Community-Based Nurse Practitioner Fellowship

Fellowship Program

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) is pleased to implement a HRSA-funded Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Residency (NPR) program. The purpose of the project is to prepare APRNs to work in rural and underserved communities. 

Our NPR program will increase the APRN primary care workforce in rural and underserved communities through collaboration with partner community-based health clinics (CBHCs). The program will provide funding and support for seven fellows (6 FNPs and 1 PMHNP) each year.

  • FNPs, PMHNPs, or NP students in those specialties are eligible to apply
  • All applicants must be within 18 months of graduation.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a strong desire to work with rural or urban underserved populations.
  • VUSN screens applicants and recommends candidates for interview; CBHCs hire fellows as full-time employees of their organization.  
  • CBHC Fellows complete a structured, precepted 12-month residency program that includes continuing education tailored to post-graduate NPs in rural practice, monthly group debrief conferences, and ongoing coaching and support from VUSN faculty.
  • CBHC Fellows receive additional psych/mental health content and gain valuable experience applying this knowledge through integrated behavioral health care in their CBHC site. 
  • CBHC Fellows and their CBHC have access to consults with behavioral health experts via telehealth. 

Application

Fellows agree to 12 months of full-time employment at the CBHC. Participation in the additional didactic and focused experiences involving social determinants of health, psychopharmacology, and telehealth in the context of a rural or medically underserved clinic is required.

Applications are open through March 31, 2021. Candidates will be contacted for interviews in early April. The anticipated start date is July or August, depending on graduation date.

Complete application

Potential Community-Based Health Clinics (CBHCs) 


Project Team

Pam Jones
Project Director

Christian Ketel
Evaluation Coordinator

Tonya Elkins
Health Education Coordinator

Natasha McClure
Health Education Specialist

For further information, contact vusn.npr@vanderbilt.edu.

This program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $2,442,800 with 0% financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov