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Keywords

Academic-Practice Partnership, Care Continuum, Nursing Students, Partnership, Veterans Care

 

Authors

  1. Roach, Ashley MS, RN, CNL
  2. Hooke, Sherrill MEd, RN, CGRN, CCCTM

Abstract

Background: Through the Veterans Affairs Nursing Academic Partnership (VANAP), baccalaureate nursing students and faculty participated in practice innovations in a Veterans Affairs Health Care System. Nationally, VANAP has attempted to bridge gaps between theory and practice and across care settings.

 

Approach: In a population health course, nursing students were placed in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Through activities such as postconferences and population-based projects, students joined forces with Veterans Affairs staff on issues that affected veterans' health care.

 

Outcomes: Two student groups worked on amputation prevention from opposite ends of the spectrum. Their projects, with the continuation of these by faculty and staff, resulted in 47% decrease in vascular-related hospital readmissions.

 

Conclusions: Student placements in settings across the care continuum improved communication between the settings. The enhanced partnership between the 2 organizations addressed a relevant, meaningful patient care issue.