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Leaders in the science and practice of nursing since 1886 .

An Ivy League nursing education

Penn Nursing is the number one nursing school in the world , and has multiple number one and top-rated master’s programs here in the U.S. 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">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">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">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/1153-state-appointment-for-hodgson"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/84,0,463,380/ignore_cropper/1/7272_hodgson_560x380_final.rev.1521123661.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/1153-state-appointment-for-hodgson">State Appointment for Hodgson</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has appointed <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/">Penn Nursing</a>’s <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/live/profiles/7116-nancy-a-hodgson">Nancy Hodgson, PhD, RN, FAAN</a>, the Anthony Buividas Endowed Term Chair in Gerontology, to his 35-member <a href="https://www.aging.pa.gov/organization/PennsylvaniaLongTermCareCouncil/Pages/default.aspx">Long-Term Care Council</a>.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/672-stephanie-spinosa-learning-in-the-community"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/180,0,560,380/ignore_cropper/1/3506_spinosa_homepage_560x380.rev.1479504987.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/672-stephanie-spinosa-learning-in-the-community">Stephanie Spinosa: Learning in the Community</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Building on her experiences in the classroom and clinical rotations, this summer Penn Nursing student Stephanie Spinosa worked as a nurse intern at the Mary Howard Health Center. A primary care community health center for the homeless population in Philadelphia, this experience has had a profound impact on her understanding of the scope of nursing and her career options going forward.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/573-deatrick-to-receive-14th-distinguished-researcher"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/385,0,1478,1094/ignore_cropper/1/3032_janet_deatrick_2016.rev.1474389310.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/385,0,1478,1094/ignore_cropper/1/3032_janet_deatrick_2016.rev.1474389310.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/385,0,1478,1094/ignore_cropper/1/3032_janet_deatrick_2016.rev.1474389310.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1365"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/573-deatrick-to-receive-14th-distinguished-researcher">Deatrick to Receive 14th Distinguished Researcher Award</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">The biennial award honors the best scholarly qualities that Dr. Fagin, the School’s third Dean, exemplified. It is given to a faculty member, or a graduate from the School’s doctoral program, who has made a distinguished contribution to nursing scholarship.</div></article>
  • <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/606-nurse-designed-care-models-could-be-key-to-a"><img src="/live/image/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3010,2329/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/0,0,3010,2329/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/0,0,3010,2329/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/606-nurse-designed-care-models-could-be-key-to-a">Nurse-Designed Care Models Could Be Key to a Culture of Health</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Study Examines How Evidence-Based Edge Runner Initiatives Could Help Other Care Providers Improve National Health.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1524-ellen-dreibelbis-nu11"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/88,0,468,380/ignore_cropper/1/9930_Untitled_design_35.rev.1573481698.png" alt="Ellen Dreibelbis, Nu'11" 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/1524-ellen-dreibelbis-nu11">Ellen Dreibelbis, Nu’11</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">“My patient, let’s call him Eric, was assigned to me on my first night shift after he was transferred to our unit from intensive care.</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/1427-trustees-council-of-penn-women-gift-supports-west"><img src="/live/image/gid/103/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/710,89,2451,1831/ignore_cropper/1/9554_westphillywomens.rev.1561488419.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/103/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/710,89,2451,1831/ignore_cropper/1/9554_westphillywomens.rev.1561488419.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/103/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/710,89,2451,1831/ignore_cropper/1/9554_westphillywomens.rev.1561488419.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="1831"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1427-trustees-council-of-penn-women-gift-supports-west">Trustees’ Council of Penn Women Gift Supports West Philadelphia Women</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Penn Nursing’s West Philadelphia Women’s Day event will continue, thanks to a new grant from The Trustees’ Council of Penn Women (TCPW). Funding from TCPW will support Dr. Wendy Grube’s partnership with women from the medically underserved West Philadelphia community to investigate their most pressing health concerns and move forward with a second West Philadelphia Women’s Day event.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/722-karen-glanz-phd-mph-appointed-to-advisory-council"><img src="/live/image/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/85,0,464,380/ignore_cropper/1/4023_karen_glanz_560x380.rev.1484319789.