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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">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>
  • <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>

  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/537-burke-elected-to-commission-on-collegiate-nursing"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/141,0,1077,937/ignore_cropper/1/1739_ccne-seal-cmyk.rev.1468942414.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/141,0,1077,937/ignore_cropper/1/1739_ccne-seal-cmyk.rev.1468942414.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/141,0,1077,937/ignore_cropper/1/1739_ccne-seal-cmyk.rev.1468942414.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1200" data-max-h="937"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/537-burke-elected-to-commission-on-collegiate-nursing">Burke Elected to Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Kathleen G Burke, PhD, RN, CENP, FAAN, Assistant Dean for Clinical Nurse Learning and Innovation, at Penn Nursing has been elected a member of the Board of Commissioners for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1376-strumpf-to-be-2019-penn-nursing-commencement"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/357,0,2366,2009/ignore_cropper/1/8671_pennnursing_nov18_0416_cropped.rev.1550071866.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/357,0,2366,2009/ignore_cropper/1/8671_pennnursing_nov18_0416_cropped.rev.1550071866.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/357,0,2366,2009/ignore_cropper/1/8671_pennnursing_nov18_0416_cropped.rev.1550071866.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2886" data-max-h="2009"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1376-strumpf-to-be-2019-penn-nursing-commencement">Strumpf to be 2019 Penn Nursing Commencement Speaker</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p><a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/live/profiles/70-neville-e-strumpf">Neville Strumpf, PhD, RN, FAAN</a>, Professor and Dean Emerita, will be the 2019 Penn Nursing commencement speaker. The <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/news-events/annual-events/commencement/">ceremony</a> on Monday, May 20, 2019, will take place at the <a href="https://www.kimmelcenter.org/">Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts</a> from 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM. </p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1147-new-research-finds-about-half-of-parents-use-cell"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/204,0,704,500/ignore_cropper/1/7745_distracted_driving_topstory_1000x500.rev.1531505146.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/204,0,704,500/ignore_cropper/1/7745_distracted_driving_topstory_1000x500.rev.1531505146.jpg 2x" data-max-w="1000" data-max-h="500"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1147-new-research-finds-about-half-of-parents-use-cell">New Research Finds About Half of Parents Use Cell Phones While Driving with Young Children in the Car</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> A new study from a team of researchers at <a href="https://www.chop.edu/">Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)</a> and Penn Nursing found that in the previous three months, about half of parents talked on a cell phone while driving when their children between the ages of 4 and 10 were in the car, while one in three read text messages and one in seven used social media.</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/555-9-million-grant-for-study-on-health-disparities-in"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/377,0,2304,1929/ignore_cropper/1/2902_bauermeister_landscape.rev.1472739720.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/377,0,2304,1929/ignore_cropper/1/2902_bauermeister_landscape.rev.1472739720.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/377,0,2304,1929/ignore_cropper/1/2902_bauermeister_landscape.rev.1472739720.png 3x" data-max-w="2583" data-max-h="1929"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/555-9-million-grant-for-study-on-health-disparities-in">$9 Million Grant for Study on Health Disparities in HIV Prevention</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Penn Nursing, University of Michigan School of Nursing & Emory’s School of Public Health Unite for National Study on HIV Prevention Intervention for Adolescent Men</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/429-penn-nursings-work-supports-institute-of-medicines"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/8,7,300,298/ignore_cropper/1/239_sdh_image_text-300x447.rev.1461080489.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="300" data-max-h="447"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/429-penn-nursings-work-supports-institute-of-medicines">Penn Nursing’s Work Supports Institute of Medicine’s Latest Recommendations</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">A plan for how the education of health professionals can build a better understanding of the social determinants of health, and how that understanding can be enhanced throughout the education process.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1413-how-nurses-bring-clarity-to-the-nature-of-social"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/889,249,2515,1876/ignore_cropper/1/9210_Patricia_DAntonio_2016.rev.1559914961.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/889,249,2515,1876/ignore_cropper/1/9210_Patricia_DAntonio_2016.rev.1559914961.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/889,249,2515,1876/ignore_cropper/1/9210_Patricia_DAntonio_2016.rev.1559914961.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1413-how-nurses-bring-clarity-to-the-nature-of-social">How Nurses Bring Clarity to the Nature of Social Change</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">History provides an enhanced understanding of the factors that inform social policy. In the wider arena of public health and its influence on social change, the political and healing import of nursing cannot be ignored.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/745-study-examines-evidence-of-how-geospatial"><img src="/live/image/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/244,0,744,500/ignore_cropper/1/4124_bauermeister_topstory_1000x500.rev.1486404141.