Clinical practice is central to nursing. Through Penn’s longstanding partnerships with some of the nation’s top hospitals, clinics, and research facilities, we place all of our students in clinical settings that fit their educational and professional goals.

Partners in Practice

Penn Nursing’s clinician educators establish deep and sustaining relationships with our practice partners to advance mutual interests in nursing practice, education, and research.

For our students, this means they receive practical, hands-on experience and gain confidence in working within healthcare, academic, or research settings. For our faculty and researchers, the exchange of scholarly information and materials with our practice partners advances our research and enables us to develop effective academic programs.

Team care in education and practice

In the global 21st century, how will healthcare providers such as nurses and physicians work better together to improve efficiencies and allocation of resources, and positively impact patient and provider satisfaction?

Strong teams create better outcomes

Along with the Perelman School of Medicine, the School of Nursing is committed to advancing interprofessionalism and exploring team care as the pathway to better outcomes for both patients and providers. Penn Nursing and Penn Medicine are actively turning the ambition of team care into a reality by creating a working model for a new era of interprofessional education and practice in healthcare. Nurses, physicians, quality managers, and students go on rounds together and meet regularly to discuss patient progress and discharge plans. Decisions about patient care happen in real time, informed jointly by this interprofessional team.


Jacqueline Harper and Linda Schnolis examine a neonate lying in a baby warmer shortly after its birth. Ms. Harper and Ms. Schnolis are se...
Jacqueline Harper and Linda Schnolis examine a neonate lying in a baby warmer shortly after its birth. Ms. Harper and Ms. Schnolis are second degree nursing students enrolled in the Nursing Care of the Pediatric Patient course. This week students learn the physical exam findings of pediatric patients at different ages in order to be better prepared for their clinical rotations at Children’s Hospital. In addition to learning normal findings, students participate in immersive simulations that allow them to apply what they learned.Steven Minicola, University Communications
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Students work in the Simuation Lab.
Students work in the Simuation Lab.Laurie Beck Peterson 2012

Don’t Go! Keeping Nursing at the Bedside

The news of a nursing workforce shortage is everywhere, but reality is complicated. Keeping nurses at the bedside in communities where they’re needed is crucial—and knowing how and why the problems exist (and can be fixed) is just as important.