Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Program

 

Amy Costello with short hair and glasses wearing a red jacket and white blouse

Amy Costello

Training Program Manager and Residency Program Coordinator
acostello@healthlincchc.org

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.

  • Provide new Nurse Practitioners (NPs) with a depth, breadth, volume and intensity of clinical training necessary to serve as primary care providers in the complex setting of the country’s FQHCs.
  • Train new Nurse Practitioners to a model of primary care consistent with the Institute of Medicine (IOM) principles of health care and the needs of vulnerable populations.
  • Improve the clinical skills, confidence, productivity, and job satisfaction of new Nurse Practitioners who choose to work in underserved community settings, as well as contribute to employer satisfaction and workforce retention. 
  • Increase the number of Nurse Practitioners ready to serve in leadership roles in community health settings.
  • Develop the clinical and operational confidence necessary for efficient, effective and productive practice as a member of the health care team in a FQHC
     

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

    HealthLinc is currently accepting applications for the Nurse Practitioner Residency Program. The 2019-2020 cohort begins in August 2019.

     

    Application Process

    • Please apply for the NP Residency Program through HealthLinc’s Employment Section of the website
    •  If qualified, you will be emailed the formal electronic application to complete.
    • The deadline to return completed applications is April 30, 2019.
    • Those selected are required to complete the credentialing application and MUST ATTEND HealthLinc’s Recruitment Day on Thursday, May 16, 2019. 

     

    Application Requirements

    • CV with 5 years work & 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.

    I worked full time as a nurse while going through a masters degree program in Nursing. Even with the required clinical rotations, I knew I was not ready to be on my own. HealthLinc’s NP Residency program provided the perfect place for me to feel comfortable and grow in my new profession. HealthLinc has a vision of community service that resonated with me. The dedicated employees at HealthLinc have helped me to grow into a more polished Nurse Practitioner.

    Arnie Baker

    Nurse Practitioner Resident

    Transitioning from a registered nurse to a provider (nurse practitioner) role has been a formidable change in my career.  While completing a residency prior to practicing as a nurse practitioner is not required, I elected to do so because I wanted to be the absolute best practitioner that I can be.  I have since not regretted that decision at any given moment.  The specific program in which I was chosen to be a part of at HealthLinc has given me additional opportunities to further my education and clinical experience by: rotating with specialists and family medicine practitioners, participating in weekly didactics, medically clearing patients to be in the inpatient psychiatric ward, co-developing a colon cancer awareness project through statistical research, building my own patient panel while under the guidance of preceptors, and participating in community health events.  I believe that every person should strive to be their best self and continue to grow; and I am fortunate enough to confidently say that I work in an environment that values and promotes that philosophy. 

    Carolyn Horin

    Nurse Practitioner Resident

    I am thankful each day that I am a part of HealthLinc’s NP residency program. I knew I wanted more direct support in my first NP role and this principle guided my decision to apply specifically to NP residency programs post-grad. Some stand out strengths that attracted me to HealthLinc was that it offered two precepted days with wonderful family NPs, a mentored day with a family physician, a specialty rotation day, a weekly online didactic lecture, and chronic pain/quality improvement seminars. These wonderful supports would simply not have been offered at a routine entry level NP position.

    Another reason HealthLinc stood out to me was their commitment to the community, as well as the partnership they have with other residency programs throughout the nation. We collaborate with other NP residents across the country each week during our didactic sessions, which provides several case presentations, varying perspectives and feedback to apply to our own practice. These components, along with our team of highly qualified preceptors, provide constructive feedback while also maintaining an encouraging workplace to grow and develop our own personalized practice preferences. Finally, the specialty rotations we cycle through allow us to gain additional knowledge which we can directly apply to primary care and increase patients’ access to care. These rotations also help us start building collaborative relationships and develop quality referrals if needed. I can say with confidence that once I complete my residency, I will be a better NP with an incredibly strong foundation to continue to build on with my clinical knowledge, practice, and inter-professional relationships.

    Eliza Henley

    Nurse Practitioner Resident

    Pharmacy Residency Program

    Clinical Pharmacist Lynn Thoma wearing a HealthLinc overcoat and pink button-up shirtLynn Thoma

    Pharmacy Program Coordinator
    lthoma@healthlincchc.org

    HealthLinc is a Federally Qualified Health Center and Patient-Centered Medical Home Level 3, where there is a multi-disciplinary approach to patients. Besides pharmacy residents, there are nurse practitioner residents and P4 pharmacy students on site. The pharmacy resident has the opportunity to work under collaborate practice agreements with multiple disease states. A mental health rotation can be set up if the resident has an interest. The resident completes teaching certificate requirements at Purdue University.

    The HealthLinc Pharmacy Residency Program is a PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Residency with a focus in ambulatory care. The resident will be exposed to direct patient care with diabetes, anticoagulation, dyslipidemia, and hypertension being the primary disease states encountered. The medication distribution learning experience is completed at HealthLinc in-house pharmacies. The residency partners with Purdue University for the teaching, research, and drug information components.

    Universal Residency Program Purpose

    To build upon the doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to develop community-based pharmacist practitioners with diverse patient care, leadership, and education skills who are eligible to pursue advanced training opportunities including postgraduate year two (PGY2) residencies and professional certifications.

