July 1 -
Governor Tom Wolf announced on March 13 that the state will include LGBTQ-specific information as part of its COVID-19 data collection. Pennsylvania Department of Health began collecting race and ethnicity data after racial disparities were revealed during the pandemic. It has expanded the effort to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
June 30 - “I wrestled with what to write for this. A lofty, detached, academic-leaning piece, or, something that gives insight into the totality of who I am as a person. I decided on sharing part of my truth that makes me more human.
These days I awaken to somewhat of a twilight zone experience.”
June 29 - Enter the Fagin Hall office of Wendy D. Grube, GNu,82, GR’10, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, and one of the first things you might see is a clear glass bell. The Order of the Bell was presented to Dr. Grube in 2017 by Mountains of Hope, West Virginia’s statewide cancer coalition, for her work to break barriers in public health in rural West Virginia. Dr. Grube has taken a special interest in this area, which has a significantly elevated rate of cervical cancer mortality—in addition to centering her 2010 doctoral dissertation on cervical screening in rural West Virginia, since 2008 she has partnered with the local community, spearheading a Penn Nursing service learning project in West Virginia that has included free cervical screenings (over 300 women screened) and other urgent health care screenings and education as informed by community need.
June 29 - The COVID-19 pandemic has led to drastic changes in how hospitals provide end-of-life care to patients and their families. With strict no-visiting limitations in place in an effort to stem contagion, patients have been dying alone.
June 24 -
Sudden school closures in the United States were undertaken to reduce COVID-19 transmission this spring. Those closures were not typical, and how and when schools reopen will create a set of new norms, with unique stressors for students, families, school personnel, and communities.
June 23 - With the staggering unemployment numbers released each week due to the global pandemic, it was clear to the leadership at Penn Nursing that it could result in a catastrophic future nursing shortage.
June 22 -
An interdisciplinary team from Penn joined efforts with physicians in New York to fast-track virtual reality coronavirus training materials.
June 17 -
In a Q&A, Penn Nursing’s Diane Spatz, PhD , Professor of Perinatal Nursing and the Helen M. Shearer Term Professor of Nutrition in the Department of Family and Community Health , discusses why it’s safe and beneficial to keep them together, even when the mother tests positive for COVID-19.
June 16 - Delaney R. Lawson, BSN, RN, Nu’18 chose to attend Penn Nursing for numerous reasons—Ivy League education, commitment to excellence, faculty expertise, career opportunities—but it was the Estelle M. Sands and George H. Sands Nursing Scholars program that made attending possible. “The funding from the Sands Nursing Scholar Program made a tremendous difference for me—it truly eased the financial burden of affording tuition,” she said. “And later, after graduation, the program granted me the opportunity to work at a prestigious medical center.”
June 16 - “I am a family nurse practitioner and PhD in nursing. I completed my clinical training at the University of Vermont, where I was trained to be a rural health nurse practitioner. Although I am now living in Philadelphia, the skills I learned about practicing in low-resourced settings are relevant to my current passion: the provision of care outside of traditional healthcare spaces like hospitals and clinics.
June 15 -
There are close to 28 million nurses around the world who comprise a global workforce that delivers about 90 percent of primary healthcare, including frontline response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ensuring their optimal contribution and continued well-being amid the myriad consequences of COVID-19 will increase the potential for measurable and improved health outcomes.
June 12 -
The University of Pennsylvania’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) has awarded thirteen COVID-19 Rapid Response Research Grants designed to produce policy insights directly relevant to the ongoing pandemic and its broad range of health effects. Penn Nursing is represented with three research projects.
June 9 -
Older adults with COVID-19 who survive hospitalizations and return to their homes confront substantial health challenges and an unpredictable future. Early evidence suggests that complex and long-term physical, functional, cognitive, and emotional negative health consequences will be the norm for them. However, the trajectories of health care needs of older adults with COVID-19 in the weeks and months following hospital discharge have yet to be identified.
June 3 - “Oddly enough, these days I keep daydreaming about what life was like two years ago, before I gave birth to my son, when I carried him in my body for two full weeks past his due date.
May 31 -
The events of this past week and the death of George Floyd have unleashed a myriad of emotions – anger, rage, frustration, sadness, loss, fear, and desperation. At the School of Nursing, I know we stand in solidarity with the family and community of George Floyd. We are outraged and saddened about his tragic death and the deaths of countless other people who suffer similar injustices.
May 26 - “My journey as a nurse began November of my freshman year at Penn. The first couple of months, I was feeling lost. Should I be studying something else? How do I know that this is right for me? Despite some hesitations about my major, I knew I wanted to be involved with Student Nurses at Penn (SNAP).
May 20 -
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 .
May 19 -
“I am an ICU nurse in Manhattan. I have seen my share of trauma, critical illness, and sorrow. But what is happening in my hospital and hospitals across America is on a scale of tragedy not even the most seasoned clinician has experienced.
May 13 -
In the face of a disease that requires physical separation from other human beings, these care providers have extended their role, taking on tasks usually relegated to others and sitting in as family and friends to the ill. And the Penn Nursing community is doing all it can to support their colleagues on the frontlines.
May 12 - Penn Nursing’s second annual Story Slam event was held on February 12th, 2020, and the videos of the evening, along with backstage interviews with each of the storytellers, are available now. The stories highlight the incredible role nurses play in our lives, as well as the endless possibilities for those entering the nursing profession.
May 12 - Six feet of distance prevents hugs. Masks cover smiles. Gloves negate the warm touch of hands. Words uttered convert moments in times such as these into the worst of ones’ life, and our mechanisms of providing comfort are banned in an effort to maintain safety. When a mother’s son is taking his final breaths, how does one hold her up and comfort her if not with their arms?
May 11 - Leaders from across Penn and beyond recorded special messages of gratitude and deep appreciation for nurses and healthcare workers in honor of Nurses Week, May 6th - 12th.
May 6 - To every nurse, Happy National Nurses Week! While this week is a good reminder to let the nurses in our lives know how much we appreciate them, the ultimate goal is to raise awareness about the value of nursing, and to help educate the public about the role nurses play in meeting health care needs.
May 5 - It’s what I wanted when I was at Penn: free time alone and away from the implicit pressures of college. The novel coronavirus granted this wish, a little too well. A month after my senior year spring break, I’m still suspended in break. But I’m just now at my brother’s apartment in the Miami suburbs on an extended sleepover.
May 4 -
Five Penn Nursing students have been awarded scholarships from the Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association (FNSNA) for the 2020-21 academic year. The Scholarship Selection Committee, composed of faculty and students, met at FNSNA headquarters earlier in the year to review scholarship applications submitted by hundreds of applicants.
May 1 -
April 30 -
For future health care providers, moving education online has proved especially challenging. With ingenuity and creativity, faculty are helping them continue gaining the skills they’ll need.
April 28 - “My name is Natalie Ball, and I am working as Family Nurse Practitioner in a federally qualified, community health center (FQHC) in Norwalk, Connecticut with the organization the Community Health Center, Inc. As a primary care, patient-centered medical home, we serve a diverse patient population that suffers from multiple medical and behavioral health comorbidities.
April 28 -
Suzanne Miyamoto, PhD, RN, FAAN, Chief Executive Officer of the American Academy of Nursing , will be the 2020 Penn Nursing commencement speaker. The ceremony, which will be virtual due to the coronavirus, will take place on Monday, May 18th at 3pm. Details about the virtual event, including a link to the livestream, can be found at www.nursing.upenn.edu/commencement2020 .
April 27 -
Nursing research has an important influence on evidence-based health care practice, care delivery, and policy. Two editorials in the journal Research in Nursing & Health, by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing), explore how nursing research has been paramount in dealing with the emerging coronavirus pandemic.
April 23 -
All the honorees will be recognized during a virtual, end-of-the-year event that is being planned. Details on that to come.
April 21 - “My sister and I flew out of DC with a layover in Doha, Qatar. Before our flight, we were required to fill out a health screening, a travel history form, and downloaded an app on our cell phones that would track our symptoms and activities before landing at Incheon airport.
April 21 - Substance use by youth remains a significant public health concern. While social media provides youth the opportunity to discuss and display substance use-related beliefs and behaviors, little is known about how posting drug-related content, or viewing posted content influences the beliefs and behaviors of youth relative to substance use.
April 16 - While the current coronavirus pandemic continues to affect all people, families will still give birth and bring new life into the world. During the COVID-19 crisis, breastfeeding and the provision of human milk to infants is recommended by national and international organizations because it is effective against infectious diseases: It strengthens the immune system by directly transferring antibodies from the mother.
April 15 -
During these times of uncertainty, we’re all having to change what we do and how we do it—including health care providers who have had to swiftly migrate to telehealth to offer care that doesn’t require patients to travel and visit crowded facilities for treatment. To help meet this urgent need, Penn Nursing is offering its new online training in best practices for telehealth to all health care providers, free of charge, and each completed course provides 2 CEUs. Click here to visit and use the code ASPIRE100 when registering.
April 14 - “Why waste your time doing blogs? You should be taking a statistics course or working on a research article or writing a grant.” As this senior and established leader in the field took a “should” all over me, I remember thinking to myself… if they are not interested in why I wrote these blogs, then they clearly don’t know me at all. And if they are not invested in knowing who I am and why I am using my voice in this way, then how reliable is this advice?
April 9 -
Research from Penn Nursing ’s Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research (CHOPR) is highlighted throughout the International Council of Nurses (ICN) recently released resource and evidence toolkit: Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Nursing the World to Health. This important resource comes out as nurses are on the frontlines caring for critically ill patients in the COVID-19 pandemic, and comes in advance of International Nurses Day (IND) in the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, which will be celebrated on May 12, 2020.
April 7 -
The University of Pennsylvania is honoring Penn Nursing ’s Joseph R. Libonati, PhD, FAHA , Associate Professor of Nursing in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences (BHS), and former Director of Penn Nursing’s Laboratory of Innovative and Translational Nursing Research, with the 2020 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.
April 7 - “As a medical-surgical nurse, I see patients with health conditions ranging from cardiac, psych, and renal to pulmonary, neurological, and GI complications. One day as I was getting a report on a patient, I was informed that I would be working with a violent, dementia patient.
April 6 -
Data show that the number of people with clinically complex health and social needs is growing. Programs designed to support these adults have fallen short and the healthcare system is becoming overtaxed by these “super-utilizers”.
April 3 -
The number of COVID-19 cases continues to grow. This week’s edition of Amplify Nursing features Elise Tarbi and Brianna Morgan , who are both board-certified Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners with advanced certifications in Hospice and Palliative care, as well as doctoral students at Penn Nursing. With demands on both hospitals and providers expanding, and resources predicted to become scarce, there has been heightened public discourse about rationing. Both will discuss how advance care planning has increased in importance in this landscape in order to support people with an increased risk of dying, as well as the healthcare providers and family members who may be facing these difficult decisions. Listen here or wherever you listen to podcasts.
April 1 -
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world has rallied behind healthcare workers—to both protect and support this critical community that continues to save lives in the face of personal danger. Now more than ever, it’s essential to understand how this workforce of nurses, doctors, and other indispensable personnel can be more effective through scientific research.
March 31 -
Penn Nursing doing its part by donating face masks, boxes of gloves, N95 masks, isolation gowns, surgical gowns, eye shields, caps, anesthesia machines, and a ventilator to the University of Pennsylvania Health System.
March 31 - “As an intensive care nurse, I spend many shifts face-to-face with suffering, pain, and death. My critically ill patients fight to live, day in and day out. With all the procedures, imaging, monitors, lights, beeping, and poking, patients have asked me if it is easier to die than to suffer.
March 27 -
COVID-19 is sweeping across the country with the number of cases rising dramatically. It’s been two weeks since Penn Nursing’s Alison Buttenheim, PhD , a public health researcher and behavioral epidemiologist and Penn Medicine’s Carolyn Cannuscio, ScD , a social epidemiologist, joined Amplify Nursing to discuss the coronavirus. Since a lot has occurred in that time, they are back with an update to discuss where we are at in this pandemic, how it has been handled locally and nationally so far, and what is still to come. Listen here or wherever you listen to podcasts.
