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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/763-choppennboston-childrens-study-low-blood-sugar-no"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,560,380/ignore_cropper/1/3311_curley-edit.rev.1476716988.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/763-choppennboston-childrens-study-low-blood-sugar-no">CHOP/Penn/Boston Children’s Study: Low Blood Sugar No Benefit to Critically Ill Children</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> A team of researchers from the <a href="http://www.nursing.upenn.edu/">University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing)</a>, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Boston Children’s Hospital discovered that critically ill infants and children do not gain extra benefit from lower blood-sugar levels, compared to higher levels within the usual care range. Their findings were published in a recent edition of the <a href="http://www.nejm.org/doi/10.1056/NEJMoa1612348">New England Journal of Medicine</a>.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1109-welcome-to-our-newest-alumni"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/138,0,638,500/ignore_cropper/1/7678_commencement_2018_newsevents_topstory_1000x500.rev.1527188715.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/138,0,638,500/ignore_cropper/1/7678_commencement_2018_newsevents_topstory_1000x500.rev.1527188715.jpg 2x" data-max-w="1000" data-max-h="500"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1109-welcome-to-our-newest-alumni">Welcome to Our Newest Alumni</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Another class can now be counted among the ranks of <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/alumni/">Penn Nursing Alumni</a>. On May 13, 2018, 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>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/704-new-penn-nursing-study-investigates-link-between"><img src="/live/image/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/366,0,866,500/ignore_cropper/1/3825_brooks_carthon_topstory_1000x500.rev.1481577968.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/366,0,866,500/ignore_cropper/1/3825_brooks_carthon_topstory_1000x500.rev.1481577968.png 2x" data-max-w="1000" data-max-h="500"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/704-new-penn-nursing-study-investigates-link-between">New Penn Nursing Study Investigates Link Between Bedside Nursing and Avoidable Readmissions for Older Black Patients</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">As many as a quarter of all older adults discharged from an acute hospitalization will return within thirty days. Readmissions like these result in increased healthcare costs, functional decline and greater need for skilled nursing when transitioning back to community settings. Older black patients bear a disproportionate risk of readmissions according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/433-editorial-calls-for-deeper-insight-into-ways"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,150,187/ignore_cropper/1/243_2014-ulrich-pid1124a.rev.1461089459.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="150" data-max-h="187"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/433-editorial-calls-for-deeper-insight-into-ways">Editorial Calls for Deeper Insight Into Ways Nurse-Industry Relationships Affect Ethical Conduct</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">“We need a better understanding of the potential benefits and harms, direct or indirect, for patients when nurses work with industry, and overall how industry relations affect public trust,”</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1233-research-and-innovation-colloquium-speaker-series"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/66,0,445,380/ignore_cropper/1/6984_ashley_ritter_560x380.rev.1513269226.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/1233-research-and-innovation-colloquium-speaker-series">Research and Innovation Colloquium Speaker Series: Ashley Z. Ritter, PhD, MSN, CRNP</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"/></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1024-applying-implementation-science-to-improve"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/58,1,436,380/ignore_cropper/1/7263_lauren_johnson_560x380.rev.1521038160.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/1024-applying-implementation-science-to-improve">Applying Implementation Science to Improve Cervical Cancer Prevention in sub-Saharan Africa</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> While cervical cancer – one of the most common cancers in women – has significantly decreased in the United States, it is still the second most common cancer in women who live in less developed countries, according to the World Health Organization. Women in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) have the largest age-standardized incidence and mortality rates of this potentially preventable and non-communicable disease due to the difficulty in implementing prevention, screening, and treatment programs.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/810-preceptors-make-the-decision-easy"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,653,670/ignore_cropper/1/4552_claire_pic_2.rev.1491488930.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="653" data-max-h="670"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/810-preceptors-make-the-decision-easy">Preceptors Make the Decision Easy</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Claire Levinson, GNu’16, knows firsthand what helps to make Penn Nursing the number one nursing school in the world. After taking a hiatus from her education, she chose Penn Nursing to complete her degree. And as a recent Family Nurse Practitioner graduate, she is happy to reflect on the School’s unique preceptor program.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1026-new-leaders-for-penn-futures"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/101,2,479,380/ignore_cropper/1/7278_lipman_gadsen_560x380.rev.1521209002.