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AACN-AONE Academic-Practice Partnerships Steering Committee

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This task force is charged with initiating a national dialogue on current and future best practices in academic-practice partnerships. The task force is specifically charged with developing a roadmap for nursing leaders to develop and sustain effective academic-practice partnerships. The task force will:

  • Document the historical perspectives on academic-practice partnerships in the profession of nursing.
  • Synthesize the current evidence based literature on academic-practice partnerships in nursing.
  • Identify and categorize current academic-practice initiatives and innovations across the country.
  • Identify the impact of such practices on academic and practice institutions and their constituencies.
  • Define the characteristics of effective academic-practice partnerships.
  • Identify facilitators and barriers to the establishment and continuity of effective academic-practice partnerships.
  • Identify strategies for nursing leaders in academe and practice to assist them in the development of effective partnerships.
  • Recommend opportunities for academic-practice innovations.
  • Develop Hallmarks of Excellence in Academic- Practice Partnership that include a set of critical elements essential for the development and sustainability of effective academic-practice partnerships.

The following factors will also be considered:

  • The task force will be comprised of leaders in academia and practice.
  • The academic-practice partnerships to be included in this report are specific to the discipline of nursing and include those that also foster inter-professional collaboration.
  • The task force will consider a variety of approaches to collecting data on best practices.
  • The task force will develop a process to assure stakeholder consensus from academic and practice leaders regarding the Hallmarks of Excellence in Academic-Practice Partnership..
  • The task force will develop a strategy for dissemination of recommendations.
  • The task force work will be completed by July 2011.

Please address your comments to either the chair or AACN staff liaison noted.

Judith Erickson, PhD, Co-Chair
Jacksonville University
School of Nursing
2800 University Blvd. N.
Jacksonville, FL 32211
(904) 256-7281
Fax: (904) 256-7287
jericks2@ju.edu

Sharon A. Gale, MSN, RN, Co-Chair
AONE Representative
Chief Executive Officer
Organization of Nurse Leaders, MA-RI
800 W. Cummings Park, Suite 5600
Woburn, MA 01801
781-272-3500
Fax: 781-272-3505
sgale@oonl.org

Judy Beal, DNSc,
Board Liaison
Simmons College
Department of Nursing
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 521-2532
Fax: (617) 521-3045
judy.beal@simmons.edu

Anna Alt-White, PhD
VA Headquarters (108)
810 Vermont Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20420
(202) 461-6963
Fax: (202) 461-00933
anna.alt-white@va.gov

Irene Fleshner, MHSA
Genesis Healthcare
101 East State St.
Kennett Square, PA 19348
(484) 678-4212
Fax: (610) 925-4000
Irene@renodavis.com

Judith Karshmer, PhD
University of San Francisco
School of Nursing
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080
(415) 422-2959
Fax: (415) 422-6877
jfkarshmer@usfca.edu

Susan Swider, PhD
Rush University
College of Nursing Office
600 S. Paulina St.
Armour Academic Center
Ste. 1028B
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 942-8826
Fax: (312) 942-6226
Susan_M_Swider@rush.edu

Jennifer Ahearn, MBA, Staff Liaison
Chief Operating Officer
(202) 463-6930 ext. 228
jahearn@aacn.nche.edu