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Penn Nursing Updates: Week of November 9 – Wellness Week and More

Dear Penn Nursing Students,

Please see important information below:

Information Updates:

  • Spring 2021 COVID-19 Testing Approach - Penn’s on-campus COVID-19 testing program for the 2021 spring semester was developed in partnership with Penn Medicine. Three distinct protocols are being used: gateway, screening, and symptomatic/close contact. Screening is accomplished through saliva-based tests. For more details, visit the Penn Cares website.
  • Promoting NCLEX-RN Success webinar - Calling all BSN August 2020 and December 2020 graduates: Penn Nursing has contracted with Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) to offer students tools to prepare more efficiently, increase confidence, and identify areas necessary for review in order to successfully pass the NCLEX-RN exam. BSN August 2020 and December 2020 graduates should have received a Canvas invitation with more webinar details. If you have not received this Canvas invitation, please email Dann Truitt at *Note, these webinars will be recorded and made available on Canvas for those who cannot attend.
  • Help Shape a Module on Eye Conditions in Refugee Children: The Perelman School of Medicine Refugee Health Interest Group is creating a virtual educational module to help students learn how to screen for and triage eye conditions in children. This will also highlight conditions that commonly affect refugee children. To help shape this module, please complete the needs assessment online here. If interested in attending, register online here.
  • COVID-19 Dashboard: In order to protect students, faculty, staff, and the community surrounding Penn, the University of Pennsylvania has developed a strategy for weekly screening for COVID-19 for those with sustained presence on campus in group settings. To view this updated report, visit the online dashboard.


Upcoming Events/Activities:

  • Monday, November 9 - 14 – Wellness Week: Penn Wellness has organized a robust calendar of events this week. We encourage you to engage in the programs that range from seeking connection to mindful stretching. You will find information and updates on their calendar, Facebook event, and website.
  • Saturday, November 14 - Nurse Networking - Nursing students and alumni are invited to join us for our Annual Networking Event at Homecoming for an opportunity to connect with fellow students and alumni in various fields about job experience, life after graduation, and more! Register online here.
  • Wednesday, November 18 - Serving our Veterans: Moving Forward the Have You Ever Served Initiative in Healthcare: In honor of Veterans Day, the Honorable Linda Spoonster Schwartz will discuss her work with the Have You Ever Served Initiative and the power of clinicians to identify veterans to help them harness resources and support. This program will award 1 contact hour for RN’s. For more information or If interested in attending, register online here.
  • Friday, November 20 - Improving Health Across Pennsylvania Through Nursing Scope of Practice Reform: Please join us as we delve into current policy debates and craft recommendations for the path forward in addressing regulatory barriers in Pennsylvania that might be relevant to other states. For more information or If interested in attending, register online here.
  • Saturday, December 5 - PennDemic 3 (Virtual edition): PennDemic is an annual interprofessional simulation addressing the circumstances around an actual or impending emergency or disaster. The event runs from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. EST. to allow our west coast students to participate (without losing sleep!). Students can register online here or contact for more information. This event is free of charge and open to students from all schools/majors at Penn.


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

As COVID cases increase in PA, the US, and many international countries, please remember to wear a mask, wash your hands, and practice physical distancing as we continue to care for each other, our family and friends, and our communities.




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