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Dual Degree Nursing Student Takes on PennCASE Summer Internship

Dual Degree Nursing Student Takes on PennCASE Summer Internship

Every summer, Penn’s office of Development and Alumni Relations partners with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) to host the Penn/CASE Advancement Internship program. Designed to diversify and attract students to a career in institutional advancement while strengthening the higher ed advancement profession overall, this summer Penn Nursing/Wharton student William Xi, Nu’27, W’27, was placed with Penn Medicine’s development professionals. We sat down with William to get the inside-scoop on how things are going, what he is learning, and where he’ll go from here.  

A Call for Renaming Clinical Research Partnerships
Illustration by: Daniel Lievano

A Call for Renaming Clinical Research Partnerships

In a recently published opinion piece in BMJ Open, “Rhetoric of Research: A Call for Renaming the Clinical Research Partnership,” authors from Penn Nursing and Georgetown University School of Nursing, present a compelling argument for rethinking the language used to describe participants in clinical research. The opinion calls for a shift from the traditional term “patient participant” to “participant partner,” emphasizing the crucial role of participants in all facets of the research process.

Inaugural Fellows Announced for the Academy of Diversity Leaders in Nursing

Inaugural Fellows Announced for the Academy of Diversity Leaders in Nursing

Penn Nursing Dean Antonia M. Villarruel, along with 14 alums and associates of Penn Nursing, are among the inaugural class of 175 Fellows selected for the newly established Academy of Diversity Leaders in Nursing (ADLN). The inaugural ADLN Fellows have demonstrated expertise in one or more areas of nursing education, research, practice, policy, or administration as it relates to issues of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI).

Penn Nursing Dean Named to Modern Healthcare’s 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives Class of 2024

Penn Nursing Dean Named to Modern Healthcare’s 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives Class of 2024

Penn Nursing is proud to announce that Penn Nursing Dean Antonia M. Villarruel was recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives for 2024. The profiles of all the honorees are featured in the June 10, 2024, issue of MH magazine.

Avoidable Deaths During Covid-19 Associated with Chronic Hospital Nurse Understaffing

Avoidable Deaths During Covid-19 Associated with Chronic Hospital Nurse Understaffing

A new study published in International Journal of Nursing Studies showed that individuals with Covid-19 were more likely to die in hospitals that were chronically understaffed before the pandemic. This study is one of the first to document the continuing public health dangers of permitting so many U.S. hospitals to ration nursing care by understaffing nursing services.  

Replacing Registered Nurses in High Stakes Hospital Care is Dangerous to Patients

Replacing Registered Nurses in High Stakes Hospital Care is Dangerous to Patients

A new study published in Medical Care today showed that substituting registered nurses (RN) with lower-wage staff (e.g. licensed practical nurses, unlicensed assistive personnel) in hospital care is linked with more deaths, readmissions, longer hospital stays, poorer patient satisfaction, and higher costs of care.

How can you celebrate Juneteenth?

How can you celebrate Juneteenth?

Juneteenth is approaching on June 19, 2024. Here are ways to celebrate and honor Juneteenth.

Penn Nursing Professor to Lead National Research Foundation

Penn Nursing Professor to Lead National Research Foundation

Charlene Compher, PhD, RD, LDN, FASPEN, will serve as president of the ASPEN Rhoads Research Foundation for the next two years. Its mission is to raise money to fund clinical and metabolic research that will translate into safe and effective nutrition care. Many of its grant recipients go on to become leaders of ASPEN, including Dr. Compher, who served as ASPEN president from 2016 to 2017.

Accreditation News

Accreditation News

Penn Nursing has just been accredited for the next 10 years by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Patricia D’Antonio, PhD, Transitions from Standing Faculty

Patricia D’Antonio, PhD, Transitions from Standing Faculty

Patricia D’Antonio, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Carol E. Ware Professor in Mental Health Nursing, Professor of Nursing, and an internationally recognized historian of nursing and leader in nursing education, will transition from her faculty role on June 30th, 2024.

Hooray for the 2024 Graduating Class!
Penn Nursing Commencement 2024

Hooray for the 2024 Graduating Class!

It’s a wrap for the graduates of Penn Nursing’s class of 2024 and it all culminated in a beautiful commencement ceremony at the Kimmel Center on May 20. It is an honor to welcome them among the ranks of the Penn Nursing Alumni.

Honorary Doctorate for Penn Nursing Professor

Honorary Doctorate for Penn Nursing Professor

Therese S. Richmond, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Andrea B. Laporte Professor of Nursing, received an honorary degree of Doctor of Public Service (DrPS hon) from the Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland. The honor, conferred during the School of Nursing’s convocation on May 14, 2024, recognized Richmond’s extensive research and preeminent role in exploring the critical issues related to gun violence and the resulting trauma on individuals and communities.

Revolutionizing Nurse Work Environment Research

Revolutionizing Nurse Work Environment Research

New research from Penn Nursing’s Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research (CHOPR) – recently published online in the journal Research in Nursing & Health – has successfully validated a new, streamlined version of the Practice Environment Scale of the Nursing Work Index (PES-NWI), originally authored in 2002 by Eileen T. Lake, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor of Nursing, the Edith Clemmer Steinbright Professor in Gerontology, and Associate Director of CHOPR, who is also lead author on this publication. This innovative tool, known as the PES-5, is designed to revolutionize how nurse work environments are measured across the United States.

New, National Leadership Role for Penn Nursing Professor is a First

New, National Leadership Role for Penn Nursing Professor is a First

Penn Nursing’s Sharon Y. Irving, PhD, CRNP, FCCM, FAAN, FASPEN, is the first nurse, nurse practitioner, and woman of African-American heritage to be elected Vice President of ASPEN, the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. Her term begins June 1, 2024. Irving, Irving, who was recently promoted to full Professor effective July 1, is also the Miriam Stirl Endowed Term Chair in Nutrition, and Vice-Chair of Graduate Education in the Department of Family and Community Health.

Now Available from Penn Nursing: Innovative, Online Psychedelic Course

Now Available from Penn Nursing: Innovative, Online Psychedelic Course

Penn Nursing is proud to launch a groundbreaking new online course – Educating Nurses in Psychedelic Assisted Therapy – via Open Canvas. This free comprehensive course is designed to prepare nursing professionals for the pioneering field of psychedelic assisted therapy (PAT), aligning with the latest advancements in mental health treatment and Penn Nursing’s commitment to social justice in healthcare.

Making Change Happen: Nurturing the Next Generation of Nurses
Leslie Njingang

Making Change Happen: Nurturing the Next Generation of Nurses

See how Dean Villarruel and Penn Nursing students and IBX Foundation nurse interns, Leslie Njingang and José Maciel, are nurturing the next generation of nurses by emphasizing the importance of patient care and advocacy.

New Multi-year, Multi-million Dollar Grant Supports Ongoing Partnership Between Penn Nursing and City of Philadelphia

New Multi-year, Multi-million Dollar Grant Supports Ongoing Partnership Between Penn Nursing and City of Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL), funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is pleased to announce a new $5.5 million NIH grant focused on chronic disease self-management among Philadelphia residents. The project builds on a sustained strategic partnership between Penn Nursing, the Philly CEAL Community Advisory Coalition, and the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity (CEO). 

Penn Nursing Dean Emerita to Receive 2024 National Humanism in Medicine Medal

Penn Nursing Dean Emerita to Receive 2024 National Humanism in Medicine Medal

Afaf Ibrahim Meleis, PhD, FAAN, LL, Professor of Nursing and Sociology and Penn Nursing Dean Emerita, will be one of three awardees of the 2024 National Humanism in Medicine Medal from The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, the leading nonprofit dedicated to humanism in health care for all.

Penn Nursing PIK Professor Elected as a 2024 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Penn Nursing PIK Professor Elected as a 2024 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Dolores Albarracín, PhD, is the Alexandra Heyman Nash University Professor, a Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor with appointments in the Annenberg School for Communication, School of Arts & Sciences, School of Nursing, and Wharton School, and is the director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center’s Communication Science Division.

