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Leaders in the science and practice of nursing since 1886 .

An Ivy League nursing education

For the fourth year running, Penn Nursing has been named the number one nursing school in the world, and has the most number one rated master’s programs in the country. Join the ranks of Penn Nursing experts and leaders who have been advancing science and delivering solutions, shaping policy and practice, and engaging communities to promote health for over a century. These will be your collaborators, your mentors, your friends, leading to a healthier future.

Innovative programs

Whether you enter directly from high school , are returning for a second bachelor’s , come to us ready to specialize your nursing practice , or are beginning the research-intensive journey toward a PhD , you’ll find an academic program with the flexibility to meet your educational goals.

And our curriculum merges the scientific basis for healthcare with clinical experience , offering a side-by-side incorporation of theoretical and applied knowledge, a rarity in nursing education. 

Renowned faculty

Our faculty include some of the top researchers in the world . Work produced here is nationally and internationally recognized and is consistently published in a wide range of high-impact, interdisciplinary journals.

Advancing healthcare at home and around the world

From the neighborhoods in West Philadelphia to communities around the world , our work outside Fagin Hall is as much about pushing our own knowledge and expertise forward as it is about improving the health of those we interact with.

As nurses, we see the challenges people face, and, as nurse researchers , we have the opportunity to find ways to address those challenges, eventually bringing solutions back to our communities in a very tangible way.

The next generation of leaders

We train students to anticipate trends in nursing by offering a number of experiences not found at most other schools such as a state-of-the-art simulation center , student research opportunities across all levels of scholarship, classrooms with the latest medical records technology , and rigorous clinical experiences  with prestigious hospital partners , including the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Really, it’s very simple: we teach exceptional students to be exceptional nurses. Our graduates exercise good judgment in clinical decisions and are adept at compassionate patient interactions. Our nurses translate curiosity into academic inquiry, and aren’t afraid to lead. We foster deep engagements in practice, research, and health around the world, making a Penn nurse one like no other.


  • <div class="lw_blurbs_title">Reflective Practice</div><div class="lw_blurbs_body"><h4> “<strong>The students see the big picture.</strong> They deconstruct their decision-making, and work with faculty and peers to determine what they might do differently in the future.”</h4><p> - <a href="/live/profiles/54-deborah-becker">Deborah Becker</a>, Practice Professor of Nursing.</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_title">Engaging Community</div><div class="lw_blurbs_body"><h4> “Our partnership with Sayre High School has opened the door to a strong relationship with <strong>residents of the community around Penn</strong>, allowing us to work with individuals, schools, and community groups to fight diabetes together.”</h4><p> - <a href="/live/profiles/44-terri-lipman">Terri Lipman</a>, Assistant Dean for <a href="/community-engagement/">Community Engagement</a></p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_title">The Nurse Scientist</div><div class="lw_blurbs_body"><h4> “The pivotal change in nursing education coincided with the cultivation of the nurse scientist. There are so many phenomena that nurses are involved with. <strong>If nurses don’t work with these phenomena — who will?</strong> I knew the only way for Penn Nursing to survive was to be a top-tier research school.”</h4><p> - <a href="/live/profiles/68-claire-m-fagin">Dr. Claire M. Fagin</a></p></div>

