Lisa Lewis, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been appointed the Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion. Her commitment to social justice is deeply rooted in her lived experience, teaching, and program of research.
How a handful of Penn Nursing alumni—and our own Associate Dean, Lisa Lewis—are shaping the way higher ed improves diversity, equity, and inclusion.
HIV prevention remains a public health priority in the United States. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a drug regimen recommended for individuals who have engaged in behaviors that place them at elevated risk for HIV. When used consistently, daily oral PrEP has been shown to reduce HIV transmission by 99 percent. However, despite increases in PrEP awareness and uptake over the past several years, data show that four of five people who could benefit from PrEP did not access the medication in 2018.
Dear Colleagues – It feels like some time since I’ve been able to say this, but …Welcome back to Fagin Hall! It is great to be together again in our home base on Penn campus—and to resume in-person operations. It is my pleasure and privilege to welcome our returning students, faculty, and staff to this new academic year. I’d also like to welcome Penn Nursing’s new additions: 100 BSN, 83 ABSN, 65 MSN, 22 Post-MSN, 10 PhD, 41 Post-Masters DNP and executive leadership, and 28 Nurse Anesthesia DNP students. We have been waiting for you! Our faculty and staff have worked tirelessly to provide the best and safest educational experience possible.
All around Penn Nursing, students are volunteering, teaching, organizing, and conducting research with one shared goal: to make the world a fairer place.
By Molly Petrilla
Good-bye to 2020—and welcome to 2021! We are all hopeful that this new year will bring good luck and good health for us all. Certainly, with several COVID-19 vaccines now approved in the United States, we see a path out of the global pandemic that has influenced every aspect of our lives over the last year. It is particularly gratifying to welcome freshman and sophomores back to campus—and, of course, to welcome all of you to spring semester.
The numbers are impressive. More than 4,300 generous donors. Over 13,400 gifts made. And in the end, Penn Nursing’s Innovating for Life and Living Campaign—part of Penn’s larger Power of Penn Campaign—raised $3 million more than its $60 million goal thanks to its Board of Advisors, lead volunteers, and many donors and friends.
In honor of 2020—the Year of the Nurse and Midwife —we’re taking a look at 20 remarkable alumni who are defining and redefining the world of nursing right now. From a clinic director focused on an underserved transgender population to a midwife working to lower maternal mortality rates to the CEO of a high-profile, life-changing nonprofit, the alumni on this list speak to a changing world where nurses are impacting patients, policy, best practices, and much, much more, forging new paths for themselves and for generations of nurses to come.