March 24 -
Penn Nursing ’s Ariana Chao, PhD, CRNP , Assistant Professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences , will be awarded with the 2020 Rising Star Research Award from the Eastern Nursing Research Society (ERNS), during its 32nd Annual Scientific Sessions (virtual this year) in Boston, Massachusetts, March 26-27, 2020. This award recognizes a Junior Investigator that has shown promise in establishing a program of health and/or nursing research.
March 23 - “One of the aspects of Penn that I am most grateful for is the opportunity to explore nursing through many different experiences. These experiences I have had are what sparked my interest in neonatal nursing beginning in my freshman year. My developed passion has pushed me past boundaries of exploration and has inspired me to become the best nurse possible.
March 19 -
It’s long been understood that care that respects and integrates the wants, needs, and preferences of patients results in higher ratings of satisfaction and improved health outcomes. Yet, several barriers still often impede the delivery of patient-centered care. A new study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) shows that organizational supports for nurse practitioners (NPs) can enhance their ability to deliver patient-centered care.
March 17 - “My heart flutters a bit. This happens every time I am getting ready to share my story. It is even scarier now that I am writing it down as a permanent document – for the world to see.
March 16 -
As the COVID-19 pandemic grows across the US, Penn Nursing ’s Alison Buttenheim, PhD , a public health researcher and behavioral epidemiologist and Penn Medicine’s Carolyn Cannuscio, ScD , a social epidemiologist, join Amplify Nursing to discuss the coronavirus – what we need to know, what we need to do to help lessen the spread, and what we should expect in the days and weeks to come. Listen here or wherever you listen to podcasts.
March 10 - “This past summer I spent working as a patient care tech in a hospital, where I floated between a few different floors. One day I was in the ICU and a patient had recently been extubated, and I went into her room with the nurse to check on her. The patient was saying a lot of things that didn’t make sense, but she kept referring to the nurse and me as her ‘guardian angels.’
March 9 -
Penn Nursing ’s Peggy Compton, PhD, RN, FAAN , the van Ameringen Chair in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing and an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Health , will be honored by Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) for her contributions to the nursing profession during the 31st International Nursing Research Congress in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, July 23-27, 2020.
March 6 -
While firearm violence is a major public health challenge in the United States, it has often been considered a law enforcement issue with only law enforcement solutions. An article by two University of Pennsylvania researchers advises that treating firearm violence as a disease and taking a public health approach to prevention and treatment can help reduce its harms.
March 4 -
The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) continues its streak of being the number one nursing school in the world according to a recent ranking by QS World University . The rankings highlight the world’s top universities in 48 different subject areas based on academic reputation, employer reputation, and research impact. This is the fifth consecutive year that Penn Nursing has taken the top spot.
March 4 -
The study will evaluate the effectiveness of TCM in reducing rehospitalizations and promote widespread use of the program in a number of health systems.
March 3 - “Blue jolly ranchers are my favorite. That’s a good thing because my iLEAPP patient’s favorite were green apple.
March 2 -
Healthcare provider burnout is a mounting public health crisis with up to half of all physicians and one in three nurses reporting high burnout, data show. Burnout rates among nurses also correlate with lower patient satisfaction. While both factors are recognized, little is known about how effective interventions in nurse working conditions, managerial support, or resource enhancement can lessen burnout and improve patient satisfaction.
February 28 -
Research from Penn Nursing and CHOP argues that for this population, “kangaroo care” can and should become routine.
February 25 - This past summer, I interned at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) on the Opioid and Substance Abuse Prevention Team. I applied on a whim because I wanted to do something nursing-related but also something that would expand my view of nursing. I was always told that nursing was expansive far beyond just a hospital setting, but I knew I needed to experience this for myself.
February 24 -
As opioid overdoses continue to grab headlines, more states are providing their communities with easier access to naloxone, which can prevent death by reversing opioid overdoses. But while naloxone may be available at township buildings, libraries, or other community locations, little is known about how schools maintain a supply and use naloxone to prepare for treating overdose.
February 21 - This month, an important chapter in black history is getting some well-deserved attention—as well as a generous donation. The archives of West Philadelphia’s Mercy Douglass Hospital School of Nursing have been housed for decades at Penn Nursing’s Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.
February 19 -
A proposal spearheaded by the University of Pennsylvania has been named in the Top 100 in the MacArthur Foundation 100&Change competition , which offers a single $100 million grant to help solve one of the world’s most critical social challenges. Penn Nursing’s Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA , and Penn Medicine’s Harsha Thirumurthy, PhD , are co-leads on the global project. Both are associate directors at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics (CHIBE ).
February 19 - While Penn Nursing’s Innovating for Life and Living Campaign continues, the multi-city tour came to a close in New York City on February 11, 2020, where it highlighted the 30th anniversary of the School’s Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research (CHOPR) and efforts to raise $1 million for the Center’s future . The event featured Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing, Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN , and a panel discussion led by CHOPR Founder and Director, Linda H. Aiken, PhD, RN, FAAN, FRCN .
February 18 - “My experience as a Penn Nursing student has been colored by both triumphs and challenges that together became the foundation of my resilience as a nurse. One particular challenge occurred during my second year when I did not pass my first high-stakes pass/fail simulation assessment.
February 17 -
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA , a world-renowned expert in health policy and geriatric medicine, has been named one of Becker’s Hospital Review’s ’25 medical pioneers to celebrate this Black History Month.’ She has joint appointments in Penn Nursing, the Perelman School of Medicine, and the Wharton School.
February 14 - On Wednesday, February 12, nurses (and one “non-nurse” who has been on a personal journey alongside many nurses for 20 years) from Penn Nursing and Penn Medicine came together to share their true, personal, and heartfelt and inspiring stories of courage in front of a sold out crowd at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.
February 11 - “I know what it’s like to receive bad patient care. Ignored. Be given poor advice. Left in the dark. Patronized. Judged. Disrespected. Dealt with like I was faking.
February 10 -
Associate Professor Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA , who is also one of the Associate Directors of Penn’s Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) , is part of the team that recently received a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to establish a nudge unit focused on HIV prevention in South Africa.
February 7 -
José A. Bauermeister, PhD, MPH , Presidential Professor of Nursing, will be the next Chair of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing’s (Penn Nursing) Department of Family and Community Health, effective July 1, 2020.
February 5 - Amplify Nursing, the new podcast created and hosted by Marion Leary and Angelarosa DiDonato, features nurses who are leading the way in nursing science, policy, and innovation. Made possible by the Krista and Rich Pinola Fund for Innovation in Nursing, new episodes will be available every other Wednesday through iTunes, Spotify, GooglePlay, and more.
February 4 - “Mentoring has been transformative in my life. In retrospect, I probably had people I could call mentors throughout my life but I never really bonded or made the most of those relationships.
January 31 -
The series allows the nation’s top nurse scientists to share their work and interests with a transdisciplinary audience. This year, the lecture will be presented virtually via the National Institutes of Health’s videocast on April 29, 2020 from 1PM until 2 PM.
January 29 -
The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) retains its top spot for research funding for the 2019 fiscal year, among other schools of nursing, with $11.3 million in awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
January 27 - “I discovered my passion for nursing while serving in Iraq. During my downtime, I volunteered in the emergency room.”
January 27 -
Data show that young adult women in the United States have high rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) that increase their risk of HIV. Though epidemiologic and behavioral factors for risk have been studied, we know very little about brain factors that may be linked to STI/ HIV sexual risk.
January 21 - “In 1989 I came to Philadelphia after working for three years in a community hospital in Manahawkin, NJ. I wanted to experience working in a big city hospital and pursue a graduate degree in nursing.
January 15 -
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.
January 14 - “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.
January 6 -
December 20 - “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.
December 19 -
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.
December 17 - “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.
December 11 - 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.
December 11 -
Erin Hartman, Nu’18, has been named a Marshall Scholar . Established by the British government, the Marshall Scholarship funds up to three years of study for a graduate degree in any field at an institution in the United Kingdom.
December 10 - The largest initiative to improve hospital work environments to date has officially begun, with an award of 4 million Euros from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program. The grant will support the international partnership of some of the world’s leading Universities led by KU Leuven and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing’s Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research .
December 10 - “After graduating from college, I moved to Boston to work as a research assistant at Boston Children’s Hospital, hopeful that this experience would help guide my career goals.
December 5 -
Penn Nursing alumna and Board of Overseers Chair Andrea Berry Laporte has been recognized with one of the University of Pennsylvania’s highest alumni awards as a 2019 recipient of the Alumni Award of Merit. Each year, Penn Alumni presents the award to distinguished alumni volunteers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the University. Laporte was one of five Alumni Award of Merit recipients this year, honored at a gala held November 8 at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.
December 2 - “It was 2012 and my second time to be invited to the United Methodist Church’s annual Lighten The Burden conference. It was the Q&A portion and I thought my presentation was well received.
November 25 -
“The moment when I realized virtual interaction could be more than simply fun and games happened around 15 years ago, during what some long-time players of World of Warcraftmight remember as the Corrupted Blood Incident–where intrepid adventurers coming back from an excursion into an unexplored jungle with their animal companions ended up unleashing a lethal pandemic into the virtual world.”
November 19 - Penn Nursing has received a $100,000 grant from the Robert I. Jacobs Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation for HIV research. The grant supports an investigation, “Youth-driven Perspectives in HIV Biomedical Prevention and Cure Research,” led by José A. Bauermeister, PhD, MPH , Presidential Professor of Nursing.
November 19 - “Shortly after graduation in 1965, I married and worked as a visiting nurse in a low economic section of Providence, RI for a year—a job I treasured.”
November 18 -
The Barbara Bates Center for The Study of The History of Nursing is collaborating with the School of Humanities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University to explore the development of nursing in China.
November 11 - Improving acute pain management after traumatic injury remains a priority for policymakers and clinicians as rates of injury and subsequent pain-related disability rise nationally. Yet, innovations in trauma pain management remain understudied.
November 11 -
After 38 years of active duty and reserve enlistments, Karen Flaherty-Oxler, MSN, RN, GNu’85 is now leading one of Philly’s largest medical centers—and bringing health care to 60,000 other veterans.
November 11 - “My patient, let’s call him Eric, was assigned to me on my first night shift after he was transferred to our unit from intensive care.
November 6 -
Unique suite of materials developed at Penn Nursing in collaboration with the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation is available free of charge to all nurses, nursing programs, and health care innovators.
November 5 -
Obesity increases a number of adverse health consequences including reduced health-related quality of life. But little is known about the relationship between weight loss and changes in quality of life.
November 5 - “When I was 13, I started volunteering at my local hospital—Newton Medical Center, located in the northwestern corner of New Jersey—because I wanted something to keep me busy and I also wanted to help people.
November 4 -
Addressing perceived stigma about taking HIV preventive medication key to helping women at risk.
November 1 -
The Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania is taking applications for the 2020 Fellowships and Research Awards. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply.
October 30 -
Opioid use disorder and overdose deaths are a major public health crisis in the United States. While medication-assisted treatments for opioid use disorder exist, these treatments remain inadequate for many patients, resulting in a high rate of relapse following detoxification.
October 29 -
A team led by Penn Nursing’s José A. Bauermeister, PhD, MPH , Presidential Professor of Nursing, developed an innovative study that employs a mystery shopper methodology to assess HIV testing services for young men who have sex with men.
October 28 - “Years ago, when I was applying to college as an undecided major—unsure of the direction I would take my life—for reasons I’ll never know, I was recruited from a beach town in California to attend Penn Nursing. I was immediately sold on the career as a perfect marriage of science and humanity, and off I went to Philadelphia.
