Research thru Academic-Clinical Partnerships


The purpose of the Research thru Academic-Clinical Partnerships RIIG is to build regional collaboratives and MNRS resources that will facilitate the start-up, conduct, translation and dissemination of nursing research and evidence-based practices (EBP).

Who Should Join?

MNRS members interested in examining ways to promote partnerships between academic schools/colleges of nursing and clinical partners.

RIIG Communication

Groupsite Community Networking Platform:

Meet the RIIG Leadership 2020 – 2021


Mary Heitschmidt, PhD, APRN, CCRN-K
Director of Clinical Research, Rush University Medical Center


Élise Arsenault Knudsen, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC
CNS for Research & Evidence-Based Practice, University of Wisconsin Health

Past Chair

Inga Zadvinskis, PhD, RN
Assistant Director Fuld Evidence Based Practice Clearinghouse, The Ohio State University

Grant Representative


2020-2021 RIIG Awards

RIIG  Member Publications

Please be sure to see the recent manuscript published in the Journal of Nursing Administration (JONA).

  • Albert, N. M., Chipps, E., Falkenberg Olson, A. C., Hand, L. L., Harmon, M., Heitschmidt, M. G., . . . Wood, T. (2019). Fostering academic-clinical research partnerships. JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration, 49(5), 234-241.     doi:10.1097/nna.0000000000000744


* The full list of authors include:

Nancy M. Albert, PhD, RN, CCNA, NE-BC
Esther Chipps, PhD, RN, NEA-BC
Ann C. Falkenberg Olson, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, WHNP-BC
Linda Liu Hand, PhD
Michelle Harmon, PhD, RN
Mary Heitschmidt, PhD, RN, APN, CCRN
Colleen J. Klein, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC
Cheryl Lefaiver, PhD, RN, CCRP
Teresa Wood, PhD, RN, NEA-BC

RIIG  Publication Opportunity

Nancy Albert, PhD, CCNS, CHFN, CCRN, NE-BC, FAHA, FCCM, FHFSA, FAAN is an MNRS member and member of the Research thru Academic-partnerships RIIG. She is serving as guest editor for the Journal of Clinical Nursing for a special issue highlighting academic- clinical partnerships. Do you have a paper that you would like to submit for publication? (The deadline is two months). If so, please submit it!

For more information, please the link:

2020-2021 Goals

  • Continue descriptive nursing research study:
    a) Continue manuscript writing regarding conduct of research or EBP projects in healthcare settings
    b) Develop a plan for writing a manuscript regarding the results from the descriptive nursing research study
  • Enhance and maximize collaboration between partnerships to enrich research results and assist in more generalizable research findings:
    a) Create a group on the MNRS’ new online community networking platform to connect MNRS members that are interested in DNP projects from a clinical perspective, or nursing research collaboration
    b) Market the Outstanding Partnership Award via MNRS Matters and e-blasts.
    c) Post at least 1 “Member in the Spotlight” in 2021
    d) Execute a successful symposium in 2021

Overall/Long Term Goals

  • Continue descriptive nursing research study.  Pursue MNRS permission to use contact list to invite ALL MNRS members to participate.
  • Subcommittee will develop a discussion format for clinical/institutional and academic student DNP projects.
  • To build or strengthen roles in non-academic centers for nurse scientists; to facilitate: translation of EBP; mechanisms to sustain EBP into clinical/practice settings; and conduct of research focused on how to quickly accelerate the translation of research findings into real world settings.
  • To assist MNRS to advance the “future of nursing” based on IOM report’s research mission.
  • To enhance and maximize collaboration between academia and clinical nurse scientists; clinical/academic nurse scientists from multiple sites; nurse scientists with interdisciplinary healthcare providers/specialists and nurse scientists with corporate sponsors; etc. to enrich research results and assist in more generalizable research findings.

RIIG Minutes/Meeting Summary

If you were unable to attend the past RIIG meetings, please CLICK HERE to read copies of the meeting minutes.

(Please note that you must sign in as an active MNRS member to access this link.)


If you are interested in learning more about the Research thru Academic-Clinical Partnerships RIIG, please explore the minutes from the past conference meetings:
Research thru Academic-Clinical Partnerships RIIG Annual Report from the 2020 Annual Research Conference
Research thru Academic-Clinical Partnerships RIIG Annual Report from the 2019 Annual Research Conference

Research thru Academic-Clinical Partnerships RIIG minutes from the 2018 Annual Research Conference
Research thru Academic-Clinical Partnerships RIIG minutes from the 2017 Annual Research Conference
Research thru Academic-Clinical Partnerships RIIG minutes from the 2016 Annual Research Conference

Member in the Spotlight

As Associate Chief Nursing Officer of the Office of Research and Innovation, Dr. Albert administers and provides research and innovation services throughout Cleveland Clinic, a multicenter system. She conducts her own program of research and mentors nurses in research and evidence-based practice. Her heart failure programs of research have two themes: (1) understanding bio-behavioral issues that impact self-care adherence and clinical outcomes and (2) improving conformity to recommended care advocated in national guidelines. Nancy is also an external consultant and educator to nurses and healthcare teams wishing to promote evidence-based nursing practices, nursing research and innovative thinking.

Dr. Albert also serves as a clinical nurse specialist in advanced heart failure within an ambulatory heart failure clinic on the main campus of Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland OH. She is a clinical educator and consultant to graduate students and hospital and ambulatory nurses regarding heart failure, cardiac or intensive care topics. She is widely published with over 320 peer-reviewed publications in medical and nursing journals, over 15 book chapters and she is editor of a 2016 book titled: Building and Sustaining a Hospital-Based Nursing Research Program. Dr. Albert presents regionally, nationally and internationally and is actively involved on steering committees, work groups and task forces of many healthcare organizations that are focused on improving quality of care and clinical outcomes of patients with heart failure or cardiovascular diseases.

Nancy received the Nursing Leadership Award by the Heart Failure Society of America in September 2018, Distinguished Research Lecturer by the American Association of Critical-care Nurses in May 2013; Healthcare Volunteer of the Year by the American Heart Association in June 2015 and she became a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in October 2015.