An Academic-Practice Partnership: Fostering Collaboration and Improving Care Across Settings

Ashley Roach, Sherrill Hooke

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Background Through the Veterans Affairs Nursing Academic Partnership (VANAP), baccalaureate nursing students and faculty participated in practice innovations in a Veterans Affairs Health Care System. Nationally, VANAP has attempted to bridge gaps between theory and practice and across care settings. Approach In a population health course, nursing students were placed in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Through activities such as postconferences and population-based projects, students joined forces with Veterans Affairs staff on issues that affected veterans' health care. Outcomes Two student groups worked on amputation prevention from opposite ends of the spectrum. Their projects, with the continuation of these by faculty and staff, resulted in 47% decrease in vascular-related hospital readmissions. Conclusions Student placements in settings across the care continuum improved communication between the settings. The enhanced partnership between the 2 organizations addressed a relevant, meaningful patient care issue.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)98-101
Number of pages4
JournalNurse Educator
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2019


  • Academic-Practice Partnership
  • Care Continuum
  • Nursing Students
  • Partnership
  • Veterans Care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing
  • Education
  • Fundamentals and skills
  • LPN and LVN


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