Community-Academic Partnerships: Developing a Service-Learning Framework

Heather C. Voss, Launa Rae Mathews, Traci Fossen, Ginger Scott, Michele Schaefer

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Academic partnerships with hospitals and health care agencies for authentic clinical learning have become a major focus of schools of nursing and professional nursing organizations. Formal academic partnerships in community settings are less common despite evolving models of care delivery outside of inpatient settings. Community-Academic partnerships are commonly developed as a means to engage nursing students in service-learning experiences with an emphasis on student outcomes. The benefit of service-learning projects on community partners and populations receiving the service is largely unknown primarily due to the lack of structure for identifying and measuring outcomes specific to service-learning. Nursing students and their faculty engaged in service-learning have a unique opportunity to collaborate with community partners to evaluate benefits of service-learning projects on those receiving the service. This article describes the development of a service-learning framework as a first step toward successful measurement of the benefits of undergraduate nursing students' service-learning projects on community agencies and the people they serve through a collaborative community-academic partnership.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number922
Pages (from-to)395-401
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Professional Nursing
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015


  • Community-Academic partnerships
  • Index words
  • Nursing clinical education
  • Service-Learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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