Academic Practice Partnerships

Academic Practice Partnerships–Focusing on Quality and Safety

Academic Practice Partnerships Web Resources

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

Resources to Develop and Sustain an Academic-Practice Partnership

These resources were developed through the initiatives of the 2011-2016 AACN-AONE Academic-Practice Partnership Steering Committee and can be found at:

On-Demand Webinars:  This webinar series highlights outstanding examples of interprofessional engagement happening across the nation in response to recommendations contained in the groundbreaking report on Advancing Healthcare Transformation: A New Era for Academic Nursing.

View past webinars hosted by the Academic-Practice Partnership Initiative. 

Online Discussion:  Designed for both academic and practice representatives, this online collaboration community provides a forum to share information and resources, learn about innovative partnerships, discuss ways to measure success, connect with potential partners in your region and network with peers.

Graduate and Certificate Programs in Quality and Safety:

Capella University Minneapolis, Minnesota▼
Drexel University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania*▼
Franklin University Columbus, Ohio▼
George Washington UniversityWashington, DC▼
Georgetown University Washington, DC▼
Jacksonville UniversityJacksonville, FL♦
Johns Hopkins University. Baltimore, MD▼
Mary Baldwin University Staunton, Virginia▼
Maryville University Saint Louis, Missouri▼
MidAmerica Nazarene University Olathe, Kansas*▼
Northwestern UniversityChicago, IL ▼♦
Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale, Florida▼
Regis UniversityDenver, Colorado ♦
Sam Houston State UniversityHuntsville, TX ▼
Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, NH*♦
Thomas Jefferson UniversityPhiladelphia, PA▼
University of AlabamaBirmingham, AL▼
University of Illinois ChicagoChicago, Illinois▼
University of Southern MainePortland, ME▼
Western Governors University Salt Lake City, Utah▼

*Graduate Program in Nursing

▼Graduate Program – Interdisciplinary

♦ Certificate Program

Technology Resources

A New Era for Academic Nursing Webinar Series

This webinar series highlights outstanding examples of interprofessional engagement happening across the nation in response to recommendations contained in the groundbreaking report on Advancing Healthcare Transformation: A New Era for Academic Nursing.

A New Era for Academic Nursing: From Concept to Action 

Advancing Healthcare Transformation: The New Era Award – A Focus on Faculty Practice 

Getting Beyond Engagement: The Marriage of Education and Practice 

Linking to Improve Nursing Knowledge 

How an Innovative Academic-Practice Partnership is Improving Patient Outcomes


AACN (2018). AACN and AONE Join Forces to Advance New Models of Care and Address Nursing Workforce Issues  Releases/View/Articled/21536/aacn-aone

American Association of Colleges in Nursing. White Paper: Re-Envisioning the Clinical Education of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses.

Date: 2015Date accessed: March 7, 2019

American Association of Colleges of Nursing. AACN’s Vision for Academic Nursing White Paper. accessed: November 30, 2019

American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2019) AACN-AONE Academic Practice Partnership Toolkit.  Kit Accessed November 30, 2019.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Advancing Healthcare Transformation: A New Era for Academic Nursing. 2016; Accessed November 30, 2019.

Amirehsani, K.A.  Kennedy-Malone, L., Alam, M.T.(2019) “Supporting Preceptors and 

Strengthening Academic-Practice Partnerships: Preceptors’ Perceptions” The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, September Vol. 15, No. 8, Pages e151–e156


Beal, J.A., Alt-White, A., Erickson, J., Everett, L., Fleshner, I., Karshmer, J., Swider, S., Gasle,S., Academic Practice Partnerships: A National Dialogue Journal of Professional 

Nursing Vol 28, # 6, November–December 2012, Pages 327-332

Beal, J. A. &Zimmermann, D. (2019) Academic-Practice Partnerships: Update on the National Initiative, JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration: December Vol 49 -#12 – p 577–579 

doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000817

Bender, M., Baker, P., Harris, J., Hites, L., LaPointe, R., Murphy, E.A., Roussel, L., Spiva, L.A., Stanley, L. Thomas, P., Williams, M. (2019)“Advancing the clinical nurse leader 

model through academic-practice-policy partnership”  Nursing Outlook, Vol. 67, Issue 4,  p345–353Published online: February 16, 2019July–August, 2019Volume 67, Issue 4, 

Pages 345–353

Berte, C.M. Each one, teach one. (2016) J Nurse Pract. 2016;12:e397–e398

Clark, C.A., Kent, K.A., Riesner, S.A. (2018) A new approach for solving an old problem in nurse practitioner clinical education. J Nurse Pract. 2018;14:e69–e75

Didion J, Kozy MA, Koffel C, Oneail K. (2013). Academic/Clinical partnership and collaboration in Quality and Safety Education for Nurses education. J Prof Nurs. 2013 

Mar-Apr;29(2):88-94. doi: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2012.12.004.

