WisBusiness: Medical College of Wisconsin, UW-Milwaukee: Establish nurse practitioner residency program

WisBusiness: Medical College of Wisconsin, UW-Milwaukee: Establish nurse practitioner residency program

Thanks to a $1.7 million, four-year grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration, the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine and Medicine will launch a nurse practitioner postgraduate residency program, beginning in January 2020. Funds will allow the Medical College of Wisconsin to partner with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing on the program, which will be targeted specifically toward psychiatry mental health nurse practitioners.

The program will be a structured, supervised year of clinical practice and continuing education at community-based settings to prepare mental health nurses to provide care to underserved populations in the Milwaukee area. The residency will train four nurse practitioners, and offers mentored learning in various clinical rotations, including general psychiatric ambulatory clinics, general inpatient psychiatric unit, child and adolescent psychiatry, embedded psychiatric ambulatory clinics and psychiatry consult liaison service. Elective rotations are also available focused on mental health and HIV, mental health and LGBTQ, student mental health and community partners.

“Shortage of mental health professionals is a crisis, particularly for youth, and more so for low-income families,” said Julie Raaum, DNP, director, Medical College Physicians Office of Advanced Practice at MCW and principal investigator on the grant. “Wisconsin has fewer mental health professionals per capita than most states, and this nurse residency is one of many efforts to increase the numbers of mental health professionals.”

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