Thank you for your interest in Thundermist’s Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Fellowship Program. We are filled for our 2020-2021 fellowship class. 

Mission

Our mission is to prepare new nurse practitioners to provide exceptional care to patients with complex medical, behavioral health, and social needs. Fellows will be provided with one year of intensive training to support them in developing the skills to deliver comprehensive health care as the leader of a robust care team. They will develop long-lasting skills to achieve outstanding clinical quality outcomes, address social determinants of health, and create health equity amongst the populations they serve.

Vision

Our vision is to create a nurse practitioner workforce that is clinically and culturally competent, socially just, and highly effective. Fellowship training will lead to nurse practitioner with healthy work life balance that fosters a long-term career caring for underserved communities across the country.

Accreditation

Thundermist Health Center is seeking accreditation from the NNPRFTC – National Nurse Practitioner Residency & Fellowship Training Consortium.

About the Program

The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Fellowship Program is a twelve-month program that provides comprehensive training in delivering evidence-based care to underserved populations in a high-functioning patient-centered medical home setting.

Thundermist Health Center is committed to providing effective and efficient behavioral health care in the primary health care setting. Our Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Fellowship Program will provide fellows with the opportunity to work as a member of a closely knit multi-disciplinary care team. Fellows will deliver care to a diverse population of patients with a full spectrum of diagnoses and will learn to work cohesively with a wide variety of health care professionals.

Fellows will receive a unique and hands-on mentoring experience from a team of six highly experienced behavioral health care professionals. These professionals, known as fellowship preceptors, will work side-by-side with residents to help them develop the expertise they need to succeed in their field.

The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Fellowship is a 12-month program that begins annually in September and ends in August of the following year.

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Why Thundermist Health Center?

Here at Thundermist Health Center we want to ensure each of our fellows are setup to achieve their highest level of professional success. Our Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Fellowship Program will provide fellows with the opportunity to work as a member of a closely knit multi-disciplinary care team.

Thundermist recognizes the importance and benefits of our fellow’s awareness of the economic, social, and environmental challenges patients may face. The fellowship addresses these factors during the 5-week new employee/fellowship orientation. Each fellow participates in the orientation session at the start of their Fellowship year. Meet-and-greets with leaders and program staff of various programs within our communities as well as tours, either virtually or in-person, of their organizations constitute some of what occurs during this orientation period.

Fellows will receive a unique and hands-on mentoring experience from a team of highly experienced health care professionals. These professionals, known as fellowship preceptors, will work side-by-side with fellows in dedicated precepted clinics to help them develop the expertise they need to succeed in their field. Program leadership will also lead training in the responsibilities and privileges of medical staff participation at Thundermist.

In addition to our program preceptors and staff support, the Thundermist Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Fellowship Program will provide fellows with:

Full integration into the organization

    • Receive technical training on electronic health record.
    • Involvement in quality and practice redesign.
    • Participation in weekly fellowship. Debrief sessions with program leadership and steering committee members throughout the Fellowship year.
    • 5-week THC and Fellowship orientation.

Core Elements:

    • Highly individualized precepted experience.
    • Specialized rotations.
    • Weekly didactic sessions: scheduled learning sessions on a variety of complex, clinical challenges most commonly encountered in FQHCs.
    • Training on Thundermist Quality improvement model.
    • Ongoing multi-input evaluation component using qualitative and quantitative measures.

Direct clinical practice, including but not limited to:

    • Psychopharmacologic treatment.
    • Medication-assisted treatment.
    • Substance use screening and treatment.
    • Continuous training to Thundermist model of high-performance health system: access, continuity, planned care, team-based, prevention-focused, expert use of electronic technology and data.
    • Participation in Project ECHO® case-based distance learning platform.
    • Participation in C-TIER, a self-guided two-week Telemedicine Certification Course.

The Fellowship has five key components

  1. Precepted “Continuity Clinics”: These are the cornerstone of the fellowship. In precepted clinics, the nurse practitioner fellows develop their own patient panel while having an expert Thundermist provider (MD, DO, or APRN) exclusively assigned to them.
  2. Specialty Rotations: Ten rotations in areas of high-volume/high-burden/high-risk situations most commonly encountered in the setting of a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center (FQHC). Rotations include: dermatology, women’s health, pediatrics, geriatrics, infectious disease, newborn/nursery, HIV care, trans* health, addiction medicine, and behavioral health. Fellows also participate and complete a national, two-week, C-TIER Telemedicine Certification Course to help prepare them as we continue to find ways to maintain and expand patient access to care.
  3. Didactic Education Sessions: Formal learning sessions on a variety of complex clinical challenges most commonly encountered in FQHCs. The content of the presentations is planned to correspond to the fellows’ current clinical experiences.
  4. Quality Improvement Training: Training on Thundermist Health Center’s quality improvement model.
  5. Evaluations: The Thundermist Nurse Practitioner Fellowship Training Program provides an ongoing multi-input evaluation component using qualitative and quantitative measures. Fellows complete evaluations on all components of their Fellowship experience. Preceptors, specialty rotation preceptors, support and program staff all participate in evaluations at varying times throughout the program year. Data gathered provides invaluable insight on how to continually develop and grow the program.

How to Apply

Through a rolling admission process, we select four fully qualified psychiatric nurse practitioner fellows. Accepted applicants will be offered a full-time salaried position with benefits and will be expected to sign a one-year employment commitment to Thundermist upon completion of the fellowship program.

We are now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Fellowship Program. To apply, applicants must be a graduate of a master’s or DNP program, ANCC certification as a PMHNP, bilingual preferred with a stated commitment to practices as a PMHNP in safety net settings and an interest in integrated health care practice.

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For more information, please email: NPFellowship@ThundermistHealth.org.