VUMC Advanced Practice Fellowship

Vanderbilt University Medical Center Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Fellowship Program

Focused upon facilitating successful transitions to practice and enabling nurse practitioners to immerse themselves in specialty practice settings, Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Fellowship program provides post-graduate clinical and educational experiences. 

Within a protected learning environment, the one-year fellowship prepares the new graduate or an experienced nurse practitioner to provide quality, evidence-based patient care within a diverse and complex health care environment. The core fellowship curriculum will include evidence-based and practice-based learning, quality outcome identification and measurement, leadership and practice model development, organizational enculturation and professional development. Practice-specific curriculum will include direct patient care, simulation training, and didactic courses in topics related to the patient population. Currently, fellowships are being offered in the following practice specialties: solid organ transplant, urology, and colorectal surgery.   

Fellows are expected to be engaged and active participants in their educational journey and will evaluate their progress through collaborative appraisals and self-reflection and identify and resolve educational and experiential gaps.

Future fellowships in other advanced practice nursing areas are currently in development.

Program Goals:

  • Provision of a focused learning experience that enables the NP to develop and refine essential specialty-specific clinical and critical thinking skills promoting top of license practice
  • Immersion into an environment of collaborative multidisciplinary care that assures cost-effective, quality, patient-centered care
  • Expanded incorporation of evidenced-based practice into care and utilization of improvement processes to enhance quality and care delivery processes

Eligibility Criteria

  • Master’s or higher degree in nursing
  • Eligible for or active national board certification in one of the following:
    • Urology APRN Fellowship: Graduation from an accredited institution granting one of the following graduate degrees: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) or Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP), Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGNP), or Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP).
      Vanderbilt Urology Clinic Website                                                                                                                                                                                              
    • Colorectal Surgery APRN Fellowship:  Graduation from an accredited institution granting one of the following graduate degrees:  Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) or Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP).                                                                             
      Vanderbilt Digestive Disease Center Website                                                                                                                                                                            
    • Solid OrganTransplant APRN Fellowship: Graduation from an accredited institution granting graduate degree as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) or Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP), Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-PCNP), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP).                                                                                                                                                        Vanderbilt Transplant Website                                                                                                                                                                                           
    • Oncology & Hematology APRN Fellowship: Graduation from an accredited institution granting one of the following graduate degrees: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) or Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP).                                                                      Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Website                                                                                                                                                                               
    • Medical & Surgical Weight Loss APRN Fellowship: Graduation from an accredited institution granting one of the following graduate degrees: Preferred Family Nurse Practice (FNP) or Adult-Gero Primary Care (AGPCNP).    Vanderbilt Weight Loss Center Website                                                                                                                                                                                     

  • Eligible for or active Tennessee Board of Nursing RN /APN license
  • Eligible for or active DEA certificate
  • Satisfactory background check
  • Ability to work 40 hours per week
  • Current Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification
  • Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Certification (maybe required for some Fellowships)

 Applications

  • Please apply at Careers at VUMC (type Fellow in the Keyword search bar) for the following                                                                                                        VUMC APRN Fellowships
    • Urology
    • Oncology (Acute Care) 
    • Medical & Surgical Weight Loss                                                                                                                                                                                      
  • Please check back for the reopening of the application period.  
    • Colorectal Surgery 
    • Solid Organ Transplant 

Documents to accompany completed application

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact information for 3 references who can speak to your clinical and interpersonal skills (faculty instructor, supervisor, physician or NP peer)

Documents to prepare for later submission

  • Official transcripts
  • Copies of BLS and ACLS certification (when applicable) 
  • Copies of board certification(s) and/or proof of "pending" status
  • Copy of state nursing license(s) and/or proof of "pending" status

Office of Advanced Practice (OAP) Informational Form

Would you like more information regarding VUMC Advanced Practice Fellowship Programs?  We would be happy to share information with you and answer your questions.

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