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/244,0,744,500/ignore_cropper/1/4124_bauermeister_topstory_1000x500.rev.1486404141.png 2x" data-max-w="1000" data-max-h="500"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/745-study-examines-evidence-of-how-geospatial">Study Examines Evidence of How Geospatial Characteristics Affect Prevention and Care Outcomes for Those Most Affected by HIV</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"> Young men who have sex with men (YMSM), particularly racial/ethnic minorities and youth living in socioeconomically disadvantaged communities, are disproportionately affected by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) epidemic in the United States. By examining multilevel studies for evidence of how geospatial indicators are associated with HIV prevention and care outcomes for this population, a new study proposes strategies to intensify prevention efforts in communities where HIV is heavily concentrated.</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">  </p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/958-study-shows-feasibility-of-adapting-cardiac"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/98,0,478,380/ignore_cropper/1/6806_jodi_lipman.rev.1510762661.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/958-study-shows-feasibility-of-adapting-cardiac">Study Shows Feasibility of Adapting Cardiac Rehabilitation for Home Care</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> After a patient is discharged from the hospital for treatment of cardiovascular disease, cardiac rehabilitation (CR) is often prescribed because these programs are proven to reduce mortality and risk of hospital readmission. However, only 14 percent of patients who have had a heart attack and 31 percent of patients who underwent coronary artery bypass graft surgery attend CR post-hospitalization.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1290-black-hispanic-teens-see-risky-behaviors-on"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/56,0,1229,1171/ignore_cropper/1/8526_stevens-robin-digital-hood-stock.rev.1547224510.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/56,0,1229,1171/ignore_cropper/1/8526_stevens-robin-digital-hood-stock.rev.1547224510.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/56,0,1229,1171/ignore_cropper/1/8526_stevens-robin-digital-hood-stock.rev.1547224510.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2561" data-max-h="1171"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1290-black-hispanic-teens-see-risky-behaviors-on">Black & Hispanic Teens See Risky Behaviors on Social Media, But Few Actually Post About Them</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The research, from Penn Nursing and Annenberg, points to a need to change the feedback loop on these channels and to dispel myths about what constitutes normal behaviors.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/837-advanced-practice-award-for-diabetes-expert"><img src="/live/image/gid/84/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/270,40,1593,1365/ignore_cropper/1/3049_terri-lipman2.rev.1490291278.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/84/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/270,40,1593,1365/ignore_cropper/1/3049_terri-lipman2.rev.1490291278.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/84/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/270,40,1593,1365/ignore_cropper/1/3049_terri-lipman2.rev.1490291278.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1365"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/837-advanced-practice-award-for-diabetes-expert">Advanced Practice Award for Diabetes Expert</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The <a href="http://www.pens.org/Pages/default.aspx">Pediatric Endocrinology Nursing Society</a> (PENS) recently awarded <a href="http://www.nursing.upenn.edu/live/profiles/44-terri-lipman">Terri H. Lipman, PhD, CRNP, FAAN</a>, its <em>Excellence in Advanced Practice Award</em> during its annual conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.</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/481-is-there-a-digital-hood"><img src="/live/image/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/164,0,832,667/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/164,0,832,667/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/481-is-there-a-digital-hood">Is There a Digital Hood?</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">A study led by Robin Stevens, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor and Director of the Health Equity & Media Lab, shows that there is an alarming connection between the negative social interactions disadvantaged youth experience in both the neighborhoods they live in and on social media.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1359-university-honoring-aiken"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/432,18,1335,922/ignore_cropper/1/8803_pennnursing_nov18_0219.rev.1554735997.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/432,18,1335,922/ignore_cropper/1/8803_pennnursing_nov18_0219.rev.1554735997.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/432,18,1335,922/ignore_cropper/1/8803_pennnursing_nov18_0219.rev.1554735997.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1800" data-max-h="1200"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1359-university-honoring-aiken">University Honoring Aiken</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The University of Pennsylvania is honoring <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/">Penn Nursing</a>’s <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/live/profiles/93-linda-h-aiken">Linda Aiken, PhD, RN, FAAN, FRCN</a>, the Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor in Nursing, and Director, <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/chopr/">Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research</a> (CHOPR), with the <em>Provost’s Award for Distinguished PhD Teaching and Mentoring</em>. This is the first time a member of Penn Nursing’s Standing or Associated faculty has won this award.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/475-protecting-women-and-promoting-human-rights"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,397,283/ignore_cropper/1/697_dr._denis_mukwege.rev.1466188375.png" alt="Official Portrait of Dr. Denis Mukwege, by Torleif Svensson " class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="397" data-max-h="283"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/475-protecting-women-and-promoting-human-rights">Protecting Women and Promoting Human Rights</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">In one of the most unsettled areas of the globe, Dr. Denis Mukwege, Penn Nursing Renfield Foundation Award recipient, has tirelessly treated tens of thousands of women and risked his life in a campaign to end the use of mass rape as a weapon of war.</div></article>

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