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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!

  • Research Shows Effectiveness of Virtual Environment for Training Community Interventionists
    December 19, 2014
    ​Limited and cost-effective training is a primary reason for the lack of frequent and rapid translation of research into evidence-based interventions within communities. Now, first-of-its-kind research shows that virtual training, using a Second Life environment, has the potential to make it easier to train community facilitators in evidence-based interventions. In an article published in Aids Education and Prevention, “Avatars Travel for Free: Virtual Access to Evidence-Based Intervention Training and Capacity Building,” ...

  • Diane Spatz’s Study Uncovers Need to Address Breastfeeding, Co-sleeping and Dental Health
    December 15, 2014
    ​Co-sleeping — having an infant sleep close to or with his or her parent—is a common parenting choice, with the number of caregivers reporting this practice more than doubling since 1993, according to researchers at the National Institutes of Health and other institutions. For those parents who co-sleep with their infants and breastfeed, breastfeeding is typically more frequent, leading to a repeated drop in the child’s mouth pH, potentially increasing the risk of dental caries. In a first-of-its-kind study to be published in The American...

  • 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 ...