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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">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>

  • <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="560" data-max-h="380"/></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/477-the-international-intern-reflecting-on-her-roots"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/1,0,246,244/ignore_cropper/1/723_upfront_student_3.rev.1466437937.png" alt="For Karla Fausto, NU'16, nursing offers her the ideal mix of science and the human element " class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="248" data-max-h="295"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/477-the-international-intern-reflecting-on-her-roots">The International Intern Reflecting on Her Roots</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><strong>Karla Fausto</strong>, Nu ’16 first came to Penn from Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico to study chemical engineering, with a concentration in pharmaceutics and biotechnology</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1308-burke-named-editor-in-chief-of-journal-for-nurses"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/88,0,468,380/ignore_cropper/1/8631_Untitled-1.rev.1549556938.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/1308-burke-named-editor-in-chief-of-journal-for-nurses">Burke Named Editor-in-Chief of Journal for Nurses in Professional Development</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p><em><a href="https://journals.lww.com/jnsdonline/pages/default.aspx">Journal for Nurses in Professional Development</a></em> is a specialized source of information for professional staff development and patient educators in all healthcare settings and publishes six issues a year.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/999-penn-nursing-receives-prestigious-future-of"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/618,0,1978,1360/ignore_cropper/1/3023_429_085.rev.1474305023.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/618,0,1978,1360/ignore_cropper/1/3023_429_085.rev.1474305023.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/618,0,1978,1360/ignore_cropper/1/3023_429_085.rev.1474305023.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1360"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/999-penn-nursing-receives-prestigious-future-of">Penn Nursing Receives Prestigious Future of Nursing Scholars Grant</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announces the fifth and final cohort for innovative program, and Penn Nursing is one of only 31 schools of nursing selected to receive a grant to increase the number of nurses holding PhDs.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1250-baah-receives-ninr-f31-funding"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/94,0,473,380/ignore_cropper/1/8487_Baah_homepage_560x380.rev.1544018432.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/1250-baah-receives-ninr-f31-funding">Baah Receives NINR F31 Funding</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Congratulations to doctoral student <strong>Foster Osei Baah, MS, BSN, RN</strong> for his recent National Institute of Nursing Research F31 award for his proposal <em>“A mixed methods study to understand the relationship between social determinants of health and self-care in community dwelling patients with heart failure.”</em></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/460-dean-villarruel-grant-pa-nurse-practitioners-full"><img src="/live/image/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3010,2329/ignore_cropper/1/2894_dean_jan2016_landscape.rev.1472651648.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3010,2329/ignore_cropper/1/2894_dean_jan2016_landscape.rev.1472651648.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3010,2329/ignore_cropper/1/2894_dean_jan2016_landscape.rev.1472651648.png 3x" data-max-w="3010" data-max-h="2329"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/460-dean-villarruel-grant-pa-nurse-practitioners-full">Dean Villarruel: Grant PA nurse practitioners full authority</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">In this Op-ed, Dean Antonia Villarruel and nursing Deans from Penn State and the University of Pittsburgh advocate for policy change to improve health by granting nurse practitioners full practice authority.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/621-ulrich-edits-hastings-center-special-report-on"><img src="/live/image/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/4,0,297,292/ignore_cropper/1/287_2014-ulrich-pid1124a_300.rev.1464197710.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="300" data-max-h="375"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/621-ulrich-edits-hastings-center-special-report-on">Ulrich Edits Hastings Center Special Report on Nursing</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">A special report from The Hastings Center – focusing specifically on nursing – is now available. It was edited by Penn Nursing’s Connie Ulrich, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor of Nursing. The report titled <a href="http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/hast.2016.46.issue-S1/issuetoc"><em>Nurses at the Table: Nursing, Ethics, and Health Policy</em></a> includes a series of essays on nursing, ethics and health policy. This is first time Hastings has produced a special report that focuses solely on nursing.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1432-improving-care-quality-for-hospitalized-socially"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/124,0,504,380/ignore_cropper/1/3386_margo-brooks0carthon-560x380.rev.1478203970.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/1432-improving-care-quality-for-hospitalized-socially">Improving Care Quality for Hospitalized Socially At-Risk Patients</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Nurses play a pivotal role in caring for hospitalized patients with social risk factors and preparing them for discharge. Now, a new <a href="https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jocn.14944">study</a> from the <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/">University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing</a> (Penn Nursing) illustrates how certain health system constraints present barriers to effective care and impact outcomes for patients with high social risks.