Author(s): Teel CS, MacIntyre RC, Murray TA, Rock KZ
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Abstract The concurrent nursing and faculty shortages continue to be critical issues for the nation's health care system. As academic nursing programs struggle with maintaining and increasing enrollment in the midst of a faculty shortage, one solution is to expand the faculty's capacity through innovative academic-service partnerships. Schools and clinical partners identified as having implemented innovative partnerships were invited to participate in this descriptive study. Site visitations to schools in Florida and Texas were conducted to gain in-depth knowledge of the clinical education model, the academic-service partnership, and the strengths and challenges associated with planning, implementing, and sustaining programs. Four underlying features were common across the successful implementation: supportive relationships, goodness of fit, flexibility, and communication. Consideration of the four features will be useful as nursing programs and their clinical partners are developing, implementing, and evaluating new models for increasing educational capacity and lessening the nursing shortage. Copyright 2011, SLACK Incorporated.
This article was published in J Nurs Educ
and referenced in Journal of Perioperative & Critical Intensive Care Nursing