DeBourgh, G.A. (2011). Synergy for Patient Safety and Quality: Academic and Service Partnerships to Promote Effective Nurse Education and Clinical Practice. 

J Prof Nurs. 2012 Jan-Feb;28(1):48-61. doi: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2011.06.003.

Flores, D., Hickenlooper, G., Saxton, R., (September 30, 2013) “An Academic Practice Partnership: Helping New Registered Nurses to Advance Quality and Patient Safety” OJIN: The Online Journal 

of Issues in Nursing Vol. 18, No. 3, Manuscript 3. DOI: 10.3912/OJIN.Vol18No03Man03

Gale, S. A., Beal, J. A. (August 2013) “Building Academic-Practice Partnerships: Sharing Best Practices” Nurse Leader Volume 11, Issue 4, Pages 21–24.


Institute of Medicine (2010). The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Washington, DC: National Academies Press.

Koffel, C; Burke, K.G., McGuinn,K., Miltner, R. S. Integration of Quality and Safety Education for Nurses Into Practice Academic-Practice Partnership’s Role. Nurse Educator: September/October  2017 – Volume 42 – Issue 5S – p S49–S52  doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000424

Maryland Organization of Nurse Leaders. (2019). Press release. June 4, 2019. Accessed November 30, 2019

Mertens, K, (2019)  Past, Present, and Future AAACN Viewpoint Vol. 41, # 1,  (Jan/Feb): 2,14.

Mulready-Shick , J., Kafel, K.W.,  Banister, G., & Mylott, L., (2009).  Enhancing Quality and Safety Competency Development at the Unit Level: An Initial Evaluation of Student 

Learning and Clinical Teaching on Dedicated Education Units. Journal of Nursing Education. 2009;48(12):716-719.

Newton, W.P., Brown, A. Community-Based Health Professions Education: Who Will Teach Our Students? A Report by the NC AHEC ProgramNorth Carolina Area Health 

Education Centers Program, Chapel Hill, NC; 2016  content/uploads/2018/02/PreceptingReportSurvey_2018.pdf

Date accessed: November 30, 2019

Roberts, M.E., Wheeler, K.J., Tyler, D.O., Padden, D.L. Precepting nurse practitioner students: a new view—results of two national surveys of nurse practitioner preceptors. J Am 

Assoc Nurse Pract. 2017;29:484–491 DOI:

Shepard Battle, L. (2018) “Academic-practice partnerships and patient outcomes”  Nursing Management. Vol 49 # 1 – p 34–40.  doi: 10.1097/01.NUMA.0000527717.13135.f4

Shinners, J., Franqueiro, T. The nursing professional development practitioner and preceptor Role development. J Nurses Prof Dev. 2017;33:45–46  


Webb, J., Lopez, R.P., Guarino, A.J. Incentives and barriers to precepting nurse practitioner studentsJ Nurse Pract. 2015;11:782–789


Wright, P., Cranmer, J. N. (October/December 2018) “Leveraging Graduate Academic-Practice Partnerships to Transform Health System Outcomes”  Nursing Administration 

Quarterly: October/December 2018 – Volume 42 – Issue 4 – p 324–330. doi: 10.1097/NAQ.0000000000000311

Poster Presentations

Goodin, J., Schwyter, D., Kroger-Jarvis, M.(2019)Facilitating Role Development of Novice Clinical Instructors in Dedicated Education Units Through Mentoring”  presented at 

45th Biennial Sigma Theta Tau Convention 2019 Theme: Connect. Collaborate. Catalyze.

Goodin, J. M., & Schwytzer, D. J. (2019.). “Building Practice Partnerships: Facilitating Role Development of Novice Clinical Instructors in Dedicated Education Units”. 45th Biennial 

Sigma Theta Tau Convention 2019 Theme: Connect. Collaborate. Catalyze.

Contact Information

Judy Didion PhD, RN Dean and ProfessorOakland University, School of Nursing433 Meadow Brook RoadRochester, Michigan  48309-4452   
248-364-8787248-364-8783 (fax)
Marianne P. Barba, MS, RNAdjunct Faculty University of Rhode Island , College of Nursing2 Dairy Farm DriveWest Warwick, RI  02893marianne-barba@URI.eduClinical Development Specialist Rhode Island Hospital 593 Eddy StreetProvidence, RI  029031-401-829-0716