Academic-Practice Partnerships Resources


The following resources are available for nursing leaders looking to develop and sustain effective academic-practice partnerships.



Guiding Principles
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Implementation Tool Kit
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Expectation and Outcome Matrix
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Award Opportunities
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The 2024 AACN-Gold Interprofessional in Healthcare Award - A New Honor that celebrates and elevates the collaboration of physicians and nurses. Nominate a pair/team by May 1Nominate a Nurse-Physician Pair for the 2024 AACN-Gold Interprofessional Humanism in Healthcare Award

Nominate a pair who are working collaboratively to deliver humanistic patient care.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing and The Arnold P. Gold Foundation jointly created this new award to celebrate and recognize the impact of interprofessional collaboration between nurses and physicians that has fostered humanism in healthcare. We define humanism in healthcare as collaborative, compassionate and scientifically excellent care that places the interests, values and dignity of all people at the core of every healthcare interaction.

Deadline to submit a nomination: May 1, 2024

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AACN/AONL Dialogue Report

AACN & AONL: Working Together to Address Shared Challenges

Earlier this year, leaders and member representatives from the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) held a series of conversations to build a better understanding of the challenges facing nurses in practice and academia as well as opportunities for collaboration. With discussion centered on workforce supply, faculty shortages, and budget constraints, challenges shared among nurse leaders across settings include:

  • Advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging
  • Recruiting nurses from diverse backgrounds
  • Developing leadership
  • Strengthening the image of nursing
  • Maximizing the impact of rapidly changing technology (e.g., simulation labs, online learning, EHR/EMRs)

Click the link below to download the summary report that shows AONL and AACN's shared commitment to address these complex concerns and to continue dialogue.

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2023 Exemplary Academic-Practice Partnership Award Winners

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

  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing
    Partner: Jefferson County Department of Health 
  • Duke University School of Nursing
    Partner: Duke University Health System
  • University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Nursing
    Partner: LeBonheur Children’s Hospital


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What Practice Partners Need to Know About the AACN Essentials

Preparing practice-ready nurses to thrive across all healthcare settings is a top priority for academic nursing. Sweeping changes in healthcare delivery, including new models of care delivery, emerging technology, and health system restructuring call for a new approach to how nurses are educated and transitioned into the workforce. The transformational work can only be achieved through close collaboration among nurses in academia and practice

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New Era Report

New Era Report

AACN's report titled Advancing Healthcare Transformation: A New Era for Academic Nursing addresses how baccalaureate and higher degree schools of nursing can amplify their role in improving health and health care at the local, state, and national levels.

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