Leading Initiatives

Academic-Practice Partnerships

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Approved by the AACN Board of Directors in March 2010, a joint task force was convened by AACN and the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) to develop resources for nursing leaders looking to develop and sustain effective academic–practice partnerships.  While this collaboration continues through the newly formed AACN-AONE Academic-Practice Partnership Steering Committee, the following resources are now available:

Guiding Principles for Academic-Practice Partnerships

Endorsed by both AACN and AONE, these 8 guiding principles will help nursing leaders to develop collaborative arrangements based on common goals, mutual respect, and shared knowledge.

Interactive Tool Kit for Developing and Sustaining Partnerships

This tool kit was designed to facilitate the development, growth, and evaluation of academic-practice partnerships as a fundamental condition to advance nursing practice and improve the quality of care. In addition to exemplars, resources were created to guide you from start to finish in developing a partnership.

Partnership expectation and outcome matrix


September 9, 2014
Academic-Practice Partnerships in Action
11:00 AM-12:00 pm (ET)

View current and past Webinars hosted by the Academic Practice Partnership Initiative.

Articles and Presentations

Literature Review on Academic-Practice Partnerships

This table contains a detailed summary of the literature on academic-practice partnerships for the past decade.

Survey on Academic-Practice Partnerships

This document summarizes the data from the national survey on partnerships conducted with deans, chief nurse officers, and directors of community health/public health agencies.

Focus Group Sessions

Findings from a series of AACN-AONE focus groups include details on current practices, barriers, successful partnerships, and recommendations related to academic-practice partnerships.