Creating a Postgraduate Advanced Practice Nurse Fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine
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AbstractThe Affordable Care Act has changed the face of health care provision and services in this country, expanding access to more than 30 million people (Buerhaus et al., 2012). With increased coverage comes increased use of health care systems, in a system already saddled with a deficient number of providers (HIS Inc., 2016). The solution to this has been the inclusion of advanced practice nurses (APNs) into both primary and specialty care services. Within cardiovascular medicine, there has been a surge in the recruitment of APNs to care teams (Virani et al., 2015). With this increased need comes the recognition that generalist education and preparation does not prepare an APN to be a competent cardiovascular medicine provider. Advanced practice nurse training has long left specialization to the postgraduate orientation period (Kells, Dunn, Melchiono, & Burke, 2015), and the demands of the healthcare system outweigh the current training models. This has opened the door for the creation of postgraduate fellowship programs for APNs (Taylor, Boryhill, Burris, & Wilcox, 2017). This project focused on the evaluation of existing cardiovascular APN fellowships and proposed the creation of a postgraduate APN fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU).
Degree ProgramGraduate College