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Nursing schools and academic health centers: toward improved alignment and a synergistic partnership

Authors Emami A, Jaffe D, Minton-Foltz P, Parker G, Manfredi S, Braungardt T, Marley KW, Cooley L, Siem SB

Received 7 December 2016

Accepted for publication 6 April 2017

Published 7 August 2017 Volume 2017:10 Pages 271—276

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/JMDH.S129663

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Peer reviewers approved by Dr Devang Sanghavi

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser

Azita Emami,1 Darcy Jaffe,2 Paula Minton-Foltz,3 Grace Parker,4 Susan Manfredi,5 Theresa Braungardt,6 Kelly W Marley,1 Laura Cooley,1 Staishy Bostick Siem7

1University of Washington School of Nursing, Seattle, WA, USA; 2Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington Medicine, Seattle, WA, USA; 3Patient Care Services, Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington Medicine, Seattle, WA, USA; 4University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA, USA; 5Patient Care Services, Northwest Hospital and Medical Center, Seattle, WA, USA; 6Valley Medical Center, Seattle, WA, USA; 7Marketing and Communications, University of Washington School of Nursing, Seattle, WA, USA

Abstract: This paper presents the findings from a national survey which the University of Washington conducted among leaders of 32 US academic nursing institutions that are part of academic health centers (AHCs) and complements these findings with results from a separate report by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. While expressing overall satisfaction with their AHC relationships, these leaders find that nursing is often given greater parity in matters of education and research than in mission setting, financial, and governance matters. AHCs are being asked to meet new health care challenges in new ways, starting with the education of health care professionals. AHCs need to be restructured to give nursing full parity if the nation’s and world’s needs for preventive and clinical care are to be best met.

Keywords: nursing parity, academic nursing institutions, nurse leaders, institutional alignment

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