An academic-practice partnership (APP) in nursing is described as a formal and reciprocal relationship established between a school of nursing and academic health center (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2016). Nursing schools can develop relationships with non-academic health care organizations as well, such as community health centers and public health departments. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and AONL have partnered over the last 12 years to advance the nursing profession and nursing workforce through leading national initiatives to increase and expand APPs (AACN, 2016; Beal & Zimmerman, 2019). APPs can serve both partners through shared vision, mission, goals and resources. Additionally, APPs can help to increase the clinical nursing workforce, improve the nursing research efforts for both organizations, enhance systems leadership and policy, enhance the nursing education of licensed nurses and expand academic nursing programs with expert faculty and relevant programming (AACN, 2016). Nurse practitioner (NP) programs can be served well by APPs in the development of faculty practice opportunities, clinical preceptor relationships and academic NP programs.
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