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.
As the covid pandemic challenged health care systems around the world, Penn Medicine nurses at the school of nursing’s academic practice partner facilities drew on their creativity and limitless capacity for evidence-driven risk to quickly test and implement new solutions. Constrained resources, an unknown virus, evolving standards—that didn’t stop these professionals (many of them Penn alumni). Here, five stories of how they innovated in patient care and in their practice and inspired us all.
“I wasn’t the student who made it through four years of Penn with the typical ups and downs. My downs were rough and frequent, and it wasn’t just four years. I almost didn’t make it, until I did.
I fell in love with storytelling at Penn. The African American Arts Alliance (4A) birthed this love for me. With my 4A family, I acted in plays, directed musicals, built sets, and balanced budgets. We told stories that were Black.
Hello to my friends, professors, alumni, and mentors. As our University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing community continues to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, it is cathartic and great to share my thoughts with a group who groomed me. Lately, to find solace and light in these times, I have developed a list of little “nuggets of joy” that keep me focused on fighting for love in the world.
In just the first two years, my nursing career has taken me on a journey I could have never imagined. After graduating from Penn in 2018, I spent a year in Mexico with the President’s Engagement Prize, working to prevent infectious diseases in children.