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Penn Nursing Update - Week of December 20th

Dear Penn Nursing Students,


In this holiday season, all of us at Penn Nursing send our warmest wishes to you and your loved ones. As we close 2021, please reflect on all you have accomplished during this semester. It was wonderful to see students again in Fagin Hall classrooms, on-campus, and at student events and activities throughout the fall semester. During the winter break, I encourage you to “unplug” and stay away from e-mail (as much as possible). Please note that most of the University (including the School of Nursing) will be closed for the winter break from December 24th through January 4th. Taking this time for rest/reflection is very important.


I also recognize that many of our graduate students will continue to work at various health care agencies/hospitals throughout the winter break. Please know how grateful I am to all of you for your immense contributions to the health and healing of our communities. Even though the pandemic remains with us as we enter 2022, we have learned so much since March of 2020.


Information Updates

· A Message to the Penn Community about the start of the Spring 2022 semester sent on 12/23/2021: Please read the important message sent today to the Penn Community about the start of the Spring 2022 semester from President Gutmann online here.


· Penn Nursing’s Plans for the Spring 2022 Semester:

    • All didactic/lecture content for all courses, regardless of class size, will be prepared for a virtual format using available platforms until January 24th. In-person course delivery will resume on January 24th.
    • Science course and simulation labs for students in N163 will be delivered in a virtual format until January 24th. In-person delivery will resume on January 24th.
    • Simulation content for clinical courses will be delivered in-personfollowing appropriate CDC and PDPH guidance for safe teaching.
    • Clinical training continues in-person as available at clinical partner agencies in compliance with agency, State, City, and University health guidelines.
    • Office of Academic Affairs appointments and faculty advising must occur in a virtual format until January 24th.
    • Orientation for new MSN students (Spring 2022) will be delivered in a virtual format.
    • All examinations (Qualifying Exams, Candidacy Exams, and Dissertation Defenses) must be offered using virtual platforms until January 24th.


  • Spring 2022 move-in for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors who live on-campus: The School of Nursing is in touch with appropriate University offices to identify Nursing students who will need to return to campus earlier in January for in-person simulation and clinical training. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors who live on-campus should log in and submit a request via My Home at Penn by January 5th. Those students will need to ensure they have completed all required University COVID testing prior to returning to campus.


  • Information about COVID Testing for Spring 2022 was included in the President’s message today. Please be sure to read the email carefully.


  • COVID-19 Booster Shots: As announced earlier this week by the President, COVID-19 booster shots will be required for all faculty, staff, students, and post-docs. More information about this requirement can be found here. Penn Nursing is updating Complio to require the COVID-19 booster shot. We will share information with students in early January about uploading your vaccine information to Complio. In the meantime, if you have received your COVID-19 booster already, please follow the directions in the President’s message to upload that information to your Student Health portal.


  • COVID-19 Mitigation Measures: The University will continue to require masking indoors, the use of PennOpen Pass daily, and regular screening testing of the Penn community for the Spring 2022 semester. Indoor social events will also continue to be suspended when we return to campus.


The Office of Academic Affairs will continue to send regular email announcements in the Spring 2022 semester which can be found archived online. You can find a full listing of departmental contacts online here.


Wishing you a restful break, a healthy and happy holiday season, and a peaceful New Year 2022!

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