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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.

“We need a better understanding of the potential benefits and harms, direct or indirect, for patients when nurses work with industry, and overall how industry relations affect public trust,” the authors wrote.

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!

  • Penn Nursing Expert: There is a Need for Workable Alternatives to Opioid Treatment of Chronic Pain in Cancer Survivors
    July 28, 2016
    ​Improving the way opioids are prescribed can ensure patients have access to safer, more effective chronic pain treatment while reducing the number of people who misuse, abuse or overdose on these drugs. This includes cancer survivors who experience chronic pain and for whom the current clinical paradigm relies heavily on the use of opioids. In its Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have published 12 key cl...

  • CHOPR Study Supports Giving Nurse Practitioners Full Practice Authority
    June 22, 2016
    ​A new study from the Center for Health Outcomes & Policy Research(CHOPR) at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) found that nurse practitioners (NPs) would be 20 percent more likely to work in primary care in Pennsylvania if state lawmakers eliminated unnecessary collaborative agreement requirements and enacted full practice authority for NPs. The study – recently published in Medical Care Research and Review – comes as th...

  • Omega-3 Lowers Childhood Aggression in Short Term, Penn Research Shows
    May 20, 2016
    ​​Incorporating omega-3, vitamins and mineral supplements into the diets of children with extreme aggression can reduce this problem behavior in the short term, especially its more impulsive, emotional form, according to University of Pennsylvania researchers who published their findings in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. Adrian Raine, the Richard Perry University Professor of Criminology, Psycho...