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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.

“Little is known about the impact of heavy metals exposure on children’s sleep, but the study’s findings highlight that environmental toxins – such as lead – are important pediatric risk factors for sleep disturbance,” - Dr. Jianghong Liu.

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!

  • Device-Assisted Feeding & Poor Growth in Newborns with Congenital Heart Disease May Lead to Poor Neurodevelopment
    November 13, 2015
    ​Newborns with a congenital heart defect (CHD) often need advanced medical care to survive, leaving them vulnerable to cognitive delays. Various factors, like prematurity, length of hospital stay, cardiac arrest, amongst others, contribute to these delays. But what role does proper growth and feeding mode at the beginning of life play? A research team – led by the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing – investigated and found that newborns (up to three months) with poor growth and CHD, who required device-assisted feeding, were at an increased risk for neurodevelopmental delays at six and twelve months. The team’s findings ...

  • Lead Exposure Impacts Children’s Sleep
    November 12, 2015
    ​Novel Finding from Penn Nursing Research Shows That Lead Exposure in Early Childhood Increase Risk for Sleep Problems & Excessive Daytime Sleepiness A new research study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) shows that lead exposure in early childhood are associated with increased risk for sleep problems and excessive daytime sleepiness in later childhood. This is the first longitudinal, population-based study that investigated early lead exposure to sleep problems. The findings are set for publication in the December issue of SL...

  • American Heart Association Names Barbara Riegel a 2015 Distinguished Scientist
    November 09, 2015
    ​The American Heart Association (AHA) has named Penn Nursing’s Barbara Riegel, PhD, FAHA, FAAN, professor of Nursing, the Edith Clemmer Steinbright Chair of Gerontology and director of the Biobehavioral Research Center, a 2015 Distinguished Scientist. Riegel received this honor during the opening meeting of the AHA Scientific Sessions on November 8, 2015....