Oregon Department of Human Services Grant Agreement Number 150472, Quality Care Fund
Health care delivery, Congregate housing, Long-term care of the sick -- Oregon -- Portland, Older people -- Oregon, Aging, Nursing homes -- Oregon -- Multnomah County
This report was prepared by Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) School of Nursing and the Institute on Aging at Portland State University to describe an academic-community partnership using the Enriching Clinical Learning Environments through Partnerships (ECLEPs) model. This two-year project was conducted with 34 students in the RN-BSN program in eight assisted living (AL) communities and ElderPlace, a PACE program serving residents in assisted living and other residential settings. Quality improvement was the focus of the project. Features of the ECLEPs model include:
- An intentional partnership between academic and clinical organizations
- Relationship-based; shared decision making
- Long-term commitment between partners
- Success is defined as mutually beneficial experiences for residents, staff, and students
The project, funded by the Oregon Department of Human Services, had four major objectives:
- Establish nine ECLEPs partnership sites between the OHSU School of Nursing RNBS completion program and assisted living/residential care facilities (AL/RCF). At least three of the sites will have a rural designation.
- Provide educational programs and experiences related to quality improvement (QI) and gerontological nursing practice to partner nurses and unlicensed staff, faculty, and student nursing students.
- Collaborate with partner sites to identify and address one change of condition challenge for a quality improvement (QI) project.
- Disseminate results of QI projects throughout the state.
Cartwright, J., & White, D. (2018). Enriching Clinical Learning Environments Through Partnerships: Academic and Practice Partnerships to Strengthen Care for Older Adults in Residential and Assisted Living Settings. Portland, OR: Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing.