Fiscal Year 2015 Report
By the Numbers: Penn Nursing in Fiscal Year 2015 Penn Nursing is home to three T32 institutional training grants from the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), which provide critical support to pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellows to help advance future leaders in the field.
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Number of graduate specialties ranked #1 by the 2016 U.S. News & World Report for their individual program: Administration Nurse Practitioner (Adult/Gerontology, Acute Care) Nurse Practitioner (Adult Gerontology, Primary Care) Nurse Practitioner (Family) Nurse Practitioner (Pediatric, Primary Care), and Nurse Practitioner (Psychiatric/Mental Health, Across the Lifespan)
st Penn Nursingâ€™s ranking by the 2016 U.S. News & World Report on graduate schools in nursing
Number of faculty inducted to the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame this year, bringing Pennâ€™s Nursing total to 10 members. Established in 2010, this award honors nurse researchers who have achieved significant and sustained broad national and/or international recognition for their work; and whose research has impacted the profession and the people it serves.
Number of faculty who are elected members of the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Election to the IOM 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.
Our alumni are living and working in 51 different countries around the world.
At the forefront of leading impactful change Throughout my first year as Penn Nursing Dean, I have been amazed each and every day by the universal passion and dedication of our faculty, students, staff, alumni and friends. You have welcomed and supported me, and continued to demonstrate a profound commitment to advancing nursing science, fostering the next generation of healthcare innovators, and improving the health of individuals, families, and communities. Your efforts are what led us to be ranked the #1 Graduate School of Nursing in the country by U.S. News & World Report, and why Penn Nursing continues to be at the forefront of leading impactful change that improves the health and lives of individuals and communities around the world. While the past year has brought many transitions, we remain more focused than ever on ensuring Penn Nursing’s continued success. Thanks to the ongoing generosity and leadership of so many partners and friends, the School is positioned to lead efforts that shape the future of nursing education, practice, and policy, while advancing the health of individuals and populations around the world. From bolstering student aid to strengthening Penn Nursing’s resources to increasing our access and engagement in communities locally and abroad, these investments in our future are opening the doors to countless opportunities for our Penn Nursing scholars and cultivating a cadre of nursing leaders equipped to meet the challenges of today’s healthcare arena and develop solutions to the issues of the future. In the following pages, you will read stories of gifts like these that are transforming the way we educate our students, discover new science, and forge partnerships across campus, the city, and beyond. With your help as well as that of our faculty, students, staff, alumni and friends, we are taking next steps to ensure Penn Nursing’s continued eminence and fortify the School for generations to come. Please know that I remain deeply grateful for your partnership and the many unique and vital ways you share your time and resources. I’m thrilled at the many opportunities we have to grow and build upon the achievements of the past 12 months as we move ahead into a new school year. Penn Nursing stands at an exciting time in its history, and I thank you for joining us in our journey to create the School’s future.
Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing
Access and Excellence in Education
Advancing Science through Innovation
Partnership for Impact
Penn Nursing in the Community
Penn Nursing Profile Fiscal Year 2015
ACCESS AND EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION With millions of Americans newly insured under the Affordable Care Act and a growing shortage of primary care providers across the country, the need for educating more nurses is greater than ever. Research has continued to show that nurse staffing is directly linked to patient outcomes, highlighting the critical role nurses can play in improving our nationâ€™s health and healthcare. As our healthcare system continues to evolve and the needs of patients continue to grow more complex, it is imperative that nurses pursue advanced levels of education. Support for scholarships at Penn Nursing helps ensure that the most talented students can access the education and opportunities they need to become future healthcare leaders and innovators. Equipped with cutting-edge knowledge and tools, these scholars are transforming the future of care delivery in the United States and beyond.
