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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">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/823-penn-nursing-announces-new-endowed-term-chair"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/119,0,499,380/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/823-penn-nursing-announces-new-endowed-term-chair">Penn Nursing Announces New Endowed Term Chair Appointment</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p><a href="http://www.nursing.upenn.edu/live/profiles/34-mary-ersek">Mary Ersek, PhD, RN FPCN</a>, Professor of Palliative Care in the <a href="http://www.nursing.upenn.edu/academics/bhs/">Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences</a>, has been appointed the new Killebrew-Censits Chair in Undergraduate Education effective July 1, 2017.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/479-the-future-practitioner-with-an-eye-on"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/532,0,1323,790/ignore_cropper/1/1280_deborah_gross_dsc_4250.rev.1467134407.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/532,0,1323,790/ignore_cropper/1/1280_deborah_gross_dsc_4250.rev.1467134407.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/532,0,1323,790/ignore_cropper/1/1280_deborah_gross_dsc_4250.rev.1467134407.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1360"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/479-the-future-practitioner-with-an-eye-on">The Future Practitioner with an Eye on Policymaking</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">The running joke among Deborah Gross’, Nu’17, W’17 relatives is that healthcare is the “family business.” From her great-grandmother, who worked as an X-ray technician and eventually ran her family’s hospital in Chicago, down to her parents who both work in the field, it seemed a natural choice for Gross.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/520-leading-journals-publishes-two-new-penn-studies"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/5,7,267,269/ignore_cropper/1/1285_terri_lipman.rev.1467139772.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="267" data-max-h="376"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/520-leading-journals-publishes-two-new-penn-studies">Leading Journals Publishes Two New Penn Studies</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><strong>Terri H Lipman, PhD, CRNP, FAAN,</strong> the Miriam Stirl Endowed Term Professor of Nutrition, Professor of Nursing of Children and Assistant Dean for Community Engagement, recently had two studies published in Journal of Clinical Pediatrics and Journal of Health Communication. One study involved incorporating the use of Electronic Health Record (EMR) in the clinical assessment of child growth. The other investigated how parent health literacy affected communication between parents and diabetes educators in a clinic.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/471-improving-patient-outcomes-in-chile"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,507,338/ignore_cropper/1/388_flag_chile.rev.1466015444.jpg" alt="Flag of Chile" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="507" data-max-h="338"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/471-improving-patient-outcomes-in-chile">Improving Patient Outcomes in Chile</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">For decades, Penn Nursing has been at the forefront of research evaluating the effects of adequate nurse staffing on improving patient outcomes around the world. Now, with the support of a Penn Global Engagement Fund Award, Penn Nursing faculty will have the opportunity to look specifically at the nursing workforce in Chile.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/732-a-students-thoughts-on-complexities-of-nurse"><img src="/live/image/gid/43/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,544,456/ignore_cropper/1/4083_davidkubicki.rev.1485612307.png" alt="David Kubicki presents lecture on ultrasound guided anesthesia." class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="544" data-max-h="456"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/732-a-students-thoughts-on-complexities-of-nurse">A Student’s Thoughts on Complexities of Nurse Anesthesia Program</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">David Kubicki has no regrets in having chosen Penn Nursing to advance his nurse anesthesia career.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/781-penn-nursing-is-leading-to-a-healthier-future"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1367/ignore_cropper/1/4396_dsc_7963.rev.1490625046.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1367/ignore_cropper/1/4396_dsc_7963.rev.1490625046.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1367/ignore_cropper/1/4396_dsc_7963.rev.1490625046.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1367"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/781-penn-nursing-is-leading-to-a-healthier-future">Penn Nursing is Leading to a Healthier Future</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">On March 21st, Dean Villarruel traveled to Washington D.C. to share the School’s vision with local Penn alumni and friends.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/480-penn-nursing-takes-pledge-on-opioid-education"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/13,2,125,115/ignore_cropper/1/728_cdc.rev.1466446670.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="192" data-max-h="115"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/480-penn-nursing-takes-pledge-on-opioid-education">Penn Nursing Takes Pledge on Opioid Education</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Penn Nursing faculty and students are advancing science, delivering solutions and transforming policy and practice.