Practice-Academic Partnerships FAQs

NCSBN’s policy brief on practice-academic partnerships is a collaborative effort of nursing leaders who propose and support partnerships between health care facilities and prelicensure registered nursing (RN) and practical/vocational nursing (PN/VN) programs across the country during the COVID-19 crisis. This innovative approach addresses both the burdens placed on nurses working in health care facilities and the lack of available clinical sites for current registered nursing students due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • What is a practice-academic partnership?

    A relationship between a health care facility and a registered nursing program. It allows current students to earn clinical academic credit while working in a compensated nursing support staff position during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

  • What are the benefits of participating in a practice-academic partnership?

    The health care facility gains educated student nurses to assist in reducing significant staffing challenges resulting from COVID-19. The students earn unique, robust clinical experiences toward academic credit and are financially compensated for their time.   

  • Is this the only way a student can earn clinical credit?

    No.  Each state and individual nursing program will have different options for completing required clinical time.  Check with you nursing program or Board of Nursing for more details.

  • Will clinical requirements be eliminated due to COVID-19 nursing program disruption?

    Probably not.  Each Board of Nursing has criteria for the clinical experiences required to sit for the NCLEX.  At this time, we do not anticipate many changes in these requirements.  

  • Why is this opportunity so important for students?

    This unprecedented opportunity offers students the chance to be a part of the critical role nursing plays in the health of our nation during this extraordinary time.   The experiences gained during this incredible time will shape the nurse you will become.