Academic-Practice Partnerships: Building a sustainable model for Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) projects

Barbara K. Hinch, Sarah Livesay, Janet Stifter, Frederick Brown

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Background: DNP programs should follow the Academic-Practice Partnership guiding principles developed by the AACN-AONE Task Force of Academic Practice Partnerships (2012) to support students educational and practice experiences. This paper outlines the collaboration between a college of nursing (CON) and academic medical center in establishing a formal process for identification and vetting of student DNP projects. Methods: A collaborative committee called DNP Project Oversight Committee (DNPPOC) was formed. DNPPOC members outlined a number of processes to facilitate DNP project review, key stakeholder input, and developed several tools to accomplish the committee's goals. A survey was sent to DNPPOC members to solicit their feedback on meeting the committees overall goals. Results: Medical center leadership reported improvements in the collection of key DNP project information and the distribution of DNP projects across facilitators and geographic locations. There was also report of perceived improvement in the overall quality of student learning opportunities, strategic direction of DNP projects, and alignment between CON and healthcare system goals. Conclusions: Processes developed by the DNPPOC have allowed the organization to handle the increase in DNP projects and maximize organizational resources. The DNPPOC structure has ensured high-quality DNP projects and that DNP students are prepared to be leaders in quality improvement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)569-578
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Professional Nursing
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2020


  • Academic-Practice Partnership
  • DNP project
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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