Fostering Future Healthcare Innovators For Mary Anne Gamba, HUP’65, G’84, and John Gamba, W’61, Penn opened the doors to countless opportunities. As active alumni and proud Penn parents, the University has continued to shape their lives and fuel their commitment to fostering the next generation of leaders. Each recognizing the power of a nursing and a business education, they were inspired to support one of Penn Nursing’s most unique and impactful programs, the Nursing and Healthcare Management Dual Degree Program, with the establishment of the Mary Anne Spolar Gamba and John F. Gamba Nursing-Wharton Program Endowed Scholarship. Students in the Nursing and Healthcare Management Program graduate with a both a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Wharton, gaining excellent clinical skills as well as the knowledge and expertise to address issues across the healthcare field. These future leaders continue to carry on a legacy of innovation charted by Penn’s first nurses, graduates of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Diploma Program, like Mary Anne Gamba. Recently on campus celebrating Mary Anne’s 50th reunion, both Mary Anne and John were moved by Penn Nursing’s celebration of the HUP Nursing legacy, as well as Dean Villarruel’s incredible stories of today’s students enrolled in the Nursing-Wharton program and the challenges they often face in trying to complete two undergraduate programs simultaneously. Coupled with John’s own gratitude for the scholarship that enabled him to attend Penn, and the Gambas’ commitment to President Gutmann’s strategic priorities outlined in the Penn Compact 2020, this seemed like the perfect fit for their next commitment to Penn, and the most meaningful way to mark John’s upcoming 55th reunion. For both Mary Anne and John, no venture better exemplifies the Compact’s principles of increasing access to a Penn education and integrating knowledge across the curriculum than supporting the Nursing-Wharton program.
“Penn’s commitment to integrating curriculums to produce high impact student experiences is very exciting and sets Penn apart,” said Mary Anne. “The Nursing-Wharton dual degree program is an excellent example of such a focus, as the integration of healthcare and business knowledge has global implications and as the future of healthcare management becomes even more controversial, costly and complicated.” With the establishment of their new scholarship, the Gambas follow in the footsteps of Jan A. Sigmon, C’82, and her husband Andrew L. Dworkin, C’81, who established the Jan A. Sigmon and Andrew L. Dworkin Endowed Scholarship in 2012, the first scholarship to exclusively support students enrolled in the Nursing-Wharton program. The Gambas hope their scholarship will likewise inspire others to support this worthwhile program, as they have been inspired to give back to Penn. “We feel very strongly about our obligation to give back to the University that has meant so much to our family,” said John. “Being able to support key Penn strategic priorities while meeting the needs of talented students who will transform the future of healthcare is an extraordinary way for us, and any alumni or friends to stay connected and excited about Penn’s future.”
A Special Tribute to Two Inspiring Alumni For more than 25 years, the Friends of Penn Nursing Scholarship campaign has brought people together who support and believe in the tremendous talent of Penn Nursing students and the impact they can have on health and healthcare around the world. Thanks to the generous support raised from this year’s campaign, the Friends of Penn Nursing were able to help establish two deeply meaningful endowed scholarships, in addition to increasing aid for the existing scholarships the Friends of Penn Nursing already supports. These new scholarships honor the memory of Col. Denise F. Androulakis, Nu’51 and Jeffrey Lee, Nu’12. Col. Androulakis was a nurse educator who worked in hospitals in Harrisburg and the Philadelphia area before spending 20 years in the Air Force Medical Corps in various educator and administer roles. A lifetime supporter of Penn Nursing, Col. Androulakis generously included the School in her estate plans, allocating a significant amount to the Friends of Penn Nursing. This amount, matched by funds from last year’s Friends campaign, allowed Penn Nursing to create the Col. Denise F. Androulakis Friends of Penn Nursing Endowed Scholarship, which will support both undergraduate and graduate students.
Jeffrey Lee, a former Nursing-Wharton student, tragically passed away in November 2011 after running the Philadelphia Half Marathon. Jeffrey’s passion for advancing the science and business of healthcare was matched equally by his passion for improving the lives of others, so when his family and friends were looking for a way to pay tribute to him, it seemed only fitting to establish a scholarship. Together, Jeffrey’s family, friends, classmates and teachers united in this fundraising effort, to ensure future students like Jeffrey could pursue their dream of a Nursing and Wharton education. The Friends of Penn Nursing had a special opportunity to help them reach their final goal, and with their help, the School was able to finalize the Jeffrey Lee Memorial Endowed Scholarship by what would have been Jeffrey’s 25th birthday, February 23, 2015. For Jeffrey’s brother Matthew, this scholarship will reflect greatly the impact Jeffrey had on so many people throughout his life. “Through the scholarship, Jeff’s legacy will continue to live on, not just in the hearts of friends and family, but through the lives of every person the scholarship helps, and their dreams of transforming healthcare.” This year’s Friends campaign was co-chaired by Penn Nursing Overseer Krista Pinola, Nu’86, and her husband, Richard Pinola. For Krista, being able to establish these two new scholarships was the perfect way to continue the Friends’ legacy of impact. “The future of healthcare is stronger by supporting the education of Penn Nurses,” said Krista. “To be able to help prepare future leaders in the field while paying tribute to two terrific alumni who shaped the lives of so many is fantastic.”
