A Regional Academic Service Partnership Council: A Collaborative Model to Achieve Mutual Outcomes

Sunday, 17 November 2013: 11:00 AM

Sandra Rader, DNP, MSA, RN, NEA-BC
Administration Department, UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside, Shadyside Campus, Pittsburgh, PA
Melanie Shatzer, DNP, RN
Center for Nursing Excellence & Innovation, UPMC, Pittsburgh, PA

Learning Objective 1: Discuss the structure and process of a regional academic service partnership to achieve mutual outcomes.

Learning Objective 2: Describe the collaborative partnership outcomes of a regional academic service partnership.

With over 7000 nursing student experiences occurring annually across a twenty-hospital system, the Academic Service Partnership Council (ASPC) is a strategic element in promoting enhanced student experiences, a smooth transition to practice for new nurses, and life-long learning in an academically rich region. The ASPC, chaired by a chief nursing officer from a Magnet® designated facility and the director of academic service partnerships, is comprised of academic partners and system nursing leaders. The council’s mission is to serve as an exemplar nursing ASPC to promote best practices within collaborative, working learning environments. The ASPC strategic plan was developed using ASPC member input, feedback from a 360 degree student experience evaluation process, and national trends. The strategic plan incorporates transformational leadership, structural empowerment, exemplary professional practice and new knowledge and innovation components and Institute of Medicine recommendations for the nursing profession. Mutually agreed upon goals incorporate academic and service challenges and collaborative solutions.  The ASPC leadership team promotes atypical approaches to solutions.  The mutual outcomes achieved through the ASPC include; a system-wide universal clinical affiliation agreement, creative clinical partnerships to address faculty shortages; a documentation process improvement program to streamline the student account process; an integrated faculty orientation informatics workshop, national presentations, expanded representation to address advanced practice student nurse experiences, and an annual spring summit with chief nursing officers to promote ongoing dialogue and collaboration. Additionally, ASPC academic representatives provide guidance to the transition to practice residency program, nurse preceptor academy, certification preparation courses, and evidence based practice council.