Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Residency Program

The application period for Thundermist's Psychiatric Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Training Program is now open.The residency is a 12-month program providing intensive training in a new model of team-based, integrated care in which behavioral health clinicians, primary care providers, dentists and pharmacists all work closely together, sharing the same electronic record and often seated together in the same pod. 

The program is specifically intended to provide the new psychiatric nurse practitioner an unparalleled experience working with a diverse population of patients with assorted conditions who may benefit from treatment for a variety of behavioral health issues from academic problems to victims of trauma. Experienced health care providers work side-by-side with residents as they treat patients in the various health care settings at THC. The mentors support residents in advancing their skills of delivering behavioral health care specific to the uninsured and underserved populations. The residency is a full-time, 12-month salaried position with benefits. There is a one-year commitment to employment after completion of the program. 

About the Program

We’re training the residents to Thundermist’s model of high-performance health care: advanced access scheduling, planned care, the chronic care model, integrated behavioral health/primary care, team-based, with expert use of health information technology and the electronic health record.

The residency year begins with intensive orientation to Thundermist Health Center, the neighborhoods in which the training sites are located, and the health problems of the target population, and includes walking tours of neighborhoods, tours of Thundermist sites statewide, meetings with community leaders, technical training on electronic health record, and orientation by our chief medical officer to the responsibilities and privileges of medical staff participation at Thundermist.

Residency Core Elements

  • Individual, peer and specialized team supervision
  • Weekly didactic sessions: scheduled learning sessions on a variety of complex, clinical challenges most commonly encountered in FQHCs
  • Specialized rotations
  • Quality improvement training
  • Direct clinical practice (60% of time)
  • Areas of clinical practice include:
    • Special populations foci
    • Brief counseling
    • Psychopharmacologic treatment
    • Medication-assisted treatment
    • Individual and group psychotherapy
    • Substance abuse screening
    • Referral to treatment
    • After care
    • Continuous training to THC model of high-performance health system: access, continuity, planned care, team-based, prevention focused, expert use of electronic technology and data
    •  Training on THC quality improvement model, including clinical microsystems and facilitation, as well as leadership development
    • Ongoing multi-input evaluation component using qualitative and quantitative measures
    • Participation in Project ECHO® case-based distance learning platform

    Program Goals

    The Nurse Practitioner Residency in Behavioral Health and Community Health has the following goals:
    •  Increase access to quality behavioral health care for underserved and special populations by training nurse practitioners in a FQHC-based residency program that prepares residents for full and autonomous expert care of complex underserved populations across all life cycles and in multiple settings
    • Provide new psychiatric mental health urse practitioners (PMHNPs) with a depth, breadth, volume and intensity of clinical training necessary to serve as providers in the complex setting of the country’s FQHCs
    • Train new PMHNPs to deliver effective and efficient evidence based care in the field of psychiatry to vulnerable populations
    • Improve the clinical skills, confidence, productivity, and job satisfaction of new nurse practitioners who choose to work in underserved community settings, as well as contribute to employer satisfaction and workforce retention
    • Increase the number of practitioners ready to serve in leadership roles in community health settings

    Applications for the 2018-2019 class are due by March 23, 2018.  To apply, email application to

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