Practice-Academia Collaboration in Nursing: Contexts and Future Directions

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At a time of profound challenges in health care delivery and professional education characterized by imperatives to improve quality, responsiveness to client needs and efficient use of existing resources, the relationship between nursing education and service is in deep need of reinforcement and rethinking. Important directions for the future include attending to the complementary roles of academia and service in ensuring patient- and family-centered care, building reciprocity in the relationship between clinical agencies and universities, clarifying the intersecting roles of clinical agencies in the generation of various types of research and scholarship, engaging nurses and trainees at all roles within the profession in local- and higher-level health policy, and reinventing joint roles between service and academia.

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