Academic-Practice Partnership Resources

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



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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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2022 Exemplary Academic-Practice Partnership Award Winners

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

  • Grand Valley State University College of Nursing
    • Partner: McLaren Health Care
  • Illinois State University College of Nursing
    • Parther: Community-Based Primary Care Clinic
  • Rush University College of Nursing
    • Partner: CommunityHealth
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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