A model of collaboration: the Academic Practice Council.

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If the profession of nursing is to survive in the changing health care delivery system, new models of collaboration between nursing education and nursing practice must be developed. Nursing is both an academic discipline and a practice profession. The historic dissonance between education and practice has never served the profession of nursing; the pressing challenge is to blend one with the other now. In an effort to respond to the demands of the discipline and profession of nursing, an academic institution and a health care delivery system developed a model of interagency collaboration. This article addresses historical perspectives, and evolution, structure, activities, evaluation, and future plans to the Academic Practice Council.

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