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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Penn Nursing is thrilled to announce that two current PhD candidates, Shoshana Aronowitz and Amanda Bettencourt, have been selected for the competitive National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP) . The NCSP aims to offer unparalleled training for clinicians as change agents driving policy-relevant research and partnerships to improve health and health care.
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.
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.
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.
Election as a Fellow in the AHA recognizes scientific and professional accomplishments, as well as volunteer leadership and service.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD) awarded Lauren Massimo, Ph.D., CRNP , the inaugural AFTD Pilot Grant for Nonpharmacological Therapies and Tools.
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.
Researchers from Penn Nursing and the Annenberg School have found that an immersive Narcan training video is as effective as in-person simulation trainings.
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.
Karen Glanz, PhD, has been named Associate Director for Community Engaged Research and Leader for the Cancer Control Program.
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.
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.
Pennsylvania Senate Resolution 484 recognizes November 2018 as National Diabetes Month in the Keystone State
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.”
This past Saturday, November 10, students, faculty, and alumni gathered on a chilly, sunny Saturday at our annual Nurse Networking Event!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania is taking applications for the 2019 Fellowships and Research Awards. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
The annual award was created in 2009 to recognize an outstanding nursing leader for their public policy achievements.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Thanks to advances in genetics, biochemistry, and behavioral studies, a field long considered a secondary science is getting its due. And Penn Nursing faculty and students are taking the lead.
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.
Penn Nursing magazine asked KC Benchimol, Nu’14, GNu’18, GNu’19, RN, WHNP-BC, and Monika Wasik, C’12, Nu’15, GNu’18, RN-CBC, to walk us through the policy change they spearheaded across postpartum units at the University of Pennsylvania Health System—a simple change that makes it easier for all people to participate in the postpartum experience and symbolizes acceptance of LGBTQ+ parents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Penn Medicine, Penn Nursing, and Vingroup establish a formal alliance to advance medical education and clinical care in Vietnam
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
FDA-approved drugs to treat diabetes and obesity may reduce cocaine relapse and help addicted people break the habit
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).
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.
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.
All the honorees will be recognized during the Student-Alumni-Faculty Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 11, at 4:00 pm in the Ann L. Roy Auditorium of Fagin Hall.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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 .
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.
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.
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.
NCSP aims to offer unparalleled training for clinicians as change agents driving policy-relevant research and partnerships to improve health and healthcare.
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).
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.
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.
The Nursing Informatics Working Group of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) recognized both for their impact to nursing informatics.
The Nancy Tatum, RN Award for Distinguished Service recognizes her research, service and dedication to the field of Geriatric Nursing.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Penn Nursing graduates Marcus Henderson and Ian McCurry, 2017 President’s Engagement Prize winners, have committed themselves to changing health outcomes for the homeless.
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.’
Working with mothers, nurse researchers from CHOP and Penn Nursing analyzed coping techniques, including positive focus on the here and now.
The Center for Autism honored her service to children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families.
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 .
On October 17, 2017 Penn Nursing joined The Food Trust HYPE Youth Summit in supporting and engaging Philadelphia high school youth in becoming leaders for healthy change in their schools and communities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monica Phann got critical help from exactly the right people. And now she’s giving back.
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.
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 .
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 .
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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).
Supported by the Baxter International Foundation, the Prestigious Award Recognizes Richmond’s Research on the Psychological Effects of Violence and Injury
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On April 19, Dean Villarruel wrapped up her Dean on the Road tour for this academic year in Boston. Well-attended by almost 45 local alumni and friends as well as parents of current students, the Dean shared her vision for the School, and was joined via live-broadcast by Dr. Mary Ersek, Professor of Palliative Care.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) was formed to address rapidly growing health care costs.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The award is in recognition of sustained and outstanding contributions to nursing research by a Senior Investigator.
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.
On March 21st, Dean Villarruel traveled to Washington D.C. to share the School’s vision with local Penn alumni and friends.
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.
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.
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.
The appointment to an endowed professorship is the highest honor that the University can bestow upon a faculty member.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Daily Pennsylvanian highlights the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and Penn innovation fellowship.
