A Research Collaboration between a Catholic University School of Nursing and Healthcare System: Process and Model

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Jane M. Georges
Lucia Gonzales
Patti Aube
Cynthia D. Connelly


Collaborations between diverse Catholic organizations will be important in fulfilling the goals contained in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) 2010 document, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. This article describes a qualitative research study examining the partnership between a graduate-level school of nursing in a Catholic university and a large Catholic healthcare system with multi-state sites. A content analysis methodology is used to characterize the process of the partnership’s creation and maintenance. Finally, a model of collaboration between Catholic university schools of nursing and healthcare systems is proposed based upon content analysis with constituent elements of shared charisms, commitment to mutual goals, flexibility in collaborative activities, and mutual synergy.

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Jane M. Georges, University of San Diego

Jane M. Georges, Ph.D., RN, is an Associate Professor at the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science at the University of San Diego in San Diego, CA.

Lucia Gonzales, University of San Diego

Dr. Lucia Gonzales is Associate Professor, University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science.

Patti Aube, St. Joseph Hospital of Orange

Ms. Patti Aube is Executive Director, Nursing Professional Development and Research, St. Joseph Hospital of Orange.

Cynthia D. Connelly, University of San Diego

Dr. Cynthia D. Connelly is Professor and Director of Nursing Research, University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science.