Fostering the Next Generation of Nurse Leaders When the Institute of Medicine issued its 2010 landmark report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health in conjunction with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), it highlighted the critical need for better nursing care in America. In 2013, Penn Nursing was named the National Program Office for the Future of Nursing Scholars program, an initiative by RWJF to address the need for more innovative, PhD-prepared nurse faculty, scientists, and leaders to improve nursing practice and inspire the next generation of nurses. As part of a strategic philanthropic collaborative, RWJF continues to engage other donors to support the program’s unique curriculum and scholarships for students. Together, they are creating a diverse cadre of PhD-prepared nurses committed to long-term leadership careers, advancing science and discovery through research, strengthening nursing education, and furthering transformational change in nursing and healthcare. In addition to RWJF, other first-year funders include lead partner Independence Blue Cross, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, United Health Group, and the Rhode Island Foundation. The program’s first cohort of 16 Scholars includes two students enrolled at Penn Nursing, Elizabeth Novack and Stephen Perez. Focusing her studies on the short and long term effects of sexual assault, domestic violence and relationship power inequalities, Elizabeth recently published a paper, “The exploration of relationship power on partner condom use among HIV-positive Haitian women,” in the Journal for Nursing Doctoral Student Scholarship. With more than 9 years of diverse nursing experience in the field of HIV/AIDS, public health and chronic disease management, Stephen is studying how policy decisions affect significant public health issues and outcomes in underserved populations, while maintaining a clinical practice aimed at HIV/AIDS patients and those suffering from chronic disease. These incredible students continue to go above and
beyond their program requirements, making significant contributions in their communities and to the science of nursing and healthcare, while fostering impactful relationships with their funders. “The leadership opportunities and interactions with the Independence Blue Cross Foundation and RWJF provided to me through the Future of Nursing Scholars Program have been extremely valuable,” said Perez, who is supported by the IBC Foundation. “I’m very thankful for this opportunity.” Now in its second year, the Future of Nursing Scholars program has subsequently added the following funders: North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, Ascension Health, Johnson & Johnson, Inc., Kaiser Permanente, and Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital. For the newly selected second cohort, which begins September 2015, the number of participants has been expanded greatly from 16 Scholars in 14 schools to 47 Scholars in 24 schools. In the first two cohorts, the program will develop 63 new PhD nurses. With additional funding support, the program will be able to continue to build this list and expand their impact, said Deputy Director Heather Kelley. “The PhD-prepared nurses who are supported by this program will help identify solutions to the country’s most pressing health problems and educate thousands of nurses over the course of their career,” said Kelley. “They will be positioned to lead change and inspire the next generation of nurses.”
ADVANCING SCIENCE THROUGH INNOVATION Nursing is a profession with a storied tradition of developing novel ways to advance health and healthcare. Long at the forefront of innovation in nursing research, Penn Nursing faculty and students continue to produce scholarship that improves policy and practice across the healthcare spectrum. Our scholars are building science that is recognized worldwide for its immediate impact and boundless potential for improving health and reducing the costs of care. With the appointment of Dr. Therese Richmond as the new Associate Dean for Research and Innovation, Penn Nursing is looking ahead to how we can build upon this success. At a time when there is a critical need to identify new health solutions, support for Penn Nursingâ€™s research initiatives and entrepreneurial efforts are more important than ever. With the help of our alumni, parents and friends, the School will continue to foster new health innovators who will transform our healthcare systems around the world.
