EBNHC launches family nurse practitioner residency training program

East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC) is pleased to announce the launch of a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Residency Program funded by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS). This residency program aims to expand the pool of primary care providers who are committed to and well-prepared for serving underserved populations in community settings.

EBNHC is one of five health care organizations in the commonwealth selected to participate in the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP) Statewide Investments Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Training Program. This program is administered by the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers and funded through the EOHHS.

The residency is a highly structured year of intensive clinical training providing additional skills training as well as independent mentorship experience in a high-performance model of care. Training includes precepted primary care sessions, specialty rotations, mentored independent clinics in a community health center setting, didactic sessions, and quality improvement training.

“We are thrilled to launch our Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Program,” said Residency Program Director Katherine O’Brien, MSN, FNP-C. “Our goal is to bridge the gap between academia and practice for new FNPs so that they feel competent and confident to hit the ground running as they enter the fast-paced world of health care. We want every patient to have a provider who empowers their decision making and respects their diversity of language, culture, race or ethnicity, and health care preferences. We also want every new provider to feel prepared, supported, and satisfied with their career in primary care. This highly structured and individualized residency, with an abundance of individual teaching, feedback, and clinical mentoring, does just that. When I started at EBNHC 13 years ago as a new NP, the support, training, and mentorship I received shaped me as a clinician and has driven me to want to do the same for the next generation of providers.”

Based at EBNHC sites in East Boston, Winthrop, and the South End, the program runs from July  1, 2021 to June 30, 2022, in a year-long journey towards competence, mastery, and confidence in being an NP in the role of primary care provider serving the culturally diverse and clinically complex patients who characterize community health center practice. The residency is a full-time, 12-month, salaried position. Three slots are available.

New Family Nurse Practitioners graduating in May 2021 or within the previous 2 years are encouraged to apply. Bilingual candidates preferred. Visit ebnhc.org/FNPresidency for more information and an online application.

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