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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">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>
  • <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>

  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1000-vandana-gopikumar-phd-to-receive-2018-penn-nursing"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/218,0,718,500/ignore_cropper/1/7052_gopikumar_1000x500.rev.1516636253.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/218,0,718,500/ignore_cropper/1/7052_gopikumar_1000x500.rev.1516636253.png 2x" data-max-w="1000" data-max-h="500"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1000-vandana-gopikumar-phd-to-receive-2018-penn-nursing">Vandana Gopikumar, PhD, to Receive 2018 Penn Nursing Renfield Foundation Award for Global Women’s Health</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Vandana Gopikumar, PhD, Co-Founder of The Banyan and The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health, will receive the 2018 <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/cgwh/our-work/renfield-award/index.php">Penn Nursing Renfield Foundation Award for Global Women’s Health</a> for her work in helping women with mental health problems in India. She co-founded both organizations with Vaishnavi Jayakumar. Gopikumar will receive the award – which comes with a $100,000 cash prize – during an event at the University of Pennsylvania on March 21, 2018.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1417-penn-researchers-influence-cdcs-clarification-on"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/522,36,1234,749/ignore_cropper/1/9515_pennnursing_nov18_0293.rev.1560366407.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/522,36,1234,749/ignore_cropper/1/9515_pennnursing_nov18_0293.rev.1560366407.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/522,36,1234,749/ignore_cropper/1/9515_pennnursing_nov18_0293.rev.1560366407.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1800" data-max-h="1200"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1417-penn-researchers-influence-cdcs-clarification-on">Penn Researchers Influence CDC’s Clarification on Prescribing Opioids for Cancer Pain</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> To reduce the number of people who may misuse, abuse, or overdose from opioids, multiple national agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have published guidelines to improve the way opioids are prescribed. Yet some of these guidelines have caused confusion and misapplication among clinicians and unintendedly limited treatment of pain for people with cancer.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/564-public-health-leadership-seminar-for-henderson"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,123,345,469/ignore_cropper/1/2875_henderson-leadership.rev.1472221597.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="346" data-max-h="519"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/564-public-health-leadership-seminar-for-henderson">Public Health Leadership Seminar for Henderson</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Marcus Henderson, NU’17, spent part of his summer as a participant at the <a href="http://www.hosa.org/PHLS" target="_blank">2016 Public Health Leadership Seminar</a>. He was there representing HOSA – Future Health Professionals, an international student organization to promote career opportunities in health care.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1156-pamela-cacchione-phd-named-a-2018-2019-penn"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/512,0,1875,1365/ignore_cropper/1/7805_pamela_cacchione_2016.rev.1534345241.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/512,0,1875,1365/ignore_cropper/1/7805_pamela_cacchione_2016.rev.1534345241.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/512,0,1875,1365/ignore_cropper/1/7805_pamela_cacchione_2016.rev.1534345241.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1365"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1156-pamela-cacchione-phd-named-a-2018-2019-penn">Pamela Cacchione, PhD, Named a 2018-2019 Penn Nursing Innovation Fellow</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The Fellowship supports nursing faculty to develop an intellectual foundation in innovation methodology and gain expertise in rapidly testing new approaches to enhance health care delivery and patient outcomes.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1120-candy-aspirin-safety-caps-and-the-history-of"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/68,10,436,378/ignore_cropper/1/7651_connolly_560x380.rev.1527084734.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/1120-candy-aspirin-safety-caps-and-the-history-of">‘Candy Aspirin,’ Safety Caps, and the History of Children’s Drugs</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> A new book from <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/">Penn Nursing</a>’s <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/live/profiles/43-cynthia-anne-connolly">Cynthia Connolly, PhD, RN, FAAN</a>, looks at case studies surrounding development, use, and marketing of medications for children in the 20th century.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/518-new-approach-to-treating-cocaine-addiction"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/191,0,560,368/ignore_cropper/1/4146_dejonghe_hayes_schmidt_560x380.rev.1487271024.png" alt="Bart DeJonghe, Matthew Hayes, and Heath Schmidt" 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/518-new-approach-to-treating-cocaine-addiction">New Approach to Treating Cocaine Addiction</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">In the ongoing fight against drug addiction, researchers from the <a href="http://www.nursing.upenn.edu/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing</a> and <a href="http://www.med.upenn.edu/" target="_blank">Perelman School of Medicine</a> have discovered a unique application for an FDA-approved drug currently used for obese patients and type 2 diabetics: treatment for cocaine dependence.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="http://www.aannet.org/edge-runners--10-steps-to-promote-and-protect-human-milk"><img src="/live/image/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/40,159,1365,1482/ignore_cropper/1/331_headshot_diane_47.rev.1464962324.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/40,159,1365,1482/ignore_cropper/1/331_headshot_diane_47.rev.1464962324.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/40,159,1365,1482/ignore_cropper/1/331_headshot_diane_47.rev.1464962324.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1365" data-max-h="2048"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="http://www.aannet.org/edge-runners--10-steps-to-promote-and-protect-human-milk">Spatz Recognized for Work with Vulnerable Infants</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">The American Academy of Nursing named Dr. Diane Spatz an “Edge Runner” for her global efforts to promote & protect human milk and breastfeeding in vulnerable infants.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/604-aan-selects-three-penn-nursing-professors-as"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,560,380/ignore_cropper/1/3180_aan_fellows.rev.1476217172.png" 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/604-aan-selects-three-penn-nursing-professors-as">AAN Selects Three Penn Nursing Professors as Fellows</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Three Penn Nursing faculty members will be inducted as 2016 Fellows of the <a href="http://www.aannet.org/home" target="_blank">American Academy of Nursing (AAN)</a> during its annual policy conference, <a href="http://www.aannet.org/2016/calendar" target="_blank">Transforming Health, Driving Policy</a>, taking place October 20-22, 2016 in Washington, DC.