Leading Penn Nursing Innovation & Research Forward For decades, Dr. Terry Richmond, the Andrea B. Laporte Professor of Nursing, has pioneered research in injury and violence, creating strong interdisciplinary partnerships across the University and beyond. A well-known and highly respected colleague, professor, and mentor, Dr. Richmond has been selected to lead Penn Nursing’s research and innovations efforts forward, as the School’s newly named Associate Dean for Research and Innovation. With an extensive body of research that seeks to improve outcomes after injury by better understanding the complex interaction between physical injury and post-injury psychological consequences, Dr. Richmond has demonstrated a significant commitment to innovation. Her research contributions have been recognized by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses Excellence in Research Award, the AACN General Electric Healthcare Pioneering Spirit Award, the ENRS Distinguished Contributions to Research Award, and her induction into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. Dr. Richmond’s program of research focuses on violence with a specific focus on firearm violence and communities affected by pervasive violence. In 1995, she co-founded the Firearm & Injury Center at Penn (FICAP) with C. William Schwab, MD and created an interdisciplinary research center to prevent violence and to reduce its impact on individuals, families and communities. Currently, she serves on the Executive Committee of the PENN Injury Science Center, a CDC funded interdisciplinary injury control and research center situated in Penn Medicine, Penn Nursing, and Penn Criminology. Dr. Richmond will draw on her experiences with these collaborations to expand the reach and impact of Penn Nursing’s researchers.
“I want to cultivate diverse partnerships across the University, disciplines, health systems, industry, and beyond,” said Dr. Richmond. “It is through these kinds of partnerships that our Penn Nursing scholars can enhance all aspects of knowledge generation, dissemination and application of knowledge, and policy influence.” As the funding environment grows increasingly more difficult due to decreases in available governmental funding, it has become incredibly important to think more critically and creatively how to move healthcare innovation forward. At a time when there is an urgent need to address health challenges, Penn Nursing scholars continue to develop ideas to enhance health and to develop and test innovations to improve outcomes of healthcare, with a priority on populations at greatest need. Dr. Richmond is committed to working with her fellow faculty, at every level, to identify priority needs, maximize funding potential, and translate research to improvements in practice and policy. “By identifying priority needs, we can maximize research productivity, and carefully consider best mechanisms to meet these needs using current, evolving, and new structures and processes,” said Dr. Richmond. “By thinking outside the box, we can continue to cultivate a culture of excellence among our Penn Nursing researchers.”
Revisiting the Past to Chart our Future When the right people come together at the right place and the right time, great things can be accomplished. For Professor Emerita Ellen Baer, this captures perfectly how the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing came to be over 25 years ago. Dr. Baer, along with nursing colleagues Drs. Joan Lynaugh and Karen Buhler Wilkerson, established the center with broad university support, as a larger national movement was taking place to analyze nursing history. Today, as nurses stand at the forefront of a rapidly changing healthcare system, the Center’s mission to use the lessons of history to shape and inform future health policy and practice is more timely and relevant than ever. And so to ensure the Center’s ongoing impact, a committed group of individuals is once again joining together to support their efforts through the Preserving our Future campaign. Leading the response to this call to action is Center Advisory Board Member Dr. Dorothy Del Bueno, who this past year chose to make a lead commitment to the Campaign with a $100,000 charitable gift annuity. A former faculty member and longtime supporter of Penn Nursing, Dr. Del Bueno saw this as a meaningful opportunity to make a significant impact on the future of scholarship in nursing history, while realizing the tax advantages and supplemental income that comes with this type of planned gift. For Dr. Del Bueno, a nationally renowned nursing competency expert, there is no effort more vital than the Bates’ Center’s work to determining where healthcare could and should go in the future.