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.
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.
Penn Nursing’s Mary Naylor, PhD, RN, FAAN, Serves as a Member of the Scientific Advisory Panel and Co-author for the Discussion Paper.
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.
Penn Nursing PhD student, Shoshana Violette Aronowitz writes a blog entry in Vice.com ’s “Tonic” section.
David Kubicki has no regrets in having chosen Penn Nursing to advance his nurse anesthesia career.
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.
Nursing with a Message Reveals How These Programs – and the Nurses Who Ran Them – Influenced Personal Health Choices.
Professor Diane Spatz writes Philadelphia Inquirer ‘Healthy Kids’ blog entry about baby formula and the unknown benefits it can offer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Fagin Award biannualy recognizes the best scholarly qualities that Dr. Fagin, the School’s third Dean, exemplified.
The award honors longstanding and profound impact on neonatal nursing.
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.
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.
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.
Three-year, $800,000 Study Will Help Researchers Design a Program That Helps Promote Awareness and Prevention Options Among Women
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.
Work related to pain management and veteran’s health by Dr. Rosemary Polomano, Associate Dean for Practice, was recently published in two influential journals.
WHYY’s “Radio Times,” features Margo Brooks-Carthon discussing what nurses do on a day-to-day basis, plus current perceptions of and changes within the field. (Audio)
The Cross-Sectional Study Analyzed Data from 107,000 Medicare Patients in Nearly 500 US Hospitals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Martha A.Q. Curley has been elected for membership to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) , formerly the Institute of Medicine.
The Independence Blue Cross Foundation celebrates its fifth anniversary in this recent video, which features Penn Nursing’s Dean Antonia Villarruel.
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.
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.
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.
On WHYY’s “Radio Times,” Robin Stevens discussed challenges faced by young women of color: body shaming, bullying and poverty.
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.
Study Examines How Evidence-Based Edge Runner Initiatives Could Help Other Care Providers Improve National Health.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A President’s Engagement Prize will help Melanie Mariano connect Philadelphia library patrons with resources to address health concerns.
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
Rosemary Polomano, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor of Pain Practice, has been appointed Associate Dean for Practice at Penn Nursing.
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.
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.
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).
The school’s yearly research-intensive summit accepted twelve fellows from around the world.
A CNN article about Palliative care features Penn Nursing’s Ann Kutney-Lee and her study about racial disparities.
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.
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.
President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price appoint José Arturo Bauermeister, to the School of Nursing, as the tenth Presidential Professor.
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.
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.
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.
Junior Erin Hartman has secured a competitive summer internship with the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions within their Health Policy Division.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
Penn Nursing faculty and students are advancing science, delivering solutions and transforming policy and practice.
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.
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.
The Penn Nursing Study is the First to Assess Whether Unmet Nursing Care Contributes to Racial/Ethnic Differences in Patients with Acute Myocardial Infarction
“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.
“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,”
How a Small School’s Faculty is Making an Outsize Impact
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.
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.
“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
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.
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.
“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.”
A new study by Bridgette M. Brawner explores unique biological risks for HIV among heterosexual women.
Multi-funder Initiative Aims to Help Reach Institute of Medicine Goal to Build the Next Generation of PhD Prepared Nursing Leaders
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cases of pertussis (whooping cough) have increased dramatically over the past five years, putting infants at risk of serious illness or death.
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.
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.
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.
Research from Paule Valery Joseph, PhD, who received her doctorate from Penn Nursing in August 2015, has been published in Nursing Research. Joseph worked with colleagues from the Monell Chemical Senses Center to investigate children’s ability to detect sugar and why it seems some children want more sweets than others.
Penn Nursing Dean Antonia Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been named among the 2015 Delaware Valley Most Influential Latinos by Impacto Latin Newspaper, PHLDiversity and the Most Influential Latinos Foundation.
Terri H Lipman, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, the Miriam Stirl Endowed Term Professor of Nutrition, Professor of Nursing of Children and Assistant Dean for Community Engagement, recently had two studies published in Journal of Clinical Pediatrics and Journal of Health Communication. One study involved incorporating the use of Electronic Health Record (EMR) in the clinical assessment of child growth. The other investigated how parent health literacy affected communication between parents and diabetes educators in a clinic.
