Guiding Principles for Academic-Practice Partnerships

According to the American Association of College of Nurses (AACN)-American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) task force that developed these guiding principles, an academic-practice partnership is a mechanism for advancing nursing practice to improve the health of the public. Such intentional and formalized relationships are based on mutual goals, respect, and shared knowledge.

An academic-practice partnership is developed between a nursing education program and a care setting. Such relationships are defined broadly and may include partnerships within nursing, and other professions, corporations, government entities, and foundations.

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