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Penn Nursing Updates - Week of October 11th

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:
      • Email
      • Submit a Course Absence Report (CAR) to notify your faculty. Details about the CAR system can be found in the online BSN Handbook.
      • The symptoms in PennOpen Pass will be changing in the next week or so to reflect new information about COVID and the variants currently in the area. Please pay attention to those symptom changes as you log in to respond each day.
    • 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. Faculty are working with students regarding missed classes, assignments, simulation labs, and clinicals.
    • 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.
    • CONTINUE TO SCHEDULE YOUR SCREENING TESTING: 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: 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. Monitor the Penn COVID Dashboard. The rates of positive cases decreased with the week ending 10/9/2021 and positivity remains very low at 0.32% after 11k+ tests were administered. We all need to do our part to keep the campus and our community healthy and safe.


  • CONTACTING THE OAA: As a reminder, we encourage students to refer to the contact table below for the 2021-2022 academic year.



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


  • Wednesday, October 20 at 12PM - 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.



  • The National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations (NCEMNA) conference is scheduled for October 21st and October 22nd The conference is virtual this year. The student discounted rate is $25 and the School of Nursing Office of Equity and Inclusion will be able to support a few students who would like to attend. Students may apply for conference support here:


  • Friday, October 22 – 4-5pm - Penn Nursing Office of Equity & Inclusion invites you to participate in “Restorative Circles for Penn Nursing Community Building.” Five restorative circles will be held over the course of the academic year to discuss each of our Penn Nursing’s Guiding Principles for Learning and Working Together. The circles will be virtual and registrants will receive a Zoom link. Restorative circles will be held on: Oct 22nd, Nov 19th, Jan 14th, Feb 18th and Mar 18th. RSVP at Zoom link is provided via registration.


  • Weekly Virtual Financial Aid Student Hours are cancelled on Wednesday, October 27.


  • Wednesday, October 27 at 12PM - HRSA Nurse Corps Recipient Webinar: Join Penn Nursing Financial Aid staff and University Student Financial Services staff for a webinar for HRSA Nurse Corps recipients to explain how the award works and what to expect on your student billing account. If you are unable to attend and would like to discuss the HRSA Nurse Corps award, please schedule an appointment with a School of Nursing Financial Aid staff member. Join Zoom Meeting


  • Friday, October 29 – 4-5pm: Penn Nursing Office of Equity & Inclusion invites you to join us for our next Conversations with Nurse Leaders program: “ Nursing Leadership, Social Determinants of Health, and Health Equity.” This will be a moderated conversation on the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 report. Penn Nursing Dean Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN, GNu’82 and Casey Cheng (Class of ’22), Penn Nursing APANSA President and BSN student will co-moderate a conversation between Penn Nursing alumni panelists Ashley Darcy-Mahoney, PhD, NNP, FAAN , GNu’09, GR’10 & Marcus D. Henderson, MSN, RN, Nu’17, GNu’20 who served on the committee on the Future of Nursing 2020-2030. The conversation will focus on how nurse leaders’ have and can address social determinants of health their and contributions to achieving health equity. This event will be recorded. RSVP at


  • Friday and Saturday, October 29-30 – 13th Annual Pediatric Global Health CHOP Conference “Making Up for Lost Time: Addressing Children’s Needs Post-Pandemic.” The conference is in-person on the Penn campus. A limited number of Penn Nursing students can register for this conference for only $25. Both CHOP and Penn Nursing Global Health Affairs Office will subsidize the $120 balance. Please take a look at the brochure and email Nancy Biller ASAP if you would like to attend (do not use the registration link on the general site – we will provide special instructions once you notify us of your interest). The limited number of subsidized registrations is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.


  • Penn Nursing Alumni Mentoring Program - Sign up for our Penn Nursing Alumni Mentoring Program for a shadowing experience, informational interview, career advice or just some encouragement. Join the program to connect and develop your Penn Nursing network. To sign up as a mentee, complete the survey here. If you have any questions about the mentoring program, contact the Penn Nursing Alumni Relations team at


  • The National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing is requesting your participation in a survey on Racism in Nursing in the Workplace. Racism is defined as assaults on the human spirit in the form of biases, prejudices, and an ideology of superiority which persistently causes moral suffering and perpetuates injustices and inequities.
    The purpose of this survey is to learn about your perceptions and lived experiences and to further understand the impact of racism on the nursing profession and patient outcomes. The survey is brief and will take approximately 6 minutes to complete. Please click the link,, to go directly to the survey. Your participation in the survey is completely voluntary and all of your responses will be kept confidential. This survey is available until 11:59 pm EST, October 28th, 2021. If you have any questions about this survey, or difficulty in accessing the site or completing the survey, please contact the American Nurses Association at


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. 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 communicated in previous weekly updates, 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.


Hope you are enjoying your Fall Break! I think we’ll see some typical Fall weather starting on Sunday.

Eureka Photo Image of A Fall Leaf, 5" Paper Cut-Outs, Package of 36


Christina M. Costanzo, EdD

Assistant Dean for Admissions & Academic Affairs