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Penn Nursing Update - Week of January 3rd

Dear Penn Nursing Students,


Happy New Year and welcome back from winter break!


I hope you had a restful break and were able to safely spend time with family and friends. As we kick off the Spring 2022 semester, I wanted to reiterate some important information updates.


Information Updates

· Messages to the Penn Community about the start of the Spring 2022 semester sent on 12/23/2021 and 1/7/2022: Please read the important messages sent to the Penn Community about the start of the Spring 2022 semester from President Gutmann online here and 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-person following 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 have logged in and submitted a request via My Home at Penn. University Housing notified students approved to move-in early this morning. Those students will need to ensure they have completed all required University COVID testing prior to returning to campus and Gateway testing upon arrival 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. All students must complete a COVID test 48 hours prior to arrival to campus and complete Gateway testing when they arrive. This is especially important for our Penn Nursing students as you begin in-person simulation and clinicals. We would not want to spread covid to our patients and community members, so you should completed your Gateway testing prior to beginning your in-person simulation and clinicals. I’ve scheduled my Gateway test already. Please schedule yours too.


  • 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 soon 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. Please note in today’s email from the President, masking requirements have been updated. Please read the new masking requirements for campus buildings that we must abide by starting January 10, 2022.


  • 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


Penn Nursing Innovation Accelerator

January 13, 2022 | 3:00-5:00pm ET

The Penn Nursing Innovation Accelerator provides funding to assist Penn Nursing students and faculty with the creation and testing of early-stage solutions to improve health and health care outcomes with a priority on populations of greatest need.

Keynote talk from Hiyam Nadel MBA, RN, Director of the Center for Innovation in Care at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Register and learn more by clicking the following link :


Penn Nursing Story Slam

February 16, 2022 | 7:00-8:30pm ET

The Nursing Story Slam brings together nurse storytellers from Penn Nursing and Penn Medicine to share their true, personal stories that explore the breadth, depth, and diversity of nursing.

Click the following link to learn more and sign up for this event:


Call For Spring Student Pilot Proposals Student proposals must be submitted to the portal by February 21, 2022. The Senate Research Committee and the Office of Nursing Research invite you to submit proposals for pilot funding for the Spring 2022 cycle. Proposals can be submitted via the Nursing Pilot Grant Portal. To access the portal, visit


Wednesday, January 19, 2022 - Weekly Virtual Financial Aid Student Hours will resume at noon: Student hours can be found each week on Zoom. Please save this information for your quick reference Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 941 6442 3058.


New OAA Staff Hires: The OAA has filled an additional staff position. Tina Dy, Academic Affairs Coordinator, joined us on January 5, 2022. Tina is working with current OAA team members to orient to the position, learn the Penn systems, etc. Tina will be working closely with Dr. Costanzo, Dr. LoGrippo, Ms. Oteri, and our Registrar team. Our student leaders can look forward to meeting Tina at our first student leader meeting in January.


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.


Mask-up, wash your hands often, get your COVID vaccine booster, and complete your COVID testing. I’m weary too from two years of the pandemic, but I know we’ll see our way through this latest challenge.


I look forward to seeing you all again soon 😊. In the meantime, I wish you a successful start to the Spring 2022 semester!


Christina M. Costanzo, EdD

Assistant Dean for Admissions & Academic Affairs