AdvancingPractice is a one-year fellowship that builds on nurse practitioner (NP) and nurse midwife (CNM) academic programs to prepare recently-graduated NPs and CNMs to become expert clinicians as well as nursing leaders. Erie Family Health Centers (Erie), a federally qualified health center in Chicago with over 88,000 patients, and the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing (UIC Nursing) have partnered to create this program with the goal of expanding access to affordable, quality healthcare in under-resourced communities.
Our Mission: We cultivate quality care and nursing leadership to improve the health of communities through development and mentorship of advanced practice registered nurses.
Our Vision: Advanced practice registered nurses leading transformation to achieve health equity.
Learn More About Advancing Practice
The application cycle for the 2022-2023 Cohort is now closed. Information about applying to the 2023-2024 Cohort will be available in the Fall 2022.
Open houses will be offered again in Fall 2022.
- Learn from the best! Erie is a national leader in quality of care and top Chicago workplace. It employs over 50 APRNs within a truly collaborative practice model.
- UIC Nursing—known for having one of the nation’s top 10 APRN degree programs—has developed a robust curriculum for the AdvancingPractice program that supports newly graduated APRNs in community health practice.
- The fellowship model was selected and funded by the US Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) from a competitive pool of applicants.
- Serve patients across Erie’s 13 locations, including primary care, school-based and teen-only settings.
- Participate in paid medical Spanish training to better serve our patient population.
- Live and work in one of the nation’s largest and most vibrant cities.
- Access UIC career services and the largest health sciences library in the Midwest.
- Receive fellowship salary, benefits, continuing medical education allowance and paid time-off.
AdvancingPractice is a one-year intensive training program that builds on nurse practitioner (NP) and nurse midwife (CNM) academic programs to prepare recently graduated NPs and CNMs to become expert clinicians as well as nursing leaders. Key components include:
- Continuity Clinics
(4 sessions/week) Build your own patient panel and provide continuity of care to patients with the support and guidance of a preceptor.
- Specialty Clinic:
(2 sessions/week for 1 month) Rotate through sub-specialty clinics within primary care to better understand holistic care, such as Adolescent Health, HIV Care, Women’s Health, Pediatrics, Chronic Diseases, and others.
- Mentored Clinics:
(2 sessions/week) Work alongside an experienced PCP on episodic or acute care and mastery of procedures.
- Educational Sessions:
(1 session/week) Participate in evidence-based, didactic learning sessions on both clinical and leadership topics.
- Quality Improvement Training:
Design and implement your own quality improvement project during the Fellowship year.
- Intrapatrum/On Call – CNM Fellows Only (One 24-Hour Call per Week) Provide intrapartum and postpartum care at Northwestern Memorial Hospital with support of midwifery mentors.
AdvancingPractice is in the process of seeking accreditation from the National Nurse Practitioner Residency and Fellowship Training Consortium. Visitors to our site are encouraged to provide public comment as part of our accreditation process. Please visit the Accreditation Status and Public Commentary Website.
Kiersten Solis, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
APRN Fellowship Director
Natalie Raghu, MSN, FNP-C, APRN
Faculty and Academic Practice Partnership Lead
Esther Sault, MSN, FNP-BC
Program Administrative Manager
Jennifer Poell, MSN, CNM, WHNP-BC, IBCLC, C-EFM
Women's Reproductive Health Lead
Afrodita Salievska, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
Sarah Fitz, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC
Health Education Specialist
Kathy Rugen, PhD, FNP-BC, FAAN, FAANP
Evaluation Coordinator and Fellowship Consultant
Jessica Alferez, MSN, FNP
Cate Fisher, MSN, PNP
Anisha Gill, MSN, FNP
Bailey Hanselman, DNP, FNP
Kate Kozeniewski, MSN, AGNP
Maryan Saman, DNP, AGNP
Casey Scott, MSN, FNP
Kierra Stuvland, MSN, CNM, WHNP
Kawana Tharps, DNP, FNP