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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.

Do you find it difficult to avoid conversations about healthy aging? In this day and age, when we’re all conscious of living in an aging society, in aging communities, and growing older ourselves, Dr. Sarah Kagan likes to think instead about the idea of “aging well.” But what does “aging well” really mean? Learn more from Dr. Kagan about three things to keep in mind to understand what it is to age well. Watch 'Aging Well Throughout Our Lives' »

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!

  • Margo Brooks Carthon’s Research Links Heart Failure Readmissions to Hospital Work Environment and Missed Nursing Care
    February 24, 2015
    More than 5 million Americans have heart failure, with 10 per 1,000 new cases being reported each year after age 65, according to the American Heart Association. Despite advances in heart failure-related medical care, frequent readmission is of particular concern when treating these patients. Results of a new cross-sectional study of hospitals in the United States link the quality of hospital work environments and missed nursing care to heart failure readmissions. J. Margo Brooks Carthon, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor of Nursing, was the primary investigator in the...

  • Terri Lipman’s Study Details Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Diverse Children with Diabetes
    February 17, 2015
    ​At a time of escalating incidence of type 1 diabetes (T1D) in children, a new study indicates there are significant disparities in both health outcomes and qualities of care for racially and ethnically diverse children with the disease. In an article published by the American Academy of Pediatrics in its journal Pediatrics, Terri Lipman, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, the Miriam Stirl Endowed Term Professor of Nutrition and Professor of Nursing of Children, details findings of a multicenter study ...

  • JAMA Publishes Martha A. Q. Curley’s RESTORE Research
    January 22, 2015
    ​Martha A. Q. Curley, PhD, RN, FAAN, has achieved wide recognition for her work related to clinical management of critically ill infants, children and their families, and also for her contributions to the field of pediatric critical care nursing. Her groundbreaking research on the randomized evaluation of sedation titration for respiratory failure (RESTORE) was recently published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).  The full research report can be found ...