Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Program

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Michael Glorioso

Residency Program Coordinator
mglorioso@healthlincchc.org

Mission
We provide new nurse practitioners with enhanced training in a community health center setting that grows their confidence, fosters their mastery of skills and allows them to gain competence in primary care practice.

HealthLinc is committed to leadership, transformation, and innovation in health care. In 2016, HealthLinc launched its Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Program to provide intensive training on both the clinical complexity of family practice in the safety net setting and on a high-performance, PCMH model of primary care. HealthLinc has partnered with the Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC) in Middletown, Connecticut, to host and operate their Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Program. This residency is designed for new nurse practitioners with a commitment to developing career practices in the challenging setting of the FQHC and/or special populations.

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  • Embrace Innovation to grow and expand the FNP residency program as it seeks to be a model for FNP primary care practice in the FQHC setting.
  • Utilize Collaboration among preceptors, mentors, and specialty providers to align practice requirements within each community to assure the needs of patients are fulfilled.
  • Increase Access to quality care by eliminating barriers through expanded training of FNP’s during the residency program.
  • Demonstrates Respect in all circumstance by consistently treating all persons with compassion and integrity.
  • Achieve Excellence by providing best-in-class, patient care services in all aspects of the FNP residency program.
  • Humbly provide Servant Care to all communities through advocacy activities including developing quality improvement projects and engaging in leadership practices that impact care for all patients.

The Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Program consists of 12 months of full-time employment at HealthLinc, with a one-year commitment to employment after completion of the program.

 

Class Size
Each year, the class size varies depending on the needs of the clinics. This ensures you receive a comprehensive educational experience with close one-on-one instruction.

Full Integration into HealthLinc

  • Involvement in quality improvement and practice redesign
  • Clinical committees and tasks force participation

Core Elements

  • Precepted Continuity Clinics (4 sessions/week) – Develop and manage a panel of new patients
  • Specialty Rotations (2 sessions/week x 1 month) in orthopedics, women’s health/prenatal care, adult/child psychiatry, geriatrics, pediatrics, HIV care, Hepatitis C, newborn nursery, dermatology, health care for the homeless
  • Mentored Clinics (3 sessions/week) – Sessions with a clinician mentor focused on practice of episodic and acute care
  • Didactic Sessions (1 session/week) – Sessions on high volume/risk/burden conditions frequently seen in FQHCs
  • Continuous training on HealthLinc’s model of high-performance health system: access, continuity, planned care, team-based, prevention-focused, use of data and technology
  • Ongoing multi-input evaluation component using qualitative and quantitative measures
  • Training on the quality improvement model, including clinical microsystems and facilitation, as well as leadership development
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Professional diploma (BSN, MSN)
  • Recent graduate (less than 18 months) from an accredited Masters or DNP program
  • Licensed (IN APRN) and credentialed (FNP-C) or license/credential-eligible as FNP
  • Stated commitment to practice as a primary care provider in a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) or other safety net settings upon completion of the residency
  • COVID-19 vaccination or a medical or religious exemption

HealthLinc is preparing for the 2021 Nurse Practitioner Residency Program.

 

Application Process

  • Please apply for the FNP Residency Program through HealthLinc’s Employment Section of the website by clicking here. Application opens January 1, 2021.
  • If qualified, you will be emailed the formal electronic application to complete.
  • The deadline to return completed applications is April 1, 2021.
  • Those selected are required to complete the credentialing application and MUST ATTEND HealthLinc’s Recruitment Day on Thursday, May 20, 2021.

 

Application Requirements

  • CV with 5 years work and education history sections in month and year format
  • Copy of driver’s license
  • Professional diploma (BSN, MSN)
  • 3 signed letters of recommendation

If selected for HealthLinc’s Family Nurse Practitioner Training Program cohort, required documents include:

  • Copy of Indiana RN license
  • Copy of Indiana APRN license
  • Copies of license(s) from any other state
  • Indiana controlled substance license
  • Federal DEA certificate
  • ANCC/AANP certification or evidence of eligibility for certification

 

For more information about the Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Program, please contact npresidency@healthlincchc.org.

Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, I worked as a registered nurse for over 4 years in both the adult and pediatric inpatient settings. Becoming a nurse practitioner has been my dream, as I would be able to develop lasting relationships and improve the health of my patients and the community. I decided to join HealthLinc’s Nurse Practitioner Residency Program after completing my graduate program at Georgetown University to transition and connect my didactic knowledge with clinical expertise. HealthLinc’s residency provides support and gives us the confidence and tools to become an adept provider in the primary care setting. The residency also gives us the opportunity to take part in specialty rotations and collaborate with all members of the healthcare team. Through the remarkable training program and evidence-based education, I plan to lead the vision of Healthlinc every day and provide my patients with unparalleled care.

