In 2010 the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) joined forces and created the Task Force on Academic–Practice Partnerships to explore how nurses can partner more often and more effectively to strengthen nursing practice, advance health, and bring needed changes to the U.S. health care system.
Academic-practice partnerships are formalized relationships between an academic nursing program and care setting and may include other professionals, corporations, government entities, and foundations. Some examples of academic-practice partnerships include those between schools of nursing and acute care settings, community-based settings, and long-term care facilities. Research conducted on successful partnerships reveals that they have shared vision, common goals, ongoing commitment, shared knowledge, clear communication, and mutual respect.
The AACN and AONE will continue the work of the task force and the national dialogue to have nursing partners to advance the future of the profession and changes in health care. They have launched the AACN and AONE Academic-Practice Partnership Online Collaboration Community, a resource on the AACN website that offers tools and practical guidelines, as well as best practices to help those wanting to develop and sustain effective academic-practice partnerships.