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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">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>
  • <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/1405-welcome-to-our-newest-members"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/275,0,1344,1068/ignore_cropper/1/9514_nursing2019sample21.rev.1560283693.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/275,0,1344,1068/ignore_cropper/1/9514_nursing2019sample21.rev.1560283693.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/275,0,1344,1068/ignore_cropper/1/9514_nursing2019sample21.rev.1560283693.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1600" data-max-h="1068"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1405-welcome-to-our-newest-members">Welcome to Our Newest Members</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> It’s a wrap! The mortar boards have been thrown and with that, we have welcomed another class among the ranks of the <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/alumni/">Penn Nursing Alumni</a>. On May 20, 2019, 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/1228-alison-buttenheim-phd-named-interim-director-of"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/466,4,1826,1365/ignore_cropper/1/8282_alison_buttenheim_2016.rev.1540303139.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/466,4,1826,1365/ignore_cropper/1/8282_alison_buttenheim_2016.rev.1540303139.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/466,4,1826,1365/ignore_cropper/1/8282_alison_buttenheim_2016.rev.1540303139.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1365"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1228-alison-buttenheim-phd-named-interim-director-of">Alison Buttenheim, PhD, Named Interim Director of CHIBE</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p><a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/live/profiles/37-alison-m-buttenheim">Buttenheim</a>, an Associate Professor in Penn Nursing’s <a href="http://www.nursing.upenn.edu/academics/fch/">Department of Family and Community Health</a>, will take charge of the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) effective in January 2019.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/980-penn-nursing-leads-special-issue-of-journal-of"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/72,0,452,380/ignore_cropper/1/6972_lipman_perez_560x380.rev.1513014044.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/980-penn-nursing-leads-special-issue-of-journal-of">Penn Nursing Leads Special Issue of Journal of Pediatric Nursing</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">The November-December 2017 issue of the <em><a href="http://www.pediatricnursing.org/issue/S0882-5963(17)X0006-7" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Journal of Pediatric Nursing</a></em>, out now, is a special edition focused on the social determinants of health, and features Penn Nursing faculty, students, and alumna.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/936-dissecting-my-passion"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,29,325,354/ignore_cropper/1/6764_alexis_kara.rev.1510172431.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="325" data-max-h="457"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/936-dissecting-my-passion">“Dissecting My Passion”</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Third year Penn Nursing student, Alexis Kalargheros, shares her experience of dissecting a cadaver for the first time in the <a href="http://www.nsna.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">National Student Nurses Association</a>’s official membership journal, <a href="http://www.nsna.org/imprint.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>The Imprint</em></a>.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/469-new-peace-corps-and-penn-nursing-partnership"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,249,249/ignore_cropper/1/3082_peace_corps_logo.rev.1474911338.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="350" data-max-h="250"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/469-new-peace-corps-and-penn-nursing-partnership">New Peace Corps and Penn Nursing Partnership</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">The Peace Corps and University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) announced the launch of a new <a href="https://www.peacecorps.gov/volunteer/university-programs/coverdell-fellows/" target="_blank">Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program</a> that will provide graduate school scholarships to returned Peace Corps volunteers.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1027-penn-nursing-ranked-1-nursing-school-in-the-world"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,500/ignore_cropper/1/3290_heed_top_story.rev.1476377995.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,500/ignore_cropper/1/3290_heed_top_story.rev.1476377995.png 2x" data-max-w="1000" data-max-h="500"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1027-penn-nursing-ranked-1-nursing-school-in-the-world">Penn Nursing Ranked #1 Nursing School in the World for the Third Year in a Row</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The <a href="http://www.nursing.upenn.edu/">University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing)</a> is again the number one nursing school in the world according to a recent ranking by <a href="https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/university-subject-rankings/2018/nursing">QS World University</a>. The rankings highlight the world’s top universities in 48 different subject areas (as of 2018) based on academic reputation, employer reputation, and research impact. This is the third consecutive year that Penn Nursing has taken the top spot.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1143-new-medicare-model-produces-expert-nurses-to"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/151,10,519,378/ignore_cropper/1/6784_aiken_2014_homepage_560x380.rev.1509117956.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/1143-new-medicare-model-produces-expert-nurses-to">New Medicare Model Produces Expert Nurses to Address Shortage of Primary Care</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> In an article published in the <em>New England Journal of Medicine</em>, University of Pennsylvania researchers call for modernizing the way Medicare pays for training nurses, and highlight a successful new model of cost-effectively training more advanced practice nurses to practice community-based primary care. </p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1232-meleis-honored-with-the-princess-srinagarindra"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,640,360/ignore_cropper/1/8346_another_meleis.rev.1540919725.