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“Not many people are fortunate enough to be born with their best friend. I, on the other hand, am one of those few lucky people. I have a twin sister. When most people think of twin sisters, they think of two identical girls with common interests and abilities.

Erica Dougherty, BSN, RN


  • 2020 is the Year of the Nurse and Midwife

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared 2020 to be the Year of the Nurse and Midwife and Penn Nursing is joining in on the celebration. We want to help the public – in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and beyond – better understand the impact these professions have on health and health care.

  • Humans of Penn Nursing: Alyssa S. Maizan, CNP, GNu’04

    “Nursing wasn’t even on my radar initially. I wanted to be a veterinarian. I was at the University of Minnesota taking animal science classes and wondering how I was going to pay for veterinary school.

  • Penn Nursing Dean Antonia Villarruel

    Welcome Back Spring 2020: A Message from Dean Villarruel

  • Opioid Self-management Practices and Potential Safety Risks Among Patients with Cancer

    Despite a national opioid crisis, prescribed opioid analgesics remain a viable option for pain management for patients with cancer.  In effect, patients with cancer represent one of the few groups excluded from most state legislation and policy initiatives on prescribing opioids as well as from opioid stewardship programs of many health systems. However, little is understood about oncology patients’ opioid self-management practices and potential safety risk that may stem from these practices.

  • Leslie Carr, RN, Nu’79

    “I had been working with the Nurse-Family Partnership for a couple of years in a rural Pennsylvania county. The work involved doing nurse home-visiting with low-income first-time mothers, starting in pregnancy and continuing until the unborn child is two years old.

  • Student Nurses at Penn Host Free Narcan Training

    Student Nurses at Penn (SNAP) hosted a free Narcan training for nearly 100 members of the Penn community on Tuesday, November 19 in Fagin Hall.

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