The Academic-Practice Partnership: Educating Future Nurses

Nurs Adm Q. 2021 Oct-Dec;45(4):E1-E11. doi: 10.1097/NAQ.0000000000000487.


Strong partnerships are essential to lead the innovative change needed to prepare future nurses who demonstrate quality and safety competence. Successful models involve senior leadership, a shared vision, mutual goals, mutual respect, and an access to shared knowledge. The academic-practice partnership between a private university-based school of nursing and its affiliated health care system facilitated the implementation of a new Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program track to provide a seamless education to practice pathway for graduate nurses educated with quality and safety competencies and to meet the workforce demands of the health care system. The academic-practice model is based on the Guiding Principles outlined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing-American Organization of Nurse Leaders (AACN-AONL) Task Force on Academic Practice Partnerships. As a result of this partnership, 84% of the program's graduates accepted a position with the health care partner as an advanced medical-surgical nurse, and student outcomes in quality and safety competencies were encouraging.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Leadership
  • Models, Educational*
  • Nurses*
  • Universities