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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">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/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/1589-pa-school-nurses-on-the-frontlines-of-the-opioid"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/561,86,1650,1176/ignore_cropper/1/7311_catherine_mcdonald_2016.rev.1522179169.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/561,86,1650,1176/ignore_cropper/1/7311_catherine_mcdonald_2016.rev.1522179169.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/561,86,1650,1176/ignore_cropper/1/7311_catherine_mcdonald_2016.rev.1522179169.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1365"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1589-pa-school-nurses-on-the-frontlines-of-the-opioid">PA School Nurses on the Frontlines of the Opioid Epidemic</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> As opioid overdoses continue to grab headlines, more states are providing their communities with easier access to naloxone, which can prevent death by reversing opioid overdoses. But while naloxone may be available at township buildings, libraries, or other community locations, little is known about how schools maintain a supply and use naloxone to prepare for treating overdose.</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/529-penn-nursing-hosts-the-15th-annual-summer-research"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/72,0,365,293/ignore_cropper/1/1466_sri-2016-web.rev.1467995041.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="414" data-max-h="293"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/529-penn-nursing-hosts-the-15th-annual-summer-research">Penn Nursing Hosts the 15th Annual Summer Research Institute</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">The school’s yearly research-intensive summit accepted twelve fellows from around the world.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/886-university-of-pennsylvania-names-calvin-bland"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/614,0,1523,910/ignore_cropper/1/6598_penngse_aug17_0735.rev.1504708250.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/614,0,1523,910/ignore_cropper/1/6598_penngse_aug17_0735.rev.1504708250.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/614,0,1523,910/ignore_cropper/1/6598_penngse_aug17_0735.rev.1504708250.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1366"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/886-university-of-pennsylvania-names-calvin-bland">University of Pennsylvania Names Calvin Bland Fellows</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">The University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Futures Project (PFP) has named three Calvin Bland Faculty Fellows to collaborate on research for boys and young men of color. Supported by a $2 million endowment from the <a href="http://www.rwjf.org/">Robert Wood Johnson Foundation</a>, the Fellows were selected from the faculty at University of Pennsylvania’s <a href="http://www.nursing.upenn.edu/">Schools of Nursing</a> (Penn Nursing), <a href="http://www.gse.upenn.edu/">Graduate School of Education</a> (GSE) and Social Policy & Practice (SP2).</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/711-first-of-its-kind-study-on-injury-recovery-takes"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/95,0,474,380/ignore_cropper/1/3805_richmond-aitken.rev.1481568123.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/711-first-of-its-kind-study-on-injury-recovery-takes">First-of-its-kind Study on Injury Recovery Takes the Trauma Patient’s Point of View</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">In one of the first studies to examine priorities in recovery identified by trauma patients, family members and clinicians over time, an international research partnership that was launched from the <a href="http://www.nursing.upenn.edu/">University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing)</a> and Griffith University School of Nursing & Midwifery in Australia has helped advance the importance of patient-reported outcome measures for improved trauma care and research.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1551-leslie-carr-rn-nu79"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,800,800/ignore_cropper/1/10063_Untitled_design_61.rev.1578419368.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,800,800/ignore_cropper/1/10063_Untitled_design_61.rev.1578419368.png 2x" data-max-w="800" data-max-h="800"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1551-leslie-carr-rn-nu79">Leslie Carr, RN, Nu’79</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">“I had been working with the Nurse-Family Partnership for a couple of years in a rural Pennsylvania county. The work involved doing nurse home-visiting with low-income first-time mothers, starting in pregnancy and continuing until the unborn child is two years old.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/494-whats-a-good-breakfast-for-kids"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/19,8,388,377/ignore_cropper/1/1125_importance-of-a-healthy-breakfast1.rev.1466623797.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="575" data-max-h="398"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/494-whats-a-good-breakfast-for-kids">What’s a Good Breakfast for Kids?</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">A team of researchers, led by Tanja Kral, PhD, concluded that a breakfast high in protein – like eggs – keeps children fuller longer than cereal or oatmeal, causing them to eat fewer calories at lunch.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1509-george-demiris-phd-facmi-elected-for-membership-to"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/800,421,2508,2129/ignore_cropper/1/9874_Demiris_George.rev.1571665282.JPG" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/800,421,2508,2129/ignore_cropper/1/9874_Demiris_George.rev.1571665282.JPG 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/800,421,2508,2129/ignore_cropper/1/9874_Demiris_George.rev.1571665282.JPG 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2129"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1509-george-demiris-phd-facmi-elected-for-membership-to">George Demiris, PhD, FACMI, Elected for Membership to the National Academy of Medicine</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Election to the National Academy of Medicine is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/449-omega-3-lowers-childhood-aggression"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/141,2,938,800/ignore_cropper/1/329_omega3.rev.1464892524.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/141,2,938,800/ignore_cropper/1/329_omega3.rev.1464892524.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/141,2,938,800/ignore_cropper/1/329_omega3.rev.1464892524.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1200" data-max-h="800"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/449-omega-3-lowers-childhood-aggression">Omega-3 Lowers Childhood Aggression</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">University of Pennsylvania research published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry says Incorporating omega-3, vitamins and mineral supplements into the diets of children with extreme aggression can reduce this problem behavior in the short term, especially its more impulsive, emotional form.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1569-daniel-joshua-porter-bsn-rn-ccrn-gnu21"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/62,0,443,380/ignore_cropper/1/10108_Untitled_design_73.rev.1580142946.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/1569-daniel-joshua-porter-bsn-rn-ccrn-gnu21">Daniel Joshua Porter, BSN, RN, CCRN, GNu’21</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">“I discovered my passion for nursing while serving in Iraq. During my downtime, I volunteered in the emergency room.”</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1480-kelsey-gross-rn-nu19-w19"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1080,1080/ignore_cropper/1/9764_Copy_of_Untitled_6.rev.1569429107.png" alt="Kelsey Gross, RN, Nu’19, W’19" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1080,1080/ignore_cropper/1/9764_Copy_of_Untitled_6.rev.1569429107.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1080,1080/ignore_cropper/1/9764_Copy_of_Untitled_6.rev.1569429107.png 3x" data-max-w="1080" data-max-h="1350"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1480-kelsey-gross-rn-nu19-w19">Kelsey Gross, RN, Nu’19, W’19</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">“One Tuesday morning before my senior leadership clinical, I was kind of stressed out over typical “college sorority girl” problems - I was worried about disappointing my boyfriend because we were deciding between going to my sorority date night and going to New York for our good friend’s birthday party. I couldn’t decide what to do and was worried about disappointing him and potentially missing out on my senior year experiences. I still hadn’t decided what to do before it was time to leave for clinical.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/550-penn-nursing-expert-workable-alternatives-to"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,14,360,373/ignore_cropper/1/2855_2008-meghani-salimah-pid1224-360x5041.rev.1471888222.jpg" alt="(Photography by Karen J. Gowen)" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="360" data-max-h="504"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/550-penn-nursing-expert-workable-alternatives-to">Penn Nursing Expert: Workable Alternatives to Opioid Treatment Needed</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">In a recent letter to the editor of JAMA Oncology, Dr. Salimah H. Meghani addresses the need for health insurance-covered treatments other than opioids for cancer survivors with chronic pain.</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/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>

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