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Penn Nursing Updates and Celebrate Nursing Week - Week of March 22nd

Dear Penn Nursing Students,


Please see important information below:

Information Updates


  • MSN Submatriculation Deadline: The deadline for ABSN students and traditional BSN juniors to apply for MSN submatriculation is Thursday, April 1. Students can find more information on our website.
  • 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 may result in incomplete clinical hours and may delay graduation.


  • Registration Open for Virtual Legislative Day: Join the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) for Virtual Legislative Day on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 from 8:30 am – 12 pm. Presentations include nurse legislators, PSNA’s legislative partners, policy experts, and more. This is a valuable opportunity for students to hear from those directly involved in the legislative process and how to get involved. Interested students can learn more online.


Upcoming Events/Activities

  • Ongoing – PENN NURSING WEEK: View the schedule of events for Penn Nursing Week here.


  • Wednesday, March 24, 6pm – Coming Together to Share a Story: Finding Strength in Vulnerability: This month’s speaker for Community Conversations is Sharon Smith, Associate Vice Provost for University Life. Email Julia Matarazzo at to RSVP for this event.


  • 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.


  • Wednesday, March 31 (& 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 #


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.

Hope you are staying dry during this rainy day.




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