“Knowing what has gone before us, and how that can shape how we create, design, and implement new ways of practice and policies is critical to making sure we take actions that will improve the health and lives of individuals and communities. Penn Nursing has the best scholars in the field, and a wonderful collection of materials that because of this campaign, will be able to be shared more broadly across the globe.” Led by fellow Center Board Member Susan Weiss Behrend, Nu’80, GNu’86, PAR’16, the Preserving our Future campaign’s goal is to raise $750,000 – critical support that will sustain and expand the Center’s historical scholarship, research and archival materials that demonstrate nursing’s relevance to modern healthcare – while also expanding the Center’s base of supporters for the future. For Behrend, a practicing clinician in adult oncology, the Center’s impact is something she’s witnessed throughout her career. “The history of our profession informs everything we do as practicing clinicians, no matter what area of focus, and the amount and quality of research produced by the Bates Center is truly incredible.” It is the significance of the Bates Center’s work that has led Dr. Del Bueno and Susan and her husband Daniel Behrend, WG’71, to make lead gifts to the campaign, in addition to other top contributions from Dr. Lynaugh, Dr. Baer and her husband Hank, and Hannah Henderson. Together, their support has helped position the Bates Center to continue to be a global leader in scholarship in nursing history for generations to come.
A Strengthened Commitment to the Advancement of Transitional Care The first research center in the United States to focus on health transitions, the NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health was endowed with a generous $5 million gift from NewCourtland Senior Services in 2007. Now, with another lead commitment to the Center, NewCourtland has ensured for years to come that Penn Nursing will remain at the forefront of research to improve health and quality of life outcomes for the growing population of chronically ill adults in the U.S. and globally. For Dr. Mary Naylor, Director of the NewCourtland Center, this gift is an incredible recognition of the Center’s achievements in fostering interdisciplinary collaboration and promoting partnerships across various healthcare delivery systems. “Everything we do at the Center is about promoting new science that will directly benefit patients and their families,” said Naylor. “NewCourtland’s original investment enabled us to engage in partnerships where we have been able to have immediate impact on care delivery. This new gift will continue to allow us to invest in the next generation of scholars, move our research in palliative and end-of-life care forward, and help our partners think about how to redesign their systems for improved outcomes.” With their gift, NewCourtland has invested in the creation of a term professorship known as the NewCourtland Term Chair in Health Transitions Research. Term Chairs are a meaningful way to both honor faculty achievements and establish critical future investments of faculty scholarship. The NewCourtland Term Chair will promote knowledge development and translation in transitional, palliative and end-of-life care. Dr. Karen Hirschman, Research Associate Professor of Nursing, has been named the inaugural recipient of this term chair, and will
focus efforts on the growth of the Center’s new science in these areas, with a particular attention to the contributions of nursing in these critical aspects of care delivery. Dr. Hirschman’s program of research is centered on advance care planning, decision making, caregiver burden and end-of-life care with a specific emphasis on individuals with cognitive impairments and their family members. Dr. Alexandra Hanlon, a senior biostatistician and Research Professor at Penn Nursing, and a core faculty member of the NewCourtland Center, will also receive funding from the latest NewCourtland investment. Dr. Hanlon will coordinate and provide statistical consultation for all Center members and select participating organization partners during proposal development and later stages of studies. Her work will help research teams interpret their study results and develop meaningful messaging of their findings for multiple, diverse audiences. Lastly, the fund will enable the Center to solicit six pilot projects from faculty and students that address the issues of palliative and end-of-life care in direct partnership with NewCourtland, the University of Pennsylvania Health System or Health Quality Partners, a non-profit research and development organization committed to designing, testing and disseminating more effective systems of preventive care. These collaborations will help bring Center developed evidence-based innovations into practice. Today, evidence shows that a huge delay continues between the generation of new knowledge and the use of scientific findings by healthcare and community-based organizations. The Center has been a pioneer in effectively moving evidence into practice and with NewCourtland’s latest investment, it will be well positioned to build upon this foundation to produce cutting-edge science in transitional care, enhance awareness of its effectiveness and value in practice, education and policy, and improve outcomes for the chronically ill and their families around the world. 9
PARTNERSHIP FOR IMPACT Penn Nurses share a passion for bettering the world around them, from the community outside their door to villages across the globe. Both our students and our faculty are committed to working with communities to improve health and healthcare. Armed with Penn Nursingâ€™s innovative research and teaching, our scholars are forming new interdisciplinary partnerships every day that make them better clinicians and nurse leaders, while transforming the future of care delivery. As the population requiring care continues to grow, these type of collaborations are more critical than ever to address the expanding needs and challenges facing these individuals. With the support of our alumni and friends, Penn nurses are engaging locally, nationally, and globally to advance health policy and practice that changes the lives of families around the world.
