A clinical academic practice partnership: A clinical education redesign

Pamela R. Jeffries, Linda E Rose, Anne E. Belcher, Deborah Dang, Jo Fava Hochuli, Debbie Fleischmann, Linda Gerson, Mary Ann Greene, Elizabeth Jordan, Vicki L. Krohn, Susan Sartorius-Merganthaler, Jo Marie Walrath

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The clinical academic practice partnership (CAPP), a clinical redesign based on the dedicated education unit concept, was developed and implemented by large, private school of nursing in collaboration with 4 clinical partners to provide quality clinical education, to explore new clinical models for the future, and to test an innovative clinical education design. An executive steering committee consisting of nursing leaders and educators from the school of nursing and the clinical institutions was established as the decision-making and planning components, with several collaborative task forces initiated to conduct the work and to accomplish the goals. This article will describe methods to initiate and to organize the key elements of this dedicated education unit-type clinical model, providing examples and an overview of the steps and elements needed as the development proceeded. After 18 months of implementation in 4 different nursing programs in 4 different clinical institutions, the clinical redesign has shown to be a positive initiative, with students actively requesting CAPP units for their clinical experiences. Preliminary findings and outcomes will be discussed, along with nursing education implications for this new clinical redesign.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)128-136
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Professional Nursing
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2013


  • Academic
  • Clinical
  • Clinical academic partnership
  • Clinical academic practice
  • Clinical education
  • Education
  • Evaluation
  • Partnership
  • Preceptor
  • Unit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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