Academic Nursing Practice

Academic Nursing Practice

Academic Nursing Practice

Academic Nursing Practice

Synopsis

This book describes how to develop and implement these nurse-managed practices, based on the extensive experience of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, along with case examples from other programs. Practical strategies described include securing university support, outside funding, and academic-community partnerships.

Excerpt

Recognition of the importance of clinical practice to schools of nursing has accelerated over the past several decades. Deans and faculty have tried a range of models to enhance opportunities to make practice an essential component of their school's mission—right alongside of education and scholarship. Examples include the unification model, partnerships with health institutions, faculty practice plans, nurse-managed centers, joint appointments, clinical appointments, joint practices, and collaborative practice arrangements. We conceptualized this book with the conviction that a collection of chapters describing a decade of work—1992 to 2002—to integrate the education, research, and practice components of the mission of a school of nursing would be useful to others. We chose to title the book Academic Nursing Practice: Helping to Shape the Future of Healthcare because of our intense belief that nursing holds many of the solutions to the access, quality, and cost problems facing healthcare systems today.

In the five chapters of Part I, we define academic nursing practice and lay out the vision held in the early 1990s—based on a long history—for its promise as an integral component of the tripartite mission of research, education, and practice. Strategic implications for a range of academic practice models are described, together with the importance of strategic planning to guide successful academic practice initiatives. We use our own experience at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing to illuminate challenges related to retrofitting practice into a research-intensive institution. Part ii focuses in more detail on some of the strategic resources that contribute to academic nursing practice success. Seven of these chapters describe business expertise, financial support and visibility, infrastructure, information systems, resources for integrating research and . . .

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