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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">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>

  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1687-calling-for-nursing-support-amid-covid-19-pandemic"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,334,291/ignore_cropper/1/10882_8964_HC_Nursing-led_Innovation_studyx350.rev.1592229948.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="334" data-max-h="291"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1687-calling-for-nursing-support-amid-covid-19-pandemic">Calling for Nursing Support Amid COVID-19 Pandemic</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> There are close to 28 million nurses around the world who comprise a global workforce that delivers about 90 percent of primary healthcare, including frontline response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ensuring their optimal contribution and continued well-being amid the myriad consequences of COVID-19 will increase the potential for measurable and improved health outcomes.</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/1663-ruth-tsung-lin-lee-nu20"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1500,750/ignore_cropper/1/10795_1000500_3.rev.1588694963.png" alt="Ruth Tsung-Lin Lee, Nu'20" 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/1/10795_1000500_3.rev.1588694963.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1500,750/ignore_cropper/1/10795_1000500_3.rev.1588694963.png 3x" data-max-w="1500" data-max-h="750"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1663-ruth-tsung-lin-lee-nu20">Ruth Tsung-Lin Lee, Nu’20</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">It’s what I wanted when I was at Penn: free time alone and away from the implicit pressures of college. The novel coronavirus granted this wish, a little too well. A month after my senior year spring break, I’m still suspended in break. But I’m just now at my brother’s apartment in the Miami suburbs on an extended sleepover.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1646-health-care-education-in-a-virtual-world"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2668,2136/ignore_cropper/1/10678_AdobeStock_282182281.rev.1586965784.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2668,2136/ignore_cropper/1/10678_AdobeStock_282182281.rev.1586965784.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2668,2136/ignore_cropper/1/10678_AdobeStock_282182281.rev.1586965784.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2137" data-max-h="2136"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1646-health-care-education-in-a-virtual-world">Health Care Education in a Virtual World</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> For future health care providers, moving education online has proved especially challenging. With ingenuity and creativity, faculty are helping them continue gaining the skills they’ll need.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1461-dnp-moves-online"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,379,380/ignore_cropper/1/9694_dnp_online_560x380.rev.1566221780.jpg" alt="Doctor of Nursing Practice degree curriculum is online." 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/1461-dnp-moves-online">DNP Moves Online</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Penn Nursing announces its Post-Master’s DNP degree, previously a hybrid program, is now being offered as an online degree beginning with the Fall 2020 cohort.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1644-miyamoto-to-be-2020-penn-nursing-commencement"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/1002,0,3000,1999/ignore_cropper/1/10741_SMiyamoto_2019_1.rev.1588083394.JPG" alt="Suzanne Miyamoto, PhD, RN, FAAN, Chief Executive Officer of the American Academy of Nursing" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/1002,0,3000,1999/ignore_cropper/1/10741_SMiyamoto_2019_1.rev.1588083394.JPG 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/1002,0,3000,1999/ignore_cropper/1/10741_SMiyamoto_2019_1.rev.1588083394.JPG 3x" data-max-w="1998" data-max-h="1999"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1644-miyamoto-to-be-2020-penn-nursing-commencement">Miyamoto to be 2020 Penn Nursing Commencement Speaker</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Suzanne Miyamoto, PhD, RN, FAAN, Chief Executive Officer of the <a href="https://www.aannet.org/home">American Academy of Nursing</a>, will be the 2020 <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/">Penn Nursing</a> commencement speaker. The ceremony, which will be virtual due to the coronavirus, will take place on Monday, May 18<sup>th</sup> at 3pm. Details about the virtual event, including a link to the livestream, can be found at <a href="http://www.nursing.upenn.edu/commencement2020">www.nursing.upenn.edu/commencement2020</a>.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1518-novel-research-aims-to-identify-new-medications-"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/60,0,560,500/ignore_cropper/1/9915_Opioids_topstory_1000x500.rev.1572966826.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="500" data-max-h="500"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1518-novel-research-aims-to-identify-new-medications-">Novel Research Aims to Identify New Medications for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Opioid use disorder and overdose deaths are a major public health crisis in the United States. While medication-assisted treatments for opioid use disorder exist, these treatments remain inadequate for many patients, resulting in a high rate of relapse following detoxification. </p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1588-gift-to-barbara-bates-center-underscores-rich"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2532/ignore_cropper/1/10499_Mercy_Douglass_School_of_Nursing_Capping_and_Candlelighting_Ceremony_1959.rev.1582318350.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2532/ignore_cropper/1/10499_Mercy_Douglass_School_of_Nursing_Capping_and_Candlelighting_Ceremony_1959.rev.1582318350.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2532/ignore_cropper/1/10499_Mercy_Douglass_School_of_Nursing_Capping_and_Candlelighting_Ceremony_1959.rev.1582318350.