Three years ago, ICHS launched its Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) Residency Program, a program designed to prepare newly licensed and certified nurse practitioners for careers as primary care providers in a community health setting. After rigorous review, the program received accreditation from the National Nurse Practitioner Residency & Fellowship Training Consortium, making it the first accredited program in the Washington State and the second in the nation.
The nurse practitioner residency was pioneered by ICHS provider DoQuyen Huynh, ARNP, DNP. As part of her doctoral thesis, Huynh wanted to develop a training program for new family practice providers to teach them essential skills for serving patients with complex health needs and address systemic inequalities that affect their health.
“The unique population of immigrants and refugees we see at ICHS made it the perfect place to develop this program,” says Huynh, who also serves as the Director of the ARNP Residency Program.
Huynh was named Washington State’s American Association of Nurse Practitioner of the Year in 2016 for her work in developing the residency program. Because of the growing national recognition for the program, ICHS received 40 applications for three highly-coveted slots in its 2016-2017 class.
“I have been so impressed with the caliber of applicants we have attracted to this program,” says Dr. Beth Weitensteiner, ICHS provider and Deputy Director for the ARNP Residency Program. “This year’s group is amazing and incredibly talented.”
“The fact that our residents reach out to their own classmates and networks to recruit for us speaks to the quality of the training and curriculum we have developed here,” adds Huynh.
So far, six ARNPs have completed the challenging curriculum and continued on as primary care providers at the ICHS clinics. When the residency program first began, the ICHS International District (ID) clinic served as the training site for the residents. In its third year, the program moved to the ICHS Holly Park clinic.