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Esperanza Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate Training Program

Introduction

Esperanza Health Centers' Family Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate Training Program is a 12-month program that provides intensive training to both the clinical complexity of family practice in the safety net setting, and trains to a high performance, PCMH model for primary care.

The program is specifically intended for new 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.

The Postgraduate Training is a full-time, 12-month salaried position with the opportunity for a one-year employment commitment after completion of the program. The program structure includes precepted primary care sessions, specialty rotations, mentored independent clinics, didactic sessions and quality improvement project.

 

About the Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate Training Program

Dr. Alicia Idler at Eserpanza CaliforniaWe’re training the postgraduate family nurse practitioners to Esperanza Health Centers’s model of high-performance health care: advanced access scheduling, planned care, the chronic care model, integrated behavioral health/primary care, team-based care, with expert use of health information technology and the electronic health record.

Three FNP Postgraduate Training positions will be available for the 2020-21 NP Postgraduate Training Class. The next Family Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate Training program will run from August 31, 2020 to August 28, 2021.

The Postgraduate Training year begins with intensive orientation to Esperanza Health Centers,  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 Esperanza Health Centers sites statewide, meetings with community leaders, technical training for electronic health record, and orientation by our chief medical officer to the responsibilities and privileges of medical staff participation at Esperanza Health Centers.

The Postgraduate Training has five key components:

Precepted “Continuity Clinics”
(4 sessions/week) These are the cornerstone of the FNP Postgraduate Training Program. In precepted clinics, the FNP residents develop their own patient panel while having an expert Esperanza Health Centers primary care provider (MD or APRN) exclusively assigned to them.

Specialty Rotations:
(2 sessions/week for 1 month) Specialty rotations in areas of high-volume/high-burden/high-risk situations most commonly encountered in the setting of the FQHC. Rotations may include but are not limited to: orthopedics, dermatology, women’s health, pediatrics, geriatrics, newborn nursery, HIV care, adult behavioral health, child and adolescent behavioral health, healthcare for the homeless, endocrinology, and MAT.

Mentored Clinics:
(2 sessions/week) During mentored clinics, the FNP postgraduate trainees work as a member of a team,  and see patients at the delegation of the primary care providers, who remain available for consultations. The focus is on the practice of episodic and acute care visits.

Didactic Education Sessions:
(1 session/week) 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 residents’ current clinical experiences.

Quality Improvement Training:

Training on Esperanza Health Centers's quality improvement model, including clinical microsystems and facilitation as well as leadership development. Participants will design and implement their own quality improvement project throughout the year.

Evaluations: The Esperanza Health Centers Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate Training program provides an ongoing multi-input evaluation component using qualitative and quantitative measures.

 

Program Goals:Fran Bender with patient at Esperanza

The Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate Training in Family Practice and Community Health has the following goals:

  • Increase access to quality primary care for underserved and special populations by training family practice nurse practitioners in a FQHC-based Postgraduate Training program that prepares residents for full and autonomous expert care of complex underserved populations across all life cycles and in multiple settings
  • 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 FQHCs
  • Train new NPs to a model of primary care consistent with the Institute of Medicine (IOM) principles of health care and the needs of 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 NPs ready to serve in leadership roles in community health settings.

Qualifications

Applicants must be recent graduates (no more than 24 months) from an accredited Masters or DNP program, licensed (IL APRN) and credentialed (FNP-C) or license/credential-eligible as FNP, fluency in Spanish required, with a stated commitment to practice as a primary care provider in a Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) or other safety net settings.

If you have any questions, please e-mail npresidency@esperanzachicago.org.

How to Apply

Opportunities to apply for our 2020-21 Family Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate Training Program cohort will be announced in January 2020. The deadline to apply for our next cohort is May 1, 2020.

Our Program in the News

Program Director Gillian Connolly, APRN, FNP-C, spoke with NBC Chicago's Sabrina Santucci about how our program allows Esperanza to train a new generation of providers, while our fellows, Angelina Bravo and Melissa Martinez, shared their experiences in the program. View the clip.

Connolly and Santucci Bravo and Santucci Martinez and Santucci