Penn in Latin America Penn Nursing has long focused research and practice within Latin America and the Caribbean. 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 to bring about significant change in the delivery of care and the improvement of health. Now, Penn Nursing is taking the lead in coordinating Penn’s overall impact in Latin America and the Caribbean. Last December, Penn Nursing hosted more than 80 people representing 9 of the University’s 12 schools, the Penn Health System and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, to begin dialogue to explore synergies and best practices to advance the engagement and funding of activities for both faculty and students in Latin America and the Caribbean. This dialogue continued with the first annual conference on Penn in Latin America and the Caribbean, hosted by Penn Nursing on September 16. Identified by Penn Global, the University’s strategic arm for global endeavors, as a vitally important region, it has been the least developed in terms of broad cross-School partnerships.
economic and social barriers in this country, and are overrepresented in low-income jobs and underrepresented in professional employment. Penn continues to foster faculty and students who are world citizens, thinkers and entrepreneurs with deep interest in this region. Penn Nursing Dean Villarruel counts her own personal and professional interests and programs of research in Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Latino Communities across the United States, and is committed to nursing’s leadership role in bringing about change in these areas. “As a nurse and a Latina, I recognize the integral role of nursing in bettering the lives of so many people and the responsibility we have, many of us as Latinos, to inspire, to serve and to collaborate in bringing positive change to the most vulnerable of populations both here and in our hemisphere,” said Dean Villarruel. “There are so many strengths here at Penn and Penn Nursing for us to leverage and make some real progress in a region that has historical connections to our country and to so many of our people.”
The time is more critical than ever to partner with Latin American and Caribbean countries and their institutions to learn from each other, and advance equity and progress in their countries along with our own. The changing demographics in Philadelphia, our major urban centers and our country as a whole require active engagement in learning from and serving Latin American and Caribbean populations here and abroad. Hispanics are currently estimated to make up 17% of the U.S. population, the nation’s largest ethnic or race minority, and they are projected to represent 31% by 2060. Despite growth in the population, Hispanics/Latinos, as a group, face
Advancing the Image and Role of Nursing in Armenia
In the last two decades, research has mounted across the United States extolling the benefits of nurses who pursue bachelor’s degrees. Nurses with baccalaureate and or graduate degrees have been shown to be equipped with unique skills and knowledge which prepare them to meet the demands of today’s patients and promote advancements in practice and policy that improve health and healthcare broadly. While this course of education has become the norm for many in the U.S. who wish to pursue a nursing career, the same cannot be said for all countries around the world, including Armenia. Nursing education in Armenia is offered only at the vocational level, with nursing colleges only providing associate degree educational programs that give nursing diplomas. Thanks to the support of Edele Hovnanian, EAS’81, W’81, however, Penn Nursing is helping Armenian public health educators lead a new movement to improve nursing throughout the country. “When I heard that Armenia, a country to which I share ethnic bonds though have never been more than a tourist there, needed help in developing a meaningful nursing program, I was immediately interested,” said Ms. Hovnanian. “It seemed like a wonderful initiative for our family foundation, and recognizing Penn Nursing’s program was one of the best, I knew it would be the perfect partnership.” With established connections in Armenia – including as an Adjunct Professor at the American University of Armenia (AUA), 12
Penn Nursing’s Dr. Sarah Kagan was chosen to lead this project, what would become a National Assessment of Nursing Education, Practice and Policy. Dr. Kagan has been working with the Center for Health Services Research & Development at the AUA School of Public Health to conduct a mixed methods assessment that evaluates nursing curricula, clinical education, nursing practice, and employment opportunities in a variety of work settings, as well as the role of nursing in those settings and the overall perception of the Georgia profession of nursing within healthcare and among the lay public. The projectArmenia has involved constant email and video conferencing Azerbaijanto ensure detailed communication about each Turkeyand the aspect of the project among Dr. Kagan AUA team members. Dr. Kagan has made two site visits to Yerevan, the capital city of Armenia and home to AUA, and she will visit the city of Gyumri later this year to assist her colleagues in regional recruitment of project participants. The team has already done an extensive document and literature review on nursing in Armenia, and in light of what they found, developed qualitative research data collection tools for interviewing nursing students, clinicians, representatives from nongovernmental organizations, policy makers, and nursing faculty. They have nearly finalized their educational assessment – quickly working to interview nurse educators and students in outlying areas of Armenia – and continue to develop the assessments of practice as well as further policy analyses. The Penn Nursing – AUA School of Public Health partnership holds great potential for improving healthcare and health outcomes for the citizens of Armenia. When the project is complete, Dr. Kagan and her AUA team will use their collective assessment findings to suggest creative solutions and models to improve the quality of nursing education and practice in Armenia.
