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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.

“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!

  • 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...

  • Ann Kutney-Lee, Linda Aiken and colleagues publish research findings in journal Medical Care
    June 08, 2015
    Over the past two decades since the American Nurses Credentialing Center introduced the Magnet Recognition Program to identify hospitals that demonstrate excellence in nursing, the number of Magnet hospitals in the United States has grown to more than 400. The body of research on Magnet hospitals has grown over time, too, showing an association between Magnet status and better outcomes for both patients and nurses. Research has not, however, clearly shown if Magnet status reflects recognition of hospitals that are already excellent, or if the challenging Magnet application and peer-review process results in improved patien...

  • Dr. Brooks Carthon and colleagues publish findings in Journal of Nurse Practitioners
    May 28, 2015
    ​With demand for primary care expected to increase sharply over the next five years– due to passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), population growth and aging – the role of advanced-practice nurses or nurse practitioners (NPs) is also increasing. But a new study illustrates how federal policies influence the NP workforce and practice, and how misalignment of those policies with state mandates can affect workforce supply and patient access to care. “...