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/774-special-plenary-session-at-65th-annual-national"><img src="/live/image/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/85,0,464,380/ignore_cropper/1/4315_homepage_560x380_alt.rev.1489416801.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/774-special-plenary-session-at-65th-annual-national">Special Plenary Session at 65th Annual National Student Nurses’ Association Convention</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p><a href="http://www.nursing.upenn.edu/live/profiles/35-julie-a-fairman">Julie Fairman, PhD, RN, FAAN</a>, the Nightingale Professor in Honor of Nursing Veterans and Chair of the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences, will lead a special plenary session – Embracing the Past, Envisioning the Future – during the <a href="http://nsnaconvention.weebly.com/">65th Annual National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) Convention</a> to be held on Friday, April 7, 2017 from 9 until 10:30 AM.</p></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/431-medoff-cooper-selected-for-induction-to-the"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,384,480/ignore_cropper/1/241_medoff-cooper-384.rev.1461085246.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="384" data-max-h="480"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/431-medoff-cooper-selected-for-induction-to-the">Medoff-Cooper Selected for Induction to the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">“The selection by my peers for this prestigious honor is especially gratifying since STTI’s mission is to advance world health and celebrate nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service.”</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/454-ms-hartman-goes-to-washington"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/213,0,1245,1033/ignore_cropper/1/334_erin_hartman.rev.1464970705.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/213,0,1245,1033/ignore_cropper/1/334_erin_hartman.rev.1464970705.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/213,0,1245,1033/ignore_cropper/1/334_erin_hartman.rev.1464970705.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1484" data-max-h="1547"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/454-ms-hartman-goes-to-washington">Ms. Hartman Goes to Washington</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Junior Erin Hartman has secured a competitive summer internship with the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions within their Health Policy Division.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/753-george-yang-wins-ldi-undergrad-health-services"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/87,0,467,380/ignore_cropper/1/4144_george_yang_560x380.rev.1487166570.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/753-george-yang-wins-ldi-undergrad-health-services">George Yang Wins LDI Undergrad Health Services Research Prize</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">George Z. Yang, a freshman in the <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/nhcm/">dual degree Nursing and Health Care Management program</a> at the University of Pennsylvania, has won the <a href="http://ldi.upenn.edu/" target="_blank">Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI)</a> 2017 Undergraduate Health Services Research Prize.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/666-penn-nursing-leads-the-way-with-improved-care"><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/666-penn-nursing-leads-the-way-with-improved-care">Penn Nursing Leads the Way with Improved Care Model for Veterans</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Work by Penn Nursing’s Mary Ersek, Joan Carpenter, and Stephanie Oram aimed at improving care for veterans through a holistic and integrated approach will be put into action in VA Community Living Centers across the country.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1177-penn-extends-its-global-reach-to-improve-health"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/300,0,620,320/ignore_cropper/1/8010_untitled-1.rev.1536327834.jpg" alt="Artist rendering of VinUni Campus." class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="940" data-max-h="320"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1177-penn-extends-its-global-reach-to-improve-health">Penn Extends its Global Reach to Improve Health Care Education and Quality of Care in Southeast Asia</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Penn Medicine, Penn Nursing, and Vingroup establish a formal alliance to advance medical education and clinical care in Vietnam</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1234-new-bioethics-book-first-to-address-moral-distress"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/91,0,471,380/ignore_cropper/1/7117_ulrich_560x380.rev.1518712552.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/1234-new-bioethics-book-first-to-address-moral-distress">New Bioethics Book First to Address Moral Distress in Healthcare</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">A new book, <em>Moral Distress in the Health Professions</em>, by co-editors <a href="/live/profiles/58-connie-m-ulrich">Connie Ulrich</a>, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Lillian S. Brunner Chair in Medical and Surgical Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing), and Christine Grady, PhD, RN, FAAN, Chief of the Department of Bioethics Research at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, is the first on the market or within academia dedicated solely to moral distress among health professionals.</div></article>

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