Methods: This presentation shares how to apply the 4-step partnership agreement process with a group of ten nursing students in an adult medical-surgical clinical course. The partnership agreement process is introduced by the teacher on the first day of clinical by asking the nursing students, “Would you be interested in co-creating a partnership agreement as a clinical group this semester?” If there is agreement, the 4-step PA process unfolds over the course of the first five weeks of a semester and ends with a PA that supports the student-teacher and student-student relationship over the duration of a 15-week semester.
Results: The 4-step process of creating partnership agreements has been used successfully with more than five clinical groups. A preliminary content analysis reveals a positive influence on the relationships among the nursing students and the nursing students with their teacher (Belcik and Levenson, 2017).
Conclusion: Faculty in schools of nursing should consider using the 4-step partnership agreement process with their next group of nursing students in clinical. Partnership agreements with nursing students should be considered in other clinical experiences within the curriculum.
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