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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/1529-mary-b-chase-hall-rn-nu65"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,500/ignore_cropper/1/9950_Copy_of_Untitled_34.rev.1574172276.png" alt="Mary B.Hall, RN, Nu'65" 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/1/9950_Copy_of_Untitled_34.rev.1574172276.png 2x" data-max-w="1000" data-max-h="500"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1529-mary-b-chase-hall-rn-nu65">Mary B. (Chase) Hall, RN, Nu’65</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">“Shortly after graduation in 1965, I married and worked as a visiting nurse in a low economic section of Providence, RI for a year—a job I treasured.”</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/1577-penn-nursing-professor-part-of-team-establishing"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/1036,96,2592,1652/ignore_cropper/1/10328_Alison_Buttenheim_2016.rev.1581361077.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/1036,96,2592,1652/ignore_cropper/1/10328_Alison_Buttenheim_2016.rev.1581361077.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/1036,96,2592,1652/ignore_cropper/1/10328_Alison_Buttenheim_2016.rev.1581361077.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1556" data-max-h="1556"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1577-penn-nursing-professor-part-of-team-establishing">Penn Nursing Professor Part of Team Establishing First-of-its-Kind HIV ‘Nudge Unit’ in South Africa</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Associate Professor <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/live/profiles/37-alison-m-buttenheim">Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA</a>, who is also one of the Associate Directors of Penn’s <a href="https://chibe.upenn.edu/">Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics (CHIBE)</a>, is part of the team that recently received a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to establish a nudge unit focused on HIV prevention in South Africa.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1718-penn-nursings-alison-buttenheim-phd-mba-appointed"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/1024,70,2502,1550/ignore_cropper/1/10328_Alison_Buttenheim_2016.rev.1581361077.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/1024,70,2502,1550/ignore_cropper/1/10328_Alison_Buttenheim_2016.rev.1581361077.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/1024,70,2502,1550/ignore_cropper/1/10328_Alison_Buttenheim_2016.rev.1581361077.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1478" data-max-h="1480"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1718-penn-nursings-alison-buttenheim-phd-mba-appointed">Penn Nursing’s Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA, Appointed to NAM COVID Vaccine Committee</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The goal of the <a href="https://www.nationalacademies.org/our-work/a-framework-for-equitable-allocation-of-vaccine-for-the-novel-coronavirus">ad hoc committee</a> on Equitable Allocation of Vaccine for the Novel Coronavirus is to develop an overarching framework for vaccine allocation to assist policymakers in the domestic and global health communities in planning for equitable allocation of vaccines against COVID-19.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1724-emily-layne-nu20"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1000/ignore_cropper/1/10995_Copy_of_Copy_of_1000500-2.rev.1597156672.png" alt="Emily Layne, Nu'20" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1000/ignore_cropper/1/10995_Copy_of_Copy_of_1000500-2.rev.1597156672.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1000/ignore_cropper/1/10995_Copy_of_Copy_of_1000500-2.rev.1597156672.png 3x" data-max-w="2000" data-max-h="1000"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1724-emily-layne-nu20">Emily Layne, Nu’20</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">After completing 900+ clinical hours, I believed I had developed a thorough understanding of the challenges patients face. As a graduate of Penn Nursing’s traditional BSN program, I dedicated four years of my life to learning the art and science of holistically caring for patients. But after undergoing knee surgery, I discovered that nothing could have prepared me for my own recovery process.</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="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/podcast"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/93,121,1068,1098/ignore_cropper/1/10326_AmplifyNursing_560x380-01.rev.1580914261.png" alt="Amplify Nursing podcast" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/93,121,1068,1098/ignore_cropper/1/10326_AmplifyNursing_560x380-01.rev.1580914261.png 2x" data-max-w="975" data-max-h="977"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/podcast">Penn Nursing Launches New Podcast</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Amplify Nursing, the new podcast created and hosted by Marion Leary and Angelarosa DiDonato, features nurses who are leading the way in nursing science, policy, and innovation. Made possible by the Krista and Rich Pinola Fund for Innovation in Nursing, new episodes will be available every other Wednesday through iTunes, Spotify, GooglePlay, and more.