More clinical sites are essential to meeting the learning needs of nursing students who will care for patients with chronic disease after graduation. Partnerships between schools of nursing and academic practices can increase clinical training capacity, allow future nurse practitioners (NPs) to apply knowledge and skills in the context of care delivery, and potentially improve patient outcomes with little associated risk. This article describes the experiences of primary care NP students (n = 37), NP faculty (n = 2), and clinic providers (n = 2) in an academic practice partnership performing home visits with complex pediatric asthma and adult heart failure (HF) patients. A 14-item postexperience survey was used to obtain student feedback. Over 75% (n = 28) of student participants responded. Most respondents, 80% assigned to pediatric asthma patients and 90% assigned to adult HF patients, reported the home visit experience prepared them to care for patients with chronic diseases. Clinic providers indicated the extra attention to both patient groups reduced barriers to care and improved care continuity. This partnership offers a model for developing clinical skills in advanced practice nursing students and enhancing scarce clinical placement resources. Findings were used to refine the program and expand to include all 150 students in the subsequent academic year.
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