Nursing Professional Development Practitioners in Leadership Roles: Leading Academic–Practice Partnerships

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Nursing professional development (NPD) practitioners are leaders in creating partnerships internally within organizations and externally in varied interprofessional learning and practice environments. According to Standard 13: Collaboration, outlined in the 2016 NPD: Scope and Standards of Practice, the NPD practitioner “collaborates with interprofessional teams, leaders, stakeholders, and others to facilitate nursing practice and positive outcomes for consumers” (Harper & Maloney, 2016, p. 52). One responsibility required of the NPD practitioner identified in the NPD practice model involves developing collaborative partnerships between individuals, groups, and organizations to achieve common goals and mutual benefits (Harper & Maloney, 2016, p. 20). This collaboration is most evident in forming academic–practice partnerships between academic programs and healthcare organizations to advance the education and practice of nurses, and interprofessional partners, to improve the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations. Although within practice settings the NPD practitioner is primarily responsible for facilitating clinical learning opportunities and clinical site placements for students from nursing and other academic programs, there exists other creative and innovative opportunities to advance academic–practice partnerships.



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