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="640" data-max-h="360"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1232-meleis-honored-with-the-princess-srinagarindra">Meleis Honored with the Princess Srinagarindra Award from the Thailand Ministry of Public Health</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The award is presented to an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to the nursing and/or midwifery profession, advanced the nursing profession, and contributed to the health and wellbeing of people in Thailand and around the world.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1559-daron-g-ferris-md-to-receive-2020-penn-nursing"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/499,0,1769,1269/ignore_cropper/1/10075_df_photo_11_2019.rev.1579011908.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/499,0,1769,1269/ignore_cropper/1/10075_df_photo_11_2019.rev.1579011908.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/499,0,1769,1269/ignore_cropper/1/10075_df_photo_11_2019.rev.1579011908.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1269"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1559-daron-g-ferris-md-to-receive-2020-penn-nursing">Daron G. Ferris, MD, to Receive 2020 Penn Nursing Renfield Foundation Award for Global Women’s Health</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Ferris founded CerviCusco, a non-profit organization dedicated to cervical cancer prevention in Cusco, Peru</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1006-lake-named-editor-in-chief-of-research-in-nursing"><img src="/live/image/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/667,110,1511,955/ignore_cropper/1/1106_eileen_lake_2016.rev.1466611019.jpg" alt="Eileen T. Lake, PhD, MSN, MA, BSN, FAAN" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/667,110,1511,955/ignore_cropper/1/1106_eileen_lake_2016.rev.1466611019.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/667,110,1511,955/ignore_cropper/1/1106_eileen_lake_2016.rev.1466611019.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1365"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1006-lake-named-editor-in-chief-of-research-in-nursing">Lake Named Editor-in-Chief of Research in Nursing & Health</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p><a href="http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1098-240X"><em>Research in Nursing & Health</em></a> is a top-tier, peer-reviewed journal that publishes a wide range of research to inform the practice of nursing and other health disciplines.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1525-from-navy-nurse-to-vas-top-executive"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1120,760/ignore_cropper/1/9932_Copy_of_Untitled_33.rev.1573490870.png" alt="Karen Flaherty-Oxler, MSN, RN, GNu’85" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1120,760/ignore_cropper/1/9932_Copy_of_Untitled_33.rev.1573490870.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1120,760/ignore_cropper/1/9932_Copy_of_Untitled_33.rev.1573490870.png 3x" data-max-w="1120" data-max-h="760"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1525-from-navy-nurse-to-vas-top-executive">From Navy Nurse to VA’s Top Executive</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> After 38 years of active duty and reserve enlistments, Karen Flaherty-Oxler, MSN, RN, GNu’85 is now leading one of Philly’s largest medical centers—and bringing health care to 60,000 other veterans.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1570-for-the-third-consecutive-year-penn-nursing-is-1"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/581,0,1941,1360/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/581,0,1941,1360/ignore_cropper/1/3023_429_085.rev.1474305023.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/581,0,1941,1360/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/1570-for-the-third-consecutive-year-penn-nursing-is-1">For the Third Consecutive Year, Penn Nursing is # 1 in NIH Funding</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/">University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing)</a> retains its top spot for research funding for the 2019 fiscal year, among other schools of nursing, with $11.3 million in awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1373-first-place-for-medoff-coopers-neoneur"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/107,30,456,380/ignore_cropper/1/8827_Medoff-Cooper_560x380.rev.1554905829.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/1373-first-place-for-medoff-coopers-neoneur">First Place for Medoff-Cooper’s Neoneur</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Neoneur founders recently took the top prize in the The Association for Women in Science-Central Jersey Chapter’s (AWIS-CJC) <em>2019 Women in STEM Entrepreneurship Challenge</em>. </p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/874-engaging-islamic-religious-leaders-to-improve"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,560,380/ignore_cropper/1/3537_spatz_560x380.rev.1480360004.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/874-engaging-islamic-religious-leaders-to-improve">Engaging Islamic Religious Leaders to Improve African American Muslim Women’s Attitudes About Breastfeeding</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">While research has demonstrated the positive impact a woman’s social support network and faith community can have on influencing decisions to breastfeed, little is known regarding the influence of Islamic traditions on the breastfeeding beliefs and practices of African American Muslims.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1217-article-of-the-year-for-brawner"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/112,0,491,380/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/1217-article-of-the-year-for-brawner">Article of the Year for Brawner</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p><a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/live/profiles/97-bridgette-m-brawner">Bridgette Brawner, PhD, MDiv, APRN</a>, Associate Professor in <a href="http://www.nursing.upenn.edu/">Penn Nursing</a>’s <a href="http://www.nursing.upenn.edu/academics/fch/">Department of Family and Community Health</a>, has won the <em>2018 Richard L. Sowell Article of the Year Award</em> from the  Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (JANAC).</p></div></article>

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