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Accreditation Updates

Governance and Activities

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Since its launching in 2015, NNPRFTC has accredited postgraduate Nurse Practitioner training programs that meet its own strict standards. From the beginning, NNPRFTC leaders made it a priority to attain U.S. Department of Education recognition, which is based on rigorous requirements for quality and integrity. Consequently, NNPRFTC has always based its accreditation activities on the Education Department’s requirements. Over the last several months, after thoughtful consideration about its current rock-solid foundation and positioning NNPRFTC for the future, NNPRFTC has implemented three major changes to its accreditation program:

  1. Accreditation Commission—Previously a standing committee of NNRFTC’s Board of Directors, the Accreditation Committee has been restructured as the Accreditation Commission, an autonomous operational division of NNPRFTC.
  2. Restructured Accreditation Actions—The types of accreditation actions available to programs have changed. Pre-Accreditation has been eliminated. Accreditation has become Initial Accreditation and Renewal of Accreditation. 
  3. Accreditation Policies and Procedures Manual—The Manual has been revised and expanded. 

In addition, June 28, 2019, NNPRFTC submitted its petition for Initial Recognition as a programmatic accreditor of postgraduate nurse practitioner training programs to the U.S. Department of Education.

Kerry Bamrick Appointed New NNPRFTC Executive Director

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The National Nurse Practitioner Residency and Fellowship Training Consortium (NNPRFTC or “the Consortium”), an accrediting, advocacy, education and membership organization for the Nurse Practitioner postgraduate residency and fellowship training movement, is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Executive Director, Kerry Bamrick, effective September 1, 2019.

April 2019 -- News Updates

Lots of News

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More about the April News update below.  But first, a quick aside – a personal lesson about cyber security.  Yesterday I completed a training course on phishing and today I had two phishing attempts (first in many months) which I did not recognize as phishing.  Luckily I didn’t click on anything and asked our IT security about how to retrieve my supposedly sequestered emails.  Turns out it was a malicious email that contained every single element that should have made me suspicious, but I missed all of them.  Here’s what I missed --

  1. It required an urgent response or I would lose 4 important emails that had been quarantined (plays on emotions and sense of urgency);
  2. I opened the message on a small screen so I missed the funky url that contained numbers and ended in web.de (from Germany) and the weird symbols used to replace numbers and letters (that I couldn’t distinguish on the small screen);
  3. At the top was a note saying it was from a trusted sender (not…);
  4. And at the bottom a tag line saying it was from Microsoft IT admin (which I learned doesn’t exist.)

So if you get something like this – be forewarned, it is phishing! Lesson learned.

Moving onto Consortium news.  We’ve had lots going on. The April 2019 Newsletter has updates about:

  • Another residency program approved: Highland Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner Residency in Rochester NY– Congratulations!
  • Accreditation Committee is now the Accreditation Commission and other US Dept of Education related news.
  • Annual Conference updates. Join us in Indianapolis, June 16-17.  If you haven’t registered, do! Read about important hotel registration contact info and updates.
  • Membership program – join now and get $25 off conference registration.
  • NNPRFTC Executive Director Search – you may have heard, I’m retiring at the end of the summer.  While I’m simultaneously sad and joyful, right now I’m focusing on ensuring a smooth and transparent transition. We need to identify the next ED. Check out the job description.  Help us find the person who will lead the Consortium into its next phase of development.
  • April Blog: “Feeling Stressed? Control What You Can and Move On”.  Sharing my thoughts about how important it is to model effective stress management techniques in our professional and personal lives. 

Highland Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner Residency Program Accredited

Congratulations on Initial Accreditation

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The National Nurse Practitioner Residency and Fellowship Consortium (NNPRFTC) is pleased to announce the initial accreditation of another postgraduate Nurse Practitioner residency:  Highland Family Medicine’s (HFM) Nurse Practitioner Residency Program (NPRP) headquartered in Rochester, NY.  NNPRFTC’s Accreditation Commission’s initial programmatic accreditation is for three years.  The current trainees will be considered to have completed an accredited program.

The program is clearly poised to meet a need for expert primary care providers in an area that includes both urban and rural under-served populations.  Thomas L Campbell, MD and Chair of Highland Family Medicine said it perfectly: “We are so proud of our NP residency and the work that Kristin [Kristin E. Smith, DNP, FNP-c, AAHIVS, Program Director] and her colleagues have done.”

Congratulations Highland Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner Residency Program!