Development and Validation of an Operational Model for Nursing Academic-Practice Partnerships : Nurse Educator

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Development and Validation of an Operational Model for Nursing Academic-Practice Partnerships

Moss, Angela PhD, APRN, ANP-BC, FAAN; Cygan, Heide DNP, RN, PHNA-BC; Geis, Alice DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC; Bejster, Mallory DNP, RN, CNL; Ferry-Rooney, Raechel DNP, APRN, ANP-BC; Kalensky, Melissa DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, CNE; Delaney, Kathleen R. PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FAAN; Cavenagh, Yasmin DNP, MPH, RN; Gallagher, Terry DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CNL; Garbarz, Krzysztof DNP, APRN, FNP-BC; Rousseau, Jennifer DNP, APRN, WHNP-BC, CNE

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Nurse Educator ():10.1097/NNE.0000000000001432, April 28, 2023. | DOI: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000001432



Several definitions and guiding principles for nursing academic-practice partnerships exist.


There remains a gap between academic-practice partnership definitions and practical operational models, thereby limiting schools of nursing ability to engage in productive partnerships. This article describes the development and validation of a novel Operational Model for Nursing Academic-Practice Partnerships.


An email survey of all nursing faculty (n = 228) identified quantity and types of faculty-led academic-practice partnerships. Quantitative data were analyzed using descriptive statistics. Qualitative data were analyzed via thematic analysis conducted by 2 members of the project team and validated by the full project team.


The Operational Model for Academic-Practice Partnerships was created and is comprised of 8 partnership strategies: innovation, embedded faculty, joint appointment, consultant, independent practice, volunteer, scholarship, and clinical site development.


We offer this model as a framework to structure the development, implementation, and evaluation of academic-practice partnerships at nursing schools.

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