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Leaders in the science and practice of nursing since 1886.

An Ivy League nursing education

For the third 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/936-dissecting-my-passion"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,29,325,354/ignore_cropper/1/6764_alexis_kara.rev.1510172431.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="325" data-max-h="457"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/936-dissecting-my-passion">“Dissecting My Passion”</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Third year Penn Nursing student, Alexis Kalargheros, shares her experience of dissecting a cadaver for the first time in the <a href="http://www.nsna.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">National Student Nurses Association</a>’s official membership journal, <a href="http://www.nsna.org/imprint.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>The Imprint</em></a>.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/640-first-year-nursing-student-wins-national-hispanic"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/77,0,456,380/ignore_cropper/1/3336_lauren_valdes.rev.1476901202.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/640-first-year-nursing-student-wins-national-hispanic">First Year Nursing Student Wins National Hispanic Nurses Scholarship</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Lauren Valdes, a first year nursing student at Penn Nursing, was awarded the <a href="http://www.nahnphiladelphia.org/-------Scholarship.html" target="_blank">National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) scholarship</a>, which recognizes academic excellence and community service.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/926-the-ideal-mentee"><img src="/live/image/gid/101/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/220,2,820,602/ignore_cropper/1/6712_0817pn_monica_phann-8031_ret_v4_png.rev.1507746178.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/101/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/220,2,820,602/ignore_cropper/1/6712_0817pn_monica_phann-8031_ret_v4_png.rev.1507746178.png 2x" data-max-w="1000" data-max-h="666"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/926-the-ideal-mentee">The Ideal Mentee</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Monica Phann got critical help from exactly the right people. And now she’s giving back.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/568-public-libraries-as-hubs-of-health-information"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,500,250/ignore_cropper/1/2886_library2.rev.1472573305.jpg" alt="Mariano will connect people with resources to address health concerns, provide health care tips, ..." class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="500" data-max-h="250"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/568-public-libraries-as-hubs-of-health-information">Public Libraries as Hubs of Health Information</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">A President’s Engagement Prize will help Melanie Mariano connect Philadelphia library patrons with resources to address health concerns.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/741-nln-creates-nursing-education-archive-at-penn"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,849,314/ignore_cropper/1/4097_barbara_bates_historical_photo.rev.1485974215.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="849" data-max-h="314"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/741-nln-creates-nursing-education-archive-at-penn">NLN Creates Nursing Education Archive at Penn Nursing’s Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The <a href="http://www.nln.org/foundation/overview/nln-foundation-for-nursing-education">National League for Nursing (NLN)</a> and the <a href="http://www.nursing.upenn.edu/">University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing</a>’s <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/history/">Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing</a> are joining forces to preserve the NLN’s rich history in an archival repository for scholarly historical research.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/427-pennsylvania-department-of-health-internship-for"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,340,425/ignore_cropper/1/237_a.-thum-photo-340.rev.1461079561.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="340" data-max-h="425"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/427-pennsylvania-department-of-health-internship-for">Pennsylvania Department of Health Internship for Andrew Thum</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">“My clinical nursing experience combined with my Penn education will allow me to assist state health experts to evaluate current Pennsylvania health policy and quality improvement initiatives.”</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1018-mentorship-program-introduces-students-of-color-to"><img src="/live/image/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/158,0,826,667/ignore_cropper/1/276_penn_nursing_1215.rev.1464110479.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/158,0,826,667/ignore_cropper/1/276_penn_nursing_1215.rev.1464110479.jpg 2x" data-max-w="1000" data-max-h="667"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1018-mentorship-program-introduces-students-of-color-to">Mentorship Program Introduces Students of Color to their Ivy League Contemporaries</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The HERstory/HIStory mentorship program was founded during the 2016-17 academic year by Penn students, faculty, and staff at W.E.B. Du Bois College House, including Penn Nursing’s Robin Stevens, PhD. Students of color at the House serve as mentors to African-American schoolchildren at Samuel Powel Elementary School, a K-4 public elementary school in West Philadelphia.