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.
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.
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.
Enter the Fagin Hall office of Wendy D. Grube, GNu,82, GR’10, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, and one of the first things you might see is a clear glass bell. The Order of the Bell was presented to Dr. Grube in 2017 by Mountains of Hope, West Virginia’s statewide cancer coalition, for her work to break barriers in public health in rural West Virginia. Dr. Grube has taken a special interest in this area, which has a significantly elevated rate of cervical cancer mortality—in addition to centering her 2010 doctoral dissertation on cervical screening in rural West Virginia, since 2008 she has partnered with the local community, spearheading a Penn Nursing service learning project in West Virginia that has included free cervical screenings (over 300 women screened) and other urgent health care screenings and education as informed by community need.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world has rallied behind healthcare workers—to both protect and support this critical community that continues to save lives in the face of personal danger. Now more than ever, it’s essential to understand how this workforce of nurses, doctors, and other indispensable personnel can be more effective through scientific research.
Emily Beisser and Rachel Ohrenschall–nursing interns for the Penn Futures program at Kensington Health Science Academy, Community Champions, and students in N354- Social Determinants of Health: Community Engagement Immersion–and their faculty advisor, Dr. Kate McDonald, have been working closely with KHSA students in KHSA’s Health Related Technologies (HRT) program.
Emily and Rachel have provided health education and developed a skills boot camp to prepare the HRT students for their certification exam. Penn Nursing undergraduate and graduate students were recruited to staff various boot camp skill stations that included obtaining blood pressure, measuring height and weight, hand washing, transferring patients, and donning personal protective equipment (PPE). The boot camp was evaluated very highly by the HRT students and their teachers.
Kudos to Rachel, Emily and the multiple Penn Nursing volunteers!