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Meritorious Academic Partnership Designation

Recognizing Nursing Professional Development in Graduate Curricula

Harper, Mary G. PhD, RN-BC; Burke, Kathleen G. PhD, RN-BC, CENP, FAAN; Keim, Susan K. PhD, MSN, MS, CRNP; Morgan, Larissa MSN, RN-BC; Maloney, Patsy EdD, MSN, RN-BC, CEN, NEA-BC

Journal for Nurses in Professional Development: September/October 2019 - Volume 35 - Issue 5 - p 240–247
doi: 10.1097/NND.0000000000000572
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Graduate nursing education programs’ focus on preparation for academia results in many graduate nurses being unprepared to function as nursing professional development (NPD) practitioners in the practice environment. This article describes the development of an innovative collaborative partnership designation program and how a specialty organization, health system, and academia partnered to create an educational program to prepare NPD practitioners. The designation program provides a practical tool for use by NPD departments to advocate for the NPD specialty.

Mary G. Harper, PhD, RN-BC, is Director of Nursing Professional Development, Association for Nursing Professional Development, Chicago, Illinois.

Kathleen G. Burke, PhD, RN-BC, CENP, FAAN, is Corporate Director, Nursing Professional Development and Innovation, and Co-Director, Continuing Interprofessional Education, and Advanced Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia.

Susan K. Keim, PhD, MSN, MS, CRNP, is Program Director, Nursing & Healthcare Administration and Health Leadership Graduate Programs, and Co-Vice Chair, Biobehavioral Health Sciences Department, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia.

Larissa Morgan, MSN, RN-BC, is a Nursing Professional Development Specialist, The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and Course Director, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia.

Patsy Maloney, EdD, MSN, RN-BC, CEN, NEA-BC, is Senior Lecturer, Nursing and Healthcare Leadership, University of Washington Tacoma.

Dr. Harper is a consultant with the Association for Nursing Professional Development. The rest of the authors declare no conflict of interest.

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Mary G. Harper, 1832 S. Central Avenue, Flagler Beach, FL 32136 (e-mail:

Online date: August 19, 2019

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