Nurses go beyond the caregiving

In the face of a disease that requires physical separation from other human beings, these care providers have extended their role, taking on tasks usually relegated to others and sitting in as family and friends to the ill.

Michele W. Berger

How tweets may influence substance abuse in youth

While social media provides youth the opportunity to discuss and display substance use-related beliefs and behaviors, little is known about how posting or viewing drug-related content influences the beliefs and behaviors of youth relative to substance use.

By Penn Nursing News

Flattening the curve of the coronavirus

In the current fast-moving, unprecedented situation, what we do today to stem the impact of COVID-19 can vastly affect what we will face tomorrow. Two epidemiologists discuss what we can do individually and as a society to slow the spread of the disease.

Michele W. Berger

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Business Insider

Nurses who have the coronavirus are fighting their employers to get paid time off: 'Nobody really cares about my safety'

Research led by Linda Aiken of the School of Nursing found that limiting nurses to caring for four or fewer patients at a time can lead to lower rates of readmission or death.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Amid coronavirus, America’s nursing homes have become a national tragedy

Mary Ersek of the School of Nursing and the Perelman School of Medicine writes on COVID-19's effect on nursing homes.


COVID-19 outbreaks in nursing homes result of ‘a perfect storm,’ says expert

Nancy Hodgson of the School of Nursing commented on the spread of coronavirus in nursing homes. "It's a very intimate social environment, with congregate housing, and all activities are done in groups, and it's a home filled with medically vulnerable individuals who typically have compromised immune systems, who need a lot of hands-on care," she said.


The Hill

Nurse practitioners need to be 'in'

Julie A. Fairman, Cynthia Connolly, and Patricia D’Antonio of the School of Nursing advocated for governors to reduce restrictions on care given by nurse practitioners (NPs) during the pandemic, as many states still require NPs to be supervised by physicians.


Boston Globe

Post-coronavirus, how will we address the trauma health care workers have suffered?

Connie Ulrich of the School of Nursing wrote an op-ed about the coronavirus’ emotional toll on health care workers. “As the pandemic slows, hospital administrators, educators, researchers, and others must begin to develop and implement interventions to address the trauma and psychological damage sustained by health care workers on the front lines,” she wrote.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Philly nurse practitioner: We tried to order 300 COVID-19 tests. We got five

Tarik Sharif Khan, a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Nursing, wrote an op-ed about the struggle to access needed medical supplies amidst the coronavirus pandemic. “While local and state officials like Mayor Jim Kenney and Gov. Tom Wolf are trying to obtain supplies and prepare for the surge of COVID-19 cases, their ability to respond is ultimately limited by the powers the president chooses to exercise, and the support the federal government offers,” he wrote.