Novel Finding from Penn Nursing Research Shows That Lead Exposure in Early Childhood Increase Risk for Sleep Problems & Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
Dying in America is a multimedia documentary project that examines the dying experience through the eyes of nurses.
Bridgette Brawner, PhD, APRN, was appointed to the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) National Advisory Committee, which is dedicated to advising MFP staff; developing partnerships with professional, academic, and clinical institutions; and soliciting support by individuals and groups for the initiative.
Karina Rios, C’15, Nu’16 always knew she wanted to work in healthcare, but until she began studying women’s issues, and pursued a unique OB/GYN job-shadowing opportunity, she didn’t know quite where in the field she belonged.
The running joke among Deborah Gross’, Nu’17, W’17 relatives is that healthcare is the “family business.” From her great-grandmother, who worked as an X-ray technician and eventually ran her family’s hospital in Chicago, down to her parents who both work in the field, it seemed a natural choice for Gross.
Daniel Ewing, Nu’15 loved his social work experiences at community health centers in New York City. But, after working with several RNs and APNs within these environments, he realized advanced practice nursing best reflected the type of care he sought to provide.
Karla Fausto, Nu ’16 first came to Penn from Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico to study chemical engineering, with a concentration in pharmaceutics and biotechnology
“I’ve worked in a lot of developing countries and it was the harshest environment I ever worked in,” she says.
Penn Nursing’s Dean Antonia Villarruel and Dr. Jianghong Liu, Associate Professor of Nursing, traveled to the Penn Wharton China Center (PWCC) to participate in the nursing symposium, Nursing Leadership Across the Care Continuum, hosted by Penn Nursing and CGFNS International at PWCC.
As a designated World Health Organization Collaborating Center in Nursing and Midwifery for the Americas region, the School collaborates with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and a network of governments, health ministers, and networks throughout the region. Now, Penn Nursing is taking the lead in coordinating Penn’s overall impact in Latin America and the Caribbean.
“Our goal is to work with faculty and students to determine where we can have the most impact in improving health care and population health locally and globally.”
As a nurse in a hospital on New York’s Upper East Side, Lisa M. Lewis, PhD, RN, found a distinct difference in health outcomes among her patients. From this neighborhood of disparate financial means, Dr. Lewis saw poor patients making recurring visits for acute, uncontrolled asthma, hypertension, and other chronic disorders. The more affluent patients remained healthy and did not need to return.
Two programs, the Living Independently for Elders (LIFE) program and the Healthy in Philadelphia (HIP) program demonstrate how Penn Nursing engages with and makes a difference to a diverse local community.
Capt. Demere Kasper, a 2010 graduate of the second-degree BSN program, has been serving as a military intelligence officer in the U.S. Army since 2004. This role has taken her to Iraq, Qatar, and currently to Afghanistan, where she is teaching local people the basics of healthcare.
For inaugural Lang lecturer Terri Lipman, GNu’83, GRN’91, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, practice is core to her life’s work in pediatric diabetes and endocrine disorders. In her talk Hitch Your Wagon to a Star: A Roadmap for Promoting the Health of Children with Endocrine Disorders, Dr. Lipman illustrated how her clinical practice at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia guides her world-renowned research at Penn Nursing.
Penn nurses attend to the physical and mental well-being of Philadelphia’s Latinos. From the greeting at the front desk - Bienvenidos a Puentes de Salud - to the meeting with the enfermero practicante (nurse practitioner), this clinic is all about making the patient sentirse comodo (feel comfortable).
Hypertension brings the issue of health disparities into focus. It is a major public health problem for blacks who live in the United States, and the rate of prescribed medication adherence is significantly lower in blacks than in whites.
Penn Nursing faculty go beyond the U.S. borders to address health disparities. Among the faculty working on health equity and social justice around the world is William F. McCool, C’76, PhD, RN, CNM, Term Associate Professor in Women’s Health and Nurse-Midwifery.