Practice/Academic Partnership

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused hospitals and other health care facilities to close their doors to student nurses. Some Nursing Regulatory Bodies (NRBs) are concerned students will have limited or no clinical experiences before graduating, resulting in delayed graduation or even under-prepared nurses. In an effort to solve this issue, nurse leaders met virtually in March 2020. They developed a Practice/Academic Partnership that has since been endorsed by 10 major nursing organizations.

Policy Brief

NCSBN, along with other leading Nursing Organizations, published a policy brief supporting Practice/Academic Partnerships to help the nursing workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic. The brief provides a model for NRBs and educators to ensure nursing students receive the clinical education needed to develop a successful nursing workforce.

Read the Policy Brief

Testimonial Video

States that have implemented the Practice/Academic Partnership model say it has helped student nurses to learn first-hand lessons about emergency management, while providing much needed support to healthcare workers on the front lines. This video explains the model and shares the successes two states have had implementing it.

Watch the Testimonial Video

American Journal of Nursing (AJN) Webinar

In this webinar, you will learn how nursing schools and practice settings can work together to ensure graduate nurses are prepared for practice. Real-life implementation strategies and lessons learned are discussed by those who are using the model.

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Free COVID-19 Courses Through ICRS

The International Center for Regulatory Scholarship (ICRS) COVID-19 series offers short online courses for nurses and nursing students looking for nursing-specific information about the coronavirus pandemic.

Learn More About the COVID-19 Courses


A New Framework for Practice–Academic Partnerships During the Pandemic—and into the Future

This chapter highlights the current status of transition-to-practice programs, both for RNs and APRNs.

Leader To Leader Fall 2020

  • An Interview with Sarah Phipps, Associate Executive Director for Education and Practice at the Idaho Board of Nursing, on the Practice/Academic Partnership in Idaho
  • Take Our Leader To Leader Subscriber Survey
  • NCSBN’s New Research Study: Assessing the Impact of COVID-19 on Nursing Education
  • NCSBN Offers Free COVID-19 Courses
  • Core Data Annual Reports of Nursing Education Programs
  • NCSBN Approves APRN Compact at Annual Meeting

Leader To Leader - Special Issue - Summer 2020

  • Practice/Academic Partnership: One Answer to Prelicensure Clinical Placements During a Pandemic
  • Free COVID-19 Courses
  • NCSBN’s New Board of Nursing Professional Licensure Requirements Webpage
  • NCLEX Update
  • A Landmark National Nursing Education Program Study