Academic-clinical service partnerships are innovative strategies to advance patient safety competence and leadership in prelicensure nursing students

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Nurse-graduates today must be prepared to practice in a complicated healthcare system with numerous safety challenges. Although patient safety and quality competencies are a priority in nursing education, effective strategies for applying this knowledge into practice are needed. To meet this challenge, the Helene Fuld Leadership Program for the Advancement of Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing has developed an academic-clinical service partnership. Students are assigned to mentored, quality improvement projects in which they complete 100 hours over 2 semesters. This partnership links the Fuld Fellows with an interprofessional network of Johns Hopkins Medical Entity clinical Quality Improvement leaders. The partnerships have lead to manuscripts, professional job opportunities, and quality networking for both our students and mentors. Our strategic, academic-service partnership has improved student knowledge of patient safety principles and promoted nursing competence in patient safety with the development of future patient safety and QI nurse leaders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalNursing Outlook
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018



  • Academic partnerships
  • Patient safety
  • Quality improvement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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