October 23 -
Lea Ann Matura, PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Professor in Penn Nursing ’s Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences, is one of eight winners of the inaugural Pulmonary Hypertension Accelerated Bayer (PHAB) Awards.
October 22 - “While I began my professional path in the Penn Nursing program, I took a wildly different course after college. Rather than continuing to become a practicing nurse, I found my way into finance and started an online bank called CARD.com.”
October 21 -
Election to the National Academy of Medicine is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.
October 15 -
Penn Nursing ’s Robin Stevens, PhD, MPH , Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Health , is set to receive the Early Career Award from the Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA).
October 15 - “I was volunteering in a small rural clinic in the outskirts of Volcán Tajumulco in Tejutla, Guatemala—the village where my parents are from—and witnessed a live birth for the first time. I cried, of course. This single moment allowed me to realize the beauty of life and the incredible process of bringing another life into this world.”
October 9 -
The American Academy of Nursing recently announced that six individuals – including Penn Nursing Postdoctoral Fellow Darina Petrovsky, PhD, RN – were selected to participate in the newly re-envisioned Academy Jonas Policy Scholars Program. Petrovsky is a Fellow in the NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health .
October 8 - “While I was in college in my senior year of nursing school, I was involved in a very emotionally and physically violent relationship. I don’t mean a threat or a slap. I mean having my head repeatedly bashed into a sliding glass door until it broke, and then being pushed out of a car going 60 miles per hour into the middle of a busy highway in Florida. Wow, that sounds awful. Just writing it is hard. But it was an important, transformative event in my life.”
October 7 -
The benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and child are well-recognized, including for late preterm infants (LPI). But because LPI do not have fully developed brains, they may experience difficulties latching and/or sustaining a latch on the breast to have milk transfer occur. This means that these infants are at high risk for formula supplementation and/or discontinuation of breastfeeding. Without human milk, these infants lose a critical component for protection and optimal development of their brains.
October 3 -
The award is given biennially to a Penn Nursing faculty member or a graduate from the School’s doctoral program who has made a distinguished contribution to nursing through scholarly practice. It honors Norma M. Lang, PhD, the professor and dean emerita of Penn Nursing for her world-renowned contributions to health policy and practice.
October 2 -
Global advocacy for increased access to menstruation products and facilities exposes social and economic inequities and the need for reform.
October 1 - “Sometimes the greatest compliment that you can get when you are a student is from your teacher, but in this case it was someone I had never met before. A rapid response was happening on my unit and I went in to observe.”
September 27 -
The Elizabeth Wright Fund—which gave Penn Nursing its first student exchange program—has its roots in a time when post-operative hospital stays were longer, and when private duty nurses attended patients in the hospital as well as at home after discharge.
September 25 - “One Tuesday morning before my senior leadership clinical, I was kind of stressed out over typical “college sorority girl” problems - I was worried about disappointing my boyfriend because we were deciding between going to my sorority date night and going to New York for our good friend’s birthday party. I couldn’t decide what to do and was worried about disappointing him and potentially missing out on my senior year experiences. I still hadn’t decided what to do before it was time to leave for clinical.
September 23 -
Nurse burnout impacts both nurses and patients, and significantly influences the retention of nurses in the healthcare setting, research shows. But could burnout be a symptom of something larger?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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).
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.
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.
July 31 - Motivated to improve life in their communities, women around the world are changing the status quo.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 10 - Here are some fast facts about the newest cohort.
June 7 - History provides an enhanced understanding of the factors that inform social policy. In the wider arena of public health and its influence on social change, the political and healing import of nursing cannot be ignored.
June 5 -
Although injury is unexpected and acute, it can result in long-term health problems and disability. Up to half of all patients experience postinjury depression and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the months after injury, increasing suboptimal recovery, disability, and costs for care. For patients like urban black men, some of whom have experienced prior trauma, childhood adversity and neighborhood disadvantage, acute postinjury stress responses are exacerbated.
May 31 -
A Penn study of nearly 3,000 fourth, fifth, and sixth graders in China revealed strong connections between 30 to 60 minutes of shuteye at least three days a week and positive outcomes in a handful of areas.
May 21 -
It’s a wrap! The mortar boards have been thrown and with that, we have welcomed another class among the ranks of the Penn Nursing Alumni . On May 20, 2019, the graduating class, faculty, staff, and administrators gathered at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts to celebrate our School’s annual commencement.
May 8 -
President’s Engagement Prize-winning project – Cultivando Juntos – is designed to bring a range of subjects like nutrition and sleep directly to the Kennett Square farmworkers.
May 7 - Penn alums Patricia Bleznak Silverstein, C’81 and Howard A. Silverstein, W’69 are advocating for innovation at Penn Nursing through education—by dedicating one of Fagin Hall’s four high fidelity simulation suites located in the Helene Fuld Pavilion for Innovative Learning and Simulation.
May 7 - A generous grant from The Arcadia Foundation is helping to pave the way for integrating the latest tech advancements into education at Penn Nursing. The new funding supports our School’s Learning Technology Fund, a fund that supports state-of-the-art simulation experiences and a dynamic educational curriculum to prepare Penn Nursing students with the tools and experiences they need to provide care.
May 7 -
From rural areas of India to more locally in West Philadelphia, Penn Nursing’s Center for Global Women’s Health (CGWH) has an impact on health and healthcare on a global scale. In recognition of that leadership, an anonymous donor has made a $10,000 pledge, which will support the work of CGWH—at the direction of CGWH Director Dr. Wendy Grube—over the next several years.
May 6 - By 2025, Top Industry Challenges are Likely to Force Change
May 3 -
Carol Lefkowitz Boas, Nu’77 and a member of the Penn Nursing Board of Overseers, and Andrew M. Boas have made the founding gift to help establish Penn Nursing’s new Community Partnership Program, one of the key initiatives for the Innovating for Life and Living Campaign.
May 3 -
Behavioral Intervention Research in Hospice and Palliative Care: Building an Evidence Base sets forth research considerations and guidelines to build evidence-based interventions to improve end-of-life care.
May 2 -
When you come from a true Red and Blue family, the concept of not being able to finish your degree because of financial hardships is one that doesn’t sit well. For Robert Karsch, C’85, M’89 and Abby Bechler-Karsch, Nu’88, GNu’93, that meant creating a new scholarship—the Abby and Robert Karsch Family Scholarship Program—for low-income Penn Nursing undergraduates required to take a fifth year of classes in order to graduate.
May 2 -
Thanks to new funding from the Roxborough Memorial Foundation, Penn Nursing students will have access to a new source of financial aid that comes with an incentive to complete clinical service in or near the Roxborough neighborhood of Philadelphia.
May 2 -
Penn Nursing is committed to ensuring that our student body is as diverse as the world our graduates will serve—thanks to a new scholarship established by Professor Virginia A. Lucas, Nu’55, GNu’63, undergraduate nursing students with Italian heritage and financial need have a new financial aid resource.
May 1 -
The annual award recognizes sustained and productive university/community partnerships. Junior and senior faculty along with senior lecturers and associated faculty from any of Penn’s 12 schools are eligible for nomination, together with their community partners. The $10,000 prize is split between the faculty member and the community partner.
April 24 -
This ad hoc committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will examine the lessons learned from the Future of Nursing Campaign for Action, as well as the current state of science and technology to inform their assessment of the capacity of the profession to meet the anticipated health and social care demands from 2020 to 2030. As part of its duties, the committee is scheduled to hold three regional town halls including a stop at Penn Nursing on Wednesday, July 24th.
April 17 -
Penn Nursing’s Rosemary Polomano, PhD, RN, FAAN , Associate Dean for Practice Professor of Pain Practice, and M. Kit Delgado, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Epidemiology at Penn’s Pereleman School of Medicine, have been appointed members of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s (the Academies) Committee on Evidence-based Clinical Practice Guidelines to Prescribing Opioids for Acute Pain.
April 15 - The University of Pennsylvania is honoring Penn Nursing ’s Lisa Lewis, PhD, RN, FAAN , Associate Professor of Nursing, a Calvin Bland Fellow, and the Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusivity, with the 2019 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.
April 12 -
Neville Strumpf, PhD, RN, FAAN , Professor and Dean Emerita, will be the 2019 Penn Nursing commencement speaker. The ceremony on Monday, May 20, 2019, will take place at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts from 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM.
April 11 -
“We are entering a new era of HIV prevention in which we are beginning to acknowledge that individual preferences are extremely relevant to actual product use,” said DESIRE (Developing and Evaluating Short-acting Innovations for Rectal Use) study protocol chair José A. Bauermeister, PhD, MPH , Presidential Professor of Nursing and Director of the Program on Sexuality, Technology, & Action Research (PSTAR) at Penn Nursing .
April 10 -
Neoneur founders recently took the top prize in the The Association for Women in Science-Central Jersey Chapter’s (AWIS-CJC) 2019 Women in STEM Entrepreneurship Challenge.
April 9 -
Penn Nursing seniors José Á. Maciel, Nu’19, and Antonio E. Renteria, Nu’19, are among the nine winners of the 2019 President’s Engagement and Innovation Prizes. Awarded annually, these prizes provide $100,000 in funding for Penn seniors to design and undertake post-graduation projects that make a positive, lasting difference in the world.
April 8 -
The University of Pennsylvania is honoring Penn Nursing ’s Linda Aiken, PhD, RN, FAAN, FRCN , the Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor in Nursing, and Director, Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research (CHOPR), with the Provost’s Award for Distinguished PhD Teaching and Mentoring. This is the first time a member of Penn Nursing’s Standing or Associated faculty has won this award.
April 4 -
Penn Nursing ’s Sara Jacoby, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Health, and a Senior Fellow in both the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics and the Center for Public Health Initiatives, has been honored with a Rising Star Award from the Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS), during its 31st Annual Scientific Sessions in Providence, Rhode Island, April 3-5, 2019. This award recognizes a Junior Investigator that has shown promise in establishing a program of health and/or nursing research.
April 2 -
Breastfeeding is an accepted practice for millions of women worldwide and strongly endorse by the World Health Organization. To provide appropriate counseling about human milk and breastfeeding, it is important to understand cultural beliefs and customs related to the practice.
March 28 -
Penn Nursing ’s Sharon Y. Irving, PhD, CRNP, FCCM, FAAN , Assistant Professor, has been awarded a Distinguished Nutrition Support Nurse Service Award from the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.)
March 26 - Nurses play critical roles in patient safety and are often the last line of defense against medical errors and unsafe practices. Considerable research has explored the relationship between the nurse work environment and a variety of patient and nurse quality and safety outcomes. But until now, no synthesis of this body of research has been made to clearly articulate the association between nurse work environments and health care quality, safety and patient and clinician well-being.
March 21 -
All the honorees will be recognized during the Student-Alumni-Faculty Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 17, at 4:00 pm in the Ann L. Roy Auditorium of Fagin Hall.
March 18 - Penn Nursing ’s Linda Aiken, PhD, RN, FAAN, FRCN , the Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor in Nursing, and Director, Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research (CHOPR), was recently awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RSCI) Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery
March 15 -
In the decade since the federal government’s electronic health record (EHR) initiatives first became law, nearly all U.S. hospitals have adopted some form of EHR technology. Now, focus is on how a comprehensive EHR can enhance outcomes. Yet, little is known about the sociotechnical factors that can shape the relationship between advanced EHR adoption and quality of care.
March 14 -
HIV experts at Penn shed light on the science behind the breakthrough and how it may shape research and practices moving forward. Penn Nursing’s Bridgette Brawner offers her perspective.
March 13 -
Around Penn, clinicians and researchers are focused on Ebola, working to ensure this disease—fearsomely lethal—can be vanquished. Penn Nursing’s Connie Ulrich – a nurse and bioethicist – has written of the “moral distress” faced by health care providers who worked in the 2014 Ebola outbreak.
March 11 -
Penn Nursing ’s Mary Ersek, PhD, RN, FPCN , the Killebrew-Censits Chair in Undergraduate Education and Professor of Palliative Care, will be honored by Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) for her contributions to the nursing profession during the 30th International Nursing Research Congress in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, in July.
