School of Nursing

Staging the plague

Eighty-one students training in a diversity of health professions worked with regional and federal agencies to confront an imagined outbreak scenario centered around bubonic plague in Philadelphia.

Katherine Unger Baillie

In the News

National Review

More nurses means better care—So why did this ballot measure fail?

A recent study authored by Linda Aiken of the School of Nursing and the School of Arts and Sciences was mentioned in a discussion of a failed Massachusetts measure that would have implemented mandatory patient-to-nurse ratios. “Better-staffed hospitals with good work environments actually returned lower mortality for the same or lower cost,” said Aiken.


Philadelphia Inquirer

One in three nurses says patient safety ‘unfavorable’ at hospitals, Penn study finds

Penn researchers have found that safety recommendations from a 1999 report have not been evenly implemented in hospitals. The shortcomings “may be hampering progress toward improving patient safety and preventing patient harm,” said lead author Linda Aiken of the School of Nursing and the School of Arts and Sciences.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn and Drexel experts see hope for better lives with dementia

The School of Nursing’s Nancy Hodgson has co-authored a new book, Better Living with Dementia, which emphasizes supporting patients through all stages of the disease.



Alcohol in breast milk may lead to lower cognition in kids, study finds

Diane Spatz of the School of Nursing discussed cultural differences in breastfeeding rates and alcohol consumption between the U.S. and Australia.


The Washington Post

A hospital’s human touch: Why taking care in discharging a patient matters

The School of Nursing’s Karen Hirschman discussed the challenges families face after loved ones leave the hospital.