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Penn Nursing Science

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.

“If we can identify driving skill deficits in a safe, simulated environment, then we can tell families and driving instructors what to focus on during supervised practice drives or how to help those with citations or crashes who are already licensed," says Catherine McDonald.

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!

  • 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...

  • Catherine McDonald‘s research featured in Consumer Affairs report
    June 11, 2015
    ​Consumer Affairs published an article featuring research from Penn Nursing’s Catherine McDonald, PhD, RN, on predicting and preventing accidents involving teen and novice drivers. Using the Simulated Driving Assessment (SDA), a driving simulator comparable to what is used to train aircraft pilots, Dr. McDonald and her colleagues at Children’s Hospital Of Philadelphia have assessed and identified the leading scenarios in whi...