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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/1360-penn-nursing-students-win-2019-presidents"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/576,160,1744,1328/ignore_cropper/1/8826_p-100648-master-v1-046x.rev.1554824399.jpg" alt="Penn Nursing seniors José Á. Maciel, Nu’19 (l), and Antonio E. Renteria, Nu’19 (r), are..." class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/576,160,1744,1328/ignore_cropper/1/8826_p-100648-master-v1-046x.rev.1554824399.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/576,160,1744,1328/ignore_cropper/1/8826_p-100648-master-v1-046x.rev.1554824399.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2000" data-max-h="1333"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1360-penn-nursing-students-win-2019-presidents">Penn Nursing Students Win 2019 President’s Engagement Prize</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Penn Nursing seniors José Á. Maciel, Nu’19, and Antonio E. Renteria, Nu’19, are among the nine winners of the 2019 President’s Engagement and Innovation Prizes. Awarded annually, these prizes provide $100,000 in funding for Penn seniors to design and undertake post-graduation projects that make a positive, lasting difference in the world.  </p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1461-dnp-moves-online"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,379,380/ignore_cropper/1/9694_dnp_online_560x380.rev.1566221780.jpg" alt="Doctor of Nursing Practice degree curriculum is online." 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/1461-dnp-moves-online">DNP Moves Online</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Penn Nursing announces its Post-Master’s DNP degree, previously a hybrid program, is now being offered as an online degree beginning with the Fall 2020 cohort.</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/880-penn-nursing-professor-co-authors-new-guidelines"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/446,0,946,500/ignore_cropper/1/6579_irving_topstory_1000x500.rev.1503945956.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/446,0,946,500/ignore_cropper/1/6579_irving_topstory_1000x500.rev.1503945956.png 2x" data-max-w="1000" data-max-h="500"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/880-penn-nursing-professor-co-authors-new-guidelines">Penn Nursing Professor Co-authors New Guidelines for Nutrition Therapy in Critically Ill Children</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The <a href="http://www.nutritioncare.org/">American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition</a> (A.S.P.E.N.) and the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) joined forces to develop new guidelines for the provision of optimal nutritional support therapy for critically ill children ages one month to 18 years of age.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/838-welcome-to-our-newest-alumni"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/208,0,708,500/ignore_cropper/1/5068_commencement_topstory_1000x500.rev.1495561544.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/208,0,708,500/ignore_cropper/1/5068_commencement_topstory_1000x500.rev.1495561544.png 2x" data-max-w="1000" data-max-h="500"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/838-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 15, 2017, 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/1447-improving-outcomes-for-sepsis-patients"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/812,64,2496,1748/ignore_cropper/1/9661_Kathryn_Bowles_2016.rev.1564682514.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/812,64,2496,1748/ignore_cropper/1/9661_Kathryn_Bowles_2016.rev.1564682514.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/812,64,2496,1748/ignore_cropper/1/9661_Kathryn_Bowles_2016.rev.1564682514.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1447-improving-outcomes-for-sepsis-patients">Improving Outcomes for Sepsis Patients</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> More than 1 million sepsis survivors are discharged annually from acute care hospitals in the United States. Although the majority of these patients receive post-acute care (PAC) services, with over a third coming to home health care (HHC), sepsis survivors account for a majority of readmissions nationwide. Effective interventions are needed to decrease these poor outcomes.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1342-penn-nursing-study-links-nurse-work-environments"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/88,0,468,380/ignore_cropper/1/7098_lake_alt_close_up_560x380.rev.1517512856.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/1342-penn-nursing-study-links-nurse-work-environments">Penn Nursing Study Links Nurse Work Environments and Outcomes</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Nurses play critical roles in patient safety and are often the last line of defense against medical errors and unsafe practices. Considerable research has explored the relationship between the nurse work environment and a variety of patient and nurse quality and safety outcomes. But until now, no synthesis of this body of research has been made to clearly articulate the association between nurse work environments and health care quality, safety and patient and clinician well-being.</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" 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/872-penn-nursing-medicine-study-standardized-policies"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/95,11,463,380/ignore_cropper/1/6055_sara_jacoby_560x380.rev.1500318608.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/872-penn-nursing-medicine-study-standardized-policies">Penn Nursing, Medicine Study: Standardized Policies Needed for How and When Police Interact with Trauma Patients</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Injured people often interact with police and other law enforcement agents before and during their injury care, particularly when their injuries are due to violence or major motor vehicle crashes. Yet, there are no professional guidelines in trauma medicine or nursing that standardize when and how police interact with injured patients.