The UNC Nurse Practitioner Orthopaedics Fellowship is a 12 month post-graduate program intended to give learners an exposure to advanced orthopaedic care in preparation for a career in orthopaedic practice. NP fellows are members of the orthopaedic team and are involved in inpatient and ambulatory care. Training is focused on sports medicine and primary care orthopaedics with opportunities for intra-operative and peri-operative patient care across all orthopaedic subspecialties. The fellowship is designed to provide advanced didactic education and a focused orthopaedic clinical experience so that graduates have the skills and knowledge to provide high quality musculoskeletal care across the life span. The fellowship is attractive for recent NP graduates who are planning a career in musculoskeletal care and for practicing nurse practitioners who wish to redirect their careers toward orthopaedics.
Primary Learning Objectives The goal of the program is to provide nurse practitioners a pathway into Orthopaedics practice and at the end of the program participants will be expected to:
Demonstrate competency in advanced orthopaedic nursing practice across the lifespan
Apply principles of musculoskeletal care in a variety of settings (community, acute/sub-acute, office practice, and rehabilitation)
Synthesize knowledge from the best available evidence and temper it with clinical experience to provide patient centered care
Collaborate with client, family and other health care clinicians to promote musculoskeletal health and improve patient outcomes
Participate in organization and leadership management within health care system
Function as a practice specialist/consultant in collaborative knowledge-generation and promotion of research findings to advance the NP role in musculoskeletal care
Develop and implement an application-oriented quality assurance or practice improvement project and submit for publication
Program Curriculum Didactic Learning: The didactic curriculum includes weekly post op conferences, monthly Grand rounds and M&M conferences. There is an additional core curriculum to include all orthopaedic subspecialties with opportunities for basic science, research and musculoskeletal seminars.
Clinical Experience: Fellows will have experience in outpatient clinics in the area of sports medicine throughout the program. Fellows will have additional clinical rotations in orthopaedic subspecialties, including trauma, hand, and pediatrics, with electives chosen from spine, total joint and tumor services. Fellows will also participate in inpatient care and a rotating night call schedule.
Fellows spend time rotating on sub-specialty clinic practices, and develop the knowledge base and skills to manage independent clinics in an urgent care environment.
Education and Experience:
National certification as family nurse practitioner
Hold an unrestricted license to practice as a registered nurse in North Carolina.
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