This past summer, in the midst of a global pandemic, three University of Pennsylvania Hillman Scholars, Jessie Axsom (’23), Nina Juntereal (’24), and Anthony Scarpone-Lambert (’24), took on an project aimed at sharpening their innovative skills and creating something to benefit the greater healthcare community. Scholars first completed an online five-module Design Thinking for Health course, then applied the framework to a project of their choosing that relates to the particular health challenge and community that is the focus of their dissertation research. The final project deliverable was for each student to create a brief case study presentation detailing their experience.
Penn Nursing wouldn’t let a global pandemic stop it from celebrating our graduates. The annual rite of passage – commencement – looked a little different this year due to COVID-19, but it was still special event. The graduates, their families, friends, and the Penn Nursing community, gathered online for the School’s first-ever virtual graduation on May 18, 2020. We celebrated our students’ years of dedicated studying, clinical rotations, research, papers, and exams, and welcomed another class among the ranks of the Penn Nursing Alumni.