School of Nursing

Modeling how violence permeates health and health care

While violence from wars or civil conflicts is a documented occupational hazard for health care workers, little is known about the impact on these workers and corresponding health services as a result of violence caused by widespread organized crime activity.

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Addressing breastfeeding disparities for African American mothers

Despite an abundance of data on the importance of breastfeeding and human milk for babies and their mothers, a disparity exists for African American mothers and infants, where breastfeeding is initiated only about 69% of the time.

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Dietary adherence and the fight against obesity

While eating less and moving more are the basics of weight control and obesity treatment, finding ways to help people adhere to a weight-loss regimen is more complicated.

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In the News

WHYY (Philadelphia)

‘This is something that we weren’t taught’: How a brand-new nurse learned to treat an unknown disease

Linda Aiken of the School of Nursing said short staffing in hospitals has been exacerbated by the pandemic. “Chronic understaffing in hospitals and chaotic and inefficient work environments put nurses in a very poor position to be able to respond to the COVID surge because they were already reaching deep inside themselves in the normal context of care,” she said.


The Verge

Reminders to stay cautious aren’t the biggest reasons for COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy

Melanie Kornides of the School of Nursing said cautious messaging around the COVID-19 vaccine isn’t a major factor in vaccine hesitancy. “We’ve been seeing all along, even before the vaccine came out, that they’re worried about long term safety, that they’re worried that the process was rushed, and that there are political motivations for not wanting to be vaccinated,” she said. “Those continue to be the large majority of the concerns.”


What is binge eating disorder? Here’s what you should know about it?

Ariana Chao of the Perelman School of Medicine and School of Nursing spoke about binge eating disorder. In society, it’s easy to fall into black-and-white thinking around food, she said. “If someone has some of that rigid thinking, it might precipitate binge eating, especially if they feel like they're not supposed to have that food. And if they do have that food, then they develop guilt and shame.”



The myth of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ COVID vaccines: Why false perceptions overlook facts, and could breed resentment

Alison Buttenheim of the School of Nursing spoke about public perceptions of different COVID-19 vaccines. “I worried that we’re going to have that kind of consumer-driven ‘Oh, is it Moderna? Great! Is it [Johnson & Johnson]? No, thank you, I’ll wait,’” she said. “That’s just going to delay getting to the coverage that we want to get to.”


KYW Newsradio (Philadelphia)

Finding the right diet can be the hardest part of weight loss

Ariana Chao of the School of Nursing said exercising and finding a diet that’s sustainable long term is the best plan for losing weight.