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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/1741-dismantling-structural-racism-in-nursing"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/89,0,469,380/ignore_cropper/1/11104_Dean_Villarruel_Headshot_2020_560x380.rev.1599658599.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/1741-dismantling-structural-racism-in-nursing">Dismantling Structural Racism in Nursing</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Confronting the uncomfortable reality of systemic racism – the system that creates and maintains racial inequality in every facet of life for people of color – is having a national heyday. But calling out this injustice and doing something about it are two different things.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1596-arnold-ventures-awards-6-million-grant-to-study"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/242,0,742,500/ignore_cropper/1/10537_pennnursing_nov18_1893_1000x500_top_story.rev.1583343231.jpg" alt="Mary Naylor, PhD, RN, FAAN" 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/1596-arnold-ventures-awards-6-million-grant-to-study">Arnold Ventures Awards $6 Million Grant to Study Replication of Penn Nursing’s Transitional Care Model</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The study will evaluate the effectiveness of TCM in reducing rehospitalizations and promote widespread use of the program in a number of health systems.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1514-ben-katz-nu02-w02-wg02"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,560,380/ignore_cropper/1/9880_Untitled_design_26.rev.1571754373.png" alt="Ben Katz, Nu'02, W’02, WG’02" 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/1514-ben-katz-nu02-w02-wg02">Ben Katz, Nu’02, W’02, WG’02</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">“While I began my professional path in the Penn Nursing program, I took a wildly different course after college. Rather than continuing to become a practicing nurse, I found my way into finance and started an online bank called CARD.com.”</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1763-amy-gutmann-and-michael-doyle-create-gutmann"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/401,79,1056,733/ignore_cropper/1/11224_President_Gutmann_and_her_husband.rev.1603224403.jpg" alt="University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann and her husband Michael Doyle." class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="655" data-max-h="654"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1763-amy-gutmann-and-michael-doyle-create-gutmann">Amy Gutmann and Michael Doyle Create Gutmann Leadership Scholars Program at Penn Nursing with $2M Gift</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann and her husband, Michael Doyle, have a made a $2 million gift to the <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/">University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing</a>’s <a href="http://link.mediaoutreach.meltwater.com/ls/click?upn=Wsedx-2FIFVV0Gv9ybB6YOZevLbumrXnwnLSc0Yj0Bd31zbyiVOj0g2jVsR-2B-2BIvRR0IPlJpSoHNzxUhdJC-2F8yj-2BQ-3D-3DCv_7_jKbQO8oQiyJLcXg-2FaTauf5MB-2FsUbOwx592YuKK2dthmYqa8XGvuf9qfitqMtOGjTZxX1z2YRJn0QpNaL-2BamJZ4Myx3nEP0n10nVxhulonyvrwWmwy4LEgljuJLMVGKQphiitht6IiIzQ4YxdwNipZqrx3DkTHQuVYQlMcrbFuLQ-2BY9aK7Ou0jUsDLEbSkBPC4HZOIsn70fA1HG7dDnDi95Svg2K36Zddk8k505tCXiWXrVBdAQ2Z-2FILymVlaaRAmrHvfXdEiGNCsdU-2FSfh26i6gavb9-2FOj5ENqHdVrZsR00uAX7BpSdg46hSRAy3F7658-2BecNTdFovzJKWj-2B8mLF-2FsZjeyxtEPdWdK-2BSZheJW3WvZ23YQWUOl2htlK-2B5kzyzs-2B3ONBAOv6hjG8Stea5wcQ-3D-3D"><em>Innovating for Life and Living</em> Campaign</a>, as part of the University’s <a href="https://powerofpenn.upenn.edu/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>Power of Penn</em> Campaign</a>. The gift, which brings the couple’s total giving to Penn to $4.5 million, will create the <em>Gutmann Leadership Scholars Program at Penn Nursing</em>.</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/1584-penn-proposal-advances-to-top-100-in-macarthur"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/82,0,462,380/ignore_cropper/1/10477_560x380graphic.rev.1582135499.png" 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/1584-penn-proposal-advances-to-top-100-in-macarthur">Penn Proposal Advances to Top 100 in MacArthur Foundation’s $100 Million Grant Competition</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> A proposal spearheaded by the University of Pennsylvania has been named in the Top 100 in the <a href="https://www.macfound.org/press/press-releases/announcing-top-100-proposals-100-million-grant/">MacArthur Foundation 100&Change competition</a>, which offers a single $100 million grant to help solve one of the world’s most critical social challenges. Penn Nursing’s <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/live/profiles/37-alison-m-buttenheim">Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA</a>, and Penn Medicine’s <a href="https://chibe.upenn.edu/faculty-members/harsha-thirumurthy-phd/">Harsha Thirumurthy, PhD</a>, are co-leads on the global project. Both are associate directors at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics (<a href="https://chibe.upenn.edu/">CHIBE</a>).