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Care to change the world locally and globally

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.

“While much of the literature on NPs and primary care focus on the impact of state-level scope of practice restrictions, this paper offers a new contribution to the literature in that it examines implications of federal policy,” says Dr. Brooks Carthon.

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!

  • Study by Penn Nursing’s Bart De Jonghe May Lead to More Effective Treatment of Chemotherapy Side Effects
    August 24, 2015
    ​Annually, hundreds of thousands of patients battling cancer undergo chemotherapy, which often results in poorly tolerated side effects such as nausea, vomiting, and loss of the desire to eat. Bart C. De Jonghe, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Nursing and senior author of a new study published in the highly regarded Journal of Neuroscience, has advanced our understanding of how chemotherapy causes side effects related to nausea, vomiting,...

  • Connie Ulrich’s research findings published in the American Journal of Bioethics
    July 20, 2015
    ​Connie Ulrich, PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Professor of Nursing at Penn Nursing and Associate Professor of Bioethics at Penn Medicine has a new study that sheds light on and raises questions about how cancer patients make decisions about participating in clinical trials. Her study, “Cancer Clinical Trial Participants and Assessment of Risks and Benefits” was published in the May issue of the American Journal of Bioethics. The study is the first to measure patient-participants’ risk-benefit assessment in cancer clinical trials, developed from qualitative work...

  • McHugh Research Shows Nurses Key to Kaiser Permanente Hospital Success
    July 14, 2015
    ​New research findings from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing show that patient and nurse outcomes in Kaiser Permanente hospitals were significantly better compared to other hospitals. Differences in nursing explained a significant proportion of the Kaiser Permanente outcomes advantage for patients. “This has enormous implications in hospital settings, given nurses’ key role in the process of clinical surveillance,” said Matthew McHugh, PhD, JD, MPH, RN, professor at Penn Nursing and primary author of the study “Achieving Kaiser Permanente Quality...