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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">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/845-eliminating-routine-inpatient-pain-assessment-wont"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,560,380/ignore_cropper/1/3311_curley-edit.rev.1476716988.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/845-eliminating-routine-inpatient-pain-assessment-wont">Eliminating Routine Inpatient Pain Assessment Won’t Solve the Opioid Abuse Crisis</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The problem of prescription drug abuse and overdose — particularly opioid abuse — is at crisis level in the US and an examination of clinical practices to mitigate this crisis is necessary. </p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1179-presidents-engagement-prize-recipient-helps"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/304,0,804,500/ignore_cropper/1/7343_alaina_hall_1000x500.rev.1522777684.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/304,0,804,500/ignore_cropper/1/7343_alaina_hall_1000x500.rev.1522777684.jpg 2x" data-max-w="1000" data-max-h="500"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1179-presidents-engagement-prize-recipient-helps">President’s Engagement Prize Recipient Helps Children in Mexican Orphanage Fight Infectious Disease</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Alaina Hall’s nonprofit project is a nurse-led multi-interventional health-promotion effort that aims to address the global health problem of infectious disease in children. Working in partnership with the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos orphanage in Miacatlán, Mexico, Hall will work to improve health education for children and their caregivers, strengthen infection screening and identification processes, and reduce exposure to infection-causing pathogens by providing filtered water and repairing damage to local sewage structures.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/940-medicare-graduate-nurse-education-demonstration"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/688,0,2048,1359/ignore_cropper/1/6765_penn_nursing_emily-22_use_lauriebeckphotography.rev.1508854354.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/688,0,2048,1359/ignore_cropper/1/6765_penn_nursing_emily-22_use_lauriebeckphotography.rev.1508854354.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/688,0,2048,1359/ignore_cropper/1/6765_penn_nursing_emily-22_use_lauriebeckphotography.rev.1508854354.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1359"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/940-medicare-graduate-nurse-education-demonstration">Medicare Graduate Nurse Education Demonstration Increases Primary Care Workforce</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The Report to Congress on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Graduate Nurse Education Demonstration has just been released documenting health care workforce gains addressing the nation’s shortage of primary care. The $200 million initiative is the first to test whether Medicare funding of graduate clinical education of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) would help meet national health care workforce needs similar to residency training for physicians.  The answer is <strong><em>yes.</em></strong> Access the full report <a href="https://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/gne/">here</a>.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/467-innovation-in-a-war-torn-land"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/213,0,812,599/ignore_cropper/1/375_global_health_story_1.rev.1466001475.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/213,0,812,599/ignore_cropper/1/375_global_health_story_1.rev.1466001475.png 2x" data-max-w="996" data-max-h="673"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/467-innovation-in-a-war-torn-land">Innovation In a War-Torn Land</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><strong></strong><strong>Capt. Demere Kasper, </strong>a 2010 graduate of the second-degree BSN program, has been serving as a military intelligence officer in the U.S. Army since 2004. This role has taken her to Iraq, Qatar, and currently to Afghanistan, where she is teaching local people the basics of healthcare.</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/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/1281-reflections-from-apna-scholarship-recipient"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,406,406/ignore_cropper/1/8512_fullsizeoutput_411.rev.1546453778.jpg" alt="Lisa Kehr, Penn Nursing Alum" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="406" data-max-h="406"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1281-reflections-from-apna-scholarship-recipient">Reflections from APNA Scholarship Recipient</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) Board of Directors (BOD) Student Scholarship recipient and recent Penn Nursing graduate Lisa Kehr discusses her experience at the 2018 APNA Conference in Columbus, Ohio.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/933-improving-naloxone-access-in-philadelphia-inap"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/43,64,605,625/ignore_cropper/1/6736_img_9813.rev.1508259174.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="640" data-max-h="640"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/933-improving-naloxone-access-in-philadelphia-inap">Improving Naloxone Access in Philadelphia (INAP)</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Penn Nursing PhD students <a href="/live/profiles/85-nicholas-giordano">Nicholas Giordano</a> and <a href="/live/profiles/72-sydney-axson">Sydney Axson</a> have committed to provide professional-led naloxone administration training among at-risk Philadelphia communities to decrease opioid overdoses and casualties.