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A century ago, open air schools fought disease

In the early 1900s, tuberculosis was a major public health crisis and one of the tactics used to keep children from getting TB was open air schools. Fast forward a hundred years to the coronavirus pandemic, and there are some interesting parallels between the public health response then, and efforts now to stay safe and stay healthy. Dr. Cindy Connolly, associate director of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing, Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, talks about the history of open air schools and the similarities and differences in how we fight disease both now and 100 hundred years ago. Read more

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National Honor for Penn Nursing Professor

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) has awarded Martha Curley, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Ruth M. Colket Endowed Chair in Pediatric Nursing and Professor of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing), the 2021 Drs. Vidyasagar and Nagamani Dharmapuri Award for Excellence in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. This annual award recognizes an individual for sustained exemplary and pioneering achievement in the care of critically ill and injured infants and children. It was presented virtually during the American College of Critical Care Medicine Convocation/Society of Critical Care Medicine Awards on Friday, February 5, 2021. Curley is the first woman and nurse to receive this award.

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