Samantha Roecker, a Penn Medicine nurse and a student in Penn Nursing’s Family Nurse Practitioner Program, competed in the Boston Marathon. In the process, she raised more than $45,000 to help nurses struggling as a result of the pandemic, and she broke the world record for fastest marathon in scrubs.
The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened an existing drug overdose crisis that claimed the lives of more than 81,000 people in the U.S. from May 2019-June 2020. Penn Nursing’s Peggy Compton, PhD, RN, FAAN, van Ameringen Chair in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing and Professor in the Department of Family and Community Health, and Shoshana Aronowitz, PhD, CRNP, a Fellow of the National Clinician Scholars Program, are co-authors on a recent policy brief from the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics Opioid Working Group that provides evidence-based recommendations for the government to consider in its response.
Julie A. Fairman, PhD, RN, FAAN, Nightingale Professor in Honor of Nursing Veterans and professor of nursing, an internationally recognized scholar and leader in nursing education and history will transition from her faculty role on June 30th, 2022.
Sharon Y. Irving PhD, CRNP, FCCM, FAAN, FASPEN, Associate Professor of Pediatric Nursing and Vice-Chair of Penn Nursing’s Department of Family and Community Health, has been selected to serve on the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition’s (ASPEN) Board of Directors. The Board of Directors are responsible for developing the strategic vision and priorities of the organization. Her term will be one year, and it begins on June 1, 2022.
Ann Lawrence O’Sullivan, PhD, FAAN, CRNP, the Dr. Hildegarde Reynolds Endowed Term Professor of Primary Care Nursing and Professor of Primary Care Nursing, Perelman School of Medicine, will be transitioning in just a few days on June 30, 2021 after an incredible 48 years(!) of service to the University and School. She will continue to mentor and support our DNP students.
A televised documentary, American Nurse Heroes, from the American Nurses Association (ANA), Al Roker Entertainment, and HealthCom Media, publisher of American Nurse Journal, premieres June 24th on Discovery Life (recast June 28th on NBC). Doctoral student, Tarik Khan is one of four nurses featured in the program celebrating the contributions of nurses and the positive impact they have on our nation in the pandemic and beyond. On-demand viewing of this extraordinary piece is forthcoming.
Dr. Steven Larson, co-founder of Puentes de Salud, interviewed Dr. Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners in Health for a Free Library of Philadelphia event in conjunction with the publication of his most recent book Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds: Ebola and the Ravages of History. Dr. Larson has collaborated with Dean Villarruel and many members of the Penn Nursing community. He has been a strong advocate for nursing throughout his career as an educator and Emergency Medicine physician at HUP. Access the June 14, 2021 recording here.
“I can’t believe it has been a year since we have been on lockdown, and it feels like the longest year of doing everything correctly, from social distancing to wearing masks. I started nursing school at Penn in June 2020 while studying completely online.
June 26, 2020