Supported by visionary leadership, a unique strategic-academic partnership model was established with grant support between the University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, and 13 Maryland hospitals to prepare hospital-based staff nurses as clinical instructors. Participating hospitals gained masters’ degree–prepared nurses able to lead the achievement of clinical and organizational goals. The schools of nursing gained additional access to clinical education resources to enable increased undergraduate enrollment.
Author Affiliations: Professor (Dr Mills); Assistant Professor (Dr Hickman), Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, School of Nursing, University of Maryland, Baltimore; and Director (Dr Warren), Nursing Research, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland.
Grant support was provided to the authors by the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission in conjunction with the Maryland Higher Education Commission. The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
Correspondence: Dr Mills, School of Nursing, University of Maryland, 655 W. Lombard St, Rm 301, Baltimore, MD 21201 (firstname.lastname@example.org).