March 6 - Health care entrepreneur Lauren Arnold, GNu’79, has made a leadership gift to the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research that will further support their mission.
March 4 - On February 11, more than 40 alumni and friends gathered in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP to learn how Penn Nursing is advancing innovation within its curriculum and in health care systems near and far.
March 1 -
Mimicking a news-sharing custom common among ultraorthodox Jewish communities, two Penn Nursing students created and placed large posters around a Jerusalem neighborhood, deriving content from a mystical technique that assigns a numerical value to each Hebrew letter.
February 27 -
The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) remains the number one nursing school in the world according to a recent ranking by QS World University . The rankings highlight the world’s top universities in 48 different subject areas (as of 2019) based on academic reputation, employer reputation, and research impact. This is the fourth consecutive year that Penn Nursing has taken the top spot.
February 25 -
A team led by José Bauermeister, PhD, Presidential Professor of Nursing and Director of the Program on Sexuality, Technology, & Action Research (PSTAR), at Penn Nursing designed the My Desires & Expectations (myDEx) tool to address cognitive and emotional factors that influence YGBMSM sexual decision-making when seeking partners online.
February 18 -
Cancer clinical trials are an important option for patients with cancer. Yet, once a trial ends, patients still need care plans. Little is known at what point during clinical trial transitions to initiate advance planning discussions or how to educate research teams to communicate with and prepare patient-participants and their families for the next steps after they leave a cancer clinical trial.
February 15 -
With a lower risk of serious complications and improved feeding and growth outcomes, human milk is strongly preferred as the best diet for infants with congenital heart disease (CHD), according to a research review in Advances in Neonatal Care , the official journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses .
February 15 - The brainchild of Penn Nursing’s Marion Leary, director of innovation, the Nursing StorySlam brought together ten nurses from Penn Nursing and Penn Medicine to share their true, personal stories that explored the breadth, depth, and diversity of nursing in front of a packed house at West Philly’s community arts space, the Rotunda.
February 14 -
Cyd Charisse Villalba, a post-master’s DNP candidate at Penn Nursing, healthcare analytics specialist, and ANA-NY research fellow , participated in LinkedIn’s pilot #FutureLeadersOfNursing boot camp at the company’s HQ in NYC on February 8. Participants learned how to amplify their voices and make a positive impact in their own communities all in order to change the future of nursing for the better.
February 13 -
Neville E. Strumpf, PhD , Professor of Nursing and Dean Emerita, and physician, surgeon, and human rights activist Denis Mukwege , who recently won a Nobel Peace Prize and was the recipient of the 2016 Penn Nursing Renfield Foundation Award for Global Women’s Health , will both receive honorary doctor of sciences degrees during the University of Pennsylvania commencement on Monday, May 20, 2019.
February 7 -
Journal for Nurses in Professional Development is a specialized source of information for professional staff development and patient educators in all healthcare settings and publishes six issues a year.
February 4 -
In this role, Marion Leary, MSN, MPH, RN, FAHA, will design and execute innovation programs and projects through Penn Nursing ’s Office of Nursing Research (ONR) and will work to keep the School at the forefront of innovation in nursing. The appointment was effective February 1, 2019.
February 1 -
The legacy of nutrition pioneer and Penn Nursing alumna JoAnn Nallinger Grant, HUP’62, Nu’72 continues with a new scholarship established in her honor by JoAnn’s husband, Igor Grant, MD, RES’71.
January 18 -
The appointment to Penn’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics highlights Dr. Lipman’s major areas of research including the epidemiology of diabetes and assessment of growth in children. She developed and maintains the Philadelphia Pediatric Diabetes Registry, the longest ongoing such registry in the country.
January 17 - On January 17th, the birthday of Philadelphia’s best known and oldest innovator, Ben Franklin, Penn Nursing hosted its first ever Twitter Chat around the theme of nursing innovation.
January 16 -
George Demiris, PhD, a Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor in Penn Nursing ’s Department of Biobavioral Health Sciences , has been appointed a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s (the Academies) Committee on the Health and Medical Dimensions of Social Isolation and Loneliness in Older Adults.
January 14 -
Election as a Fellow in the AHA recognizes scientific and professional accomplishments, as well as volunteer leadership and service.
January 11 -
The research, from Penn Nursing and Annenberg, points to a need to change the feedback loop on these channels and to dispel myths about what constitutes normal behaviors.
January 9 -
Penn Nursing’s Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research found that when acute-care settings have better work environments for nurses, children are better protected.
January 7 -
With $13.4 million in awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) retains its top spot for research funding for the 2018 fiscal year, among other schools of nursing. This is the second consecutive year Penn Nursing has earned first place.
January 2 - American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) Board of Directors (BOD) Student Scholarship recipient and recent Penn Nursing graduate Lisa Kehr discusses her experience at the 2018 APNA Conference in Columbus, Ohio.
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December 19 - The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD) awarded Lauren Massimo, Ph.D., CRNP , the inaugural AFTD Pilot Grant for Nonpharmacological Therapies and Tools.
December 17 - Everyone wants a dignified death – yet few actually experience one. Despite preferring to remain at home, most older adults spend their final days in hospitals, where they often undergo medical care that neither improves survival nor quality of life.
December 14 - Researchers from Penn Nursing and the Annenberg School have found that an immersive Narcan training video is as effective as in-person simulation trainings.
December 11 - Hi guys! My name is Holly and I am in the ABSN program at Penn Nursing and sub-matriculated into the adult/gerontology acute care NP program so that eventually I can work with brain tumor patients. I am also a triathlete. Here is a little insight as to how I balance my passions.
December 6 -
Karen Glanz, PhD, has been named Associate Director for Community Engaged Research and Leader for the Cancer Control Program.
December 3 -
Research shows that losing weight can help prevent or delay the onset of diabetes. While best practice for weight loss often includes decreasing or eliminating calories from alcohol, few studies examine whether people who undergo weight loss treatment report changes in alcohol intake and whether alcohol influences their weight loss.
November 20 -
The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) has been awarded a total of $1.4 million in grants from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for a variety of projects that support nursing workforce development.
November 14 -
Pennsylvania Senate Resolution 484 recognizes November 2018 as National Diabetes Month in the Keystone State
November 13 - Congratulations to doctoral student Foster Osei Baah, MS, BSN, RN for his recent National Institute of Nursing Research F31 award for his proposal “A mixed methods study to understand the relationship between social determinants of health and self-care in community dwelling patients with heart failure.”
November 12 - This past Saturday, November 10, students, faculty, and alumni gathered on a chilly, sunny Saturday at our annual Nurse Networking Event!
November 7 -
In an effort to lessen readmission risk after discharge and achieve the best possible outcomes for patients, hospital-based clinicians are more intentionally planning discharge of those who require post-acute care (PAC). Yet, although hospital clinicians strive to effectively refer patients who require PAC, their discharge-planning processes often vary greatly and typically are not evidence-based.
November 7 -
In their new book, Better Living with Dementia: Implications for Individuals, Families, Communities, and Societies, Penn Nursing’s Nancy Hodgson and Drexel’s Laura Gitlin dissect the challenge of living with the disease for individuals who have it, and for their caregivers. You can meet the authors at the book’s launch event on Wednesdy, November 28, 2018 (5 to 8 PM) in the Mitchell Auditorium on the Drexel University campus.
November 5 -
Two decades ago, a landmark study by the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) highlighted the prevalence of medical errors and called for a national commitment to reduce patient harm. Despite substantial investment by government and private institutions to increase patient safety, progress has been slow and uneven. A new study, published today in the November issue of the journal Health Affairs, sheds light on what more can be done.
November 2 -
Firearm violence is a significant public health problem worldwide. In the United States, firearms are used to kill almost 100 people daily. Yet despite the staggering impact of firearm violence, there is limited research directed at preventing or addressing its impact on individuals, families and communities.
November 1 -
Two tech-based mobile health interventions aim to reduce the cancer risk among women in marginalized populations. The apps, “Everhealthier Women” and “NowIKnow,” focus on preventive health actions including the HPV vaccine.
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Students training in a variety of health professions worked in interdisciplinary teams to come up with comprehensive solutions to protect public health through a simulated outbreak scenario, held in Fagin Hall and dubbed PennDemic .
October 31 - A new book, Moral Distress in the Health Professions, by co-editors Connie Ulrich , PhD, RN, FAAN, the Lillian S. Brunner Chair in Medical and Surgical Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing), and Christine Grady, PhD, RN, FAAN, Chief of the Department of Bioethics Research at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, is the first on the market or within academia dedicated solely to moral distress among health professionals.
October 30 -
The award is presented to an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to the nursing and/or midwifery profession, advanced the nursing profession, and contributed to the health and wellbeing of people in Thailand and around the world.
October 29 - Sigma Theta Tau Xi Chapter board members represented Xi Chapter while listening to and learning from nurse leaders, including Lieutenant Governor Bethany A. Hall-Long PhD, RN.
October 29 -
The proportion of California kindergarten students who received all required vaccines at the start of school increased a year after the state eliminated nonmedical vaccine exemptions for school entry - but not without problems reported by health officers, according to a study published in the November 2018 issue of Pediatrics.
October 26 -
The annual award was created in 2009 to recognize an outstanding nursing leader for their public policy achievements.
October 23 -
Buttenheim , an Associate Professor in Penn Nursing’s Department of Family and Community Health , will take charge of the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) effective in January 2019.
October 19 -
Bridgette Brawner, PhD, MDiv, APRN , Associate Professor in Penn Nursing ’s Department of Family and Community Health , has won the 2018 Richard L. Sowell Article of the Year Award from the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (JANAC).
October 19 - Alaina Hall’s nonprofit project is a nurse-led multi-interventional health-promotion effort that aims to address the global health problem of infectious disease in children. Working in partnership with the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos orphanage in Miacatlán, Mexico, Hall will work to improve health education for children and their caregivers, strengthen infection screening and identification processes, and reduce exposure to infection-causing pathogens by providing filtered water and repairing damage to local sewage structures.
October 17 -
Traditionally, many health-related research projects focused only on males, assuming that females’ bodies would respond the same way to a given intervention or drug. But more often, scientists are uncovering important distinctions between men’s and women’s health, pointing to the need for dedicated attention to understand the intricacies of the differences.
October 15 - Ten nursing professionals with ties to Penn Nursing will be inducted as 2018 Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). One is a current doctoral student and a Robert Wood Johnson Future of Nursing Scholar. The other nine are Penn Nursing alumni . All of the inductees will be honored at a ceremony during the AAN’s annual policy conference, Transforming Health, Driving Policy , taking place November 1-3, 2018, in Washington, D.C.
October 10 - Adriana Perez, PhD, CRNP, ANP-BC, FAAN, interviewed by the scientific journal Nurse Leader about her career path and her vision for the nursing profession.
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October 3 - Fellowship in the ACNM is an honor bestowed upon those midwives whose demonstrated leadership, clinical excellence, outstanding scholarship, and professional achievement, and have merited special recognition both within and outside of the midwifery profession.
October 1 -
Placement of nasogastric (NG) tubes (feeding tubes) in pediatric patients is a common practice, however, the insertion procedure carries risk of serious or even potentially lethal complications. While there are numerous methods of verifying an NG tube has been placed correctly, none of those methods are considered universally standard.
September 27 -
In an upcoming article in the journal Nursing Research, a study from Penn Nursing, reports results of a web-based intervention, Cuídalos, in Puerto Rico designed to increase sexual risk communication between parents and adolescents.
September 25 -
The biennial award honors the best scholarly qualities that Dr. Fagin, the School’s third Dean, exemplified. It is given to a Penn Nursing faculty member, or a graduate from the School’s doctoral program, who has made a distinguished contribution to nursing scholarship. Bowles delivered the lecture ‘From Inquiry to Innovation: How a Clinical Question Became a Business Opportunity’ during the October 25th event.
