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Building a Practice-Focused Academic-Practice Partnership

Dols, Jean Dowling PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE; Hoke, Mary M. PhD, APHN-BC, RN-BC, ANEF; Allen, David DNP, RN, CCNS-BC, CCRN

JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration: July/August 2019 - Volume 49 - Issue 7/8 - p 377–383
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000771

A practice-focused academic-practice partnership merging the strengths and resources of 2 faith-based community organizations built evidence-based practice, nursing research, and innovative nursing programs. The unique partnership emphasizing quality care and patient outcomes resulted in hospital-acquired infection reduction, interventional research reducing readmissions, clinical redesign, increased percentage of bachelor's degree–prepared nurses, and dissemination through publication and presentation. Key elements to partnership success were shared mission and vision, program oversight, strong contract, and annual plans with specific measurable outcomes.

Author Affiliations: Professor (Dr Dols) and Dean and Professor (Dr Hoke), School of Nursing and Health Professions, University of the Incarnate Word; and Chief Nursing Officer (Dr Allen), Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital, San Antonio, Texas.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Dols, University of the Incarnate Word, 4301 Broadway CPO#300, San Antonio, TX 78209 (

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