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academic-clinical partnership, evidence-based nursing, nursing faculty practice, partnerships, school of nursing



  1. Kooken, Wendy Carter PhD, RN
  2. Eckhardt, Ann L. PhD, RN
  3. McNutt-Dungan, Marianne MSN, RN, BC
  4. Woods, Jonathan MSN, RN, NE-BC


Most academic-clinical partnerships are described as formal agreements between schools of nursing at research-intensive universities and large teaching hospitals. This article demonstrates less formal versions of academic-clinical partnerships established between a small, private liberal arts university school of nursing and 2 regional clinical agencies. In both exemplars, students, faculty, and staff contributed to evidence-based practice projects. Schools of nursing in non-research-intensive environments can develop right-size academic-clinical partnerships that are beneficial for all parties involved.