The 2017 MMU Application is Here!

Join the Residency-Like Program for Nurse Practitioners

For me, the most frustrating thing about life as a new graduate nurse practitioner was my first year of practice. My initial months working post-graduation were fraught with stress and worry. I felt that I was performing poorly at work due to my inexperience. While my nurse practitioner program prepared me for practice, real-life clinical scenarios proved much more challenging than anticipated. 

As a new grad NP, I always lamented that, similar to medical education, the nurse practitioner track should include a residency to facilitate the transition from education to practice. Sure, there are a few NP residencies across the country, but not nearly enough to accommodate all interested students. Everyday, MidlevelU readers tell me they experience similar frustrations. 

So, in 2016, here at MidlevelU, we came up with a solution. We developed a residency-like program for nurse practitioners called Midlevels for the Medically Underserved (MMU). Unlike other post-graduate programs for NPs, MMU includes a service-learning component in that nurse practitioners are matched with medically underserved facilities in which they complete their first year of practice. 

We're gearing up to kickoff our inaugural MMU class next month. But, we haven't forgotten about those of you who have yet to graduate. Today, we're excited to announce that the application for our 2017-2018 class is available! If you are a nurse practitioner student, or feel that you could benefit from a residency-like program, here's a bit more information about MMU. 

MISSION

The mission of Midlevels for the Medically Underserved is to help NPs and PAs engage their professional passions, growing in confidence and competence, while positively influencing the health and wellness of medically underserved communities. You can think of Midlevels for the Medically Underserved similar to a residency for advanced practice providers, but with a focus on helping underserved populations. 

PROGRAM GOALS

Goals of the Midlevels for the Medically Underserved experience include: 

  • Increasing access to high quality medical care for underserved populations by placing NPs in facilities serving such communities
  • Mastery of clinical skills in a supportive environment conducive to learning
  • Developing increased confidence and competence in the clinical setting with the ultimate goal of improved career satisfaction and performance

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

Midlevels for the Medically Underserved begins with a multi-day kickoff in Nashville, Tennessee. At the kickoff, you will orient to the program, meet fellow participants, and begin didactic and clinical learning.

Similar to the way Teach for America operates for educators, nurse practitioners participating in MMU will be matched with a site serving a medically underserved community. Sites are diverse and can include clinic and hospital settings in rural, suburban, or urban environments. 

Throughout the program, continued learning will occur through weekly webinar meetings. Meetings will feature relevant clinical topics presented by field experts. Additional journaling, discussion and/or presentations may be required of participants. 

THE EXPERIENCE

Life as a Midlevels for the Medically Underserved participant is intense and rewarding! Participants will work full-time in the clinical setting gradually increasing autonomy throughout the program. The exact schedule of the work week depends on the facility where you are matched but will not exceed an average of 40 hours/week. On-call hours may be required by some facilities. Weekly participant meetings may take place in addition to or as part of the regular work week, depending on your site.

The benefit of your hard work? A smoother transition from your NP education to practice facilitated by feedback and coaching in a supportive environment. Continue learning while providing care to individuals who would otherwise lack access to quality healthcare services. 

Are you interested in learning more about Midlevels for the Medically Underserved? Apply or request more information by clicking below. 

 

Comments

Please send more info my way .:.Any opportunities in Florida jQuery1102039634845685213804_1470272037359 Pref Tampa Bay Area??

Erica Conner