Advancing Practice

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AdvancingPractice is a one-year paid 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 87,000 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.
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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.

Contact Us Today:
312-432-2056
advancingpractice@eriefamilyhealth.org

Learn More About Advancing Practice

How To Apply
    • The application period for the 2023-2024 Cohort is open starting January 13! Click HERE to download the application. Applications along with other required documents listed on page 8 of the application are due no later than 3/3 at 5:00pm CST. Once you have completed the application, please download, save and email to ebettencourt@eriefamilyhealth.org, and attach the required documents described on page 8.
    • To apply, you must:
      • Be a recent graduate (between December 2021-May 2023) from an accredited NP (family, adult-gerontological primary care or pediatric primary care) or CNM program
      • Planning a career in community health working with diverse and under-resourced populations
      • Licensed and certified or certification-license pending upon admission to the Fellowship
      • Highly motivation to learn and speak Spanish through group provided training and independent study
      • Minimum GPA of 3.0
      • Ability to travel to all Erie Family Health Center sites including all Chicago locations, Evanston and Waukegan
      • Interest in maternal and behavioral health care
      • Able to start the program on or after July 2023. A start date will be determined before final candidates are selected.
Attend an Open House
  • A virtual open house will be held on February 8th and February 22nd at 6:00 – 7:00pm cst.
Why Advancing Practice?
  • 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.
What is Advancing Practice?
AdvancingPractice is a one-year 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
    (2 days/week) Build your own patient panel and provide continuity of care to patients with the support and guidance of a preceptor.
  • Specialty Clinic:
    (2 day/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:
    (1 day/week) Work alongside an experienced PCP on episodic or acute care and mastery of procedures.
  • Educational Sessions:
    (1 day/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.
Program Accreditation

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.

Donate to Advancing Practice

Help support our mission in improving access to high quality care and join us in improving health equity. Donate today!

Our Faculty

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Kiersten Solis
MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

APRN Fellowship Director

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Natalie Raghu
MSN, FNP-C, APRN

Faculty and Academic Practice Partnership Lead

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Esther Sault, MSN
FNP-BC 

Development Lead

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Emily Bettencourt
Program Administrative Manager

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Jennifer Poell
MSN, CNM, WHNP-BC, IBCLC, C-EFM

Women's Reproductive Health Lead

UIC Partners

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Afrodita Salievska
DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Fellowship Faculty

Sarah Fitz

Sarah Fitz
DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC

Health Education Specialist

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Kathy Rugen
PhD, FNP-BC, FAAN, FAANP

Evaluation Coordinator and Fellowship Consultant

2022-2023 Fellows

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Jessica Alferez
MSN, FNP

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Cate Fisher
MSN, PNP

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Anisha Gill
MSN, FNP

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Bailey Hanselman
DNP, FNP

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Kate Kozeniewski
MSN, AGNP

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Maryan Saman
DNP, AGNP

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Casey Scott
MSN, FNP

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Kierra Stuvland
MSN, CNM, WHNP

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Kawana Tharps
DNP, FNP

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