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Nursing Research and Practice
Volume 2012, Article ID 579072, 6 pages
Review Article

Building the Clinical Bridge: An Australian Success

1NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Nursing (NCREN), Griffith University, Gold Coast, QLD 4222, Australia
2School of Nursing and Midwifery, Griffith University, Gold Coast, QLD 4222, Australia

Received 2 September 2011; Revised 6 February 2012; Accepted 6 February 2012

Academic Editor: Kathleen M. Potempa

Copyright © 2012 Marianne Wallis and Wendy Chaboyer. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Nursing effectiveness science includes primary, secondary, and translational, clinically focused research activities which aim to improve patient or client outcomes. It is imperative, for the successful conduct of a program of nursing effectiveness science, that a clinical bridge is established between academic and healthcare service facilities. An Australian example of the development of a robust clinical bridge through the use of jointly funded positions at the professorial level is outlined. In addition, an analysis of the practical application of Lewin’s model of change management and the contribution of both servant and transformational leadership styles to the bridge building process is provided.