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Carolinas center meets needs of advanced practice nurses


Carolinas HealthCare System, based in Charlotte, N.C., launched one of the nation’s first comprehensive centers for advanced care practitioners this spring. The Center for Advanced Practice will improve the recruitment, retention and training of advanced practitioners, including nurse practitioners, certified registered nurse anesthetists, clinical nurse specialists nurse midwives and physician assistants, according to a news release.

The center will offer services to enhance the professional development of advanced practitioners; a graduate ACNP program in partnership with the University of North Carolina Charlotte; and a paid, post-graduate fellowship program for NPs and physician assistants. The ACNP program and the fellowship program will accept 30 students and 50-60 fellows each year, respectively. The one-year fellowship includes three months of ICU rotations followed by nine months of clinical experience in a chosen field of specialty.

“The Center for Advanced Practice will provide the foundation of support for all advanced practitioners in the Carolinas Healthcare System,” Mary Ann Wilcox, RN, NEA-BC, senior vice president and system CNE, said in the release. “The CAP is unique in that it is proactively addressing the serious issues of access and clinical preparation in this complex healthcare environment. We believe the CAP is innovative in its scope and design.”

The CAP program offers a centralized coordinating center to optimize core services. The ACNP program is for RNs who are interested in pursuing an ACNP degree and is designed for nurses who wish to practice in an inpatient or ED setting.

In other news, the Carolinas College of Health Sciences, a subsidiary of Carolinas Medical Center based in Charlotte, N.C., announced it was ranked the No. 1 two-year college in the nation for the second consecutive year by, a college and university information website. The rankings are for the previous academic year, and they analyze data from top 2,000 colleges and universities in the U.S., including student and faculty ratio, student retention rates and test scores.


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