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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">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/455-compher-to-lead-american-society-of-parenteral-and"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/421,184,1601,1365/ignore_cropper/1/336_charlene_compher_2016.rev.1464977036.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/421,184,1601,1365/ignore_cropper/1/336_charlene_compher_2016.rev.1464977036.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/421,184,1601,1365/ignore_cropper/1/336_charlene_compher_2016.rev.1464977036.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1365"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/455-compher-to-lead-american-society-of-parenteral-and">Compher to Lead American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Charlene Compher, PhD, RD, LDN, FASPEN, Professor of Nutrition Science, is President-elect of the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) Her official term as President begins June 1, 2016 and lasts one year.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/459-national-appointment-for-brawner"><img src="/live/image/gid/18/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1638,2048/ignore_cropper/1/337_bridgette_brawner_2.rev.1464983044.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/18/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1638,2048/ignore_cropper/1/337_bridgette_brawner_2.rev.1464983044.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/18/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1638,2048/ignore_cropper/1/337_bridgette_brawner_2.rev.1464983044.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1638" data-max-h="2048"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/459-national-appointment-for-brawner">National Appointment for Brawner</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Bridgette Brawner, PhD, APRN, was appointed to the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) National Advisory Committee, which is dedicated to advising MFP staff; developing partnerships with professional, academic, and clinical institutions; and soliciting support by individuals and groups for the initiative.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1248-students-and-alumni-connect-at-homecoming-2018"><img src="/live/image/gid/96/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,960,720/ignore_cropper/1/8407_46146299_10215073215881453_5679325634497609728_n.rev.1542077097.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/96/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,960,720/ignore_cropper/1/8407_46146299_10215073215881453_5679325634497609728_n.rev.1542077097.jpg 2x" data-max-w="960" data-max-h="720"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1248-students-and-alumni-connect-at-homecoming-2018">Students and Alumni Connect at Homecoming 2018!</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">This past Saturday, November 10, students, faculty, and alumni gathered on a chilly, sunny Saturday at our annual Nurse Networking Event!</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1136-calm-cool-courageous-nursing-and-the-1918"><img src="/live/image/gid/59/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/143,0,1818,1674/ignore_cropper/1/7939_vnsop_mc5b_bx52a_sb_p14_l4_01.rev.1534529921.jpg" alt="Visiting Nurse Society of Philadelphia scrapbook of newspaper clippings related to the society be..." class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/59/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/143,0,1818,1674/ignore_cropper/1/7939_vnsop_mc5b_bx52a_sb_p14_l4_01.rev.1534529921.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/59/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/143,0,1818,1674/ignore_cropper/1/7939_vnsop_mc5b_bx52a_sb_p14_l4_01.rev.1534529921.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1674"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1136-calm-cool-courageous-nursing-and-the-1918">Calm, Cool, Courageous: Nursing and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic </a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Fall 2018 marks the 100 year anniversary of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic. To commemorate this horrific event that impacted the entire world, Penn Nursing’s <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/history/">Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing</a> will highlight the work and experiences of nurses during the 1918 flu pandemic. Follow along through a series of social media posts and articles on <a href="https://twitter.com/Penn_Bateshx?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/PennNursingBatesHistoryCenter/">Facebook</a>, and the Bates Center’s <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/history/">website</a>, as the actions of nurses and the city unfold in real time as the pandemic swept through the city.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/538-new-director-for-global-womens-health"><img src="/live/image/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/82,0,462,380/ignore_cropper/1/3800_grube_2016_560x380.rev.1481308838.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/538-new-director-for-global-womens-health">New Director for Global Women’s Health</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><a href="/live/profiles/64-wendy-d-grube">Wendy Grube</a>, PhD, CRNP, has been appointed the interim Director of the <a href="/cgwh/">Center for Global Women’s Health</a>. She has a long-standing commitment to global women’s health as demonstrated through her leadership in women’s health research, teaching, and practice.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/460-dean-villarruel-grant-pa-nurse-practitioners-full"><img src="/live/image/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3010,2329/ignore_cropper/1/2894_dean_jan2016_landscape.rev.1472651648.png" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3010,2329/ignore_cropper/1/2894_dean_jan2016_landscape.rev.1472651648.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3010,2329/ignore_cropper/1/2894_dean_jan2016_landscape.rev.1472651648.png 3x" data-max-w="3010" data-max-h="2329"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/460-dean-villarruel-grant-pa-nurse-practitioners-full">Dean Villarruel: Grant PA nurse practitioners full authority</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">In this Op-ed, Dean Antonia Villarruel and nursing Deans from Penn State and the University of Pittsburgh advocate for policy change to improve health by granting nurse practitioners full practice authority.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/776-penn-nursing-announces-three-new-endowed"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,560,380/ignore_cropper/1/4316_three_new_chairs_560x380.rev.1489432977.