Transforming Health Care Through Meaningful Doctor of Nursing Practice Community Partnerships

Mary Hooshmand, Cynthia Foronda, Kenya Snowden, Lila De Tantillo, Jessica Williams

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Background A critical component of doctor of nursing practice (DNP) education is practice immersion. DNP programs require 1000 hours of clinical practice experience to obtain the DNP degree. Problem Faculty struggle with providing meaningful clinical experiences congruent with the role of the DNP. Approach This article describes a unique practice immersion course joining DNP students with community health care partners to provide meaningful experiences with the potential to transform health care. DNP students are assigned system-level projects designed to create organizational change. Outcomes Over the course of 4 years, the practice immersion opportunities more than doubled from 30 to 66 live projects. Integrating collaborative practice immersion into the curriculum builds students' leadership skills and strengthens long-standing bonds among academia, practice, and the community. Conclusions The creation of structured, meaningful collaborations between DNP students and community partners is an approach that has the potential to facilitate transformative, sustainable change in health care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)132-136
Number of pages5
JournalNurse educator
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2019


  • academic-practice partnerships
  • doctor of nursing practice
  • nursing education
  • practice immersion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Education
  • Fundamentals and skills
  • LPN and LVN


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