September 7 - Penn Medicine, Penn Nursing, and Vingroup establish a formal alliance to advance medical education and clinical care in Vietnam
September 6 -
Childhood obesity is a serious public health concern that can have a profound impact on children’s health and well-being. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are more likely to have obesity compared to their peers with typical development, data show. Until recently, little has been known about why children with ASD are at increased risk for developing obesity.
September 5 -
Fall 2018 marks the 100 year anniversary of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic. To commemorate this horrific event that impacted the entire world, Penn Nursing’s Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing will highlight the work and experiences of nurses during the 1918 flu pandemic. Follow along through a series of social media posts and articles on Twitter , Facebook , and the Bates Center’s website , as the actions of nurses and the city unfold in real time as the pandemic swept through the city.
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August 23 -
Cynthia Connolly’s, PhD, RN, FAAN , book, Children and Drug Safety: Balancing Risk and Protection in Twentieth Century America, just received the distinguished Arthur J. Viseltear Prize. This award is given each year by the American Public Health Association (APHA) to a historian who has made outstanding contributions to the history of public health, either through a body of scholarship or through a recent book (published within the previous two years).
August 22 -
Thirty six students from the Pediatric Acute Care and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner programs presented scientific posters on a variety of topics at the 32nd Annual Pediatric Nursing Conference in Washington, DC.
August 21 -
A six-session, school-based program for 6th graders on sexual risk behaviors significantly reduced the chances over four years that the students would force sex on someone.
August 17 -
In the United States, the majority of women have to work. But of the 151 largest US cities, only New York and Philadelphia safeguard their rights around this issue.
August 15 -
The Fellowship supports nursing faculty to develop an intellectual foundation in innovation methodology and gain expertise in rapidly testing new approaches to enhance health care delivery and patient outcomes.
August 10 -
Mothers of critically ill infants may not receive necessary breastfeeding support, because their babies may be taken directly to a newborn intensive care unit or to surgery. There is an alternative model that focuses on serving the needs of these vulnerable infants.
August 6 -
August 2 -
Penn Nursing takes the top spot for a second year in a row in ShanghaiRanking’s annual report on the best nursing programs in the world.
July 11 -
A new study from a team of researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Penn Nursing found that in the previous three months, about half of parents talked on a cell phone while driving when their children between the ages of 4 and 10 were in the car, while one in three read text messages and one in seven used social media.
June 29 -
The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing has been re-designated as a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership for an additional four-year term. As a Collaborating Center, Penn Nursing commits to advancing the workplan of the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) related to human resource development and the sustainable development goals (SDG’s) during each four-year cycle of work.
June 19 -
In an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania researchers call for modernizing the way Medicare pays for training nurses, and highlight a successful new model of cost-effectively training more advanced practice nurses to practice community-based primary care.
June 15 - The University of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce a gift of $1 million from Johnson & Johnson to the School of Nursing and the Wharton School. This investment launches the Nursing/Wharton Impact Scholars Loan Program, a program that will increase the number of health care leaders with expertise in both business and clinical care by offering financial aid, and provide underserved communities with greater access to health professionals.
June 11 -
Despite the intensity of efforts launched in the past decade to understand how to reduce unnecessary healthcare utilization, reduce hospital readmissions and improve patient experience, patients and their family members still experience suboptimal transitions from hospital to home (i.e., care transitions). Importantly, little is known about what patients and their family caregivers actually experience and desire from this process.
June 7 -
At a day-long workshop, held at Penn Nursing, public health and criminal justice experts addressed how health and well-being are affected not only during incarceration, but after release, as well.
May 30 -
In a JAMA Oncology article, researchers from Penn Nursing and Penn Medicine are calling for key governmental agencies, medical associations, and oncology societies to collaborate on developing more consistent clinical opioid prescribing guidelines for patients with chronic cancer-related pain.
May 30 - As health care continues to evolve with anticipated and unanticipated consequences, using the lessons of history to shape and inform the future has never been more relevant. And with the record-breaking success of The Bates Center’s Preserving our Future Campaign, these lessons will be more accessible than ever before.
May 29 -
About 70 percent of all variations in health care outcomes are explained by individuals’ social conditions including housing, neighborhood conditions, and income, data show. In order to establish community cultures of health where people are empowered to live healthier lives, health care providers and community sector leaders in transportation, government, schools, and businesses must collaborate to address the social conditions that affect population health.
May 25 -
Penn’s newest PIK professor George Demiris, PhD, FACMI , who has joint appointments in Penn Nursing and Penn Medicine, studies smart homes and health informatics in a quest to ease the care process for older adults, the very sick, and their family-member caregivers.
May 23 -
May 21 - Alumni from across the country came back to campus to reconnect with classmates, celebrate with awardees, and to see the many ways that Penn Nursing has changed – and remains the same
May 14 -
Another class can now be counted among the ranks of Penn Nursing Alumni . On May 13, 2018, the graduating class, faculty, staff, and administrators gathered at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts to celebrate our School’s annual commencement.
May 9 - April 13th brought over a hundred people together at Fagin Hall to celebrate the launch of Penn Nursing’s Innovating for Life and Living Campaign. Hosted by Dean Antonia Villarruel , guests included members of the Board of Overseers and other volunteer leaders, students and alumni – including all Penn Nursing recipients of the Penn President’s Engagement Prize, many faculty and friends, and Dean Emerita, Dr. Afaf Meleis.
May 8 -
As part of course NURS 354 - Addressing the Social Determinants of Health: Community Engagement Immersion, Penn Nursing juniors Isabel Braun and Morgan Shick spent time each week at Kensington Health Sciences Academy (KHSA) working with teenage students, and together, prepared these students for their final exam. Isabel shared her thoughts and the process behind developing the exam-prep boot camp with Morgan and reflected on the experience overall. Penn’s involvement at KHSA is part of the Penn Futures Project collaboration between Penn Nursing, GSE , and SP2 .
May 7 -
Over forty percent of all older adults in the United States are living with four or more chronic illnesses, receive care from a fragmented health care system, and are struggling with rising costs and uneven quality. To confront this national crisis, more than fifty health system leaders, policy makers, innovators, and scholars convened last week to identify actionable recommendations designed to transform care delivery for older adults with complex health and social needs and support their family caregivers.
May 4 -
Penn Nursing ’s Salimah Meghani, PhD, MBE, RN, FAAN , Associate Professor of Nursing and Term Chair of Palliative Care in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences , and a member in the NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health , has been appointed to a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine planning committee.
May 3 -
The Garrison Lecturer is a scholar distinguished for contributions to medical history or other fields of science and learning, who presents original and previously unpublished research in a lecture given at the American Association for the History of Medicine ’s (AAHM) annual meeting.
May 2 - On March 24th, the student-run Penn Dance Marathon went above and beyond their fundraising goal and raised $11,252.40 at their annual 48-hour Dance Marathon event.
May 1 -
FDA-approved drugs to treat diabetes and obesity may reduce cocaine relapse and help addicted people break the habit
April 23 -
A special series about research and clinical practice recommendations regarding pasteurized donor human milk (PDHM) has been published in the Journal of Obstetric Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing . Guest editor of the series is Diane L. Spatz, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN , Professor of Perinatal Nursing and the Helen M. Shearer Professor of Nutrition at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing).
April 12 -
Psychological distress is common in the aftermath of a traumatic injury. Symptoms of depression and post-traumatic stress can make it harder to re-establish one’s social and family life, work performance, and wellbeing after injury.
April 9 -
The School of Nursing graduation ceremony will be on Sunday, May 13, 2018, at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts beginning at 3:00 PM.
April 3 -
Penn Nursing senior Alaina Hall is among the nine winners of the 2018 President’s Engagement and Innovation Prizes. Awarded annually, the President’s Engagement and Innovation Prizes provide $100,000 in funding for Penn seniors to design and undertake post-graduation projects that make a positive, lasting difference in the world.
March 29 -
A new study found that surgical patients with coexisting Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) are more likely to die within 30 days of admission and to die following a complication compared with patients without ADRD. Having more nurses with at least a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the bedside improved the likelihood of good outcomes for all patients, but it had a much greater effect for patients with ADRD.
March 27 -
Teenage drivers ages 16 to 19 are three times more likely to get into fatal accidents than their older counterparts. In this age group, around twenty percent 20 in the United States have been affected by symptoms associated with mental health disorders, including 9 percent with a lifetime history of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). What’s the relationship between these well-documented conclusions?
March 19 -
The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) is again the number one nursing school in the world according to a recent ranking by QS World University . The rankings highlight the world’s top universities in 48 different subject areas (as of 2018) based on academic reputation, employer reputation, and research impact. This is the third consecutive year that Penn Nursing has taken the top spot.
March 16 -
The Deans of the School of Nursing (Penn Nursing), the Graduate School of Education (GSE), and the School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) are appointing two faculty leaders to the Penn Futures Project (PFP) in order to build upon and accelerate the successes of the program since its inception.
March 15 -
For older adults with multiple chronic conditions and complex care requirements, transitioning between levels of care and across care settings is common. It is well understood that high-quality transitional care is important for both the well-being of the older adult and for family caregivers. While there has been an increased focus on person-centered models of care transition for cognitively intact older adults from hospital to home, little is known about the core elements of successful transitions in care specifically for persons with dementia.
March 14 -
While cervical cancer – one of the most common cancers in women – has significantly decreased in the United States, it is still the second most common cancer in women who live in less developed countries, according to the World Health Organization. Women in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) have the largest age-standardized incidence and mortality rates of this potentially preventable and non-communicable disease due to the difficulty in implementing prevention, screening, and treatment programs.
March 12 -
Penn Nursing’s Therese Richmond, PhD , and Terri Lipman, PhD , will both be part of this unique, week-long event. Richmond will be featured as part of “Firearm Violence: Science, Policy & Politics” on Monday, March 19. Lipman will participate in the panel discussion “Developing a Culture of Health” on Wednesday, March 21. The event concludes with a March 22 discussion on the future of education featuring Penn Nursing’s Dean Antonia Villarruel, PhD , and Jennifer Pinto –Martin, PhD .
March 6 -
The HERstory/HIStory mentorship program was founded during the 2016-17 academic year by Penn students, faculty, and staff at W.E.B. Du Bois College House, including Penn Nursing’s Robin Stevens, PhD. Students of color at the House serve as mentors to African-American schoolchildren at Samuel Powel Elementary School, a K-4 public elementary school in West Philadelphia.
February 20 -
Studies have shown that talking with teens about sex-related topics is a positive parenting practice that facilitates important sexual health outcomes with heterosexual adolescents. But for LGBTQ youth, the topic of sexuality and sexual health is often ineffectively addressed at home.
February 19 -
Researchers – including a team from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania – have identified gaps in pain-related education for health care providers that leave out important aspects of safe and effective pain management competencies, including those specific to opioid safety. These findings may help explain one reason for the current public health crisis of inappropriate pain management and prescription drug abuse.
February 15 -
The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing ’s Patricia D’Antonio, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Carol E. Ware Professor in Mental Health Nursing; and Connie M. Ulrich, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Lillian S. Brunner Chair in Medical and Surgical Nursing, will be honored by Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) for their contributions to the nursing profession.
February 5 -
Pressure-related skin injuries, a nurse-sensitive quality indicator in hospitals, are associated with increased morbidity and higher costs of care. There’s been much attention focused on hospital-acquired pressure injuries (HAPI) in the adult population. However, while preventable, immobility-related and medical device-related pressure injuries (MDPI) also occur in hospitalized infants and children.
February 2 -
In general, the term “medical futility” applies when, based on data and professional experience, no further treatments, procedures or tests will provide benefit and may, in fact, be more burdensome and create undue suffering for the patient and the patient’s family.
February 1 -
Research in Nursing & Health is a top-tier, peer-reviewed journal that publishes a wide range of research to inform the practice of nursing and other health disciplines.
