Through the Veterans Affairs Nursing Academic Partnership (VANAP), baccalaureate nursing students and faculty participated in practice innovations in a Veterans Affairs Health Care System. Nationally, VANAP has attempted to bridge gaps between theory and practice and across care settings.
In a population health course, nursing students were placed in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Through activities such as postconferences and population-based projects, students joined forces with Veterans Affairs staff on issues that affected veterans' health care.
Two student groups worked on amputation prevention from opposite ends of the spectrum. Their projects, with the continuation of these by faculty and staff, resulted in 47% decrease in vascular-related hospital readmissions.
Student placements in settings across the care continuum improved communication between the settings. The enhanced partnership between the 2 organizations addressed a relevant, meaningful patient care issue.
Author Affiliations: Clinical Instructor and Veterans Affairs Nursing Academic Partnership (VANAP) Nurse Faculty (Ms Roach), School of Nursing, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland; Clinical Instructor and VANAP Nurse Faculty (Ms Hooke), Nursing Professional Services, VA Portland Health Care System, Oregon.
The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
Correspondence: Ms Roach, School of Nursing, Oregon Health & Science University, 3455 SW US Veterans Hospital Rd, Portland, OR 97239 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Accepted for publication: April 16, 2018
Published ahead of print: July 6, 2018
Cite this article as: Roach A, Hooke S. An academic-practice partnership: fostering collaboration and improving care across settings. Nurse Educ. 2019;44(2):98–101. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000557