Barbara Trueman Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Fellowship
Barbara Trueman Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Fellowship
Nationwide Children’s Hospital offers a one-year post-graduate fellowship for new graduate psychiatric nurse practitioners who are interested in building upon their knowledge base in order to treat children and adolescents with complex psychiatric disorders.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital is committed to transforming the delivery of pediatric mental health care in Central Ohio. To this end, the Barbara Trueman Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Fellowship will train expert psychiatric nurse practitioners to meet the complex needs and improve the outcomes of the acute and chronically ill child and adolescent mental health population. The program will accept three fellows for the 2023 - 2024 academic year.
This fellowship program provides evidence-based practice curriculum and a variety of specialty clinical rotations, resulting in both breadth and depth of experience. Fellows will become well-rounded clinicians, engage in weekly educational sessions, and gain the knowledge and tools to improve patient care outcomes through participation in a mentored evidence-based project.
The Barbara Trueman Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Fellowship at Nationwide Children's Hospital was re-accredited by the National Nurse Practitioner Residency and Fellowship Training Consortium in July 2022. Visitors to our site are encouraged to provide public comment as part of our accreditation process. Please visit the Accreditation Status and Public Comment website.
This fellowship program was the first of its kind to be developed and accredited in the United States.
What You Need to Know
Program Mission Statement
The mission of the Barbara Trueman Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Fellowship Program is to transform the delivery of pediatric mental health care in Ohio and contiguous states through the expansion and development of expert psychiatric nurse practitioners to meet the complex needs and improve the outcomes of the acute and chronically ill child and adolescent mental health population.
- Provide advanced training for novice psychiatric nurse practitioners in order to achieve confidence, mastery and competency in all domains of full scope of practice when caring for children and adolescents with highly complex acute and chronic mental health disorders.
- Improve retention of child and adolescent psychiatric nurse practitioners at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
- Investigate and integrate evidence-based and culturally sensitive care into clinical practice.
- Develop the future child and adolescent psychiatric nurse practitioner workforce to increase access to behavioral health services and apply quality improvement science to improve quality care outcomes.
- Develop clinical leadership skills to lead interprofessional teams and identify opportunities to promote quality patient care outcomes.
- Recognize the unique needs of the underserved population and integrate into the plan of care to promote quality patient care outcomes.
- Identify and incorporate concepts of equity, inclusion, and diversity to provide comprehensive patient care.
- Provide advanced psychopharmacology training to gain expertise in medication management of children and adolescents with co-morbid psychiatric and/or medical disorders.
- Cultivate and develop clinical leadership skills through community education, care coordination and an evidence-based QI project.
- Develop advanced assessment and diagnostic skills necessary to treat children and adolescents with complex acute and chronic mental health disorders.
- Provide opportunities for ongoing professional development and promote an environment of respect, support and collaboration.
During this one-year fellowship program, the psychiatric nurse practitioner fellow will develop their own caseload of patients in general psychiatry and complete clinical rotations in the following specialty areas:
- Mood and Anxiety Program
- Inpatient child, adolescent and IDD units
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- THRIVE Program
- Eating Disorders Program
- Trauma Clinic
Fellows will also have the opportunity to observe the Consult Liaison (Med/Psych) Service, Youth Crisis Stabilization Unit, Partial Hospitalization Program, Electroconvulsive Therapy and The PAX School-Based Behavioral Program.
Weekly lectures will include the following topics:
- Evidence-based practice
- Comprehensive diagnostic assessment and diagnosis
- Clinical leadership
- Clinical decision-making
- Care coordination
- Quality improvement project development
Evidence-Based Fellow Project
Fellows will have the opportunity to work with a nurse science mentor to develop an evidence-based project of clinical interest.
Application and Selection
Thank you for your interest in the Barbara Trueman Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Fellowship. The program will recruit three qualified fellows for the 2023-2024 fellowship year.
Applicants selected for employment in the program must:
- Have graduated from an accredited Master’s PMHNP or DNP program within the past 12 months
- Be licensed as an APRN in the state of Ohio
- Hold a PMHNP certification through the ANCC
- Hold a permanent DEA license
- Commit to practice as a PMHNP at Nationwide Children’s for two years after completion of the fellowship program
PLEASE NOTE: One need not be fully licensed at the time of application; however, selected applicants must obtain all licenses before the start of the program.
