaged in clinical/simulation this academic year will see a Complio account associated with their name. All other students (part-time MSN not in clinicals yet, part-time DNP, and PhD students) should proceed to the following bullet point and;


  • REPORT PROOF OF VACCINE to Student Health Services (SHS). On Thursday, 8/19/21, all students received a communication from Penn Cares outlining that unless proof of vaccine is submitted before 8/23/21, an Immunization Compliance Registration Hold will be applied to student’s accounts, blocking students from adding and dropping courses, as well as changing their grade type. Proof of vaccine submission instructions can be found online for new students and existing students.


  • STAY UP TO DATE to rapidly changing COVID-19 updates. The University is paying very close attention to the increase in COVID-19 cases and the spread of reported variants, and will continue to update University guidance based on the recommendations of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. Public health guidance on campus continues to evolve and the most recent University updates can always be found at the website. These updates include vaccination, testing, masking, PennOpen Pass and more.


  • FAREWELL ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEW STAFF: The Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) has some staff changes that impact who students should contact for the Fall 2021 semester:
    • Isabel Boston, Registrar, will transition to the role of Penn Nursing’s Associate Registrar on September 7th. Please continue to send questions related to course registration or switching clinical sections to
    • Kathryn Brossa joins Penn Nursing from the Perelman School of Medicine beginning on September 7th . She will assume the role of Penn Nursing’s Registrar. She can be reached at as well.
    • Adrienne Ricks retired from the School of Nursing in July. For education verification and State board and Certification paperwork, please email
    • Georgia Kouzoukas, Associate Director of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, will be leaving Penn Nursing on September 10th. Georgia will be transitioning within Penn to Wharton External Affairs as the Senior Associate Director of Digital Engagement. In Georgia’s absence, please email with advising questions.
    • Dann Truitt, Strategic Communications and Special Projects Coordinator, will be leaving Penn Nursing on September 3rd. Dann will be transitioning to the Chief of Staff position in Penn’s division of the Vice Provost for Student Engagement.
  • CONTACTING THE OAA: As a reminder, we encourage students to refer to the contact table below for the Fall 2021 academic year. We appreciate your patience as we work to fill these open positions over the next few months.




Financial Aid Packages, Scholarships, Student Financial Concerns

Prospective Students, Submatriculation Application Inquires

Academic Policies & Procedures: Course Load, Course Selection, Academic Support & Resources, General Student Advising

Exposure to known or presumptive COVID-19 positive persons, Nursing- specific COVID questions

Course Registration Questions, Switching Clinical Sections

Clinical Compliance: Immunizations, Clearances

Education Verification, Good Standing & Enrollment Letters, State Board & Certification Paperwork


Upcoming Events/Activities Updates

  • Friday, September 3 – (in-person) Weingarten Center Open House: All students are invited to learn more about academic support services that can help lead to success. No pre-registration is required. Please join at 3702 Spruce Street, Stouffer Commons, Suite 300.


  • Tuesday, September 7 – (virtual) Three day Career Fair for Nursing and Allied Health students and recent graduates: All students are invited to learn about career opportunities at multiple healthcare facilities across Pennsylvania and to submit their credentials directly to hiring managers. Interested students are asked to pre-register online.


  • Wednesday, September 8 - Weekly (Virtual) Financial Aid Student Hours: Student hours can be found each week on zoom. Please save this information for your quick reference Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 941 6442 3058.


Appointments with the Office of Academic Affairs (OAA): The Office of Academic Affairs will be offering in-person and virtual appointments for the Fall 2021 semester. In order to maintain good public health practices, we will be offering in-person meetings by appointment only. Appointment types may vary by individual, so please reach out to schedule an appointment via email, rather than dropping by in-person to any offices.

As always, these OAA emails can be found archived online. Please remember that we are available for virtual appointments or by email and that you can find a full listing of departmental contacts online here.

It is great to see so many of you back in Fagin Hall this week. Wishing you the best as we begin the Fall 2021 semester 😊!


Christina M. Costanzo, EdD
Assistant Dean for Admissions & Academic Affairs