School of Nursing, Mayo Clinic form collaboratory to further advance nursing

December 8, 2022

Mayo Collaboratory MOU

The University of Minnesota School of Nursing and the Mayo Clinic Department of Nursing have formed a collaboratory to facilitate their academic-practice partnership to generate, disseminate and apply knowledge for the improvement of nursing practice, education and health outcomes. The partnership will engage nursing faculty, nursing staff and nursing students in the development of strategies to enhance nursing education, research and practice. 

Initially, the partnership will center on fostering innovative undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate education degree opportunities and experiences at Mayo Clinic and advancing nursing knowledge to improve and support the health of individuals and their families through research and evidence-based practice. The partnership also will address nursing workforce needs to support a smooth transition of graduates into practice.

“The School of Nursing’s physical presence in Rochester and its history of partnering with Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota - Rochester create a unique opportunity to foster innovation,” says Dean Connie White Delaney, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, FNAP, dean of the School of Nursing. “Establishing a nursing collaboratory formalizes our longtime relationship and offers a framework for us to further advance nursing and nursing education.”

“Mayo Clinic nurses are known for their exceptional knowledge, trusted expertise and innovative patient care,” says Ryannon Frederick, MS, RN, chief nursing officer, Mayo Clinic. “This collaboratory will help us accelerate improvements in nursing practice, education and research to benefit patients everywhere.”

The collaboratory will build on the partnership the University of Minnesota School of Nursing and the Mayo Clinic Department of Nursing have had since the school first began educating Bachelor of Science in Nursing students in Rochester in 2002. All School of Nursing students in Rochester complete their clinical education at Mayo Clinic and learn from clinical instructors and preceptors who are Mayo nurses. In 2020, the School of Nursing and Mayo Clinic collaborated to provide a first-of-its-kind clinical learning experience by creating a dedicated education unit in an ambulatory care setting.

A signing ceremony for the collaboratory was held Nov. 15 in Rochester.


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Steve Rudolph
School of Nursing