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.
“This past semester I completed an independent study on Nurse Leadership in the time of a Pandemic, and the Effect of the Coronavirus on Mental Health of Nurses.
Six months after moving to Manhattan and beginning my career as an inpatient nurse, the city that I had just begun to call home became an epicenter for the COVID-19 pandemic. In under 48 hours, my acute surgical unit transformed into a full, 34-bed COVID ICU.
Penn Nursing’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing is the number one undergraduate nursing program in the nation according to the 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. What makes this designation even more special is that this is the first year the national magazine has ranked undergraduate nursing programs and Penn Nursing takes the top spot.
Ingred Prince, Nu’16, is a Registered Nurse and emerging screenwriter based in Baltimore, Maryland. A Baltimore Youth Film Arts Fellow, Ingred is a recipient of the 2019 Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund Award.