Original ArticlesThe Academic-Practice Partnership Educating Future NursesRobertson, Bethany DNP, CNM, FNAP; McDermott, Carrie PhD, APRN, ACNS-BC; Star, Jessica MPH, MA; Clevenger, Carolyn K. DNP, GNP-BC, AGPCNP-BC, FAANP, FGSA Author Information Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia (Drs Robertson and Clevenger); Emory Healthcare, Atlanta, Georgia (Dr McDermott); and Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta, Georgia (Ms Star). Correspondence: Bethany Robertson, DNP, CNM, FNAP, Clinical, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, 1520 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA, 30322 ([email protected]). The authors thank Sally Wolff-King and Linda Lewin for their technical/editorial assistance. Bethany Robertson, Carolyn K. Clevenger, and Carrie McDermott all are employed by the institutions referenced in this article. The authors declare no conflict of interest. Nursing Administration Quarterly: October/December 2021 - Volume 45 - Issue 4 - p E1-E11 doi: 10.1097/NAQ.0000000000000487 Buy Metrics Abstract Strong partnerships are essential to lead the innovative change needed to prepare future nurses who demonstrate quality and safety competence. Successful models involve senior leadership, a shared vision, mutual goals, mutual respect, and an access to shared knowledge. The academic-practice partnership between a private university-based school of nursing and its affiliated health care system facilitated the implementation of a new Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program track to provide a seamless education to practice pathway for graduate nurses educated with quality and safety competencies and to meet the workforce demands of the health care system. The academic-practice model is based on the Guiding Principles outlined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing-American Organization of Nurse Leaders (AACN-AONL) Task Force on Academic Practice Partnerships. As a result of this partnership, 84% of the program's graduates accepted a position with the health care partner as an advanced medical-surgical nurse, and student outcomes in quality and safety competencies were encouraging. © 2021 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.