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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!

  • 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...

  • Penn Nursing Researchers Inform Restraint-Free Elder Care Recommendations
    November 13, 2014
    ​In the past, restraints were a ubiquitous healthcare practice by caregivers who wanted to protect elderly patients from falling or wandering or prevent them from dislodging or interfering with therapeutic devices. But research demonstrates that restraints for elderly patients actually do more harm than good, and caregivers are being asked to avoid their use entirely.  Leveraging the Choosing Wisely campaign – an initiative led by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) – the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) recently developed a list of "Five Thi...

  • Connie Ulrich Published in the British Medical Journal on Ebola and Moral Distress
    November 12, 2014
    ​Hundreds of local healthcare workers have died in west African settings that lack the resources to deal with the Ebola outbreak, writes Connie M Ulrich, PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Professor of Nursing at Penn Nursing; and Associate Professor of Bioethics, Department of Medical Ethics, Penn School of Medicine "No one is talking about what must be profound moral distress among local African healthcare workers. Moral distress can result from not acting in accordance with what you believe to be ethically correct in professional practice, ...