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Penn Nursing is built on a bedrock of doing more. Doing more—as clinicians—to save patients at the bedside. Doing more—as scientists—to solve unsolvable challenges. Doing more—as activists, policy makers, and leaders—to make high quality health and wellness care more accessible in our communities.

Antonia Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN, GNu'82Professor and Margaret Bond Simon Dean of NursingAntonia Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN, GNu'82
Professor and Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing
Penn Nursing’s new strategic plan, Leading to a Healthier, More Equitable Future, builds on progress made and galvanizes us with the power of possibilities. The plan’s roadmap upholds Penn Nursing’s mission, vision, and values, and challenges us to fearlessly lead and succeed, here in our community and globally. Whether through advancing science and delivering solutions, developing experts and leaders, transforming policy and practice, engaging diverse communities in advancing health, or supercharging Penn Nursing’s infrastructure, our strategic plan unites us around common goals and holds us accountable for meeting them—and for doing more—for our students, for our faculty, for our community, and for the world. A healthier, more equitable future is possible, and Penn Nursing is the force that fuels the possibilities.

You too can help us realize this vision. Today, supporting Penn Nursing results in exponential impact as our faculty, students, and alumni shape the future of healthcare. Your gifts lend critical support to the areas that allow us to improve  health and healthcare for individuals and their families around the world - scholarships for students in need, classroom and laboratory renovations, investment in new technologies, leading-edge research initiatives and meaningful global engagement opportunities for our students and faculty.


  • Design Thinking Results in Innovative Clinical Pathway

    Despite national efforts to reduce health care disparities, medically complex and socially at-risk patients continue to experience relatively poor outcomes during and after hospitalization, including frequent readmissions and preventable emergency department (ED) visits. New research shows that design thinking, an approach typically used in engineering and business, has merit in helping nurses and other health care providers develop clinical pathways to improve care transitions for socially at-risk patients.

  • Krista Pinola Appointed Chair of the Penn Nursing Board of Advisors

    Effective July 1, 2021, Krista Pinola (NU’86) will be appointed as Chair of the School of Nursing Board of Advisors. Andie Laporte, sitting chair, and Dean Antonia M. Villarruel unanimously endorsed this appointment in consultation with the Office of the University Secretary, and with the approval of President Amy Gutmann, David Cohen, and Scott Bok – outgoing/incoming Chairs of the Board of Trustees (respectively). Krista will follow Andie Laporte’s successful tenure as Chair.