November 3, 2020

Applications open for UC Davis Health nurse practitioner residency program

N.P. residency sharpens primary care skills


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The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis is now accepting applications for its advanced practice residency program for nurse practitioners (N.P.).

The school will select up to 10 N.P.s to begin fall 2021 for the year-long, full-time Advanced NP-PRACTICE residency. The program prepares recently graduated family and adult gerontology nurse practitioners (FNPs and AGNPs) to provide high-quality primary care in under-resourced areas.

The Advanced Primary care Residency in Addiction, Chronic care, Telehealth, Improvement science, Collaboration and Equity (NP-PRACTICE) initiative currently equips 11 new primary care nurse practitioners to provide excellent services to patients in under-resourced areas through education and clinical rotations.


N.P. Alex Peck, left, conducts a primary care exam at the Salud Clinic in West Sacramento.

“The health professionals in our first group of residents are a testament to the drive and heart these N.P.s have to grow their skills and serve the underserved,” said Debra Bakerjian, School of Nursing clinical professor and principal investigator. “Despite the challenges of practicing in a pandemic, they are gaining competence in primary care, specialty care and practice management.”

The program, which is funded by a $3.5 million grant from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), provides new nurse practitioners an opportunity to receive intense, focused training. Nurse practitioner residencies prepare the next generation of primary care leaders by increasing their competency managing clinical and social complexities as well as skills in practice transformation, quality improvement and population health.

A 2019  report by the California Future Health Workforce Commission calls for increasing the number of health care workers by more than 47,000  and expanding the number  of health professionals who come from and train in rural and  underserved communities. This residency offers new N.P.s longitudinal primary care clinical practice experience at either a FQHC in an underserved area of California or at a UC Davis Health primary care clinic.

“It's chaotic. It's challenging. But at the same time, the service that you're doing for the community makes me leave my job feeling like I did something very important today,” said Jessamyn Phillips, a resident currently working at One Community Health. “The residency has been a source of connection, strength and support. Most new graduates don’t get this experience.”

In their clinical practice, residents are mentored to learn continuity of care and practice management. Intermixed with their primary care assignment, residents also experience specialty rotations that may include telehealth, wound care, pain management and cardiology. The immersive curriculum also includes online advanced-learning modules as well as simulation training at UC Davis Health’s state-of-the-art simulation centers.

Applicants must be a registered nurse (R.N.) with an unrestricted California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) R.N. license. They must also have graduated from an accredited FNP or AGNP program with a master’s or doctoral degree from an accredited university within 18 months of the start of the program. The application period is open now through Feb. 7, 2021. Selected applicants begin the program Oct. 1, 2021.

For details about the residency program and application requirements, register for an upcoming webinar, visit nursing.ucdavis.edu/academics/NPresidency.html or view an overview video. For more information on the School of Nursing and its programs, visit nursing.ucdavis.edu.