School of Nursing

Improving outcomes for sepsis patients

More than 1 million sepsis survivors are discharged annually from acute care hospitals in the United States. Although the majority of these patients receive post-acute care services, with more than a third coming to home health care, sepsis survivors account for a majority of readmissions nationwide.

Penn Today Staff

Nursing home nurses lack time and resources for complete care

Evidence from hospitals has shown for years that nurses are more likely to leave necessary patient care undone when employed in settings with insufficient staff and resources. This “missed care” has been linked to poor care quality.

Penn Today Staff

Predicting post-injury depression and PTSD risk

Up to half of all acute injury patients experience post-traumatic stress disorder in the months after injury. For urban black men, some of whom have experienced prior trauma, childhood adversity, and neighborhood disadvantage, acute post-injury stress responses are exacerbated.

Penn Today Staff

Full circle

Jennifer Toth was treated for hepatoblastoma as a young child at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she returned to work as an oncology nurse following her graduation from Penn Nursing in 2015.

Penn Today Staff

In the News

America is in danger of losing its ‘measles-free’ status

Alison Buttenheim of the School of Nursing spoke about the possible loss of the country’s measles-elimination status, conferred on countries who go without measles cases for at least one year. “It’s a line in the sand,” she said, “to go back to having regularly circulating measles in the country.”


Los Angeles Times

She faces deportation after shooting her husband. Now Gov. Newsom could pardon her

Kathleen Brown of the School of Nursing said there is an ongoing national effort to have governors consider granting clemency to survivors of domestic violence who injure or kill their abusers.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Nurses in nursing homes say they can’t finish their work and many feel burned out

Elizabeth White, Linda Aiken, and Matthew McHugh of the School of Nursing led a study of nurse burnout in nursing facilities. “I think that this just kind of raises an alarm,” said White. “Nurses are saying that they just don't have the time and resources to do all the care that needs to be done.”


The Washington Post

Is bias keeping female, minority patients from getting proper care for their pain?

Salimah Meghani of the School of Nursing spoke about physician bias in treating minority patients for pain. “Since pain is subjective and relies on patients’ own testimony,” she said, “disproportionately trusting the self-reports of some groups over others can result in discriminatory care.”


WHYY (Philadelphia)

How to keep teen drivers’ eyes on the road, and their fingers off the keyboard

Kate McDonald of the School of Nursing discussed efforts to reduce teen car crashes, including in-school training. “What we’ve seen to be successful in getting people to use seat belts, or reducing cigarette use, we want to be able to shift that over to reducing distracted driving and changing the social norms around what’s acceptable and what’s not,” she said.