Answering the Need for Family Nurse Practitioners

With a focus upon prevention and a mandate for team care created by the Affordable Care Act, the need for Family Nurse Practitioners is great, particularly at community health centers.

 "An FNP Immersion and Partnership with 3 Healthy Communities," part of a demonstration program funded by the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development through the Song Brown program, gives five family nurse practitioner students 160 hours of additional direct patient care in one of three community clinics (The Children's Clinic, Serving Children and Their Families, (TCC) Long Beach; South Central Family Health, South Los Angeles and St. John's Well Child and Family Center, Compton).  They are among 14 community clinics targeted in the California Endowment Foundation's Building Healthy Communities program.

Dr. Elisa Nicholas, CEO of TCC,  says this program is ideal "because new graduates usually don't have experience of learning in the same community clinic for an entire year.  This immersion program allows the students to get training and gives us a pipeline of Advanced Practice Nurses."

FNP student Jacqueline Marroquin is a perfect fit for The Children's Clinic,' "I grew up in Long Beach and went to this clinic as a child," she said.  She sees patients two days a week with Dr. Joseph Keichline and nurse practitioner Margaret Tyree.

 "It is so meaningful to me to come home and provide care to those in need, and in the same place I was given care as a child," added Marroquin.