Consumerism and globalism are driving the demand for new business and education models. Nurse executives in all work environments are facing the need to innovate and implement new service models in a nimble and rapid manner. This article highlights the current and future state of nursing education and clinical practice integration through the lens of an academic-practice partnership, by demonstrating the benefit of a unified approach to nurse residencies. Through adaption and creation of a shared culture, education and service can work effectively together in the development of a pipeline for future nurses in a wide array of nursing roles. As partners, they can demonstrate the nursing profession's ability to meet the health needs of consumers at a local, national, and global level. Agile evolution of the traditional nurse residency model is an imperative for professional nursing practice.