Compensation and Benefits
- Competitive salary
- Competitive benefit package
- Paid time off
- Financial support to attend national conference
- License reimbursement
- Access to wellness programs
The following items will be required to complete the application process:
- Nationwide Children's Hospital Employment Application and current CV (must be uploaded with application)
- Supplemental Questions
- Click here to download the supplemental questions document
- Please email the supplemental questions document as an attachment to Kelly.Ruane@NationwideChildrens.org and Kimberly.Gregory@NationwideChildrens.org
- Three (3) letters of recommendation
- Letters should be from the following individuals: graduate program director (1), clinical preceptor (2), and manager from a current or previous position (3)
- All letters of recommendation MUST be on formal letterhead
- Please have letters emailed to Kelly.Ruane@NationwideChildrens.org and Kimberly.Gregory@NationwideChildrens.org
If you wish to submit a hard copy of the application, please contact Heather Hawkins and Shojuana Perry for application and instructions.
Application Timeline and Interview Process
- Application for the 2023-2024 academic year goes live January 2, 2023
- Application deadline is Friday, February 19, 2023 by 10 p.m. (All materials, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted as outlined above)
- Interviews will take place in March
- Positions will be offered in early May
- Program start date: August 21, 2023
The application review team will consist of the fellowship program director, core faculty and other members of the Behavioral Health team. Please contact the program coordinator with questions.
Hear From Our Current Fellows
“I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology from Centre College. During summers in college and following graduation, I worked as a milieu counselor at Maryhurst, a psychiatric residential treatment facility for adolescent females, in Louisville, KY. It was during my time here, working with patients struggling with comorbid psychiatric illness and intellectual and developmental disabilities, that I realized that the child and adolescent psychiatric population was my passion. I knew I wanted to move towards being able to provide care to this population on a wider scale, so I attended Yale University School of Nursing to receive my Registered Nursing license and Master of Science in Nursing with a specialty of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. While working towards my MSN, I worked at Yale New Haven Hospital as an RN on the Child Inpatient Psychiatry unit. During my clinical rotations, I worked at a school-based health clinic to provide outpatient mental health services to middle and high school students. Additionally, I completed a year of clinical rotation at Four Winds Psychiatric Hospital, working predominately with the child and adolescent inpatient groups. These experiences further solidified my goal of becoming a Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Due to the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, my desire for continued training and education, my wish to work with children, and a need to decide which subspecialty area suited me best, I knew that completing a residency or fellowship following graduation was an ideal transition into full practice. When I came across the Barbara Trueman Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Fellowship, I was amazed at the robustness of the program and the incredible amount of support provided to the fellows. Through this Fellowship, I will have the opportunity to gain experience as a provider on both inpatient and outpatient settings with a wide variety of patient populations, acuity levels, and subspecialties. I am so grateful for this opportunity and for the chance to begin my career as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at an institution like Nationwide Children’s Hospital.”
Christina Stoler, RN, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC
“I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology at The Ohio State University and was able to continue my education both Accelerated B.S.N and Master in Nursing at University of Cincinnati. While obtaining my education, I spent time as a nurse assistant at the James Cancer Hospital, Riverside Methodist Hospital and University of Cincinnati medical center. I enjoyed this experience as it allowed me to observe and learn from many disciplines and professions but specifically, nursing. I was amazed by all the hard working and intelligent I worked with throughout the years, which inspired me to continue my education to become a nurse. My interest in psychology/psychiatry was the reason why I decided to continue my education to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner. This allowed me to incorporate my love for nursing and psychiatry/psychology and love for medicine! It has been a pleasure working with the pediatric population as a psychiatric RN for 2 years at Cincinnati Children’s hospital and I learned a great deal. I chose to join this fellowship to obtain confidence as a new provider and to increase my competence as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I’m excited for my journey here at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and to learn from the amazing interdisciplinary team!”
Marwa Abdikarim, RN, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC
For more information regarding the program, please contact:
Vonda Keels-Lowe, RN, MSN, CPN, PMHNP-BC
Kimberly Gregory, BSBA
Kelly Ruane, BS
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