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/955-connecting-homeless-populations-with-health-care"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/303,0,1789,1486/ignore_cropper/1/4415_33568421786_45f3f04237_o.rev.1490714779.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/303,0,1789,1486/ignore_cropper/1/4415_33568421786_45f3f04237_o.rev.1490714779.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/303,0,1789,1486/ignore_cropper/1/4415_33568421786_45f3f04237_o.rev.1490714779.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1486"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/955-connecting-homeless-populations-with-health-care">Connecting Homeless Populations With Health Care</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Penn Nursing graduates Marcus Henderson and Ian McCurry, 2017 President’s Engagement Prize winners, have committed themselves to changing health outcomes for the homeless.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/985-ritter-earns-spot-in-the-national-clinician"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/80,0,460,380/ignore_cropper/1/6985_ashley_ritter_560x380.rev.1513269770.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/985-ritter-earns-spot-in-the-national-clinician">Ritter Earns Spot in The National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP)</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p><a href="http://www.med.upenn.edu/nationalcsp/about.html">NCSP</a> aims to offer unparalleled training for clinicians as change agents driving policy-relevant research and partnerships to improve health and healthcare.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1140-national-study-patients-and-family-caregivers"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/286,0,1925,1638/ignore_cropper/1/7711_2014-hirschman-pid1213h.rev.1528726478.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/286,0,1925,1638/ignore_cropper/1/7711_2014-hirschman-pid1213h.rev.1528726478.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/286,0,1925,1638/ignore_cropper/1/7711_2014-hirschman-pid1213h.rev.1528726478.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1638"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1140-national-study-patients-and-family-caregivers">National Study: Patients and Family Caregivers Desire Clear Accountability, Care Continuity, and Caring Attitudes in Care Transitions</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Despite the intensity of efforts launched in the past decade to understand how to reduce unnecessary healthcare utilization, reduce hospital readmissions and improve patient experience, patients and their family members still experience suboptimal transitions from hospital to home (i.e., care transitions). Importantly, little is known about what patients and their family caregivers actually experience and desire from this process.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/718-repurposing-existing-drugs-for-new-indications"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/140,0,519,380/ignore_cropper/1/3274_heath_schmidt_web.rev.1484066711.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/718-repurposing-existing-drugs-for-new-indications">Repurposing Existing Drugs for New Indications</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Penn Nursing’s Heath Schmidt, a <span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">neuropharmacologist and director of the</span> <span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Laboratory of</span> <span lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Neuropsychopharmacology, is part of a team of Penn researchers helping to lead the way in understanding how existing drugs can be repurposed to treat new and different issues.</span></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/891-george-demiris-appointed-penn-integrates-knowledge"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/290,0,890,599/ignore_cropper/1/6618_gdemiris_original.rev.1505236114.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/290,0,890,599/ignore_cropper/1/6618_gdemiris_original.rev.1505236114.jpg 2x" data-max-w="1200" data-max-h="599"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/891-george-demiris-appointed-penn-integrates-knowledge">George Demiris Appointed Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Demiris, a leader in new technologies for e-health and home-based health care, will hold joint faculty appointments in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences of the <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/">School of Nursing</a> and the Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics of Penn’s <a href="http://www.med.upenn.edu/">Perelman School of Medicine</a>. </p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/730-new-penn-nursing-study-investigates-link-between"><img src="/live/image/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/370,0,870,500/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/370,0,870,500/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/730-new-penn-nursing-study-investigates-link-between">New Penn Nursing Study Investigates Link Between Growth of Retail-Based Clinics and Nurse Practitioner Scope-of-Practice Reform</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Just as primary care provider shortages are becoming acute, retail-based clinics in pharmacies and grocery stores are set to fill the gap in accessible patient care. Yet in some states, access to this convenient care is constrained due to restrictive scope-of-practice laws.</p></div></article>

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