Alex Tokarski

Nurse Practitioner Resident

I worked as a registered nurse for five years before starting my career as a family nurse practitioner. After graduate school, I desired to be a part of a residency program to expand the depth of my knowledge in order to better serve and care for patients. HealthLinc’s Nurse Practitioner Residency Program provides unique learning opportunities and experiences to help facilitate the transition from a registered nurse to a primary care provider. The combination of specialty rotations, didactic courses, and built-in preceptors provided through the program, increases my competence and confidence in primary care as an entry-level nurse practitioner. HealthLinc’s encouraging and supportive environment facilitates growth and development as a provider. My ultimate goal as a nurse practitioner resident is to deliver the best care possible for each patient and offer a professional relationship based on compassion and kindness.

Tracy Elder

Nurse Practitioner Resident

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"First time and I was absolutely impressed. Had a dental emergency and no insurance. HealthLinc went above and beyond my expectations. Ended up having 5 teeth pulled that have been bothering me for years. No other dentist would even touch them because I had no dental insurance. I can honestly say I was very impressed and thankful to finally have decent care at a decent price."

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"I have had nothing but caring doctors and dentist here for my child. On her first dentist apt. they were very understanding and patient with my child who was afraid and comforted her very well. The doctor was amazing and I'm happy she's my daughter's new family physician."

 

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Lilia Bonilla - Family Nurse Practitioner

Site Medical Director

Lilia Bonilla is the Site Medical Director and a Nurse Practitioner in Family Medicine. She is board certified with over 19 years of experience as a highly skilled and dedicated family nurse practitioner. Lilia provides comprehensive care for a wide variety of patients with diverse needs. She has extensive experience in family and adult medicine, women’s health and pediatrics. Lilia is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and American Nurses Association. She also serves as a preceptor and mentor for Nurse Practitioner Residents. Lilia is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Specialties: Family Practice, Women’s Health, Pediatrics

 

Diana Garcia Burns - Family Nurse Practitioner

Diana Garcia Burns has been serving East Chicago for over 30 years. She is experienced in family medicine, emergency medicine, public health, and administration. Diana is board certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is certified in Advanced Life Support, Pediatric Life Support, and Stroke Care. She is currently an instructor for the American Heart Association and a member of the Indiana Nurses Association (INA), American Nurses Association (ANA) and American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

Specialties: Emergency Medicine, Public and Environmental Health

 

Dr. Ed S. Hassan - Internal Medicine

Dr. Hassan has practiced medicine on four continents: Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America, giving him a unique perspective to health care. He received additional training in Internal Medicine at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Hassan is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a member of the American College of Physicians. He is fluent in English, Spanish and Arabic.

Specialties: Hypertension, Diabetes, Asthma, Elevated Blood Cholesterol

 

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Nadine Salman - Family Nurse Practitioner

Nadine Salman delivers patient-centered care from infancy to adulthood by providing education and counseling on health promotion and disease prevention. She serves as an advocate by working in a partnership with patients and families to provide holistic care. Nadine’s passion is to give patients the tools and knowledge to help them make better health choices so they can live longer and healthier.

Specialties: Pediatrics, Disease Prevention, Adult Health and Wellness Promotion

 

Jessica Sinclair - Clinical Pharmacist

 

Dr. Carl Toren - Pediatrician

Dr. Toren’s practice is focused on the health of children, both for the present and the future. He partners with families to monitor a child’s growth, development, nutrition, and safety, while following expert guidelines for vaccinations and screenings. If sickness comes, he offers comprehensive examinations, tests to discover the cause and then arranges any necessary treatment and follow-up. Dr. Toren is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Specialties: Pediatric Development, Pediatric Nutrition, Immunizations

 

Charita Weekly - Family Nurse Practitioner

Charita Weekly’s number one priority is providing excellent, comprehensive health care. She serves the entire family with a focus on promoting health and maintenance. Each approach is age specific to her patient and transitions throughout their life span. With emphasis on disease prevention and wellness, she treats the whole person and assists in achieving a higher quality of life.

Specialties: Family, Medical Examiner for the Department of Transportation, Disease Prevention

Dr. Firas Adhami - Dentist

Dr. Firas Adhami is committed to alleviating the health disparities of the underserved. He is the recipient of the Excellence in Prosthodontics Award from the American College of Prosthodontics. In May 2016, he published an article in the Journal of the American Dental Association entitled “Soft-tissue calcification on a panoramic radiograph.” Dr. Adhami maintains active memberships in the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry.

Specialties: Extractions, Root Canal Therapy, Prosthodontics

 

April Chaja - Dental Hygienist

LaTonya Cooper - Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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