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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">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">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/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/1738-helping-teens-with-type-1-diabetes-improve"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/665,44,2233,1614/ignore_cropper/1/8554_Terri_Lipman_2016.rev.1547822449.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/665,44,2233,1614/ignore_cropper/1/8554_Terri_Lipman_2016.rev.1547822449.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/665,44,2233,1614/ignore_cropper/1/8554_Terri_Lipman_2016.rev.1547822449.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1568" data-max-h="1570"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1738-helping-teens-with-type-1-diabetes-improve">Helping Teens with Type 1 Diabetes Improve Diabetes Control with MyDiaText</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Adolescence is a difficult period of development, made more complex for those with Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM). The challenges of managing multiple doses of daily insulin administration, blood glucose monitoring, dietary and exercise requirements, can make self-care difficult and complicate outcomes. Adolescents with T1DM often have poorer diabetes outcomes than others, indicating that glucose control is difficult for them to maintain.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1747-ensuring-an-ethical-path-to-a-warp-speed-vaccine"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2121,1414/ignore_cropper/1/11142_vaccine-injection.rev.1600789848.jpg" alt="The path to developing a vaccine for COVID-19 has been unprecedented in its speed. Penn experts h..." class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2121,1414/ignore_cropper/1/11142_vaccine-injection.rev.1600789848.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2121,1414/ignore_cropper/1/11142_vaccine-injection.rev.1600789848.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2121" data-max-h="1414"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1747-ensuring-an-ethical-path-to-a-warp-speed-vaccine">Ensuring an Ethical Path to a ‘Warp Speed’ Vaccine</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Penn scholars, including <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/">Penn Nursing</a>’s <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/live/profiles/37-alison-m-buttenheim">Alison Buttenheim, PhD</a>, consider the ethical implications of the development and allocation of a COVID-19 vaccine.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1638-shi-eun-lee-nu20"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1000/ignore_cropper/1/10710_1000500.rev.1587480903.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1000/ignore_cropper/1/10710_1000500.rev.1587480903.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1000/ignore_cropper/1/10710_1000500.rev.1587480903.png 3x" data-max-w="2000" data-max-h="1000"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1638-shi-eun-lee-nu20">Shi Eun Lee, Nu’20</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">“My sister and I flew out of DC with a layover in Doha, Qatar. Before our flight, we were required to fill out a health screening, a travel history form, and downloaded an app on our cell phones that would track our symptoms and activities before landing at Incheon airport.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1640-congratulations-to-the-2020-penn-nursing-faculty"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2662,2133/ignore_cropper/1/9216_gb_181024_5428.rev.1560187361.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2662,2133/ignore_cropper/1/9216_gb_181024_5428.rev.1560187361.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2662,2133/ignore_cropper/1/9216_gb_181024_5428.rev.1560187361.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2131" data-max-h="2133"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1640-congratulations-to-the-2020-penn-nursing-faculty">Congratulations to the 2020 Penn Nursing Faculty Award Recipients</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> All the honorees will be recognized during a virtual, end-of-the-year event that is being planned. Details on that to come.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1704-isabel-li-bsn-rn-nu19"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1500,750/ignore_cropper/1/10940_Copy_of_Copy_of_1000500-2.rev.1594214605.png" alt="Isabel Li, BSN, RN, Nu'19" 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/1/10940_Copy_of_Copy_of_1000500-2.rev.1594214605.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1500,750/ignore_cropper/1/10940_Copy_of_Copy_of_1000500-2.rev.1594214605.png 3x" data-max-w="1500" data-max-h="750"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1704-isabel-li-bsn-rn-nu19">Isabel Li, BSN, RN, Nu’19</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Six months after moving to Manhattan and beginning my career as an inpatient nurse, the city that I had just begun to call home became an epicenter for the COVID-19 pandemic. In under 48 hours, my acute surgical unit transformed into a full, 34-bed COVID ICU.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1627-chopr-prominently-featured-in-international"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/84,0,463,380/ignore_cropper/1/10671_Nurses_a_voice_to_lead_logo.rev.1586441149.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="379" data-max-h="380"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1627-chopr-prominently-featured-in-international">CHOPR Prominently Featured in International Council of Nurses Report</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Research from <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/">Penn Nursing</a>’s <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/chopr/">Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research</a> (CHOPR) is highlighted throughout the <a href="https://www.icn.ch/">International Council of Nurses</a> (ICN) recently released resource and evidence toolkit: <a href="https://2020.icnvoicetolead.com/"><em>Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Nursing the World to Health</em></a>. This important resource comes out as nurses are on the frontlines caring for critically ill patients  in the COVID-19 pandemic, and comes in advance of <a href="https://www.icn.ch/what-we-docampaigns/international-nurses-day">International Nurses Day</a> (IND) in the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, which will be celebrated on May 12, 2020.