    HealthLinc Residency Program Purpose

    Graduates will be able to provide, develop, and manage advanced patient care services to the underserved and underinsured patient population at a Federally Qualified Health Center.

    • Rotation Learning Experiences
    • Orientation
    • Drug Information
    • Longitudinal Learning Experiences
    • Patient Care
    • Medication Distribution
    • Research Series
    • Leadership and Self-Improvement
    • Business Plan and Quality Improvement
    • Management
    • Teaching

     

    Brock Davis – PharmD, MATS
    Purdue University College of Pharmacy, 2017
    Dr. Davis is the Primary Preceptor at the Mishawka site for the HealthLinc Residency Program.  He lives in Mishawaka, IN with his wife (Cheaney) and son (Holden). He enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching Purdue Sports and Curious George with Holden, and being a Starbucks enthusiast.

    Elizabeth Shinn – PharmD
    Purdue University College of Pharmacy, 2016
    Dr. Shinn is currently the clinical pharmacist at our Michigan City clinic.  Having spent time in Kenya, she is interested in HIV and infectious diseases, as well as diabetes management and tobacco cessation.  She enjoys traveling, hiking at the Indiana Dunes, and spending time with friends and family.

    Lynn Thoma – PharmD, BCACP, BC-ADM, CDE, LDE
    Purdue University, 2012
    Dr. Thoma is the Residency Program Director and the primary preceptor at the Valparaiso site.  She lives in Valparaiso, IN with her husband (Gage) and dog (Violet).  She enjoys living life to the fullest, spending time with family and friends, trying new restaurants, and being a fitness junkie.

     Margie Snyder – PharmD

     Amy Sheehan – PharmD

    • 10 PTO days
    • Paid holidays (2 floating)
    • Eligible for health insurance after 60 days
    • Paid memberships to applicable professional organizations
    • Stipends for conferences/travel

    Brock Davis – PharmD, MATS
    Purdue University College of Pharmacy, 2017
    HealthLinc/Purdue/Walgreens PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency, 2018

    Dr. Davis is currently serving as the Clinical Pharmacist at our Mishawaka clinic location after completing his PGY1 Community Pharmacy residency in 2017-2018 with HealthLinc. He was interested in this residency program due to its wealth of ambulatory care clinic hours, affiliation with other with the community pharmacy residencies through the Purdue College of Pharmacy, and the community pharmacy experience as well. His area of interests include diabetes management, substance use disorder, and pharmacy student/resident education. Outside of his work responsibilities, Brock is an avid Purdue Sports fan, enjoys playing the piano, and spending time with his wife Cheaney, and son Holden.

    Maureen Moynihan – PharmD
    Ohio Northern University, 2016
    HealthLinc/Purdue/Walgreens PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency, 2017

    HealthLinc utilizes PhORCAS for all application materials and National Matching Services for resident selection.

    Requirements in PhORCAS

    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Letter of Intent
    • Current Transcript(s)
    • 3 Formal Letters of Recommendation

    Requirements for acceptance

    • PharmD Degree
    • US Citizenship
    • Eligible for Indiana Licensure

    Specific questions about the residency program should be addressed to the Residency Program Director, Lynn Thoma, at lthoma@healthlincchc.org or 219-462-7173 x 2608.

    One of the main reasons I chose HealthLinc was because of the people, and I have not been disappointed. As a pharmacy resident, I was immediately, and fully accepted as an important member of the health care team. HealthLinc values every single employee, including the clinical pharmacist and has created a culture where people are important and used to their fullest potential. The staff not only values one another, but that culture is passed along to the patients. This is truly a place where the patient matters.

    Mark Sundh

    HealthLinc Valparaiso Pharmacy Resident

    From the corporate and leadership team, to the team we work with at the clinic – everyone is great! The providers and nurses are receptive to suggestions from the pharmacy team, and our opinions are valued. We are looked to for guidance, which makes us feel appreciated. At the same time, everyone here is a team player, whenever you need assistance they are willing to help. The residency program director is your biggest cheerleader and wants you to succeed. We work together towards the common goal of taking care of our patients and are doing a good job at it.

    Jessica Sinclair

    HealthLinc Valparaiso Pharmacy Resident

    "Great employees, nice, clean environment. Love it when they find ways to help those with low or no income. Every little bit helps so much and they sometimes have contests or promotions to help you help yourself. I am entered to win a Kindle because I had a PAP done. How awesome is that?"

     

    "My doctor is wonderful. He takes his time and I never feel rushed. I am always in the room on time and out within a reasonable time."

    "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."

     

    "I love HealthLinc! Service is always fast and friendly. Nurses and doctors are wonderful! I refer HealthLinc to all my friends!"

     

    "Comfortable atmosphere, sliding scale payments with good physicians that care. They truly care about the patients and go above and beyond to help. I went to HealthLinc before having insurance, but still go here now that I do because I enjoy them that much. I would recommend to anyone seeking general medical help."

     

    "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."

     

    "When we lost our health insurance I panicked, but a HealthLinc Navigator was there to help. She held my hand through the entire process and made sure I was taken care of. In a time of such uncertainty, she made me feel confident that we would be OK. "

     

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