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1544-alumna-and-overseer-receives-2019-alumni-award-of"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/255,178,931,854/ignore_cropper/1/10027_laporteawardspeaking.rev.1575571864.jpg" alt="Andie Laporte, Nu'69, accepting the 2019 Alumni Award of Merit." class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="676" data-max-h="676"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1544-alumna-and-overseer-receives-2019-alumni-award-of">Alumna and Overseer Receives 2019 Alumni Award of Merit</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Penn Nursing alumna and Board of Overseers Chair Andrea Berry Laporte has been recognized with one of the University of Pennsylvania’s highest alumni awards as a 2019 recipient of the Alumni Award of Merit. Each year, Penn Alumni presents the award to distinguished alumni volunteers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the University. Laporte was one of five Alumni Award of Merit recipients this year, honored at a gala held November 8 at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.</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/1733-sara-cerreta-bsn-rn-ccrn-nu18"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1500,750/ignore_cropper/1/11076_1000500_1.rev.1598372151.png" alt="Sara Cerreta, Nu’18, BSN, RN, CCRN" 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/1/11076_1000500_1.rev.1598372151.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1500,750/ignore_cropper/1/11076_1000500_1.rev.1598372151.png 3x" data-max-w="1500" data-max-h="750"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1733-sara-cerreta-bsn-rn-ccrn-nu18">Sara Cerreta, BSN, RN, CCRN, Nu’18,</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><blockquote type="cite"><div dir="ltr"><div dir="ltr"><div><div><div><div><div> In my undergraduate experience at Penn, even from the very beginning, we learned about family-centered care, and how to incorporate our patients and their families into every aspect of the medical care they receive.  </div></div></div></div></div></div></div></blockquote></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1528-new-international-collaboration"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,78,301,380/ignore_cropper/1/9945_Bates_SJTU_homepage_560x380.rev.1574106005.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="301" data-max-h="302"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1528-new-international-collaboration">New International Collaboration</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p><a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/history/">The Barbara Bates Center for The Study of The History of Nursing</a> is collaborating with the School of Humanities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University to explore the development of nursing in China.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1491-june-treston-msn-crnp-gnu92"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1080,1080/ignore_cropper/1/9798_Copy_of_Untitled_9.rev.1570548959.png" alt="June Treston MSN, CRNP, GNu'92" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1080,1080/ignore_cropper/1/9798_Copy_of_Untitled_9.rev.1570548959.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1080,1080/ignore_cropper/1/9798_Copy_of_Untitled_9.rev.1570548959.png 3x" data-max-w="1080" data-max-h="1080"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1491-june-treston-msn-crnp-gnu92">June Treston, MSN, CRNP, GNu’92</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">“While I was in college in my senior year of nursing school, I was involved in a very emotionally and physically violent relationship. I don’t mean a threat or a slap. I mean having my head repeatedly bashed into a sliding glass door until it broke, and then being pushed out of a car going 60 miles per hour into the middle of a busy highway in Florida. Wow, that sounds awful. Just writing it is hard. But it was an important, transformative event in my life.”</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1702-lgbtq-data-added-to-the-pennsylvanias-covid-19"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/426,0,1057,630/ignore_cropper/1/10935_lgbtq-covid-social.rev.1593610008.jpg" alt="Mask with rainbow color isolated on white background" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="631" data-max-h="630"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1702-lgbtq-data-added-to-the-pennsylvanias-covid-19">LGBTQ Data Added to the Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 Testing</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Governor Tom Wolf announced on March 13 that the state will include LGBTQ-specific information as part of its COVID-19 data collection. Pennsylvania Department of Health began collecting race and ethnicity data after racial disparities were revealed during the pandemic. It has expanded the effort to include sexual orientation and gender identity.</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/1480-kelsey-gross-rn-nu19-w19"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1080,1080/ignore_cropper/1/9764_Copy_of_Untitled_6.rev.1569429107.png" alt="Kelsey Gross, RN, Nu'19, W’19" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1080,1080/ignore_cropper/1/9764_Copy_of_Untitled_6.rev.1569429107.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1080,1080/ignore_cropper/1/9764_Copy_of_Untitled_6.rev.1569429107.png 3x" data-max-w="1080" data-max-h="1080"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1480-kelsey-gross-rn-nu19-w19">Kelsey Gross, RN, Nu’19, W’19</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">“One Tuesday morning before my senior leadership clinical, I was kind of stressed out over typical “college sorority girl” problems - I was worried about disappointing my boyfriend because we were deciding between going to my sorority date night and going to New York for our good friend’s birthday party. I couldn’t decide what to do and was worried about disappointing him and potentially missing out on my senior year experiences. I still hadn’t decided what to do before it was time to leave for clinical.</div></article>

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