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/776-penn-nursing-announces-three-new-endowed">Penn Nursing Announces Three New Endowed Professorships</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">The appointment to an endowed professorship is the highest honor that the University can bestow upon a faculty member.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/645-racial-disparities-in-postoperative-readmission"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,560,380/ignore_cropper/1/3375_lasaster-mchugh-560x380.rev.1477928335.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/645-racial-disparities-in-postoperative-readmission">Racial Disparities in Postoperative Readmission May Be Reduced by Improving Nurse-to-Patient Staffing</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">The Cross-Sectional Study Analyzed Data from 107,000 Medicare Patients in Nearly 500 US Hospitals.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1162-educational-program-successful-at-reducing-forced"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,11,278,290/ignore_cropper/1/7975_teitelman_emmott.rev.1534880476.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/1162-educational-program-successful-at-reducing-forced">Educational Program Successful at Reducing Forced Sex in South African Adolescents</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> A six-session, school-based program for 6th graders on sexual risk behaviors significantly reduced the chances over four years that the students would force sex on someone.</p></div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/465-bsn-student-accepted-to-rigorous-immersion-program"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/35,6,626,596/ignore_cropper/1/363_clevelandclinic.rev.1465833379.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="638" data-max-h="598"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/465-bsn-student-accepted-to-rigorous-immersion-program">BSN Student Accepted to Rigorous Immersion Program</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Each year only 10 people are selected to participate in the rigorous Cleveland Clinic’s Bioethics Immersion Program. Joining these few is Penn Nursing’s Sydney Axson, who hopes to expand our understandings on the role family members and caregivers have on health related decisions.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1128-the-bates-centers-preserving-our-future-campaign"><img src="/live/image/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/253,0,1053,792/ignore_cropper/1/7696_bates_center_1.rev.1527691940.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/253,0,1053,792/ignore_cropper/1/7696_bates_center_1.rev.1527691940.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/21/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/253,0,1053,792/ignore_cropper/1/7696_bates_center_1.rev.1527691940.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1257" data-max-h="792"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1128-the-bates-centers-preserving-our-future-campaign">The Bates Center’s “Preserving our Future” Campaign Makes History</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">As health care continues to evolve with anticipated and unanticipated consequences, using the lessons of history to shape and inform the future has never been more relevant. And with the record-breaking success of The Bates Center’s <em>Preserving our Future</em> Campaign, these lessons will be more accessible than ever before.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1005-penn-primary-care-nurse-practitioners-put-their"><img src="/live/image/gid/25/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,427,413/ignore_cropper/1/7079_primarycare3.rev.1517408551.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" data-max-w="427" data-max-h="413"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/1005-penn-primary-care-nurse-practitioners-put-their">Penn Primary Care Nurse Practitioners Put Their Training into Practice</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary">Penn Nursing alumni Deborah Marrington, GNu’01, Sarah Aloise, GNu’98, and Eileen Campbell, GNu’98, and their colleagues travel to Haiti to provide medical care and partner with the community.</div></article>
  • <article class="news-article"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/864-penn-nursing-chop-study-pediatric-nurses-miss"><img src="/live/image/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/417,40,1740,1365/ignore_cropper/1/1106_eileen_lake_2016.rev.1466611019.jpg" alt="Eileen T. Lake, PhD, MSN, MA, BSN, FAAN" class="lw_image" width="350" height="250" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/417,40,1740,1365/ignore_cropper/1/1106_eileen_lake_2016.rev.1466611019.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/417,40,1740,1365/ignore_cropper/1/1106_eileen_lake_2016.rev.1466611019.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1365"/></a></span><h4 class="news-article-headline"><a href="/live/news/864-penn-nursing-chop-study-pediatric-nurses-miss">Penn Nursing, CHOP Study: Pediatric Nurses Miss Necessary Care More Often in Poor Work Environments</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> In a new study, researchers at the <a href="http://www.upenn.edu/">University of Pennsylvania</a> <a href="http://www.nursing.upenn.edu/">School of Nursing</a>’s <a href="http://www.nursing.upenn.edu/chopr/">Center for Health Outcome and Policy Research</a> (CHOPR) and <a href="http://www.chop.edu/">Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia</a> (CHOP) examined the factors influencing the likelihood of missed nursing care in a pediatric setting. Their findings indicate that pediatric nurses with poor work environments and higher patient loads are more likely to miss required care.</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/813-penn-nursing-medicine-collaborate-to-improve"><img src="/live/image/gid/19/width/350/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,0,560,380/ignore_cropper/1/3803_polomano_web_560x380.rev.1481564494.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/813-penn-nursing-medicine-collaborate-to-improve">Penn Nursing, Medicine Collaborate to Improve Post-surgical Pain Management in China</a></h4><div class="news-article-summary"><p> Between 60 and 70 percent of patients who undergo a thoracotomy, or a surgical incision into the chest wall, experience some sort of long-term, post-surgical pain. So that patient population was a natural fit for a study focused on pain management, led by the <a href="http://www.upenn.edu/">University of Pennsylvania</a> and taking place at Peking Union Medical College Hospital and Peking University People’s Hospital in China.</p></div></article>

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