  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/473-jose-bauermeister-appointed-presidential-professor"><img src="/live/image/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/188,0,1285,1097/ignore_cropper/1/1465_bauermeister-jose.rev.1469209943.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/188,0,1285,1097/ignore_cropper/1/1465_bauermeister-jose.rev.1469209943.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/188,0,1285,1097/ignore_cropper/1/1465_bauermeister-jose.rev.1469209943.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1371" data-max-h="2048"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/473-jose-bauermeister-appointed-presidential-professor">José Bauermeister Appointed Presidential Professor</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price appoint José Arturo Bauermeister, to the School of Nursing, as the tenth Presidential Professor.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1432-improving-care-quality-for-hospitalized-socially"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/124,0,504,380/ignore_cropper/1/3386_margo-brooks0carthon-560x380.rev.1478203970.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="560" data-max-h="380"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1432-improving-care-quality-for-hospitalized-socially">Improving Care Quality for Hospitalized Socially At-Risk Patients</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Nurses play a pivotal role in caring for hospitalized patients with social risk factors and preparing them for discharge. Now, a new <a href="https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jocn.14944">study</a> from the <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/">University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing</a> (Penn Nursing) illustrates how certain health system constraints present barriers to effective care and impact outcomes for patients with high social risks.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/898-penn-nursing-dean-named-one-of-nbcs-latino-20-for"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/222,0,722,500/ignore_cropper/1/6646_dean_topstory_1000x500.rev.1506364705.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/222,0,722,500/ignore_cropper/1/6646_dean_topstory_1000x500.rev.1506364705.png 2x" data-max-w="1000" data-max-h="500"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/898-penn-nursing-dean-named-one-of-nbcs-latino-20-for">Penn Nursing Dean Named One of NBC’s Latino 20 for Hispanic Heritage Month</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> This designation from NBC honors achievers who are making Hispanic communities and the nation better. All of the honorees are fiercely proud of their heritage, which has guided their work and inspired their accomplishments.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/718-repurposing-existing-drugs-for-new-indications"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/140,0,519,380/ignore_cropper/1/3274_heath_schmidt_web.rev.1484066711.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="560" data-max-h="380"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/718-repurposing-existing-drugs-for-new-indications">Repurposing Existing Drugs for New Indications</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Penn Nursing’s Heath Schmidt, a <span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">neuropharmacologist and director of the</span> <span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Laboratory of</span> <span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Neuropsychopharmacology, is part of a team of Penn researchers helping to lead the way in understanding how existing drugs can be repurposed to treat new and different issues.</span></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1314-honorary-degrees-for-two-with-deep-penn-nursing"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/82,0,462,380/ignore_cropper/1/8670_Feb_2019.rev.1550071770.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="560" data-max-h="380"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1314-honorary-degrees-for-two-with-deep-penn-nursing">Honorary Degrees for Two with Deep Penn Nursing Ties</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p><a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/live/profiles/70-neville-e-strumpf">Neville E. Strumpf, PhD</a>, Professor of Nursing and Dean Emerita, and physician, surgeon, and human rights activist <a href="https://www.panzifoundation.org/dr-denis-mukwege/">Denis Mukwege</a>, who recently won a Nobel Peace Prize and was the recipient of the 2016 <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/cgwh/our-work/renfield-award/">Penn Nursing Renfield Foundation Award for Global Women’s Health</a>, will both receive honorary doctor of sciences degrees during the University of Pennsylvania commencement on Monday, May 20, 2019.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1496-early-career-award-win-for-stevens"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/306,28,686,408/ignore_cropper/1/6634_robin_stevens_topstory_1000x500.rev.1505761874.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/306,28,686,408/ignore_cropper/1/6634_robin_stevens_topstory_1000x500.rev.1505761874.png 2x" data-max-w="1000" data-max-h="500"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1496-early-career-award-win-for-stevens">Early Career Award Win for Stevens</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p><a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/">Penn Nursing</a>’s <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/live/profiles/48-robin-c-stevens">Robin Stevens, PhD, MPH</a>, Assistant Professor in the <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/academics/fch/">Department of Family and Community Health</a>, is set to receive the Early Career Award from the Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section of the <a href="https://www.apha.org/">American Public Health Association</a> (APHA).</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1396-health-system-leaders-value-nurse-innovation"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/43,0,349,306/ignore_cropper/1/8964_HC_Nursing-led_Innovation_studyx350.rev.1557148264.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="350" data-max-h="306"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1396-health-system-leaders-value-nurse-innovation">Health System Leaders Value Nurse Innovation Skills, Just Not at the Leadership Level</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><em>By 2025, Top Industry Challenges are Likely to Force Change</em></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/751-deans-nursing-coalition-pens-letter-to-dc-leaders"><img src="/live/image/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/282,0,2612,2329/ignore_cropper/1/2894_dean_jan2016_landscape.rev.1472651648.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/282,0,2612,2329/ignore_cropper/1/2894_dean_jan2016_landscape.rev.1472651648.