Academic-Practice Partnerships for Unemployed New Graduates in California

Paulina Van, Audrey Berman, Judith Karshmer, Susan Prion, Nikki West, Jonalyn Wallace

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In California, academic-practice partnerships offer innovative transition programs to new registered nurse (RN) graduates who have not yet found positions in nursing. This report describes the formation of 4 partnerships between 1 or more schools of nursing and clinical practice sites that included hospitals and nonacute care settings, such as hospice, clinics, school districts, and skilled nursing facilities. Factors facilitating the partnerships included relationships established as nurse leaders from practice and academia came together to address previous workforce issues, positive interpersonal experiences, an independent convening and coordinating organization, a shared understanding of the employment challenge faced by new RN graduates, and a shared vision for its solution. Partnerships face continuing challenges that include sustaining engagement, resource constraints, and insufficient nursing leadership succession planning. Partnership benefits include improved relationships between academia and practice, a forum to address contemporary issues in nursing education and practice advances, and stimulation of a reassessment of how to integrate ambulatory, transitional, and community-based nursing into prelicensure education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-358
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Professional Nursing
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Nursing education
  • Nursing/Manpower
  • Nursing/Supply and distribution
  • Professional practice/nursing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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