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Penn Nursing Updates - Week of March 8

Dear Penn Nursing Students,

Please see important information below:

Information Updates

    • Advanced Registration: Advanced Registration for Fall 2021 course requests has been delayed and will be April 13-23, 2021. Courses for Fall 2021 will become visible in Penn InTouch on March 11. Students are strongly encouraged to begin discussing their course plan with their academic advisor, create a mock schedule, and resolve any registration holds well ahead of April 13 so that they are ready to submit course requests for the Fall term when advance registration begins. Please note that registration for 2021 Summer Sessions remains unchanged and will begin March 22, 2021.
    • Penn Nursing Commencement: A separate email was sent earlier this week outlining that we will again host a virtual ceremony to honor our graduates this year. This is consistent with our strong desire to create an inclusive event that will allow the Penn Nursing community, family, friends, and loved ones to attend, participate, and celebrate. As was the case last year, the flow and content for the event will be driven with student input and will reflect a strong collaboration between them and multiple areas of our School. We are confident this virtual ceremony will capture the enthusiasm and pride we all have as we celebrate your accomplishments. More details about the event and how students can provide input will be sent in the coming weeks.
    • Restricted Traveling: As you plan your upcoming Rest and Recharge days this spring semester, remember your decisions impact the lives and health of your pod, classmates, colleagues, and our West Philadelphia neighbors. Students are not to travel. If for some reason, travel is unavoidable, that travel needs to be reported to, as outlined in the Student COVID-19 Related Clinical Compact. Failure to abide by the Compact policies will result in incomplete clinical hours and may delay graduation.


  • APPLY NOW – Scholarship opportunity for Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Pacific Islander youth leaders: In recognition of the important role young changemakers play in creating healthy, safe, vibrant, and equitable communities, Prevention Institute has partnered with Healthline to offer this year’s Stronger Scholarship. The scholarship will award three $7,000 scholarships to students working to improve community conditions and reduce health inequities in their communities. Interested students can learn more about eligibility and how to apply online.


Upcoming Events/Activities


  • Thursday, March 11 (3-part Webinar : Immigrant Access to Healthcare & the Barriers They Face - Join CHOP’s Community Nurse Advocacy Fellowship Project in conjunction with Community Legal Services, a collaboration brought to you by Family Justice Partnership, for a 3-part webinar series titled: Immigrant Access to Healthcare & the Barriers They Face. Please visit the event website to learn more.


  • Thursday, March 11 - Pandemic Ethics Chat with Terease Waite and Connie Ulrich: In follow up to the well-attended conversation last month, we are thrilled to once again welcome Terease Waite, Penn Nursing and Penn Bioethics alumna, along with Connie Ulrich as they lead a conversation about Pandemic Ethics through a nursing lens. We invite you to bring your questions, comments and stories, as our speakers expertise and direct our conversation. Interested students can register online.


  • Wednesday, March 17 at 8:00 pm - Introduction to Irish Dance class: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a 45-min dance class. This program is hosted by Kaitlin, BSN student on the Nursing Student Wellness Advisory Board � All you need is some stretchy pants and a bit of open floor space. Open to friends and family. Register for Link.


  • Wednesday, March 17 (& ongoing) Weekly Virtual Financial Aid Student Hours: All nursing students are invited to sign on with the Financial Aid team each Wednesday this Spring. 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. - 12:45 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 #


  • Tuesday, March 23 (& ongoing) - Professional Development and Career Resource Opportunities: The Weitzman School presents the Entrepreneur in Residence Program, with Stuart Weitzman, W’63, Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Stuart Weitzman LLC. The award-winning designer and footwear icon will host student sessions to discuss building his company, creating marketing and branding strategies, and understanding the value of design. The Entrepreneur-in-Residence sessions will be hosted virtually by the Weitzman School and are open to all Penn students. Interested students can learn more and register online.


  • Thursday, March 25 - A Good Provider is One Who Leaves: Global Migration and Nursing: Join Dean Villarruel for a discussion with Jason DeParle, author of A Good Provider is One Who Leaves, along with migration and workforce experts Barbara Nichols and Michelle Leighton, for a global discussion of Nursing and migration. Advanced reading of the book is not required. Interested students can register online.


  • Friday, March 26 – Samuel P. Martin, III, MD Memorial Lecture: In Pursuit of Equity, Race, Novel Drugs and Health in the U.S.: Dr. Essien’s leadership in advancing health equity during COVID-19 led him to be named among the “Top 50 Experts to Trust During a Pandemic” by Medium, and he was recently recognized by Business Insider as one of “30 Leaders under 40 Transforming Healthcare.” Interested students can learn more and register online.


  • Saturday, March 27 - The Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners (PCNP) is holding a virtual Student Symposium designed to help Nurse Practitioner students who are at or nearing their transition from student to practice. Students can learn more about the Symposium and can register through the event website. The cost of the event is $50 for PCNP members and $100 for non-members - non-members receive a PCNP membership for one year. The attendees are provided an electronic booklet containing valuable information and resources to help them navigate the next steps in their career.


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.

I hope you are enjoying the sunny, warm days this week!




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