By Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – An innovative collaboration is opening up opportunities for new nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
On Friday, the North Mississippi Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Center and Mississipppi University for Women announced a new Advanced Practice Clinician Residency Program that will train new nurse practitioners and physician assistants alongside family medicine physicians.
“This is a great opportunity for different levels of health care practitioners to work together at the beginning of their careers,” said residency center associate director Dr. Karen Hughes, who will serve as the medical director for the program.
The goal is to give the new nurse practitioners and physician assistants a chance to practice as they would on their own, but with someone they can immediately turn to with questions and who is checking their work.
“It’s very innovative,” said MUW nursing faculty member Carey McCarter, who will be the clinical director for the program.
Nurse practitioners are required to work for 720 hours directly under the supervision of a physician or another nurse practitioner before they can work in a solo practice. The Advance Practice Clinician residency will provide 1,000 clinical hours and will include specialty rotations that nurse practitioners and physician assistants often wouldn’t have access to.
The 12-month program is accepting applications for four slots through May 31, with the program slated to begin in August. The residency program, which includes a salary, is open to nurse practitioners and physician assistants who have completed their master’s level programs in the past 18 months.
Nurse practitioners in the residency program will have the option of working toward a doctorate of nursing practice, McCarter said. In addition to the clinical requirements that the residency would fulfill, the doctoral candidates also will complete course work and a capstone project.
FOR MORE INFORMATION on the Advanced Practice Clinician Residency Program, email CMcCarter@nmhs.net or firstname.lastname@example.org or call (662) 377-2261. Applications are available at www.nmhs.net/fmrc.php.