</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/775-penn-nursing-ranked-1-nursing-school-in-the-world"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/432,0,932,500/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/432,0,932,500/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/775-penn-nursing-ranked-1-nursing-school-in-the-world">Penn Nursing Ranked #1 Nursing School in the World</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p style="margin: 0in 0in 8pt;"><span style="line-height: 107%; font-size: 12pt;">For the second year in a row, the</span> <a href="http://www.nursing.upenn.edu/"><span style="line-height: 107%; font-size: 12pt;">University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing</span></a> <span style="line-height: 107%; font-size: 12pt;">is ranked the number one nursing school in the world according to a recent survey by QS World University. The rankings highlight the world’s top universities in 42 different subject areas based on academic reputation, employer reputation, and research impact.</span></p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1334-making-headway-against-a-killer-virus"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/632,456,1508,1333/ignore_cropper/1/8767_P-100605-Master-V1-005X.rev.1552499406.jpg" alt="A nurse and bioethicist, Connie Ulrich has written of the “moral distress” faced by healt..." class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/632,456,1508,1333/ignore_cropper/1/8767_P-100605-Master-V1-005X.rev.1552499406.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/632,456,1508,1333/ignore_cropper/1/8767_P-100605-Master-V1-005X.rev.1552499406.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2000" data-max-h="1333"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1334-making-headway-against-a-killer-virus">Making Headway Against a Killer Virus</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Around Penn, clinicians and researchers are focused on Ebola, working to ensure this disease—fearsomely lethal—can be vanquished. Penn Nursing’s Connie Ulrich – a nurse and bioethicist – has written of the “moral distress” faced by health care providers who worked in the 2014 Ebola outbreak.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1237-staging-the-plague"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/220,0,1552,1333/ignore_cropper/1/8351_penndemic.rev.1541010621.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/220,0,1552,1333/ignore_cropper/1/8351_penndemic.rev.1541010621.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/220,0,1552,1333/ignore_cropper/1/8351_penndemic.rev.1541010621.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2000" data-max-h="1333"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1237-staging-the-plague">Staging the Plague</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Students training in a variety of health professions worked in interdisciplinary teams to come up with comprehensive solutions to protect public health through a simulated outbreak scenario, held in Fagin Hall and dubbed <a href="http://www.vet.upenn.edu/about/penn-vet-events-calendar/penndemic-2018">PennDemic</a>.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1296-terri-lipman-phd-appointed-ldi-senior-fellow"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/646,6,2220,1582/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/646,6,2220,1582/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/646,6,2220,1582/ignore_cropper/1/8554_Terri_Lipman_2016.rev.1547822449.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1296-terri-lipman-phd-appointed-ldi-senior-fellow">Terri Lipman, PhD, Appointed LDI Senior Fellow</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The appointment to <a href="https://ldi.upenn.edu/">Penn’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics</a> highlights Dr. Lipman’s major areas of research including the epidemiology of diabetes and assessment of growth in children. She developed and maintains the Philadelphia Pediatric Diabetes Registry, the longest ongoing such registry in the country.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/455-compher-to-lead-american-society-of-parenteral-and"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/421,184,1601,1365/ignore_cropper/1/336_charlene_compher_2016.rev.1464977036.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/421,184,1601,1365/ignore_cropper/1/336_charlene_compher_2016.rev.1464977036.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/421,184,1601,1365/ignore_cropper/1/336_charlene_compher_2016.rev.1464977036.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1365"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/455-compher-to-lead-american-society-of-parenteral-and">Compher to Lead American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Charlene Compher, PhD, RD, LDN, FASPEN, Professor of Nutrition Science, is President-elect of the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) Her official term as President begins June 1, 2016 and lasts one year.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/809-penn-nursing-discussion-panel-brings-experts-from"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1936,1936/ignore_cropper/1/4551_collagemww2017.rev.1491420913.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1936,1936/ignore_cropper/1/4551_collagemww2017.rev.1491420913.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1936,1936/ignore_cropper/1/4551_collagemww2017.rev.1491420913.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1936" data-max-h="1936"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/809-penn-nursing-discussion-panel-brings-experts-from">Penn Nursing Discussion panel brings experts from across the University to promote mental wellness.</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> MYTH: Learning difficulties and mental health problems are the same.</p><p> FACT: Mental health problems are about thoughts and feelings, rather than the different ways someone learns.</p></div></article>

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