January 31 - Penn Nursing alumni Deborah Marrington, GNu’01, Sarah Aloise, GNu’98, and Eileen Campbell, GNu’98, and their colleagues travel to Haiti to provide medical care and partner with the community.
January 29 -
With $9.3 million in awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) takes the lead for research funding for the 2017 fiscal year, among other schools of nursing.
January 25 - Injuries are a major public health problem in the United States, accounting for nearly 60 percent of all deaths among Americans between the ages of 1 and 44 years. Survivors of traumatic injuries often face significant physical and mental health challenges, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
January 22 - Vandana Gopikumar, PhD, Co-Founder of The Banyan and The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health, will receive the 2018 Penn Nursing Renfield Foundation Award for Global Women’s Health for her work in helping women with mental health problems in India. She co-founded both organizations with Vaishnavi Jayakumar. Gopikumar will receive the award – which comes with a $100,000 cash prize – during an event at the University of Pennsylvania on March 21, 2018.
January 19 - The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announces the fifth and final cohort for innovative program, and Penn Nursing is one of only 31 schools of nursing selected to receive a grant to increase the number of nurses holding PhDs.
January 19 -
The goal of this appointment is to foster interdisciplinary and inter-institutional research in child health across Penn Nursing and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).
January 10 -
Satisfaction with care in hospitals declines when patients believe there are not enough nurses on wards, according to a new study based on the NHS Inpatient Survey published in the BMJ Open .
January 9 -
The start of a new year is a tremendous time to take stock of the many positive things in one’s life. In my case, I feel especially grateful and proud to be part of the Penn Nursing community – a global network of students, alumni, faculty, staff, partners, and friends that continues to grow stronger, more diverse, and more accomplished with every year that passes. It is my pleasure to wish everyone who is part of this supportive and impactful community all the best for a happy and healthy 2018.
January 3 -
Children who eat fish at least once a week sleep better and have IQ scores that are 4 points higher, on average, than those who consume fish less frequently or not at all, according to new findings from the University of Pennsylvania recently published in Scientific Reports , a Nature journal.
December 18 -
The new Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation grant program will provide funding for early-stage prototype and pre-evidence work to transform care for vulnerable populations.
December 14 -
NCSP aims to offer unparalleled training for clinicians as change agents driving policy-relevant research and partnerships to improve health and healthcare.
December 12 -
President’s Engagement Prize winners Yaneli Arizmendi (Nu’17), Alexa Salas (C’17), and Camilo Toro (C’17) are changing lives through their thriving bilingual and bicultural program, Lanzando Líderes (Launching Leaders).
December 12 -
Within the context of the current epidemic, opioids used in postoperative and discharge settings are under increasing examination for the role they play during and after surgery.
December 11 - The November-December 2017 issue of the Journal of Pediatric Nursing , out now, is a special edition focused on the social determinants of health, and features Penn Nursing faculty, students, and alumna.
December 6 -
The Nursing Informatics Working Group of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) recognized both for their impact to nursing informatics.
December 5 -
The Nancy Tatum, RN Award for Distinguished Service recognizes her research, service and dedication to the field of Geriatric Nursing.
December 4 -
Health research has led to significant discoveries, development of new therapies and improved health and health care. In an article set for publication in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Nursing Scholarship, Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN , Professor and Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing), writes that researchers need to be aware of contextual factors affecting their science in order to develop both innovative and sustainable programs of research that are crucial to solving important health issues.
December 4 - This past summer, I had the privilege of working as a Summer III nurse extern at the Mayo Clinic. I learned about the program from Penn Nursing upperclassmen who had completed the program in prior years.
December 1 -
Someone who binge eats consumes an objectively large amount of food while feeling a loss of control over eating. When episodes occur weekly for several months, the action moves into the realm of binge-eating disorder. So how does this type of eating affect people with Type 2 diabetes and obesity who are actively working to lose weight?
November 30 -
Injury remains one of the top 10 causes of death and disability worldwide. Partnerships between health systems and law enforcement can enable linkages in injury data to better identify where and to whom injuries are occurring. This cross-sector surveillance can also lead to more effective and expansive injury control and prevention efforts to improve population health.
November 21 -
Research has provided significant insight into the abuse liability and negative health consequences associated with tobacco and nicotine-containing products. As novel nicotine-containing products and alternative nicotine products are introduced and selectively marketed to vulnerable populations, more research is necessary to guide regulatory efforts to protect public health.
November 15 -
After a patient is discharged from the hospital for treatment of cardiovascular disease, cardiac rehabilitation (CR) is often prescribed because these programs are proven to reduce mortality and risk of hospital readmission. However, only 14 percent of patients who have had a heart attack and 31 percent of patients who underwent coronary artery bypass graft surgery attend CR post-hospitalization.
November 14 - PIK Professor Karen Glanz of Penn Nursing and the Perelman School of Medicine penned an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer about the downside of shared electronic medical records, particularly primary diagnoses that may be done in error.
November 13 - Penn Nursing graduates Marcus Henderson and Ian McCurry, 2017 President’s Engagement Prize winners, have committed themselves to changing health outcomes for the homeless.
November 10 -
The Order of the Bell Award from Mountains of Hope (MOH), West Virginia’s statewide cancer coalition, is bestowed upon an individual who is ‘breaking barriers.’
November 2 - Working with mothers, nurse researchers from CHOP and Penn Nursing analyzed coping techniques, including positive focus on the here and now.
October 26 -
The Center for Autism honored her service to children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families.
October 24 -
The Report to Congress on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Graduate Nurse Education Demonstration has just been released documenting health care workforce gains addressing the nation’s shortage of primary care. The $200 million initiative is the first to test whether Medicare funding of graduate clinical education of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) would help meet national health care workforce needs similar to residency training for physicians. The answer is yes. Access the full report here .
October 23 -
Third year Penn Nursing student, Alexis Kalargheros, shares her experience of dissecting a cadaver for the first time in the National Student Nurses Association ’s official membership journal, The Imprint.
October 18 -
Typically, within 50 to 72 hours of giving birth, a woman will begin to secrete copious milk in a process called lactogenesis II. Infants of mothers who want to breastfeed but who have delayed lactogenesis II experience excessive weight loss and therefore are at high risk for formula supplementation.
October 17 - Penn Nursing PhD students Nicholas Giordano and Sydney Axson have committed to provide professional-led naloxone administration training among at-risk Philadelphia communities to decrease opioid overdoses and casualties.
October 16 - Therese S. Richmond, PhD, FAAN, CRNP , the Andrea B. Laporte Professor of Nursing and Associate Dean for Research & Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) , has been elected for membership to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) , formerly the Institute of Medicine.
October 13 -
Nurse bioethicists are a small but special subset of the nursing profession and bioethics community, focusing on the moral complexities that arise in clinical care, research, and health policy.
October 12 -
As part of its commemoration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Al Dia News Media is recognizing four Philadelphia leaders – including Penn Nursing Dean Antonia Villarruel – for their contributions to the local Hispanic community in health, education, business and civic works.
October 11 -
Monica Phann got critical help from exactly the right people. And now she’s giving back.
October 11 - In the current issue of Penn Nursing magazine, Dr. Ariana Chao discusses binge eating, how it crosses over with other eating disorders, and how her research and work as a clinician is making a difference.
October 10 - When will advanced practice nurses work to the full extent of their expertise, in every U.S. state and territory? Here’s an update in the new issue of our flagship publication, Penn Nursing .
October 10 -
How do clinicians mitigate the opioid crisis while still providing relief? Penn Nursing is leading the way with answers, which you can read about in the inaugural issue of our school’s redesigned magazine, Penn Nursing .
October 9 - From the current issue of Penn Nursing magazine: How do you fix the health system? We can start by taking a nurse’s perspective on the body politic.
October 4 -
The award is given annually to a Penn Nursing faculty member or a graduate from the School’s doctoral program who has made a distinguished contribution to nursing through scholarly practice.
September 29 - Recent Penn Nursing graduate Ian McCurry, Nu’17, was assigned to the largest shelter in Florida. Despite its enormity, the lead-up note stated simply, “1,200 patients, multiple medical needs, psych, chronic homeless.”
September 28 -
The health effects of where people live, work, and interact are well documented, as are the value of neighborhood-level structural interventions designed to improve health. But place-based characteristics that contribute to disparities in HIV transmission and disease burden are poorly understood, possibly resulting in less-effective HIV risk reduction interventions and programming.
September 27 -
The annual award – sponsored by Geekadelphia, Generocity and Technical.ly Phl – honors outstanding achievements in Philadelphia’s vibrant geek community in the areas of innovation, technology and activism.
September 26 -
Elderly, chronically ill people experience frequent changes in health status that require transitions among health care providers and settings. Significant attention has been focused on coordinated transitional care models that assure continuity of care, prevention of hospital readmission, avoidance of complications, and close clinical treatment and management. But specific transitional needs of obese people who need to be transferred to nursing homes for post-acute care are often overlooked.
September 25 -
This designation from NBC honors achievers who are making Hispanic communities and the nation better. All of the honorees are fiercely proud of their heritage, which has guided their work and inspired their accomplishments.
September 20 - Seventeen nursing professionals with ties to Penn Nursing will be inducted as 2017 Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). Three are current Penn employees and alumnae; two being current faculty members; and one being a program director from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania . The additional 14 are Penn Nursing alumni.
September 18 -
African-American men who have sex with men (MSM) remain at heightened risk for HIV infection and account for the largest number of African-Americans living with HIV/AIDS. It has long been understood that there is a clear and persistent association between poverty, transactional sex behavior, and HIV risk. A new University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) study has investigated how educational status relates to HIV risk in this population.
September 14 -
Barbara Riegel, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA , the Edith Clemmer Steinbright Professor of Gerontology at Penn Nursing , recently received a national award for her contributions to improving the care of patients with advanced heart failure, and has been appointed to a national task force dedicated to cardiovascular science.
September 12 -
Demiris, a leader in new technologies for e-health and home-based health care, will hold joint faculty appointments in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences of the School of Nursing and the Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics of Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine .
September 7 -
Sophomore Anita Söne Itaman gives a first-person account of her family’s experience in the aftermath of the storm that hit at the end of August.
September 6 - The University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Futures Project (PFP) has named three Calvin Bland Faculty Fellows to collaborate on research for boys and young men of color. Supported by a $2 million endowment from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation , the Fellows were selected from the faculty at University of Pennsylvania’s Schools of Nursing (Penn Nursing), Graduate School of Education (GSE) and Social Policy & Practice (SP2).
August 29 -
Supported by the Baxter International Foundation, the Prestigious Award Recognizes Richmond’s Research on the Psychological Effects of Violence and Injury
August 21 -
The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) and the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) joined forces to develop new guidelines for the provision of optimal nutritional support therapy for critically ill children ages one month to 18 years of age.
July 28 - The Penn Futures Project (PFP) kicked off its second year by bringing together academic researchers, officials from Philadelphia and the city school district, and civic leaders for a roundtable on ways to support area children and families.
July 20 - While research has demonstrated the positive impact a woman’s social support network and faith community can have on influencing decisions to breastfeed, little is known regarding the influence of Islamic traditions on the breastfeeding beliefs and practices of African American Muslims.
July 19 -
July 17 - Injured people often interact with police and other law enforcement agents before and during their injury care, particularly when their injuries are due to violence or major motor vehicle crashes. Yet, there are no professional guidelines in trauma medicine or nursing that standardize when and how police interact with injured patients.
June 20 - Nancy A. Hodgson, PhD, RN, FAAN , the Anthony Buividas Term Chair in Gerontology and Associate Professor of Nursing, will assume the role of Director of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing’s Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation on July 1, 2017.
June 16 -
The unprecedented digital connectivity and use of smartphone technology have transformed how people access, share, and communicate information – including information about health care. As of mid-2015, there were more than 165,000 mobile health applications (apps) in use worldwide, illustrating the important role of mobile technology in the way health care is delivered and received.
