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Penn Nursing Student Updates - Week of September 6th

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.
    • SCHEDULE YOUR SCREENING TESTING: Beginning the week of September 13th, all vaccinated undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in an on-campus program will be required to participate in mandatory screening testing twice a month. All undergraduates and graduates will test on alternating weeks. More information can be found here. Unvaccinated students with approved exemptions will continue their twice weekly screening testing.
    • STAY UP-TO-DATE to rapidly changing COVID-19 updates. The University is paying very close attention to COVID-19 cases and the spread of the Delta variant, 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: The Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) is has an additional staffing change for the Fall 2021 semester:
    • Helen Xu, Associate Director of Advising will be leaving Penn Nursing. Her last day in the office will be September 23rd. Helen has accepted a position outside of higher education in the Philadelphia area. In Helen’s absence, please email with advising questions.
    • CONTACTING THE OAA: As a reminder, we encourage students to refer to the contact table below for the 2021-2022 academic year. Similarly, in order to practice good public health measures, the OAA prefers to offer students with virtual meeting options. Appointment types may vary by individual, so please reach out to whom you may need via email, rather than dropping by in-person to any offices.



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 testing questions, report non-academic personal travel

Course Registration Questions, Switching Clinical Sections

Clinical Compliance: Immunizations, Clearances

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


Upcoming Events/Activities Updates

  • TODAY - Friday, September 10th 12-12:15pm – 20th Anniversary of 9/11 University Commemoration – Today at the LOVE statue on campus, the University Chaplain and President Gutmann will offer brief remarks commemorating the 20th anniversary of 9/11. More information can be found here.
  • Global Bites Fall 2021 Debut: “Rethinking Diversity, Belonging, and Justice: The Pandemic and Vulnerable Populations” - Please join us for the Global Bites Fall 2021 series debut – September 15 at 12 pm – presented by Postdoctoral Fellow Fanghong Dong and PhD Student Yeji Hwang. Hosted by GHA with the partnership of Penn Nursing’s Offices of Academic Affairs and Equity and Inclusion and support from our campus partners – PAFSA and PAACH. Click here to learn more and complete the required RSVP.
  • Implicit Bias Training: September 24, 4-5:30pm (virtual) - Learn four types of implicit biases. Understand the value of implicit bias training and how we can apply the tools for the School of Nursing community. Identify the ways in which we recognize implicit bias and strategies to address them. For more information, please visit the ODI Sharepoint site or email
  • CHOP Volunteer Opportunity: Seeking volunteer intervention coaches during the 2021-2022 academic year to deliver a web-based intervention for maternal caregivers of young adult survivors of childhood brain tumors as part of a randomized controlled trial. The intervention is delivered via videoconferencing software. All coaches will receive training, individualized session feedback, and participate in monthly group supervision with a licensed psychologist. Please email Shannon Bressler, Study Coordinator, if interested for more information:
  • Wednesday, September 15 - 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. The Office of Academic Affairs has several open staff positions, so we appreciate your patience and support this Fall semester as we work to hire new members of our staff. It may take longer to respond to your emails and requests.

As always, these OAA emails can be found archived online. You can find a full listing of departmental contacts online here.

As I mentioned in my email a few weeks ago, I encourage us all to have grace and patience with one another and practice kindness and compassion to all those we encounter. Enjoy this beautiful day and weekend 😊.

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