[March 26, 2015] – Thundermist Health Center is pleased to announce that it is recruiting for its second class of its 12-month Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Program. The program provides intensive training to a high performance Patient Centered Medical Home model in Thundermist’s clinically complex safety-net environment. Thundermist Health Center has partnered with the Community Health Center, Inc. (CHCI) in Middletown, CT to administer the Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Program.
The residency year begins with 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, technical training on the electronic health record, and orientation by the Chief Medical Officer to the responsibilities and privileges of medical staff participation at Thundermist Health Center.
In 2007, CHCI launched the nation’s first formal Nurse Practitioner Residency Training Program to support the transition from new NP to primary care provider. Since that time, CHCI has advanced the model of nurse practitioner residency training and to date, has assisted 40 other organizations launch residency programs.
“The residency program is specifically intended for family nurse practitioners who are committed to developing careers as primary care providers in the challenging setting of community health centers and other safety net settings,” said Chuck Jones, Thundermist President & CEO. “This program promises to imbue these highly qualified candidates with the skills and experience to practice confidently in a very challenging environment, creating a new source of much-needed primary care resources to our communities.”
According to Kerry Bamrick, Senior Program Manager, Nurse Practitioner Residency Program, the goals of the Nurse Practitioner Residency in Family Practice and Community Health are:
- Increase access to quality primary care for underserved and special populations
- Provide new Nurse Practitioners (NPs) with a depth, breadth, volume and intensity of clinical training necessary to serve as primary care providers in the complex setting of the country’s Federally Qualified Health Centers
- Improve the skills, confidence, productivity, and job satisfaction of new nurse practitioners who choose to work in underserved community settings
- Increase the number of NPs ready to serve in leadership roles in community health settings.
Residency slots are available for the (2016-2017) NP Residency Class. The application deadline is April 30, 2016. The residency class begins Sept. 1, 2016-August 31, 2017.