Exemplary Academic-Practice Partnership Award

This annual award recognizes AACN member institutions involved in highly productive and model academic-practice partnerships.

Nominations are closed

Frequency of Awards 

This award is presented annually at the AACN Academic Nursing Leadership Conference.

Award Criteria 
  • The academic-practice partnership demonstrates an innovative and sustained relationship that extends beyond clinical placements.
  • The partnership demonstrates a commitment to the Guiding Principles for Academic-Practice Partnerships developed by AACN and AONL. To view, go to www.aacnnursing.org/Academic-Practice-Partnerships.
  • The academic-practice partnership demonstrates positive outcomes that are measurable.
  • The partnership has been in place for at least a year.
Submission Process 

Nominations can be made by submitting the following information to AACN:

  • One-page Description of the Academic-Practice Partnership
  • Tool Kit Summary Document
  • Partnership Expectations and Outcomes Matrix

Submit via email to Jennifer Ahearn at jahearn@aacnnursing.org.

Note that exemplars and sample submissions can be found at www.aacnnursing.org/Academic-Practice-Partnerships.

For the Tool Kit Summary and Outcomes Matrix, you may use the templates online or create your own document. Schools may submit only one award nomination in any given year. Deadline to submit a nomination is June 3, 2022.

Presentation of Awards 

The awards committee is looking for submissions that represent the full spectrum of AACN member institutions, including nominations from small schools and private schools. All nominations will be reviewed by an awards review committee and approved by the AACN Board of Directors. The review committee reserves the right not to recommend an award in any given year. The dean/director of the program receiving the award and the practice representative will be recognized at the AACN Academic Nursing Leadership Conference and highlighted in AACN newsletters and press releases as well as on the AACN website. A plaque will be provided to both the dean and the practice partner.


For more information, contact Jennifer Ahearn, Chief Operating Officer, at jahearn@aacnnursing.org.

Congratulations to the 2022 Award Recipient!

Grand Valley State University College of Nursing and McLaren Health Care

Illinois State University College of Nursing and Community-Based Primary Care Clinic

Rush University College of Nursing and CommunityHealth

See all past Award Winners >>