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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">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>

  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1483-andre-angelia-bsn-rn-nu19"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1080,1080/ignore_cropper/1/9771_Copy_of_Untitled_8.rev.1569944499.png" alt="Andre Angelia, BSN, RN, Nu'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/1/9771_Copy_of_Untitled_8.rev.1569944499.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1080,1080/ignore_cropper/1/9771_Copy_of_Untitled_8.rev.1569944499.png 3x" data-max-w="1080" data-max-h="1080"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1483-andre-angelia-bsn-rn-nu19">Andre Angelia, BSN, RN, Nu’19</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">“Sometimes the greatest compliment that you can get when you are a student is from your teacher, but in this case it was someone I had never met before. A rapid response was happening on my unit and I went in to observe.”</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="3000" data-max-h="2000"/></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/1303-leary-appointed-penn-nursings-first-director-of"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/489,18,1252,781/ignore_cropper/1/8596_pennnursing_nov18_0337.rev.1549306621.jpg" alt="Marion Leary, MSN, MPH, RN FAHA, is Penn Nursing's first Director of Innovation." class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/489,18,1252,781/ignore_cropper/1/8596_pennnursing_nov18_0337.rev.1549306621.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/489,18,1252,781/ignore_cropper/1/8596_pennnursing_nov18_0337.rev.1549306621.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1800" data-max-h="1200"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1303-leary-appointed-penn-nursings-first-director-of">Leary Appointed Penn Nursing’s First Director of Innovation</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> In this role, Marion Leary, MSN, MPH, RN, FAHA, will design and execute innovation programs and projects through <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/">Penn Nursing</a>’s <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/research/onr/">Office of Nursing Research</a> (ONR) and will work to keep the School at the forefront of innovation in nursing. The appointment was effective February 1, 2019.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1492-fellow-named-2019-2020-jonas-policy-scholar"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/101,0,481,380/ignore_cropper/1/9820_Darina.rev.1570630882.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/1492-fellow-named-2019-2020-jonas-policy-scholar">Fellow Named 2019-2020 Jonas Policy Scholar</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The American Academy of Nursing recently announced that six individuals – including <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/">Penn Nursing</a> Postdoctoral Fellow <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/live/profiles/14627-darina-petrovsky">Darina Petrovsky, PhD, RN</a> – were selected to participate in the newly re-envisioned Academy Jonas Policy Scholars Program.  Petrovsky is a Fellow in the <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/ncth/">NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health</a>.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/872-penn-nursing-medicine-study-standardized-policies"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/95,11,463,380/ignore_cropper/1/6055_sara_jacoby_560x380.rev.1500318608.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/872-penn-nursing-medicine-study-standardized-policies">Penn Nursing, Medicine Study: Standardized Policies Needed for How and When Police Interact with Trauma Patients</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Injured people often interact with police and other law enforcement agents before and during their injury care, particularly when their injuries are due to violence or major motor vehicle crashes. Yet, there are no professional guidelines in trauma medicine or nursing that standardize when and how police interact with injured patients.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1399-anonymous-donor-supports-global-womens-health"><img src="/live/image/gid/103/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/684,0,2617,1932/ignore_cropper/1/8968_P1060910.rev.1557240571.JPG" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/103/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/684,0,2617,1932/ignore_cropper/1/8968_P1060910.rev.1557240571.JPG 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/103/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/684,0,2617,1932/ignore_cropper/1/8968_P1060910.rev.1557240571.JPG 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2400"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1399-anonymous-donor-supports-global-womens-health">Anonymous Donor Supports Global Women’s Health</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> From rural areas of India to more locally in West Philadelphia, Penn Nursing’s Center for Global Women’s Health (CGWH) has an impact on health and healthcare on a global scale. In recognition of that leadership, an anonymous donor has made a $10,000 pledge, which will support the work of CGWH—at the direction of CGWH Director Dr. Wendy Grube—over the next several years.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1328-next-level-nursing"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/940,0,2880,1939/ignore_cropper/1/8751_photo_2.rev.1551813516.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/940,0,2880,1939/ignore_cropper/1/8751_photo_2.rev.1551813516.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/940,0,2880,1939/ignore_cropper/1/8751_photo_2.rev.1551813516.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2400"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1328-next-level-nursing">Next-Level Nursing</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">On February 11, more than 40 alumni and friends gathered in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP to learn how Penn Nursing is advancing innovation within its curriculum and in health care systems near and far.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1336-nursing-work-environment-shapes-relationship"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/92,11,472,392/ignore_cropper/1/8777_AKL_headshot.rev.1553107006.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="720" data-max-h="480"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1336-nursing-work-environment-shapes-relationship">Nursing Work Environment Shapes Relationship Between EHR & Quality of Care</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> In the decade since the federal government’s electronic health record (EHR) initiatives first became law, nearly all U.S. hospitals have adopted some form of EHR technology. Now, focus is on how a comprehensive EHR can enhance outcomes. Yet, little is known about the sociotechnical factors that can shape the relationship between advanced EHR adoption and quality of care.