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Matching Access to Need: New Perspective on Nurse Practitioner Residency Programs

      Although nurse practitioner (NP) residency and fellowship programs constitute a new phenomenon in the area of postgraduate nurse education training, the concept of postgraduate training for NPs has been evolving for over a decade. Since the inception of the first program begun by Margaret Flinter at Community Health Center in 2007, over 100 programs in a variety of specialty and primary care settings have been developed and continue to thrive.
      • Meissen H.
      Nurse practitioner residency and fellowship programs: the controversy still exists.
      In addition, the establishment of a nationally recognized accreditation body for postgraduate NP education, the national Nurse Practitioner Residency and Fellowship Training Consortium, continues to encourage the expansion of existing programs and the development of new programs (https://www.nppostgradtraining.com/about-us/).
      National Nurse Practitioner Residency and Training Consortium
      About us.
      Postgraduate training is not only an accepted and required component of licensure for our physician colleagues, but it has also proven invaluable in the development of safe and successful practice. As 2 recent graduates of an NP residency program, our position is that the value of postgraduate education can be translated to the NP profession.
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      Biography

      Nicole Reinecke Powell, DNP, FNP-BC, is a nurse practitioner with MedLink in Winder, GA, and can be contacted at [email protected]

      Biography

      Alexandra G. Thompson, MSN, FNP-BC, is a nurse practitioner with MedLink in Clayton, GA. Both authors were part of the North Georgia Advanced Practice Program Residency (NoGAPP) first cohort, 2020-2021.