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/282,0,2612,2329/ignore_cropper/1/2894_dean_jan2016_landscape.rev.1472651648.png 3x" data-max-w="3010" data-max-h="2329"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/751-deans-nursing-coalition-pens-letter-to-dc-leaders">Deans’ Nursing Coalition Pens Letter to D.C. Leaders</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">As the debate over the Affordable Care Act looms over Washington, Penn Nursing’s Dean Antonia Villarruel and Deans of other prominent Nursing schools across the United States voice their opinion and concern in a letter to congressional leaders.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/552-new-associate-dean-for-practice"><img src="/live/image/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/67,0,446,380/ignore_cropper/1/3803_polomano_web_560x380.rev.1481564494.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="560" data-max-h="380"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/552-new-associate-dean-for-practice">New Associate Dean for Practice</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Rosemary Polomano, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor of Pain Practice, has been appointed Associate Dean for Practice at Penn Nursing.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/644-two-honors-for-polomano"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/376,0,1527,1150/ignore_cropper/1/3361_large.rev.1477662126.jpg" alt="From left to right, Dr. Elliot V. Hersh, of Penn Dental, Dr. Rosemary Polomano, of Penn Nursing, ..." class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/376,0,1527,1150/ignore_cropper/1/3361_large.rev.1477662126.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/376,0,1527,1150/ignore_cropper/1/3361_large.rev.1477662126.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1367"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/644-two-honors-for-polomano">Two Honors for Polomano</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="line-height: 107%; font-size: 12pt;">Two very big honors for Penn Nursing Associate Dean for Practice <a href="/live/profiles/65-rosemary-carol-polomano" target="_blank">Rosemary Polomano, PhD, RN</a>, Professor of Pain Practice, one local and one about 7,000 miles away.</span></p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1468-stephanie-tran-rojas-nu20"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/89,0,469,380/ignore_cropper/1/9766_Photo_to_use_Steph_Tran_Rojas_homepage_560x380.rev.1569439932.jpg" alt="Stephanie Tran Rojas ‘NU20" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="560" data-max-h="380"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1468-stephanie-tran-rojas-nu20">Stephanie Tran Rojas, Nu’20</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">We are happy to announce the launch of a brand new feature - Humans of Penn of Nursing. Inspired by Humans of New York, we take a look at the meaningful stories of the community here at Penn Nursing. First up is Stephanie Tran Rojas, Nu’20.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1087-understanding-barriers-to-mental-health-care-for"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/88,0,407,320/ignore_cropper/1/4088_richmond-jacoby.rev.1485800216.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="477" data-max-h="320"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1087-understanding-barriers-to-mental-health-care-for">Understanding Barriers to Mental Health Care for Urban Black Men Who Experience Traumatic Injury</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Psychological distress is common in the aftermath of a traumatic injury. Symptoms of depression and post-traumatic stress can make it harder to re-establish one’s social and family life, work performance, and wellbeing after injury.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1176-penn-nursing-study-highlights-rapid-weight-gain"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/241,0,1605,1365/ignore_cropper/1/1126_tanja_kral_2016.rev.1466624047.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/241,0,1605,1365/ignore_cropper/1/1126_tanja_kral_2016.rev.1466624047.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/241,0,1605,1365/ignore_cropper/1/1126_tanja_kral_2016.rev.1466624047.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1365"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1176-penn-nursing-study-highlights-rapid-weight-gain">Penn Nursing Study Highlights Rapid Weight Gain During Infancy as Possible Risk Factor for Later Obesity in Children with Autism</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Childhood obesity is a serious public health concern that can have a profound impact on children’s health and well-being. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are more likely to have obesity compared to their peers with typical development, data show.  Until recently, little has been known about why children with ASD are at increased risk for developing obesity.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1477-moral-distress-and-moral-strength-among-clinicians"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/708,484,1404,1180/ignore_cropper/1/8767_P-100605-Master-V1-005X.rev.1552499406.jpg" alt="University Communications" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/708,484,1404,1180/ignore_cropper/1/8767_P-100605-Master-V1-005X.rev.1552499406.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/708,484,1404,1180/ignore_cropper/1/8767_P-100605-Master-V1-005X.rev.1552499406.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2000" data-max-h="1333"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1477-moral-distress-and-moral-strength-among-clinicians">Moral Distress and Moral Strength Among Clinicians in Health Care Systems: A Call for Research</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Nurse burnout impacts both nurses and patients, and significantly influences the retention of nurses in the healthcare setting, research shows. But could burnout be a symptom of something larger?</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1486-compher-to-receive-2019-norma-m-lang-award-for-"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/89,0,469,380/ignore_cropper/1/9787_Compher.rev.1570126181.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="560" data-max-h="380"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1486-compher-to-receive-2019-norma-m-lang-award-for-">Compher to Receive 2019 Norma M. Lang Award for Scholarly Practice and Policy</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The award is given biennially to a Penn Nursing faculty member or a graduate from the School’s doctoral program who has made a distinguished contribution to nursing through scholarly practice.  It honors Norma M. Lang, PhD, the professor and dean <em>emerita</em> of Penn Nursing for her world-renowned contributions to health policy and practice.</p></div></article>

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