Research Medical Center
November 21, 2016

Research Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider—and Research College of Nursing recently received the annual Exemplary Academic-Practice Partnership Award from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The annual award recognizes AACN member institutions involved in highly productive and model academic-practice partnerships. Research Medical Center and Research College of Nursing, which have a 111-year partnership, accepted the national award at AACN’s fall meeting in Washington D.C.

The Exemplary Academic-Practice Partnership Award recognizes three partnerships in the country each year and 2016 marks the first time Research Medical Center and Research College of Nursing have won the award. 

Criteria for the award include demonstrating that the academic-practice partnership exemplifies an innovative and sustained relationship extending beyond clinical placements. In addition, the partnership must demonstrate a commitment to the Guiding Principles for Academic-Practice Partnerships developed by AACN and AONE, the Voice of Nursing Leadership. Those principles include, among others, collaborative relationships; mutual respect and trust; and the sharing of knowledge.  Finally, the academic-practice partnership must demonstrate positive outcomes that are measurable.

“Working with Research Medical Center allows us to provide nursing students with innovative learning experiences in a dynamic hospital setting,” says Nancy DeBasio, PhD, RN, President and Dean of Research College of Nursing.  “Research Medical Center offers endless opportunities for our nursing students to learn outside the classroom and in the inpatient environment. Combining that real-world experience with formal, faculty-driven clinical training allows nursing students to reach their highest potential.”

“Research Medical Center is honored to work alongside Research College of Nursing to offer its students the opportunity to work with a healthcare team dedicated to the care and improvement of human life,” says Research Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Jackie DeSouza-Van Blaricum. “For these nursing students to get firsthand knowledge and experience with high-quality, compassionate healthcare professionals is extraordinary and will benefit the community’s health and well-being today, tomorrow and in the future. Our partnership is mutually beneficial.”

Research College of Nursing is celebrating 111 years of continuous nursing education and, since admitting its first class in 1905, has graduated over 4,000 professional nurses.

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