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Supercharging the Academic-Practice Connection

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Think of synergy as energy that’s synchronized toward a common goal. It’s what happens when nursing leaders get together from CHI Health and Creighton University

College of Nursing to tackle everything from strategic vision to student placement. For example, when CHI Health was struggling to recruit OR nurses, the group worked together to create a perioperative rotation which exposed more student nurses to this career path.

Now leaders from CHI Health and Creighton University are building on their collaborative energy by developing four operational councils.

“The councils will serve as a framework to bring together the academic and practice worlds in a proactive and purposeful way,” said Linda Chase, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, CHI Health senior vice president - chief nursing officer. “This allows those who are most involved in the different areas to leverage their knowledge and, in the process, create synergies, so we are working hand in glove on topics like student placement, which is huge.”

“When you have a large partnership with a lot of people on both sides, you end up with a lot of informal connections to different individuals,” said Catherine Todero, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and professor at the Creighton University College of Nursing. “Formalizing the structure will make our lives easier and help us plan for the future.”

The Four Operational Councils include:

  • Executive Oversight Group - Decision-Making, Vision & Strategy
  • Clinical Education - Placements & Preceptors, Clinical Initiatives or Partnerships
  • Research & QI - Evidence-based practice, Research Initiatives, Quality Projects
  • Simulation & Technology - EHR, Badging, Onboarding, Telehealth, VCI

That structure will bring together College of Nursing researchers and CHI Health’s Nursing Research Council, for example, to work together in a proactive fashion.

The councils are currently in the development stage. Work will begin in earnest in 2020.

The remarkable thing about synergy is that it has no limit. “Designing health care for the future is a collaborative effort between education and practice,” said Chase. “Together, we can continue to enrich the process.”