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  • How to Successfully Recruit Minority Adolescents for STI/HIV Prevention Research

    September 19 -

    Disparities in rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV between Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino adolescents and their white counterparts are well documented. Culturally and developmentally appropriate efforts targeted to help these youth establish healthy practices to lower their risk of sexually transmitted infections are warranted. However, such interventions present unique challenges in recruiting and retaining research participants.

  • Therese Richmond, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, GR’95

    Humans of Penn Nursing: Therese Richmond, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, GR’95

    September 18 - “Around 1980, I worked in a 14-bed trauma ICU in Washington DC as a primary nurse leading a team of 7 nurses who provided care to our primary patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. One primary patient was a 19-year old man who had survived a serious motor vehicle crash. He had a brain injury and was slowly emerging from a coma and had complex wounds over his entire body. He was in isolation and my team and I spent hours each shift in his isolation room without a break to manage his wounds over several months.

  • American Academy of Nursing Announces New Fellows

    September 17 - Eight nursing professionals with ties to Penn Nursing will be inducted as 2019 Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). Two are current Penn employees and alumnae; one being a current faculty member; and the other being a program director at Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center. The additional six are Penn Nursing alumni.

  • Jim Hettinger 'NU21

    Humans of Penn Nursing: Jim Hettinger, Nu’21

    September 12 - “I spent a summer as an extern in a hospital’s progressive care unit and had a patient who was a four-year-old girl on the autism spectrum. She also had a problem with her airway that made her nonverbal. I cared for her for three days straight and on the morning of the third day I came in to find her crying. We keep patients like her in “bubble-top” cribs to prevent them from climbing out and injuring themselves, so I came in and opened up the top. I was trying to figure out why she was crying. No signs of being in pain, and her diaper wasn’t wet. I offered her favorite toy but she kept crying. So the question became, what did she want?

  • Stephanie Tran Rojas 'NU20

    Humans of Penn Nursing: Stephanie Tran Rojas, Nu’20

    September 12 - We are happy to announce the launch of a brand new feature - Humans of Penn of Nursing. Inspired by Humans of New York, we take a look at the meaningful stories of the community here at Penn Nursing. First up is Stephanie Tran Rojas, Nu’20.

  • Flores Selected for National Workshop

    September 4 -

    The Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (Council) has selected Penn Nursing’s Dalmacio Dennis Flores, PhD, ACRN , Assistant Professor, as one of six early career nurse scientists to participate in the 2019 Duck-Hee Kang Memorial Mentored Workshop. The competitively chosen group of postdoctoral and new faculty will receive research mentoring from senior nurse scientists during a one-day workshop on October 22, 2019 in Washington, DC.

  • Welcome to the New Academic Year, 2019-2020

    August 26 -

    Welcome back to Penn Nursing! It is my pleasure and privilege to welcome our returning students, our faculty, and our staff to a new academic year. I’d also like to welcome Penn Nursing’s new additions: 96 BSN, 80 Accelerated BSN, 118 MSN, 88 Post-MSN, 9 PhD, and 33 DNP students.

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice degree curriculum is online.

    DNP Moves Online

    August 16 - Penn Nursing announces its Post-Master’s DNP degree, previously a hybrid program, is now being offered as an online degree beginning with the Fall 2020 cohort.

  • University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

    Philadelphia Inquirer Honors Three from Penn Nursing

    August 9 - Diane L. Spatz, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN , Professor of Perinatal Nursing & the Helen M. Shearer Professor of Nutrition; Marion Leary, RN, MSN, MPH, FAHA , Director of Innovation; and Tarik S. Khan, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, CRNP, Predoctoral Fellow, NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health, have been named 2019 Influencers of Healthcare by the Philadelphia Inquirer. This awards program honors Philadelphia’s leading healthcare professionals.

  • Mandela Fellow to Share Experience at Penn Nursing

    August 7 - Sainabou Barra Cham, a 2019 recipient of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders , joined Penn Nursing’s Center for Global Women’s Health (CGWH) for a one-month training opportunity. On Thursday, August 29th, she will share her experience as a Fellow, and what her time here was like. She will also detail her work as a nurse and midwife in The Gambia. For details about the special presentation and to RSVP, please click here .

  • Hodgson Appointed Chair of NIH Committee

    August 6 - Nancy A. Hodgson, PhD, RN, FAAN , the Anthony Buividas Term Chair in Gerontology and Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing has been appointed Chair of the Clinical Management of Patients in Community-based Settings (CMPC) Study Section in the Center for Scientific Review of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

  • Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Penn Professor Matthew McHugh and Beth Mohle, and assoc...

    Mandated Nurse-to-Patient Ratio in Queensland is “Saving Lives”

    August 1 - A new study revealed that the introduction of a mandated nurse-to-patient ratio in Queensland, Australia has saved almost 150 lives and helped the government save millions of dollars.

  • Improving Outcomes for Sepsis Patients

    August 1 -

    More than 1 million sepsis survivors are discharged annually from acute care hospitals in the United States. Although the majority of these patients receive post-acute care (PAC) services, with over a third coming to home health care (HHC), sepsis survivors account for a majority of readmissions nationwide. Effective interventions are needed to decrease these poor outcomes.

  • Nursing Home Nurses Often Unable to Complete Necessary Care Due to Lack of Time and Resources

    July 29 -

    For years, extensive evidence from hospitals has shown that nurses are more likely to leave necessary patient care undone when employed in settings with insufficient staff and resources.  This “missed care” has been linked to poor care quality, increased adverse events, and decreased satisfaction with the health system.  New research – from Penn Nursing ’s Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research (CHOPR) – finds similar evidence in nursing homes specifically, and identifies the strong relationship between missed care, nurse burnout, and job dissatisfaction. 

