Peak Vista’s APRN Fellowship is a 13-month-long, full-time employed/benefited position for transitioning or recently graduated licensed APRNs who desire to increase their family practice competence and confidence in a progressive, collaborative learning environment. The Fellowship is accredited as a Practice Transition Program by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. The 13-month program combines mentorship, problem-based learning, and hands-on clinical experience. The Fellowship experience is primarily in the Fellowship clinic with rotations in Women’s Services, Pediatrics, and some specialties.
To provide exceptional health care to people facing access barriers and to provide exceptional opportunities for recently graduated Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) to transition seamlessly from the academic to the clinical setting, and to facilitate the transition to Family Practice for experienced Nurse Practitioners who have been out of the workforce or in another specialty.
Peak Vista Community Health Centers' APRN Primary Care Fellowship is focused on enhancing the health of people and the community-at-large through a professional, caring staff who are motivated, enthusiastic, respectful, energetic and committed to strategic partnerships and a team approach to health care.
Postgraduate APRN Fellowships have been recommended by the Future of Nursing Report (2010) as a method to seamlessly transition recently graduated APRNs into the clinical setting. Peak Vista offers an accredited outpatient Primary Care APRN Fellowship as part of an effort to improve health care access for people facing access barriers to care.
The Fellowship is philosophically oriented around Benner’s Novice to Expert Model, Bandura’s Theory of Self-Efficacy and vicarious learning, and general adult learning theory. Self-evaluated and preceptor-evaluated competencies are derived from modified ACGME Milestones (2019) which support the continuous progression of knowledge, skills, attitudes, and professional goals.
The five core competencies identified by the IOM Committee (2003) as crucial to health professionals' education include the following:
Fellows complete a QI project focused on an aggregate population or clinical practice problem. They are also required to attend CME's and work on projects and assignments that may occur outside of working hours. Additionally, Fellows are required to attend provider meetings over the course of the year.
The Fellowship combines precepted interdisciplinary clinical immersion, relevant post-graduate didactic, and self-directed population management QI activities.
The goals of the Fellowship are: