Academic-Practice Partnerships Tool Kit

Academic-Practice Partnerships Tool Kit

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Simmons College, Boston, MA
Judy Beal, Dean
Visiting Nurses Association of Boston

 

PLAYERS

Preparing for Your First Meeting

What do you and your partner need to know about you and your organization?

We are familiar with each other’s organizations.  The VNA of Boston has been a clinical partner for 20+ years.  Adele Pike is on the Advisory Board.

Initial Meeting

What is the right partnership activity for you and your partner?

Both institutions benefit from the creation and ongoing development of the VNAB’s Carelinks program, which offers home care clinical experiences for students and increased VNAB presence in selected Assisted Living facilities and elderly housing programs in the greater Boston area.  Similarly, both institutions benefit from collaborative Blackboard Vista website that serves as an electronic home care resource library for faculty, educators, students and clinical partners.

What documents about your organization should you bring to the meeting?

VNAB will bring detailed description of Carelinks Program.  SC brought copies of their latest CCNE Accreditation Report and course syllabi for community health and senior capstone experience.

PARTNERSHIP ACTIVITIES

What do you have to offer?

The Partnership benefits the Visiting Nurse Association of Boston by providing access to resources and experts who can help identify and translate research into practice so that patient outcomes are improved and costs are contained.  It also offers the possibility of collaborating in research and quality improvement projects related to home care practice.  It provides VNAB nurses opportunities to develop their practices through exposure to experts, Continuing Education offerings, and opportunities to guest teach or precept in Community Health clinical courses.  It also introduces student nurses to home care and to the VNAB as a future employer.

The Partnership benefits Simmons College by providing access to clinical sites and faculty.  It will provide Simmons masters and doctoral level students and faculty with research opportunities for professional collaborations for faculty and VNAB staff.

What is your vision for this partnership and does your partner share this vision?

The Visiting Nurse Association of Boston and Simmons College Department of Health Sciences propose a Partnership for Advancing Home Care Education and Practice.  This partnership is a collaborative endeavor between the two institutions that seek to achieve four goals.  First, to educate undergraduate and graduate health sciences students in hoe care practice.  Second, to educate, recruit and retain a Home Care workforce that is prepared to deliver evidence-based, cost effective, person-centered, technically competent and compassionate care to individuals and their families in their home settings.  Third, to improve patient outcomes by advancing current home care practice, particularly the care delivered to chronically ill and elderly individuals, in accordance with research findings and best practice standards.  And fourth, to pursue scholarship and uncover knowledge that will continue to inform and advance home care practice and education.

Who else needs to be involved in both organizations? Is top leadership involved?

The top leadership and clinical faculty of both organizations serve on the Advisory Board of the Partnership.

What is the business case for the partnership?

Each institution will contribute financial support to cover costs incurred in meeting the goals of the Partnership.  This support may take the form of in-kind, salary, and/or cash contributions.

Simmons may purchase the time qualified VNAB staff to perform clinical teaching responsibilities for students each semester.  Such buy out would include 150 hours per semester of staff time, home care placements sites, development of Carelinks programs in these sites, and bag supplies for students.

Simmons agrees to provide VNA access to Blackboard Vista and both partners agree to update and develop this site.  Simmons also agrees to give VNAB access to clinical faculty consultation and the Electronic Library.

Subsequent Meetings

Do you have clarity on goals and vision?

Yes. The Visiting Nurse Association of Boston and Simmons College Department of Health Sciences propose a Partnership for Advancing Home Care Education and Practice.  This partnership is a collaborative endeavor between the two institutions that seek to achieve four goals.  First, to educate undergraduate and graduate health sciences students in hoe care practice.  Second, to educate, recruit and retain a Home Care workforce that is prepared to deliver evidence-based, cost effective, person-centered, technically competent and compassionate care to individuals and their families in their home settings.  Third, to improve patient outcomes by advancing current home care practice, particularly the care delivered to chronically ill and elderly individuals, in accordance with research findings and best practice standards.  And fourth, to pursue scholarship and uncover knowledge that will continue to inform and advance home care practice and education.

What are the details and timeline of the initiative?

The Partnership will be governed by an Advisory Board.  The purpose of this Advisory Board is to ensure that the goals of the Partnership are being met, to review, revise and add (delete) goals as needed.  Three representatives from each institution will serve on the advisory Board; the Director of Education at the VNAB will be one of the three members representing the VNAB.  The Advisory Board will be chaired by a member from either institution; responsibilities for chairing the board will rotate annually.  The Advisory Board will meet quarterly, with July 1st starting a new “year”.

What are the expected outcomes of the activity?

The Partnership benefits the Visiting Nurse Association of Boston by providing access to resources and experts who can help identify and translate research into practice so that patient outcomes are improved and costs are contained.  It also offers the possibility of collaborating in research and quality improvement projects related to home care practice.  It provides VNAB nurses opportunities to develop their practices through exposure to experts, Continuing Education offerings, and opportunities to guest teach or precept in Community Health clinical courses.  It also introduces student nurses to home care and to the VNAB as a future employer.

The Partnership benefits Simmons College by providing access to clinical sites and faculty.  It will provide Simmons masters and doctoral level students and faculty with research opportunities for professional collaborations for faculty and VNAB staff.

ENVIRONMENT

Time

Is this the right time for this partnership?

Yes.

What are the issues that will facilitate or impede the development of the partnership?

Nothing at this time.

What is the time commitment for the partners?

This is five year renewable MOU.

There are quarterly meetings of the Advisory Board.

VNAB faculty members have a semester by semester commitment for teaching. Typically this is once a week.

Whose time will be required?

Advisory Board member

SC Faculty

VNAB Faculty

When will meetings be scheduled?

Quarterly.

Space

What space is required for the activity?

VNAB or SC offices for Advisory Board meetings

CareLinks sites for clinical placements

What equipment and supplies are needed?

N/A

What money is needed?

Each institution will contribute financial support to cover costs incurred in meeting the goals of the Partnership.  This support may take the form of in-kind, salary, and/or cash contributions.

Simmons may purchase the time qualified VNAB staff to perform clinical teaching responsibilities for students each semester.  Such buy out would include 150 hours per semester of staff time, home care placements sites, development of Carelinks programs in these sites, and bag supplies for students.

Simmons agrees to provide VNA access to Blackboard Vista and both partners agree to update and develop this site.  Simmons also agrees to give VNAB access to clinical faculty consultation and the Electronic Library.

Where are we meeting?

SC or VNAB

Where will we present outcomes?

At regional and national conferences

Regulation

What are the policies or regulatory issues that will impede or facilitate development of the partnership on both sides?

N/A

Context

How will the partnership be funded?

Each institution will contribute financial support to cover costs incurred in meeting the goals of the Partnership.  This support may take the form of in-kind, salary, and/or cash contributions.

Simmons may purchase the time qualified VNAB staff to perform clinical teaching responsibilities for students each semester.  Such buy out would include 150 hours per semester of staff time, home care placements sites, development of Carelinks programs in these sites, and bag supplies for students.

Simmons agrees to provide VNA access to Blackboard Vista and both partners agree to update and develop this site.  Simmons also agrees to give VNAB access to clinical faculty consultation and the Electronic Library.

What are the constraints of both partners?

None at this point other than time

What history do the partners have with each other and each other’s institutions?

20+ years of collaboration.