Creating Agency/Academic Partnerships

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Barbara A. Brunt, MA, MN, RN-BC, NE-BC
Nursing Education and Staff Development, Summa Health System, Akron, OH

Learning Objective 1: describe strategies to create successful agency/academic partnerships

Learning Objective 2: identify how outcomes from collaborative endeavors can contribute to the global nursing community

This poster will provide examples of collaborative endeavors between clinical agencies and academic institutions that have enhanced care and the image of nursing within the community.  The Northeast Ohio Nursing Initiative (NEONI) is a very active regional collaborative with 131 members, representing 54 healthcare organizations.  Outcomes of this collaboration related to legislation, education, career shadowing, and workforce surveys will be shared.  The Interdisciplinary Collaborative Agency Research Consortium (ICARE) is an interdisciplinary group representing various organizations and universities in the Northeast Ohio area.  Members of this group have conducted various research studies and are also looking at several national research grant opportunities.  Nursing 2015 is a collaborative endeavor with the Ohio Nurses Association, Ohio Hospital Association, and the Ohio Organization of Nurse Executives.  This group drafted a statement on their vision for professional nursing in 2015, and created four teams to work on practice culture conditions and benefits, leadership, worksite standards, and highly educated nurses to meet increasing health care needs.  Cameos of Caring is a yearly gala designed to enhance the image of nursing, retain current nurses in the profession, and recruit new nursing students.  In addition to these four collaborative initiatives, individual strategies for collaboration will be included.  Contributions to the global nursing community will be highlighted in each of the areas.