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Academic-Practice Partnerships to Reduce the Shortage of Operating Room Nurses

Plank, Linda, PhD, RN, NEA-BC

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000496
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The operating room (OR) is a unique practice environment for nurses; however, many baccalaureate nursing programs no longer include OR nursing in the curriculum. This is unfortunate because many ORs in the United States are experiencing shortages of nurses. This article describes 3 types of academic-practice partnerships by which nursing students can experience the OR environment. Specific learning opportunities in this area lead to more successful transition into practice for new graduates who select the OR as a career choice.

Author Affiliation: Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Louise Herrington School of Nursing, Baylor University. Dallas, Texas.

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Plank, Louise Herrington School of Nursing, Baylor University, 3700 Worth St, Dallas, TX 75246 (

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Accepted for publication: November 2, 2017

Published ahead of print: December 27, 2017

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