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



In the News


Philadelphia Inquirer

Where did all the men go? In Philly, women outnumber them by 90,000 — the widest ‘gender gap’ among major U.S. cities.

Janet Chrzan and Adriana Perez of the School of Nursing hypothesized about the reasons women are outliving men in Philadelphia. “Women are tougher,” said Chrzan. “They have better immune systems, and they tend to survive better than men in every society.”

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PRI/WGBH Innovation Hub

Virtual reality is having a senior moment

PIK Professor George Demiris said virtual reality has shown early promise for dementia patients, though it’s not a substitute for human contact. “We have to look at innovation and different tools to come up with new solutions to address issues of social isolation and loneliness and allow people to stay engaged and active,” he said.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

As children, they survived cancer. They faced the fallout as adults

Linda Jacobs of the School of Nursing and the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about Penn’s cancer-survivorship program, which helps prepare survivors for a lifetime of continued care. “Our goal isn’t to frighten people,” she said. “Our goal is to make it so people follow up.”

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Suicide attempts rising for black teens, study shows

Two studies, one led by Terry Richmond of the School of Nursing and the other by Atheendar Venkataramani of the Perelman School of Medicine, were cited in an article about the emotional impact of trauma on black people.

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The New York Times

Health officials urge caution in reducing opioids for pain patients

Salimah Meghani of the School of Nursing commented on the unintended consequences of state-level crackdowns on opioid prescriptions. Guidelines from the CDC released in 2016 have “led to wide scale inappropriate opioid tapering or simply dumping of complex pain patients,” she said.

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