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/1026-new-leaders-for-penn-futures">New Leaders for Penn Futures</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The Deans of the School of Nursing (Penn Nursing), the Graduate School of Education (GSE), and the School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) are appointing two faculty leaders to the <a href="https://www.pennfutures.org/">Penn Futures Project</a> (PFP) in order to build upon and accelerate the successes of the program since its inception<em>.</em></p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/437-university-grant-for-buttenheim"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,69,1638,1708/ignore_cropper/1/257_buttenheim-hi-res.rev.1479765499.png" alt="Alison Buttenheim, Penn Nursing" 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/437-university-grant-for-buttenheim">University Grant for Buttenheim</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">The University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships awards the Summer Undergraduate Research Group Grant (SURGG) to Penn Nursing’s Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA, Assistant Professor of Nursing in the Department of Family and Community Health.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/726-penn-nursing-professor-authors-new-book-detailing"><img src="/live/image/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/75,0,454,380/ignore_cropper/1/4038_patricia_dantonio_560x380.rev.1485270203.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/726-penn-nursing-professor-authors-new-book-detailing">Penn Nursing Professor Authors New Book Detailing the Historical Importance of Public Health Programs</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p><em>Nursing with a Message</em> Reveals How These Programs – and the Nurses Who Ran Them – Influenced Personal Health Choices.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1328-next-level-nursing"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/940,0,2880,1939/ignore_cropper/1/8751_photo_2.rev.1551813516.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/940,0,2880,1939/ignore_cropper/1/8751_photo_2.rev.1551813516.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/940,0,2880,1939/ignore_cropper/1/8751_photo_2.rev.1551813516.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2400"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1328-next-level-nursing">Next-Level Nursing</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">On February 11, more than 40 alumni and friends gathered in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP to learn how Penn Nursing is advancing innovation within its curriculum and in health care systems near and far.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/848-aggressive-care-at-the-end-of-life-for-patients"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,560,380/ignore_cropper/1/3402_ersek_homepage_560x380.rev.1478706450.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/848-aggressive-care-at-the-end-of-life-for-patients">Aggressive Care at the End of Life for Patients with Advanced Lung Cancer Linked to Poorer Patient Outcomes</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> For patients with advanced cancer, aggressive care — chemotherapy, mechanical ventilation, acute hospitalizations and intensive care unit admissions — at the end of life is commonplace. Yet until now, little is known about the relationship between patients’ and families’ satisfaction with this aggressive care within the last 30 days of life.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1238-two-apps-target-cancer-risk-in-marginalized"><img src="/live/image/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/252,57,862,667/ignore_cropper/1/205_penn_nursing_0318.rev.1464036096.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/252,57,862,667/ignore_cropper/1/205_penn_nursing_0318.rev.1464036096.jpg 2x" data-max-w="1000" data-max-h="667"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1238-two-apps-target-cancer-risk-in-marginalized">Two Apps Target Cancer Risk in Marginalized Populations</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Two tech-based mobile health interventions aim to reduce the cancer risk among women in marginalized populations. The apps, “Everhealthier Women” and “NowIKnow,” focus on preventive health actions including the HPV vaccine.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/771-message-about-new-executive-order-on-immigration"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1365/ignore_cropper/1/4101_gutmann_amy_approved_headshot_103_october_2014_0.rev.1485986068.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/1/4101_gutmann_amy_approved_headshot_103_october_2014_0.rev.1485986068.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1365/ignore_cropper/1/4101_gutmann_amy_approved_headshot_103_october_2014_0.rev.1485986068.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1365"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/771-message-about-new-executive-order-on-immigration">Message about New Executive Order on Immigration</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><span style="color: black;">As a result of the latest Executive Order from the White House, we want to reaffirm our strong support for and solidarity with all international and Muslim members of our community. </span></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/459-national-appointment-for-brawner"><img src="/live/image/gid/18/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1638,2048/ignore_cropper/1/337_bridgette_brawner_2.rev.1464983044.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/18/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1638,2048/ignore_cropper/1/337_bridgette_brawner_2.rev.1464983044.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/18/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1638,2048/ignore_cropper/1/337_bridgette_brawner_2.rev.1464983044.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1638" data-max-h="2048"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/459-national-appointment-for-brawner">National Appointment for Brawner</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Bridgette Brawner, PhD, APRN, was appointed to the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) National Advisory Committee, which is dedicated to advising MFP staff; developing partnerships with professional, academic, and clinical institutions; and soliciting support by individuals and groups for the initiative.</div></article>

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