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Penn Nursing Updates: week of October 12 - Flu Clinics, Social Justice Seminar Series, Student Hours Update and more

Dear School of Nursing Students,


Please see important reminders and updates outlined below:


  • COVID-19 Dashboard: The University is collecting and sharing results of COVID-19 testing in the Penn community dashboard report. The work behind this dashboard is informed by the University’s respect for the impact our public health initiatives will have on the health and safety of the Penn community and our friends, family, and neighbors. To view this updated report, visit the online dashboard.
  • FREE Flu Clinics this week: The annual (FREE for students, faculty, staff, and post-docs) Flu Clinics, run by Campus Health and Student Health Service, are this week. Getting your flu vaccine is the single most effective way to prevent the flu. This flu season will also coincide with the continued or recurrent circulation of SARS-CoV-2. Prevention of and reduction in the severity of influenza illness and reduction of outpatient illnesses, hospitalizations, and intensive care unit admissions through influenza vaccination also could alleviate stress on the US healthcare system. Learn more online here.
  • “Race, Protest, and Political Change in America”: You’re invited to the Provost’s Lecture on Diversity: “Race, Protest, and Political Change in America” on Wednesday, 10/21/20. Register online here. All are welcome.
  • A Reconfigured U.S. Supreme Court: Implications for Health Policy: Read online here.
  • Invitation to a Social Justice Invitational Seminar Series: The Penn Nursing Community continues to embed social justice within the curriculum. Penn Nursing leadership launched a Social Justice Invitational Seminar Series designed for our ABSN cohorts. However, the students have advocated for these sessions to be open to all students. Led and organized by Adriana Perez, PhD, ANP-BC, FAAN Assistant Professor of Nursing, the purpose of these bi-weekly sessions is to address structural racism and advance health equity and social justice to prepare future nurse leaders in today’s world. The topics to be covered were developed with student input and include: Historical Perspectives on Structural Racism and Nursing, Ethical Perspectives in Racial and Social Justice, Frameworks for Addressing Structural Racism and Advancing Health Equity, Social Justice and Health, Reproductive Justice and Health Equity, and Criminal justice and Health.
    • If interested, please see the Social Justice Invitational Seminar Series Canvas Site, where you can view the discussion schedule, or access the various resources. To add this site to your Canvas: Open the course link in your browser and click the blue “Enroll in Course” button.
    • Our next meeting will be Friday, October 30th. We hope to see you there; these conversations and sessions are driven by student input and participation. Together, we play a part in taking care of our world and taking good care of each other.


  • UPDATE: Weekly Student Hour Opportunities:
    • 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Financial Aid specific Student Hours: In an effort to reduce email traffic, all nursing students are invited to sign on with the Financial Aid team each Wednesday this Fall. The team welcomes all inquiries and plans to respond ‘generally’ to protect personal information (specific follow up will be scheduled with a 1:1 appointment). Meeting URL - https://bluejeans.com/8064576986?src=join_info Meeting ID: 806 457 6986
    • General Student Hours: In June, Penn Nursing established weekly Student Hours to address student questions and concerns around planning for the fall semester. Each week, these opportunities addressed student compliance, student health services, work study positions, printing capabilities, personal protective equipment, returning to Fagin Hall, remote learning, clinical and simulation experiences, etc. As the Fall semester is now well underway, the current Student Hours format is changing. We took the suggestions from students who have reached out to us and created a new meeting structure to further increase opportunities to hear from and communicate with students across all degree levels and programs. We will expand the existing Student Organization meetings held with school leadership, increasing them from once per semester to monthly meetings. In the coming days, further meeting details will be sent to the Student Organization leaders.


  • Getting Involved at Penn Nursing: As a reminder, below you will find the list of existing Penn Nursing committees that include student representation. A list of student representatives can be found online here:


Additionally, Penn Nursing Student Organizations meet several times per academic year with OAA staff and Penn Nursing leadership. A list of student leaders by organization can be found online here:

Our current active Student Organizations include:


The Office of Academic Affairs will continue to send regular email announcements which can be found archived online. As always, we are available for virtual appointments or by email. You can find a full listing of departmental contacts online here.

Be well,


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