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Penn Macy Initiative to Advance Academic Nursing Practice

Norma M. Lang, PhD, RN, FAAN, FRCN,* Lois K. Evans, DNSc, RN, FAAN,† and Beth Ann Swan, PhD, CRNP‡

*Lillian S. Brunner Professor in Medical-Surgical Nursing, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

  • Viola MacInnes/Independence Professor and Director of Academic Nursing Practices, School of Nursing,

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

  • Special Projects Coordinator, Penn Nursing Network, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania,

Philadelphia, PA.

Supported by the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation of New York in Underwriting the Penn Macy Initiative in its initial planning and implementation.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr. Norma Lang: School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania 420 Guardian Dr Philadelphia, PA 19104-6096.


Academic nursing practice holds great promise for the future of the nursing discipline. The successful and intentional integration of the tripartite mission of research, education, and clinical practice can facilitate both the evolution of the science and implementation of evidence-based practice, while imbuing practitioners in the making with the world of the possible. Although many schools of nursing have been involved in some aspects of academic practice, the lack of common focus and direction has hampered concerted movement. The Penn Macy Initiative was conceived as a vehicle to help build and coalesce the critical mass needed to bridge this gap. The Penn Macy Initiative, its implementation and experience in the first 3 years, and how its alumni fellows, an annual conference, and Web-based consultation will continue to provide impetus, leadership, and resources for academic nursing practice in the years to come are described.


Academic nursing practice is the intentional integration of research, education, and clinical care in an academic setting for the purposes of advancing the science and shaping the structure and quality of health care. Close interactions between the clinical and academic arenas, whether through school-owned, -operated, or -affiliated practices, provide for the level of control of clinical environments needed to conduct research, influence education, and facilitate evidence-based care. The clinical arena thus serves as a

Author’s final copy prior to publication. See J Prof Nurs 18(2):63-69, March-April 2002, for the copy of record. Copyright 2002, Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

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