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Participants in "Knowledge Into Action: How Interprofessional Partnerships Improve Person-Centered Outcomes for Older Adults" practice chair yoga during a break in the day's activities. The daylong symposium in September 2016 was one example of a nursing academic–service partnership that translates nursing knowledge into practice. Image: Abramson Center for Jewish Life

Participants in “Knowledge Into Action: How Interprofessional Partnerships Improve Person-Centered Outcomes for Older Adults” practice chair yoga during a break in the day’s activities. The daylong symposium in September 2016 was one example of a nursing academic–service partnership that translates nursing knowledge into practice.
Image: Abramson Center for Jewish Life

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Academic–service partnerships have a long history in the nursing profession. A tradition of collaboration between academic institutions (specifically schools of nursing) and practice settings has served to improve public health by translating scientific knowledge into bedside care.

In 2015, Penn State College of Nursing established such a partnership with the Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life, a long-term care organization in North Wales, Pennsylvania. Penn State’s Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence pooled resources with the Abramson Center’s Polisher Research Institute to launch the Program for Person-Centered Living Systems of Care (PPCLSC), an initiative focused on innovation in gerontological research through the study of social and behavioral aspects of aging.

“This partnership is a great illustration of what can happen when scholars and practitioners come together,” said Kimberly Van Haitsma, associate professor of nursing and director of the PPCLSC. “We are bridging the translational divide between research and practice in exciting and innovative ways.”

In a recent collaborative effort, the Hartford Center and Abramson Center presented a symposium for health care professionals to highlight the important relationship between researchers and care providers. “Knowledge Into Action: How Interprofessional Partnerships Improve Person-Centered Outcomes for Older Adults,” held at the Abramson Center in September, was attended by more than 120 local providers and recipients of long-term care.