News | October 23, 2017

AACN Partners With CastleBranch To Facilitate Excellence In The Clinical Preparation Of Nursing Professionals

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Today, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and CastleBranch announced a new partnership that provides schools of nursing nationwide with an online platform, CastleBranch Bridges (CB Bridges), designed to facilitate the clinical education of healthcare professionals and ensure quality outcomes. Through this initiative, nursing schools affiliated with AACN can gain access to this comprehensive, easy-to-use platform designed to streamline each phase of a student's clinical journey from compliance tracking, clinical placements and scheduling, site orientation, skills assessment, and evaluation.

Since 2005, CastleBranch has partnered with AACN to offer discounted student background screenings, drug screenings, and compliance tracking solutions. To date, more than 60% of AACN member schools are finding value in centralizing and streamlining the management of these services. To further serve our members, CastleBranch has developed CB Bridges to expertly manage the full scope of the student clinical rotation process. AACN is committed and excited to deliver CB Bridges, which is now available to affiliated schools at a reduced rate.

"CastleBranch's evolving partnership with AACN over the past decade has allowed us to understand and address many pressing issues faced by health profession educators," said Brett Martin, CEO of CastleBranch. "This new partnership will allow our organizations to take the next step – to collectively strengthen the industry, solve longstanding problems, and further help educators mold students into valued healthcare providers."

CB Bridges is designed to manage the entire process behind the nursing student's clinical education via a centralized online platform and can be adapted to meet individual school and program needs. CastleBranch's platform will help AACN schools, students, and healthcare facilities collaborate to track milestones and monitor achievement along the nursing education continuum.

In addition to positioning schools, students, and healthcare facilities for success, AACN will be able to better understand and identify best practice learnings related to clinical nursing education from the CB Bridges aggregate data. These best practices will be shared with leaders within academic nursing to further improve and standardize the clinical rotation process.

"AACN is committed to driving innovation and excellence in academic nursing," said Deborah Trautman, President and Chief Executive Officer of AACN. "Through the use of CastleBranch's Bridges platform, AACN has the power to deliver on that promise and to elevate the industry through evidence-based learnings connected to the clinical preparation of tomorrow's nurses."

To learn more about the CB Bridges platform, visit www.discover.CastleBranch.com/CBBridges.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for academic nursing representing 810 schools of nursing nationwide. AACN establishes quality standards for nursing education, influences the nursing profession to improve health care, and promotes public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research, and practice.

Founded in 1997, CastleBranch is one of the largest background screening and compliance management companies in the nation. CastleBranch works with over 400 AACN schools and has a proven track record of creating products and services tailored to the needs of nursing schools, students, and hospitals. These services are used in approximately 66 percent of colleges and universities in the United States.

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