While we’ve got an A+ curriculum lined up for this ThriveAP+ kickoff, I’m most excited about connecting with participating nurse practitioners in-person. These NPs have decided to build a solid foundation for the rest of their careers by participating in this residency-like program for new grads. They have matched with clinics across the country that are willing to provide support and mentorship to NPs while also participating in weekly learning opportunities. Over dinner, bowling (of course!), lectures and skills sessions we will have time to get to know each other as we embark on this year of practice + learning together.
As an experienced NP, I love meeting new graduates and helping them get established in their new role. I vividly recall the challenges and frustrations I faced at work right out of my nurse practitioner program and have always felt the need for a more supported transition from education to practice. This is what led us at ThriveAP to start the ThriveAP+ program nearly three years ago.
If you aren’t familiar with ThriveAP+, you can think of the program somewhat like a residency for nurse practitioners and physician assistants (you can also watch a video clip featuring past participants here). As NPs and PAs, we typically graduate from two-year graduate level programs. In the workplace setting, however, we are often expected to take on almost the same workload as physicians who have significantly more schooling. As a new graduate this expectation is challenging and unrealistic without a support structure in place. ThriveAP+ provides that support.
The application for 2019 ThriveAP+ cohorts is open! If you have graduated from your NP program, or plan to graduate in 2019, you can download an ThriveAP+ info packet here. If you still have questions or would like to learn more about the program, we are also hosting a live online information session on Wednesday, September 26th at Noon CST. During the webinar, we will share more about how ThriveAP+ works and give you the chance to ask any questions you have about the experience or application process. Reserve your spot in the online session by registering here.
Can’t attend the info session? We’re happy to help! You can always email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or for more information about ThriveAP+. We hope to have you attend in-person on the 26th!