The world is our classroom, laboratory, and clinic. Penn nurses study and practice in a wide variety of locations and environments from resource-poor communities to the most modern, cutting-edge facilities all over the world.
As a World Health Organization Collaborating Center in Nursing and Midwifery Leadership, we are at the forefront of global health initiatives and policy, and we collaborate with many other institutions around the world in pursuit of better healthcare for all.
Our own study abroad programs, Center for Global Women’s Health, and curriculum—including an undergraduate and graduate Global Health minor, all serve to open the door for students and faculty to engage globally. And we complement these programs by bringing international visiting scholars to Penn.
Our focus on the social determinants of health is leading to better ways to care for a rapidly changing global population. By broadening healthcare perspectives and fostering diversity, our students become prepared to go out and make a difference in patient care wherever they are needed.
On the southern shore of Lake Atitlán in the western highlands of Guatemala is Hospitalito Atitlán, a small, private non-profit hospital serving the 75,000 resource-poor Tz’ulujil Maya people of the community of Santiago Atitlán.
In one of the first studies to examine priorities in recovery identified by trauma patients, family members and clinicians over time, an international research partnership that was launched from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) and Griffith University School of Nursing & Midwifery in Australia has helped advance the importance of patient-reported outcome measures for improved trauma care and research.
Penn Nursing Student Develops Holistic Diabetes Education Tool that can be Tailored for Global Communities
Early this year, Natalie Ball, BSN, RN, Nu’14, was named a delegate to the US-Mex Forum for Cooperative, Understanding and Solidarity (FoCUS) program. A group of 30 outstanding students from the United States and Mexico, the cohort benefits from a range of academic and cultural opportunities as they work on projects in preparation for the bi-annual FoCUS Summit, which brings all Delegates together at Stanford and ITAM.