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Penn Nursing is known for research leadership and quality that advances scientific knowledge across the healthcare spectrum. Collaborative efforts in our research centers – and across the University – result in discovery, development, and transmission of knowledge to impact and promote healthcare throughout the lifespan, increase disease prevention, enhance quality of life, eliminate health disparities, and develop the scientific knowledge that drives nursing practice.

Dr. Eun-Ok Im is a pioneer in the novel approach of using Internet and computer technologies to eliminate gender and ethnic differences in cancer pain, menopausal symptoms and physical activity. “With technology, my research team and I can get rich data on participants’ hidden experiences related to their health issues, which would not be possible in face-to-face interactions,” says Dr. Im. Read more »

Our faculty are internationally renowned thought leaders representing the greatest minds in nursing research, education, and clinical practice. Research produced here at the School of Nursing is recognized globally and helps to inform public health policy via articles published in a wide range of high-impact, peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journals.

Penn Nursing scientists advance healthcare

Penn Nursing research is conducted through school-supported and grant-funded research centers. Among colleges of nursing, Penn Nursing's world-renowned faculty collectively rank near the top of all schools of nursing receiving federal funding. Faculty and student research efforts are vigorously supported through the Office of Nursing Research, major research awards, and the University's significant research resources.

Penn Nursing Science in Action

Penn Nursing scientists translate and advance new nursing knowledge across an impressive range of healthcare areas, including: geriatrics, pediatrics, quality-of-life choices, nurse staffing, public policy, and much more. We invite you to explore Penn Nursing Science in Action!

  • Julie Fairman Co-convenes International Working Group Session on the Future of Nursing
    November 25, 2014
    ​An international working group of nurses and health policy leaders has published a whitepaper, “The Future of Nursing,” which includes recommendations for transforming the field of nursing, in particular the role of Advanced Practices Nursing (APN), in order to ensure quality healthcare access to all. Julie Fairman, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Nightingale Professor of Nursing, and Director of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing, was a convener for the working group session that followed the 2014 ...

  • Barbra Mann Wall Publishes Editorial "Supporting the Ebola Nurses"
    November 25, 2014
    ​In any disaster, history has shown that nurses and other healthcare workers need to feel that they can protect themselves and their families from illness, writes Penn Nursing Professor Barbra Mann Wall, PhD, RN, FAAN, in the journal Health Emergency and Disaster Nursing. Dr. Mann Wall, who serves as editor-in-chief of the journal, co-wrote the article with Dr. Arlene Keeling, PhD, RN, FAAN, an editorial board member with the journal. “Nurses from all over the world are taking acti...

  • Breastfeeding Medicine Publishes Research From Two Studies By Diane Spatz
    November 20, 2014
    ​Until now, little has been published about employee lactation support in hospitals and other healthcare facilities. In an article to be published in Breastfeeding Medicine, Diane Spatz, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, Professor of Perinatal Nursing and the Helen M. Shearer Term Professor of Nutrition, details results of a study of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s (CHOP) comprehensive employee lactation program. The article, “Outcomes of a Hospital-Based Employee Lactation Program,” features findings from the largest survey of women in the United States workin...