USF SONHP receives major partnership award
The University of San Francisco, School of Nursing and Health Professions and Kaiser Permanente Northern California were selected to receive the 2018 AACN Exemplary Academic-Practice Partnership Award by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing
The University of San Francisco, School of Nursing and Health Professions (USF SONHP) and Kaiser Permanente’s Nurse Scholar Academy in Northern California (KP Nurse Scholars Academy NCAL) have had a long-standing relationship whereby many of the USF SONHP students have had successful clinical placements providing patient/family services from prevention and health promotion through to palliative care. After the 2010 release of The Future of Nursing Report: Leading Change, Advancing Health from the National Academy of Sciences, the importance of emerging new roles in the industry, such as the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), and the need for increased levels of nursing education leads to ensure better client outcomes, became evident. To address this, KP Nurse Scholars Academy NCAL chose USF SONHP to create a new model for academic partnerships to enhance undergraduate and graduate professional development, and we have been continuing to develop this relationship for many years.
In spring 2018, the prestigious American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) solicited nominations for exemplary Academic Practice Partnerships (APP). The AACN represents 814 member schools of nursing at public and private universities. Consequently, the opportunity for this recognition was nationwide and highly competitive.
On August 1, 2018, Dean and Professor Margaret W. Baker was notified that the University of San Francisco, School of Nursing and Health Professions and KP Nurse Scholars Academy NCAL were selected to receive the 2018 AACN Exemplary Academic-Practice Partnership Award. Faculty involved in the partnership attribute this winning combination to rigor and flexibility in academic programs, student-centered learning, diversity, and an unwavering commitment to social justice and moral leadership within a culture of continuous improvement at both organizations.
Congratulations to the KP Nurse Scholars Academy NCAL and the University of San Francisco, School of Nursing and Health Professions teams for this tremendous and well-deserved partnership recognition for advancing nursing leadership, leading the transformation and redesign of systems change to improve clinical outcomes, and creating healthy, respectful work environments through this program.