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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">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>

  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1729-alaina-hall-bsn-nu18"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1500,750/ignore_cropper/1/11058_Copy_of_Copy_of_1000500_2.rev.1597775976.png" alt="Alaina Hall, Nu’18, BSN" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1500,750/ignore_cropper/1/11058_Copy_of_Copy_of_1000500_2.rev.1597775976.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1500,750/ignore_cropper/1/11058_Copy_of_Copy_of_1000500_2.rev.1597775976.png 3x" data-max-w="1500" data-max-h="750"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1729-alaina-hall-bsn-nu18">Alaina Hall, BSN, Nu’18,</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">In just the first two years, my nursing career has taken me on a journey I could have never imagined. After graduating from Penn in 2018, I spent a year in Mexico with the President’s Engagement Prize, working to prevent infectious diseases in children.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1481-penn-nursings-elizabeth-wright-fund-to-turn-40"><img src="/live/image/gid/103/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/898,0,1635,739/ignore_cropper/1/9774_jerusalem-1712855_1920.rev.1569952745.jpg" alt="Jerusalem " class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/103/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/898,0,1635,739/ignore_cropper/1/9774_jerusalem-1712855_1920.rev.1569952745.jpg 2x" data-max-w="737" data-max-h="739"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1481-penn-nursings-elizabeth-wright-fund-to-turn-40">Penn Nursing’s Elizabeth Wright Fund to Turn 40</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The Elizabeth Wright Fund—which gave Penn Nursing its first student exchange program—has its roots in a time when post-operative hospital stays were longer, and when private duty nurses attended patients in the hospital as well as at home after discharge.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1745-preparing-future-clinicians-to-intervene-in-opioid"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,560,380/ignore_cropper/1/11132_PennNursing_Today_Web_091620.rev.1600348758.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/1745-preparing-future-clinicians-to-intervene-in-opioid">Preparing Future Clinicians to Intervene in Opioid Crisis</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Opioid use disorder and overdose have reached unprecedented levels around the world. In the United States, remediation of pain is one of the most common reasons American adults seek healthcare. Therefore, it is vital that clinicians practicing in diverse roles and settings have a clinical understanding of pain and substance use disorders as well as knowledge about public health and opioid policy interventions.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1645-natalie-ball-nu14-gnu16"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,500/ignore_cropper/1/10743_1000500_3.rev.1588094472.png" alt="Natalie Ball, Nu'14, GNu'16" 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/1/10743_1000500_3.rev.1588094472.png 2x" data-max-w="1000" data-max-h="500"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1645-natalie-ball-nu14-gnu16">Natalie Ball, Nu’14, GNu’16</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">“My name is Natalie Ball, and I am working as Family Nurse Practitioner in a federally qualified, community health center (FQHC) in Norwalk, Connecticut with the organization the <a href="https://www.chc1.com/"><em>Community Health Center, Inc</em></a>. As a primary care, patient-centered medical home, we serve a diverse patient population that suffers from multiple medical and behavioral health comorbidities.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1720-tackling-the-bioethics-challenges-raised-by"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,560,380/ignore_cropper/1/7117_ulrich_560x380.rev.1518712552.png" alt="Connie Ulrich, PhD, RN, FAAN" 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/1720-tackling-the-bioethics-challenges-raised-by">Tackling the Bioethics Challenges Raised by COVID-19</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The diverse situations experienced by health-care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic often present serious ethical challenges. From the allocation of resources and triage protocols to health-care worker and patient rights and the management of clinical trials, new ethical questions have come to the forefront of today’s global public health emergency.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1606-lisa-lewis-phd-rn-faan"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1500,750/ignore_cropper/1/10628_1000500.rev.1584455088.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1500,750/ignore_cropper/1/10628_1000500.rev.1584455088.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1500,750/ignore_cropper/1/10628_1000500.rev.1584455088.png 3x" data-max-w="1500" data-max-h="750"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1606-lisa-lewis-phd-rn-faan">Lisa Lewis, PhD, RN, FAAN</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">“My heart flutters a bit. This happens every time I am getting ready to share my story. It is even scarier now that I am writing it down as a permanent document – for the world to see.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1477-moral-distress-and-moral-strength-among-clinicians"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/708,484,1404,1180/ignore_cropper/1/8767_P-100605-Master-V1-005X.rev.1552499406.jpg" alt="University Communications" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="696" data-max-h="696"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1477-moral-distress-and-moral-strength-among-clinicians">Moral Distress and Moral Strength Among Clinicians in Health Care Systems: A Call for Research</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Nurse burnout impacts both nurses and patients, and significantly influences the retention of nurses in the healthcare setting, research shows. But could burnout be a symptom of something larger?</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1474-how-to-successfully-recruit-minority-adolescents"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/148,17,464,334/ignore_cropper/1/3277_brawner_560x380.rev.1506614560.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="316" data-max-h="317"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1474-how-to-successfully-recruit-minority-adolescents">How to Successfully Recruit Minority Adolescents for STI/HIV Prevention Research</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Disparities in rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV between Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino adolescents and their white counterparts are well documented. Culturally and developmentally appropriate efforts targeted to help these youth establish healthy practices to lower their risk of sexually transmitted infections are warranted. However, such interventions present unique challenges in recruiting and retaining research participants.