</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="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/news-events/media-mentions/"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,500/ignore_cropper/1/10787_COVID_media_topstory_1000x500.rev.1588357857.jpg" alt="Penn Nursing in the News: COVID-19" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,500/ignore_cropper/1/10787_COVID_media_topstory_1000x500.rev.1588357857.jpg 2x" data-max-w="1000" data-max-h="500"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/news-events/media-mentions/">Read the latest Penn Nursing news related to the pandemic</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"/></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1468-stephanie-tran-rojas-nu20"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/89,0,469,380/ignore_cropper/1/9766_Photo_to_use_Steph_Tran_Rojas_homepage_560x380.rev.1569439932.jpg" alt="Stephanie Tran Rojas, Nu'20" 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/1468-stephanie-tran-rojas-nu20">Stephanie Tran Rojas, Nu’20</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">We are happy to announce the launch of a brand new feature - Humans of Penn of Nursing. Inspired by Humans of New York, we take a look at the meaningful stories of the community here at Penn Nursing. First up is Stephanie Tran Rojas, Nu’20.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1616-penn-nursing-podcast-special-edition-update"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/89,0,459,369/ignore_cropper/1/10648_AmplifyNursing_COVID_update_560x380.rev.1585335388.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="370" data-max-h="369"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1616-penn-nursing-podcast-special-edition-update">Penn Nursing Podcast Special Edition UPDATE: COVID-19</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> COVID-19 is sweeping across the country with the number of cases rising dramatically. It’s been two weeks since Penn Nursing’s <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/live/profiles/37-alison-m-buttenheim">Alison Buttenheim, PhD</a>, a public health researcher and behavioral epidemiologist and Penn Medicine’s <a href="http://www.cphi.upenn.edu/carolyn-cannuscio-scd.html">Carolyn Cannuscio, ScD</a>, a social epidemiologist, joined <em>Amplify Nursing</em> to discuss the coronavirus. Since a lot has occurred in that time, they are back with an update to discuss where we are at in this pandemic, how it has been handled locally and nationally so far, and what is still to come. Listen <a href="https://soundcloud.com/penn-nursing">here</a> or wherever you listen to podcasts. </p></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/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/1732-penn-engineering-and-nursing-partner-with-medical"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,625,625/ignore_cropper/1/11070_0_Jl6yTiOkXIIf2Ye4_-_Copy.rev.1598298030.jpg" alt="Hillrom makes high-tech medical equipment, such as “smart beds” that are designed to cont..." class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="625" data-max-h="625"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1732-penn-engineering-and-nursing-partner-with-medical">Penn Engineering and Nursing Partner with Medical Device Provider Hillrom on Internet-of-Things Technology</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The School of Engineering and Applied Science’s <a href="https://precise.seas.upenn.edu/">PRECISE Center</a> and the <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/">School of Nursing</a> at the University of Pennsylvania have formed a partnership with medical device leader <a href="https://www.hillrom.com/">Hillrom</a> to develop technical solutions for health care challenges in multiple domains, including critical care, diabetes, mental health, and cardiology.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1580-pik-professor-named-medical-pioneer"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/89,0,469,380/ignore_cropper/1/4311_rlm_560x380.rev.1488993275.png" 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/1580-pik-professor-named-medical-pioneer">PIK Professor Named Medical Pioneer</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p><a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/live/profiles/15629-risa-lavizzo-mourey">Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA</a>, a world-renowned expert in health policy and geriatric medicine, has been named one of <em>Becker’s Hospital Review</em>’s ’25 medical pioneers to celebrate this Black History Month.’ She has joint appointments in Penn Nursing, the Perelman School of Medicine, and the Wharton School.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1481-penn-nursings-elizabeth-wright-fund-to-turn-40"><img src="/live/image/gid/103/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/898,0,1635,739/ignore_cropper/1/9774_jerusalem-1712855_1920.rev.1569952745.jpg" alt="Jerusalem " class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/103/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/898,0,1635,739/ignore_cropper/1/9774_jerusalem-1712855_1920.rev.1569952745.jpg 2x" data-max-w="737" data-max-h="739"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1481-penn-nursings-elizabeth-wright-fund-to-turn-40">Penn Nursing’s Elizabeth Wright Fund to Turn 40</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The Elizabeth Wright Fund—which gave Penn Nursing its first student exchange program—has its roots in a time when post-operative hospital stays were longer, and when private duty nurses attended patients in the hospital as well as at home after discharge.</p></div></article>

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