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Essential Concepts in Developing Community–University Partnerships CareLink: The Partners in Caring Model*
Article first published online: 5 JAN 2004
Public Health Nursing
Volume 21, Issue 1, pages 32–40, January 2004
How to Cite
Bernal, H., Shellman, J. and Reid, K. (2004), Essential Concepts in Developing Community–University Partnerships CareLink: The Partners in Caring Model. Public Health Nursing, 21: 32–40. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1446.2004.21105.x
Henrietta Bernal is Professor Emerita, University of Connecticut, School of Nursing, Storrs, Connecticut. Juliette Shellman is Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut, School of Nursing, Storrs, Connecticut. Karen Reid is Director of Public Health Services, Visiting Nurse Association of Central Connecticut, Inc., New Britain, Connecticut.
- Issue published online: 5 JAN 2004
- Article first published online: 5 JAN 2004
- community-based education;
- community–university partnership;
- Partners in Caring
Abstract University and community partnerships are being created to increase community-based educational experiences for nursing students and to assist agencies in facing ever-decreasing resources to pay for health services for clients. Many challenges often burden these partnerships, leading to a less than satisfying experience for all those involved. The Partners in Caring Model described in this article is one approach to forming a successful partnership, proven effective in meeting the educational needs of the University of Connecticut, School of Nursing students, while providing additional resources to the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Connecticut, Inc. Using Anderson and McFarlane's Community as Partner Model as the framework, the essential principles behind the development of this successful partnership are discussed. The Partners in Caring Model demonstrates that community–university partnerships can sustain themselves when the partners have a commitment to care for the population being served, and it is a shared responsibility between education and practice.