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Office of Nursing Research

Penn Nursing is the first school of nursing in the nation with an Office of Nursing Research dedicated to supporting scientific discoveries and translating nursing knowledge into new strategies for advancing healthcare.

Supporting Scientific Discovery 

Research produced here at the School of Nursing is nationally and internationally recognized. Our research, which helps inform and shape policy, is consistently published in a wide range of high-impact, interdisciplinary journals. Penn Nursing’s world-renowned investigators collectively rank near the top of all schools of nursing receiving federal funding.

Providing Comprehensive Services 

The Office of Nursing Research (ONR) offers a comprehensive suite of services designed to support faculty and students throughout the life-cycle of a grant. The ONR provides statistical support, conducts mock reviews that result in a high grant award success rate, offers guidance with regulatory compliance, and hosts a state-of-the-art laboratory designed to promote collaboration between faculty and students of all levels and encourage translational research.

The Office of Nursing Research Values

The Office of Nursing Research has 4 core values: trust, respect, integrity and purpose. Our goal is for these values to drive our interactions with each other and our constituents. These values govern our approach to provide assistance, share knowledge, and support innovation within an environment of inclusion, diversity and social equity.

  • Trust
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Purpose

Building Robust Funding Sources

Penn Nursing’s robust research portfolio boasts a wide range of funding mechanisms from NIH, AHRQ, CDC, and numerous foundations. Research at the School of Nursing is conducted through school-supported and grant-funded research centers. Faculty and student research efforts are vigorously supported through the ONR and the pilot grant program, major research awards, and the University’s significant resources.

Fostering Collaboration

Dedicated to continually expanding and strengthening Penn Nursing’s community knowledge base, the ONR offers colloquia spotlighting research topics of interest to better inform investigators across all levels of expertise. Additionally, the ONR connects Penn Nursing investigators with a broad network of multidisciplinary research colleagues so they can capitalize on overlapping areas of exploration with partners throughout the Penn community. The ONR also acts as a central liaison to the Perelman School of Medicine’s Biomedical Postdoctoral Program for Penn Nursing’s post-doctoral fellows.


Investing In Patient Care and Savings

Successful investment bankers have a nose for profitable innovation. In the case of Penn Nursing Board of Advisors member and Wharton alum John J. Rydzewski, he knew as soon as he heard Mary D. Naylor, PhD RN FAAN present early research findings for the Transitional Care Model (TCM) that it was potentially transformational. That led him to recently make a generous gift to Dr. Naylor’s work at Penn Nursing’s NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health.