We are working together to design and pilot an APRN Fellowship Program in Utah. Due to the success of the RN residency program and the lack of APRN orientation programs in the state, the Utah Action Coalition for Health and Utah Organization of Nurse Leaders recommended designing and piloting an APRN Fellowship program. APRNs play an essential role in providing primary care in the large rural, frontier areas of Utah with health professional shortages. This project will allow us to explore and design a year-long, APRN fellowship pilot program to support new APRN graduates practicing in new settings and in new roles.
The APRN fellowship will be 12 months in length and have required leadership and diversity/cultural sensitivity curriculum content and experiences. A mentorship model, using experienced APRNs, will be used for the newly graduated APRNs that are selected for entry into the APRN fellowship program.
The goal is to have at least one APRN fellowship pilot site initiated by 2016. Hospital systems and FQ Health Centers will be selected for APRN fellowship pilot sites. An education-practice partnership model will be utilized for the APRN fellowship pilots.
- University of Utah
- Intermountain Healthcare
- Utah FQHCs
Joan Gallegos: JGallegos@healthinsight.org