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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Collaborate with partner sites to identify and address one change of condition challenge for a quality improvement (QI) project.
  4. Disseminate results of QI projects throughout the state.

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