National Award for Penn Nursing Professor

National Award for Penn Nursing Professor

Martha A.Q. Curley, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor of Nursing at Penn Nursing and the Ruth M. Colket Endowed Chair in Pediatric Nursing Science at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, will receive the 2024 Research Innovation and Translation Achievement Award from the American Thoracic Society (ATS).

State Award for Penn Nursing Professor
   (l to r) Erin Pover, MS, RD, CSOWM, LDN, PAND President, with Colleen Tewksbury, PhD, MPH, RD, CSOWM, LDN, Assistant Professor in Nutr...

State Award for Penn Nursing Professor

Penn Nursing’s Colleen Tewksbury, PhD, MPH, RD, CSOWM, LDN, Assistant Professor in Nutrition Science in the Department of Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences, was recently awarded the 2024 Keystone Award from Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (PAND). She received the award at the group’s annual meeting and exhibition in Lancaster on April 14, 2024.

Future-Proofing Healthcare

Future-Proofing Healthcare

How Penn Nursing’s PhD program is the key to unlocking innovative and equity-focused care and policy.

For Nine Consecutive Years, Penn Nursing is Ranked the #1 Nursing School in the World
Penn Nursing ranked number nursing school in the world by QS World University Rankings by Subject for nine consecutive years.

For Nine Consecutive Years, Penn Nursing is Ranked the #1 Nursing School in the World

The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) holds its number one spot as the world’s leading nursing school according to a recent ranking by QS World University. The rankings highlight the world’s top universities in 55 different subject areas from 1,559 institutions, of which 64 universities are new to the rankings.

Nurses Cite Employer Failures as their Top Reason for Leaving

Nurses Cite Employer Failures as their Top Reason for Leaving

A new study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing’s Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research (CHOPR) – published in JAMA Network Open today – showed that, aside from retirements, poor working conditions are the leading reasons nurses leave healthcare employment. These study findings come at a time when hospital executives cite staffing problems as their most pressing concern.

Above & Beyond: Women Award for Penn Nursing Dean

Above & Beyond: Women Award for Penn Nursing Dean

Penn Nursing Dean Antonia M. Villarruel was recently honored with a 2024 Above & Beyond: Women Award from City & State: Pennsylvania. The award celebrates influential women in Pennsylvania who demonstrate exemplary leadership in their respective fields, making significant contributions to society in business, public service, media, nonprofit, and organized labor.

Baby Seal Robots Are Comforting Older Adults on Penn Presbyterian’s Acute Care Unit
Ricky and Lucy, therapeutic baby seal robots with patients at Penn Presbyterian

Baby Seal Robots Are Comforting Older Adults on Penn Presbyterian’s Acute Care Unit

Nurse scientist Pamela Cacchione is studying how the warm and fuzzy, embodied AI animatronics can reduce pain and agitation.

Two Penn Nursing Professors Selected for Induction to the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame

Two Penn Nursing Professors Selected for Induction to the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame

Penn Nursing’s Eileen Lake and Salimah Meghani will both be honored by Sigma Theta Tau International for their contributions to the nursing profession during the organization’s 35th International Nursing Research Congress in Singapore, in July, 2024.

Lindback for Jacoby

Lindback for Jacoby

The University of Pennsylvania is honoring Penn Nursing’s Sara Jacoby, PhD, MPH, MSN, FAAN, Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Health, Penn Nursing’s Calvin Bland Professor, and a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics and a Senior Scholar of the Penn Injury Science Center with a 2024 Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Director of Harvard Global Nursing Leadership Program to be 2024 Penn Nursing Commencement Speaker

Director of Harvard Global Nursing Leadership Program to be 2024 Penn Nursing Commencement Speaker

Stephanie Ferguson, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Director of the Harvard Global Nursing Leadership Program and Professor of the Practice of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, will serve as the 2024 Penn Nursing commencement speaker. The event will take place at 3:00 PM EST on Monday, May 20, 2024, at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

New Leadership Appointment for Penn Nursing Professor

New Leadership Appointment for Penn Nursing Professor

Catherine C. McDonald, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been appointed Chair of Penn Nursing’s Department of Family and Community Health effective July 1, 2024. Currently, she is the Vice-Chair of the Department and the Dr. Hildegarde Reynolds Endowed Term Chair of Primary Care Nursing.