Improving Patient Outcomes in Chile For decades, Penn Nursing has been at the forefront of research evaluating the effects of adequate nurse staffing on improving patient outcomes around the world. Now, with the support of a Penn Global Engagement Fund Award, Penn Nursing faculty will have the opportunity to look specifically at the nursing workforce in Chile. Nursing faculty Dr. Linda Aiken, Dr. Eileen Lake, and Dr. Matthew McHugh, along with partners from the School of Arts and Sciences Dr. Jere Behrman and Dr. Herb Smith, received one of 12 Penn Global Engagement Fund Awards for the 2015-2016 academic year for their project titled Healthcare Workforce and Quality Outcomes: Lessons from Chile, United States and Europe. The team will work with the School of Nursing at Universidad de los Andes to survey nurses at 50 hospitals in Chile about issues such as patient to staff ratio, relationships between doctors and nurses, and quality and safety assessments. These evaluations will be done to lay the groundwork for a larger scale study, based on research developed over the past 20 years by Dr. Aiken, Director of Penn Nursing’s Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research (CHOPR). Established in 1989, CHOPR brings together collaborators from across disciplines to study health system reorganization and policy changes, with the aim to produce research that improves the quality of healthcare. Dr. Aiken has dedicated her career to studying the impact of nursing on patient outcomes and has had a lasting impact on staffing policies around the world.
Dr. Aiken and her research team at CHOPR have developed actionable policy research in more than 20 countries that is currently being used by government leaders in evidence-based decision making about needed investments in nursing. They have now turned their focus to Latin America, to facilitate more engagement of nurses in important health reform initiatives. Pilot funding provided by the Penn Global Engagement Fund Award will allow Dr. Aiken and the team to prove to stakeholders in hospitals, the Ministry, and collaborating partner universities that further studies can be successful, the results valuable and actionable, and that the international collaboration will position investigators in Chile to participate in follow-up research. “Research on nursing outcomes is underdeveloped in Latin America at a time when more Latin American countries are modernizing their health care systems,” said Aiken. “These efforts that necessarily consider how to get the best value for health care expenditures need rigorous information on how the nursing workforce can help contribute to improved patient outcomes.” When this national study of the impact of nursing on quality and safety in Chilean hospitals is completed, it promises to identify successful strategies for nurse-led innovation to improve health and healthcare outcomes in Chile and beyond to other neighboring countries.
Penn Nursing in the Community Clinical practice and community engagement are critical components of Penn Nursing’s mission and the School’s ongoing commitment to the greater Philadelphia area. Penn Nursing faculty and students are making a difference in health and healthcare across the region every day. One of the many ways students are currently having an impact is through NURS380: Nursing in the Community. This course considers how nursing influences the health and healing capacities of both communities as a whole (populations) and of groups, families, and individuals living within particular communities locally and globally. It addresses the complexity of nursing practice using a public health paradigm. pennnursing
Annual West Philadelphia Wellness Day Hundreds of West Philadelphians celebrated the fifth annual West Philadelphia Wellness Day on Saturday, April 18, 2015. This annual community event is sponsored by Healthy in Philadelphia, and it is designed to reach a diverse population of all ages with health information, free screenings, fitness programs, song and dance. Like the health fair at the Paschalville Free Library, our Penn Nursing faculty members, staff and students engage in providing services such as blood pressure screenings and disseminating information on nutrition and diet, breast cancer awareness, and sexual health.
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Mary Howard Health Center Students in NURS380 have the opportunity to learn firsthand from Nurse Practitioners at the Mary Howard Health Center, the only nurse-managed health center specifically for homeless people. This comprehensive primary health care center was opened in 1997 by Public Health Management Corporation, with support from Philadelphia’s Department of Health and Human Services, the Independence Foundation, and other public and private funders. The Center provides healthcare to homeless people at all points along the continuum, from the street to eventual self-sufficiency.