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1719-a-new-approach-to-aiding-black-male-trauma"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/857,0,2995,2136/ignore_cropper/1/10960_AdobeStock_329044879.rev.1595525334.jpg" alt="black man depicting a depressive state" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/857,0,2995,2136/ignore_cropper/1/10960_AdobeStock_329044879.rev.1595525334.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/857,0,2995,2136/ignore_cropper/1/10960_AdobeStock_329044879.rev.1595525334.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2138" data-max-h="2136"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1719-a-new-approach-to-aiding-black-male-trauma">A New Approach to Aiding Black Male Trauma Survivors</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Penn Nursing and Drexel study evaluates pathways to psychological help-seeking behavior.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1721-moving-the-needle-on-faculty-diversity"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/478,34,896,452/ignore_cropper/1/10978_equity-and-inclusion-effective-practices_1000x500_alt.rev.1596643825.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="418" data-max-h="418"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1721-moving-the-needle-on-faculty-diversity">Moving the Needle on Faculty Diversity</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> In the wake of major social changes, public and private sector entities across the nation have taken steps to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion. Yet while college student bodies have become more racially and ethnically diverse, there is still a dearth of underrepresented minority (URM) faculty in higher education.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1744-antonia-m-villarruel-reappointed-dean-of-the-penn"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,560,380/ignore_cropper/1/11104_Dean_Villarruel_Headshot_2020_560x380.rev.1599658599.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/1744-antonia-m-villarruel-reappointed-dean-of-the-penn">Antonia M. Villarruel Reappointed Dean of the Penn School of Nursing</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The announcement was made today by Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Wendell Pritchett.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1473-therese-richmond-phd-crnp-faan-gr95"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,789,788/ignore_cropper/1/9756_Untitled_design_17.rev.1568829984.png" alt="Therese Richmond, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, GR'95" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,789,788/ignore_cropper/1/9756_Untitled_design_17.rev.1568829984.png 2x" data-max-w="789" data-max-h="788"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1473-therese-richmond-phd-crnp-faan-gr95">Therese Richmond, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, GR’95</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">“Around 1980, I worked in a 14-bed trauma ICU in Washington DC as a primary nurse leading a team of 7 nurses who provided care to our primary patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. One primary patient was a 19-year old man who had survived a serious motor vehicle crash. He had a brain injury and was slowly emerging from a coma and had complex wounds over his entire body. He was in isolation and my team and I spent hours each shift in his isolation room without a break to manage his wounds over several months.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1537-matthew-lee-nu14-gr20"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,500,500/ignore_cropper/1/10002_Copy_of_Untitled_38.rev.1574707596.png" alt="Matthew Lee, Nu'14, Gr’20" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="500" data-max-h="500"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1537-matthew-lee-nu14-gr20">Matthew Lee, Nu’14, Gr’20</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The moment when I realized virtual interaction could be more than simply fun and games happened around 15 years ago, during what some long-time players of</span> <i><span style="font-weight: 400;">World of Warcraft</span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;">might remember as the</span> <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corrupted_Blood_incident"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Corrupted Blood Incident</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">–where intrepid adventurers coming back from an excursion into an unexplored jungle with their animal companions ended up unleashing a lethal pandemic into the virtual world.”</span></p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1588-gift-to-barbara-bates-center-underscores-rich"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2532/ignore_cropper/1/10499_Mercy_Douglass_School_of_Nursing_Capping_and_Candlelighting_Ceremony_1959.rev.1582318350.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2532/ignore_cropper/1/10499_Mercy_Douglass_School_of_Nursing_Capping_and_Candlelighting_Ceremony_1959.rev.1582318350.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2532/ignore_cropper/1/10499_Mercy_Douglass_School_of_Nursing_Capping_and_Candlelighting_Ceremony_1959.rev.1582318350.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2532"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1588-gift-to-barbara-bates-center-underscores-rich">Gift to Barbara Bates Center Underscores Rich Chapter of Civil Rights and Nursing History</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">This month, an important chapter in black history is getting some well-deserved attention—as well as a generous donation. The archives of West Philadelphia’s Mercy Douglass Hospital School of Nursing have been housed for decades at Penn Nursing’s Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1718-penn-nursings-alison-buttenheim-phd-mba-appointed"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/1024,70,2502,1550/ignore_cropper/1/10328_Alison_Buttenheim_2016.rev.1581361077.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/1024,70,2502,1550/ignore_cropper/1/10328_Alison_Buttenheim_2016.rev.1581361077.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/1024,70,2502,1550/ignore_cropper/1/10328_Alison_Buttenheim_2016.rev.1581361077.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1478" data-max-h="1480"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1718-penn-nursings-alison-buttenheim-phd-mba-appointed">Penn Nursing’s Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA, Appointed to NAM COVID Vaccine Committee</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The goal of the <a href="https://www.nationalacademies.org/our-work/a-framework-for-equitable-allocation-of-vaccine-for-the-novel-coronavirus">ad hoc committee</a> on Equitable Allocation of Vaccine for the Novel Coronavirus is to develop an overarching framework for vaccine allocation to assist policymakers in the domestic and global health communities in planning for equitable allocation of vaccines against COVID-19.</p></div></article>

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