School of Nursing

Toward more optimal birth outcomes

A new study from Penn Nursing is the first to assess hospital vaginal birth rates rather than cesarean rates, which can further quality improvement initiatives that focus on encouraging vaginal birth rather than on decreasing the cesarean birth rate.

By Penn Nursing News

Behavioral strategies to promote a national COVID-19 vaccine program

National efforts to develop a COVID-19 vaccine at ‘warp speed’ are beginning to yield a safe and effective vaccine. But this important milestone is only the first step in an equally important challenge: getting a majority of the U.S. public vaccinated.

By Penn Nursing News

Increasing HPV vaccine uptake in adolescents

More than 90% of human papillomavirus (HPV)-related cancers could be prevented by widespread uptake of the HPV vaccine. Yet, vaccine use in the United States falls short of public health goals.

By Penn Nursing News

Home health care improves COVID-19 outcomes

Survivors of COVID-19 often have health ramifications from their illness and hospital stay, and until now, no data has been available on the outcomes of COVID-19 patients discharged home after hospitalization and their recovery needs.

By Penn Nursing News

Racial disparities in pediatric diabetes treatment

Despite similar outpatient appointment attendance rates, significant disparities in continuous glucose monitoring and insulin pump use were observed in non-Hispanic Black children over 20 years.

By Penn Nursing News

In the News

MAGA-world may resist the vaccine, but it still wants Trump to get credit

Melanie Kornides of the School of Nursing spoke about vaccine hesitancy. “The people that are worried about the vaccine because of side effects will be reassured as they see people get vaccinated and as more data comes out showing that the vaccine is safe,” she said. “But the people that don't believe that a certain political party has their best interests at heart are going to be difficult to convince otherwise.”


Al Día

The 25 of the Al Día 25th year anniversary

Dean Antonia Villarruel of the School of Nursing was included in a list of outstanding Americans of Latinx descent.



COVID vaccines: An opportunity for science?

Alison Buttenheim of the School of Nursing spoke about the hesitancy surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine. “It looks like right now about half of adults, in the U.S. at least, say they are likely to get the vaccine—this moves around a bit—but another 20-30% either say they’re maybe unlikely or might want to wait,” she says.



‘Don’t let COVID fatigue trick you’: How to survive winter as the pandemic rages on

Alison Buttenheim of the School of Nursing spoke about COVID-19 fatigue, in which acclimation to pandemic-related restrictions has led some to feel less threatened by the virus. “Even if we acknowledge that generally everyone should cancel travel plans and not host large gatherings, we cut ourselves slack and license our own behavior because we’ve convinced ourselves that it’s less risky or we have a special exception,” she said.


NBC News

Women who inspire: Culturists breaking through during COVID-19

Alison Buttenheim of the School of Nursing helped found “Dear Pandemic,” a project that recruits doctoral-degree-holding women to answer complex questions about the coronavirus on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.