New graduated nurse practitioners can get experience in a community health setting, through the International Community Health Services (ICHS) Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Program, which is taking applications through April 1.
The program, now in its second year, offers an opportunity for nurse practitioners to serve traditionally underserved populations, said DoQuyen Huynh, ICHS ARNP Residency Program Administrator, in a prepared statement.
“ICHS has a very unique population. We serve many new immigrants, refugees, low-income, and other patients who often fall through the cracks due to health care access barriers,” Huynh said. “Nurse practitioners who want to work with these populations tend to be very passionate about what they do. However, unless they receive training in this kind of setting, they are often overwhelmed with the population complexity, or burn out quickly. What we do is we take their passion to the next level, to better prepare them for a career in community health.”
Nurse practitioners are registered nurses who undergo additional training so they can provide primary care to patients. Nurse practitioners have an emphasis on disease prevention and health management, according to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
ICHS is a nonprofit community health center that offers affordable health care services to Asian and Pacific Islander and other underserved communities. The health center provides culturally appropriate and multilingual care at its medical and dental clinics in the International District, Holly Park, Bellevue and Shoreline.
According to ICHS, nursing practitioner residents will be accepted to a one-year salaried intensive education program, focused on family practice with specialty clinical rotations. The residency is open to recent graduates of accredited nurse practitioner programs in the United States.
More information about the ICHS Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Program and application forms are available at www.ichs.com.