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Academic-Practice Partnership

The George Washington University School of Nursing

MedStar Health has entered into an academic-practice partnership with The George Washington University School of Nursing, Washington, D.C., a collaborative relationship formalized at the senior leadership level with shared goals, knowledge and vision. Academic-practice partnerships between a nursing education program and a care setting are a mechanism for advancing nursing practice to improve the health of the public.

This partnership gives nurses the opportunity to envision their own academic progression, such as earning a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree in nursing. In turn, faculty keep us apprised of scholarly endeavors, invite us to mentor students, as well as collaborate in nursing research.

Shared Goals

Based on mutual respect and trust, our academic and clinical institutions work to maximize the potential of each registered nurse. The partnership strives to create systems for nurses to:

  • Achieve educational and career advancement with the support of both institutions
  • Prepare nurses of the future to practice and lead
  • Provide mechanisms for lifelong learning
  • Provide a structure for an evidence-based transition program for students and new graduates

Shared Knowledge

Partners share knowledge on several levels:

  • Current best practices
  • Management systems
  • Preparation for national certification and accreditation
  • Interprofessional education
  • Research
  • Development of competencies

Shared Vision

Ultimately, academics and practice forge together to strengthen nursing practice and help nurses become well positioned to lead change and advance health.