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2532"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1588-gift-to-barbara-bates-center-underscores-rich">Gift to Barbara Bates Center Underscores Rich Chapter of Civil Rights and Nursing History</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">This month, an important chapter in black history is getting some well-deserved attention—as well as a generous donation. The archives of West Philadelphia’s Mercy Douglass Hospital School of Nursing have been housed for decades at Penn Nursing’s Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1685-responding-to-challenges-of-older-adults-with"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/52,0,432,380/ignore_cropper/1/10871_older_couple_560x380.rev.1591797922.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/1685-responding-to-challenges-of-older-adults-with">Responding to Challenges of Older Adults with COVID-19</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Older adults with COVID-19 who survive hospitalizations and return to their homes confront substantial health challenges and an unpredictable future. Early evidence suggests that complex and long-term physical, functional, cognitive, and emotional negative health consequences will be the norm for them. However, the trajectories of health care needs of older adults with COVID-19 in the weeks and months following hospital discharge have yet to be identified.</p></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/1701-bridgette-m-brawner-phd-mdiv-aprn"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1000/ignore_cropper/1/10932_Copy_of_Copy_of_1000500.rev.1593526788.png" alt="Bridgette M. Brawner, PhD, MDiv, APRN" 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/1/10932_Copy_of_Copy_of_1000500.rev.1593526788.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1000/ignore_cropper/1/10932_Copy_of_Copy_of_1000500.rev.1593526788.png 3x" data-max-w="2000" data-max-h="1000"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1701-bridgette-m-brawner-phd-mdiv-aprn">Bridgette M. Brawner, PhD, MDiv, APRN</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">“I wrestled with what to write for this. A lofty, detached, academic-leaning piece, or, something that gives insight into the totality of who I am as a person. I decided on sharing part of my truth that makes me more human.<br/><br/>These days I awaken to somewhat of a twilight zone experience.”</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1485-moving-from-period-poverty-to-period-positivity"><img src="/live/image/gid/30/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/230,0,630,400/ignore_cropper/1/9784_period_poverty.rev.1570113683.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="400" data-max-h="400"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1485-moving-from-period-poverty-to-period-positivity">Moving from Period Poverty to Period Positivity</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Global advocacy for increased access to menstruation products and facilities exposes social and economic inequities and the need for reform.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1625-monica-phann-nu18"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,500/ignore_cropper/1/10667_1000500_2.rev.1586276357.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/1/10667_1000500_2.rev.1586276357.png 2x" data-max-w="1000" data-max-h="500"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1625-monica-phann-nu18">Monica Phann, Nu’18</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">“As a medical-surgical nurse, I see patients with health conditions ranging from cardiac, psych, and renal to pulmonary, neurological, and GI complications. One day as I was getting a report on a patient, I was informed that I would be working with a violent, dementia patient.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1736-new-director-of-penn-nursings-center-for-global"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/870,0,3104,2235/ignore_cropper/1/11094_Holly_Harner_Professional__Pic_2.rev.1599053495.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/870,0,3104,2235/ignore_cropper/1/11094_Holly_Harner_Professional__Pic_2.rev.1599053495.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/870,0,3104,2235/ignore_cropper/1/11094_Holly_Harner_Professional__Pic_2.rev.1599053495.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2234" data-max-h="2235"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1736-new-director-of-penn-nursings-center-for-global">New Director of Penn Nursing’s Center for Global Women’s Health</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p><a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/live/profiles/16530-holly-harner">Holly Harner, PhD</a>, has been appointed the Afaf I. Meleis Director of the <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/cgwh/">Center for Global Women’s Health (</a>CGWH). She recently joined Penn Nursing as a Practice Professor of Women’s Health in the <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/academics/fch/">Department of Family and Community Health</a>. Harner has a national reputation as a leading clinician, educator, and champion of women’s health, with a long-standing commitment to improving the health status of vulnerable women.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1473-therese-richmond-phd-crnp-faan-gr95"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,789,788/ignore_cropper/1/9756_Untitled_design_17.rev.1568829984.png" alt="Therese Richmond, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, GR'95" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,789,788/ignore_cropper/1/9756_Untitled_design_17.rev.1568829984.png 2x" data-max-w="789" data-max-h="788"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1473-therese-richmond-phd-crnp-faan-gr95">Therese Richmond, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, GR’95</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">“Around 1980, I worked in a 14-bed trauma ICU in Washington DC as a primary nurse leading a team of 7 nurses who provided care to our primary patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. One primary patient was a 19-year old man who had survived a serious motor vehicle crash. He had a brain injury and was slowly emerging from a coma and had complex wounds over his entire body. He was in isolation and my team and I spent hours each shift in his isolation room without a break to manage his wounds over several months.</div></article>

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