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.
With support from the Center for Global Women’s Health, three Penn Nursing student organizations - NSRH, MNO, and SNAP - hosted Jillian Baker, DrPH, EdM and Sinora Allwood, RN, from A Tribe Called Fertility, for an informative discussion about women’s infertility. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Monique Howard, Senior Director of Women’s Health Initiatives, for the Center for Global Women’s Health. Access the November 19, 2021 recording here.
The New York Fed, in collaboration with NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Low Income Investment Fund, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, hosted a virtual event on maternal health on September 15, 2021. Dean Antonia Villarruel served as an expert panelist for this event, outlining for providers, policymakers, funders, and healthcare leaders some of the critical structural barriers facing women and birthing people during the 4th trimester. Access the full recording here.
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!