Better Together: A Win-Win Pediatric Academic Partnership
Victoria Niederhauser, Laura Barnes, Deb Chyka, Nan Gaylord, Linda Mefford, Lynn Miller, and Sandra J. Mixer
As healthcare facilities and academic nursing programs are challenged to be efficient and effective in light of an ever-changing healthcare system, recent literature
has focused on the value of creating academic practice partnerships. Using the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Academic Practice Partnership Guiding Principles, a children’s hospital and state university are working collaboratively to improve evidence-based practice and research, create innovative educational opportunities for undergraduate and advanced practice students, promote academic progression that enables nurses to advance their education, improve access to health care services for underserved families, and implement initiatives that improve patient- and family-centered care. This article will describe the initiatives, processes, and outcomes of this fruitful partnership. The examples we provide using the Academic Practice Partnership Guiding Principles can be adapted in other healthcare facilities and nursing programs.