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.
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.
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>
- With the staggering unemployment numbers released each week due to the global pandemic, it was clear to the leadership at Penn Nursing that it could result in a catastrophic future nursing shortage.
- “I spent a summer as an extern in a hospital’s progressive care unit and had a patient who was a four-year-old girl on the autism spectrum. She also had a problem with her airway that made her nonverbal. I cared for her for three days straight and on the morning of the third day I came in to find her crying. We keep patients like her in “bubble-top” cribs to prevent them from climbing out and injuring themselves, so I came in and opened up the top. I was trying to figure out why she was crying. No signs of being in pain, and her diaper wasn’t wet. I offered her favorite toy but she kept crying. So the question became, what did she want?