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1387-low-income-fifth-year-students-receive-new"><img src="/live/image/gid/103/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2136/ignore_cropper/1/8956_Privitera_PennNursing_016.rev.1556825521.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/103/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2136/ignore_cropper/1/8956_Privitera_PennNursing_016.rev.1556825521.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/103/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2136/ignore_cropper/1/8956_Privitera_PennNursing_016.rev.1556825521.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2136"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1387-low-income-fifth-year-students-receive-new">Low-Income, Fifth-Year Students Receive New Financial Aid Resource to Help Them Succeed</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> When you come from a true Red and Blue family, the concept of not being able to finish your degree because of financial hardships is one that doesn’t sit well. For <strong>Robert Karsch, C’85, M’89</strong> and <strong>Abby Bechler-Karsch, Nu’88, GNu’93</strong>, that meant creating a new scholarship—the <strong>Abby and Robert Karsch Family Scholarship</strong> Program—for low-income Penn Nursing undergraduates required to take a fifth year of classes in order to graduate.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1662-nurses-week-a-time-for-celebration-and-advocacy"><img src="/live/image/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/89,0,469,380/ignore_cropper/1/10794_Dean_Villarruel_Headshot_2020_560x380.rev.1588692169.jpg" alt="Dean Antonia M. Villarruel" 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/1662-nurses-week-a-time-for-celebration-and-advocacy">Nurses Week a Time for Celebration and Advocacy</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">To every nurse, Happy National Nurses Week! While this week is a good reminder to let the nurses in our lives know how much we appreciate them, the ultimate goal is to raise awareness about the value of nursing, and to help educate the public about the role nurses play in meeting health care needs.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1522-quality-of-life-changes-after-weight-loss"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/147,0,527,380/ignore_cropper/1/6930_ariana_chao_560x380.rev.1511370003.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/1522-quality-of-life-changes-after-weight-loss">Quality of Life Changes After Weight Loss</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Obesity increases a number of adverse health consequences including reduced health-related quality of life. But little is known about the relationship between weight loss and changes in quality of life.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1316-post-masters-dnp-candidate-participates-in"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/684,0,2048,1365/ignore_cropper/1/8683_Cyd_Charisse_Villalba.rev.1550166088.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/684,0,2048,1365/ignore_cropper/1/8683_Cyd_Charisse_Villalba.rev.1550166088.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/684,0,2048,1365/ignore_cropper/1/8683_Cyd_Charisse_Villalba.rev.1550166088.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1365"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1316-post-masters-dnp-candidate-participates-in">Post-Master’s DNP Candidate Participates in LinkedIn ‘Future Leaders of Nursing’ Boot Camp</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p><em>Cyd Charisse Villalba, a <a href="/academics/doctor-of-nursing-practice-dnp/">post-master’s DNP</a> candidate at Penn Nursing, healthcare analytics specialist, and <a href="https://www.cfnny.org/research-fellows/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">ANA-NY research fellow</a>, participated in <a href="https://www.linkedin.com">LinkedIn’s</a> pilot #FutureLeadersOfNursing boot camp at the company’s HQ in NYC on February 8. Participants learned how to amplify their voices and make a positive impact in their own communities all in order to change the future of nursing for the better.</em></p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1682-statement-on-the-killing-of-george-floyd"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/262,0,2393,2134/ignore_cropper/1/9215_gb_181024_5454.rev.1560187323.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/262,0,2393,2134/ignore_cropper/1/9215_gb_181024_5454.rev.1560187323.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/262,0,2393,2134/ignore_cropper/1/9215_gb_181024_5454.rev.1560187323.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2134"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1682-statement-on-the-killing-of-george-floyd">Statement on the Killing of George Floyd</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> The events of this past week and the killing of George Floyd have unleashed a myriad of emotions – anger, rage, frustration, sadness, loss, fear, and desperation. At the School of Nursing, I know we stand in solidarity with the family and community of George Floyd. We are outraged and saddened about his tragic death and the deaths of countless other people who suffer similar injustices.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1432-improving-care-quality-for-hospitalized-socially"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/124,0,504,380/ignore_cropper/1/3386_margo-brooks0carthon-560x380.rev.1478203970.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/1432-improving-care-quality-for-hospitalized-socially">Improving Care Quality for Hospitalized Socially At-Risk Patients</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Nurses play a pivotal role in caring for hospitalized patients with social risk factors and preparing them for discharge. Now, a new <a href="https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jocn.14944">study</a> from the <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/">University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing</a> (Penn Nursing) illustrates how certain health system constraints present barriers to effective care and impact outcomes for patients with high social risks.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1620-researchers-schools-answer-the-call-for-personal"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/162,0,542,380/ignore_cropper/1/10652_560x380.rev.1585681675.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/1620-researchers-schools-answer-the-call-for-personal">Researchers, Schools Answer the Call for Personal Protective Equipment and Critical Supplies</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Penn Nursing doing its part by donating face masks, boxes of gloves, N95 masks, isolation gowns, surgical gowns, eye shields, caps, anesthesia machines, and a ventilator to the University of Pennsylvania Health System.</p></div></article>

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