Another way our scholars are engaged within the community is through Healthy in Philadelphia, a Penn Nursing initiative launched in 2005 in partnership with and in support of the West Philadelphia community. It is designed to meet societal needs and to advance the translation of knowledge and evidence-based, culturally competent models of care in the areas of healthy lifestyles, health transitions, illness, end-of-life care, and healthcare disparities. pennnursing
St. John’s Hospice
St. John’s Hospice is a part of Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and serves homeless and other needy men in the community. They serve in four distinct areas: 40-bed residence for men to transition from homelessness to independence, 12-bed Good Shepherd Program for medically fragile homeless men, day services for men in need, and overnight “Coffee House” for up to 27 men each night. Students in NURS380 offer free blood pressure screenings for those utilizing these services, and they can refer any abnormal findings to the Mary Howard Health Center.
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Health Fair at Paschalville Branch – Free Library of Philadelphia
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Students in NURS380 collaborate with other health partners in West Philadelphia such as the Haven Youth Center and Bridging the Gaps, among others, to host a health fair at the Paschalville Branch of the Free Library. Local residents have the opportunity to learn more about their own health and ways to improve their health, including learning more about proper nutrition, different modes of exercise, and other health resources available to them throughout the community. Students also provide free blood pressure screenings to any who attend the fair.
Penn Nursing Profile Fiscal Year 2015 Fiscal Facts
Faculty and Staff
Research and Projects $16 million Education and General Operations $46 million Practice $40 million Total Annual Budget $102 million
Endowment (Market Value)
$ 97.7 million
Philanthropy: Total Giving for FY15 Donors
57 68 31 346
14 Full Endowed 1 Penn Integrates Knowledge 11 Term Endowed 3 Term
Standing Faculty Associated Faculty Full-time Lecturers Part-time Lecturers
129 Administrative Staff – Fagin Hall 102 Administrative Staff – LIFE Program
Supporting Research and Education
Total Sponsored Project Awards NIH Awards
School Owned Practice:
9 16 188 51
1 School-run community practice (LIFE) 435 LIFE members
Board of Overseers Executive Committee Dean Kehler, Chair Rosemarie Morrissey Greco, Immediate Past Chair Honorable Marjorie O. Rendell, Past Chair
Number of students enrolled in:
561 Undergraduate Degree Programs 561 Graduate Professional or Other Degree Programs 58 PhD Degree Program 1,180 Total Students
17,251 Total Alumni 14,384 Living Alumni
Penn Nursing Leadership
Julie Sochalski, PhD, FAAN, RN Interim Associate Dean for Academic Programs; Associate Professor of Nursing
Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing Patricia D’Antonio, PhD, RN, FAAN Chair, Department of Family and Community Health; Killebrew-Censits Endowed Term Chair in Undergraduate Education Julie A. Fairman, PhD, RN, FAAN Chair, Department of Biobehavioral Health and Sciences; Nightingale Professor of Nursing; Director of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing Therese Richmond, PhD, FAAN, CRNP Associate Dean for Research and Innovation; Andrea B. Laporte Endowed Professor of Nursing
Study abroad programs Collaborative international projects in 12 countries Nursing Alumni live/work abroad Countries home to alumni
Nancy Biller Assistant Dean for Global Health Affairs Jacqueline L. Lowry Golding Vice Dean for Administration and Finance Terri H. Lipman, PhD, CRNP, FAAN Assistant Dean for Community Engagement; Miriam Stirl Endowed Term Professor of Nutrition Lisa M. Lewis, PhD, RN, FAAN Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusivity, Associate Professor of Nursing Wylie A. Thomas Vice Dean for Institutional Advancement
Impact. It means changing the face of our school, our discipline, our profession, our communities and our world. As this report showcases, your investment in impact allows Penn Nursing to provide the very best in nursing education, research and practice. We hope you will join us as we continue to Care to Change the World.速
Fiscal Year 2015 Report
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Fiscal Year 2015 Impact Report Donor Listing Photography I. George Bilyk Design Dale Parenti Design