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Important Message to the Penn Nursing Community

To the Penn Nursing Community,

In follow up to President Amy Gutmann and Provost Wendell Pritchett’s recent communication, we are writing to also communicate the School of Nursing’s stand on managing COVID-19. Please note the following:

• Spring Break has been extended an additional week to allow all Schools, including the School of Nursing, the opportunity to transition all in-person courses to be delivered remotely beginning Monday, March 23, when classes will resume in virtual form. There will be more information about this transition for faculty, students, and staff in the next few days.
• Faculty will receive an additional email communication shortly outlining our plans to assess your needs to teach remotely and concerns in the clinical courses. For faculty who traveled or have further questions, please contact your Department Chairs.
• All didactic portions of Nursing classes will be held remotely starting March 23.
• All simulation labs will be held remotely starting March 23.


• The clinical training components of our BSN, MSN, and DNP-Nurse Anesthesia programs are currently being evaluated with our clinical partners. We will notify students if they will be permitted to resume clinical rotations as we learn more information. As these guidelines develop and become formalized, we will keep you informed but it is our priority that our students meet their academic requirements in a timely manner.
• We are focusing on all May 2020 and August 2020 graduates at this time. For second and third year BSN students we are focusing on making up clinical hours in the fall. For ABSN students, we are focusing on making up clinical hours in the summer. We will be in regular communication regarding clinical hours as information becomes available.

First-Year Traditional BSN Students

• NURS 102 will no longer have clinical observations and an alternative virtual experience will be provided. All remaining lectures will be virtual.

All Students Living in the College Houses or University Housing

• All students living in the College Houses should depart campus effective Sunday, March 15 per President Amy Gutmann and Provost Wendell Pritchett’s most recent communication.

PhD Students on Dissertation Status

• In conjunction with your Faculty Chair, PhD students should discuss how to best conduct the collection of research data for the remainder of the semester.
• Dissertation Defenses will be held remotely. More information will be provided.

Academic/Financial Aid Advising

• Advanced Registration advising meetings with Faculty Advisors will be done remotely by appointment only.
• OAA Academic Advising and Financial Aid Advising will only be available virtually by appointment through BlueJeans or email. All in-person appointments and walk-in advising hours are suspended for the remainder of the semester.
• Contact advisor@nursing.upenn.edu for any academic-related questions.
• Contact financialaid@nursing.upenn.edu for any financial aid-related questions.

Additional Considerations

• The Office of Operational Services has been working directly with our Housekeeping Team led by Penn Facilities & Real Estate Services (FRES) to make sure that all areas of the School are properly disinfected.
• For general inquiries regarding COVID-19, email coronavirus@upenn.edu or visit https://coronavirus.upenn.edu.

As always, we appreciate the cooperation of all members of our Penn Nursing community and, in turn, we will continue to be proactive in communicating with you in this rapidly changing situation. Please be reminded that these resources also remain the most current and accurate sources of information: Provost’s Office and Penn Global, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and University emails.

In closing, please take care of yourself. Wash your hands frequently, and stay home if you are sick! And as always, be kind to one another and look out for each other.

Thank you.

Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor and Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing

Julie A. Sochalski, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Dean for Academic Programs

Jacqueline Lowry Golding
Vice Dean for Administration and Finance

Christina M. Costanzo, EdD
Assistant Dean for Admissions & Academic Affairs

Patricia D’Antonio, PhD, RN, FAAN
Chair, Department of Family and Community Health

Julie Fairman, RN, PhD, FAAN
Chair, Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences