For more than a decade, nursing education has experienced several significant changes in response to challenges faced by healthcare organizations. Accrediting organizations have called for improved quality and safety in care, and the Institute of Medicine has identified evidence-based practice and quality improvement as 2 core competencies to include in the curricula for all healthcare professionals. However, the application of these competencies reaches far beyond the classroom setting. For nurses to possess the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to apply evidence-based practice and quality improvement to the real-world setting, academic-clinical institution partnerships are vital.
St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri (Drs Balakas and Smith); and Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, St. Louis, Missouri (Dr Smith).
Corresponding Author: Joan R. Smith, PhD, RN, NNP-BC, St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis, MO 63110 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Disclosure: The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.
Submitted for publication: April 1, 2016; accepted for publication: May 14, 2016.