June 14 -
In a new study, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing ’s Center for Health Outcome and Policy Research (CHOPR) and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) examined the factors influencing the likelihood of missed nursing care in a pediatric setting. Their findings indicate that pediatric nurses with poor work environments and higher patient loads are more likely to miss required care.
June 12 - This year, four graduating seniors from Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences and Penn Nursing stand out from the crowd because they are the first students to leave Penn with a double major in their primary area as well as Nutrition Science .
May 25 -
For patients with advanced cancer, aggressive care — chemotherapy, mechanical ventilation, acute hospitalizations and intensive care unit admissions — at the end of life is commonplace. Yet until now, little is known about the relationship between patients’ and families’ satisfaction with this aggressive care within the last 30 days of life.
May 23 -
The problem of prescription drug abuse and overdose — particularly opioid abuse — is at crisis level in the US and an examination of clinical practices to mitigate this crisis is necessary.
May 17 -
Another class can now be counted among the ranks of Penn Nursing Alumni . On May 15, 2017, the graduating class, faculty, staff, and administrators gathered at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts to celebrate our School’s annual commencement.
May 15 -
The Pediatric Endocrinology Nursing Society (PENS) recently awarded Terri H. Lipman, PhD, CRNP, FAAN , its Excellence in Advanced Practice Award during its annual conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
May 11 - The Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing is participating in “In Her Own Right: Women Asserting Their Civil Rights, 1820-1920,” which aims to uncover archival materials that document the early struggle for women’s rights.
May 8 - Penn Nursing’s Mamie Guidera , MSN, CNM, FACNM, checks in after week one in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala. She is part of a faculty-student team who will spend two-weeks providing clinical care and health education in the local community.
May 1 -
Tanja Kral, PhD , Associate Professor of Nutrition Science in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences , will be awarded the Alan Epstein Research Award from the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB) . The award is given to a SSIB member in recognition of a discovery that advances the understanding of ingestive behavior.
April 28 - The Penn Nursing cohort is comprised of four members: Kirsten Garza, Elizabeth Sieber, Eva Chau, and Sam Noblejas, and is advised by Honorary Term Professor of Gerontological Nursing School Sarah H. Kagan PhD, RN .
April 26 - In a truly interdisciplinary effort, Penn is working with the city of Philadelphia to increase physical activity in West Philadelphia through community and academic partnerships.
April 25 -
Mary Ersek, PhD, RN FPCN , Professor of Palliative Care in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences , has been appointed the new Killebrew-Censits Chair in Undergraduate Education effective July 1, 2017.
April 21 -
The American Academy of Nursing (AAN) , through a grant received from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), partnered with the RAND Corporation to examine ways in which Edge Runner initiatives – nurse developed care models that demonstrate significant, sustained clinical and financial outcomes – could improve national health.
April 18 - Held annually by the Camden Coalition of Health Care Providers , The Interprofessional Student Hotspotting Learning Collaborative trains interdisciplinary teams of professional students from schools around the country to learn to work with complex medical and social needs using a patient-centered approach.
April 14 -
The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) was formed to address rapidly growing health care costs.
April 12 - What are the best practices for weaning a toddler from breastfeeding, and what role can health-care providers play in helping nursing mothers to do so?
April 10 -
Between 60 and 70 percent of patients who undergo a thoracotomy, or a surgical incision into the chest wall, experience some sort of long-term, post-surgical pain. So that patient population was a natural fit for a study focused on pain management, led by the University of Pennsylvania and taking place at Peking Union Medical College Hospital and Peking University People’s Hospital in China.
April 6 -
Claire Levinson, GNu’16, knows firsthand what helps to make Penn Nursing the number one nursing school in the world. After taking a hiatus from her education, she chose Penn Nursing to complete her degree. And as a recent Family Nurse Practitioner graduate, she is happy to reflect on the School’s unique preceptor program.
April 5 -
MYTH: Learning difficulties and mental health problems are the same.
FACT: Mental health problems are about thoughts and feelings, rather than the different ways someone learns.
April 4 - When Kate Demutis came to Penn Nursing as a graduate student, she was most grateful for the incredible preceptors that helped her transition between school and clinical practice. Today, she is paying it forward. With Penn Nursing being one of the only advanced degree nursing schools in the country to match students with clinical placements and precepting relationships, Kate coordinates those placements and, as testament to the value she found in the program, is a preceptor herself.
April 4 -
The Trustees’ Council of Penn Women (TCPW) Award recognizes undergraduate faculty advisors who have distinguished themselves in providing assistance and advice to their advisee students and who have made a significant impact on the academic experience of these students.
March 31 -
All the honorees will be recognized during the Student-Alumni-Faculty Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 12, at 4:00 pm in the Ann L. Roy Auditorium of Fagin Hall. Pioneering nurse researcher Ada Sue Hinshaw, PhD , who will receive an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University, will be a special guest.
March 30 -
The Advanced Senior Lecturer in Penn Nursing’s Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences is one of only two recipients of this award across the entire University.
March 29 -
The award is in recognition of sustained and outstanding contributions to nursing research by a Senior Investigator.
March 28 -
Marcus Henderson, Ian McCurry, and Yaneli Arizmendi are among the eight winners of the 2017 President’s Engagement and Innovation Prizes. The award provides $100,000 in funding for Penn seniors to design and undertake post-graduation projects that make a positive, lasting difference in the world.
March 28 - On March 21st, Dean Villarruel traveled to Washington D.C. to share the School’s vision with local Penn alumni and friends.
March 27 - Nearly half of all US adolescents aged 13 to 19 are sexually active. But black adolescents, who represent only 14 percent of that population, account for 63 percent of new cases of HIV among adolescents. In addition, it’s estimated that more than 2 million adolescents, many of whom are sexually active, experience a major depressive episode.
March 23 - Service learning is a pedagogical approach that has proven valuable in helping undergraduate nursing students better understand specific needs of diverse populations and gives them opportunities to apply their knowledge to meet those needs.
March 20 - On the southern shore of Lake Atitlán in the western highlands of Guatemala is Hospitalito Atitlán, a small, private non-profit hospital serving the 75,000 resource-poor Tz’ulujil Maya people of the community of Santiago Atitlán.
March 13 - The appointment to an endowed professorship is the highest honor that the University can bestow upon a faculty member.
March 13 -
For the second year in a row, the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing is ranked the number one nursing school in the world according to a recent survey by QS World University. The rankings highlight the world’s top universities in 42 different subject areas based on academic reputation, employer reputation, and research impact.
March 13 -
Julie Fairman, PhD, RN, FAAN , the Nightingale Professor in Honor of Nursing Veterans and Chair of the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences, will lead a special plenary session – Embracing the Past, Envisioning the Future – during the 65th Annual National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) Convention to be held on Friday, April 7, 2017 from 9 until 10:30 AM.
March 7 - As a result of the latest Executive Order from the White House, we want to reaffirm our strong support for and solidarity with all international and Muslim members of our community.
March 6 - Kathryn H. Bowles , PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, the vanAmeringen Chair in Nursing Excellence and a Professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences has been selected for induction to the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame by Sigma Theta Tau International .
February 28 - A world-renowned expert in health policy and geriatric medicine, Lavizzo-Mourey has served since 2003 as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and, for fifteen years before that, as a distinguished professor and administrator at Penn.
February 24 -
A team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) , Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Boston Children’s Hospital discovered that critically ill infants and children do not gain extra benefit from lower blood-sugar levels, compared to higher levels within the usual care range. Their findings were published in a recent edition of the New England Journal of Medicine .
February 23 - Based in Puerto Rico, the Cuídalos project proved the usefulness of a web-based educational module, which aimed to promote communication between parents and their adolescent children on topics related to their sexuality so that they can make good decisions.
February 14 - George Z. Yang, a freshman in the dual degree Nursing and Health Care Management program at the University of Pennsylvania, has won the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) 2017 Undergraduate Health Services Research Prize.
February 13 - As the debate over the Affordable Care Act looms over Washington, Penn Nursing’s Dean Antonia Villarruel and Deans of other prominent Nursing schools across the United States voice their opinion and concern in a letter to congressional leaders.
February 10 - Personal and social goals may be effective in motivating older adults to exercise, according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine . Although numerous studies have demonstrated significant health benefits from walking – including decreased risk of heart disease, obesity, hypertension, and premature mortality – fewer than half of all adults achieve recommended levels of physical activity.
February 8 - The Daily Pennsylvanian highlights the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and Penn innovation fellowship.
February 6 -
Young men who have sex with men (YMSM), particularly racial/ethnic minorities and youth living in socioeconomically disadvantaged communities, are disproportionately affected by the human immunodeﬁciency virus (HIV) epidemic in the United States. By examining multilevel studies for evidence of how geospatial indicators are associated with HIV prevention and care outcomes for this population, a new study proposes strategies to intensify prevention efforts in communities where HIV is heavily concentrated.
February 1 -
The National League for Nursing (NLN) and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing ’s Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing are joining forces to preserve the NLN’s rich history in an archival repository for scholarly historical research.
January 31 -
Penn Nursing’s Mary Naylor, PhD, RN, FAAN, Serves as a Member of the Scientific Advisory Panel and Co-author for the Discussion Paper.
January 30 - A research team led by the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) worked with a major United States multinational corporation to investigate employee perceptions of road risks and strategies to reduce road traffic injuries.
January 30 - Penn Nursing PhD student, Shoshana Violette Aronowitz writes a blog entry in Vice.com ’s “Tonic” section.
January 28 - David Kubicki has no regrets in having chosen Penn Nursing to advance his nurse anesthesia career.
January 27 -
Just as primary care provider shortages are becoming acute, retail-based clinics in pharmacies and grocery stores are set to fill the gap in accessible patient care. Yet in some states, access to this convenient care is constrained due to restrictive scope-of-practice laws.
January 24 -
Nursing with a Message Reveals How These Programs – and the Nurses Who Ran Them – Influenced Personal Health Choices.
January 19 - Professor Diane Spatz writes Philadelphia Inquirer ‘Healthy Kids’ blog entry about baby formula and the unknown benefits it can offer.
January 13 - The Council advises on matters relating to the cause, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart, blood vessel, lung and blood diseases; the use of blood and blood products and the management of blood resources; and on sleep disorders.
January 11 -
The Fellowship supports nursing faculty and staff to develop an intellectual foundation in innovation methodology and gain expertise in rapidly testing new approaches to enhance health care delivery and patient outcomes.
January 10 - Penn Nursing’s Heath Schmidt, a neuropharmacologist and director of the Laboratory of Neuropsychopharmacology, is part of a team of Penn researchers helping to lead the way in understanding how existing drugs can be repurposed to treat new and different issues.
December 12 - In one of the first studies to examine priorities in recovery identified by trauma patients, family members and clinicians over time, an international research partnership that was launched from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) and Griffith University School of Nursing & Midwifery in Australia has helped advance the importance of patient-reported outcome measures for improved trauma care and research.
December 8 - As many as a quarter of all older adults discharged from an acute hospitalization will return within thirty days. Readmissions like these result in increased healthcare costs, functional decline and greater need for skilled nursing when transitioning back to community settings. Older black patients bear a disproportionate risk of readmissions according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
December 5 -
More than 15 million family members and other unpaid caregivers provide care to persons living with dementia in the United States. Yet the current healthcare environment and reimbursement models emphasize obligations toward individual patients, preventing clinicians from reaching out to these caregivers to assess their needs and provide care.
December 1 - Early this year, Natalie Ball , BSN, RN, Nu’14, was named a delegate to the US-Mex Forum for Cooperative, Understanding and Solidarity (FoCUS) program. A group of 30 outstanding students from the United States and Mexico, the cohort benefits from a range of academic and cultural opportunities as they work on projects in preparation for the bi-annual FoCUS Summit, which brings all Delegates together at Stanford and ITAM.