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/678-professor-diane-spatz-receives-lifetime"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,560,380/ignore_cropper/1/3537_spatz_560x380.rev.1480360004.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/678-professor-diane-spatz-receives-lifetime">Professor Diane Spatz Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Neonatal Nurses</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">The award honors longstanding and profound impact on neonatal nursing.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/790-eastern-nursing-research-society-honoring-penn"><img src="/live/image/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/84,0,463,380/ignore_cropper/1/4421_medoff-cooper_560x380.rev.1490796429.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/790-eastern-nursing-research-society-honoring-penn">Eastern Nursing Research Society Honoring Penn Nursing’s Barbara Medoff-Cooper, PhD, with Research Award</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The award is in recognition of sustained and outstanding contributions to nursing research by a Senior Investigator.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1119-penn-nursing-alumni-weekend-2018-may-11-12-2018"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1365/ignore_cropper/1/7631_20180512-_v9a6953_p.rev.1526912491.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1365/ignore_cropper/1/7631_20180512-_v9a6953_p.rev.1526912491.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1365/ignore_cropper/1/7631_20180512-_v9a6953_p.rev.1526912491.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1365"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1119-penn-nursing-alumni-weekend-2018-may-11-12-2018">Penn Nursing Alumni Weekend 2018 – May 11-12, 2018</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Alumni from across the country came back to campus to reconnect with classmates, celebrate with awardees, and to see the many ways that Penn Nursing has changed – and remains the same</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/564-public-health-leadership-seminar-for-henderson"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,123,345,469/ignore_cropper/1/2875_henderson-leadership.rev.1472221597.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="346" data-max-h="519"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/564-public-health-leadership-seminar-for-henderson">Public Health Leadership Seminar for Henderson</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Marcus Henderson, NU’17, spent part of his summer as a participant at the <a href="http://www.hosa.org/PHLS" target="_blank">2016 Public Health Leadership Seminar</a>. He was there representing HOSA – Future Health Professionals, an international student organization to promote career opportunities in health care.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1152-1-in-international-ranking"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,664,665/ignore_cropper/1/7791_update_upennnursingjj-92.rev.1533233209.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,664,665/ignore_cropper/1/7791_update_upennnursingjj-92.rev.1533233209.jpg 2x" data-max-w="872" data-max-h="665"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1152-1-in-international-ranking"># 1 in International Ranking</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Penn Nursing takes the top spot for a second year in a row in ShanghaiRanking’s annual report on the best nursing programs in the world.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/779-emotion-regulation-an-important-link-to-hivsti"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,560,380/ignore_cropper/1/3277_brawner_560x380.rev.1506614560.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/779-emotion-regulation-an-important-link-to-hivsti">Emotion Regulation an Important Link to HIV/STI Prevention in Black Adolescents with Mental Illnesses</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Nearly half of all US adolescents aged 13 to 19 are sexually active. But black adolescents, who represent only 14 percent of that population, account for 63 percent of new cases of HIV among adolescents. In addition, it’s estimated that more than 2 million adolescents, many of whom are sexually active, experience a major depressive episode.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/655-oh-youre-just-a-nurse"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,560,380/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/655-oh-youre-just-a-nurse">“Oh, you’re just a nurse?”</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">WHYY’s “Radio Times,” features Margo Brooks-Carthon discussing what nurses do on a day-to-day basis, plus current perceptions of and changes within the field. (Audio)</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/482-important-clinical-guideline-co-authored-by"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/417,184,1597,1365/ignore_cropper/1/1084_charlene_compher_2016.rev.1466528840.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/417,184,1597,1365/ignore_cropper/1/1084_charlene_compher_2016.rev.1466528840.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/417,184,1597,1365/ignore_cropper/1/1084_charlene_compher_2016.rev.1466528840.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1365"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/482-important-clinical-guideline-co-authored-by">Important Clinical Guideline Co-authored by Compher</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Charlene Compher, PhD, RD, LDN, FASPEN, wrapped up a highly productive six-year term as Editor in Chief of Clinical Guidelines for the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) with a final, extremely influential clinical guideline.</div></article>

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