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CON, UI Hospitals and Clinics Partnership Lauded by AACN

The University of Iowa College of Nursing and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics have been selected to receive the 2014 American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Exemplary Academic-Practice Partnership Award. This prestigious annual award recognizes AACN member institutions involved in highly productive and model academic-practice partnerships.

“It’s an honor to be part of a working partnership—which has formally been in place since 1986—that fosters nursing’s growth in research, education, practice and informatics. All members of the University of Iowa Nursing Collaboratory (a strategic partnership between UI Hospitals and Clinics and the college) deserve to feel proud of this recognition from AACN,” said Rita Frantz, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the University of Iowa College of Nursing.

In order for the college and UI Hospitals and Clinics to be considered, their academic-practice partnership had to demonstrate an innovative and sustained relationship that extends beyond clinical placements. Additional criteria include demonstrating a commitment to the Guiding Principles for Academic-Practice Partnerships developed by AACN and the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), and demonstrating positive outcomes that are measurable.

“This is a tremendous honor. We at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics are deeply appreciative of our collaborative relationship with the University of Iowa College of Nursing and are thrilled to receive the AACN Exemplary Academic-Practice Partnership Award,” said Kenneth Rempher, PhD, RN, chief nursing officer at UI Hospitals and Clinics. “We look forward to continuing our long history of collaborative work with the College of Nursing on projects that impact the discipline for nursing in Iowa and around the world.”

The award will be acknowledged during the upcoming AACN Fall Semiannual Meeting on Monday, October 27, in Washington, D.C., where plaques will be presented to both the college and UI Hospitals and Clinics. 

“This achievement really does signify the realization of the mission statement of the college: ‘to preparing nurse clinicians, scholars, and educators to meet the health needs of the people of Iowa.’ This partnership works because of the many people dedicated to achieving the highest standards,” noted Professor Emeritus Patricia Clinton PhD, RN, FAANP, FAAN.

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About AACN
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for baccalaureate and graduate nursing education. AACN works to establish quality standards for nursing education; assists schools in implementing those standards; influences the nursing profession to improve health care; and promotes public support for professional nursing education, research, and practice. More information can be found at

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Aug 5th, 2014