Wakefield, Rhode Island – Thundermist Health
Center is pleased to announce its implementation of a 12-month Psychiatric
Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Residency Program. The program, which is currently accepting
applications, will begin in September 2017 and provide intensive training for
new psychiatric nurse practitioners in a high-performance Patient Centered
Medical Home. Thundermist Health Center has
partnered with the Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC) in Middletown, CT to administer
The residency program, which will run out of the
agency’s South County location, begins with an orientation to Thundermist
Health Center, the neighborhoods in which the training sites are located, and
the health problems of the target population. The orientation includes walking
tours of neighborhoods, tours of Thundermist sites statewide, meetings with
community leaders, and technical training on the electronic health record. Mary Rose, RMHNP, CHCQM, CCM, Thundermist
Health Center’s Chief Nursing Officer and a psychiatric nurse practitioner
oversees the program and will serve as one of its preceptors.
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Residency Program will provide the
new psychiatric nurse practitioners an unparalleled experience working with a
diverse population of patients with assorted behavioral health issues, from
academic problems to victims of trauma. Experienced healthcare providers will
work side-by-side with residents as they treat patients in the various health
care settings. The mentors will support residents in advancing their skills of
delivering behavioral health care specific to the uninsured and underserved
“We are pleased for the opportunity to begin this
program, especially at our South County location,” said Jeanne LaChance,
Thundermist Interim CEO. “South County
is suffering from a shortage of psychiatric services to address the mental
health and addiction needs of the community.
In fact, the area has been determined as a Health Professional Shortage
Area (HPSA) for mental health services.
This program offers the unique opportunity to provide quality
psychiatric services to those in need, and at the same time build a workforce
of professionals that will serve the mental health needs of the community for
years to come.”
According to Kerry Bamrick,
CHC’s Senior Program Manager, the goals of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Residency Program are:
Increase access to quality psychiatric care for underserved and special
Provide new Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners with a depth, breadth, volume
and intensity of clinical training necessary to serve as psychiatric nurse
practitioners in the complex setting of the country’s Federally Qualified
Improve the skills, confidence, productivity, and job satisfaction of new Psychiatric
Nurse Practitioners who choose to work in underserved community settings;
Increase the number of Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners ready to serve in
leadership roles in community health settings.
Two residency slots are available for the 2017-2018 class,
which will be housed in the organization’s South County location. The
application deadline is May 30, 2017.
The residency class begins September 1, 2017 and ends August 31, 2017. There is a one-year employment commitment
upon completion of the residency program.
For more information or to apply, visit our website at www.thundermisthealth.org.
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is a non-profit community health center providing primary health care
services. Services include primary care, pediatrics, ob/gyn,
internal medicine, dental, pharmacy, fully integrated behavioral health
counseling and psychiatric care, including psychopharmacology, school-based
health centers, and nutritional services, including the Women, Infants &
Children (WIC) Program.
Thundermist has three locations, Woonsocket, South County, and West
Warwick, and serves clients with and without health insurance. In 2016, Thundermist served more than 42,000
patients. It is a Level 3
Patient-Centered Medical Home, the highest level of accreditation from the
National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).