Nurse case manager supports her Ukrainian homeland from afar

As Russia continues its war on Ukraine, Alena Blain, a nurse case manager at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center, collects and packages much needed medical supplies to send to hospitals in Ukraine for treating people injured in the war.

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Running to shine a light on mental health

Earlier this week, Penn’s Samantha Roecker competed in the Boston Marathon. In the process, she raised more than $45,000 to help nurses struggling as a result of the pandemic, and she broke the world record for fastest marathon in scrubs.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

When an infant dies, some women find comfort in donating breast milk to help other babies

Diane Spatz of the School of Nursing is interviewed on a breast milk bank she established and on her research on lactation and breastfeeding.


The Wall Street Journal

Baby-formula shortage worsened by drop in breastfeeding rates

Diane Spatz of the School of Nursing comments on how parents who want to breastfeed need a strong support network.


Daily Nurse

Lauder donates $125M for tuition-free program to recruit and deploy NPs in underserved communities

Dean Antonia Villarruel of the School of Nursing is quoted on the Leonard A. Lauder Community Care Nurse Practitioner Program, which will recruit and prepare a diverse cadre of expert nurse practitioners to provide primary care to individuals and families in underserved communities across the U.S.


Good Housekeeping

The gender pain gap: Why women’s pain isn't taken as seriously 

Salimah Meghani of the School of Nursing comments on her studies that show gender disparities in medical care for pain were greatest when the cause of the pain wasn’t readily verifiable, as in back pain and migraine.



Burnt-out nurses push back as staff shortages strain hospitals

Linda Aiken of the School of Nursing comments that there is pressure to cut hospital nursing staffs, but fewer nurses mean more deaths.


The Washington Post

She pioneered the sale of breast milk, then lost everything

Diane Spatz of the School of Nursing is quoted on how much of the research on breast milk fortifiers has been industry-sponsored.