November 28 - The Fagin Award biannualy recognizes the best scholarly qualities that Dr. Fagin, the School’s third Dean, exemplified.
November 28 - The award honors longstanding and profound impact on neonatal nursing.
November 21 - On November 17-18, the Student Nurses at Penn (SNAP) sent a total of twenty-nine students, one faculty member, and one admissions representative to this year’s 64th Annual Student Nurses’ Association of Pennsylvania Convention held at the Lancaster, PA Marriot Conference Center.
November 17 - The Andrea B. Laporte Professor of Nursing and Associate Dean for Research & Innovation has been appointed as a member of the Department of Health & Human Services’ Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030.
November 17 - Building on her experiences in the classroom and clinical rotations, this summer Penn Nursing student Stephanie Spinosa worked as a nurse intern at the Mary Howard Health Center. A primary care community health center for the homeless population in Philadelphia, this experience has had a profound impact on her understanding of the scope of nursing and her career options going forward.
November 15 - Three-year, $800,000 Study Will Help Researchers Design a Program That Helps Promote Awareness and Prevention Options Among Women
November 9 - Work by Penn Nursing’s Mary Ersek, Joan Carpenter, and Stephanie Oram aimed at improving care for veterans through a holistic and integrated approach will be put into action in VA Community Living Centers across the country.
November 9 - Work related to pain management and veteran’s health by Dr. Rosemary Polomano, Associate Dean for Practice, was recently published in two influential journals.
October 31 - The Cross-Sectional Study Analyzed Data from 107,000 Medicare Patients in Nearly 500 US Hospitals.
October 28 -
Two very big honors for Penn Nursing Associate Dean for Practice Rosemary Polomano, PhD, RN , Professor of Pain Practice, one local and one about 7,000 miles away.
October 25 - The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and University of Michigan School of Nursing will co-lead NIH project as part of new Adolescent Trials Network for HIV/AIDS.
October 20 - The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Cornerstone blog includes Penn Nursing’s Catherine McDonald and her research on why and how teen drivers crash.
October 19 - Lauren Valdes, a first year nursing student at Penn Nursing, was awarded the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) scholarship , which recognizes academic excellence and community service.
October 19 - A mother deciding whether to breastfeed and for how long faces many questions. Does she understand its benefits and challenges? Will she come back to a conducive, supportive work environment?
October 17 - Martha A.Q. Curley has been elected for membership to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) , formerly the Institute of Medicine.
October 14 - The Independence Blue Cross Foundation celebrates its fifth anniversary in this recent video, which features Penn Nursing’s Dean Antonia Villarruel.
October 11 - The 15th Pan American Nursing Research Colloquium recently wrapped up. Nursing educators and researchers gathered at Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco in Mexico City, Mexico to discuss various topics related to nursing like management, clinical care, and advanced education.
October 7 - A special report from The Hastings Center – focusing specifically on nursing – is now available. It was edited by Penn Nursing’s Connie Ulrich, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor of Nursing. The report titled Nurses at the Table: Nursing, Ethics, and Health Policy includes a series of essays on nursing, ethics and health policy. This is first time Hastings has produced a special report that focuses solely on nursing.
October 6 - Penn Nursing received the 2016 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.
October 4 - On WHYY’s “Radio Times,” Robin Stevens discussed challenges faced by young women of color: body shaming, bullying and poverty.
September 30 - Penn Nursing’s clinician educators are all about relationships. Through their practice, scholarship, patient care and teaching, they create deep and sustaining connections that inform nursing practice, advance knowledge and enhance care.
September 30 -
Study Examines How Evidence-Based Edge Runner Initiatives Could Help Other Care Providers Improve National Health.
September 29 - At a national workshop in Bethesda, Maryland, Heath Schmidt , PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences, joined colleagues from the University of Pennsylvania to discuss translating neuroscience, pharmacology, and behavioral science into improved treatments for smoking cessation.
September 21 - Three Penn Nursing faculty members will be inducted as 2016 Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) during its annual policy conference, Transforming Health, Driving Policy , taking place October 20-22, 2016 in Washington, DC.
September 20 - The biennial award honors the best scholarly qualities that Dr. Fagin, the School’s third Dean, exemplified. It is given to a faculty member, or a graduate from the School’s doctoral program, who has made a distinguished contribution to nursing scholarship.
August 29 - Earlier this summer, the Keystone State Senate passed a bill that would allow just that. The bill now goes to the House for further debate and vote.
August 24 - Marcus Henderson, NU’17, spent part of his summer as a participant at the 2016 Public Health Leadership Seminar . He was there representing HOSA – Future Health Professionals, an international student organization to promote career opportunities in health care.
August 10 - A President’s Engagement Prize will help Melanie Mariano connect Philadelphia library patrons with resources to address health concerns.
August 9 - Penn Nursing, University of Michigan School of Nursing & Emory’s School of Public Health Unite for National Study on HIV Prevention Intervention for Adolescent Men
August 3 - Rosemary Polomano, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor of Pain Practice, has been appointed Associate Dean for Practice at Penn Nursing.
July 28 - In a recent letter to the editor of JAMA Oncology, Dr. Salimah H. Meghani addresses the need for health insurance-covered treatments other than opioids for cancer survivors with chronic pain.
July 25 - Kathleen Brown, CRNP, PhD, FAAN, Practice Associate Professor of Nursing at Penn Nursing, has been appointed to the Advisory Council to the Board of Pardons for Pennsylvania, which is chaired by the state’s Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack.
July 19 - Kathleen G Burke, PhD, RN, CENP, FAAN, Assistant Dean for Clinical Nurse Learning and Innovation, at Penn Nursing has been elected a member of the Board of Commissioners for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
July 5 - The school’s yearly research-intensive summit accepted twelve fellows from around the world.
June 27 - A CNN article about Palliative care features Penn Nursing’s Ann Kutney-Lee and her study about racial disparities.
June 24 - Two Penn Nursing postdoctoral research fellows from the NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health– Alma Vega and Jo-Ana Chase, have been selected for the National Institute on Aging’s (NIA) Butler-Williams (B-W) Scholars Program (July 25-29, 2016), on the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland.
June 23 - Wendy Grube , PhD, CRNP, has been appointed the interim Director of the Center for Global Women’s Health . She has a long-standing commitment to global women’s health as demonstrated through her leadership in women’s health research, teaching, and practice.
June 15 - President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price appoint José Arturo Bauermeister, to the School of Nursing, as the tenth Presidential Professor.
June 13 - The Peace Corps and University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) announced the launch of a new Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program that will provide graduate school scholarships to returned Peace Corps volunteers.
June 3 - The American Academy of Nursing named Dr. Diane Spatz an “Edge Runner” for her global efforts to promote & protect human milk and breastfeeding in vulnerable infants.
May 25 - Members of the National Advisory council for Nursing Research are drawn from the scientific and lay communities, embodying diverse perspectives from the fields of nursing, public and health policy, law, and economics.
May 24 - Junior Erin Hartman has secured a competitive summer internship with the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions within their Health Policy Division.
May 20 - University of Pennsylvania research published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry says Incorporating omega-3, vitamins and mineral supplements into the diets of children with extreme aggression can reduce this problem behavior in the short term, especially its more impulsive, emotional form.
May 18 - The University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships awards the Summer Undergraduate Research Group Grant (SURGG) to Penn Nursing’s Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA, Assistant Professor of Nursing in the Department of Family and Community Health.
May 16 - Charlene Compher, PhD, RD, LDN, FASPEN, Professor of Nutrition Science, is President-elect of the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) Her official term as President begins June 1, 2016 and lasts one year.
May 11 - In this Op-ed, Dean Antonia Villarruel and nursing Deans from Penn State and the University of Pittsburgh advocate for policy change to improve health by granting nurse practitioners full practice authority.
April 29 - As part of nursing’s ongoing efforts to combat prescription drug and opioid abuse across the United States,Penn Nursing is proud to announce that it has committed to educating its advanced practice registered nursing (APRN) students on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain .
April 29 - Penn Nursing faculty and students are advancing science, delivering solutions and transforming policy and practice.
April 26 - Millions of those infected with HIV worldwide are young women, ages 15-24, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Because the HIV epidemic overlaps with an epidemic of intimate partner violence (IPV) against women and girls, researchers have suspected a correlation between inequities in relationship power and the risky sexual behavior that can lead to HIV transmission.
April 20 - The study, “25-Hydroxyvitamin D and glycemic control: A cross-sectional study of children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes,” included about 200 children and adolescents from the Diabetes Center for Children at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
April 15 - The Penn Nursing Study is the First to Assess Whether Unmet Nursing Care Contributes to Racial/Ethnic Differences in Patients with Acute Myocardial Infarction
April 8 - “I am very excited to unite with peers from around the United States and Mexico who are just as passionate in their respective fields as I am,” Natalie stated prior to attending the event.
April 5 - “We need a better understanding of the potential benefits and harms, direct or indirect, for patients when nurses work with industry, and overall how industry relations affect public trust,”
April 3 - How a Small School’s Faculty is Making an Outsize Impact
March 31 - A new publication from Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH , George A. Weiss University Professor and Professor of Epidemiology and Nursing, and colleagues, identifies gaps and uncovers ways to help multidisciplinary teams collaborate more effectively to yield greater health impact.
March 28 - The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing is the number one nursing school in the world according to a recent ranking by QS World University.
March 23 - “These projects represent a most remarkable range of Penn-educated talent, determination and public-spirited enterprise among our students. They will no doubt be outstanding ambassadors of public service, and I look forward to seeing the results of their projects,” said Penn President Amy Gutmann
March 15 - The conference focused on emerging approaches to family health research across the lifespan. This agenda is vital to the National Institute of Nursing Research’s caregiving and palliative care agendas.
March 10 - A plan for how the education of health professionals can build a better understanding of the social determinants of health, and how that understanding can be enhanced throughout the education process.
March 10 - “My clinical nursing experience combined with my Penn education will allow me to assist state health experts to evaluate current Pennsylvania health policy and quality improvement initiatives.”
March 7 - A new study by Bridgette M. Brawner explores unique biological risks for HIV among heterosexual women.
March 3 - Multi-funder Initiative Aims to Help Reach Institute of Medicine Goal to Build the Next Generation of PhD Prepared Nursing Leaders
March 2 - “The selection by my peers for this prestigious honor is especially gratifying since STTI’s mission is to advance world health and celebrate nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service.”
February 23 - Charlene Compher, PhD, RD, LDN, FASPEN, wrapped up a highly productive six-year term as Editor in Chief of Clinical Guidelines for the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) with a final, extremely influential clinical guideline.
February 18 - A study led by Robin Stevens, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor and Director of the Health Equity & Media Lab, shows that there is an alarming connection between the negative social interactions disadvantaged youth experience in both the neighborhoods they live in and on social media.
February 15 - Hilary Barnes, a post-doctoral research fellow in Penn Nursing’s Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research recently received an AcademyHealth New Investigator Small Grant Award.
February 5 - In the ongoing fight against drug addiction, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing and Perelman School of Medicine have discovered a unique application for an FDA-approved drug currently used for obese patients and type 2 diabetics: treatment for cocaine dependence.
February 3 - Cases of pertussis (whooping cough) have increased dramatically over the past five years, putting infants at risk of serious illness or death.
January 27 - A team of researchers, led by Tanja Kral, PhD, concluded that a breakfast high in protein – like eggs – keeps children fuller longer than cereal or oatmeal, causing them to eat fewer calories at lunch.
January 22 - Each year only 10 people are selected to participate in the rigorous Cleveland Clinic’s Bioethics Immersion Program. Joining these few is Penn Nursing’s Sydney Axson, who hopes to expand our understandings on the role family members and caregivers have on health related decisions.
January 17 - In one of the most unsettled areas of the globe, Dr. Denis Mukwege, Penn Nursing Renfield Foundation Award recipient, has tirelessly treated tens of thousands of women and risked his life in a campaign to end the use of mass rape as a weapon of war.