Nursing Leadership

Nursing Leadership 33(2) June 2020 : 7-20.doi:10.12927/cjnl.2020.26241
Special Focus On Nursing Practice Models

Co-Designing a Collaborative Academic Professional Practice Model for an Integrated Health System: Sinai Health’s Journey

Lianne Jeffs, Jane Merkley, Nely Amaral, Leanne Ginty, Kara Ronald, Lily Yang and Nicole Thomson


In the current environment of increasingly complex healthcare needs, evidence-informed practice, stronger partnerships and collaborative foundations with nursing professions, health professions and physicians (referred to as collaborative academic practice) are required to deliver integrated, value-based services across the care continuum. This paper outlines the co-design of a collaborative academic practice model in a recently integrated health system. An overview of key concepts from the literature around professional practice models is provided that lays the foundation for the integrated healthcare system's inaugural collaborative academic practice model.



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