The UMass Boston College of Nursing and Health Sciences is proud to offer students the chance to participate in many partnership opportunities. Our partnerships foster a collaborative relationship allowing nursing education to inform nursing practice and patient care delivery, and in turn, nursing practice to inform nursing education, thus enhancing both professional practice and nursing education in an ever-changing health care environment.

Our Clinical Leadership Collaborative for Diversity in Nursing (CLCDN) partnership with Partners HealthCare is a workforce development project designed to provide clinical leadership development opportunities to groups of diverse students who demonstrate academic excellence and leadership potential. Students enrolled in the project obtain clinical experience in a Partners HealthCare agency and are matched with a mentor.

The joint Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is the only nursing post-doctoral program co-developed by any School/College of Nursing and a clinical partner as well as the only program which focuses on oncology care, health disparities, and health policy. It is designed to ensure a diverse and highly trained workforce to meet the national need for nursing faculty and researchers committed to better understand and address cancer health disparities.

Finally, Dedicated Education Units (DEU) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Children’s Hospital Boston and Good Samaritan Medical Center are a model for education innovation designed to increase capacity and quality in nursing education programs, address faculty and nursing shortages, and bridge the gap between service and academia.