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/722-karen-glanz-phd-mph-appointed-to-advisory-council">Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH, Appointed to Advisory Council for the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">The Council advises on matters relating to the cause, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart, blood vessel, lung and blood diseases; the use of blood and blood products and the management of blood resources; and on sleep disorders.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1544-alumna-and-overseer-receives-2019-alumni-award-of"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/255,178,931,854/ignore_cropper/1/10027_laporteawardspeaking.rev.1575571864.jpg" alt="Andie Laporte, Nu'69, accepting the 2019 Alumni Award of Merit." class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/255,178,931,854/ignore_cropper/1/10027_laporteawardspeaking.rev.1575571864.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/255,178,931,854/ignore_cropper/1/10027_laporteawardspeaking.rev.1575571864.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1279" data-max-h="854"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1544-alumna-and-overseer-receives-2019-alumni-award-of">Alumna and Overseer Receives 2019 Alumni Award of Merit</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Penn Nursing alumna and Board of Overseers Chair Andrea Berry Laporte has been recognized with one of the University of Pennsylvania’s highest alumni awards as a 2019 recipient of the Alumni Award of Merit. Each year, Penn Alumni presents the award to distinguished alumni volunteers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the University. Laporte was one of five Alumni Award of Merit recipients this year, honored at a gala held November 8 at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/971-sarah-shin-nu18-describes-experience-at-the-mayo"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/89,0,469,380/ignore_cropper/1/6951_shin_560x380.rev.1512653266.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/971-sarah-shin-nu18-describes-experience-at-the-mayo">Sarah Shin (Nu’18) Describes Her Experience at the Mayo Clinic</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">This past summer, I had the privilege of working as a Summer III nurse extern at the Mayo Clinic. I learned about the program from Penn Nursing upperclassmen who had completed the program in prior years.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1604-lauren-jones-nu20"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,500/ignore_cropper/1/10567_1000500_10.rev.1583853384.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,500/ignore_cropper/1/10567_1000500_10.rev.1583853384.png 2x" data-max-w="1000" data-max-h="500"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1604-lauren-jones-nu20">Lauren Jones, Nu’20</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">“This past summer I spent working as a patient care tech in a hospital, where I floated between a few different floors. One day I was in the ICU and a patient had recently been extubated, and I went into her room with the nurse to check on her. The patient was saying a lot of things that didn’t make sense, but she kept referring to the nurse and me as her ‘guardian angels.’</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/976-geriatric-society-honors-naylor"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/97,0,477,380/ignore_cropper/1/4090_naylor_560x380.rev.1485875487.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/976-geriatric-society-honors-naylor">Geriatric Society Honors Naylor</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The Nancy Tatum, RN Award for Distinguished Service recognizes her research, service and dedication to the field of Geriatric Nursing.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1274-penn-nursing-diaries-a-day-in-the-life-of-holly"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,80,1080,1160/ignore_cropper/1/8494_Penn_White_Coat_Pic.rev.1544550127.jpg" alt="Holly" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,80,1080,1160/ignore_cropper/1/8494_Penn_White_Coat_Pic.rev.1544550127.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,80,1080,1160/ignore_cropper/1/8494_Penn_White_Coat_Pic.rev.1544550127.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1080" data-max-h="1440"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1274-penn-nursing-diaries-a-day-in-the-life-of-holly">Penn Nursing Diaries: A Day in the Life of Holly Bischof</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Hi guys! My name is Holly and I am in the ABSN program at Penn Nursing and sub-matriculated into the adult/gerontology acute care NP program so that eventually I can work with brain tumor patients. I am also a triathlete. Here is a little insight as to how I balance my passions.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1405-welcome-to-our-newest-members"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/275,0,1344,1068/ignore_cropper/1/9514_nursing2019sample21.rev.1560283693.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/275,0,1344,1068/ignore_cropper/1/9514_nursing2019sample21.rev.1560283693.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/275,0,1344,1068/ignore_cropper/1/9514_nursing2019sample21.rev.1560283693.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1600" data-max-h="1068"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1405-welcome-to-our-newest-members">Welcome to Our Newest Members</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> It’s a wrap! The mortar boards have been thrown and with that, we have welcomed another class among the ranks of the <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/alumni/">Penn Nursing Alumni</a>. On May 20, 2019, the graduating class, faculty, staff, and administrators gathered at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts to celebrate our School’s annual commencement.</p></div></article>

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