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1010-risk-assessment-tool-can-now-better-predict-"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/49,0,1413,1365/ignore_cropper/1/7111_adobestock_59161713.rev.1517859949.jpg" alt="Young Girl Sleeping In Intensive Care Unit" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/49,0,1413,1365/ignore_cropper/1/7111_adobestock_59161713.rev.1517859949.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/49,0,1413,1365/ignore_cropper/1/7111_adobestock_59161713.rev.1517859949.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1365"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1010-risk-assessment-tool-can-now-better-predict-">Risk Assessment Tool Can Now Better Predict Pressure Injuries in Children</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Pressure-related skin injuries, a nurse-sensitive quality indicator in hospitals, are associated with increased morbidity and higher costs of care. There’s been much attention focused on hospital-acquired pressure injuries (HAPI) in the adult population. However, while preventable, immobility-related and medical device-related pressure injuries (MDPI) also occur in hospitalized infants and children.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1100-special-series-examines-the-use-of-pasteurized"><img src="/live/image/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/71,0,451,380/ignore_cropper/1/7490_diane-spatz---560x380.rev.1524595413.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/1100-special-series-examines-the-use-of-pasteurized">Special Series Examines the Use of Pasteurized Donor Human Milk for Vulnerable Infants</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> A special series about research and clinical practice recommendations regarding pasteurized donor human milk (PDHM) has been published in the <a href="http://www.jognn.org/article/S0884-2175(18)30019-4/abstract">Journal of Obstetric Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing</a>. Guest editor of the series is <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/live/profiles/40-diane-l-spatz">Diane L. Spatz, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN</a>, Professor of Perinatal Nursing and the Helen M. Shearer Professor of Nutrition at the <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/">University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing</a> (Penn Nursing).</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1147-new-research-finds-about-half-of-parents-use-cell"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/204,0,704,500/ignore_cropper/1/7745_distracted_driving_topstory_1000x500.rev.1531505146.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/204,0,704,500/ignore_cropper/1/7745_distracted_driving_topstory_1000x500.rev.1531505146.jpg 2x" data-max-w="1000" data-max-h="500"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1147-new-research-finds-about-half-of-parents-use-cell">New Research Finds About Half of Parents Use Cell Phones While Driving with Young Children in the Car</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> A new study from a team of researchers at <a href="https://www.chop.edu/">Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)</a> and Penn Nursing found that in the previous three months, about half of parents talked on a cell phone while driving when their children between the ages of 4 and 10 were in the car, while one in three read text messages and one in seven used social media.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/555-9-million-grant-for-study-on-health-disparities-in"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/377,0,2304,1929/ignore_cropper/1/2902_bauermeister_landscape.rev.1472739720.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/377,0,2304,1929/ignore_cropper/1/2902_bauermeister_landscape.rev.1472739720.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/377,0,2304,1929/ignore_cropper/1/2902_bauermeister_landscape.rev.1472739720.png 3x" data-max-w="2583" data-max-h="1929"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/555-9-million-grant-for-study-on-health-disparities-in">$9 Million Grant for Study on Health Disparities in HIV Prevention</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Penn Nursing, University of Michigan School of Nursing & Emory’s School of Public Health Unite for National Study on HIV Prevention Intervention for Adolescent Men</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/492-whooping-cough-booster-vouchers-dont-boost"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/72,0,472,400/ignore_cropper/1/1120_shot_604_0.rev.1466619304.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="604" data-max-h="400"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/492-whooping-cough-booster-vouchers-dont-boost">Whooping Cough Booster Vouchers Don’t Boost Immunization Rates of Caregivers</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Cases of pertussis (whooping cough) have increased dramatically over the past five years, putting infants at risk of serious illness or death.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1397-new-gift-dedicates-important-simulation-learning"><img src="/live/image/gid/103/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/1356,89,3187,1920/ignore_cropper/1/8966_DSC_7660.rev.1557239811.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/103/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/1356,89,3187,1920/ignore_cropper/1/8966_DSC_7660.rev.1557239811.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/103/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/1356,89,3187,1920/ignore_cropper/1/8966_DSC_7660.rev.1557239811.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2125"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1397-new-gift-dedicates-important-simulation-learning">New Gift Dedicates Important Simulation Learning Space at Fagin Hall</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Penn alums Patricia Bleznak Silverstein, C’81 and Howard A. Silverstein, W’69 are advocating for innovation at Penn Nursing through education—by dedicating one of Fagin Hall’s four high fidelity simulation suites located in the Helene Fuld Pavilion for Innovative Learning and Simulation.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/880-penn-nursing-professor-co-authors-new-guidelines"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/446,0,946,500/ignore_cropper/1/6579_irving_topstory_1000x500.rev.1503945956.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/446,0,946,500/ignore_cropper/1/6579_irving_topstory_1000x500.rev.1503945956.png 2x" data-max-w="1000" data-max-h="500"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/880-penn-nursing-professor-co-authors-new-guidelines">Penn Nursing Professor Co-authors New Guidelines for Nutrition Therapy in Critically Ill Children</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The <a href="http://www.nutritioncare.org/">American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition</a> (A.S.P.E.N.) and the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) joined forces to develop new guidelines for the provision of optimal nutritional support therapy for critically ill children ages one month to 18 years of age.</p></div></article>

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