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Penn Nursing Updates: week of November 16th

Dear Penn Nursing Students,

Please see important information below:

Information Updates

  • Philadelphia announces new “Safer at Home” restrictions to fight rising COVID-19 cases: In response to rising COVID-19 cases in Philadelphia, the City and Department of Public Health have announced changes to restrictions on businesses, events and gatherings, and other activities to help flatten the epidemic curve, prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed, and reduce the number of COVID-19 deaths. Read more about this update online as well as Governor Wolf’s recommendations for colleges and universities. Penn is already meeting all the recommendations by Governor Wolf and Secretary Levine.
  • 2021 Independence Blue Cross Nursing BSN Internship Program Applications are now open: The Independence Blue Cross Foundation is proud to continue a decade-long tradition of paid BSN nursing internships for the next generation of health care heroes. Applications for nursing internship positions at Independence and at community health centers will be open through January 8, 2021. For more information, please visit Careers at Independence Blue Cross.
  • Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare: Applications for the Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare’s 2021-2023 cohort are now being accepted. Seventy-five doctoral nurse scholars will be selected to receive $15,000 each, for a total of more than $1 million collectively in scholarship funds. For more details, visit the website.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • Wednesday Weekly Virtual Financial Aid Student Hours: As we begin to think about the spring semester, all nursing students are still 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). Please join us at 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. via Bluejeans.
    • Please save this information for your quick reference.
    • Meeting URL -
    • Meeting ID: 806 457 6986
    • Want to dial in from a phone? Dial one of the following numbers:
      • +1.408.419.1715 (United States(San Jose))
      • +1.408.915.6290 (United States(San Jose))
    • Enter the meeting ID and passcode followed by #
  • 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.
  • Tuesday, November 24 (& ongoing) - Library 101: Are you working on a paper and need to quickly get your hands on books, articles, or other media from the Penn Libraries? Discover the best way to request something for pick up at Van Pelt Library, or have it mailed directly to your door, or to receive a PDF scan of an article or book chapter. Library 101 will make it easy and has the answers for you. 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. As always, we are available for virtual appointments or by email. You can find a full listing of departmental contacts online here.

As we continue to see COVID cases increase in PA, the US, and other countries, I urge you to wear a mask, wash your hands, practice physical distancing, and follow the guidance issued by the City of Philadelphia, the Commonwealth of PA and other States in the US 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