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Penn Nursing Science

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.

"It is our hope that this knowledge can be used to inform future research with the goal of further limiting, or even altogether preventing, common chemotherapy side effects in cancer patients,” Dr. Bart De Jonghe explains.

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 Study Shows Magnet Status Equals Higher Patient Ratings
    October 09, 2015
    ​A new study published in the prestigious scientific journal of Health Services Research shows that Magnet hospitals nationally accredited for nursing excellence have higher patient ratings of care than other hospitals. Investigators from Penn Nursing’s Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research and New York University’s College of Nursing led the study, which suggests that hospitals seeking to improve patient satisfaction, and qualify for new financial incentives, would be well advised to consider ...

  • Study by Penn Nursing’s Bart De Jonghe May Lead to More Effective Treatment of Chemotherapy Side Effects
    August 24, 2015
    ​Annually, hundreds of thousands of patients battling cancer undergo chemotherapy, which often results in poorly tolerated side effects such as nausea, vomiting, and loss of the desire to eat. Bart C. De Jonghe, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Nursing and senior author of a new study published in the highly regarded Journal of Neuroscience, has advanced our understanding of how chemotherapy causes side effects related to nausea, vomiting,...

  • Connie Ulrich’s research findings published in the American Journal of Bioethics
    July 20, 2015
    ​Connie Ulrich, PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Professor of Nursing at Penn Nursing and Associate Professor of Bioethics at Penn Medicine has a new study that sheds light on and raises questions about how cancer patients make decisions about participating in clinical trials. Her study, “Cancer Clinical Trial Participants and Assessment of Risks and Benefits” was published in the May issue of the American Journal of Bioethics. The study is the first to measure patient-participants’ risk-benefit assessment in cancer clinical trials, developed from qualitative work...