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/434-brawner-study-on-biological-factors-that-may"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,600,600/ignore_cropper/1/244_12079585_1051911661540309_8067173998142355458_n.rev.1461090547.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="600" data-max-h="600"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/434-brawner-study-on-biological-factors-that-may">Brawner Study on Biological Factors That May Increase Women’s HIV Risk Highlighted as ‘Editor’s Pick’</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">A new study by Bridgette M. Brawner explores unique biological risks for HIV among heterosexual women.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1102-student-run-penn-dance-marathon-raises-money-for"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,960,640/ignore_cropper/1/7500_img_1972.rev.1525277568.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,960,640/ignore_cropper/1/7500_img_1972.rev.1525277568.jpg 2x" data-max-w="960" data-max-h="640"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1102-student-run-penn-dance-marathon-raises-money-for">Student-run Penn Dance Marathon Raises Money for CHOP Homeless Initiative</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">On March 24th, the student-run Penn Dance Marathon went above and beyond their fundraising goal and raised $11,252.40 at their annual 48-hour Dance Marathon event.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1176-penn-nursing-study-highlights-rapid-weight-gain"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/241,0,1605,1365/ignore_cropper/1/1126_tanja_kral_2016.rev.1466624047.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/241,0,1605,1365/ignore_cropper/1/1126_tanja_kral_2016.rev.1466624047.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/241,0,1605,1365/ignore_cropper/1/1126_tanja_kral_2016.rev.1466624047.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1365"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1176-penn-nursing-study-highlights-rapid-weight-gain">Penn Nursing Study Highlights Rapid Weight Gain During Infancy as Possible Risk Factor for Later Obesity in Children with Autism</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Childhood obesity is a serious public health concern that can have a profound impact on children’s health and well-being. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are more likely to have obesity compared to their peers with typical development, data show.  Until recently, little has been known about why children with ASD are at increased risk for developing obesity.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/813-penn-nursing-medicine-collaborate-to-improve"><img src="/live/image/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,560,380/ignore_cropper/1/3803_polomano_web_560x380.rev.1481564494.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/813-penn-nursing-medicine-collaborate-to-improve">Penn Nursing, Medicine Collaborate to Improve Post-surgical Pain Management in China</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Between 60 and 70 percent of patients who undergo a thoracotomy, or a surgical incision into the chest wall, experience some sort of long-term, post-surgical pain. So that patient population was a natural fit for a study focused on pain management, led by the <a href="http://www.upenn.edu/">University of Pennsylvania</a> and taking place at Peking Union Medical College Hospital and Peking University People’s Hospital in China.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/927-penn-nursing-dean-receives-leadership-award"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/116,0,348,232/ignore_cropper/1/6713_al_dia_award_for_dean.rev.1507823367.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/927-penn-nursing-dean-receives-leadership-award">Penn Nursing Dean Receives Leadership Award</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> As part of its commemoration of Hispanic Heritage Month, <a href="http://aldianews.com/">Al Dia News Media</a> is recognizing four Philadelphia leaders – including <a href="http://nursing.livewhale.net/live/profiles/67-antonia-m-villarruel">Penn Nursing Dean Antonia Villarruel</a> – for their contributions to the local Hispanic community in health, education, business and civic works.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1119-penn-nursing-alumni-weekend-2018-may-11-12-2018"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1365/ignore_cropper/1/7631_20180512-_v9a6953_p.rev.1526912491.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/1/7631_20180512-_v9a6953_p.rev.1526912491.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1365/ignore_cropper/1/7631_20180512-_v9a6953_p.rev.1526912491.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1365"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1119-penn-nursing-alumni-weekend-2018-may-11-12-2018">Penn Nursing Alumni Weekend 2018 – May 11-12, 2018</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Alumni from across the country came back to campus to reconnect with classmates, celebrate with awardees, and to see the many ways that Penn Nursing has changed – and remains the same</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/934-study-of-breastfeeding-difficulties-due-to-obesity"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/43,0,423,380/ignore_cropper/1/6741_breastfeeding_560x380_adobe_stock_2.rev.1508343078.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/934-study-of-breastfeeding-difficulties-due-to-obesity">Study of Breastfeeding Difficulties Due to Obesity Informs Need for Targeted Interventions for Better Breastfeeding Outcomes</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Typically, within 50 to 72 hours of giving birth, a woman will begin to secrete copious milk in a process called lactogenesis II. Infants of mothers who want to breastfeed but who have delayed lactogenesis II experience excessive weight loss and therefore are at high risk for formula supplementation.</p></div></article>

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