In my undergraduate experience at Penn, even from the very beginning, we learned about family-centered care, and how to incorporate our patients and their families into every aspect of the medical care they receive.
Six feet of distance prevents hugs. Masks cover smiles. Gloves negate the warm touch of hands. Words uttered convert moments in times such as these into the worst of ones’ life, and our mechanisms of providing comfort are banned in an effort to maintain safety. When a mother’s son is taking his final breaths, how does one hold her up and comfort her if not with their arms?
“As an intensive care nurse, I spend many shifts face-to-face with suffering, pain, and death. My critically ill patients fight to live, day in and day out. With all the procedures, imaging, monitors, lights, beeping, and poking, patients have asked me if it is easier to die than to suffer.
There are ways you could try to quantify the reach and influence of Penn Nursing. You could look at school rankings, which for the past five years have placed the School in the number one spot in the world. Or you could calculate the amount of research funding it’s been awarded by the National Institutes of Health.
Serious traumatic injuries are a health event that can begin a trajectory toward chronic health and social challenges. Research on patient outcomes following traumatic injuries establishes the pervasive nature of injuries’ long-term consequences in physical, psychological, social and economic well-being, which may persist months and even years after an injury hospitalization. In light of this research, emerging interventions have targeted enhanced and coordinated healthcare services to support recovery and address patients’ long-term rehabilitative needs.
Penn Nursing and Drexel study evaluates pathways to psychological help-seeking behavior.