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1487-initiating-breastfeeding-in-vulnerable-infants"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/42,0,422,380/ignore_cropper/1/6741_breastfeeding_560x380_adobe_stock_2.rev.1508343078.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="380" data-max-h="380"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1487-initiating-breastfeeding-in-vulnerable-infants">Initiating Breastfeeding in Vulnerable Infants</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and child are well-recognized, including for late preterm infants (LPI). But because LPI do not have fully developed brains, they may experience difficulties latching and/or sustaining a latch on the breast to have milk transfer occur. This means that these infants are at high risk for formula supplementation and/or discontinuation of breastfeeding. Without human milk, these infants lose a critical component for protection and optimal development of their brains.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1589-pa-school-nurses-on-the-frontlines-of-the-opioid"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/561,86,1650,1176/ignore_cropper/1/7311_catherine_mcdonald_2016.rev.1522179169.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/561,86,1650,1176/ignore_cropper/1/7311_catherine_mcdonald_2016.rev.1522179169.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/561,86,1650,1176/ignore_cropper/1/7311_catherine_mcdonald_2016.rev.1522179169.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1089" data-max-h="1090"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1589-pa-school-nurses-on-the-frontlines-of-the-opioid">PA School Nurses on the Frontlines of the Opioid Epidemic</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> As opioid overdoses continue to grab headlines, more states are providing their communities with easier access to naloxone, which can prevent death by reversing opioid overdoses. But while naloxone may be available at township buildings, libraries, or other community locations, little is known about how schools maintain a supply and use naloxone to prepare for treating overdose.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1609-nurse-practitioner-clinical-settings-key-to"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,379,380/ignore_cropper/1/10634_nurse_practitioners.rev.1584629569.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="379" data-max-h="380"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1609-nurse-practitioner-clinical-settings-key-to">Nurse Practitioner Clinical Settings Key to Delivery of Patient-Centered Care</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> It’s long been understood that care that respects and integrates the wants, needs, and preferences of patients results in higher ratings of satisfaction and improved health outcomes. Yet, several barriers still often impede the delivery of patient-centered care. A new study from the <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/">University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing</a> (Penn Nursing) shows that organizational supports for nurse practitioners (NPs) can enhance their ability to deliver patient-centered care.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1549-student-nurses-at-penn-host-free-narcan-training"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/483,0,1847,1365/ignore_cropper/1/9978_SNAP_Narcan_Training-40.rev.1574701153.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/483,0,1847,1365/ignore_cropper/1/9978_SNAP_Narcan_Training-40.rev.1574701153.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/483,0,1847,1365/ignore_cropper/1/9978_SNAP_Narcan_Training-40.rev.1574701153.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1364" data-max-h="1365"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1549-student-nurses-at-penn-host-free-narcan-training">Student Nurses at Penn Host Free Narcan Training</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Student Nurses at Penn (SNAP) hosted a free Narcan training for nearly 100 members of the Penn community on Tuesday, November 19 in Fagin Hall.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1624-curbing-the-rising-toll-of-adults-with-complex"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/457,18,1260,821/ignore_cropper/1/8779_Mary_Naylor.rev.1553180064.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/457,18,1260,821/ignore_cropper/1/8779_Mary_Naylor.rev.1553180064.jpg 2x" data-max-w="803" data-max-h="803"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1624-curbing-the-rising-toll-of-adults-with-complex">Curbing the Rising Toll of Adults with Complex Care Needs</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Data show that the number of people with clinically complex health and social needs is growing. Programs designed to support these adults have fallen short and the healthcare system is becoming overtaxed by these “super-utilizers”.</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/1725-wide-variation-across-hospitals-in-nurse-staffing"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/33,0,413,380/ignore_cropper/1/11047_nurse_staffing_560x380.rev.1597696012.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="380" data-max-h="380"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1725-wide-variation-across-hospitals-in-nurse-staffing">Wide Variation Across Hospitals in Nurse Staffing Is Threat to Public’s Health</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">According to a new <a href="https://qualitysafety.bmj.com/content/early/2020/08/13/bmjqs-2020-011512">study</a> published today in <em>BMJ Quality & Safety, many</em> hospitals in New York and Illinois were understaffed right before the first surge of critically ill Covid-19 patients. The study, “Chronic Hospital Nurse Understaffing Meets Covid-19,” documented staffing ratios that varied from 3 to 10 patients for each nurse on general adult medical and surgical units. ICU nurse staffing was better but also varied significantly across hospitals.</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>

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