  • Nursing Story Slam accepting storyteller submissions

    Second Annual Nursing Story Slam

    July 23 - Following an exciting and successful inaugural Nursing Story Slam, Penn Nursing and Penn Medicine again partner with First Person Arts and are now accepting storyteller submissions for the second annual Story Slam event.

  • Neighborhood Environment and Health

    July 17 -

    It is well understood that urban black males are at a disproportionately high risk of poor health outcomes. But little is known about how the neighborhood environments where these men live contribute to their health.

  • Alzheimer’s Association Helpline Helps Caregivers Take Action, Relieve Stress

    July 15 -

    A study – led by Penn Nursing ’s Nancy Hodgson, PhD, RN, FAAN – found the Alzheimer’s Association Helpline offers significant improvements in caregiver’s emotional health. The results were first reported at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2019 in Los Angeles.

  • Student Stories: Forging an Intersectional Career

    July 12 - Penn Nursing student Tiffany Hsu recently wrote about her internship with UNESCO this summer in Paris, France, her experience of weaving together an interdisciplinary career, and defining what it means to be a nurse.

  • Julianna visiting a monastery in Arequipa, Peru

    Student Stories: No Puedo Bailar Salsa

    July 12 - Julianna Shinnick, a Penn Nursing student from Northampton, MA, is in Peru, researching Chagas disease, and recently wrote about her experience, including an evening when she challenged herself to operate outside of her comfort zone and went dancing in a local salsa bar...

  • Bauermeister Selected for Aspen Institute Health Innovators Fellowship

    July 11 -

    Twenty one senior health care leaders were chosen to join the Aspen Institute Health Innovators Fellowship ’s fifth class and the program’s network of health care entrepreneurs and innovators from across the United States.

  • Improving Care Quality for Hospitalized Socially At-Risk Patients

    July 2 -

    Nurses play a pivotal role in caring for hospitalized patients with social risk factors and preparing them for discharge. Now, a new study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) illustrates how certain health system constraints present barriers to effective care and impact outcomes for patients with high social risks.

  • Father talking and spending time with his teenage son.

    What Influences How Parents and Their Gay Adolescent Sons Talk About Sexual Health at Home?

    June 26 -

    Research from Penn Nursing’s Dennis Flores, PhD, found that even when parent-child conversations avoid heteronormative stereotypes, outside factors like mass media and religion—those beyond the parents’ control—can reinforce them.

  • Trustees’ Council of Penn Women Gift Supports West Philadelphia Women

    June 25 -

    Penn Nursing’s West Philadelphia Women’s Day event will continue, thanks to a new grant from The Trustees’ Council of Penn Women (TCPW). Funding from TCPW will support Dr. Wendy Grube’s partnership with women from the medically underserved West Philadelphia community to investigate their most pressing health concerns and move forward with a second West Philadelphia Women’s Day event.

  • Student Stories: Nursing Research in Dublin, Ireland

    June 21 - Anna Bennett (left), a rising senior at Penn Nursing, writes about her summer internship in Dublin, Ireland. Prior to this experience, she hadn’t really traveled beyond Philadelphia or her hometown of Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina. But after a couple weeks in a new city, she’s already fallen into a new routine. “Somehow, the bungalow I reside in almost seems like a home away from home.”

  • A Push for Emergency Texting Services Across the United States

    June 18 - Today, fewer than half of U.S. counties have emergency texting capabilities. Rising juniors Anthony Scarpone-Lambert of Penn Nursing and Kirti Shenoy of Wharton want to change that with their nonprofit Text-911.

  • Sandy Samberg, Nu'94, GNu'95 and husband Joe Samberg

    Penn Nursing Family’s Generosity Impacts Global Travel and Storytelling

    June 17 -

    New gifts from Sandy Samberg, Nu’94, GNu’95, and her husband, Joe Samberg are supporting life changing experiences for Penn Nursing students, and opportunities for students to share those experiences with a wider audience. The Sambergs’ investments in the Global Impact Fund and the Nursing Story Slam will help our students make the most of their Penn education.

  • Karen Lasater, PhD, RN, who won an AcademyHealth award for her nursing-related research, and is a...

    Lasater Wins AcademyHealth Award

    June 14 -

    Penn Nursing’s Karen Lasater, PhD, RN , Assistant Professor of Nursing; Senior Fellow at the Center for Health Outcomes & Policy Research ; and Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics , has won the 2019 AcademyHealth Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues’ New Investigator Award.

  • (From left to right) Lindsay Kirker MSN/ML, RNC-NIC (Health Leadership, Master in Law), Guidehous...

    Penn Nursing Alumni Share Tips for Success as a Health Care Consultant

    June 13 - Consultants (all Penn Nursing alumni) from PricewaterhouseCoopers and Guidehouse visited Penn Nursing on May 30, 2019 to participate in a panel discussion regarding skill sets important for success as a healthcare consultant.

  • Penn Researchers Influence CDC’s Clarification on Prescribing Opioids for Cancer Pain

    June 12 -

    To reduce the number of people who may misuse, abuse, or overdose from opioids, multiple national agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have published guidelines to improve the way opioids are prescribed. Yet some of these guidelines have caused confusion and misapplication among clinicians and unintendedly limited treatment of pain for people with cancer.

  • Photo by Eric Sucar, University Communications

    Award of Excellence in Research for Spatz

    June 11 -

    The award – from the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) – recognizes members as exemplifying the highest standards of service to nursing.