Date of Award


Document Type

Evidence Based Nursing Education Project

Degree Name

Master Of Science In Nursing

Colleges & School

Ruth S. Coleman College Of Nursing And Health Sciences

First Advisor

Christine Miller, PhD, RN

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Nursing--Education; Nursing students; Nursing schools--Faculty


Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore the impact of academic-clinical partnerships on the clinical education experiences of undergraduate nursing students, staff nurses, and clinical faculty. Design: An integrative literature review was conducted using 12 research studies that examined academic-clinical partnerships in healthcare education. Etienne Wenger’s concept of communities of practice was used as the framework for the review. Methods: Studies from peer-reviewed journals published between 2011 and 2015 were included in the literature review. The studies were retrieved from an online database using the search terms “academic partnership,” “clinical partnership,” “nurse education,” “collaboration” and “clinical model.” The findings from the literature review were grouped according to common themes. Findings: Academic-clinical partnerships were shown to result in student, staff and faculty satisfaction. They were also found to make the clinical learning experience more valuable and realistic. Conclusion: The findings suggested that academic-clinical partnerships positively influence nursing student, staff and faculty satisfaction. They also afforded a valuable and contextual learning experience. Relevance to Nursing Education: As the nursing profession continues to evolve parallel to the needs of modern-day healthcare, organizations such as the Institute of Medicine have called for a transformation in the delivery of nursing education. Academic-clinical partnerships have been identified as a means to provide more satisfactory and comprehensive learning experiences.


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