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World Health Organization

In 1988, Penn Nursing earned the prestigious designation of being named a World Health Organization Collaborating Center (WHOCC) for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership, and we’ve been working with the WHO ever since.

We’re a member of a global network of other WHOCC collaborators who support WHO global health priorities. Our work is focused on the goal of “health for all through nursing and midwifery.”

As a collaborating center, we commit to a certain number of projects with the WHO during each four-year cycle of work. Currently, we are in collaboration with the WHO and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to reduce maternal mortality in Haiti, a project that we hope to replicate in Bolivia as well. We are also working with PAHO/WHO to develop leadership in nursing education and research.


Resources Created by Penn Nursing that Support our WHOCC Work:


Nurse Practitioner Model in  LIFE/PACE:  Living Independently for Elders/ Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly

Video 1:  What is LIFE / PACE — Who is Served / What has been the role of  Penn Nursing?

Video 2:  Client-centered, integrated, convenient, worry-free care that does more and costs less.

Video 3:  Nurse Practitioner Model:  Focus on care and Council of Elders-approved research to improve care.





Nursing & Quality of Care (Enfermería y Calidad de Atención) Video Series 

Part one: Theory /Teoría

Part two: Research Methodology /Metodologías de Investigación

Part three: A Decade of Evidence / Una Década de Evidencia

Part four: Evidence in Neonatal Care / Evidencia en Cuidado Neonatal Intensivo

Part five: Pathway to Quality / Persiguiendo el Camino de la Calidad



Coursera - Vital Signs: Understanding What the Body Is Telling Us

Connie Scanga, PhD

The vital signs – heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, respiration rate, and pain – communicate important information about the physiological status of the human body. This six-part course is for anyone who wants to better understand how the body functions. 

For more information and to register for the course:  Vital Signs Coursera.